MoMA VIP Art Package from The Setai Fifth Avenue

exterior MoMA Manhattan NYC

exterior MoMA Manhattan NYC

I’m always on the lookout for cool, special packages that combine places to stay and things to do in remarkable ways.  What always catches my eye are value luxury travel opportunities – those locations, experiences, and travel opportunities that deliver over and above the price tag, regardless of what the price may be.  Sometimes it’s special pricing and deals that are hard to find.  Other times, it’s incredible opportunities that you’d never otherwise be able to experience.  And still other times it’s just something special that is hard to define, but it makes an ordinary experience extraordinary.

It’s the exclusive opportunity that caused me to pause and take a look at “The Connoisseur” package offers by the The Setai Fifth Avenue.

The Setai Fifth Avenue is centrally located in midtown Manhattan, giving guests easy access to entire city.  Theater, parks, shopping, and many of the iconic New York sites are all a short walk or quick subway or taxi ride away.  This is a luxury property in one of the most expensive cities in the world, and not one that you might think of when it comes to value luxury.  However, throw in an exclusive opportunity and some extras, and the hotel has put together a package that would be perfect for an art lover or museum buff.

The Connoisseur offers guests a chance to be a VIP at the Museum of Modern Art, quite possible the greatest collection of modern art in the entire world, combining an overnight stay at the luxury hotel with a private tour of the museum with an art historian.  And, how cool is this — the tour takes place before the museum opens to the public.  That means you have the entire MoMA collection to yourself!  Once the museum opens you can continue to explore on your own.

Here’s what the package includes:

  • Luxury accommodations at The Setai Fifth Avenue (which boasts a curated collection of modern art on its property)
  • Services of a Personal Assistant at the hotel
  • Complimentary soft drinks, water, and afternoon snacks (replenished daily)
  • Daily breakfast delivered to your room
  • Private guided tour of MoMA before it opens to the public, 9:30-10:30 am daily except for Tuesdays when the museum is closed (you may invite up to 9 guests to join the tour)

Location: 400 Fifth Avenue (about a 10 minute walk from Grand Central Station); MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd (between 5th & 6th)

Dates:  July 5 – December 31, 2011

Rates:  Starting at $1,046/night (does not include mandated taxes and fees)

Photo credit:  Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. View of 53rd Street The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building. Photo © 2011 Timothy Hursley

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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