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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.

Go Green for the Inauguration: Eco-Inaugural Presidential Package at Fairmont Washington DC


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Washington DCAccommodations in Washington D.C. are filling up fast for the Presidential Inauguration in January, and fun hotel packages abound. Case in point: The Fairmont's Eco-Inaugural Package, an over-the-top experience for an eco-conscious high-roller looking to get pampered while going green. The price tag? $40,000. What's included? A four-night stay in the Lexus Hybrid Living Suite, designed by Los Angeles-based ecodesigner Kelly LaPlante with two bedrooms, a kitchen, three bathrooms, and a dining room. The Washingtonian reports on what $40,000 buys you:

Guests who book the Eco-Inaugural Package will also have use of a Lexus LS 600 hybrid during their stay, and they’ll receive organic spa treatments including massages, manicures, and makeup. Though tickets to inaugural balls are not included, female guests will receive a custom-tailored ball gown from organic designer Linda Loudermilk. Guests will also be treated to a midnight dinner for ten—organic, of course—in their suite after the balls. A pair of butlers will be on hand throughout their stay to attend to the guests’ every need. And for a bit of good karma, the hotel is making a $2,000 donation in the name of its VIP guests to the National Geographic Society.


Swear in the Swanky at Milan’s Principe di Savoia’s Presidential Suite


By: K. Clare Johnson

Now that the election is over, it's time for you to get presidential. Nominate yourself for three days of rarefied relaxation with the new Personal, Private, Presidential Suite Package from Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy. You'll get three days in the most luscious digs in Milan starting from EUR 46,000. As the top-of-the-line of the hotel's 401 guest rooms, the Presidential Suite surrounds guests with more than 5,000 square-feet of luxury down to the finest details. Principe di Savoia The three bedroom setting includes a newly refurbished Master Bedroom with Damascus straw-colored walls by Rubelli House, bespoke carpet of Aubusson design from Thailand, vast bathroom with its own Jacuzzi, and high-definition plasma "all in one" that transforms from an elegant framed mirror to television with abundant features at the click of a remote. One day of your stay is dedicated to a visit of Lake Como, with private limousine transfer from and to the Hotel Principe di Savoia , private guided tour of Lake Como with English speaking guide, and a lunch for two in the most exclusive restaurant of Como. There's also the private Pompeian-style swimming pool, private butler, private elevator, private in-suite dinner for two, and one day with a personal shopper in the fashion mecca that is Milan. And we aren't even mentioning the caviar and champagne tasting, Turkish bath, in-suite daily breakfast for two, and dinner at Acanto restaurant of Hotel Principe di Savoia with wine pairing for two. Plus, there's an exclusive parting gift for you. Now that's a new deal we can all vote yes on.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Hotel Principe di Savoia will receive an Aperitif for 2 people in the hotel bar.


Dr. Seuss Suites, Poolside Kidbanas, and Gifts for Fido: Loews Hotels is Just Right for Families


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dr Seuss Suite at Loews Portofino HotelIt's not just the kids who get spoiled at Loews Hotels. Four-legged family members are welcomed with special amenities (even pooper scoopers). In fact Halogen Guides recently gave a shout out to Loews Hotel as a "Top Luxury Brand for Families" for its Fisher-Price welcome gifts, free game libraries, and supervised kids' activities. What's more? The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando unveiled suites this summer that capture the spirit of the Dr. Seuss stories. Characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and the Grinch come to life in the children's bedroom, part of the two-room Dr. Seuss suite which also features a king bedroom for the 'rents.

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Live the Suite Life in Toronto at the Hazelton Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

In Toronto, the magic number is 502. That's the number of the Hazelton Hotel's super-exclusive and refined luxury suite. If the words Sub-Zero, Miele, Baker, and Crestron mean something to you, than this just might your new home away from home. The suite consists of an eye-popping 4,300 square feet and has its own private elevator. Relax in front of one of the eight flat panel HDTVs, or sip cocktails around the 7-foot long linear fireplace covered in imported slab marble. In warmer weather, enjoy the 600 square foot outdoor terrace features custom irrigated planters, built-in BBQ, and stainless steel outdoor kitchen.

Hazelton Hotel's celebrity chef Mark McEwan (of Toronto's One Restaurant), will even cater a private party for you in the suite. Or, if you tire of the three-bedroom, four-bathroom suite with a wine cellar, butler's pantry, and steam shower, reserve the hotel's Silver Screening Room for a private screening of your favorite movie or private business meeting. But we have a feeling leaving the suite will be the last thing on your mind.


The Penthouse at The London NYC: 180 Degree Views from the Highest Suite in Manhattan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The London NYCThe London NYC, touted as "an amalgam of both its namesake cities," where glamour is "livable," has created quite the stir since its opening. Folks flock to this worldly urban hideaway for a taste of Gordon Ramsay's talked-about cuisine, as The London NYC marks the American debut of the Michelin-starred British chef. The London NYC club is a luxurious fitness concept, and the hotel has partnered with Quintessentially, the exclusive concierge service, to ensure that all guests get the star treatment. For the pinnacle of luxury in Manhattan, both literally and figuratively, A-listers choose the London Penthouse, the 2,500-square-foot pad that soars over the city and offers 180 degrees of the city from bay windows on three sides, so you can gape at Central Park, the Hudson River, and sparkling Manhattan skyline. (The best perch is from the rotating daybed located in one of the bay windows.) As pointed out by our friends over at Luxist, this is also the highest suite in the city, located on the hotel's 53rd and 54th floors. The amenities-- private dining by Chef Ramsay's team, well-stocked bar, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs-- are just as spectacular as the views. The price tag? $15,000 a night.


Kids are VIPs at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab


By: K. Clare Johnson

Pint-sized globe-trotters are treated like full-size royalty at Sinbad's Kid's Club. Located on the 18th floor of Burj Al Arab, the Kid's Club (which is constantly supervised by an attentive staff) is for the 1-12 set. Burj Al Arab There's a cot and a crib for the littlest travelers to sleep off their jet lag, and the spacious playroom has a plethora of toys, board games, and bean bags for lolling. Plasma screen TVs show Disney Channel favorites, and PCs offer computer games. Old-school kids will enjoy a wide selection of books to bury their noses in.

When the tummies start rumbling, Burj Al Arab caters delicious and nutritious cuisine for the children. And all younger guest are granted complimentary access to the Sinbad's Kid's Club at the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which offers a wide choice of outdoor activities. Some kids have all the luck.


The Suite Life in Antigua at the St. James Club


By: K. Clare Johnson

St James ClubIf you want to take the whole family on a luxury vacation, consider St. James Club and Villas in Antigua. St. James Club has breathtaking ocean views, two white sand beaches, four swimming pools, four restaurants, and a kid's club. Their two-bedroom villas are an air-conditioned 1,600 square-feet, with a private outdoor sitting area, an expansive common area and a full kitchen that can stocked from the onsite deli. Decorated in warm Caribbean tones and terra-cotta tiles, the villas are a great choice for couples, families and groups who enjoy a sense of space.


Excitations Gives the Unexpected with the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC Presidential Suite Offer


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mandarin Oriental Washington DCIts election time- time to live presidential in Washington, DC. Experience your Presidential weekend at the Mandarin Oriental for 2 in one of the "World's Greatest Suites" (Elite Traveler) where grandeur greets you with floor to ceiling windows and twin balconies offering sweeping views of Georgetown, the National Cathedral, The Tidal Basin and more. Arrive Friday for your unforgettable 2 night stay and move in to the Presidential Suite with its' magnificent master bedroom that is elegantly furnished with a four poster bed and jaw dropping luxurious bathroom complete with a soothing infinity edge tub and state of the art spa shower. Be entertained in your own sophisticated 24 foot Living Room, with its well stocked bar and Kitchen and your own Dining Room that seats 8. Unique touches abound your Presidential Suite and include an exquisite exhibition of 3 Chinese Compasses, Grand Piano, walk thru Study and 60 inch flat screen TV. The Washington DC Mandarin Oriental features award winning restaurants, indoor pool, fitness center and a rejuvenation spa. The Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental offers breakfast for 2 in your own personal Dining Room, valet parking, VIP service amenities and spa gift basket and monogrammed bathrobes to take home as reminders of your presidential stay. Explore all the monuments, museums and restaurants from this very convenient base or stay in and indulge in a Romance Bath complete with Rose Petals and candles. The Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental is available for $12,995.00. Cast your support for the unexpected by arranging your Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental. Also available through Excitations in Philadelphia at the Rittenhouse Hotel >>


Shanghai Waitan Package at Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Shangri-La PudongShangri-La, the mysterious and longed for spot to escape is now yours to enjoy with the new Shangai Waitan Package at the Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai. Choose either a Deluxe Bund Room starting at RMB 2,288 per night, a Deluxe Waitan Room at RMB 2,388 per night, or a Premier Bund Room at RMB 2,888 per night. From now until December 31, 2008, The Shanghai Waitan Package includes complimentary buffet breakfast at Yi Cafe, a RMB 300 credit for treatment at Chi, The Spa, and a RMB 250 credit at the Gui Hua Lou Chinese Restuarant. Enjoy a late check out at 4 pm. A minimum 2 night stay is needed. The Deluxe Waitan Rooms are appointed in contemporary colors and features glass windows with views of the futuristic Riverside Garden and the Huangpu River. Yi Cafe is an open view kitchen with a walk thru design evoking public market with its gourmet showcases and spectacular live cooking stations.

With memorable views of the Bund and Huangpu Rivers, the Pudong Shangri-La is the city's premier luxury hotel offering award willing incomparable service, comfort and convenience and world class dining. Make your escape now to your Shangri-La with the Shanghai Waitan Package.


Most Expensive Hotel Rooms: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, and Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President WilsonForget "Staycations." The uber-rich continue to globe-trot on private jets and bunk down in swanky pads-- like the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, the world's most expensive at a whopping $52,000 a night. Elite Traveler recently released their list of the "101 Top Hotel/Resort Suites of the Year" in the July/August 2008 issue. Runners-up for priciest suite include the $50,000/night Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Attica, Greece, and the $21,000/night Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. In the U.S., the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York has a price tag of $30,000 per night, making it the most expensive suite built in the U.S. Next up? The Chairman Suite at the Palazzo in Vegas ($20,000/night) followed by the Empire Suite at the Carlyle in New York and the Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort (both at $15,000/night). For the full breakdown, click here.