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Paris is the ultimate shopper's paradise with shops along the Champs Champs-Élysées, fine department stores, and chic boutiques around every corner. Whether you're seeking a fabulous holiday shopping excursion in the city of lights, or you'd like to give the gift of a memorable vacation this holiday season, here's a list of a few of our favorite Paris hotels offering special perks for Five Star Alliance guests.

1. Nolinski Paris - steps away from the Palais Royal Gardens, this boutique hotel opened earlier this year. Set in a Haussmanian Building, the pet-friendly hotel has a spa and brasserie. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, and a smartphone to use during the stay with unlimited international phone calls and internet. 
Nolinski Paris

2. Victoria Palace Hotel - set in the 6th arrondissement, steps away from Rue de Rennes, this historic hotel has been a Paris landmark since 1913, the hotel offers understated Left Bank luxury, upscale amenities, and a centralized location with easy access to public transportation. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary full breakfast for two, 40 Euro bar credit per room, and welcome chocolates. 
Victoria Palace Hotel

3. Hotel du Louvre - overlooking the famous Louvre Museum, this historic property was built in 1855. There's the reknowned Brasserie du Louvre on-site, and the Bar offers Napoleon III style with jazz evenings. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome cocktail. 
Hotel du Louvre

4. La Tremoille - nestled along a quiet street in the heart of the Golden Triangle, combines a Haussman-era building with contemporary styling, for a modern retreat close to the Champs-Elysees, Georges V Avenue, and Montaigne Avenue. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary box of Laduree Macaroons.
La Tremoille

5. Hotel Pont Royal - in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, close to Cafe de Flore and the Musee d'Orsay, the hotel offers original painintgs by Beaux Arts students, Parisian views, and L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon with new French cuisine. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast for two, WiFi and on-demand video, plus a 30 Euro beverage credit.
Hotel Pont Royal 

Considered one of the U.S.A.'s most culturally and historically diverse cities, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food, and music. Offering a host of restaurants, live music venues, historical sites, and cultural attractions, along with a long list of luxury hotel options, it can be difficult to choose where to stay.

Here are Three Boutique Hotel options in New Orleans:

1. The Audubon Cottages provide a historic setting in the French Quarter, with one and two bedroom suites set within seven private cottages. Offering a high level of service, guests have full access to additional amenities at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel including valet parking, fitness center, and continental breakfast. Continue below the photo.
The Audubon Cottages
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2.  Set in the French Quarter, the iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a historic venue that recently underwent a multi-million dollar transformation. Classically furnished, guest rooms are designed for the modern traveler with plush pillowtop beds and walk-in showers. Steps away from Bourbon and Royal Streets, the hotel has a private courtyard with an outdoor pool, plus the Roux on Orleans restaurant. Read more below. 
Guest room at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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3. Modern and trendy, the Hotel Le Marais is a chic hotel in the French Quarter. Combining a historic backdrop with contemporary styling,  the trendy bar Vive! features signature cocktails, and a chic lounge that opens to a French Quarter courtyard with a heated outdoor pool and lounge space.  
Hotel Le Marais
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In honor of Election Day 2016 in the U.S.A, we're celebrating three All-American destinations where visitors can visit historic sites that played key roles in the country's history and freedoms. From Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., here are three great places to discover.

1. Philadelphia
Founded by William Penn in 1682, this city played a key role in the founding of the country. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States. Within Independence Hall, the country's founders debated and ultimately signed the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution (1787). Today, the Independence National Historic Park provides a hands-on history lesson, where visitors can see the Liberty Bell, as well as tour Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. Read more below.
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Tip: Spend the night across the street from the National Historic Park at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Set within the Lafayette Building built in 1906, the boutique hotel offers iconic views, rooftop lounge overlooking Independence Mall, and a chef-driven restaurant. 

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2. Boston
"One if by land, two if by sea..." 
One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston was the site of key events during the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. From the east side balcony of the Old State House, the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed to cheering crowds by Colonel Thomas Crafts on July 18, 1776. Continue reading below the photo.
Corner Suite at the Ames Boston Hotel
Tip: Wake up to views of the Old State House at the Ames Boston Hotel. This boutique hotel combines a historic building with Romanesque arched windows and fireplaces, with modern design. Along the Freedom Trail, guest rooms have white marble rainshowers, hardwood floors, and large windows with historic views. 

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3. Washington, D.C. 
The nation's capital city, there's a political point of interest on nearly every corner (or so it seems). From the White House lawn to the majestic National Monument, there are captivating points of interest. Spend the day exploring the Smithsonian Museums, take a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, or discover the iconic Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, and veterans memorials. Continue below. 
The Hay-Adams Hotel
Tip: The Hay-Adams Hotel offers views of the White House and St. John's Church. Built in the 1920s as a residential hotel, the boutique property offers the feel of a private residence, directly on Lafayette Square. In the evenings, retire for a cocktail at the Off the Record Bar, a popular place to be seen (but not heard) by politicos and visitors alike. 

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Chicago has a history of great architecture, iconic foods, and storied sports teams. For more than 100 years, fans have walked through the gates of Wrigley Field to watch nine innings of baseball, with the hope that "this year" would be the year the Cubs would win the World Series. The beloved team had not won the championship since 1908, but that all changed last night when the Chicago Cubs won game 7 of the World Series in extra innings. Today, we are celebrating #TravelBackThursday by featuring three of our favorite hotels that have been part of the Chicago skyline since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908.

1. The Burnham Chicago
The Burnham Chicago
Set within the Reliance Building - a National Historic Landmark, the boutique Kimpton Hotel combines vintage details such as marble staircases, ornate wrought iron, and mosaic tile floors with modern amenities. Designed by architectural firm, Burnham and Root, and completed in 1895 by Charles B. Atwood, it was the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up much of its exterior, and the property was used as an office building for decades. Transformed to a boutique hotel in 1999, it is steps away from Millenium Park, State Street shops, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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2. The Silversmith Hotel and Suites
The Silversmith Hotel and Suites
Originally constructed by Architect Peter J. Weber, of D.H. Burnham and Company in 1897, the building was designed to house jewelers and silver craftsman. Reflecting the transition from the Romanesque Revival era to the Arts and Crafts Movement, the architectural gem was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Today, the building is a luxury boutique hotel blending historic elements with contemporary design, such as 12-foot ceilings, tufted headboards, and sleek furniture. One block from Michigan Avenue, the hotel is close to shopping, restaurants, and museums.

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3. Renaissance Blackstone Chicago
Lobby of the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
As the city was celebrating the Cubs winning of the World Series in 1908, the construction of this landmark hotel had just begun. Overlooking the lake, the 23-story Beaux Arts building has hosted its share of celebrities and notorious events, since opening in 1910. The Suite of Presidents hosted Harry Truman in 1944, where he held a private phone conversation with his wife as he pondered the idea of accepting the VP nomination, and President Kennedy finished a bowl of clam chowder within the suite in 1962 before rushing back to DC for Cuban missile crisis negotiations. Declared a historic landmark in 1998, the luxury hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2008, and offers an extensive art collection, upscale accommodations, and fine Spanish cuisine at Mercat a la Planxa. 

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In the United States, election day, November 8th, is almost upon us. "The election is on everyone's minds, and hotels are using the event as a clever marketing tool to bring in business," said Ignacio Maza, the executive vice president of the Signature Travel Network.

The NY Times Travel Section posted an article last week highlighting Election Themed Hotel Packages.

Some of our favorites are highlighted below.

Election Themed Packages at The Dupont Circle Hotel

In Washington, DC, The Dupont Circle Hotel located directly on the historic circle is offering Slice of the City: Your Vote, Your Stay through January 21st. Cast your vote by picking your political party.

The Republican Party Experience offers: 
- 2 hand rolled cigars from W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist - Ulysses S. Grant's favorite pastime.
- A Theodore Roosevelt teddy bear to greet you in your room and a take-home gift.
- A dozen oysters and beer at Bar Dupont - Abraham Lincoln's favorite food.
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers -where Abraham Lincoln had all of his suits made.
- A Round of golf for two at a local course with transportation - Dwight D. Eisenhower's favorite pastime.
-A take-home gift of "Knute Rockne-All American" movie and bag of jelly beans as your movie snack – the movie Ronald Reagan is best known for and of course, his favorite candy.

The Democratic Party Experience offers:
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers for bright shirts and bowties - as Harry S. Truman loved to wear.
- Two tickets to The Spy Museum to enjoy the James Bond exhibition - John F. Kennedy's favorite movie series.
- Lunch for two at Bar Dupont - Savor a cheeseburger – an old Bill Clinton favorite or, to keep it healthy like modern day Bill Clinton, enjoy the Superfood Salad.
- Private tour of the Verizon Center to see the Wizards locker room, back stage, and the best views in the house - Barak Obama played basketball growing up and still plays on The White House's own courts.
- A take home gift of “Casablanca”, Barak Obama's favorite movie.

Both packages include:
- Luxurious accommodation.
- Presidential puzzles for some in-room entertainment, John F. Kennedy or Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In-room books: Team of Tivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Quincy Adams; Militant Spirit by James Traub, Theodore Roosevelt in the Field by Michael R. Canfield, JFK and LBJ; The last Two Great Presidents by Godfrey Hodgson, and The American President; From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton by William E. Leuchtenburg.
- Political Collection Chocolates by Harper Macaw.

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The Reading Suite at Hotel Commonwealth Boston

In Boston, the Hotel Commonwealth will help you avoid the election coverage with the Election Escape Package. The package includes an overnight stay for two, all television news channels in the room will be completely blocked, and all election/news sections will be removed from your daily newspaper. The hotel recommends upgrading to the Reading Suite so you can read anything else your heart desires. The serene suite features a curated collection of titles signed by the authors & a cozy reading nook (aka the respite your political brain craves).

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In the United States, election day, November 8th, is almost upon us. "The election is on everyone's minds, and hotels are using the event as a clever marketing tool to bring in business," said Ignacio Maza, the executive vice president of the Signature Travel Network.

The NY Times Travel Section posted an article last week highlighting Election Themed Hotel Packages.

Some of our favorites are highlighted below.

Election Themed Packages at The Dupont Circle Hotel

In Washington, DC, The Dupont Circle Hotel located directly on the historic circle is offering Slice of the City: Your Vote, Your Stay through January 21st. Cast your vote by picking your political party.

The Republican Party Experience offers: 
- 2 hand rolled cigars from W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist - Ulysses S. Grant's favorite pastime.
- A Theodore Roosevelt teddy bear to greet you in your room and a take-home gift.
- A dozen oysters and beer at Bar Dupont - Abraham Lincoln's favorite food.
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers -where Abraham Lincoln had all of his suits made.
- A Round of golf for two at a local course with transportation - Dwight D. Eisenhower's favorite pastime.
-A take-home gift of "Knute Rockne-All American" movie and bag of jelly beans as your movie snack – the movie Ronald Reagan is best known for and of course, his favorite candy.

The Democratic Party Experience offers:
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers for bright shirts and bowties - as Harry S. Truman loved to wear.
- Two tickets to The Spy Museum to enjoy the James Bond exhibition - John F. Kennedy's favorite movie series.
- Lunch for two at Bar Dupont - Savor a cheeseburger – an old Bill Clinton favorite or, to keep it healthy like modern day Bill Clinton, enjoy the Superfood Salad.
- Private tour of the Verizon Center to see the Wizards locker room, back stage, and the best views in the house - Barak Obama played basketball growing up and still plays on The White House's own courts.
- A take home gift of “Casablanca”, Barak Obama's favorite movie.

Both packages include:
- Luxurious accommodation.
- Presidential puzzles for some in-room entertainment, John F. Kennedy or Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In-room books: Team of Tivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Quincy Adams; Militant Spirit by James Traub, Theodore Roosevelt in the Field by Michael R. Canfield, JFK and LBJ; The last Two Great Presidents by Godfrey Hodgson, and The American President; From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton by William E. Leuchtenburg.
- Political Collection Chocolates by Harper Macaw.

Cast Your Vote Now!

The Reading Suite at Hotel Commonwealth Boston

In Boston, the Hotel Commonwealth will help you avoid the election coverage with the Election Escape Package. The package includes an overnight stay for two, all television news channels in the room will be completely blocked, and all election/news sections will be removed from your daily newspaper. The hotel recommends upgrading to the Reading Suite so you can read anything else your heart desires. The serene suite features a curated collection of titles signed by the authors & a cozy reading nook (aka the respite your political brain craves).

Plan Your Escape Now!


Offering European grace in the heart of the French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin is a boutique property with 102 guest rooms. Combining the city's signature charm with modern amenities, the hotel's centerpiece is a private and elegant European-inspired courtyard. Accommodations feature bespoke service, along with Egyptian cotton robes and slippers, cube coolers, in-room coffee, and bottled water. Ideally situated for exploring the city, the property is a half block away from the shops and galleries on Royal Street. 

Close to Bourbon Street, the Hotel Mazarin offers guests two upscale on-site options for enjoying a cocktail or nightcap. Patrick's Bar is the only wine bar in the French Quarter, and it's managed by New Orleans' own bon vivant, Patrick Van Hoorebeek. Featuring a chic setting, the wine bar opens to an outdoor courtyard, and serves small plates along with fine wines. There's also wine lockers for those seeking to preserve their own vintages. 

Bar Vin at Hotel Mazarin

The 21st Amendment at La Louisiane pays tribute to the 1920s, when the mafia and speakeasies thrived in the Big Easy. Featuring handcrackted cocktails infused with locally grown herbs, homemade syrups, and special spiritis, the bar offers a speakeasy-inspired setting within the former La Louisiane Restaurant. Continue below the photo.

21st Amendment at Hotel Mazarin

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For panoramic views of the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, The Hay-Adams Hotel is the perfect destination. Originally built in 1928 as a residential hotel, this historical boutique property has a walnut paneled lobby, ornate plaster moldings, and Italian Renaissance-style architecture. Throughout the years, the hotel has hosted its share of celebrities including the Obama family, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and more. Guest rooms and suites feature luxurious amenities, unparalleled views of the White House and Washington Monument, plus a centralized location for sightseeing or business. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the Hay-Adams Hotel

The hotel's location and rooftop terrace, Top of the Hay, make it a popular destination for hosting events, including the Author Series, where attendees get up-close-experiences with prominent international authors.

But, perhaps one of the hotel's most well-known spots is located in the downstairs of the building. The Off the Record Bar is a favorite place for guests and politicos to grab a drink. Selected by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars”, the bar features a bespoke atmosphere with caricatures of Washington's political elite, both past and present. Red velvet tufted booths provide a vintage-inspired atmosphere to relax, while enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine, or small plate and the setting is the ideal place to be seen, but not heard.

Off The Record Bar at the Hay-Adams Hotel

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Exterior of the Hay-Adams Hotel

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Views can make all the difference, and the Eiffel Suites at the Hotel Plaza Athenee take a room with a view to a whole new level. Offering two suite options - one with an Art Deco motif and the other a combination of 18th century glamour meets haute couture, the elegant guest suites provide a luxurious way to enjoy stunning views of Paris. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

From the bedrooms, guests can lie in a plush bed and look out large picture windows with stunning views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by opulent decor with fine furniture, rare woods, silk, and velvet accents, the sitting room has the same spectacular view, topped off with a piano, striking murals, and special touches. When it's time to relax, the elegant bathrooms have spectacular soaking tubs with mosaic-tiled exteriors, separate showers, towel warmers, and incredible views. Continue reading below.

Hotel Plaza Athenee Eiffel Suite Bathroom

The Hotel Plaza Athenee recently underwent a subtle renovation that retained it's Parisian charm while upgrading modern amenities and interiors. Situated along the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the ultra-luxe hotel is in the midst of the finest and most prestigious fashion boutiques and couturiers. Guest rooms and suites are glamorous and elegant, plus there's five restaurants, a chic bar, and The Dior Institute which offers exclusive facials and body treatments. 

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Hotel Plaza Athenee



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The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel

Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo. 

Trump International Washington D.C.

The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces.

The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image.

Trump International Washington D.C.

There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue.

The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom.

Trump International Washington D.C.

Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms.

Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details.

The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago.

Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public areas, including the Congressional Bells Museum and BLT Prime by David Burke. A standout lighting feature includes an integrated custom bar detail that illuminates restored post offices boxes as a backdrop in Benjamin Bar & Lounge, highlighting the building's history.

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