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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.

Art at The James Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson


Art in Chicago has a new place to check in to.  It's not just The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, anymore, now you can get Art@TheJames.

The James Chicago pays homage to the creative neighborhood that it calls home. Artists are a mix of local and international artists, both emerging and prominent.

Currently, The James Chicago is featuring Joel Ross, Demarcus Purham, Monique Meloche, Nienke Sybrandy, Andrea Mantin, and Kristina Estell.

The entire James Hotel experience, from your arrival all the way to the walls of your guestroom, aims to be a journey of visual and cultural luxury.

The Joel Ross installation shown at right is called Room 28. The artist checked into a motel and packed the entire contents of the room into antique suitcases.

We wouldn't recommend packing up your room at The James Chicago, but you should definitely enjoy being surrounded by art!


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Partner Hotel Focus: The James Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson


The James Chicago is one of Five Star Alliance's partner hotels, so we think it's pretty great! So, what makes it so special?

-Location, location, location. The James Chicago is located just steps from all the Michigan Avenue has to offer, from world-class shopping to restaurants to hot nightspots. Don't forget the many museums  such as the The Museum of Contemporary Art, and cultural attractions such as Millennium Park. They even offer public bikes for adults and Paul Frank child city bikes for those who want to explore the city on wheels.

-Art@TheJames, a program that brings works by local and international artists to the public areas and guest rooms.

-24-hour room service courtesy of David Burke's Primehouse. 24-hour concierge. 24-hour Business Networking Lounge with video conferencing. 24-hour 2,500-square-foot, full-service fitness center. No matter what time you like to work, work-out, or eat, the James is open for business.

-Yoga anyone? In partnership with lululemon athletica, The James offers a weekend R&R package that includes a lululemon yoga mat, complimentary class at the lululemon Rush Street studio, Spa by ASHA massage and bottle of sommelier-select wine.

-Guest rooms that feature a contemporary layout and a palette of warm tones. Choose from Double Deluxe or King rooms, studios, lofts, penthouse lofts,  and 1 bedroom apartments.

-Special programs and amenities for your babies and kids, whether they are the traditional human kind, or of the furbaby variety.

 These are just a few of the reasons to consider The James Chicago the next time you visit the Windy City!

Explore rates, amenities, and special offers at The James Chicago>>


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Insider’s Look into Park Hyatt Chicago’s New Bottega Veneta Suite

By: Oksana Balytsky

Park Hyatt Chicago has been recognized as one of the top 20 ‘World’s Best Hotels’ by Institutional Investor, so it’s no surprise that its 198 rooms meet a high level of luxury, but its Bottega Venta suite certainly exceeds our expectations! This 1400-square foot suite offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and its design is sleek and refreshingly simple. The bedroom, open living room, kitchenette, and two bathrooms are spacious and maximize the light and dramatic views of Chicago’s expansive lakefront. A few elegant touches include leather pillows, hand-carved Venetian glassware, and cashmere throws, and objects from Bottega Veneta’s home collection.

Explore the Bottega Veneta suite and other room options at the beautiful Park Hyatt Chicago here!

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #6 Waldorf Astoria Chicago

By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #6 spot is the Waldorf Astoria Chicago which is located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood with exclusive shopping, dining, nightlife and the Windy City's most famed attractions. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- 4,500 square feet of meeting rooms/event space

- Two exceptional restaurants as well as in-room dining and catering

- Indoor lap pool adorned with thousands of mosaic titles is available for leisure or intense swims, as well as for water classes

- Expanding over 14,000 square feet, the Spa and Health Club at Waldorf Astoria Chicago features a wide-ranging menu of personalized services as well as a nail spa, barber suite, and relaxation areas

- Located steps from Michigan Avenue and the famed Oak Street shopping district

- Health club offers specialized Pilates and Gyrotonic classes as well as complete line of cardio and strength equipment

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago here >>

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Anthony Bourdain Approved Hotels

By: Oksana Balytsky

Anthony Bourdain’s show The Layover is back for another season, and we can’t wait to see what interpretation about a place, its people, and the food he can come up with between his flights. We’re particularly interested in the show since he’ll be featuring the hotels at which he crashes during his layovers, and we assume Mr. Bourdain wouldn’t catch some zzz’s at any old motel.

Just as we expected, Anthony Bourdain proves to stay in style with the first episode featuring the Four Seasons Chicago. According to Anthony Bourdain, “this hotel is swank as all get out. The industry gold standard in big ass, comfortable beds.” We would have to agree with you there, Anthony, and also give our stamp of approval to the Four Seasons Chicago for their luxurious beds, superb downtown location, and the Martini Man with his traveling cart, ready to whip you up any drink in the comfort of your own room.

Explore the Four Seasons Chicago here >>

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hosts the Ultimate Presidential Viewing Party

By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Chicago



The election night return viewing party to be at was clearly at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.  Last night, the downtown Chicago luxury hotel near Grant Park played host to not just President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, but also VP Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden.  POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, and SLOTUS hunkered down in a suite to watch the returns roll in and later, to celebrate re-election. What isn't clear is if the viewing party was held in the hotel's Obama-themed Presidential suite. The 1,850-sq.-ft. top floors suite overlooks Grant Park, where Obama made his historic acceptance speech in 2008. The suite has a selection of memorabilia from Obama's political career, a Kauai grand piano, 300 thread count linens, whirlpool tub, and a library stocked with presidential tomes, such as former president Clinton's autobiography.  The minibar and pantry are well-stocked with the First Family's favorite snacks, which include corn chips and iced tea. 

Republican candidate Mitt Romney spent the evening watching returns from a hotel room at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.  His running mate Paul Ryan joined him later.  


Posted in: Chicago, IL

Fun Fact Friday! Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are Out!

By: Oksana Balytsky

The picks for the world’s best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are out, and the Chicago Waldorf Astoria receives the highest score for all American hotels, earning it the Best Hotel in the United States title!

Check out rates, availability, and photos here >>

Image of the Day: Public Chicago

By: Five Star Alliance


Enjoy supper under the stars and a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline.

Posted in: Chicago, IL, Hot Spots

Celebrate National Chicken Month at the Four Seasons Chicago

By: Oksana Balytsky

National Chicken Month is almost upon us, and the Four Seasons Chicago is celebrating this joyous occasion with an All-You-Can-Eat extravaganza! Executive Chef Kevin Hickey is bringing back the popular all-you-can-eat fried chicken lunch and dinner menu to Allium Restaurant each Thursday in September. Formerly at the Four Seasons Atlanta, Kevin Hickey certainly brings the southern flavor and hospitality to the Windy City. The menu features a wedge salad with candied pecans, Tomme de Nena cheese, a basket of all-you-can-eat buttermilk fried chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and gravy and biscuits, all served family style. The dessert is Pastry Chef Scott Gerken’s peach pie with blueberry ice cream. (Can you say YUM?) Enjoy this incredible menu for $38 per person for either lunch or dinner each Thursday in September at Allium. Make your reservations at the Four Seasons Chicago and take part in this food eating frenzy!

Image of the Day: MileNorth Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance


MileNorth Hotel is the proud owner of this spectacular view of the Chicago skyline.