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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.

Grand Opening Special Rate at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Hotel Georgia in VancouverCome celebrate the reopening of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia! After a lavish restoration, the Vancouver hotel is welcoming guests to experience "a return to the golden age of hotel travel." The Hotel Georgia made a splash when it first opened in the Roaring '20s, bringing all kinds of luxuries to the young city. Since that day, a star-studded roster of guests- including Elvis Presley, Nat "King" Cole, Katharine Hepburn- have made the Hotel Georgia their Vancouver home. Now- with Rosewood managing the property- it's home to Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, a nightclub and Hawksworth Restaurant. In honor of its 1927 debut, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is offering a grand opening rate of $192.70 for a Superior Room as well as 50% off other select rooms and suites for a limited time. Advance purchase and two-night minimum stay required. Offer is non-refundable and not applicable to groups.


Hotel Deals in Paris: Summer Specials at Mon Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mon Hotel, ParisWe're always on the look-out for good hotel deals in Paris, one of the most visited cities on the planet. Here's one to consider on your next getaway to the City of Light: Mon Hotel, a designer boutique hotel with comfortable guest rooms and a trendy restaurant that's just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, has two summer specials: "Pay 2, Stay 3" which also comes with free breakfast and a 1/2 bottle of Champagne, or "Get 50% Off on Sunday night" if you stay two nights over the weekend. When looking for availability in August on Five Star Alliance, we found an Advance Booking Rate (requiring pre-payment) for just 179 euros. Time for a dose of urban cool at Mon Hotel!


Have a Blast on St. Barts with Savings at Hotel Carl Gustaf


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Carl Gustaf, St. BartsThe best time to hit up St. Barts could be the off-season. You've got the idyllic island to yourself, and you can score amazing deals at some of the posh island resorts. Case in point: Hotel Carl Gustaf is currently offering "value summer rates" until August 31, 2011, with a 50% discount off rack rates, starting from 345€/night inclusive of French Continental breakfast served in your suite, round trip airport transfers, access to the fitness center, and complimentary wifi. Situated above the glittering harbour of Gustavia in St. Barts, the hotel offers 14 one- or two-bedroom suites located in pretty cottages surrounded by tropical vegetation. It has a devoted following among the cognoscenti. (And honeymooners can't believe their good luck when checking in.)


Free Summer Gifts at Fairmont's Willow Stream Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Sonoma Mission InnIt's official- summer is here! Today marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and official start of the season. If you can't wait for your sun-and-sand getaway in August, why not plan a mini summer spa-cation? Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is rolling out a slew of value-added summer spa specials to entice you (and a few girlfriends) to hit up a Willow Stream Spa for a little rest and relaxation. Here's what's on the menu. Book "Without a Care," a body experience to keep your summer skin in shape, and you'll receive a FREE Willow Stream Summer Freedom Tote Bag as a gift. Or "Let down your hair" with your friends (four or more) and each person in your group will get $25 off any 90 minute body experience, a Bento Box spa lunch, and the Willow Stream Summer Freedom Tote Bag. These summer spa specials are available starting July 1, 2011 (through September 5) at the following spas: Fairmont Acapulco Princess; Fairmont Banff Springs; Fairmont Empress; Fairmont Mayakoba; Fairmont Pacific Rim; Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; Fairmont Southampton; Fairmont Turnberry Isle; Fairmont Monte Carlo; Fairmont Beijing; and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai.


Summer Sale at Arizona's Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sedona Rouge HotelWhether you're looking for some adrenaline-pumping adventures in Red Rock Country or some spa rejuvenation this summer, the Sedona Rouge Hotel has got you covered. Nestled in the midst of spectacular crimson canyons in Sedona, Arizona, the luxury hotel is running a summer promotion with 30% off your room rates. Not only that-- you also get discounts on resort services, ie. 15% off any spa treatment, plus a $25 resort credit for use in REDS Restaurant or poolside dining. Hurry, you must book the "Summer Promotion" by June 28, 2011! (Available for stays through September 1, 2011.)


4 Nights for the Price of 3 at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Cosmopolitan Las VegasOne of the most researched tourist destinations on the planet? Vegas, baby, Vegas. If a summer trip to Sin City is in the cards, consider a stay at the sexy, new Cosmopolitan Las Vegas- currently promoting a special offer where you get a night on the house. (The 4th night free offer is subject to availability, and the discount is applied as 25% off each night of stay.) Lounge in the Pool District, hit up some dynamite restaurant options (like Jaleo and China Poblano, both by Chef José Andrés), dance until dawn at Marquee Nightclub, then detox away your hangover at the Sahra Spa & Hammam. Talk about fun in the sun.


Get More NYC This Summer at Andaz Wall Street


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz Wall StreetCheck into the Andaz Wall Street, the boutique, lifestyle hotel from Hyatt, and experience Lower Manhattan's renaissance in style. Since the Andaz Wall Street opened in early 2010, it's had groupies flocking for a taste of the thoughtful amenities (like free Internet, nonalcoholic mini-bar drinks, and espresso in the lobby)-- wishing for more global Andaz locations to open up stat! You'll swoon over the cutting-edge guest rooms, relaxed check-in process, and farm-to-table cuisine. Take advantage of the "Get More NYC" package this summer and you'll get a 3 pm late check-out plus two downtown Cultural passes featuring three days admission to attractions like The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, The Museum of American Finance, and the Skyscraper Museum. Valid until September 6, 2011, subject to availability. Black-out dates may apply.


Hot Deals: A Night at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne for $10


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Key BiscayneThat's right. You can score a night in paradise-- the sultry shores of Key Biscayne just minutes south of happening Miami-- for just $10. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is feting 10 years as Miami's only Five Diamond resort by offering the Perfect 10 promotion. Read: some rooms, spa treatments, meals and drinks are available for just 10 bucks! To nab one of the 10 rooms available for $10 each, you must call 305-365-4582 to make a reservation on June 10 from 10 am- 2 pm. (The $10 rooms are available only on July 5-7, 10-13, 18, 25-26.) In addition to the resort's divine stretch of golden beach, the resort's Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis facilities of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. The spa is an oasis of luxury with 21 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and salon. They even offer treatments for tweens and teens. There are other $10 specials to be had in July at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Think $10 Kobe beef burgers and $10 Moët & Chandon Ice Imperials in the Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, a $10 three-course menu in the Cioppino Italian restaurant, a $10 Diamond Mojito in RUMBAR, and $10 Key Lime body treatments in the spa.


3rd Night Free at The Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Peace Hotel, ShanghaiHere's your chance to get luxury for less at the newly renovated hotel everyone's talking about. Closed for three years for a top-to-bottom restoration by Fairmont Hotels, the historic Peace Hotel opened its doors in summer 2010 to glowing reviews. Back in the day (1929), the hotel was known as the "Number One Mansion in the Far East." And now it's been hailed "the highest-profile hotel in China." And with a sky-lit swimming pool, Willow Stream Spa, the famous Jazz Bar, and 8th floor terrace with knock-out views, we can see why. Special offer: Fairmont has unrolled a "3rd Night Free" offer at its hotels across China, including this glam Shanghai landmark, the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Valid on stays to August 31, 2011. Starting from 2,100 CNY per night, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room. Based on availability, and some black-out dates may apply.


Hot Rates: $79 Rooms at International House, New Orleans


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

International House, New OrleansWe just got word about a fabulous deal at one of our favorite hotels in New Orleans. International House-- the sexy hotel by Sean Cummings and LM Pagano that's located two blocks from the French Quarter-- is offering "RockStar Rooms" starting at just $79 per night on select dates (June 1,2,19-23 & 27-29; July 4-14 & 21-31; August 1 - 31, 2011). Book your stay and you'll be one of the first to stay in the hotel's newest room type designed by LM Pagano. To wit: "The "apple king room" is the favorite room for the entrepreneurs flocking to New Orleans. They feature a 42 inch wall-mounted Sony LCD screen connected to an Apple TV, a custom closet by Louisiana Closets and 3 Jack & Jake's locally grown organic apples."

While staying in style at the International House, don't miss the Urban Farm Breakfast, a dazzling way to start the day. Here's what's on the menu (get ready to drool!)

* Fresh Yard Eggs - with the chef’s daily special preparation

* Protein Pen – a daily duo variety of honey baked ham, house cured pepper bacon, homemade scallion breakfast sausage, or Steen’s cure pork loin

* Starch - a daily preparation of Yukon gold potatoes, or Papa Tom’s natural stone ground grits

* Hot off the Griddle – a daily selection of French crepes, pain perdu, or hot cakes

* Bread Basket – a daily selection of toasted French baguette, Creole cream cheese biscuits, flakey croissants, or fresh Danish – unsalted butter