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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.

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.


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!


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