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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.

Special Packages and Rates at the Four Seasons Chicago

April 23, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Chicago is offering a few packages for folks hoping to get a bit more out of their stay with options perfect for those looking for a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a business trip. The Four Seasons Chicago offers eagle eye views of the city or Lake Michigan and it’s conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile near the shopping, dining, theater, and financial districts.

Bed and Breakfast Package

This package is available for a variety of room types including City View King bed rooms, Lake View King bed rooms, and One bedroom Suites. This package includes Midwest breakfast for two daily through in-room dining or in the Seasons Lounge.

Kids in the City Package

Ideal for a family vacation, this package is available for Executive Suites, One Bedroom Suites, and Accessible Rooms. This package includes complimentary meals for kids 12 and under from the in-room dining children’s menu, a visit from the ice cream man between 3:00 and 6:00pm, and luxurious accommodations.

Just the Two of Us Package

This is the perfect package for a couple looking for a romantic retreat. It is available for a variety of room types and it includes breakfast in bed for two served through in-room dining, an in-room visit from the Martini Man or the Hot Chocolate Doc, $30.00 off a couple’s massage in the spa, and luxurious accommodations.

Be sure to make your reservations at the Four Seasons Chicago! These packages are available for a limited time!


Rainbow Bright: Sedona Rouge's Refraction is Second to None

April 18, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I think a lovely photo is excuse enough to write a blog one of my favorite properties, and it's time we follow in nature's footsteps and shed some light on the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa anyway.  A small, modern boutique hotel and spa, Sedona Rouge combines a mediterranean flair with gorgeous Southewestern scenery and Andalusian luxury. The aptly named Sedona Spa is the perfect place to slough the trail dust off after an outdoor adventure by making use of one of their personalized treatment plans. Once you've got a nice spring in your step, head on over to REDS restaurant for the finest cuisine this side of the Pacific Ocean that's served in an outdoor bamboo garden. The mountain landscape is the perfect backdrop for a weekend (or longer!) away from the helter skelter stress of daily life.  And this weekend, nature gave her seal of approval with a lovely rainbow. 

Photo courtesy of the Sedona Rouge Facebook Page.


New Spa Cabana at the Sunset Key Guest Cottages a Westin Resort

April 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Sunset Key Guest Cottages is a Westin Resort located on Sunset Key, a beautiful, secluded 27 acre Florida Island. The cottages comprise 7 acres of the island, and they are designed for the sophisticated traveler who demands the best of the best. The perfectly appointed cottages are nestled between the swaying palm trees alongside the white, sandy Florida beach. Breathtaking Ocean and garden views are offered, and each cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen, living and dining area, bathroom(s), and a beverage and pantry bar.

The Sunset Key Guest Cottages just recently opened its new Spa Cabana where guests can enjoy a variety of massages all while indulging the senses in the island surroundings. The Spa Cabana is on the waterfront on a quiet corner of Sunset Key Beach with a thatched roof and open wall design, providing guests with the opportunity to take in the warmth of the sun, scent of the sea, and the sound of the waves. Enjoy the most relaxing massage and experience the best of the Sunset Key by making your reservation for the Sunset Key Guest Cottages today!


Bacon Goes Well With Everything: W New York's Breakfast Cocktails

April 17, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The W New York is going out on a bold limb (that's the one on Lexington Ave). We've heard of breakfast for lunch and breakfast for dinner, but breakfast for cocktail hour is a new one on us. The Whiskey Blue lounge is featuring breakfast-themed cocktails off of their Comfort Food menu. And nothing could be more comfortable than a glass full of alcoholic bacon, a holy union of my two favorite things. Throw in some whipped egg white and a lemon rind, and you've got yourself a complete breakfast. Tony the Tiger would be proud. And maybe you're more of a sweet breakfast kind of guy. In that case, the waffle cocktail is your go-to nighttime breakfast-in-a-glass concoction. Orange juice in a maple syrup coated glass is all the sweet you can handle, and there's more than enough fine liquor in there to keep the stomach settled. Finally, you'll Whiskey Blue is offering a blueberry scone cocktail, and you can probably guess what's in there: flour, baking soda, and a bit of salt. No, wait, I mean blueberry, cinnamon, and vanilla. It's so delicious, it's sinful. Head to the W New York to try out the cocktails that get you out of the bed in the morning.

Via Luxury Travel Advisor.

 


The Algonquin Maintains its Classiness

April 17, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Algonquin has been undergoing some serious upgrades and updates, but it hasn’t lost its true identity in the process. A beautiful 4-star hotel in Time Square, the Algonquin has been the destination for business and leisure travelers in midtown Manhattan. This luxury hotel is New York City’s oldest continually operating hotel, and it has recently updated its rooms with new furniture, paint jobs, decorations, etc. The lobby is being updated and the fitness center is getting moved and upgraded. With all of these updates and changes, the Algonquin is maintaining its poise by installing an exclusive series of black and white photos in all of its guestrooms featuring Manhattan during the 1900s to the 19050s. The photos are by Irving Underhill, and each photograph will depict a different scene around New York. Be sure to make your reservations at this historic landmark which will be reopening on May 1st, 2012, and take in the charm of the old New York City!

Check out the following tweet to see the black and white photos of New York City for yourself!

 


Phenomenal Rates and Amenities Available at the Peninsula Chicago!

April 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula Chicago is the Windy City’s most luxurious and sophisticated hotel. Located in the heart of the ‘Magnificent Mile,’ on the doorstep of Chicago’s business and shopping district, The Peninsula Chicago offers guests the absolute best amenities and services. Its 339 guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city and are beautifully furnished with a state-of-the-art electronic system that allows guests to control all room features with the touch of a button. This luxury hotel is extremely accommodating of families with both Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites having a sofa bed as well as the option to interconnect the Grand Deluxe Room with a king size bed to a Grand Deluxe room with 2 double beds, a Deluxe Suite with a Deluxe Room, and an Executive Suite with a Deluxe Room. All of these amenities and characteristics of the hotel make it an excellent option when traveling to Chicago, but the following features and details set The Peninsula Chicago apart from other properties, making it one of the absolute best and most exceptional hotels in the area!

- A 14,000 square foot, two level spa and fitness center located on the top two floors of the hotel offering incredible skyline views of the city.

- Complimentary yoga and Pilates classes offered three times a day.

- A chocolate bar every Friday and Saturday night serving chocolate martinis and delectable treats while a soft jazz trio band plays in the background.

- A half Olympic-sized indoor pool.

- A business center that’s open 24 hours a day.

These are just a few of the ways The Peninsula Chicago goes above and beyond to offer its guests an exceptional stay, and you’ll simply have to make your reservations at this hotel to experience the true meaning of luxury for yourself!


The Big 7-5: Golden Gate Bridge Celebration at Cavallo Point

April 13, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

It's a hallmark occasion coming up in about a month for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. May 27th marks the 75th anniversary of the bridge's construction, and times will be hopping in the Bay Area. The Cavallo Point Lodge is making a point to celebrate in style over the weekend with a Terrace Party and Gala Dinner.  If you're looking to be in San Francisco, the hotel is the perfect place to celebrate. A breathtaking view of the bridge from the terrace is a wonderful place for a party to commemorate one of the crowning engineering achievements in the United States.

Cavallo Point has some great rooms and suites available for the weekend, and some are even original officer's residences from historic Fort Baker and have wonderful skyline views. You can also, of course, stay in any of our other fantastic San Francisco hotels. Just be sure to make it out to the bridge while you're there. 


Big Things Afoot at the Miraval Resort & Spa

April 10, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is already a wonderful location for a southwestern retreat. In the rugged heart of Arizona, Miraval is the perfect combination of luxury with the outdoors. The Catalina mountains are the perfect backdrop to horseback riding trip through the Sonoran desert. Voted the #1 Resort and Spa by Zagat Survey and readers of Conde Nast, the adult resort couples moments of reflection and relaxation in their award-winning spa with the adventure of the outdoors.  Four outdoor pools, one reserved specifically for Aqua Zen treatments, are the perfect place to wash away the heat of the desert sun.  I have a soft spot for the hard things in life, and there's something about the Miraval Resort and Spa that makes you feel alive. It might be the mixture of adventure and relaxation or the exotic desert beauty, I'm not really sure.  But the feeling of vitality is there in every activity, and it's a glorious feeling indeed.

Not only that, the Miraval is unveiling a new spa in the month of May that will be a wonderful upgrade to the already amazing options, and they're also unveiling new villas on the property.  The Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa was already on our radar, but now the blip is growing brighter and beeping faster and faster and, oh my, it's coming right for us! Take evasive action! 


New Look of the W New York Union Square

April 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The W New York Union Square’s landmark 1911 beaux arts Guardian Life building was reinvented by d-ash, and this luxury hotel puts the city at your fingertips. Located in the heart of Silicon Alley where the finest and most exciting aspects of New York City are a short stroll away. Enjoy boutique shopping on Fifth and Sixth Avenues known as “Ladies Mile,” dine in some of the city’s best restaurants, experience the best bars, and taste freshness at the farmer’s market. According to HotelChatter, this hotel has also recently revealed a new look for all of its 270 rooms. Its design is simpler and a bit brighter, with red and white headboards and beautiful silver curtains in its guest rooms. The W New York Union Square is currently the only hotel overlooking Union Square, so it’s certainly worth checking out for your next visit to the Big Apple!


Chemical Romance: The Dupont Circle Hotel

April 10, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Dupont Circle Hotel recently renovated in 2009 to a new and innovative concept. Apart from renovating their rooms and suites, the hotel added an entire new floor. The secret 9th floor, in order to outdo the 13th floor of many buildings were the owners suffer from a bit of triskaidekaphobia, also doesn't  appear on the elevator, but that's because it has its own private one. A wholly separate experience from the rest of the hotel, the 15 suites on the 9th floor have a separate concierge service and special culinary preparations that are exclusive to those guests. You also learn a secret handshake on arrival.*

Outside of the enigmatic Grimmauldian world of the 9th floor, the Dupont Circle Hotel still has a lot to offer. 9,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space is available for larger parties, and you can get in-room fitness training, massage, and spa services, as well as fine French-American cuisine on site and plenty of fine dining establishments in the surrounding Dupont area.  Dupont Circle is right in the heart of the more social parts of DC that are active in the evening, and a short metro trip or cab ride to the National Mall.  If I were visiting DC, the Dupont Circle Hotel would definitely be on my short list.

*Disclaimer: You don't actually learn a handshake. But you could make up your own.