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Linguists Despair: The Source of Jeremy Lin Puns Moving to W Hotel New York

By: Christopher Roney

 The locus of Linsanity, one Jeremy Lin, has finally made the move away from his brother's couch to accommodations more befitting the next big thing in the NBA. The linchpin of the Knicks offense has taken up residence in a rented 2-bedroom apartment at the W New York Downtown near the Financial District.   

So what's attracted the star to these five-star accommodations? The Sunhine Select Residences are no slouch, his suite coming with enough furniture to probably pay himself the last year of his salary.  His days of linoleum kitchen tiling are now well in his past.  He'll still be commuting to practice from the Trump Tower in White Plains, but he plans to spend much of his time at his new downtown apartment.

While his fans have been looking a little maudlin lately, knowing that the cinderella run had to have its hiccups, dropping two of the last three games to New Orleans and New Jersey, the hopes of New York still rest on his shoulders while he rests those shoulders in the W New York Downtown.   

Hotels Worth Seeing, after a Fashion (Show)

By: Christopher Roney

Fashion Week is always a bit of an adventure for New York, when the city gets taken over by edgy designers and their entourages.  So if you're around the city this week, make sure to grab an orange mocha frappucino and head on over to any of the hundreds of shows happening around the city.  More importantly, HotelChatter has posted a wonderful list of five hotels to check out during Fashion Week, happening right now.  Among the highlights are the Andaz 5th Avenue, which will be featuring graffiti murals, and the Jazz scene at Gramercy Park, featured recently as one of our Top Valentine's Day hotels.  Head on over here to see the full article, or check out the Andaz and Gramercy Park.

A Few Valentine’s Day Ideas in New York City

By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s officially February, which means Valentine’s Day is creeping up fast! For the gentlemen still at a loss for where to take their loved ones, we have a few recommendations up our sleeve. Whisk her away to the city that never sleeps for a romantic getaway and an experience neither of you will forget!

Make a reservation at any of our 95 luxury hotels in New York City for an intimate and luxurious retreat. A few worth checking out are the Loews Regency Hotel and the Crosby Street Hotel. Keep things classy and sophisticated at the Loews Regency Hotel, which will be serving special Bubbly Passions made from passion fruit puree, schnapps, and Astoria Prosecco. After a few themed drinks at the Loews Regency Hotel, head on over to the Crosby Street Hotel for a phenomenal Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be serving a price fixe menu starting at $75 per person and will includes 3 courses as well as a glass of rose Champagne. Each table will have a special bottle with a message inside, and one lucky diner will find an invitation to spend Sunday night in one of the Crosby Street Hotel’s rooms, tickets to the hotel’s weekly Film Club, and dinner for two.

After dinner, drinks, and hotel hopping, check into your luxury hotel for an intimate ending to your wonderful evening. A few of our absolute favorite New York City hotels are the Carlyle, the Surrey, and the James!

Be sure to explore all of the hotel options available to choose the perfect one for you and your loved one!

$50 Spa Credit at the Carlyle and Free Champagne at the Ritz? Yes, Please.

By: Christopher Roney

When Confucius declared the five pillars of filial piety, he hardly could have anticipated the sixth relationship that matters above all else, the one of blogger to his readers.  In honor of that lasting bond, I have come bearing gifts to solidify our friendship.  I hope you like them; I was going to make you a papier mache model of the Burj Al Arab, but my crafting abilities are on par with a baby elephant's, and I don't even have a prehensile trunk.

So instead, I'm happy to declare that Five Star Alliance have partnered with the Ritz Paris and the Carlyle in New York to bring you special amenities with reservations made under the Five Star Alliance rate. For a limited time, the Ritz Paris is offering free champagne with FSA reservations.  The saccharine taste of bubbly effervescence is the perfect way to sweeten an already great deal for a hotel in the heart of the city of bread, wine, love, and cheese.  And it's the perfect time to catch this Parisian gem before it goes off the radar for an extensive renovation.

If New York is a little bit more your style, the Carlyle is looking to show off its exquisite Rosewood Spa by offering FSA guests a $50 spa credit. Simply select the "Welcome Offer" rate code, and you'll be well on your way to enjoy a sumptuous soak in one of New York's finest spas.  And don't forget that if you're friend of Five Star Alliance on Facebook by the beginning of March, you could win two nights at the Carlyle for free. 


Courting Favor with St. Giles: The Hotel Next Door

By: Christopher Roney

 Yesterday, I posted that the St. Giles Tuscany is undergoing a major renovation, which might have the potential to make the more impatient among us sad that we'll have to wait until August to see what's in the pipeline.  Fortunately for those of us who just can't get enough of St. Giles, just next door their sister property St Giles The Court remains open and waiting for your business.  A similar boutique hotel with a cool metropolitan feel, the Court is a perfect shopping hotel.  Just a few blocks from 5th Avenue, you won't find a better home base to peruse the latest in New York fashion.  And when you can't help but bring back some with you, the Court offers ample closet space for all your new acquisitions.

With seven top-of-the-line meeting rooms and a popular Lounge bar, the Court is ready for whatever  business arrangement, romantic getaway, or special event you can throw at her.  And with rates starting at $189/night, you'll be sleeping in the city that never does for a great price compared to much of the competition.  And once the Tuscany reopens next door, St. Giles The Court New York can only get better.

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

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

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

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!

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

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!