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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.

Holiday Shopping Package from $190 at The Clift, San Francisco

November 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Clift San FranciscoIn need of a little glamor? Stay at the sexy Clift San Francisco and get luxury for less while thrilling at the designer interiors. The Philippe Starck-designed lobby alone is worth a trip: filled with an eclectic furniture collection including chairs from Ray and Charles Eames, a coffee table by Salvador Dali, a surreal stool by Renee Marguerite, and a sculpture custom-made by William Sawaya. Not to mention the thirty-five-foot fireplace with a Bronze chimney sculpture by Gerard Garouste. Grab a cocktail at the historic Redwood Room (still cool) before dining at Asia de Cuba. This chic hideaway has a special holiday package priced from just $190 that's available until January 9, 2010. Along with your accommodations, you'll get complimentary valet parking daily, two welcome drinks at the Redwood Room, and exclusive discounts to select boutiques.


The Five-Star Personal Shopping Experience in London with The Milestone Hotel

November 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone Hotel, LondonLondon is a shopper's paradise, and leave it to The Milestone Hotel-- voted No. 1 British Hotel on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List-- to help their guests get the most out of their London retail therapy. The hotel has teamed up with Y shop, the personal shopping and styling company, so that you can you have the ultimate personal shopping experience. Stylist Camilla Yonge and her team will advise and style you in a consultation of your wardrobe, sense of style, and coloring, before guiding you to the world-renowned department stores and hidden boutiques where you can find the best outfits to suit your taste. You'll get the inside scoop on the London shopping scene and a fabulous wardrobe, to boot. Available until January 31, 2010 and priced from £1303 for two nights, the 5-star personal shopping experience package includes:

* Welcome glass of bubbly on arrival

* Full Afternoon Tea and color consultation with your personal shopping assistant

* Full English Breakfast, followed by a wardrobe consultation with your personal stylist

* Half day shopping spree to carefully selected stores and boutiques with your personal shopping assistant


Get There First on Black Friday: Shopping with Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza

November 19, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Catie Copley at the FairmontBrace yourself for the shopping event of the season. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will arm you with energy drinks and sustenance for your midnight shopping escapades on Black Friday; they'll even shuttle you from Boston 45 minutes away to the Nike and American Apparel stores at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. Book the "Midnight Madness Shopping Adventure" package, priced from $279, and you'll also get a hearty breakfast and late check out with your accommodations. Available November 26 to 29, 2009.

PS. While staying in luxury at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, you'll get to meet the hotel's resident Canine Ambassador, Catie Copley (pictured).


Abu Dhabi on the Map: Book Your Stay at Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers

November 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beach Rotana Hotel and TowersMove over, Dubai. The UAE's capital city of Abu Dhabi is making headlines as both a cultural mecca and an environmentally-friendly metropolis. The dramatic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum is slated for the Saadiyat Island development which also includes the first branch of the Louvre outside of Paris. And Abu Dhabi has ambitions to create the world's first carbon neutral city. Currently under construction, Masdar City will run entirely on renewable energy, and boast car-free streets. The two Emirates cities couldn't be any more different; one is a symbol of glitzy development and excess, the other, of culture and intellectualized projects. Eager to check out Abu Dhabi? Check into the Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers, right on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Venture out from your luxurious, sea-facing room and you'll find 10 (count em, 10!) restaurants and a private beach. Home to the Abu Dhabi Trade Center complex, the Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi is directly linked to the 1 million square foot Abu Dhabi Mall, the most prestigious mall in the capital, via an exclusive passageway.


American Girl Place: Treat Your Daughter with The New York Palace Hotel

October 30, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

New York PalaceChristmas is just around the corner, and The New York Palace- the premier Manhattan hotel from the Dorchester Collection-- has something up their sleeve. As the closest hotel to American Girl Place, The New York Palace is scheming to give your daughter a treat she will remember for a lifetime. The American Girl store has shopping, dining, a doll hair salon, and a photo studio (where your favorite girl can pose for a picture then take home a souvenir issue of American Girl magazine with her face on the cover). The New York Palace is currently offering the American Girl Place package, which includes:

* One night stay in the Deluxe or Tower accommodations of your choice

* Complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (yours to keep)

* A decadent chocolate lollipop created especially by The Palace's pastry team

What's more- Guest have the exclusive opportunity to enter the American Girl sweepstakes for a chance to win the doll on display in the hotel's gift shop.


Christmas Time in Milan at the Park Hyatt Hotel

October 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt MilanFor a taste of glamor this yuletide season, make a break for Milan, where the Park Hyatt Milan-- housed in a palatial classical building in the city's historic center-- spoils guests with bottles of Prosecco and traditional dome shaped Panettone holiday cakes. Featuring interiors designed by Ed Tuttle and a collection of new suites with refined furnishings, the Park Hyatt Milan faces the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just steps from Piazza Duomo. The luxury boutique hotel features a spa, gourmet cuisine at restaurants The Park and La Cupola, and a fully-equipped business center. Take a city break and indulge in a shopping spree this holiday season. The Park Hyatt Milan is offering a "Christmas Time" package from November 27 - December 30, 2009. The two-night package includes:

* Daily cold buffet breakfast

* One bottle of Italian Prosecco

* One Panettone dome-shaped cake

* Daily newspaper

* Two tickets for a sightseeing city tour

* Guaranteed late check-out at 4:00 pm


Parisian Style Shopping in Montreal with Hotel Le St-James

October 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le St James, MontrealExperience a slice of France close to home with a quick jaunt to Montreal. In the heart of the old city, the landmark Hotel Le St-James offers a refined European ambiance and warm service. Housed in the formed Merchant's Bank building (dating from 1870), the hotel is also home to Restaurant Le XO, Montreal's highest-rated restaurant in 2009 (The Gazette). Hotel Le St-James has organized a special shopping excursion with a private concierge for guests to experience the Parisian life-- whether indulging in a new wardrobe, some fab accessories, or just one decadent pair of shoes. This package includes a night in the one and only Royal Suite, transport to and from the airport, a bottle of champagne and a floral bouquet in your Suite, lunch for two at Restaurant XO (alcohol not included), shopping at Holt Renfrew Montreal with private concierge (transfers included), and full breakfast for two served at Restaurant XO or through in-room dining. As always, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and Molton Brown bath products are just two of the perks you'll enjoy with a stay at Hotel Le St-James.


Fashionistas in New York: Haute Lunch at The London NYC Hotel

September 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The London NYCShopping on the brain? It's New York Fashion Week-- who can blame you? Even if you don't plan to hit the runway scene in Bryant Park's white tents, you can shop the latest haute fashions with a little help from The London NYC Hotel. (Designer David Collins created the interiors for this urban hideaway that opened in midtown Manhattan last year.) The hotel has designed a Haute Lunch package so that you can shop steady and then refuel with a civilized lunch of haute cuisine at Gordon Ramsay's MAZE restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars and named "Top New York City Newcomer" by Zagat's. Along with your accommodations in a luxuriously-appointed London Suite, you'll savor a three course culinary masterpiece with a flute of Champagne to start. You'll also get a a selection of bon bons to take away and enjoy in your suite. This package is available until April 20, 2010.

Related Articles: The Penthouse at The London NYC


Suite Relief: 3 Nights for the Price of 2 in London at the Egerton House

August 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Egerton House HotelGoing to London? Not only will the Egerton House pamper you with complimentary treats*, they'll also give you a free third night when you book a stay in a suite. Right in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, the Egerton House offers views over Egerton Gardens and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Needless to say, the top-floor studio suites have gorgeous views, while the V&A Suite boasts its own garden terrace. The boutique hotel is known for its personalized service which starts with the moment you arrive, greeted by staff with a glass of champagne or a pot of tea. Luxurious touches abound: fresh fruit and your favorite music playing in your room, turn-down service with candles by the bathtub.

*London guests are in luck because the Egerton House is offering the "Get More From Your Stay" package until the end of the year. Along with your accommodations and full English breakfast, you get free stuff thrown in. Stay for two nights or more, and they'll add in one of the following: Champagne in your room; a picnic hamper with cold delights, a flask of Pimms, and strawberries; a traditional Afternoon Tea; a Harrods shopping spree; a leisurely late check out on the day of your departure or a romantic turndown.


Girlfriend Getaway at Sè San Diego Hotel

July 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Se San Diego Hotel

Get the girls together for a fab weekend in San Diego at the sexy Sè Hotel. In naming the property to its 2009 Hot List, Conde Nast Traveler sings its praises:

Though the Sè is very much a visual feast—with a massive bronze front door, a grand staircase framed by faux sand dollars, lamps covered in gray stingray, an entire wall at the spa covered in tiny green Chinese teacups—it's more than just a pretty face. The staff seem to be genuinely thrilled to help you, and the 184 rooms, in a steel-and-glass building perched atop a Victorian-era structure, are small but well appointed. Yet the thing that really sticks in your mind (and belly) is the complimentary breakfast in bed with chocolate croissants, serrano ham and melon, and granola.

Sè San Diego has put together a package deal for you and your gals that includes luxury shopping and Swedish Massages with Spatinis and appetizers in the luxurious Sè Spa. And when you book three rooms or more, you'll get a VIP cabana at no additional charge in Sè's hip pool lounge, Siren. Available til December 30, 2009 and starting at $449 per night, the "Girl's Getaway" package includes the following:

* One night stay in Cityside Accommodation with Two Beds

* Two 60-minute Swedish Massages (incl tax and gratuity)

* Spatinis and appetizers in the Spa after your treatments

* Two $50 Horton Plaza/Nordstrom Giftcards for shopping

* Overnight valet parking