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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.

Now Open: The Terrace at Trump Chicago Goes Polynesian Chic for the Summer

May 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump International Hotel and Tower ChicagoOne of the best al fresco views of Chicago is yours at The Terrace at Trump. Open tomorrow (May 18) for the summer season, the terrace lounge is perched on the hotel's 16th floor from where you can see the Wrigley Clock Tower, Lake Michigan and Chicago River. (Imagine watching the Wednesday and Saturday fireworks over Navy Pier from that vantage point!) On the menu: hand-crafted cocktails and Chef Frank Brunacci's fine American fare. This summer The Terrace is decked out in a "Polynesian chic" theme; think tiki torches, lush landscaping, even South Pacific beats. Some of the cocktails are also inspired by the theme-- like the Coconut Castaway and The Tahiti Traveler (served in a hollowed out pineapple).

Related Article: Diamonds, Emeralds, Black Pearls: Jewel-Themed Spa Treatments at Trump International Chicago


Gwyneth Paltrow Hearts The Elysian Chicago

May 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Elysian ChicagoIt's easy to fall for The Elysian-- the Chicago hot spot-- so we weren't surprised to see GP's rapturous description of the hotel in her latest GOOP newsletter. (Which, by the way, really made us want to dig into some delicious Chitown grub.) Here's what she loves about the hotel that's made such a stir on the Gold Coast since it opened in 2009. To quote:

I stayed at the newly opened Elysian hotel and I loved it. I love a new hotel and they have really done it right. I loved its pared down aesthetic and its many shades of grey. It was chic and comfortable, and I also loved being in the heart of everything but not right on Michigan Avenue. The restaurant was delicious and the spa was lovely—I treated myself to a great massage before an overnight flight. Great service—elegant yet cool. I will definitely be back. The hotel has two restaurants and I stopped at Balsan for some great American bistro-style food, with oysters on the menu and flatbreads made in a wood burning stove.

Related Article: Hot in the City: The Lexus Fleet at the Elysian Hotel Chicago


A Film Tour of Chicago, and Behind the Scenes at the Art Institute, with The Peninsula Hotel

May 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula ChicagoJust one more reason why we love The Peninsula Chicago? They've organized a cool film tour around the city where over 50 movies have been filmed. Guests can sign up for this special offering with The Peninsula Academy and relive favorites like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Blues Brothers. Another fun option: "The Art of Hospitality" tour which goes behind the scenes at The Art Institute of Chicago, showcasing the world of the museum's curators, together with a private tour of the Institute's most notable collections. What's more- The Peninsula Chicago's celebrating a milestone anniversary in June (10 years!) and is giving guests all kinds of goodies. Treat yourself to anniversary specials at the spa (including $10 add-ons!), or indulge in a special 10th Anniversary Royal Tea or Pen Ten cocktail. The best part of all: A special offer on accommodations. When you book the "Celebrate 10 Years" promotion, you'll get your second night for just $10. Subject to availability; two-night stay required.


Hot in Chicago: Michael Jordan's New Restaurant to Open at the InterContinental Hotel

April 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent MileMichael Jordan is back. Twelve years after closing his self-named resto in Chicago, the basketball legend is gearing up to open the Michael Jordan Steakhouse this summer. Located at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, the 160-seat restaurant will open in August. This latest epicurean venture includes two private dining rooms and a bar. The eatery will replace Zest restaurant, currently on the second floor of the luxury hotel. No word yet about the menu items but here's hoping they bring back the famous mac n' cheese that everyone loved at the first Chicago steakhouse! (Considering it's Jordan's favorite meal, how could it not be served?)


Hot in the City: The Lexus Fleet at the Elysian Hotel Chicago

April 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Elysian Hotel ChicagoFancy a spin around Chitown? How about the keys to a Lexus convertible for the length of your stay? The pampered guests of The Elysian Chicago- the Gold Coast hot spot that we tend to swoon over- have another luxe amenity to add to the list. HotelChatter reports that The Elysian just parked a bunch of swank cars- from the LS 460L and LS 600h L hybrid sedans to the LX 570 sport utility vehicle- in their courtyard, available for free rides around town. Plus- if you book the Lexus package, starting at $485 per night, you get the keys to the Lexus convertible, American breakfast for two, and a welcome amenity along with your swanky digs.

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