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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.

Suite San Francisco: Savings at Taj Campton Place


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj Campton Place, San FranciscoHere's your chance to live the suite life in San Francisco. (Just check out the pic of the Executive Suite at Taj Campton Place.) Just off Union Square, the hotel offers a sophisticated haven (and a healthy dose of world-famous Taj hospitality) just a stone's throw from the financial district, art galleries, museums, and the city’s best known stores and restaurants. The 110-room Taj Campton Place is inviting you to stay in style this summer with the "Suite Celebration" offer. Book a suite for a night at the Best Available Rate and enjoy the next night at half price. Valid through August 31, 2011, the package is subject to availability and certain blackout dates.


Sponsored Article: Summer Special at the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Plaza Athenee New YorkLocated in Manhattan's Upper East Side just one short block from Central Park, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York combines European elegance with the intimacy of a boutique hotel. Recently renovated, the luxury hotel is a welcome retreat after a day of shopping and museum hopping (MoMA and the Whitney Museum are nearby). Step off the tree-lined residential street and into the hotel's refined lobby, and you'll see why so many guests return again and again. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and each guest receives excellent personal attention upon arrival, along with twice-daily maid service, 24-hour concierge service and 24-hour room service. The hotel offers a lot of complimentary services, too, including use of the business center and fitness center, choice of morning newspapers, overnight shoe shine, and complimentary tea/coffee service daily between 5:00-6:30 a.m.

Traveling to New York City this summer? Take advantage of a special summer rate at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York. Stay two nights at $495 per night and receive the third night for free. Rate is for the Executive room category. (The rate is pro-rated so it turns out to be $330 each night for three nights.) This summer promotion is valid from June 15- September 5, 2011, subject to availability.


A Deal in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay (Plus Tickets to The Lion King!)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandalay Bay, Las VegasTwo nights at Mandalay Bay plus tix to the "Lion King" for just $222? Say no more. We're booking flights stat. The savvy sleuths at The Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deals blog have uncovered a fabulous deal that celebrates the Disney show's second anniversary. This package includes two nights accommodation plus two tickets to the show at the Mandalay Bay Theater, available until June 30. While you're in town, be sure to frolic in the hotel's wave pool, lay out on the sandy beach, or take your chances inside the air-conditioned beachside casino.


Suite Deal: 3rd Night Free at Fairmont Washington D.C.


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Washington DCHurry! You still have a few more days to take advantage of a suite deal in the nation's capital. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.-- home to a fitness center, indoor pool and tranquil courtyard garden-- is giving guests a 3rd night on the house when they book any suite before April 30, 2011. They'll even provide a big breakfast for two to start your day off right. While in town, check out the museums, galleries, monuments, and fine shopping that attract millions of visitors each year to D.C. Rates from $399 per night. Suites at this four-diamond hotel are plush pied à terres decked out with original artwork and all kinds of luxurious amenities.

Related Article: Fete the Cherry Blossom Festival with a Stay at the Fairmont Washington D.C.


Sizzing Summer Savings: 25% Off Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, Fort LauderdaleEarly birds will be rewarded with 25% savings when booking their Florida summer vacay before May 13, 2011. The temperatures may be hot, but so are the savings at more than 30 Marriott and Renaissance hotels in the Sunshine State. The Washington Post has honed in on a deal that's too good to pass up. Case in point: the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort where rates are going for just $119 per night. Other properties participating in the "Get It While It's Hot" promotion include the JW Marriott Hotel Miami on Brickell Avenue, the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld (with a prime location right across from Discovery Cove), Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale (pictured), and the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (boasting an NBA-approved basketball court). Available for stays from May 15- September 30, 2011.


Book Now: $169 Rates at The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

It's not often we see deals like this come along. The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain- the ultra-luxe destination resort in the shadow of Scottsdale's Camelback Mountain- is offering an exclusive special rate for early birds who reserve a June, July or August getaway in advance. We're talking rates from $169 in a mountain casita, from where you'll have access to Arizona's largest infinity pool, farm-fresh cuisine by Iron Chef America winner Beau MacMillan, fab cocktails ("elevated mixology") at edge bar, rejuvenating massages at the destination spa, outdoor adventure classes, tennis and more. Hurry, you must book the "Seek Sanctuary" escape by May 1. (Non-cancelable, non-refundable offer; subject to availability.)


3rd Night Free at the Taj Boston through May 15


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj BostonSpring fever? Time to treat yourself to a long weekend break. The Taj Boston is rolling out the red carpet for those needing a little pick-me-up after a brutally long winter. The landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets is doling out a third night free when you book two nights- with rates starting at $249 per night, valid through May 15, 2011, subject to availability. Spring in Boston means Sunday Champagne Brunch on The Roof, the return of the Swan Boats to the Public Garden, and the Red Sox to Fenway... There's no better time to enjoy the city.

Pssst. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8... The hotel's famous brunch, served in the glassed-in aerie on the roof, is not-to-be-missed. Think chilled seafood, freshly-made sushi, artisan cheeses, a carving station, and more. Plus, moms will get special treats, too.


Summer Camp at Jamaica’s Half Moon Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaThe kids can embark on action-packed adventures at Camp Half Moon, while their parents can take a breather and bask in some well-deserved down time. Why not schedule a treatment at Half Moon's award-winning Fern Tree Spa? Play a round of golf? The world's your oyster at this top-notch Caribbean resort. The kids will have more than enough to keep them happy and entertained. Under the watchful supervision of Penn State certified counselors, children can get creative at Craft Court, get wet and wild with water sports, try Performing Arts, and more. The camp is priced at $180 per week, including lunch, activities, and snacks; and runs from July 4-28 and August 1-11. Camp is also available by the day. Complement this camp experience with the Stay Free, Eat Free Special. Book a minimum stay of 4 nights and the 4th night is FREE. Plus, receive $150 food and beverage credit. What's even better: Kids 11 years and under stay free when sharing room with parents. Start planning your summer vacation today!


Celebrate Earth Day with an Eco-Massage at Kimpton Hotels (Just $50 More!)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Argonaut, San FranciscoEarth Day is just around the corner (April 22) and to celebrate, Kimpton Hotels is launching EarthCare Week in 23 cities nationwide-- designed to inspire you with eco-events, amenities, earth-friendly cuisine, and more. On the menu at Kimpton restaurants? Organic dishes, showcasing local flavors specific to each Kimpton hotel location, paired with biodynamic and organic wines. You'll also find pop-up Eco Art exhibits, as Kimpton has partnered with local artists to create gorgeous artwork made from recycled materials. Here's another fun way to celebrate Earth Day: Kimpton's Pedometer Contest! Grab a pedometer from hotel reception, pound the pavement, and rack up steps to win prizes. (Pets welcome!) Kimpton's EarthCare Week runs from April 15- April 22, 2011. Take advantage of a special offer at Kimpton Hotels and get a 50-minute in-room Eco-Massage for just $50 more during EarthCare Week, valid until April 30, 2011 at participating Kimpton Hotels including the Hotel Solamar in San Diego; Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar, The Argonaut, and Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco; 70 Park Avenue and Eventi in New York; Hotel Palomar Philadelphia; Morrison House in Alexandria, VA; Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle; Nine Zero Hotel in Boston and Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA.


Limited Time Offer in Paris: 3rd Night Free at Radisson Blu Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's, ParisIt feels like summer in Paris this week. Actually, the weather's even better than summer: sunny and 70 degrees! The sidewalk cafes are packed with sun-bathers and people-watchers. Needless to say, work productivity may suffer this April... Take advantage of these glorious days in Paris with a special offer from the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's and the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan. The two luxury hotels have launched a 3=2 offer for new bookings only. Stay three nights and pay for only two from April 15- April 25, 2011. Based on contracted mid-week rates in Deluxe rooms, subject to availability. Located between the Trocadero and the Arc de Triomphe, the neo-classical style Le Dokhan's is home to a beautiful Champagne bar. Near the Eiffel Tower, the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan features sleek contemporary interiors by designer François Champsaur (pictured at right).