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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.


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 

Nestled at the edge of the slopes, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles is set within the Palace of Courcheval. One of the 16 Palaces of France, the hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with a genuine Alpine feel. Read more below. 

Living room of the private penthouse apartment at Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

For the ultimate in luxury, the Private Penthouse Apartment at Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles offers a unique four bedroom residential style setting on the top floor of the castle. Overlooking the snow-topped mountains, the 5,900-square-foot apartment has a private elevator with direct access, and a private en suite spa. Offering a full range of services, Penthouse guests reach the spa by climbing a flight of stairs, past a waterfall, to a relaxing haven with a full bay window sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain, and a jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. Continue reading below the photo. 

En suite spa at the private penthouse apartment at Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

The main living space has a dining room with a private bar that includes a glass door cellar with fine wines and spirits, plus a living room with a substantial fireplace, lounge area, and home theater. Each of the four bedrooms is equipped with its own bathroom with a walk-in closet, bathtub, and steam shower. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

To top it off, the private apartment has a 1,600-square-foot terrace with unobstructed views of the Courcheval slopes and a jacuzzi. More below the photo.

Terrace of the private penthouse apartment within the Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

In addition to the private apartment, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles has 37 rooms and 14 suites. Offering a mountainside location, the property offers ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet, ski technician, and a ski room. Spa Cellcosmet offers a variety of services, there are four restaurants, and the bar of Les Airelles offers cozy salons and a smoking room.

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Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

Nestled mid-mountain amongst the pines, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, offers ski-in/ski-out access to Northstar California. The family-friendly retreat features a variety of snow activities, après ski experiences, and signature offerings, including the Marshmology program that happens nightly at the firepits with winter-themed s'mores and details about the history of marshmallows (photo below). In addition, the mountain resort announced new winter offerings and introduced Executive Chef Mark Jeffers and Pastry Chef Shawna Peterson to its culinary program. Read more below the photo. 
Marshmalogy at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Après-Ski Programs
Offered daily by the resort fire pits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Après-Ski Champagne Experience* features a raw bar with chef-prepared favorites including ceviche and oysters on the half shell, and Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. The Après Yoga & Strech combines gentle movements to rejuvenate tired muscles for a day on the slopes, and the Après-Ski Recovery spa treatment is a tension relief-focused treatment for aching muscles that includes the Arnica Turmeric Joint formulas a take home gift. Continue reading below. 
Apres-Ski Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Winter Activities
The Winter Stargazing Snowshoe Tour* is led by local star guide and poet, Tony Berendsen. Offered December 21, December 28, January 14, and February 11, guests are taken on a winter starry night snowshoe tour that includes a laser tour of constellations, telescopic viewing, educational presentation, space quiz for prizes, and a poetry reading. For families, the Winter Scavenger Hunt encourages young travelers to use a map to find hidden objects and win prizes. There's also the Where is the Bear? hide-and-seek program held daily in the living room, as well as special Ritz Kidz winter offerings. Read more below. 
Skiing at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Culinary Offerings
The Winter Vintner Dinner Series includes a four-course meal highlighting Northern California wineries, and will be held on January 12, February 9, and March 9. The resort's signature restaurant, Manzanita will also offer Sunday Brunch, plus a Skier's Lunch Buffet will be offered daily from December 19 to January 7, and on Saturdays throughout the winter season. Continue below. 
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
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*Please note dates and offers were provided by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and are subject to change at any time. 

 Fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Planning a trip to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration? We've pulled together a list of luxury hotels with availability* for Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017 and surrounding dates. As a point of reference, the ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon. The parade will follow at approximately 2:30 p.m., with public viewing areas typically opening at 6:30 a.m. 

Recently refreshed guest rooms at The Mandarin Oriental Washington are available for January 18-22 or January 17-21, with rates starting at $1095.*
Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

Suites are available for $1399* per night at The Dupont Circle Hotel, arriving on the 18th and departing on the 20th. 
The Dupont Circle Hotel

In addition, at the time this article was created, there was availability at the following hotels:

Fairmont Washington D.C. - situated in the West End, about 8 blocks from the White House.
Exterior view of the Fairmont Washington D.C.

Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. - set in Penn Quarter close to the Convention Center and Verizon Center.
Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.

Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. - located one block from Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, and the Phillips Gallery.
Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington D.C. - four blocks from the White House, and a member of Historic Hotels of America.
The Mayflower Washington D.C.

Check out our Best Inauguration Hotels List >>

*Pricing and availability subject to change prior to the completion of a hotel reservation with confirmation number.

Offering a private balcony jutting over the pier with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour, the Admiral Suite at the Pier One Sydney Harbour provides guests with incomparable views in a luxurious setting. The living area and bedroom combine classic style with historic furnishings from design houses in France and Australia, along with modern details like a Bose sound system, two LED flat-screen TVs, and a marble topped wet bar with a Nespresso coffee machine.

One of the suite's finest amenities is the master bathroom. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with striking views of Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House, the modern soaking tub provides the ultimate spot to relax and soak in views of the city. Continue reading below the photo.

Admiral Suite at the Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel

The Pier One Sydney Harbour is nestled along the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and blends Federation-style architecture with contemporary design. Guest rooms and suite have a nautical theme, accented by original timber and ironwork. The high end boutique hotel offers a unique setting in the heart of The Rocks, with historic dining and entertainment options nearby. Plus, the on-site Gantry Restaurant and Bar, wellness offerings, and in-room massage services.

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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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Situated along the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the Two Bedroom Presidential Suite at the JW Marriott Cannes provides an ultra luxurious escape in the heart of the coastal city. The 1,829-square foot suite offers living and dining areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and two separate bedrooms. Continue reading below the photos.

Presidential Suite Living Room
Presidential Suite Dining Room

There's a spacious and chic master bathroom with a large soaking tub, glass-walled shower, and panoramic views. The balcony provides an outdoor venue with expansive sea views, and guests of the Presidential Suite enjoy special amenities and VIP access, including beauty treatments. Read more below.

Presidential Suite Bathroom at the JW Marriott Cannes

The JW Marriott Cannes is set on the former site of the Palais des Festivals, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Southern Alps. Guest rooms and suites combine French elegance with modern styling in shades of cream and brown, with stitched leather accents, sophisticated brown furniture, and artwork featuring legendary film stars. 

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Exterior View of the JW Marriott Cannes

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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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Nestled amongst its own park overlooking the lake, the Baur au Lac is a historic hotel steeped in 170 years of tradition, enhanced with modern styling and state-of-the-art technical amenities. Luxurious guest rooms have modern styling, and marble bathrooms have heated floors and high end amenities. Learn more below the image. 

Exterior view of Baur au Lac Zurich

Showcasing the finest of Swiss traditions, the hotel's on-site 1844 Chocolat offers exclusive Swiss chocolate creations using a selection of handpicked cocoa varieties. A short stroll from the Paradeplatz financial district and the celebrated shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse, the elegant property is close to Zurich's landmark destinations, yet removed enough to offer an upscale retreat with views of the Alps. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at Baur au Lac Zurich

The hotel's Le Hall offers a celebrated traditional afternoon tea from October to April, and the Christmas season is particularly festive with a Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, Chalet au Lac with fire tongs punch and mulled wine with Swiss dishes, and the New Year's Eve Ball ends with a fireworks display over the lake.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary breakfast for two at Pavillon, $100 food and beverage credit, fruit amenity, and homemade chocolate from 1844 Chocolat.

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Across the street from Hyde Park in a 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley offers an elegant Art Deco setting in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood. Beautifully restored, the hotel is named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, who served as the Prime Minister twice between 1828 and 1834, and later served as the leader of the House of Lords. The building was originally built by architect Lesley Green as the Hyde Park Corner underground station, and is the former home of Pizza on the Park - an iconic jazz and cabaret venue. 

Tranformed into a chic boutique hotel in 2012, the property offers guests a modern Art Deco setting with an exclusive location steps away from Hyde Park, Green Park, and Buckingham Palace. Guest rooms combine vintage influences with contemporary styling, including tufted headboards, crown molding, sleek wood furniture, and elegant Art Deco-inspired artwork. Carrara marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, TVs recessed into the mirrors, and exclusive Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte toiletries. Luxurious amenities and modern conveniences include integrated room controls, 24-hour butler service, and Samsung tablets. Plus, the hotel's team is known for it's impeccable knowledge and unparalleled discretion. Continue reading below the photo for our favorite experiences. 

Suite at The Wellesley

Here are five things we love about The Wellesley:

1. Complimentary Rolls-Royce drop-off service within 1.5 miles of the hotel. What better way to start a shopping trip at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, or Harvey Nichols?
2. The Running Butler. Available during the summer months upon request, the Running Butler tends to runners' every need including waiting with refreshments, homemade protein snacks, or drawing post-run aromatic bubble baths.
3. Live at The Wellesley jazz nights. A unique Knightbridge opportunity to enjoy live Jazz in an Art Deco setting while dining on fine Italian cuisine.
4. The Private Cigar Terrace. Offering inviting leather chairs within a heated outdoor terrace, the hotel offers an extensive cigar collection to please aficionados and novices alike, plus an on-site humidor specialist to guide guests through the process. 
5. Magical Christmas Memories. These packages provide guests with special amenities such as Christmas stockings and a full English breakfast. Plus, the hotel offers opulent holiday decor, and a prime location close to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, as well as the city's finest boutiques and department stores.

Did we mention that the hotel offers a yacht experience with the same bespoke setting? MY The Wellesley is available for private charters in the Mediterranean during the summer months, and in the Caribbean during the winter. Built in the Netherlands by Oceanco, the yacht's interiors were designed by Dennis Irvine Studios, and feature the 1920s glamour that epitomizes the hotel. 

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