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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.

Best Bathrooms: The Hazelton Hotel Toronto


By: Five Star Alliance

Ensuite bathrooms at The Hazelton Hotel Toronto are done entirely in galaxy green granite comes
complete with heated floors. Deep soaking tub and separate rainfall shower, an LCD television built
into the mirror, as well as his and her sinks
Hazelton Hotel Toronto

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New to Five Star Alliance: Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok


By: Five Star Alliance

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok is a multiple award-winning 5-star hotel situated by the legendary Chao Phraya River, offering unparalleled and truly breathtaking views.Unwind in exceptionally spacious and luxuriously appointed guestrooms, each with river or city views from private balconies, a convenient cooking station, and state-of-the-art technology in entertainment and connectivity. 

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

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San Francisco's Iconic Palace Hotel Completes a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Palace HotelEverything old is new again. Elegantly so, in the case of San Francisco's iconic Palace Hotel. Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Expect new looks in the guest rooms, the indoor pool, fitness center, lobby, promenade, The Garden Court, and GC Lounge.

 The fresh design approach at this historic hotel captures timeless warmth and elegance beautifully married with chic, contemporary elements. Modern amenities and historic touches are complemented by superior service.

For over a century, The Garden Court has been known as one of the world's most beautiful dining rooms. The renovation now reveals two beautiful venues– The Garden Court and GC Lounge. GC Lounge is located at the front of the room. Stylish, comfortable chairs and couches create private vignettes.  A communal table offers a perfect place for a gathering. The GC Lounge experience is contemporary, savvy, and social. Garden Court at Palace Hotel The entrance to the Garden Court has been completely transformed. Guests are escorted to the dining room via private marble entrance. The 120 seat dining room celebrates tradition with a modern twist. The dining experience in The Garden Court offers locally sourced cuisine, refined service, and unforgettable surroundings.

Palace Hotel Guestroom Corridor

The 556 newly renovated guest rooms are a seamless blend of yesterday and today. Keeping true to the integrity of the hotel, guests will open the solid oak doors adorned with brass monogrammed knobs – both have graced the Palace since 1909. Crossing the threshold, an entry flows in to a room washed in a palette of midnight blue, charcoal, dove grey, and plum. The 11 foot ceilings and expansive windows create a naturally well-lit room filled with warmth. The artwork, topographical inspired carpeting, retro trunks, and suitcase handles incorporated into fixtures and furnishings pay tribute to time and travel.  Every item in the room has been custom created exclusively for the Palace.  

Palace Suites

The Palace Suites (pictured right) showcase a spacious living room with soaring windows. The rooms offer modern furnishings, a coffee table, desk, and 48” LED television. Historic architecture is accented with artistic lighting, blending vintage with new. Teal and navy are used to punctuate the grey and neutral palette that is rich and welcoming. Original hardwood floors are finished in dark brown and polished to high shine. Plush area rugs complete the interior of the Palace suites for a beautiful and comfortable home away from home. 

The Deluxe Suites with high ceilings, light filled windows, and authentic elements are the perfect place for a San Francisco escape. The focal point of the bedroom is a tufted, black leather headboard that frames the pillow top bed for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Unique, curated photography adds retro charm to the contemporary design.

The corner Royal Suite displays curved windows and architectural details including an intricately carved marble fireplace. Beautifully finished hardwood floors are layered with custom-made area rugs. At 970 square feet, the spacious, light filled room offers two televisions, a large living room, formal dining table, luxurious four post king size bed, and a city chic bathroom.

Palace Hotel State SuiteThe Square State Suite (pictured left) is a beautiful, light-filled space. Pale blue, plum and ivory set the tone for the interior that feels like an elegant San Francisco apartment.  A large living room with hand carved marble encased fireplace, formal dining table, comfortable seating, and 42" television add to the residential feel. A luxurious king bedroom with pillow top four post bed, a second television, and serene spa-like bath complete this city retreat.

The Chancellor Suite features a large entry leading to an open living room with intricate wood work, original fireplace, and a view of Market Street. The dining room seats eight. This suite features a beautifully designed seating area with upholstered furnishings, modern chandeliers, chic coffee table, large desk, 48” LED television, and Keurig coffee maker.  The inviting bedroom is spacious and beautifully appointed with a four post bed, chaise lounge, dark wood, and mixed metals.  A large bath with rain shower and spa tub offer the perfect place to relax and retreat.

The Presidential Suite is a grand six room suite, lined with expansive windows, that wraps around the corner of the hotel overlooking Market Street. A luxurious bedroom adorned in neutral tones and ocean blues invite the calm of sand and shore. The large marble bath features a glass enclosed rain shower, spa tub, and exquisite amenities.  Indoor Pool at the Palace San FranciscoA spacious living room and formal dining room – each with original carved fireplaces, authentic architectural detail, and vintage chandeliers are beautifully appointed with classically inspired, contemporary furnishings.  A baby grand piano sits in the corner of the living room. The media room features two plush sofas and a large plasma television.  A kitchen and guest bath completes the feeling of a private residence in a cosmopolitan city setting. The Palace Presidential Suite is perfect for a private escape or an elegant party for up to 20.

The newly renovated Palace Hotel pool and fitness center invite wellness and retreat. The restored, soaring sky lit ceiling opens the space to natural light and showcases the San Francisco cityscape. The Palace pool is ready for an aquatic workout or a leisurely swim. The new, spacious fitness center’s floor to ceiling windows look out to the swimming pool for an inspiring workout view.  The men’s and women’s changing rooms have all been updated. Features include luxurious marble bath areas, spa showers, fresh design elements and large back lit mirrors. 

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Image of the Day: Loews Chicago Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Experience Chicago from the heart of the city at Loews Chicago Hotel. The hotel has spectacular city skyline and lake views from the 400 guestrooms (including 25 suites) and meeting spaces both indoors and out. In a city known for its iconic architecture, Loews Chicago offers a distinctive look and feel from the lobby all the way up to the 400 guestrooms and suites

Loews Chicago Hotel

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Best Bathroom: Marmara Park Avenue


By: Five Star Alliance

The accommodations at Marmara Park Avenue aim to provide guests a refuge from the pace, and pressures of the city that never sleeps. Master bathrooms , with hardwood floors, marble finishing, and standing shower with separate bathtub inspire relaxation and comfort within the privacy of the guest’s room.

Marmara Park Avenue

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Image of the Day: The Peninsula Paris


By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Paris offers 34 luxuriously appointed suites, including three uniquely designed theme suites, two historic suites, resplendent with period decoration, and the ultimate in grand accommodation, The Peninsula Suite. All suites command spectacular rooftop views.

The Peninsula Paris

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New to Five Star Alliance: Dusit D2 New Delhi


By: Five Star Alliance

Dusit D2 New Delhi is an ultra chic lifestyle hotel designed to cater to the next generation of savvy business and leisure travelers. The hotel offers stylish accommodations combined with modern comforts, using the highest quality and technology available. Dusit D2 has 216 spacious and plush rooms. Each of the standard rooms is 34 square meters and furnished with state of the art amenities. Out of these beautifully laid out rooms, 15 are dedicated suites. Dusit D2 is home to the renowned Devarana spa. The spa is known for rejuvenating treatments and its roof-top swimming pool. The state of art gymnasium at the hotel terrace offers a complete fitness experience including full time instructors.

Dusit D2 New Delhi

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Best Bathrooms: Mandarin Oriental Taipei


By: Five Star Alliance

Entering through an elegant vestibule, the spacious rooms at Mandarin Oriental Taipei are very inviting with their chic, contemporary layout enhanced with elegant classically inspired touches. Featuring a separate bathtub and a large walk-in shower, the adjoining bathrooms provide a luxurious space to relax and unwind.

Mandarin Oriental Taipei

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Discover Chicago Through the Peninsula


By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago
There's no better place to discover Chicago than The Peninsula Chicago. The luxury hotel is located in the center of downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. It is just steps from the Windy City's best shopping, dining, and activities, and a few blocks from the business and financial district. 

Here's just a few ways The Peninsula Chicago Gives Guests the City:

-Suite Rides in the MINI Cooper or BMW house car. Guests will be chaffeured through the city in one of the hotel's two bespoke MINI Cooper S Clubman vehicles. MINI Coopers are subject to availability, for a maximum of three hours per stay. A bespoke BMW house car, available on a first-come, first-served basis, chauffeurs guests within two miles of the hotel. 

-Second City:Next Big Comedy Star. Guests who have dreamed of a career in stand-up will be thrilled with a private Second City IThe Peninsula Chicagomprov or Stand Up Comedy Class, a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater and more.

-Eastern Eats:Cooking Class and Tea Ceremony at Shanghai Terrace. Once guests complete this program, they can satisfy their need for Cantonese dim sum whenever they'd like. Tutored by Ivan Yuen, Chef de Cuisine of Shanghai Terrace, guests will spend time in the restaurant's kitchen learning techniques in dim sum making, ingredient selection, menu planning, and plate presentations. A Chinese Tea Ceremony experience, a four-course dinner in Shanghai Terrace, and a photo book of the experience is also included.

-Florist for a Day. Guests will assist in designing and planning the weekly floral displays that are a signature of the Peninsula Hotels experience. A personalised tour of the floral warehouse, and time with the design team as they take it from planning to execution. Champagne, tea sandwiches, a monogrammed apron and floral shee.rs, plus a take home arrangement you helped create is all included.

-Broadway In Chicago:Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances. Receive VIP access to premier seats for coveted performances. The journey begins with a delicious three-course, pre-theatre dinner in The Lobby or Shanghai Terrace. After dinner, the hotel's bespoke BMW house car whisks guests away to the performance where a personal escort is on hand to show the way to premier house seats and serve  welcome drinks. During the intermission, the VIP service continues as the personal attendant delivers additional refreshments and drinks. Upon conclusion of the show, receive signed merchandise from the cast as a prized keepsake of the experience and a transfer back to the hotel.

For more ways to experience Chicago, book a stay at The Peninsula Chicago>>


Dining al Fresco: Hotel B Lima


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel B Lima's guests can enjoy El Lonche, aka afternoon teatime,  with friends and fellow travelers in the
Dining Room with its cozy, street front terrace. Italian coffee, a selection of green and black teas, homemade
Peruvian hot chocolate from a family recipe plus fresh seasonal fruits and traditional sweets are laid out from 4-6 pm daily.

Hotel B Lima 

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