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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Mandarin Oriental, New York

January 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With Valentine’s Day a few short weeks away, it’s time to start planning your special night with that special someone. Instead of the traditional chocolate and flowers, consider doing something exciting and outside the norm. Take advantage of the various packages at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, and have a celebration neither of you will ever forget!

The Mandarin Oriental, New York is centrally located at the union of Columbus Circle and Central Park, and it redefines luxury as New York City’s most striking and refined hotel. Check out the unique packages and events going on at the Mandarin Oriental, New York during the month of February for a Valentine’s Day unlike any other.

Bourbon & Bubbly in the Lobby Lounge

This package is designed as a “his & hers” evening on the 35th floor in the Lobby Lounge, with breathtaking views of Central Park. The gentleman can enjoy the deep tastes of From Kentucky With Love, a mix of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey, carpano vermouth, chocolate mole bitters, chestnut and vanilla purree, garnished with a bourbon-soaked cherry paired with smoked almonds and chocolate truffles. The lady can enjoy her afFAIR to Remember, a bubbly combination of Crème Yvette Violet Liquer, Yuzu juice, topped with champagne and a splash of FAIR Goji Liqueur while enjoying a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries.

This package is available throughout the month of February and it is priced at 50 USD plus tax and service charge. It includes both cocktails, chocolate truffles, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Reservations are recommended.

Valentine’s Day Dinner with Romantic Sky-High Views in Restaurant Asiate

Make a reservation at Asiate, the elegant fine dining restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, New York for a beautifully romantic Valentine’s Day. Asiate will have a special prixe fixe dinner menu on Tuesday, February 14th, and the 4-course prix fixe menu seating will begin between 5:30 and 6:30 pm for 150 USD per person. The 5-course prix fixe menu seating will begin between 8:30 and 9:30pm for 250 USD per person. Enjoy the exquisite food and the company of your special someone while taking in the breathtaking sky-high view of New York City. Prices are per person and do not include beverages, taxes, or gratuity.

Make your reservations today and take advantage of the romantic and exciting events at the Mandarin Oriental, New York!


New York Renaissance: St. Giles Hotel The Tuscany Remodels, Reopens in August

January 25, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Adopting the style of the classical renaissance and infusing it with a cool modernism, the St. Giles Hotel New York - The Tuscany brings the high culture of its namesake to bustling New York City. And right now it is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to update and improve the luxury boutique experience. In many ways, its renovation is just another chapter in its storied history; feet firmly grounded in its venerated past, the St. Giles always looks forward, seeking constantly to innovate on the firm traditions that make it one of New York’s clear hotspots. Reopening in August 2012, guests will enjoy hardwood floors, modern over-sized bathrooms with LATHERTM Spa Shelf and products.

And if the room upgrades aren’t enough to entice you, look no further than the full-service upscale restaurant and in-room private dining or take your party up to the Penthouse suite, covering the 17th floor and encircled by a wrap-around terrace that looks out on the iconic New York skyline. All of the hotel’s 123 studios and lofts are quiet, comfortable, spacious, and sophisticated; qualities that I wish described more of my homes-away-from-home.

When you’re ready to head out for the night, simply step out the door into the heart of Manhattan. Just steps from Grand Central Station on 39th St. between Park and Lexington, you’ll be ideally located to experience everything New York has to offer. Don’t wait until too late to start thinking about your next stay at the St. Giles Hotel New York – The Tuscany.  We've got our eye on this one.

 


Top 5 Romantic Valentine's Day Hotels: #4 Gramercy Park

January 23, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Valentine's Day is coming up, and, as such, it's time to think about where you'd like to spend the day with that special someone. Whether you're enjoying a cozy night in or an adventure on the town, a night in a luxury hotel can be the perfect gift to the both of you, a chance to escape to another world where no expense will be spared in giving you the night of a lifetime. What follows is just one in a series of our favorite romantic hotels, and, we think, a great place to take him or her this February the 14th.

#4 Gramercy Park

Gramercy, as well as being what you show me every time I'm not called out for missing a comma, is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Manhattan with an artsy soul and vivid decor. In selecting hotels for this list, we tried to capture the soul of the city.  Just as the Bauer Il Palazzo makes you feel Venice, Gramercy Park Hotel feels like New York. It's love and passion with attitude, the kind that stands outside your window with a boombox or fights an escaped lion for your affection. From the front door onwards, you'll be greeted with the joie de vivre of the New York  well known by romantic comedies. The best food, the best art, the best wine; New York wants to be the best in the world, and the Gramercy Park will show their best effort to give you your romantic New York fantasy.

The lobby itself plays host to an art exhibit featuring the likes of Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, and Julian Schnabel, among many others.  Its 184 rooms and suites are decorated in a vivid Renaissance color palette, and hand-tufted rugs, mahogany cabinets, and velvet drapery complete the extravagant scene.  Big tubs and dark room are just what the doctor ordered for an intimate evening in.

If you're looking to head out, the candlelit Rose and Jade Bars downstairs are reservation only after 10pm, so you'll be guaranteed a more private experience.  And if you'd prefer the more intimate feel of a private club to the edgier downstairs bars, the Gramercy Terrace 17 stories above the city combines the finest of London clubs with the vibrancy of a Viennese coffeehouse.  

So if this Valentine's Day you're looking to declare your love clearly and boldly, show him or her the best of the New York nightlife.  Gramercy Park is vibrant, vigorous, and passionate, and staying there would be a night you wouldn't soon forget.


Special Rates at the Peninsula New York!

January 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula New York is offering a few special rates and packages perfect for brides-to-be, families, business travelers, and folks looking to get the best value from their luxurious stay. The Peninsula New York is centrally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City’s shopping, business, and cultural neighborhood. It’s a 23 story, 1905 landmark building that offers 185 rooms and 54 suites all of which combine modern accents with world class elegance.

All of the rooms are designed to fit the needs of business travelers and come equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The newest edition to this luxury hotel is the Peninsula Spa, a 35,000 square feet facility including 12 treatment rooms, glass-enclosed pool, fitness center, and outdoor sun deck. The bars and restaurants at the Peninsula New York draw in an extensive crowd, and the Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar & Terrace is a popular spot that offers sweeping views of New York City.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a family vacation, a business trip, or a weekend getaway, the Peninsula New York certainly has the perfect package for you!

Stylish Bridal Package

This is the perfect package for a bride-to-be shopping for her wedding dress and seeking a personalized experience. Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Peninsula New York and a day and a half of shopping in the ‘bridal fashion capital of the world’ with a renowned bridal stylist, Julie Sabatino. This package includes accommodations for two people for two nights, one and a half days shopping with Julie Sabatino in a private sedan, a welcome cupcake and a ‘Bridal Shopping Tote by the Stylish Bride,’ one bottle of champagne to enjoy at the Salon de Ning rooftop bar, and two 60-minute massages at the Peninsula Spa.

This offer is valid through December 31st, 2012, and the following terms and conditions apply. This package is subject to availability and must be confirmed with the hotel. Hotel reserves the right to offer alternative value-added benefit should the request not be available. Rates are seasonal and subject to service charge and local government tax, per room per night, and based on single or double occupancy. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions and is not valid for groups. Advance reservations are required and black-out dates may apply. In case of dispute, the hotel reserves the right to make the final decision. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Family Retreat Package

The family retreat includes complimentary dining for children 10 years and younger, from the kid’s menu at Fives Restaurant and room service, daily continental breakfast for two adults, one complimentary movie through the hotel’s in-room entertainment system, and child-friendly welcome amenity and Peninsula robe and slippers.

This offer is valid from January 1st, 2012 until March 31st, 2012. Valid only for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday arrival, the rate is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions and is not valid for groups. In case of any dispute, the hotel reserves the right to make the final decision. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

More Time Package

This package allows you to stay 2 nights, and enjoy a complimentary third night!

This offer is valid from January 1st, 2012 until March 31st, 2012 and requires a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights. Rates are subject to service charge and local government tax, per room per night, and based on single or double occupancy. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions and is not valid for groups. Advance reservations are required and black-out dates may apply. In case of dispute, the hotel reserves the right to make the final decision. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Be sure to check out the Peninsula New York and enter your dates of travel to view rates and availability!


Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Gramercy Park Hotel

January 19, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of marveling at the furniture and décor of your room at the Gramercy Park Hotel, you can now take it all home with you! This luxury hotel in New York has rooms designed for you to shop, and everything you see from the nightstand to the bathrobe is for sale. Make your reservation, bring your checkbook, and get ready to furnish your home with all of your favorite findings at the Gramercy Park Hotel!

The Gramercy Park Hotel is located right on Gramercy Park, a short walk from Greenwich Village, Union Square, and the meat packing district. It has 184 rooms, suites, specialty suites, and a beautiful Penthouse all created by a collaboration of artists and designers. Each room has a distinguished and unique layout, embracing vivid colors and featuring distinctive art and objects. Guests enjoy rooms decorated with imported rugs, velvet drapery, custom hand-made furniture, and stunning photographs. Rooms are appointed with leather-topped desks, a mahogany English drinking cabinet, and top of the line bathroom products and amenities.

Don’t miss out on this luxury hotel mall, and make your reservation for the Gramercy Park Hotel today!


Win 2 Free Nights at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City!

January 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel is one of the incredible 5 star properties participating in the Five Star Alliance Giveaway! Located in the heart of Manhattan with incredible views of Central Park, the Carlyle is one of the best and most luxurious hotels in New York City. This hotel is a timeless classic and has been called home by industry leaders since its debut in 1930. The professional staff and the world class dining and entertainment provide guests with endless opportunities to take in everything New York City has to offer. Each of the Carlyle’s 180 rooms and suites has been individually decorated and appointed with the finest fabrics and furnishings. Certain accommodations feature private terraces, grand pianos, and breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel for a romantic weekend, a business trip, or a gathering with friends, the Carlyle certainly has every amenity and room type to meet and exceed your expectations.

The Five Star Alliance Giveaway is offering a chance to win 2 free nights for 2 adults at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City or 3 free nights for 2 adults at the 41 Hotel in London! The choice is entirely up to the winner. To enter, simply ‘like’ Five Star Alliance on Facebook by March 1st, 2012. For contest details, we encourage you to check out our Facebook page or visit the contest page on our website. We are absolutely thrilled to have partnered with the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, and we cannot wait to award a lucky winner the opportunity to experience one of the best and most luxurious hotels in New York City!


Special Five Star Alliance Rates at the Pierre Hotel New York

January 12, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Hoping to get away for a weekend without breaking the bank? The Pierre Hotel New York is currently offering incredible Five Star Alliance rates, so be sure to take advantage of the deals to get the best of both worlds: luxurious accommodations at an incredible price.

Stay a Bit Longer Deal: Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free. This option is available for various room types including the Classic Room with 1 king bed, City View Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds, Executive Suite with 1 king or 2 twin beds, City View Suite with 1 king bed, and Premiere Suite with 1 king bed.

Suite Celebrations Deal: This promotion offers a 50% discount on the second night of your stay at this hotel’s Executive Suite, City View Suite, or Premiere Suite.

Business Edge Package: This includes wi-fi and continental breakfast, and this offer is available with the City View Room, Park View Room, and Signature Room.

Whether you’re hoping to visit New York City for a romantic escape, a business trip, or simply a fun weekend with friends, the rates at the Pierre Hotel New York are too good to pass up!


(L)audible Venture: Hotel BPM Set to Open in April

January 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Hotel BPMBrooklyn's next big hotel, the Hotel BPM, was dreamed up by a young DJ and business grad who is probably more excited about the project than anyone else.  DJ Bijal quickly made a name for himself in the celebrity DJ scene, and he's looking to expand his reach as host to a hip new hotel location.  Doubling as weekend destination, the club-like lobby will take on a more neon lighting scheme and the music will be at a higher BPM.  The black, green and white logo and design features accentuate the auditory experience.

A recent contest to name the 76 custom mattresses in each of the hotels rooms came up with "The Sound Sleeper," making me change my title pun.  And if you like it enough when you stay, you can even buy the mattress yourself.  King and Double rooms will start at $160 and $180 respectively, so make a stop by Sunset Park when this one opens up to experience a hotel that has its finger on the pulse of the Brooklyn nightlife.  

Photo courtesy of Gadling. As reported by HotelChatter.

 


Word to the Wise: Stay and Save at the Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

January 5, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

If you're sitting at work thinking, boy it's really about time I got that promotion I deserve, you need wait no more.  The Hotel Plaza Athenee New York is offering you not just one but five promotions, all available through March 31st.  They might not come with a raise, but they might as well, since you'll be saving a good chunk of cash while staying at one of the top hotels in New York.  

First up are the straight money-saving specials.  Stay three or more nights in an executive room and save 30% off the BAR (not including amenities).  If you're looking stay just three nights, then go ahead and book two and get the third free in either Superior or Deluxe rooms. 

If you'd rather just be getting more for your investment, then the Winter Nights, City Lights promotion offers a guaranteed upgrade from Classic to Superior and Superior to Deluxe on any length stay.  Or go for Serenity in the City and wake up every morning to a delicious continental breakfast for two and receive 25% off BAR.  The Classic Suite Special is a similar 20% off BAR and free breakfast for the suite-minded folks.  It's hard to go wrong when such a great hotel, just a short stroll from Central Park and all of Midtown, is ushering in the New Year with some great specials.  I know I resolved to travel more this year, and this might just be what gets me out the door.  So maybe I'll see you at the Plaza Athenee New York!


The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #9 Jumeirah Essex House

December 23, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Jumeirah Essex HouseWorldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #9 spot, we have the Jumeirah Essex House, a premiere Manhattan hotel.

Quick facts about the Jumeirah Essex House:

- With stunning views of Central Park, the hotel offers a uniquely quieter perspective on the bustle of New York City.  Its 509 guest rooms and suites range from 300 to 2,500 feet and newly include such features as interactive touchscreen displays to adjust lighting, mood, and temperature.

- Just north Broadway, the Essex House gives easy access to the world-class theater on display in the Big Apple.  

- The in-house spa offers personal trainers, a sauna and steambath, and full massage treatments to help you relax and enjoy the city.

One & Only Maldives at Reethi Rah- The rooms, suites, and lobby were all recently renovated in an $90 million dollar project to revitalize the charming Art Deco style.

- The Essex House's storied history dates back to 1929 when construction first began just prior to the stock market crash. Opening finally in 1931, the hotel hosted a number of attendees of the 1939 World's Fair before being acquired for military use during World War II.  It is one of only 200 hotels in America recognized by the Historic Hotels of America for maintaining its historic and cultural integrity for its 80 years of operation.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Jumeirah Essex House >>

Be sure to keep up with our countdown as we spotlight a new hotel every day until the New Year!