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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.

Dining al Fresco: The Mark New York

By: Five Star Alliance

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges in NYC features a masterful design by Jacques Grange and an innovative restaurant menu specially crafted by NYC's pre-eminent chef, the award-winning Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Guests of The Mark New York can also enjoy a bicycle ride and a picnic arranged by the hotel.

The Mark New York

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Did You Know? The St Regis New York

By: Five Star Alliance

When John Jacob Astor commissioned The St Regis New York in 1904, he spent a full million dollars on one staircase.

The St Regis New York Million Dollar Staircase 

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American Girl Checks in to The New York Palace Hotel

By: K. Clare Johnson

The New York Palace
Parents of little girls are familiar with the American Girl doll empire. At American Girl Place in New York City, kids and their mini-mes can have tea, shop, see a show, and even visit the doll hospital to fix boo-boos.

The New York Palace, conveniently located just one block from the flagship Fifth Avenue store, has a package just for American Girl fans big and small.  The New York Palace Hotel is known for spectacular views, attention to detail, and impeccable service. The hotel boasts 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features.

American Girl New York Palace




The hotel's American Girl Place Package includes:

-Choice of Superior or Tower accommodations (ranging from floors 9 to 54)

-A special sweet treat

-A complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (your gift to take home)

Activities and amenities at the hotel include on-site dining at GILT, Istana and the Madison Room and a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. It is conveniently located within blocks of New York's Theatre District and Times Square.

Fall American Girl Rates at The New York Palace Hotel start at $549 per night >>





Image of the Day: Langham Place Fifth Avenue

By: Five Star Alliance

Langham Place Fifth Avenue is located between 36th and 37th streets on Fifth Avenue, near The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tiffany’s, Rockefeller Center, The New York Public Library, and The Empire State Building.

Langham Place Fifth Avenue

Langham Place Fifth Avenue has nightly rates starting from $475 >>

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Bees Get Busy at Waldorf Astoria New York

By: K. Clare Johnson

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria New York is known for being one of Manhattan's most elegant Park Avenue hotels. But it's also one of the buzziest places in town, thanks to their rooftop bee colony. The hotel has 6 hives which have a total of 300,000 bees. The hives are located on a 20th floor terrace. 

The bees at the Waldorf Astoria New York have been as busy as, well, bees this year! The luxury hotel is very proud to announce that they have gotten 207 pounds of honey from their first harvest alone. That far outpaces the 125 pounds collected from 3 harvests last year.

The bee-keeping idea can be credited to David Garcelone, the hotel's culinary director. The honey is incorporated into the menu at the hotels and there are plans to sell the honey to guests. 

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

By: Elaine Lee

The James

The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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New York City Living The NoMAd Hotel Way

By: Elaine Lee

NoMad Hotel, New York City
The NoMad Hotel takes its name from the up and coming NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. The NoMad Hotel is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.

The NoMad Hotel roots itself deep within the French culture from the design of the hotel to the food to the awards that it wins. Guests will want to carve out some time to sample the cuisine by the property’s critically acclaimed and award winning head chef, Daniel Humm.  Humm serves hotel guests dishes that celebrate the originality of New York while keeping true to his French culinary roots. The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and features a refined yet approachable menu with a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.Guests can sip on classically-focused cocktails. 

A vacation within a vacation, The Nomad Hotel’s ability to allow guests to enjoy one concrete jungle to the next makes this property ideal for any city seeking travel appetite.

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Did You Know? The Algonquin New York

By: Five Star Alliance

After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at The Algonquin. In 1919, they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a daily exchange of ideas, opinions, and often-savage wit that has enriched the world's literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, and Edna Ferber were also in this August assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker magazine, which today is free to guests of the hotel.

The Algonquin

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Image of the Day: The NoMad Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

 Manhattan's The NoMad Hotel has bathtubs positioned so that you can soak and see the famous city skyline at the same time.

The Nomad Hotel

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Did You Know? The Chatwal New York

By: K. Clare Johnson


The Chatwal New York

The Chatwal New York
is designed in a 1930s Empire Art Deco style. Based on its swanky looks alone, one almost expects Fred Astaire to waltz through the door. Fred has unfortunately shuffled off this mortal coil, but he did indeed hang out at the hotel when he was alive. Why?  Located on 44th Street, in the heart of the theater district, the building was originally host to the famous Lamb’s club, America’s first professional theater club. Other legendary members of the club include Spencer Tracey, Milton Berle, Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, and Will Rogers.


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