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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.

The Algonquin Maintains its Classiness


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Algonquin has been undergoing some serious upgrades and updates, but it hasn’t lost its true identity in the process. A beautiful 4-star hotel in Time Square, the Algonquin has been the destination for business and leisure travelers in midtown Manhattan. This luxury hotel is New York City’s oldest continually operating hotel, and it has recently updated its rooms with new furniture, paint jobs, decorations, etc. The lobby is being updated and the fitness center is getting moved and upgraded. With all of these updates and changes, the Algonquin is maintaining its poise by installing an exclusive series of black and white photos in all of its guestrooms featuring Manhattan during the 1900s to the 19050s. The photos are by Irving Underhill, and each photograph will depict a different scene around New York. Be sure to make your reservations at this historic landmark which will be reopening on May 1st, 2012, and take in the charm of the old New York City!

Check out the following tweet to see the black and white photos of New York City for yourself!

 


New Look of the W New York Union Square


By: Oksana Balytsky

The W New York Union Square’s landmark 1911 beaux arts Guardian Life building was reinvented by d-ash, and this luxury hotel puts the city at your fingertips. Located in the heart of Silicon Alley where the finest and most exciting aspects of New York City are a short stroll away. Enjoy boutique shopping on Fifth and Sixth Avenues known as “Ladies Mile,” dine in some of the city’s best restaurants, experience the best bars, and taste freshness at the farmer’s market. According to HotelChatter, this hotel has also recently revealed a new look for all of its 270 rooms. Its design is simpler and a bit brighter, with red and white headboards and beautiful silver curtains in its guest rooms. The W New York Union Square is currently the only hotel overlooking Union Square, so it’s certainly worth checking out for your next visit to the Big Apple!


Luxury Hotels near the San Francisco Convention Center


By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury.

The Moscone Center in San Francisco is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 and 4 star hotels located less than one mile from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, and they are all a short walk or a speedy cab ride away!

Intercontinental San Francisco – 187 feet from the Convention Center

Hotel Palomar San Francisco – 0.4 miles from the Convention Center

St. Regis Hotel San Francisco – 0.4 miles from the Convention Center

W San Francisco – 0.4 miles from the Convention Center

Four Seasons San Francisco – 0.5 miles from the Convention Center

Hotel Monaco San Francisco – 0.6 miles from the Convention Center

Campton Place Hotel – 0.6 miles from the Convention Center

Clift – 0.6 miles from the Convention Center

The Palace – 0.7 miles from the Convention Center

Ritz Carlton San Francisco – 0.8 miles from the Convention Center

The Fairmont San Francisco – 0.9 miles from the Convention Center

The Huntington Hotel – 0.9 miles from the Convention Center

Four Star Properties:

Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco Union Square – 0.3 miles from the Convention Center

Hotel Nikko San Francisco – 0.4 miles from the Convention Center

JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square – 0.6 miles from the Convention Center

Sir Francis Drake Hotel – 0.6 miles from the Convention Center

The Prescott San Francisco – 0.6 miles from the Convention Center

InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco – 0.8 miles from the Convention Center


Little Italy: The Venetian Las Vegas


By: Christopher Roney

Las Vegas is one of the few cities in the world where the ethnic districts are not marked out by a cultural difference in the food or architecture, but rather wholly created by casino hotels. The Venetian Las Vegas has carved out its own special place in Vegas for the other city that starts with V and has quite a bit more of a storied history to it.  The Venice on the strip offers a facsimile of the canaled streets, narrow buildings, and thousands of years of Italian history that come with the real thing. While you might not see the authentic purveyors of Murano glass in this Venice, you will dine on amazing italian food while staying in any of their all-suite rooms.  The grand canal shoppes are practically a mall in and of themselves, but with all the charm of old Italian streets, with over 80 international boutiques to choose from.

19 restaurants feature in the Venetian, with an unprecedented six James-Beard-award-winning chefs from Emeril Lagasse to Wolfgang Puck. Madame Tussauds' famous wax museum is a part of the resort, as is the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum for those who prefer their art to be a little less malleable.  It's hard to call anything an authentic Las Vegas museum, when so much is built upon the pageant of mimicry, but it is certain that no one does that better than, or on the same scale as, the Venetian Las Vegas.


Experience the Festival of Flowers at the Grand Bohemian Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Grand Bohemian Hotel brings boutique comfort to the beautiful town of Asheville, North Carolina. This welcoming, Tudor-style hotel is located in the famous Biltmore Village and it’s set among the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to stay at the Grand Bohemian Hotel between April 7th and May 20th to take part in the Festival of Flowers. The gardens of the Biltmore Estate come alive with thousands of azaleas, tulips, and other flowers reaching full bloom! The Festival of Flowers is an annual event featuring live music and complimentary garden seminars. Experience the best of spring from the luxurious and art-filled setting of the Grand Bohemian Hotel where exceptional service and gourmet cuisine come together.


Art Gallery Opens at the Hotel Palomar San Diego


By: Oksana Balytsky

According to our friends at HotelChatter, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the first Kimpton hotel to have a dedicated art gallery space! This luxury downtown hotel provides guests with the ultimate urban retreat within easy reach of San Diego’s phenomenal attractions. The Hotel Palomar San Diego is a luxurious and sophisticated boutique hotel surrounded by award-winning theatres, a lively nightlife, and within walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter. This is certainly the hotel where Art in Motion is alive in every regard, and with the new Art Gallery addition, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the place to be to experience art, culture, and luxury, all without needing to leave the hotel property! A small section of the lobby has been converted into Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits which will feature art work of local artists. The art display will rotate roughly once a month and the profits will be donated to a children’s charity that supports the arts. Be sure to explore this incredible hotel and its newly opened art gallery on your next trip to the beautiful San Diego!


Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Participates in Earth Hour Yet Again!


By: Oksana Balytsky

According to Earthhour.org, 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries turned off their lights for Earth Hour in 2011, sending an impacting message to spark action on climate change. The Shangri-La Hotel Beijing is a proud participant in conserving energy for Earth Hour for the last three years, making 2012 its fourth consecutive participation year! Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, and we’re thrilled to see luxury hotels playing their part in conserving energy!

Tomorrow, March 31st, between 8:00pm and 10:00pm, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will stop the turnstiles and escalators, and dim or turn off the lights in public areas, restaurants and bars, shops, guestroom corridors, house areas, and back activity areas. Additionally, this luxury hotel will host an Earth Hour Party at Cloud Nine Bar, serving complimentary cocktails to guests of the hotel who support Earth Day and have turned off the lights in their rooms. According to Christopher Chia, the area general manager of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, “at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, environmental protection, energy conservation and the reduction of waste emissions are integral components of our corporate social responsibilities. We hope that our involvement in this event will enhance staff and guest awareness of the need to protect our environment for future generations.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Be sure to check out the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing for Earth Day as well as for your future travels, knowing that you are supporting a hotel that supports our environment!


Crosby Street Hotel Terrace to Open for Spring


By: Oksana Balytsky

With temperatures rising, travelers are looking for more ways to spend time outside, and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City has a beautiful outdoor terrace that’s perfect for soaking in the sun. The outdoor terrace is opening this Sunday, and it is the perfect spot to sip a drink and find a little relaxation in the hectic New York City. The terrace has its own private entrance on Lafayette Street, and it has a brick-walled patio with beautiful garden views.

The Crosby Street Hotel is situated on a quaint, cobbled street in the heart of the SoHo neighborhood. It has 86 stylish bedrooms and suites with high ceilings and full length windows. This luxury hotel also serves English afternoon tea in the Crosby Bar all day, and it has its own state-of-the-art cinema perfect for movie screenings! Be sure to check out the terrace as well as the Crosby Street Hotel this weekend for a fun, hip, and all around good time!


Win Free Nights at the Carlyle or the 41 Hotel!


By: Oksana Balytsky

In case you missed your first chance to be entered to win 3 free nights at the 41 Hotel in London or 2 free nights at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City, then fear not, because we have a new promotion going on just for you! Simply sign up for our free monthly newsletter, the Informed Traveler, by April 15th, 2012 to automatically be entered to win. The Informed Traveler features articles on the finest luxury hotels worldwide, special offers, and the latest luxury travel news. You love staying at luxury hotels, and we love writing about them, so sign up today and receive the inside scoop on luxury travel, and be entered to win 2 free nights at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel or 3 free nights at the 41 Hotel! Click here for more details about this promotion, and click here to sign up for the Informed Traveler!  Be sure to check out our Facebook page to view images of both hotels and much more!

Terms and conditions: The prize is subject to availability and the winner may choose either hotel as the prize. (No being selfish here, you gotta pick just one!) No purchase necessary. Contest is open to participants who are at least 18 years old at time of entry. Flights and travel visas are not included, and the prize is based on double occupancy (leave your entourage at home). The prize at the Carlyle entitles the bearer to 1 complimentary Deluxe Room (including tax) for 2 people for 2 nights. All other expenses (food, beverages, service charges) will be charged to the holder’s account. This prize expires on July 31, 2012 and is subject to availability. The Carlyle certificate may be used from July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012. The prize at the 41 Hotel entitles the bearer to 1 complimentary King Bed Room, including full English breakfast. All other expenses (food, beverages, service charges) to be settled upon departure. The prize is valid until June 30, 2012, and some blackout dates may apply. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Competition closing date is April 15, 2012. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours from notification to respond or the prize will be forfeit. Maybe void in certain locations.


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Conrad New York


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Conrad New York opened just last week on March 19th, 2012. This new luxury hotel is located in the heart of lower Manhattan’s lively Battery Park, surrounded by historic landmarks and exciting attractions. The Conrad New York provides modern spaces in the lobby atrium, oversized suites, and a seasonal rooftop bar. Explore this contemporary, 463-suite hotel that’s adjacent to the Hudson River and near the Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. Don’t miss a single beat and take advantage of this swanky new hotel property in New York City!