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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Updates are Underway at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Mansion on Peachtree is now the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, and this luxurious new Mandarin property has a number of updates and improvements up its sleeve. The spa at Mandarin Oriental has updated its treatment menu and it now includes an Oriental Essence massage, a Peaches and Cream treatment, and a Red Clay Scalp massage. The hotel also plans to infuse an Asian touch by offering a foot ritual treatment as well as offering its spa guests various nibbles of Asian-style foods. The rooms and suites offer guests the most spacious luxury accommodations in the city, and the higher floors have incredible views over Atlanta’s tree-lined streets. Enjoy the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and oriental charm by making your reservations at this new Mandarin Oriental property in Atlanta!


Gotham City Getaways


By: Oksana Balytsky

With the much anticipated premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, we certainly want to go beyond just seeing the films. For all of the Batman aficionados who hope to experience some of the scenes first hand, we bring you the numerous faces of Gotham City.

The Dark Knight had scenes shot in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. The opening robbery of ‘Gotham National Bank’ by the Joker takes place at the Old Chicago Post Office, the offices of Harvey Dent and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises are in the IBM Building in Chicago, and the restaurant where Bruce Wayne crashes Rachel’s and Harvey’s date is the Criterion Restaurant in London. The theater where Harvey attempts to take Rachel to see the ballet is the Chicago Theater on 175 North State St, and the meeting with the crooked financial tycoon is held in Hong Kong’s IFC2, the tallest building in the city. The views over the Chicago River from Bruce Wayne’s penthouse are actually taken from the 39th floor of the 71 Hotel, which is also where the bedroom of Wayne’s penthouse was filmed.

Want more? Check out the other pieces of Gotham City here!

Hoping to view all of these movie destinations in person? Make your reservations for London, Chicago, and Hong Kong here!

Photo of the 71 Hotel exterior


New Luxury Hotels Opening: A Thompson Hotel in Chicago


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 blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Chicago is quickly becoming a thriving hotspot for new hotels to pop up, and it seems like the trend will continue for the foreseeable future. The Chicago Athletic Association will be converted into a 240-room hotel in 2014, and it’s certainly the perfect building for a boutique luxury hotel. The historic building used to serve as a hangout spot for affluent Chicago bachelors in the 1990s. According to the Chicago Tribune, it was a spot where “one could exercise, enjoy a fine meal in a beautiful setting, and then retire to a comfortable room for the evening, all under one roof." Sounds to us like it already has a few of the key qualities of a luxury hotel, and we can’t wait to see how this repurposing develops! Hoping to visit Chicago a bit earlier? Check out the other luxury hotels in the area here!


The Hazelton Hotel Goes Above and Beyond for its Guests


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Hazelton Hotel Toronto sets a new standard in style, detail, and service. The stunningly dramatic interiors designed by YabuPushelberg make the Hazelton Hotel a cultural destination in the lively city of Toronto. With its original mix of beautiful rooms, an incredible art collection, and a private screening room, this luxury hotel certainly offers its guests more than just a place to crash. Its extensive art collection, as with all art, raises a few questions amongst the guests, so the Hazelton Hotel, keeping true to its exceptional service, hired an Art Concierge to answer any questions regarding the art exhibits in the hotel as well as offer insight into the art dealers and galleries located in the area. Curious about the art displayed in your room? The Art Concierge can certainly answer those questions for you as well. What a wonderful way to allow guests to connect with their hotel! Be sure to check out the Hazelton Hotel Toronto and leave feeling very well rested and a little bit more art savvy!


Top Summertime Hotels for a Family Vacation


By: Oksana Balytsky

With school out for the summer, now is the perfect time to take that much-needed family vacation to reconnect with your kids and have some fun all together. While certain luxury hotels are not kid-friendly, it’s a misconception that traveling with kids means you have to give up luxury. Check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring a few of our favorite kid friendly luxury hotels perfect for a family getaway!

Today’s feature is the Four Seasons Chicago. Conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile near the shopping and dining areas, the Four Seasons Chicago is like a residential palace with eagle-eye views of the Windy City. According to familyvacationcritic.com, the Four Seasons Chicago goes above and beyond to make families feel welcome. Upon arrival, kids will find a stuffed animal, cow-shaped cookies, chocolate milk, a bucket of popcorn, books, and games in their room. The bathroom has a footstool to help kids reach the sink along with bubble bath soap, toys, and even plush kid-sized terry robes. These little touches and extra amenities will certainly make your kids feel welcome and right at home. The Four Seasons Chicago also has its very own ice cream man who can come to your room between 4 and 6pm with a cart of delicious ice cream with fun toppings. Looking for a few activities outside the hotel perfect for the whole family? The Four Seasons Chicago offers the following complimentary off site activities:

 

Cultural Center with mini-concerts

Grant Park

Lincoln Park Zoo

Museums (on selected free days)

Navy Pier

Oak Street Beach

Millennium Park


Rooms and Suites Available at The Venetian Las Vegas


By: Five Star Alliance

The Venetian is one of the "all-suite" Las Vegas hotels and the world’s largest five diamond resort and casino. The 36-story Venetian tower sets the standard for upscale suites and amenities along the Las Vegas Strip. The Venezia is a gorgeous wing of the resort with more than 1,000 suites that keep guests close to the casino action without being in it - accommodations area available in the 12-story tower, which are even larger and more extravagantly appointed. Also available adjacent to The Venetian and the Sands Expo and Convention Center is The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino - a 50-floor luxury tower with approximately 2050 luxury suites.

The Ventian Las VegasThe Venetian Suites

Luxury Suites offer: Approximately 650 square feet, 130 square foot bathroom featuring an HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, DVD player (not available in Venezia Tower), dining table that seats three, and sunken living room.
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Bella Suites offer: Approximately 700 square feet, 130-square-foot bathroom featuring a 17 inch flat-screen LCD HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, L-Shaped full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Dining table that seats three, and sunken living room.
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Rialto Suites offer: Approximately 1,100 square feet, 130-square-foot bathroom which features an HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, An adjacent water closet with telephone, double-door entrance into an Italian marble foyer, Dining table that seats three, L-Shaped full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Spacious walk-in closet, and Sunken living room.
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Piazza Suites offer: Approximately 1,400 square feet, 42 inch flat-screen plasma HD TV and DVD player, Complete wet bar, Dining table that seats three, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Jetted tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, Sunken living room, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, Spacious walk-in closet, and Powder room off the entryway.
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The Venetian Las VegasPrima Suites offer: Approximately 1,500 square feet, Double-door entrance with an Italian marble foyer, HD TVs throughout, Semi-formal dining area with seating for four, 200-square-foot bathroom, Jetted tub, Separate glass-enclosed shower, Two shower heads and a bench seat, Full bar with stool seating and 32 inch flat screen LCD HD TV, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Spacious walk-in closet, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.
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Renaissance Suites offer: Approximately 1,980 square feet, Plush king-size, pillow-top bed, Sitting area showcasing incredible views, Option of either a media room or a workout room, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Large dining area with seating for eight, Complete wet bar, Jetted tub, Separate glass-enclosed shower, Two shower heads and a bench seat, Complete wet bar, Spacious walk-in closet, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.
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Penthouse Suites offer: Sitting atop The Venetian on the three highest floors, Approximately 2,900 square feet, Fully furnished living room featuring piano, Full-sized sleeper-sofa (upon availability), Dining area with seating for eight, master bedroom features fireplace and sitting area with incredible views, second bedroom with 2 queen sized beds and sitting area, Two luxurious bathrooms featuring marble floors, Jetted tub with separate glass-enclosed showers, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.

 

Check for availability, rates and make reservations for The Venetian in Las Vegas >>


Your Questions Answered: Best Luxury Hotels in Singapore for a Family of 3


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 looking to book a 2 night accommodation, checking in 26th July and checking out 28th July. We are a party of three, 2 adults and our 6 year old daughter. We are looking to book a 5 star hotel either in the Marina District or Orchard Road District. Can you please advise on the best hotels to visit with our 6 year old daughter? It is difficult to determine from a web site which rooms are suitable for an additional bed for a child.

Answer: Overall, when traveling with kids you want to look for either a Junior Suite with a separate living area, a Suite with a separate living area, or a room with 2 double or 2 queen beds. Two great options are the Mandarin Oriental Singapore and the Four Seasons Singapore. The Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Marina Bay, and it has an Ocean Grand Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds which has a separate sitting area. The Four Seasons Singapore is steps from Orchard Road, and it has a few room options that can accommodate 3 people. It has a Deluxe Room with a king size bed or 2 twin beds, which start from 420 SGD per night, its Premier Corner Room with a king or 2 twin beds starting from 500 SGD per night, or its Boulevard Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds which has a separate sitting area and starts from 450 SGD per night. To view full nightly breakdowns and to make your reservations, simply click on the hotel name links, 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 be traveling with a child 6 years of age 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.


It's Business Time: The Conrad Best Business Hotel Chicago


By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Chicago.

There's a clear desination for business travelers to Chicago, and that's the Magnificent Mile. Right in the heart of the prestigious McGraw-Hill building, the Conrad Chicago gives you easy access to the city's financial district and just about anywhere else you might have a meeting.  A 2,000 sq ft fitness center keeps you in shape while you're on the go, and its business center is naturally open 24 hours with full executive services.  12,000 sq ft of executive meeting space means no matter how many people you're hosting for that important meeting, you'll be sure to have the perfect arrangement, looking as sharp and professional as you would in your own office.  The rooms are high-tech and connected, so you'll never feel out of touch if you don't want to be.  And when you're done for the day you can relax with a soak and massage at their health club and spa or with a drink at the Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge.  The Conrad Chicago is definitely on our list of best business hotels.


Celebrate the Fourth of July in DC!


By: Oksana Balytsky

We can’t think of a better place to celebrate our country’s Independence Day than our nation’s capital! Take advantage of the mid-week holiday by taking an extra-long weekend to explore and take in everything DC has to offer. With 37 luxury hotels located in various parts of the city, Washington DC certainly has the perfect hotel for your individual stay. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian Folk Life Festival which celebrates unique cultures with music, food, demonstrations, and more on the National Mall as well as the patriotic programs put on at the National Archives, the National Cathedral, and the Smithsonian Museums. For more information about the happenings in Washington DC, check out washington.org. Explore the various hotel options and make your reservations in Washington DC to ensure you’re in on all the action this Fourth of July!


Deals and Steals at the Trump Hotel and Tower Chicago


By: Christopher Roney

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

 Good news for the lovers of the gustiest of cities, where the wind cuts the summer heat. You can take advantage of the summer special at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago to save on one of the most luxurious stays in the city. For a limited time, grab 15% off a two-night stay and 30% off a three-night stay. At that rate, the third night is practically free.

The Trump Tower, umm, towers above the skyline, giving an unprecedented view of Chicago's gorgeous city scape from any of the rooms on the higher floors. Stay in any of its 121 suites for floor-to-ceiling windows, a sitting area with sofa bed, and full urban-style kitchens. Whether you're coming for business or pleasure, with a discount like this, there's never been a better time to stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.