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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.

Image of the Day: The Michelangelo Hotel New York

June 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Michelangelo Hotel New York is the only European luxury boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan, New York's business, cultural, theater, and shopping district. 

The Michelangelo Hotel New York

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New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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Interactive Art at The Quin

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel
The Quin
,
the newest luxury hotel in Manhattan, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The legendary hotel has long been a home away from home for countless painters, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, and conductors. Doubtless, this is due to both The Quin's elegant beaux-arts architecture and its proximity to Broadway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Thanks to the hotel's Quin Arts initiative, the tradition continues today. Quin Arts is an interactive arts program that celebrates the property's rich heritage and produces exciting new spaces for contemporary artists. Quin Arts seeks to inspire suspended moments of reflection amid the bustle of urban life with engaging and immersive new work in New York City. The Quin invites progressive contemporary artists to make their mark through its residency program.

The Quin Hotel

The artistic  and cultural legacy of The Quin was laid by such art world luminaries Georgia O’Keeffe, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Marc Chagall. Quin Arts presents an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program; grand displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, which are specifically created for the hotel; and intimate salons with participating artists.

The Quin currently houses 18 original pieces by artists from around the world. The collection includes works by Blek le Rat, the Paris-based "Godfather of Street Art;” YZ; Eric Zener; Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat;" and renowned Irish painter Patrick Graham. This collection now includes 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker, and will continue to grow with original works commissioned through the Quin Arts' artist-in-residence program.

Current exhibits and artistic endeavors include:

-Heritage, an immersive photography exhibit presented in conjunction with Magnum Photos. It celebrates what Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson calls "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually." Heritage features the work of Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt and was co-curated by Darren Johnston and Gary Hoenig.

-Quin Artist in Residence Rosemary Siemens. Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados.

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Cool Pools: Gansevoort Park Avenue

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at the Gansevoort Park Avenue can take in views of the Empire State building while they swim or lounge. The heated, indoor/outdoor rooftop pool featuring a collapsible garage door allowing passage between the interior and exterior elements. The pool is exclusive for guests during business hours, and open year round for easy access. Take a dip and meet the Mosaic 1940’s pin up temptress who beckons enticingly from the pool bottom. 

Gansevoort Park Avenue

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in New York City

February 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the New York City. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!
 

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominiums
Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium 
(pictured left)
Romance Package 
Illuminate a spark between you and your lover that neither will soon forget. Indulge in each other's company from the breath-taking city view of a deluxe or premiere one-bedroom suite. Toast to the evening with a bottle of Prosecco, decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and subtle luxury. Take pleasure in a late check-out to enjoy an in-suite continental breakfast for two.

Rates start at $570 per night >>

Sofitel New York
Magnifique Romance
Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay, a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at $395 per night >>
The Algonquin New York


The Algonquin 
Algonquin Romance Package (pictured left)
The Algonquin invites you to spend a romantic getaway with them, filled with the special touches to make the perfect stay. This package includes accommodations for two, bottle of champagne, and Continental breakfast in the restaurant.

Rates start at $389 per night >>
 

Gansevoort Meatpacking District
Toss aside the candy hearts and spice up your Valentine’s Day with the intimacy inspired "Get Loved" package. Includes everything you’ll need to surprise your other half with a sexy Manhattan retreat. Temptations include early check-in at noon (subject to availability),
Continental breakfast in room for two, a bottle of Champagne + strawberries, one dozen red roses, the sensual travelers mile high kit, Kama Sutra book, and late check-out at 2PM (subject to availability).

Andaz Wall Street

Rates start at $539 per night >>

Andaz Wall Street
Love Goes Around Package (pictured left)
Enjoy two nights over Valentine's Day Weekend (February 14th, 15th or 16th) at Andaz Wall Street with a special package created for you and your sweetheart. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to in-room champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. You'll get breakfast for two every day, and a complimentary room upgrade when available

Rates start at $330 per night >> 

Loews Regency New York
VIP Valentine's Day Package
A freshly renovated guestroom in a soft, soothing palette sets the scene for romance, and is the perfect place to enjoy the bottle of Prosecco and selection of cheeses we will deliver to your door. This package also includes $200 credit to use on two tickets to the Broadway show of your choice. Simply select the show you want to see and our Concierge will take care of the booking while you toast Saint Valentine, the city of New York and, of course, your beloved.

Rates start at $599 per night >>
 

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Your Questions Answered: What New York Luxury Hotel Offers a Whirlpool Tub and Balcony?

January 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gansevoort Park AvenueWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What hotel in New York offers a Jacuzzi tub and balcony?

ANSWER: Gansevoort Park Avenue 

Enter Gansevoort Park Avenue and leave the busy streets of midtown Manhattan behind. Downtown cool meets uptown classic in this beautifully designed new building with chic modern interiors and a three-story atrium lobby featuring herringbone granite floors, over-sized aubergine chandeliers, and a fireplace. Spruce up at Cutler Salon. Treat yourself at Exhale Spa. Relax by the rooftop pool. Savor the views at Gotham’s second Plunge Bar and Lounge. Sample a champagne cocktail in the elegant bar adjacent to the lobby. Share a table and Italian-inspired fare at the 10,000 sq ft Ristorante Asellina.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

DUPLEX PENTHOUSE - This is an indulgent 3 bedroom, 2000 sq ft Presidential Suite that boasts all the premium amenities that you could desire. The bi-level, unique layout features a stunning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, a lofty terrace with exquisite city views, and an audio-visual system fit for the ultimate in entertainment. Spacious dining and living areas feature floor to ceiling windows flanked by custom black chandeliers. Your own private spa experience awaits in the grand, 6 fixture bathroom which includes a steam shower, Starck freestanding soaking whirlpool tub, products by Cutler Salon, and separate vanity dressing room. It's the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable stay.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Welcome Back Loews Regency Hotel!

January 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Regency HotelWelcome back to the Big Apple Loews Regency Hotel!

The luxury Park Avenue hotel, which re-opens tomorrow, has been reimagined with a contemporary new look. New York City’s most talented design minds, including Rottet Studio, Meyer Davis Studio Inc, and Jonathan Nehmer + Associates were selected by Jonathan Tisch for the redesign of the hotel. Blending modern design with clean and classic style, the expansive 24-foot high ceiling provides a grand entrance to the lobby that invites and energizes guests, bringing New York’s unmistakable Midtown vibe to life. The lobby, designed by Rottet Studio, offers a grand marble entrance with bespoke finishes and an urban sophisticated neutral palette. The Lobby Lounge area with rich velvet sofas, complete with power and hardline internet outlets, sits under a breathtaking art installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Helms called "Brise de printemps" (spring breeze).


The revitalization of the hotel includes:

-The Regency Bar & Grill. The hotel's signature restaurant will maintain the high-powered clientele of the famed "Power Breakfast" and offer innovative cuisine from restaurant partners Sant Ambroeus 

Loews Regency Hotel

-Sant Ambroeus at The Regency, a Milanese-style coffee bar with separate entrance on 61st Street

-A redesigned lobby to create an inviting and energizing sense of atmosphere

-328 all-new apartment-styled guestrooms and 58 suites with luxurious amenities

-State-of-the-art technology to accommodate corporate travelers and leisure guests

-A new 10,000-square-foot Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa

-Modernized fitness center with advanced equipment

Located within walking distance to Central Park, iconic attractions and some of the city’s finest dining and shopping options, the hotel is perfect for exploring New York City. 

Book a stay right now, and you can take advantage of Loews Regency Hotel's Stay 3+ Nights and Save up to 30% offer. 
The Third Night's A Charm offer is valid any day of the week (based on availability). 

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Did You Know? The Quin Hotel

January 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel

The Quin Hotel, which in November 2013, is a peaceful retreat alongside Central Park. In another life, The Quin Hotel was known as The Buckingham hotel. Opened in 1929, the Buckingham's location near many theaters made it extremely popular with artists visiting and performing in New York City. Famous artistic guests of the hotel include pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski, artist Georgia O'Keefe, and painter Marc Chagall. In honor of the artists, The Quin Hotel has the Paderewski and O’Keeffe Specialty Suites.

-The Paderewski Suite is a bohemian 1-bedroom suite inspired by the Polish pianist. The 600 sq. ft. suite features city views and distinctive finishes, including a marble shower and bath, separate living room, and dry bar. This room comfortably accommodates up to 2 guests.

-The O'Keefe Suite The spirit of Georgia O‘Keeffe is captured in this picturesque 600 sq. ft. 1-bedroom Specialty Suite. Inspired by O'Keeffe’s harmonic use of line and color, the suite is designed with earth tones and boasts city views, a separate living room, marble shower and bath, a dining area, and dry bar. This room comfortably accommodates up to 2 guests.

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Image of the Day: Viceroy New York

January 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York's porthole windows provide a unique view of Manhattan.

Viceroy New York

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Studio Living at The James New York

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
The James New York
is a 114-room luxury boutique hotel designed as a locally inspired, community focused, and environmentally thoughtful hotel. Outdoor spaces throughout the hotel include a seasonal Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck and bar. The James New York also features the award-winning David Burke Kitchen and curated art exhibits throughout the hotel.

For those who would like to experience the quintessential New York studio apartment living experience, you can do so at The James New York. Of course, you won't have to walk up five flights of stairs, schelp your laundry to the laundromat, or deal with faulty heat, noisy neighbors, and brick wall views, since these studios are of the luxury variety. 

Corner queen and king studios feature city views with a prime corner location offering two walls of windows with an abundance of natural light. Contemporary studios offer an open layout and upscale residential design complemented by a palette of warm tones and natural, artisan fabrics. Designed with the modern day traveler in mind, the layout offers artful balance of form and function - from the spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms to the flat screen TVs and WiFi. All handcrafted studios are intelligently appointed with intuitive amenities such as eco-friendly Keetsa pillows, triple distilled water refreshed twice daily, separate seating areas for work or dining, and fully stocked pantries with locally curated offerings. A "peek-a-boo" motorized screen separates the bedroom from the glass-enclosed bathroom, which features a rain shower and natural bath amenities provided by Intelligent Nutrients.

Corner Queen measures 340 sq. ft (32 sq. m) of space and Corner King measures 380 sq. ft. (35 sq. m) of space. There is an accessible Corner King Studio features lowered shelving and lowered door viewer and latches. Bathrooms are equipped with roll-in showers and grab bars.

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