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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.

Glamping in NYC with W Hotels


By: Rachael Weir

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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Remastered Queen Mary 2 Sets Sail From NYC


By: Rachael Weir

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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Posted in: New York, NY, Cruises

Magical Experiences at the NoMad Hotel NYC


By: Five Star Alliance

The Magician is a collaboration between the NoMad Hotel, in the heart of the cutting edge and historic NoMad neighborhood, and theory11 starring famed illusionist Dan White. The intimate performance showcases in the Johnston Room features the art of magic, illusion, and deception. Around the world, Dan White has been preforming magic on stage and screen for over 20 years. From the notes, "Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel. In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield."

Tickets are available throughout 2016, shows are currently at 7 and 10:30 pm. You can have dinner or bar reservations prior to the show at both the NoMad Bar (on 28th street) and the Elephant Bar, which are first-come, first-served. As a hotel guest, you can also visit The Library, which is reserved for guests of The NoMad Hotel in the evening. 

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The Magician at the NoMad Hotel NYC

 


Two NY Gansevoort Hotels Want You to Wed


By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Meatpacking
What better time to say "I Do" than Spring? And what better place than NYC? Lovebirds of all kinds should head to Manhattan and take advantage of the "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package. The offer, which is available at Gansevoort Park Avenue and Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

Gansevoort's "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package includes: 

-Room accommodation
-Two couples one-hour Fusion Massage at Exhale Spa 
-Taxi to city hall
-Champagne upon arrival
-Custom Cake
-Rose Petals in room
-Suit Press or Dress Steaming

Prices starting at $642.00*

Package is subject to availability and pricing is exclusive of tax and based on double occupancy. 


Unique Amenities: Posh Pets at The Surrey New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Surrey New YorkYour pooch deserves pampering as well. Through The Surrey New York's pet-friendly hotel program, all pets receive a welcome amenity, biscuit menu, and box of treats curated by Bocce's Bakery, monogrammed dog bed available in two sizes, food and water bowls, and a list of local pet-friendly parks and restaurants. Services include dog walking and grooming by local pet boutique, Canine Styles.

Additionally, as exclusive partner, Canine Styles offers 15% off all products and grooming services when guests present their room key.

There is a $150 one time non-refundable pet cleaning fee per stay.

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Unique Activities: Customized Perfume at The Chatwal New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Chatwal New York
Beautifully restored and modernized by master architect Thierry Despont to a jewel-like quality, The Chatwal features every modern luxury imaginable in a setting reminiscent of the deco period in this landmark Stanford White building.  The Chatwal's fine amenities include a personalized consultation with a Krigler perfume expert. Krigler, a family-owned company since 1904, offers guests of The Chatwal a unique opportunity to create a personalized fragrance or scented candle on the advice of their skilled perfume makers. This service is available for in-room consultation or by appointment at Krigler's New York store.

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Best Bathrooms: Mandarin Oriental New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Mixing both New York and Asian influences, this suite at Mandarin Oriental New York has been designed as a home away from home and includes a large master bedroom with king-size bed, bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, and a walk-in closet. Offering expansive views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the suite also boasts a magnificent living room dotted with contemporary black and silver furnishings, and fine silk textiles.

Mandarin Oriental New York

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Unique Amenities: Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Benjamin HotelThe Benjamin Hotel wants guests at its boutique Manhattan hotel get a lot more than 40 winks. The hotel employs a round-the-clock Sleep Team that won't rest until guests have the sweetest dreams possible. Renowned sleep consultant Rebecca Robbins has trained the entire staff on the fundamentals of sleep medicine and the promotion of healthy sleep habits. The staff can advise on items from the Rest & Renew Menu that is found, of course, on the bedside table. Menu offerings include a top ten pillow selection categorized by sleep position, an array of decaffeinated teas, and bedtime snacks that are under 200 calories.The Benjamin Hotel

Younger guests can also benefit from all the slumber help. Winks' Kidzzz Club is a complimentary children's program created to educate the youngest guests on the importance of sleep. The Benjamin provides children from 2-10 with a child-sized pillow and bathrobe, and a library of family bedtime books. An official Winks' Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate is awarded at check-out. Winks the Owl dolls are also available for purchase.

Good night to all, and to all a good night!

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Baccarat Hotel New York Wants to Give You a Night with their Compliments


By: Five Star Alliance

Baccarat Hotel New YorkJust in time for Valentine's Day, Baccarat Hotel New York has introduced A Night with Our Compliments. This special rate offers a third night free for stays from now until April 30, 2016.  The sumptuous maison crafted by Parisian design duo Gilles & Boissier artfully blends French sophistication with Midtown edge. 

Prestigiously located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and steps away from 5th Avenue shopping and Central Park, Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York puts you at the center of everything. The luxury hotel has the first Spa de La Mer in the United States, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 55-foot marble swimming pool with day "beds that is reminiscent of the Cote d’Azur.The property features 3 distinct culinary destinations; the glamorous, destination Bar is equipped with signature cocktails and bites, and the glowing Grand Salon offers light fare. The piece de resistance, Chevalier, is a brasserie de luxe, helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante and illustrious restaurateur Charles Masson.

There's even availability left for Valentine's Day, so if spending a romantic weekend in the Big Apple is on the agenda, book fast. These rates won't last long.

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Dining in Style at Baccarat Hotel New York


By: Five Star Alliance

A masterpiece of modern cuisine, Baccarat Hotel’s Chevalier is poised to change the face of New York’s dining scene. Named after one of Baccarat's most beloved creative directors, Chevalier highlights the talents of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante and celebrated interior designer Stephen Sills. Accessed through its own street-level entrance, Chevalier will enchant hotel guests, residents, and locals with a sophisticated dining experience offering Brasserie de Luxe in a contemporary French setting. For a truly remarkable evening, take a seat at the 14-person Chef’s Table, La Cour.

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