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Set at the cultural crossroads of the Lower East Side, Hotel 50 Bowery embodies the spirit of NYC. The luxury boutique hotel offers guests The Crown Rooftop Bar & Lounge space on the hotel's 21st floor. The pet-friendly property has two outdoor terraces, and contemporary guests rooms and suites with versatile work desks, artwork curated by Exhibition A, and bathrooms with designer amenities by Jonathan Adler. Continue reading below the photo for a special offer.

Guest room at the Hotel 50 Bowery

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary drink at The Crown Rooftop Bar & Lounge during their stay. 

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Featured Journeys: All-American Patriotic Road Trip

This edition of Featured Journeys: All-American Patriotic Road Trip takes us on a journey along the East Coast of the U.S.A. The journey begins in Boston to explore historic sites and iconic attractions, then it's on to New York City for the Statue of Liberty, Broadway Shows, and famous pizza. Next up, Philadelphia, home of the new Museum of the American Revolution and the Liberty Bell. The road trip wraps up in the capital city of Washington, D.C. Whether you choose to travel via car, rail, or air, this journey offers an itinerary filled with history and must-see attractions, along with top luxury hotel choices to start and end each day in pure comfort. 

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New York City
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.

Boston

One of the country's oldest cities, Boston is a walkable city known for history and seafood. Begin your trip with a walk along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, where you'll visit 16 iconic landmarks while walking along a red-lined trail. Explore museums, churches, meeting houses, and burying grounds with historical significance, including King's Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Paul Revere House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Bunker Hill Monument. While you're here, be sure to try some local seafood, perhaps at the city's oldest restaurant, Ye Old Union Oyster House, a National Historic Landmark. You'll also want to try a cup of clam chowder, and maybe some Boston Cream Pie. If it's summer, head to Fenway Park for a one-of-a-kind baseball viewing experience at the national's oldest Major League Baseball Stadium or visit Boston Common and go for a swan boat ride. Those who love to shop will want to visit the boutiques along Newbury Street. 

Here are a few of our top Boston Luxury Hotels:

Liberty Hotel

Lobby of the Liberty Hotel

Spend the night in a former jail at the Liberty Hotel. Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the property is considered one of the best examples of "Boston Granite Style" from the mid-19th century. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 2007, The Liberty has 298 guest rooms and suites featuring playful nods to the building's past, the Clink restaurant serving seafood and New England fare, Alibi serving cocktails and late night snacks, and the Liberty Bar. Editor's note: this is an extremely pet-friendly hotel with "yappy hours" and special amenities for four-legged friends. 

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Fifteen Beacon

Fifteen Beacon

Reigning over the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Fifteen Beacon is luxury boutique hotel set within a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts Building. Focused on discreet service and bespoke amenities, the property mixes modern with an original caged-glass elevator, grand marble staircase, and mahogany paneling. The property's Mooo...restaurant offers a modern take on a steakhouse menu with regional influences, warm lighting, and sleek furnishings. 

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Fairmont Copley Plaza

Signature Interior Courtyard King

Since opening in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has been an iconic Boston landmark. Situated in Boston's historic Back Bay, the property is located along the Freedom Trail, steps from the Boston Public Library, Newbury Street boutiques, and Copley Place Mall. Carley Copley--the resident canine welcomes guests, and the hotel's 383 lavish guest rooms and suites are furnished in classic style infused with Boston influences. There's a rooftop health club overlooking the city, and the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is an American brasserie serving locally-sourced cuisine. 

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New York City

After exploring the historic city of Boston, it's time to head south to New York City. From Times Square and the Broadway Theaters, to Fifth Avenue's shopping, NYC is an iconic destination in itself. Central Park offers a retreat from the hussle and bustle, the Empire State Building features one-of-a-kind views of the metropolis, and a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island provides visitors with a look at what life was like for the immigrants arriving in the 1800s. While you're here, be sure to a slice (or two) of New York Pizza, see a Broadway Show, and perhaps check out a baseball game at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. 

Here are a few of our top New York City Luxury Hotels:

The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

For a room with a view of the Statue of Liberty, The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park provides an ideal setting. In the heart of the city's financial district in Lower Manhtattan, the hotel offers luxury accommodations with a waterfront setting. There's a full-service spa and fitness center, along with Ritz Kids programming and amenities, and the 2West modern American bistro. Steps from Battery Park and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the hotel is perfect for business and leisure travelers. 

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The Plaza Hotel

Dining at The Plaza New York

An iconic NYC landmark, The Plaza Hotel recently completed a major restoration transforming the property into a historic luxury hotel infused with a contemporary spirit for the modern traveler. Guest rooms and suites feature in-room iPads for visitors to control their entire experience, and suite guests receive 24 hour butler service. The Palm Court serves a legendary Afternoon Tea, and new offerings include the Champagne Bar, stylish Rose Club, The Todd English Food Hall, and The Plaza Food Hall.

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The NoMad Hotel

Guest room at The NoMad Hotel

Close to the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park, The NoMad Hotel is nestled within a turn of the century Beaux Arts building. Featuring a boutique style setting by renowned French Designer Jacques Garcia, the chic guest rooms have custom-designed furnishings and original artwork. Public spaces are designed as gathering spaces, and the hotel's restaurant serves casually-elegant food and beverages by acclaimed Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidara, founders of the critically acclaimed Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park.  

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Philadelphia

Next stop, the City of Brotherly Love. On the Five Star Alliance's List of "17 Places to go in 2017", and founded by William Penn in 1682, Philadelphia is a must-see for history enthusiasts. The Independence National Historic Park is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where visitors can stand in the room where the Declaration of Independence was drafted. Two blocks away, the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution, provides guests with an in-depth look at how the country gained its freedom with interactive exhibits and historic artifacts like George Washington's tent.

Here are a few of our top Philadelphia Luxury Hotels:

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Situated within an Art Deco-style building, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia provides a city center location in the popular Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The eco-friendly property features a variety of art infused with political and historical figures, including three brightly-colored Ben Franklin effigies, the Square 1682 restaurant with chef-prepared new American cuisine, and daily hosted wine hours. 

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Rittenhouse Hotel

The Rittenhouse Hotel

Almost as iconic as the city itself, the Rittenhouse Hotel towers nine stories above Philadelphia. Guest rooms and suites are spacious, and the hotel offers family travel amenities such as welcome gifts, children's bathrobes, baby bathtubs, in-room movies and popcorn, and a copy of the book, "Goodnight Philadelphia". There's also Afternoon Tea, brunch, and fine dining at LaCroix, and the Rittenhouse Spa and Club with Hair by Paul Labrecque. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is set beneath the marble dome of a former bank building. Originally built as a reconstruction of the Pantheon in 1908 by the Girard Trust Company, the hotel recently completed a $25 million redesign. The refreshed property offers reimagined modern guest rooms and suites, Club Lounge,  and a revitalized lobby with Aqimero--a new restaurant, bar, and lounge. 

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Washington, D.C.

The final stop of this Featured Journey takes us to the nation's capital city. From the White House to the National Mall, the city offers iconic landmarks and sites to see. The Smithsonian Museums provide free admission, giving visitors the opportunity to explore as many of the museums as time allows. During the summer months, take in a Nationals Game or go kayaking along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. To learn more about the country's government, visit the Capital's Senate and House Chambers, then be sure to stop and enjoy the views of the memorials along the National Mall. For shopping, head to Georgetown with an array of international and local boutiques, and check out one of the city's rooftop bars for a nightcap with one-of-a-kind vistas. 

Here are a few of our top Washington, D.C. Luxury Hotels:

The Hay-Adams Hotel

White House View Room at The Hay-Adams Hotel

Overlooking the White House, The Hay-Adams Hotel offers accommodations with iconic views, including the White House View Room (shown above). Built in 1928, the iconic hotel housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion features original details like high ceilings, ornate plaster moldings, and a walnut-paneled lobby. Close to the city's top attractions, the hotel's Lafayette Restaurant has fine dining with views of Lafayette Park, the Off the Record Bar is popular with politicos and visitors, and children receive nightly turn-down service with milk and cookies.

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The Watergate Hotel

One Bedroom Suite at The Watergate Hotel

Fresh off a $200 million renovation, The Watergate Hotel provides an urban retreat in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The infamous hotel features the Top of the Gate--a rooftop bar and lounge with panoramic Potomac views, Kingbird restaurant, and The Next Whisky Bar. Plus, the Argentta Spa with the hotel's original indoor pool, along with a fitness center and barre studio. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 hotel credit to use during their stay.

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The Dupont Circle Hotel

LEVEL NINE Suite at The Dupont Circle Hotel

Perched above one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Dupont Circle Hotel offers spacious and contemporary accommodations. Rooms on the hotel's LEVEL NINE provide elevated luxuries, private glass-walled balconies, and memorable city views. Cafe Dupont serves an American menu wtih French influences, and Bar Dupont has a happy hour popular with the cosmopolitan after-work crowd. 

Learn more about The Dupont Circle Hotel

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Nestled within a turn of the century Beaux Arts building, The NoMad Hotel was masterfully restored by renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. Situated in the neighborhood just north of Madison Square Park, the Manhattan luxury hotel is close to the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park. Featuring a boutique style setting, the elegant property's 168 guest rooms evoke a residential feel with custom-designed furnishings and original artwork, while public spaces have soaring ceilings and gathering places. The hotel's restaurant serves casually-elegant food and beverages by Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidara, founders of the critically acclaimed Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park. 

The NoMad Hotel NYC

In addition to New York-infused environment, The NoMad offers guests unique experiences within the hotel and restaurant, including the NoMad Summer Lobster Fest. Available in the main dining room from June 1 to Labor Day, the five course lobster event offers a communal gourmet dining experience, with optional beverage pairings. Plus, the Sundays-only Mamma Guidara's prix-fixe dinner is a celebration of NYC's "red sauce" Italian joints. Continue reading below the photo.

The Nomad Hotel NYC

Additional events include  "The Magician" interactive experience showcasing the art of magic, illusion, and deception, along with the Black Tie Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

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Set within a 45-story prismatic tower, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York offers a prime Midtown Manhattan location and exemplifies Baccarat's 250-year legacy of perfect craft and elegance. Featuring the most opulent setting, The Baccarat Suite provides an indulgent retreat with exclusive services such as complimentary hair blow outs by appointment, a dedicated team of hosts, packing and unpacking, plus VIP White Glove Service at the Madison Baccarat boutique. There's a one touch device that controls in-room lighting and entertaining, along with a direct connection to concierge, valet, in-room dining, and housekeeping. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with La Mer Beauty Products and flowers, and presented with a Baccarat gift at departure. Continue reading below the photo.

The entrance of the Baccarat Suite at the Baccarat Hotel NYC

Featuring a series of salon-like spaces, the living area of the Baccarat Suite has custom-designed seating, oversized flat-screen TVs concealed behind smoked mirrors, a powder room for guests, dining area, and a butler's pantry for staff to enter for entertaining. There's an en-suite Baccarat Bar with a curated selection of wines by the hotel's sommelier, a full range of spirits, Ruinart champagne, and Baccarat crystal barware. While the red lacquer minibar has Baccarat crystal stemware and a selection of delicacies from Maison Ladurée.

Living area of the Baccarat Suite at the Baccarat Hotel NYC

The bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic Manhattan views, along with a four-post bed with embossed Mascioni jacquard linens and a cashmere throw. Inside the luxurious bathroom is a deep freestanding soaking tub, separate walled shower, and white marble surfaces. Plus, La Mer skincare products, Italian robes, and amenities by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris.

The Baccarat Suite Bedroom at the Baccarat Hotel NYC

Situated across from the Museum of Modern Art, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York provides a prestigious location steps away from Central Park and Fifth Avenue shopping. There's a 55-foot indoor marble swimming pool surrounded by daybeds, along with the first Spa de La Mer in the United States. The property also offers three distinct culinary destinations including Chevalier, helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante and famed restaurateur Charles Masson.

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Pet-friendly Hotels

What's a family vacation without the family pet? In honor of National Pet Day, we've pulled together five of the top pet-friendly hotels in the U.S.A. 

1. Hutton Hotel Nashville

Hutton Hotel Nashville

Close to downtown and Vanderbilt University, the Hutton Hotel Nashville offers specially designed pet floors, along with exclusive pet amenities. The Hotel's Happy Tails Pet Program greets furry friends with Hutton Bubba Rose welcome treats, pet bandanas, welcome toys, custom Hutton placemats, bowls, and leashes to use during the stay, bedding, and a special pet-friendly room service menu. 

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2. The Cottages at the Boat Basin

The Cottages at the Boat Basin

Providing a waterfront setting, The Cottages at the Nantucket Boat Basin offers special Woof Cottages along with Bailey, the Pet Concierge. When guests with furry friends check in, Bailey the Black Lab/Britney Spaniel mix is there to greet visitors and show four-legged guests to The Woof Cottages, which are equipped with pet beds, personalized pet tags, food and water bowls, plus a welcome bag of treats. There's also doggie turndown and walking services available. 

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3. Virgin Hotel Chicago

Virgin Hotel Chicago

Offering pet-friendly chambers with porcelain watchdogs outside the doors, Virgin Hotel Chicago provides an array of in-room amenities including dog beds, food and water dishes, plus treats and Virgin Hotels bandanas. Two blocks from the Chicago Riverwalk, the hotel is located within a historic building in Chicago's Loop neighborhood. 

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4. Hotel Monaco Portland

Dakota the Director of Pet Relations, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

Situated within a historic 1912 building designed in Anglo-Chinois style, the Hotel Monaco Portland is a pet-friendly hotel with no size, weight, or breed restrictions. Dakota, the Director of Pet Relations greets all guests at the door, pets are welcome at the nightly wine reception, and in-room amenities include loaner pet beds, water and food bowls, plus courtesy bags for walking the dog. Don't have a pet to bring along? Guests can request companion goldfish to enjoy for the duration of their stay. 

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5. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Voted the nation's "Pet Friendliest Destination" by Animal Fair magazine, the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC welcomes pets with Lord Jameson treats at turndown, monogrammed mats with pet's names on it, food and water bowls, Fiji water, toys, and collar tags that read "I am staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC." There's additional enhancements available, including name tags, puppy purses, and personalized pet beds. 

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The iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York closed its doors in early March to undergo a massive renovation and restoration. While there's an extensive wait ahead, our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor created an article with more details about the hotel's major renovation. Read more below the photo. 

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria: What to Know About the Upcoming Renovation

New York City’s acclaimed Waldorf Astoria said goodbye to its last guests yesterday as it will undergo a massive two-year renovation. The hotel was purchased by Chinese Insurance group Anbang in 2015 for nearly $2 billion and is set to be transformed into high-end condominiums and a smaller hotel. 

NYC-luxury real estate expert Victoria Shtainer understands the unique opportunity that residences at the Waldorf will provide to New York City residents. The Waldorf Astoria has housed many celebrities, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to every U.S. president. The hotel also holds many secrets, such as track 61 which runs beneath the hotel and allowed Franklin D. Roosevelt to avoid the press. 

The renovation includes plans to take a portion of the tower and convert them to privately owned condos while retaining a portion of the hotel. Specific details about the condos have not yet been released but comments from Anbang execs hint at similarities to The Plaza, Baccarat and 30 Park Place. The project is an addition to what many call the “Midtown Cultural District” along with newcomers like 100 East 53 Street, which will soon be home to Jean Georges market, a new restaurant in place of the old Four Seasons space and other luxury developments.
 
Shtainer says this could be a push for higher prices, similar to those seen on the 57th Street “Billionaires Row” corridor, since Anbang’s chairman Wu Xiaohui was quoted as saying “a potential buyer needs to have more than money to qualify for our apartments.” 

 


We recently booked clients for a 3 day meeting at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on New York's Upper East Side. The hotel offered experienced hosts and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The meeting space included windows overlooking 64th Street, but with 5 different space options the hotel can host from 2 to 150 guests for any meeting, international business, diplomatic, or social gathering. The catering menu was planned with their culinary team.

Whether you require an intimate space for a standing cocktail reception, or a larger room for a seated meal or presentation, these spaces are guaranteed to leave an impression on all attendees. In addition, the hotel maintains an on-site staff of experienced professionals to assist with event consultation and planning, as well as day-of supervision. 

Meetings or events with 10 or more rooms will be offered special room rates.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's meeting space as of January 2017

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's example of restaurant meeting space as of January 2017


Set in the heart of Manhattan, at the crossroads of art, fashion, and design, the Langham Place Hotel, Fifth Avenue offers 157 luxurious guest rooms and 57-ultra luxurious suites. In September, the hotel will unveil new suites designed by French design firm and retailer, Roche Bobois. Read more about the designer suites in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue has partnered with Roche Bobois, a French design firm and retailer, to introduce the new Roche Bobois Suites. The new suites are slated to debut this September, coinciding with both New York Fashion Week and the United Nations General Assembly.

The Roche Bobois suites (#2503 and #2603), have two full bathrooms, an additional half-bath and a combined living and dining area, as well as a full-service kitchen, washer and dryer and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the New York skyline and Empire State Building.

Inspired by the brand’s collaborations with fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Missoni, the new suites also incorporate elements from Roche Bobois' most recent collaboration with Christian Lacroix.

Design elements of the new Roche Bobois Suites at Langham Place, New York include:
- Living room furniture, such as a Presence Sofa, a Profile tufted leather ottoman and an Epoq sofa from the Nouveaux Classique collection
- Aqua dining table, which can seat up to 10 guests
- Courchevel King Size beds in each bedroom
- Artwork using materials from Maison Christian Lacroix
- Mounted TV units by Chicane and Logos in each bedroom - Drapery by men’s fashion designer Paul Smith
- Accent pillows and throws throughout the suites by Maison Lacroix

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Langham Place, New York Exterior View

If you've ever dreamed of camping without leaving the city, here's your chance...

The W New York partnered with Laurel & Wolf to temporarily transform the patio of its Extreme Wow Suite's terrace into an Outdoor Glamping Suite. 

Glamping at the W New York

Featuring a whimsical approach to urban glamping, the suite offers a 12-foot yurt decorated in colorful fabrics and textures with glowing lanterns. Finished with rattan hanging chairs for lounging, and a fire pit that ignites with the flip of a switch. Surrounded by a canopy of twinkling lights, the rustic-luxe oasis is a chic glamping option in the city.

Located in the center of Manhattan, the W New York is steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the Theater District, and Rockefeller Center. Plus, there's a FIT Gym and Bliss 49 Spa, ideal for relaxing and pampering during your glamping getaway.

Note: this special suite will be available until fall 2016.

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Glamping at the W New York

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Sparkling in the summer sun, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is docked in the New York Harbor. Following a $132 million investment, the luxurious ship is boarding its first group of passengers, and embarking from NYC to Southampton on July 6, 2016. Completely transformed inside and out, the revitalized Queen Mary 2 features new public spaces, including the Carinthia Lounge, The Verandah specialty restaurant, and the refreshed Kings Court buffet area. Staterooms have been redesigned, and there are 10 additional dog kennels with Liverpool lamp posts and New York City fire hydrants so dogs can feel right at home. 

Queen Mary 2 departs from NYC on July 6, 2016

Images courtesy of Ruthanne Terrero.

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