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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.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

January 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

What better place to celebrate the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays than China itself? Chinese New Year is on January 23rd, and the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing has gone above and beyond to ensure a phenomenal celebration. This Shangri-La property has put together various gift packs with a variety of sticky rice cakes and rice balls which make perfect gifts for family members and friends. The hotel will also be putting on a traditional feast featuring a suckling pig, roast duck, and poon choi. The Shang Palace, a fine dining restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, will be offering a Chinese New Year package which will feature foods with promising names to bring good fortune and joy to the New Year. The Shang Palace will feature Happy Chinese New Year (suckling roasted pig and steamed chicken), Good Fortune (lettuce with dried oysters), and All Wealth (abalone with Chinese mushrooms and sea cucumber). All of the foods served during Chinese New Year tell a story and a captivating legend worth exploring during your stay in China.

On the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will put on the lion dance in the lobby to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. Be sure to make your reservation at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing to enjoy the extravagant dinner and the snacks available to all guests to share the taste of an authentic Chinese New Year with all!


The Sun Rises on the East: East Hotel to Open New Property in Beijing

January 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

East Hong KongOpening in the first quarter of this year, the East Hotel in Beijing is looking to add a little spice to the East brand by moving it north from Hong Kong.  Billed as a "business hotel with a life," its 348 rooms and 21 suites will have access to all the important things a business traveler needs:  free Wi-Fi, a business center with individual working pods, accelerated paperless check-in, and of course a complete fitness center to work off the excess energy you've built up over a day of meetings.  

The 'life' part of the East starts with Feast, Food by East, that fits into the business lifestyle.  Focusing on crisp, well-prepared classic food, you'll be comfortable in a bustling environment where you won't feel out of place working on your presentation for the next day.  Relax when you're done by listening to live performances in the separate bar, the perfect spot to wind down as your finishing up the day or getting ready for a night out.  The East Beijing is guaranteed to give a fresh new face to the tried and true methods of East Hong Kong, its sister hotel.  


Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Hosted Top Players for the 2011 China Open Tennis Tournament

October 20, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La BeijingNo surprise to see the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing selected as the official hotel for the 2011 China Open Tennis Tournament for the eighth year in a row. The staff has been highly trained to attend to the world's top tennis stars-- working with the players' nutritionists on specific dietary needs,* talking with their trainers about customized exercise programs and specialized massages. And of course handling all that extra laundry! A team of personal butlers was on call to make the players feel at home.

The world’s top-seeded tennis stars played the China Open from September 30 to October 9, 2011, and the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing hosted more than 300 guests who attended the event. The hotel was also the official caterer for VIPs at the VIP lounge.

*Over the 10-day period, the hotel's chefs sourced highly nutritious ingredients in preparing carboydrate- and potassium-rich meals, amounting to at least half a ton of pasta and half a ton of bananas, 3,000 eggs, 500,000 ml of olive oil as well as truckloads of seasonal greens and fresh fruits.

Related Article: Personalized Gourmet Package at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing


The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Voted "Best Hotel in the World"

October 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong set the bar high when it opened on June 21, 2010. Literally, the hotel caps off Cesar Pelli’s IFC Shanghai building with an incredible rooftop bar on the 58th floor that's the tallest in Shanghai. Gadling buzzed about the hotel as "luxury in a modern Mandarin-style shell." Travel + Leisure said: "The 285-room hotel places you in a cloud-level fantasy." And now the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S. edition)-- besotted with all the hotel's superlatives-- have voted it the 'Best Hotel In The World' in the magazine's 24th annual Readers Choice Awards. Two top awards were bestowed upon the hotel in one evening, Best Hotel in Asia Pacific, and then Overall Best Hotel in the World. Collecting the award on behalf of the hotel was The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company President, Herve Humler.


Opening Soon: The Andaz Shanghai Debuts in January

October 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz Liverpool Street in LondonAs fans of Hyatt's Andaz brand, we've been keeping our eye on this story for awhile. Come January 1, 2012, Andaz will be arriving in China with a cool new hotel in Shanghai's Xintiandi district. HotelChatter recently got the scoop from a very-excited tipster who claimed the property was originally slated to belong to Jumeirah. From the hotel's official website, there's a lot to be thrilled about. A spa with a swimming pool and juice bar. An all-day patisserie called-- what else?-- Éclair. A fun lounge and restaurant that combines a "French bistro and Shanghainese brasserie." A Glass Pavilion for weddings and red carpet events. Not to mention the rooms with a view, all equipped with an "impressive LED lighting where guests can customise the colour to suit their mood." In Andaz fashion, all non-alcoholic minibar drinks and snacks, local telephone calls, and wireless internet access are free.

Pictured: Andaz Liverpool Street in London.