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Kids, Paul Frank, and The James New York

By: K. Clare Johnson

 Image Courtesy of The James New York







Image courtesy of The James New York


At first glance, The James New York might seem to be too sophisticated to cater to smaller, younger guests.
But this sophisticated Soho luxury hotel has teamed up with illustrator Paul Frank to make kids feel welcome. 
You'll probably recognize Frank's whimsical Julius the Monkey character that has appeared on clothing, accessories,
and many other products. 

Paul Frank amenities for kids include:

-Crib for youngest guests with cozy Paul Frank blankets.

-Paul Frank car seats and boosters for use in The James New York car service or city taxis.

-Paul Frank pajamas for boys and girls, sizes 3T-7.

-Paul Frank coloring sheets and crayons.

Paul Frank amenities aren't the only things parents can expect from The James New York. Babysitting services are available on request, along with a selection of children’s books, movies and a Play Station for use during your stay. David Burke Kitchen has also created in-room dining options sure to appeal to tiny palates.

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #2 New York

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!


As of this writing, there are 98 luxury hotels on Five Star Alliance.  New York City, aka The City That Never Sleeps, is the most populous city in the United States. The city is comprised of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  There are an estimated 50 million visitors to New York City every year. 

What makes our guests love New York? 

-The overwhelming amount of things to do and see!  Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty, world-class dining and shopping, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Musuem Mile, and Central Park are just a few of the hundreds of things to do and see in the city.

-The wide range of places to stay.  Accommodations range from classic luxury properties like The Waldorf-Astoria to historic properties like Castle on the Hudson to funky modern spots like Gansevoort Park Avenue (pictured above.)

 -The city is fun for all ages. Times Square is a family-friendly destination, sporting events and touring shows abound at Madison Square Garden, and the subway and bus system is extensive, efficient, and economical. 



Where to stay?

-New York is popular all year round in terms of tourism, but the holiday season is particularly in demand. Springtime in New York is also a terrific time to visit.

-Nightly rates for a mid-April getaway in New York range from $225 at The Alex Hotel to $425 at The Gramercy Park Hotel  (pictured) to $625 at The Surrey New York


Did you know?

There are seven state parks with the confines of New York City.


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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #13 The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 New York's The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, is #13 on our list! Here are a few facts about the luxury hotel:

-Located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side overlooking Central Park, which makes it central to New York activities such as strolling Museum Mile.

-This timeless classic has been around since 1930. Its 187 elegant rooms are fit for royalty,and 64 out of the 187 rooms are their brilliant sui

-The Carlyle owes its refined interior style to an inimitable roster of designers, including past greats Dorothy Draper and Mark Hampton to present-day stars Thierry Despont and Alexandra Champalimaud.

-The Carlyle is the exclusive U.S. source for Rubinacci neckties. Both the classic seven-fold tie and the signature Carlyle tie are available for purchase at the concierge desk.

-In-house boutiques at this Manhattan luxury hotel include the Kenneth Rendell Gallery, H.M. Luther antiques, Helly Nahmad art gallery, Blain|Di Donna art gallery, florist L'Olivier and Yves Delorme linens, as well as designer boutiques Vera Wang, Stubbs & Wootton and Perrin Paris 1893.

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Le Parker Meridien Makes Lincoln Palatable (and Tasty!)

By: Five Star Alliance


Baked Ideas

The beloved Abraham Lincoln has had quite a year.  Between vampire-slaying and being channelled by Daniel Day-Lewis, the tall quiet man who was the 16th U.S. President must be exhausted. Or at least, he would be if he weren't already dead. But his year is not over!  Le Parker Meridien is featuring an edible Abraham Lincoln as part of its City Harvest gingerbread display.

Created by Patti Paige of Baked Ideas, the 3-foot scupture is 100% edible and is made from Rice Krispie treats, chocolate, fondant, icing, cookies and peppermint sticks.

Honest Abe just became Tasty Abe.


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Posted in: New York, NY

It’s Not Too Late to See the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

By: Oksana Balytsky

Last minute travel plans? Hoping to have a front row seat to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City without standing outside in the cold? Then check out the following hotels that are located along the route of the parade:

Mandarin Oriental

JW Marriott Essex House

Hurricane Sandy Hits Le Parker Meridien Hard

By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Parker Meridien New York was one of a number of hotels severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This hotel was one of the buildings in the area that had to be evacuated last night because of the crane that was hanging from the top of the Park Hyatt New York. Although there are a number of hotels in the area, Le Parker Meridien was the only one to get evacuated by the New York Police Department. The hotel is currently empty and is expected to remain that way for the rest of the day until all damages can be properly accessed.

Our hearts certainly go out to everyone affected and we are certainly happy and available to help our travelers find last minute arrangements around the world.

Airport Concierge at the Mark Makes New York Travel a Breeze

By: Oksana Balytsky

Exploring new cities is exhilarating, but getting there is a stressful and arduous process. The Mark New York now has an Airport Concierge to facilitate the process and make the flight to hotel transfer as easy and enjoyable as possible. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted at the gate, escorted through immigration, assisted with luggage pickup, and driven to the hotel. This service is currently available for $400 for two, and each group of guests will have their very own airport concierge. No lines and no waiting? Now that’s what we call traveling in luxury!

Explore availability, photos, and rates at The Mark New York here >>

Fun Fact Friday! Fashion Week Is Almost Here

By: Oksana Balytsky

New York City’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be September 6th – 13th, 2012, and it will feature the hotttest Spring 2013 collections. Make your reservations at any of our 97 luxury hotels to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun. For more information on Fashion Week, visit

(Photo of the Surrey)














Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type for Family of 4 at Gansevoort Park Avenue

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 are traveling in a group that has 3 adults and then 2 adults and 2 kids ages 14 and 15, and we’d like to stay at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel in New York City. We would like to reserve two separate rooms. Can you recommend which room type would be best?

Answer: The Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel has a ‘Feathertop Room with 2 Full Size Beds’ that has a city view and is 370 square feet. Two of these rooms would be able to accommodate 3 adults and 2 adults and 2 kids. There would be an extra person charge of $75 per night for every additional person after double occupancy over the age of 12 staying in each room. So the room with 3 adults would have an extra person charge of $75 per night, and the room with 2 kids over the age of 12 would have an extra person charge of $150 per night. To view full nightly breakdowns and to make your reservations, simply click on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, and select a specific room type. Please be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you'll have 3 adults in one room and 2 adults and 2 kids ages 14 and 15 in the other room so that the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Lights, Camera, Action at the Peninsula New York

By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula New York is launching a monthly rooftop French film series starting this Monday, July 30th. The series is called “Ciné Sous Les Étoiles,” and it will feature classics such as A Very Long Engagement, Chocolat, The Artist, and Amelie, a 2001 romantic comedy which will kick start the series this Monday. The movies will be shown at Salon De Ning’s West Terrace the last Friday of every month, and cocktails as well as snacks such as popcorn, hotdogs, nachos, and ice cream will be served throughout the screening. No reservations are needed, but there is a one cocktail minimum requirement. We can’t think of a better way to generate buzz for Peninsula’s next big luxury hotel opening in Paris than creating a Parisian feel in the heart of New York City!