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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: 6 Columbus


By: Five Star Alliance

Discover downtown chic in midtown Manhattan, at 6 Columbus - a SIXTY Hotel,
located on the cusp of Central Park, Broadway's Theater District, Museum Row, and
uptown's many Michelin-starred restaurants. Featuring a sleek 1960s-era design
with modernist decor, this NYC luxury hotel-is both of another time and future-forward.

6 Columbus - a SIXTY Hotel

This luxury hotel near Central Park is just a short walk away from
New York City's most beloved green space. Pack a picnic, soak up the
sun at Sheep's Meadow, or catch one of the many free concerts and
events that happen throughout the year in this storied outdoor space. 

Book a stay at 6 Columbus - a SIXTY Hotel >>


Bedtime and Playtime at The NoMad Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The NoMad Hotel
The stunning NoMad Hotel makes its home in a fully retored turn of the century Beaux-Arts building. The hotel is intended as a fresh take on the classic grand hotels of Europe with a distinct New York sensibility. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. The soaring ceilings throughout the public spaces provide a fine gathering place to enjoy dining, drinking, and socializing.

But there's more to The NoMad Hotel than just its good looks. The hotel has arranged for programs that enhance guest's playtime as well as bedtime. Here's a few of the exciting happenings at the hotel.

Bedtime Stories
The NoMad has partnered with Boffo, the non-profit producer of public art, and Lorin Stein, the Editor of The Paris Review. The collaboration will produce a limited edition publication of bedtime stories curated to accompany a night's stay at The NoMad Hotel. From classic to contemporary, The NoMad Bedtime Stories will focus on that twilight time between reality and dream. Slightly surreal, the stories will be imaginative windows into expansive other worlds and inner imaginations.

NoMad Upstairs
The NoMad, in collaboration with theory11, presents The Magician, an intimate evening of magic, mystery, and deception, starring Dan White. A drink menu created by Bar Director Leo Robitschek will be available prior to the show and during intermission.

The NoMad Masquerade Ball
The NoMad Masquerade Ball is an annual black tie affair held on Halloween with abundant food, delicious drinks, live music, some tricks, and some treats.

Book a stay at The NoMad Hotel >>


W Mommie Dearest Drag Mamas Take Over Mother's Day at W New York Downtown


By: K. Clare Johnson

W New York Downtown
If you can't be with your mom on Mother's Day, W New York Downtown may have the answer. The hip hotel has teamed up with some Drag Mamas to offer W Mommie Dearest events. 

These surrogate mamas are offering their services on Sunday May 10. Here are some of the events planned:

- Mama Needs a Drink. Head to the hotel's Living Room Bar & Terrace and order up a "Mama's Martini Madness." The special drink consists of vodka, orange and pineapple juice, Chambord, topped with some bubbly and garnished with a kiss from Mama.

- Mommie's Turn Down. These mother figures will tuck you in. If you ask nicely, maybe you'll even get a bedtime story.

- Mama Knows Best. Take advantage of your drag mom's wisdom. If you are wrestling with a question about love, relationships, or really, anything, the Drag Mom will offer her best advice for solving the problem. W New York Downtown

- Breakfast with Mama. It's usually your mom that gets Mother's Day breakfast in bed. Not this time. Drag Mama's will serve you up eggs with a side of sass.

- Facetime with Mother. Your tech-savvy mom will appreciate the video chat from you...but she probably won't expect your Drag Mother to be there too. 

Services are subject to availability so book quickly. 

Spend time with your Mommie Dearest at W Hotel New York Downtown >>


Lil' james Family Adventurer Package at The James New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
If you are planning a family vacation in New York City, let The James New York help. The luxury hotel's lil' james Family Adventure Package offers the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.

The Package Includes:

- Two tickets to Children’s Museum of the Arts, where kids can view a vast collection of international children’s art. The interactive museum also offers workshops in video-making, sound creation and a fun clay bar. 

- Milk and cookie turndown service.

- Welcome amenitiy featuring a custom James Backpack, seedling gift, or water bottle

-In-room DVDs, kid-friendly menus from David Burke Kitchen, board games, and books.

 

Terms and Conditions include:

Package is available for stays through December 31, 2015. 24-hour advance reservations are required. Package components may be replaced with a similar item without notice, based on availability. Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Offer is not applicable to groups. Please read the rate description carefully for additional terms and conditions.

Rates for the 'lil James Family Adventurer Program start at $389 per night >>


Did You Know? The Pierre Hotel New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Pierre Hotel New York opened in 1930 at a prime site at the corner of Fifth Avenue at 61st Street, commanding unrestricted views of Central Park. Many consider the signature room of this iconic hotel to be the rotunda. The Rotunda's famous tromp l'oeil murals were created in 1967 by American artist Edward Melcarth (1914 -1973). It was his intention to bring the style and spirit of the Renaissance paintings into the present.

In the mural scenes, classic mythological figures like Neptune and Venus are intermingled with a woman with young children who resembles Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as well as a man in a Nehru jacket, a clothing style popular in the 1960s. Other mythological figures, such as the River Gods and Minerva, share space with a young Adam & Eve (Adam was posed for by actor Erik Estrada in his younger days) and the painter's cat, Sasha. Several of the figures were modeled on people from New York society and some of the artist's patrons and benefactors. Melcarth also sculpted the male and female heads above the entrances to The Rotunda and the restaurant.

The Pierre Hotel New York

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Image of the Day: Park Hyatt New York


By: Five Star Alliance

At 3100 square feet, the Onyx room is the largest of the event spaces at Park Hyatt New York.
The impressive meeting space features 28’ of back lit white, Italian onyx rising from floor to ceiling,
and incorporates custom lighting schemes for dramatic effect. The 1,300 square foot Foyer has washed
oak paneling, hand painted watercolor panels,and carpeting digitally created to replicate an aerial view
of the majestic trees in Central Park. 

Park Hyatt New York

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Sunday Screenings at The Tribeca Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Tribeca Grand Hotel


Guests at the Tribeca Grand Hotel can go to the movie theater without ever leaving the hotel. The hotel's private screening room offers roomy plush leather seating, state-of-the-art projection, and digital surround sound.  

On Sundays the Tribeca Grand hosts free weekly screenings of cult classics and buzzworthy television shows including Mad Men, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire, open to guests of the hotel and New York locals. It's first come first serve, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.


 

Book a stay at the Tribeca Grand Hotel >>


Did You Know? The Library Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Library Hotel
The Library Hotel's
collection of over 6,000 books is organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of the 10 categories of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms are uniquely adorned with books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to.

Each of the ten guestroom floors of the Library is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System including:

Social Sciences
Literature
Languages
History
Math & Science
General Knowledge
Technology
Philosophy
The Arts
Religion

Book a stay at The Library Hotel >>


New to Five Star Alliance: The Knickerbocker


By: Five Star Alliance

Everything old is new again. The Knickerbocker is open for business once again. The hotel was originally created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, and has re-opened as the first luxury hotel in Times Square. Mere blocks from Fifth Avenue, The Metropolitan Opera, Rockefeller Plaza, MoMA, and Central Park, here is where famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and renowned American playwright George M. Cohan made their homes, and where names like Rockefeller and Fitzgerald gathered in what was once known as The 42nd Street Country Club.

The Knickerbocker

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Image of the Day: The Blakely New York Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Blakely New York Hotel is ideally located at 136 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, The Blakely is within walking distance of the high-end fashion of 5th Avenue, the enjoyment of Central Park, the lights of Broadway, as well as numerous corporate headquarters on 6th and 7th Avenues. Other area attractions include Rockefeller Center, The Museum of Modern Art, City Center, Carnegie Hall, the AOL-Time Warner Center, and numerous dining options right at its doorstep. 

The Blakely New York Hotel

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