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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

The holiday season is here, and New York City is a aglow with festiveness at every turn. The Rockettes perform their iconic show at the Radio City Music Hall, while steps away is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illuminating the city and the ice skaters below. The department store windows are decorated with storybook scenes and the latest trends, while shoppers inside seek the perfect gifts to everyone on their list. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we've gathered insider information and recommendations from Luxury Travel Intelligence, a site offering details for the well-informed luxury traveler. For timeless French cuisine Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends Boucherie Union Square, while Casa Apicii in Greenwich Village is a notable new addition serving Italian with a touch of California. Nobu Downtown has a 13-seat sushi bar with omakase and osusume menus, and the restaurant's signature dishes include "black cod miso, yellowtail jalapeño and rock shrimp tempura are all on the menu, as are new dishes like short ribs with jalapeño salsa and bigeye tuna tataki with eryngii mushrooms and Holland hot peppers."

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Here are 5 Top New York City Luxury Hotels:

5. Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace

Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lotte New York Palace is a landmark hotel on the corner of 50th and Madison. For dining, the Villard House is the destination for New American fare within an elegantly-restored palazzo, and Pomme Palais provides the feel of a Parisian pastry shop. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a full breakfast for two daily available in Villard Restaurant or Pomme Palais Bakery or through in-room dining (up to $100 credit per room per day inclusive of taxes and gratuity), a $100 spa credit once during stay (not applicable to products), complimentary WiFi, and a welcome card.

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4. The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

The Beekman

Nestled in lower Manhattan within a historic building dating back to 1883, The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel opened following a complete overhaul of the space. Guest rooms and suites within the landmark structure have bespoke and vintage furnishings, high ceilings, aged oak floors, and craft cocktail tables. Luxury Travel Insider remarked, "We love the spacious marble bathrooms with rain showers. The ground level has a lobby bar and two restaurants from Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally. The nine-story central atrium, which includes Victorian cast iron banisters and pyramidal skylight, is a real stand-out feature to this hotel."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily in Tom Colicchio's Temple Court, a $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (no cash value), and a $50 minibar credit per room/per stay (no cash value).

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3. The Lowell

Garden Suite at The Lowell

Steps from the fashion houses of Madison Avenue and the shops along Fifth Avenue, The Lowell offers timeless elegance in the Upper East Side. The property's newest dining additions are overseen by legendary restauranteur Charles Masson, The Club Room is a sophisticated retreat, and the Pembroke Room serves a beloved breakfast and afternoon tea.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in The Pembroke Room (also available through room service), a $100 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a seasonal welcome amenity. 

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2. The Plaza Hotel

Holidays at The Plaza Hotel

Set at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza Hotel is a legendary hotel offering the finest services and amenities. Completely revitalized, the property's guest rooms and suites have French decor and Louis XV styling, iPads to customize room environment and contact guest services, plus white-glove butler service. The Palm Court is an iconic destination for afternoon tea, while other culinary destinations include The Todd English Food Hall, The Rose Club, and The Champagne Bar.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also include continental breakfast for two daily and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay.

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1. Baccarat Hotel

The bar at Baccarat Hotel New York

Featuring a blend of modern Manhattan design and classic French hôtel particulier, the Baccarat Hotel provides an ideal location across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, just a short stroll from Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue. Luxury Travel Intelligence says "After a few false starts, Paris finally comes to New York". Designed by the esteemed French design team of Gilles & Boissier, there's a private art collection including works from the 18th century to modern day, and the bar is a chic spot for cocktails amidst the glow of Baccarat chandeliers. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a $50 food and beverage credit, a $50 spa credit at Spa de la Mer per room/per stay (no cash value), and $100 to be applied towards dining at 2 Michelin Star Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in Bryant Park, per room, per stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched on the 59th floor of the iconic One57 luxury residential tower, the newly unveiled Manhattan Sky Suite at the Park Hyatt New York is the highest suite overlooking Central Park. Featuring unobstructed views, the 4,200-square-foot suite has 11-foot ceilings throughout, three bedrooms, and a grand salon living area with a 75-inch TV and integrated media hub, glass-enclosed three-piece gas fireplace, and oversized personal bar. Continue reading about the new suite and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Master Bedroom in the Manhattan Sky Suite at Park Hyatt New York

The full chef's kitchen features professional-grade Miele appliances, a breakfast nook, and dining area with seating for 10. In the master bedroom there is a luxurious bathroom with a bidet toilet, and a personally styled master closet by Nordstrom NYC. While all of the bathrooms have soaking tubs, walk-in rain showers, and Le Labo bath amenities. 

The Manhattan Sky Suite provides guests with exclusive amenities including complimentary airport transfers via helicopter, a personal chef, butler service, daily breakfast, and 60-minute spa treatments for up to 6 guests. Learn more about the Park Hyatt New York and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk.

Indoor pool at Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York is located across the street from Carnegie Hall and one block from Central Park. Blending a rotating art collection with striking interior design, the 211-room hotel offers a personalized wellness experience at Spa Nalai with a eucalyptus steam room, indoor swimming pool, and oversized hot tub, plus a first-class on-site culinary experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full American Breakfast for up to two guests daily in the hotel restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel Incidentals credit total per stay.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Studio Suites, One King Suites, One Bedroom Suites, One Bedroom City View Suites, One Bedroom Residential Suites, One Bedroom Terrace Suites, Carnegie Suites, and Presidential Suites. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set on floors three through eight, Seventy Seven Junior Suites at The Mark New York offer 800 square feet of space, as well as views of East 77th Street. Situated in the heart of one of NYC's most elegant neighborhoods, the suites feature residential-style accommodations with furnishings of ebony, sycamore, and nickel. Plus, guests booking this suite through Five Star Alliance receive exclusive Suite Privileges and Perks. Continue reading below the photo.

Seventy Seven Junior Suite at The Mark New York

Guest rooms have plush beds topped in fine Italian linens and Quagliotti bedding, as well as state-of-the-art HD TVs and audio systems, as well as Crestron panels to control temperature, entertainment, shades, and lighting with one touch. Read more below the photo.

Seventy Seven Junior Suite at The Mark New York

The black-and-white marble bathrooms in each of the Seventy Seven Junior Suites deep soaking tubs, separate glass-enclosed showers, and double wash basins, each with nickel fittings by renowned British maker Lefroy Brooks. Plus, heated towel racks, mirrored flat-screen TVs, telephones, and exclusive fine Italian toiletries. Learn more about the suite below the photo.

Seventy Seven Suite Bathroom at The Mark New York

Each suite has a living room with a luxe sitting area and desk, sleek black-granite bar with SubZero drawers, daily shoeshines, WiFi, and morning delivery of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. Plus, the Seventy Seven Junior Suites can be connected to Seventy Seven King guest rooms to create a two or three bedroom suite. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: For guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights receive a $100 Food & Beverage Credit per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Seventy Seven Junior Suite, Courtyard Junior Suite, Park Studio, Manhattan One Bedroom Suite, Garden Suite, Mark Premier One Bedroom, Madison Suite, Mark Two Bedroom Suite, Mark Premier Two Bedroom Suite, and Mark Premier Three Bedroom Suite. 

In addition, this hotel offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK that can be combined with Suite Privileges (if requirements are met). 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily, a round of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres platter at Mark's Bar or Lounge at Mark's Restaurant by Jean-Georges once per stay OR a "Picnic in the Park by Jean-Georges" which is a picnic basket featuring a selection of delectable foods and refreshments for 2, and an automatic room category upgrade if available at the time of booking OR if not available there will be a $100 food and beverage credit per room per stay. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing unrivaled views of the Statue of Liberty, the Presidential Suite at The Wagner at the Battery offers a one-of-a-kind Manhattan retreat. Occupying the 12th floor of the hotel, the Art Deco-inspired suite has expansive windows providing natural lighting, as well as views of the Hudson River. The luxe living and dining space has a plush seating area, three large-screen flat-screen TVs, and a dining/meeting table with seating for up to 8 people. There's also a butler pantry ideal for catering private events, as well as a marble-floored foyer and a guest half bath. Continue reading below the photo. 

Presidential Suite living room at The Wagner at the Battery

Situated on the corner, the bedroom boasts sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and beyond. There's also a seating area, en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet, and a laptop-size safe. Read more below the photo.

Presidential Suite Bedroom at The Wagner at the Battery

Ready to relax? The marble master bathroom has a soaking tub with spectacular Statue of Liberty views. There's a separate shower, as well as Malin + Goetz bath products for pampering. Continue reading below the photo for a Five Star Alliance Perk offer. 

Presidential Suite Bathroom at The Wagner at the Battery

The Wagner at the Battery is located in the city's Financial District along the Manhattan waterfront. 2West offers modern American bistro dining on-site, and there's a spa, fitness center, and event spaces. The hotel is steps away from Battery Park, Wall Street, the Skyscraper Museum, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily breakfast for two at 2 West or through room service (maximum credit of $30 for 2), complimentary WiFi, and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay (excludes room rate and tax, club access and parking).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Housed in a Beaux-Arts building, the NoMad New York is a luxury hotel providing guests with a fully restored retreat. Mixing the building's original grandeur with the style of Europe's grand hotels infused with New York sensibilities, the hotel's 168 guest rooms and suites have classic and timeless design. Public spaces have soaring ceilings and furnishings designed to provide a gathering place for dining, drinking, and socializing. Read more below.

The NoMad New York

Within the hotel is Eleven Madison Park. The critically acclaimed restaurant is the recipient of three Michelin Stars, and features refined, yet approachable cuisine. The menu is complimented by a wine program that celebrates winegrowing regions around the globe, and a unique environment where a glass atrium is surrounded by a series of rooms. Continue reading below the photo. 

The NoMad New York

Set on the corner of 28th and Broadway, the NoMad Hotel is located just north of Madison Square Park. Adjacent to the N and R subway lines, the property is five blocks from Penn Station. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking Central Park from the 39th floor, the Presidential Suite at The Pierre Hotel New York provides a prestigious location with one-of-a-kind Manhattan views. Within the suite there's a spacious living room with custom cabinetry, plush upholstered armchairs, fireplace, 40-inch wall mounted TV, and a Bang & Olufsen home theater system. There's an executive work desk in a section of the room, a full bar, and Murano glass tables and floor lamps. Plus, sound insulated windows with blackout draperies and sheers. Continue reading below the photo. 

Presidential Suite Living Room at The Pierre

Adjacent to the living room is a luxurious dining room with a silver leaf table set underneath a Murano glass chandelier providing seating for eight guests. The private pantry kitchen has additional access from the entry foyer, and includes a two-burner stove top, stainless steel refrigerator, microwave, and bar sink. Within the dining room there is an additional large screen TV, making it easy to convert the dining room into an executive retreat. 

The Presidential Suite features two bedrooms. The master bedroom showcases an ultra-luxe king bed with an organic mattress enrobed in silk and brocade pillows of silver and gold. Windows are adorned with silk sheers and floor-to-ceiling brocade draperies, there are copper lamps on both sides of the bed, a slipper chaise lounge at the foot of the bed, and an in-laid desk at the corner of the room. The second bedroom has two custom twin beds, spacious closets, and an adjoining bath with a marble shower, vanity, and bathtub. Read more below the photo. 

Presidential Suite Bedroom at The Pierre

Italian chocolate marble and porcelain tiles line the master bathroom, which features dual vanities,  and a shower with marble seating, ceiling rain disk, and wall shower heads and steam. There's a soaking tub with city views, and a wall of mirrored closets. The Presidential Suite includes a full American Breakfast at Perrine or via Room Service, direct pricate phone number to the Concierge Team, 24-hour white gloved elevator attendants, and a Jaguar house car (subject to availability). Continue reading below the photo. 

Presidential Suite Bathroom at The Pierre New York

The Pierre Hotel New York is the U.S. Flagship property of Taj Hotels. The iconic property along New York's Fifth Avenue offers an exclusive setting with a legendary afternoon tea, unique dining experiences, Domonique Salon, and a Life Fitness wellness center. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set in the heart of Manhattan along 44th Street, The Chatwal New York is an iconic luxury hotel designed by Standford White with 1930s Empire Art Deco architecture. Recently reimagined by Thierry Despont, the hotel's guestrooms and suites are furnished in rich hues of ruby, saffron, and sepia. Complimented with custom amenities, handmade Shifman mattresses, and Frette linens, accomodations have state-of-the-art technology, including iPod docking stations and Blu-ray/DVD players (upon request). Continue reading below the photo of the Producer Suite Rooftop Patio. 

The Chatwal New York Producer Suite Rooftop Patio

For an exclusive retreat within the hotel, the Producer One Bedroom Suite with Rooftop Terrace evokes the glamour of the Art Deco period while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and modern style. The 700-square-foot suite has a spacious living room with a fireplace, flat-screen TV, chic sitting area, and access to the outdoor terrace. There's a winding staircase leading to the upper floor, and a roof deck on the 10th floor. Read more below the living room photo.

The Chatwal New York Producer Suite Living Room

Adjacent to the living room is a dining room with modern furnishings, minibar, and additional flat-screen TV. Guests of the suite designed by Thierry Despont receive butler service, and there's also a two king beds, and a safe within the suite. In addition, guests booking "5 Star Signature Rates" for suites at The Chatwal receive exclusive amenities including continental breakfast for two, and Mercedes drop off service within a 20-block radius. Read more about the hotel below the Producer Suite photo.

The Chatwal New York Producer Suite Living & Dining Rooms

Steps from Broadway Theaters, Times Square, and Bryant Park, The Chatwal New York provides a historic setting with luxury amenities and modern-infused style. For dining, The Lambs Club serves Modern American cuisine by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Built in 1905, the 90-seat restaurant features Empire Deco design in a venue that was the home of The Lambs, the first professional theater club in America with a membership list that included Charlie Chaplin, Spencer Tracy, and Fred Astair. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Towering over the city on the 52nd floor, the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at Four Seasons Hotel New York offers an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of Manhattan. Following a seven year collaboration between I. M. Pei, Peter Marino, and visionary hotel owner Ty Warner, the 4,300-square-foot suite is recognized as an architectural masterpiece. With one of the crowning features being the suite's four cantilevered glass balconies soaring 500 feet over the city (the highest in the world), set on a diagonal to the north-south and east-west grid of Manhattan and finished with glass railings for one-of-a-kind views. In addition to the balconies, the suite has 25-foot bronze clad bay windows providing uninterrupted views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Continuing reading below the photo of the Penthouse Suite.

Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel New York

Within the suite is a  living room completed with hand-lacquered walls and inlaid mother of pearl, as well as a 700-square-foot library with 26-foot cathedral ceilings completed with a Bosendorfer Baby Grand Piano. There's an elegant master bedroom, and a spacious rock crystal master bathroom with double sinks, glass-enclosed shower, TV, and deep soaking tub. Plus, guests of the suite have access to exclusive services and amenities including a chauffeured Rolls-Royce and dedicated Guest Relations Manager.

The Four Seasons Hotel New York is located on Billionaire's Row between Madison and Park Avenues. Steps from world-class shopping, restaurants, and museums, the luxury hotel offers the Garden Restaurant, Ty Bar, Health Club, and Fitness Center. There's also exclusive boutiques in the lobby, and the renowned L. Raphael Geneve Spa on-site. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: 5 NYC Hotels for the Holidays

From iconic holiday movies to tree lighting ceremonies, New York City offers a magical setting for celebrating the holidays. Whether it's a girls shopping weekend in the city, trip to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, or a family vacation for Christmas, New York City has a variety of luxury hotels for sleeping, celebrating, and relaxing after exciting days of shopping, Broadway Shows, ice skating, viewing window displays at the department stores, and basking in the glow of holiday lights. Here are five of our top picks for holiday trips to Midtown Manhattan. 

1. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza New York

Celebrating 110 years, The Plaza Hotel offers a historic location on Central Park South. This year, the property is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with special room packages, a Kevin Look-A-Like Contest, 90s Throwback Menu to honor Home Alone 2 at Todd English in the Food Hall, as well as a Home Alone 2 Photobooth Experience starting December 1. 

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2. The Lotte New York Palace

Holidays at The Lotte New York Palace

Set at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, The Lotte New York Palace offers an iconic setting steps from Rockefeller Center. Wake up with a view of St. Patrick's Cathedral from the Cathedral Rooms, ice skate under the shadow of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, and see the one-and-only Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and dine at the hotel's recently opened VILLARD Restaurant. 

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3. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Located along the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route on Sixth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers an idyllic Midtown location. From the "Fairytale In the City" packages which includes a renowned themed breakfast at the Saks New York flagship store and a carriage ride through Central Park to decadent Christmas Day and New Years Eve Dinners, this luxury hotel provides an elegant base for celebrating the holidays in NYC. 

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4. Four Seasons New York

Holidays at the Four Seasons New York

Designed by famed architect IM Pei, the Four Seasons New York is a modern-deco landmark. Located along "Billionaire's Row" between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, the hotel is steps from Madison Avenue boutiques and the Central Park skating rink. Festive Holiday Brunches are served on Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Garden, there's an annual tree lighting ceremony to benefit Toys for Tots (November 30, 2017), and a New Year's Eve Soiree at Ty Bar. Offering recently renovated guest rooms and suites infused with natural light and park views, the hotel has a Rolls-Royce house car for short trips within the city, less than 12 rooms per floor for a residential feel, customized in-room technology, and the L. RAPHAEL Beauty Spa. 

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5. The Pierre Hotel New York

Suite Living Room at The Pierre Hotel New York

Overlooking Central Park, The Pierre Hotel New York is across the street from the park, and a short walk to the upscale boutiques and restaurants along Madison and Park Avenues. Offering a signature Afternoon Tea with fresh-baked scones and petit fours created daily by the in-house pastry team, special children's amenities, and Perine, a French-American restaurant, the property has a variety of amenities for guests of all ages.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Planning a trip to the U.S. Open? The Hotel Plaza Athenee New York has limited availability for the event which runs through September 10, 2017. Providing an ideal Manhattan location, the property resides at 37 East 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Featuring a discreet setting, the 143-room hotel with bright red-domed awnings is popular with celebrities, travelers, and industry titans seeking elegance and bespoke style. Read more below the photo of a Penthouse Balcony Breakfast. 

Penthouse Balcony Breakfast at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York offers two on-site dining options, as well as private dining, room service, and tea service upon request. For fine dining, Arabelle serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. While Bar Seine has an intimate cocktail bar setting with a leather floor, velvet furnishings, and sophisticated atmosphere for afternoon tea or evening cocktails. Continue reading below the photo of Bar Seine.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York 

The hotel is home to the only Spa Valmont location within the U.S. Showcasing a strong Swiss heritage, the V35 Spa offers four Asian-inspired treatment suites with private bathrooms, steam showers, and relaxation areas. Guests can choose from signature treatments designed exclusively by Spa Valmont, as well as makeup application, manicures, pedicures, and hair blowout services. 

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