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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.

The Hazelton Hotel Goes Above and Beyond for its Guests

July 17, 2012
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

July 16, 2012
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

July 9, 2012
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

July 6, 2012
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

July 5, 2012
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!

June 25, 2012
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

June 18, 2012
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.


Luxury Travel Advisor Tours The Brand New Palace Hotel Tokyo

June 15, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Palace Hotel TokyoFive Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor recently had the pleasure of touring the brand new Palace Hotel Tokyo.  Travel Guru Joe Pike (you can read more from Joe here: http://www.thejoepikeblog.com/) offers the following details about his recent stay:
 

Demolishing an iconic hotel isn't always a smart decision for a tourism-entrenched city to make, but when you replace it with a new, luxurious, $1.2 billion, modern chic hotel bearing the same name, it quickly turns into one of the best business decisions a destination can make.

Luxury Travel Advisor toured Wednesday the new Palace Hotel Tokyo, which officially reopened on May 17. It replaced the previous Palace Hotel Tokyo, which opened in 1961, was located at the same site and knocked down in 2009.

Here's what you need to know to pitch one of Japan's hottest new hotels.

The Rooms

All of the rooms face one direction, meaning every VIP, no matter what category they are staying in, gets view of the city.

Luxury Travel Advisor stayed in room no. 2207, a Club Deluxe Room W/ Balcony. Note: not all of these rooms have balconies, so be sure to request a balcony. Without a balcony, the room simply lacks one of our favorite features. There is nothing like seeing the city lit up at night, while enjoying a beverage on the terrace.

The best room here is the Palace Suite, which is the hotel's version of a Presidential Suite. The room is roughly 2,200 square feet. It comes with one bedroom with double beds, but can also connect. There are a lot of powerful colors in this room, including a lot of black and gold throughout the bedroom. Note: This room is a traditional Japanese style room and it's typical for Japanese couples to sleep in separate beds. There is also a very large balcony, 60-inch televisions in both the bedroom and the living and a separate kitchen and dining area. Tip: The dining area can be used for private dinners, including wine and sake pairings.

Restaurants and Bars

All of the restaurants are open to locals, which is why it is very important for advisors to book reservations for VIPs at least two weeks in advance since there is a huge local contingent of businessmen who frequent the hotel's restaurants.

The Grand Kitchen is located on the first level and where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Nice Touch: There is a small garden area outside that seats roughly 25 guests while another outdoor terrace area can seat up to 40 guests. Tip: Both outdoor areas can be rented out for small groups. The Grand Kitchen serves a number of cuisines from pasta to pizza to paelle. We ordered the "Hirata Farm" Pork Loin with mash potatoes, mushrooms and sage.

The Palace Lounge is a great place to have a cocktail. It has a very living room type feel and feels very homey. The lounge also has a piano with live performances nighty. Afternoon tea is served here from 2 - 4p.m. with more than 45 different teas offered.

The Royal Bar, located on the first floor is a very sophisticated bar with an impressive piece of abstract art occupying an entire wall. Fun Fact: The piece of an abstract dragon is meant to be an ode to the year the hotel reopened.

Wadakura is the hotel's signature restaurant, serving such Japanese favorites as sushi and tempora. It seats up to 118 people but is so scattered that it doesn't feel so large. In fact, there is a separate Tempora bar, called Tatsumi, located within Wadakura. Nice Touch: The restaurant offers nine private rooms, serving anywhere from four to 10 people. Note: We were told these are usually the first rooms to be reserved so be sure to book this at least two weeks in advance as well. Also, located within Wasakura is a separately managed sushi bar as well as Go, an area dedicated to teppanyaki.

The Crown restaurant is the hotel's French dining option. This restaurant has a strong art deco feel with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering an incredible view of the city.

Prive is another impressive lounge. It's very similar to the Palace Lounge except its a bit sexier, a bit more modern chic. Like the Palace Lounge, it also offers tea, but with a more French inspiration. The ambience of this lounge is designed to give VIPs a forest-like feel. Its basically a really chill, relaxed environment. Nice Touch: There is also a small outdoor lounge area with black leather seats and couches.

Amber Palace is the hotel's Chinese restaurant. There are a lot of amber hues throughout the restaurants, hence the name.

The Spa

The hotel is home to the Evian Spa, which takes the name of the famous brand of bottled of water. In fact, Evian water is handed to VIPs along with a fresh towel as they workout in the fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day and offers city views from all of its treadmills. The spa is made up of just five treatment rooms and one spa suite. VIPs who pay for a treatment can use all of the spa's facilities. There is a modest fee to use the pool, however, if VIPs don't have a spa treatment. The fitness center is free for everyone. Note: Club Members, those staying on floors 18-23 and also in some select rooms on the 16th and 17th floors, have free access to the pool regardless of whether they have a spa treatment or not.

Weddings

The hotel is home to a Western-style chapel, which can have up to 12 weddings a day. There is also a Japanese shrine for more traditional weddings, but we were told roughly 80-90 percent of the guests use the Western-style chapel.

Who to Book For

Roughy 60 percent of the VIPs here are business travelers while the remaining 40 percent are leisure travelers. There are roughly 15-20 percent Americans here. We would suggest the hotel for business travelers or couples and families looking for a hotel just 20 minutes away from the famous Ginza shopping district.

 


Born Again: Hotel Palomar Comes to Phoenix

June 14, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I don't think anywhere in the dictionary of latin roots will you find the "-lomar" suffix as meaning awesome. But if two points make a line, then the Mallomars and the Hotel Palomar are definitely on to something here. With that in mind, every time I hear something about the new Hotel Palomar Phoenix, I can't help but imagine that one marshmallow that inevitably falls off the end of your stick straight into the flames sloughing off its charred exterior and rising again as a pure white, gooey mass, its new skin still tender with sugary goodness. Of course, my overactive imagination could turn even a normal day at the office into the epic of Gilgamesh, so it's probably best if you don't read into it too much.

In any case, the Hotel Palomar is one of the newest editions to our collection, and it builds on the prior iterations of the Palomar, found in DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and many southern cities. In the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Palomar is ideally located to reach all of the hot spots. The city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment are just a few blocks away. The hotel itself is designed to look and feel cosmopolitan. The rooms feature contemporary design that emphasizes the space while still managing to be a little quirky. You're more likely to end up with an abstract painting of a blue cow over your bed than generic landscape #34. And that's a good thing. It's a hard thing to walk the line between eccentricity and taste, and the Palomar manages to do it. The Hotel Palomar Phoenix is definitely a great addition to the Phoenician menagerie.


Beautiful Courtyard at the Greenwich Hotel in New York Now Open

June 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The courtyard at the Greenwich Hotel is now open and exclusively available for use by guests of the hotel. It is quietly tucked away from the chaos of New York City and features stone benches, hanging lanterns, and beautiful brick walls. Come down to enjoy some fresh air while reading the paper and sipping a cup of coffee and take in the relaxing atmosphere. Greenwich Hotel is located at the corner of Greenwich St. and North Moore St. in the Tribeca neighborhood. It is a beautiful luxury hotel that has a traditional, unique feel offering 88 rooms of which no two are alike. Enjoy lunch in the Drawing Room with 12-foot ceilings, bookshelves, and a wood burning fire place, and then enjoy dinner on the courtyard beneath latticed vines. Consider the Greenwich Hotel for your next visit to New York City for a truly exceptional and unique hotel experience unlike any other!