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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.

Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Omni Royal Orleans


Inside the luxury hotel that is now Omni Royal Orleans is the historic Rib Room. The steak-heavy restaurant, unusual in a town known for Po'Boys and seafood, has served dinner to a galaxy of stars, including  Luciano Pavarotti, Muhamad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Louis Armstrong, Richard Nixon, Paul Newman, and Harry Connick, Jr. But that's not the hotel's only claim to fame. The ideas for the Superdome and the Louisiana Jazz Festival were developed in one of Rib Room's private dining areas. 

The culinary team at the Rib Room strives to incorporate unique and locally sourced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. 

 

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Did You Know? Soniat House

May 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Soniat House

Between 1829-1833 French sugar plantation owner Joseph Soniat Duffossat and his eldest son Robert built three French Quarter townhouses. The custom of the day, for those with means and social standing, was to have a residence in town. Such homes were built both for their convenience, and most importantly, to entertain and receive guests.  In 1982 the townhouses began their new life as Soniat House. The 31 guest rooms are furnished and decorated with French and English antiques and custom European fabrics. Hotel guests are especially fond of sitting in one of the two courtyards and soaking up the atmosphere. 

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Cool Pools: Windsor Court Hotel

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel's pool is an expansive 18 x 65 outdoor pool with a large Jacuzzi whirlpool. Both have a bird's-eye view of New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel
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It's Fat Tuesday at Hotel Monteleone!

March 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monteleon


Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Hotel Monteleone is the perfect Mardi Gras hotel in New Orleans, just steps from the Uptown parade route on Canal Street. This New Orleans hotel that has been a French Quarter icon for more than a century. Hotel Monteleone boasts 600 luxurious guest rooms, including 55 luxury suites and literary author suites. The new Criollo Restaurant and famous Carousel Bar & Lounge offer our guests the best in New Orleans dining and nightlife. Hotel Monteleone provides the best luxury hotel amenities, including a heated rooftop pool, 24/7 fitness center, and valet parking. Hotel Monteleone also offers 24/7 In-Room Dining and a Grab-n-Go Breakfast in the Lobby Lounge.

 

After catching the parade and merriment on Canal Street, retreat to the world-famous Carousel Bar for a Sazerac, Vieux Carre, De La Louisane, or other historic Big Easy libations. 

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Summer in New Orleans

May 27, 2013
By: Ruthanne Terrero

 

New Orleans Luxury Travel Advisor

 

Always wanted to visit New Orleans? Why not plan a trip for this summer. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has a round-up of the best places to stay in the Big Easy.

 

Let’s start in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, on Royal Street, where the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar has received a major refresh. This would be that bar you’ve passed by every time you’re in the French Quarter, where the people inside look like they’re having a lot more fun than everyone out on the street. It’s the place you go to for a pre-dinner drink and that you return to for a nightcap. Well now, the Carousel Bar, which really does move around in a circular motion, has more space, high ceilings and even additional bar space. It has a new sibling restaurant, Criollo, which serves “Louisiana Fusion” cuisine. We recommend the chilled gulf shrimp, blue crab & avocado appetizer. Want the best seat in the house? Grab one of the over-sized chairs looking out onto Iberville Street. If you want to reserve ahead of time and need some TLC, contact Richard Vitale (rvitale@hotelmonteleone.com; 504-681-4112), director of the restaurant and bar.

 

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Take a Picture, Win a Stay at W Hotels of New Orleans!

February 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


At W Hotels of New Orleans, pictures aren't just worth a thousand words. They can also be worth a free one-night stay! The hotel group, which includes W New Orleans and W New Orleans French Quarter, has just announced a joint Instagram photo competition that starts Thursday Feb. 7. The contest, which lasts through Mardi Gras day, asks fans to share their best Mardi Gras celebratory images on Instagram. Fans should tag the hotels by using @whotelsnola along with the hashtag #wmardigras. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, W New Orleans will post the top five photos to their Facebook page. The participant whose photo gains the most likes by 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, Feb. 18 will win a one-night stay at W New Orleans!  

 

With all the floats, parades, costumes, and colorful characters in New Orleans, we can't wait to see all the great photos!

 

 

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Your Questions Answered: Intimate Hotel in the French Quarter

November 6, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We 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: We would like to stay in a smaller hotel near the French Quarter in a suite with a king bed plus smaller bed or two rooms. Which hotel do you recommend?

Answer: We would recommend the W New Orleans French Quarter hotel. It has only 98 rooms and it's located in the heart of the French Quarter. For three adults, we would recommend reserving the room with 2 queen beds which starts from $409 per night or reserving 2 separate rooms. To explore room options, photos, and hotel details, visit this website. To make a reservation, visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Image of the Day: The Saint Hotel

September 2, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Saint Hotel features classic Beaux Arts architecture on the outside and contemporary designs on the inside.

 


Windsor Court in New Orleans Debuts New Spa

June 14, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel PoolFive Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the brand new spa at The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Read more here:

The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans has wrapped up its plush $22 million renovation, revealing a fresh look and a new 4,500-square-foot spa, which has mother-of-pearl tiles and Swarovski crystals lining the ceiling.

Guests can plug in their iPods while enjoying a range of treatments, from facials and massage therapy to salon services, including hair, nails and waxing. The sauna and steam room, along with a brand-new outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and adjacent fitness center, are available for use before or after treatments.

Impressive Touch: The Spa's signature facials feature professional products combined with exclusive Oxygen therapy, LED light and microdermabrasion techniques. For a glowing finish, the "Rarefied Heir Oxygen Facial-O2" uses compressed oxygen to calm the skin and reduce redness. The "Reigning Light Facial-LED" provides an antiaging boost with ultimate deep pore cleansing, super strength exfoliation, thorough extractions, skin specific mask and full-face LED treatment. For guests seeking the total package, "The Royal Facial-Microdermabrasion+LED+O2" combines all three techniques to provide antiaging, cleansing and hydrating results.

For a continued glow, guests can purchase product lines from the spa boutique, including brands such as Phytomer, Cellx-C, Molton Brown, Clarisonic, Moroccanoil and Soulstice.

Hint: The recently debuted Cocktail Bar is a great spot for further relaxation—where guests can enjoy live jazz while sipping one of mixologist Christine Nielson's craft cocktails.

The entire Windsor Court Hotel has a new look, with updated décor and added amenities to all rooms and suites, as well as public spaces including Le Salon, The Grill Room and Polo Club Lounge.

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Mad Men Party to be Held at Hotel Monteleone

March 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

For all of you Mad Men lovers crossing off days until the fifth season premiere (10 days and counting), we certainly have an exciting opportunity to transport you back to the swinging sixties. Hotel Monteleone, a luxurious hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans is hosting a Mad Men party at its Carousel Bar and Lounge. The event will feature a fashion show with clothes from Banana Republic, Haute Dames, and Retro Active Vintage. Complimentary 60s cocktails will be served and provided by Republic, and as an incredibly special treat, Bryan Batt, a former Mad Men star will serve as host and costume contest judge.

Interested? Read on for party details as well as a bit more information about the Hotel Monteleone. The party will take place March 20th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Carousel Bar and Lounge. It is free and open to the public, and prizes will be awarded for the best 60s era attire.

The Hotel Monteleone has recently undergone a $70,000 restoration, transforming it back to its original stature as New Orleans Grand Hotel. Its 600 luxurious guestrooms are modernly equipped without losing the traditional and welcoming feel. Its award winning restaurant, Carousel Bar and Lounge has recently celebrated a renovation as well, and it now features expansive windows along Royal Street, updated furniture, and a second crescent-shaped bar.

So whip out your 1960s dresses, polish your dancing shoes, and make your reservations for the Hotel Monteleone today to take part in all the fun!