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Win Free Nights at the Carlyle or the 41 Hotel!

March 27, 2012
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

March 26, 2012
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!

The Spa at Le Parker Meridien New York Is Out of (and Under) This World!

March 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Parker Meridien, a hotel in the heart of New York City on West 57th Street is not your typical luxury property. It features 730 luxurious rooms and suites enhanced with cherry and cedar woods, suites will phenomenal views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, and a fitness center, two salons, a café, and a brand new spa located in the hip complex known as The Underground. The brand new spa, Moonshine, has just opened and its treatment rooms are uniquely named after Prohibition-era cocktails such as Sidecar, Gimlet, and more. What else is new under Le Parker Meridien New York? The luxury hotel has an updated 15,000 square foot fitness center, a dry bar hair salon that only does blowouts, and a nail salon with an iPad at every manicure station. Be sure to check out this extremely unique and revitalizing hotel on your next visit to the Big Apple!

Photo courtesy of Moonshine Spa Facebook page

Linguists Despair: The Source of Jeremy Lin Puns Moving to W Hotel New York

February 22, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 The locus of Linsanity, one Jeremy Lin, has finally made the move away from his brother's couch to accommodations more befitting the next big thing in the NBA. The linchpin of the Knicks offense has taken up residence in a rented 2-bedroom apartment at the W New York Downtown near the Financial District.   

So what's attracted the star to these five-star accommodations? The Sunhine Select Residences are no slouch, his suite coming with enough furniture to probably pay himself the last year of his salary.  His days of linoleum kitchen tiling are now well in his past.  He'll still be commuting to practice from the Trump Tower in White Plains, but he plans to spend much of his time at his new downtown apartment.

While his fans have been looking a little maudlin lately, knowing that the cinderella run had to have its hiccups, dropping two of the last three games to New Orleans and New Jersey, the hopes of New York still rest on his shoulders while he rests those shoulders in the W New York Downtown.   

Hotels Worth Seeing, after a Fashion (Show)

February 10, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Fashion Week is always a bit of an adventure for New York, when the city gets taken over by edgy designers and their entourages.  So if you're around the city this week, make sure to grab an orange mocha frappucino and head on over to any of the hundreds of shows happening around the city.  More importantly, HotelChatter has posted a wonderful list of five hotels to check out during Fashion Week, happening right now.  Among the highlights are the Andaz 5th Avenue, which will be featuring graffiti murals, and the Jazz scene at Gramercy Park, featured recently as one of our Top Valentine's Day hotels.  Head on over here to see the full article, or check out the Andaz and Gramercy Park.

A Few Valentine’s Day Ideas in New York City

February 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s officially February, which means Valentine’s Day is creeping up fast! For the gentlemen still at a loss for where to take their loved ones, we have a few recommendations up our sleeve. Whisk her away to the city that never sleeps for a romantic getaway and an experience neither of you will forget!

Make a reservation at any of our 95 luxury hotels in New York City for an intimate and luxurious retreat. A few worth checking out are the Loews Regency Hotel and the Crosby Street Hotel. Keep things classy and sophisticated at the Loews Regency Hotel, which will be serving special Bubbly Passions made from passion fruit puree, schnapps, and Astoria Prosecco. After a few themed drinks at the Loews Regency Hotel, head on over to the Crosby Street Hotel for a phenomenal Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be serving a price fixe menu starting at $75 per person and will includes 3 courses as well as a glass of rose Champagne. Each table will have a special bottle with a message inside, and one lucky diner will find an invitation to spend Sunday night in one of the Crosby Street Hotel’s rooms, tickets to the hotel’s weekly Film Club, and dinner for two.

After dinner, drinks, and hotel hopping, check into your luxury hotel for an intimate ending to your wonderful evening. A few of our absolute favorite New York City hotels are the Carlyle, the Surrey, and the James!

Be sure to explore all of the hotel options available to choose the perfect one for you and your loved one!

$50 Spa Credit at the Carlyle and Free Champagne at the Ritz? Yes, Please.

January 31, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

When Confucius declared the five pillars of filial piety, he hardly could have anticipated the sixth relationship that matters above all else, the one of blogger to his readers.  In honor of that lasting bond, I have come bearing gifts to solidify our friendship.  I hope you like them; I was going to make you a papier mache model of the Burj Al Arab, but my crafting abilities are on par with a baby elephant's, and I don't even have a prehensile trunk.

So instead, I'm happy to declare that Five Star Alliance have partnered with the Ritz Paris and the Carlyle in New York to bring you special amenities with reservations made under the Five Star Alliance rate. For a limited time, the Ritz Paris is offering free champagne with FSA reservations.  The saccharine taste of bubbly effervescence is the perfect way to sweeten an already great deal for a hotel in the heart of the city of bread, wine, love, and cheese.  And it's the perfect time to catch this Parisian gem before it goes off the radar for an extensive renovation.

If New York is a little bit more your style, the Carlyle is looking to show off its exquisite Rosewood Spa by offering FSA guests a $50 spa credit. Simply select the "Welcome Offer" rate code, and you'll be well on your way to enjoy a sumptuous soak in one of New York's finest spas.  And don't forget that if you're friend of Five Star Alliance on Facebook by the beginning of March, you could win two nights at the Carlyle for free. 


Courting Favor with St. Giles: The Hotel Next Door

January 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 Yesterday, I posted that the St. Giles Tuscany is undergoing a major renovation, which might have the potential to make the more impatient among us sad that we'll have to wait until August to see what's in the pipeline.  Fortunately for those of us who just can't get enough of St. Giles, just next door their sister property St Giles The Court remains open and waiting for your business.  A similar boutique hotel with a cool metropolitan feel, the Court is a perfect shopping hotel.  Just a few blocks from 5th Avenue, you won't find a better home base to peruse the latest in New York fashion.  And when you can't help but bring back some with you, the Court offers ample closet space for all your new acquisitions.

With seven top-of-the-line meeting rooms and a popular Lounge bar, the Court is ready for whatever  business arrangement, romantic getaway, or special event you can throw at her.  And with rates starting at $189/night, you'll be sleeping in the city that never does for a great price compared to much of the competition.  And once the Tuscany reopens next door, St. Giles The Court New York can only get better.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Mandarin Oriental, New York

January 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With Valentine’s Day a few short weeks away, it’s time to start planning your special night with that special someone. Instead of the traditional chocolate and flowers, consider doing something exciting and outside the norm. Take advantage of the various packages at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, and have a celebration neither of you will ever forget!

The Mandarin Oriental, New York is centrally located at the union of Columbus Circle and Central Park, and it redefines luxury as New York City’s most striking and refined hotel. Check out the unique packages and events going on at the Mandarin Oriental, New York during the month of February for a Valentine’s Day unlike any other.

Bourbon & Bubbly in the Lobby Lounge

This package is designed as a “his & hers” evening on the 35th floor in the Lobby Lounge, with breathtaking views of Central Park. The gentleman can enjoy the deep tastes of From Kentucky With Love, a mix of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey, carpano vermouth, chocolate mole bitters, chestnut and vanilla purree, garnished with a bourbon-soaked cherry paired with smoked almonds and chocolate truffles. The lady can enjoy her afFAIR to Remember, a bubbly combination of Crème Yvette Violet Liquer, Yuzu juice, topped with champagne and a splash of FAIR Goji Liqueur while enjoying a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries.

This package is available throughout the month of February and it is priced at 50 USD plus tax and service charge. It includes both cocktails, chocolate truffles, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Reservations are recommended.

Valentine’s Day Dinner with Romantic Sky-High Views in Restaurant Asiate

Make a reservation at Asiate, the elegant fine dining restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, New York for a beautifully romantic Valentine’s Day. Asiate will have a special prixe fixe dinner menu on Tuesday, February 14th, and the 4-course prix fixe menu seating will begin between 5:30 and 6:30 pm for 150 USD per person. The 5-course prix fixe menu seating will begin between 8:30 and 9:30pm for 250 USD per person. Enjoy the exquisite food and the company of your special someone while taking in the breathtaking sky-high view of New York City. Prices are per person and do not include beverages, taxes, or gratuity.

Make your reservations today and take advantage of the romantic and exciting events at the Mandarin Oriental, New York!

New York Renaissance: St. Giles Hotel The Tuscany Remodels, Reopens in August

January 25, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Adopting the style of the classical renaissance and infusing it with a cool modernism, the St. Giles Hotel New York - The Tuscany brings the high culture of its namesake to bustling New York City. And right now it is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to update and improve the luxury boutique experience. In many ways, its renovation is just another chapter in its storied history; feet firmly grounded in its venerated past, the St. Giles always looks forward, seeking constantly to innovate on the firm traditions that make it one of New York’s clear hotspots. Reopening in August 2012, guests will enjoy hardwood floors, modern over-sized bathrooms with LATHERTM Spa Shelf and products.

And if the room upgrades aren’t enough to entice you, look no further than the full-service upscale restaurant and in-room private dining or take your party up to the Penthouse suite, covering the 17th floor and encircled by a wrap-around terrace that looks out on the iconic New York skyline. All of the hotel’s 123 studios and lofts are quiet, comfortable, spacious, and sophisticated; qualities that I wish described more of my homes-away-from-home.

When you’re ready to head out for the night, simply step out the door into the heart of Manhattan. Just steps from Grand Central Station on 39th St. between Park and Lexington, you’ll be ideally located to experience everything New York has to offer. Don’t wait until too late to start thinking about your next stay at the St. Giles Hotel New York – The Tuscany.  We've got our eye on this one.