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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.

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Andaz Wall Street

December 19, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance know better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance, and design.

This entry in the Gold List is a special property indeed. The Andaz Wall Street is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, and it stands at the forefront of a design renaissance sweeping the area.  Rather than a traditional lobby, the Andaz features a lounge space that combines the check-in counter with a contemporary conversational feel. You don't check-in, you relax and even have a drink with a concierge.  This transformation from business to leisure is precisely what the hotel embodies; its clean lines and remarkable efficiency are always the result of impeccable design. In many ways, the Andaz Wall Street is the iPod of New York hotels: It's not that it's fundamentally redesigned the hotel experience, but at every turn it's just a little bit more intelligently designed, a little smoother, and a little more elegant.


Peninsula New York is Decking Its Halls

December 2, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula New York is located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City’s shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. This luxury hotel features 185 spacious guest rooms and 53 suites, recently renovated and decorated in a modern style. Specifically designed with convenience in mind, all of the rooms utilize state-of-the-art technology, allowing guests to control their environment with the touch of a button.

The Peninsula New York invites you to celebrate the holidays amidst wonderful decorations and fabulous dining at its restaurants and bars, including the popular Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace, which offers breathtaking views of New York. Be sure to participate in the annual Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating class, and enjoy the holidays in good cheer with your loved ones.

 


Girls Getaways: Moet Champagne Slumber Party at Mandarin Oriental New York

November 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental New YorkWe've seen our fair share of glam girls' getaway packages, but this might just take the cake. Who needs over-the-top Vegas revelry when when you can have Moët (and manis!) in Manhattan?! The Mandarin Oriental New York-- home to Nutcracker Afternoon Teas this holiday season-- has partnered with one of the world’s finest champagne houses to create a bubble-licious "Moët Champagne Slumber Party" for up to four friends. Celebrate NYC's best time of year with Christmas shopping, pampering, and bonding with your best friends over flutes of Moët Imperial Champagne. Here's what the package includes:

*One night in a suite for up to two people, or one night in a suite with a connecting room for up to four people

*Two bottles of Moët Imperial Champagne per suite/room

*Manicures and pedicures in the hotel’s five-star spa

*Saks Fifth Avenue VIP shopping experience with a Personal Style Consultant

*A selection of ‘girls’ night in’ movies

Package rates start from $3,250 for one night of suite-only accommodations for up to two people, and start from $5,000 for one night of suite with connecting room accommodations for up to four people. This package is available until April 30, 2012, is based on availability, and cannot be combined with other offers.


Winter White Out: Discounts at Boston's XV Beacon Hotel

November 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fifteen BeaconWhen snowfall covers Boston, we can't think of a better place to warm up than XV Beacon- the stylish hotel perched at the crest of Beacon Hill. Housed in a landmark, turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building, XV Beacon pampers guests all year round- but the winter season is extra special. Cozy up in front of the hotel's fireplace with a hot toddy (or cider), and embrace Boston's festive season with some shopping on the lamp-lit streets and cobblestone alleys. Bostonians know how to enjoy the colder weather! Splash out with a feast at one of the city's renowned restaurants, attend a show, go skating on the Frog Pond, and discover the beauty of traditional New England holidays. As an added enticement, XV Beacon is offering a "Winter White Out" deal with discounts on room rates, plus a food credit of $40 to be used at the hotel's excellent Mooo restaurant (or room service). Stay two nights and receive 15% off per night; stay three nights or more, and receive 20% off per night. Bookable now for stays starting December 1, 2011 through March 19, 2012. Rates starting from $295. Package based on availability and blackout dates may apply.


Spot The Langham's Pink Taxi in Boston; Win a Trip to London!

November 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham Boston, pink taxiHere's your chance to win a getaway to London! The Langham, Boston has rolled out a cool, new Facebook sweepstakes where one lucky winner will have a chance to jet off to London in luxury with Premium Economy airfare for two courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways and stay three nights at The Langham, London-- originally opened in 1865 as Europe’s first 'Grand Hotel.' (Don't miss Afternoon Tea in Palm Court!) All you have to do to enter the contest is spot The Langham, Boston's Pink Taxi around Beantown, snap a photo, and upload it to The Langham, Boston's Facebook page. Submissions will be accepted on Facebook from now until January 12, 2012 with the winner to be picked at random and announced on or about January 31, 2012.

We're loving this authentic English taxi in Langham's signature pink!


Luxury for Less: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hotel Deals

November 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lorien HotelGearing up for Black Friday? Planning your strategy for Cyber Monday (the biggest online shopping day of the year)? Expect deals galore, especially if you're looking to travel. Hotels are catering to travelers looking for internet savings. We've been keeping tabs on the great online deals available. And the offers keep flooding in! Here's a sampling.

Marriott’s Florida Resorts (like Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach and Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort) are joining together to offer up to 25% savings on Cyber Monday with rates starting from $95 to $186 per night. Available online on Monday, Nov. 28 only, the savings can be applied on stays from Nov. 29, 2011 through Jan. 8, 2012.

Kimpton is holding a 72-hour Cyber Monday Sale, starting 12 am on Monday, November 28, 2011, for 12 Mid-Atlantic region hotels in DC, Virginia and Maryland, giving away top suites and specialty rooms for the price of a standard guestroom. Hotels include Hotel Palomar Washington DC and the Lorien in Alexandria, where you can nab an overnight stay in the one-of-a-kind Diplomat Suite, featuring a 550-foot private furnished balcony, wet bar, and oversized bathroom for just $159 per night.

Trump ChicagoThe newly-renovated Warwick New York Hotel is offering a four-day Black Friday deal of 30% off the best available rate with savings extending through Feb. 29, 2012.

The Trump Hotel Collection is offering 30% off all suites that are booked on November 28, 2011 only. Available for travel January 1- March 31, 2012 at all Trump Hotel Collection properties – New York (Central Park and SoHo), Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama and Toronto (opening Jan. 31, 2012).


Betsey Johnson Designs "Eloise"-Themed Christmas Tree for The Plaza, New York

November 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eloise Christmas Tree at The PlazaIn other festive news: We hear that fashion designer Betsey Johnson has partnered with The Plaza in New York to design the hotel’s first official Christmas Tree this holiday season. And guess her inspiration? Eloise, of course! The fictional heroine of Kay Thompson’s 1955 classic book already has her own suite at The Plaza, but now she'll be honored with her very own tree- prominently displayed in the Fifth Avenue foyer. See Betsey Johnson's sketch for the tree here, but if you want to take a gander at the Christmas tree with your very own eyes, book a table for the special ‘Tree Lighting Tea’ in The Palm Court on November 28 at 5pm, hosted by The Plaza and Betsey Johnson. The iconic New York City hotel-- recently honored as a member of Historic Hotels of America-- is excited to welcome the designer’s first holiday ‘popup’ shop, which opened its doors on November 14th and offers an exciting collection of giftable items.


The Best of New England: Mandarin Oriental Boston and Blantyre Resort Team Up

November 15, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental BostonThe Mandarin Oriental Boston has partnered with Blantyre Resort to offer guests an unforgettable taste of New England in both the city and the countryside. Not only will you get a dose of Boston's history and culture, but you'll also get to relax in the heart of the Berkshires on Blantyre's sprawling 117-acre estate. The "East Meets West" package-- connecting Eastern and Western Massachusetts via the MA turnpike-- offers exclusive rates and services at these two stylish properties. Starting from $595 and valid until December 20, 2011, the package includes the following:

At Mandarin Oriental, Boston: * Upgrade to next available room type at time of check-in, based on availability * Daily full American breakfast for two at Asana restaurant * Two welcome signature cocktails in M Bar & Lounge overlooking bustling Boylston Street * $50 credit towards a treatment at the five-star spa * Two tickets to Top of the Hub's Skywalk Observatory atop The Prudential Building, located steps from the hotel * Minimum two-night stay

At Blantyre: * Upgrade to next available room type at time of check-in, based on availability * Daily Breakfast for two at the Main House restaurant * $200 resort credit * Complimentary tickets to Edith Wharton’s The Mount Estate & Gardens and Norman Rockwell Museum * Minimum two-night stay


Thanksgiving in New York at The Mark Hotel

November 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Mark Hotel, Thanksgiving

The holidays are fast approaching... Does this illustrate your Thanksgiving predicament? We feel your pain. Forget the turkey. Head to The Mark and let Jean-Georges take care of your Thanksgiving feast. What could be better than a tastebud-tickling gourmet extravaganza by a renowned culinary talent? Catch a glimpse of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, get a head-start on your Christmas shopping in NYC, and relax in luxury at The Mark. Who needs bickering with the in-laws when The Mark makes it so easy? "Thanksgiving at The Mark" can be booked for two people in a Mark Premier one-bedroom suite (including Thanksgiving dinner for two at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges), or for four people in a Mark Two-Bedroom Suite or Mark Premier Two-Bedroom Suite with Thanksgiving dinner for four.


The World's Best Hotels: Announcing the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011

November 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Bel-AirLooking to get inspired for your next getaway? The savvy editors at Fodor's have just released their first-ever list of the world's best hotels. After careful deliberation, the team of Fodor's editors and writers curated the "Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011" spanning eight hotel categories. Here's a sampling of some of our favorites that made the cut.

New & Noteworthy- The Year's Best New and Reinvented Hotels: Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Mondrian Soho in NYC, Hotel Bel-Air & The Redbury in Los Angeles

Grande Dame- Legendary Hotels with Superlative History and Service: The Carlyle in NYC, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, Hotel du Russie in Rome, The Savoy in London

Casual Chic- Effortlessly Stylish Hotels with Rustic-Modern Appeal: Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos, Bardessono in Napa, The Allison in Oregon

Design- Cutting-Edge Boutique Hotels at All Price Points: Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, Jia in Hong Kong

Cavo Tagoo, MykonosLocal Flavor- Go-To Hotels for a Truly Authentic Experience: Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Quebec, Evason Ma'in Hot Springs and Six Senses Spa in Jordan

Clubby Atmosphere- Hip Urban Pied-à-Terres: 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, The Liberty in Boston, The Augustine in Prague

Luxurious Retreat- Top Choices for a Complete Escape: Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Trusted Brand- World-Class Examples of International Hotel Chains: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, The Peninsula Bangkok