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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.

Hotels with Availability for Mardi Gras

February 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Mardi Gras is on February 21st this year, which is only a few short weeks away! From an incredible parade to mounds of beads and excitement, Mardi Gras is definitely an event worth attending at least once in your life. Check out the following luxury 5 star hotels that currently have availability during Mardi Gras to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun!

Windsor Court Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans, on the edge of the French Quarter near the banks of Mississippi. It recently underwent a $22 million restoration, redefining 5 star luxury, and now offers 316 newly designed guestrooms and suites.

W New Orleans French Quarter

This hotel is next to Jackson square and boutique shops, and it’s a short walk from the Riverwalk and Harrah’s casino. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.

Loews New Orleans Hotel

Located just 3 blocks from the French Quarter, across from Harrah’s casino, the Arts district, and Riverwalk, this luxury hotel has 285 rooms and 12 suites.

W New Orleans

This hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter surrounded by the bustling Bourbon Street, boutique shops, and live entertainment. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans

This luxury hotel is located on Canal Street and it has 487 rooms and 7 suites.

Ritz Carlton New Orleans

Located on Canal Street a short walk from the French Quarter, this hotel allows guest to experience the most uniquely European city in the United States.

The Roosevelt New Orleans

This hotel is located in the central business district one block from the French Quarter. It was remodeled in 2009 and it offers 504 rooms and 135 suites.


Top 5 Romantic Valentine's Day Hotels: #2 Fairmont Chicago

February 3, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Valentine's Day is coming up, and, as such, it's time to think about where you'd like to spend the day with that special someone. Whether you're enjoying a cozy night in or an adventure on the town, a night in a luxury hotel can be the perfect gift to the both of you, a chance to escape to another world where no expense will be spared in giving you the night of a lifetime. What follows is just one in a series of our favorite romantic hotels, and, we think, a great place to take him or her this February the 14th. 

#2 Fairmont Chicago

The Fairmont has to get a special nod on this list for the sheer effor they're putting into a singular Valentine's Day experience.  This may just be the most opulent display of romance and affection a person could receive on a day already known for total commitments to love and cutely involved marriage proposals.

They say money can't buy love, but in today's consumer market, it certainly can buy the trappings of it.  Plop down $100,000 for a two-night experience, and you'll be welcomed into cupid's diamond-studded embrace with open arms.  Not only will you be put up in the hotel's presidential suite, it will be ornamented with six doxen roses, included a trail of petals from the foyer to the bed.  Live out the dreams of the marketing departments of diamond companies everywhere as you gift her an 18-karat white diamond and sapphire necklace, showing her that every kiss begins with not one but 18 K's.  And from there, you can enjoy a $10,000 shopping credit which you can spend on a VIP trip to Sak's Fifth Avenue.

Of course, the night could not be complete without a Chef's Table at Aria, the asian and traditional American mainstay of the luxury dining scene in Chicago.  Top that off with a personal butler, breakfast for two in bed, 90-minute in-room massage and "Fairy Tale Moments," which refers, of course, to a candlelit lavender bath with Cristal champagne and strawberries.  If you believing that showing your love to someone means going the extra mile, taking off your shoes, then running a barefoot marathon, then the Fairmont Chicago might be just what you're looking for this Valentine's Day.


Romantic Packages and Escapes at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena

February 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in beautiful Pasadena, California. Its elegance and award-winning service have made this hotel a southern California landmark. It is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the area and has a spa recognized as one of North America’s Top 10. Its luxurious accommodations, incredible spa, and outdoor heated pool all make this hotel a phenomenal choice for a Valentine’s Day getaway. And with the following incredible packages available in February, it’s hard to say no to the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena.

Linger Longer for Less

Stay longer and get rewarded for it! Stay 2 nights and get 10% of the best available rate, stay 3 nights and get 15% off the best available rate and continental breakfast for 2, stay 4 nights and receive 15% off the best available rate, continental breakfast for 2, and in-room internet, stay 5 or more nights and receive 15% off the best available rate, continental breakfast for 2, in-room internet, and an upgrade to the next room category (based upon availability at check-in).

Valid for stays through February 29th, 2012, subject to availability, and not valid for groups.

Great Getaway Package

This package includes overnight accommodations, continental breakfast for 2 in the Terrace, and valet parking.

Subject to availability and not valid for groups.

Experience the Arts Package

Enjoy the arts and culture in luxury while staying at the Langham. This package includes overnight accommodations, 2 VIP Museum passes valid at more than 18 Institutions in the Los Angeles Area ($250 value), valet parking, and complimentary shuttle services to museums in Pasadena.

Valid until March 28th, 2012, subject to availability, and not valid for groups.

Grand Romance Package

Enjoy Valentine’s Day in style with this package which includes overnight accommodations, rose petal turndown, breakfast in bed, and valet parking.

Valid in February 2012, subject to availability, and not valid for groups.


A Few Valentine’s Day Ideas in New York City

February 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s officially February, which means Valentine’s Day is creeping up fast! For the gentlemen still at a loss for where to take their loved ones, we have a few recommendations up our sleeve. Whisk her away to the city that never sleeps for a romantic getaway and an experience neither of you will forget!

Make a reservation at any of our 95 luxury hotels in New York City for an intimate and luxurious retreat. A few worth checking out are the Loews Regency Hotel and the Crosby Street Hotel. Keep things classy and sophisticated at the Loews Regency Hotel, which will be serving special Bubbly Passions made from passion fruit puree, schnapps, and Astoria Prosecco. After a few themed drinks at the Loews Regency Hotel, head on over to the Crosby Street Hotel for a phenomenal Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be serving a price fixe menu starting at $75 per person and will includes 3 courses as well as a glass of rose Champagne. Each table will have a special bottle with a message inside, and one lucky diner will find an invitation to spend Sunday night in one of the Crosby Street Hotel’s rooms, tickets to the hotel’s weekly Film Club, and dinner for two.

After dinner, drinks, and hotel hopping, check into your luxury hotel for an intimate ending to your wonderful evening. A few of our absolute favorite New York City hotels are the Carlyle, the Surrey, and the James!

Be sure to explore all of the hotel options available to choose the perfect one for you and your loved one!


$50 Spa Credit at the Carlyle and Free Champagne at the Ritz? Yes, Please.

January 31, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

When Confucius declared the five pillars of filial piety, he hardly could have anticipated the sixth relationship that matters above all else, the one of blogger to his readers.  In honor of that lasting bond, I have come bearing gifts to solidify our friendship.  I hope you like them; I was going to make you a papier mache model of the Burj Al Arab, but my crafting abilities are on par with a baby elephant's, and I don't even have a prehensile trunk.

So instead, I'm happy to declare that Five Star Alliance have partnered with the Ritz Paris and the Carlyle in New York to bring you special amenities with reservations made under the Five Star Alliance rate. For a limited time, the Ritz Paris is offering free champagne with FSA reservations.  The saccharine taste of bubbly effervescence is the perfect way to sweeten an already great deal for a hotel in the heart of the city of bread, wine, love, and cheese.  And it's the perfect time to catch this Parisian gem before it goes off the radar for an extensive renovation.

If New York is a little bit more your style, the Carlyle is looking to show off its exquisite Rosewood Spa by offering FSA guests a $50 spa credit. Simply select the "Welcome Offer" rate code, and you'll be well on your way to enjoy a sumptuous soak in one of New York's finest spas.  And don't forget that if you're friend of Five Star Alliance on Facebook by the beginning of March, you could win two nights at the Carlyle for free. 

 


Newly Redesigned Four Seasons Miami

January 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Miami underwent a bit of a makeover this past fall, and its updated room designs, new restaurant, and pool terrace have proven to be quite a hit with the Miami visitors. The new rooms feature one of two new color schemes; red and slate, and gray and blue, and aside from vibrant colors, the hotel boasts new furnishings and fabrics, giving this hotel a phenomenal upgrade.

The new restaurant, Edge Steak & Bar replaces a more traditional steakhouse and embraces the concept of lighter, healthier fare. Menu options include ‘steak lite,’ a variety of seafood, sandwiches, and salads. This restaurant also offers a unique dessert concept, ‘Dessert Tapas,’ which are smaller portions for $4 that satisfy your craving and keep you from regret. Edge Steak & Bar will also be serving an incredible Sunday brunch from 11:30am – 3:00pm, and it will feature various serving stations as well as hand-spun cotton candy!

Still need a little convincing? Consider this: The Four Seasons Miami has 3 beautiful outdoor pools with plush daybeds and a poolside butler, so start packing your bags and get ready for the ultimate relaxation in Miami!


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Trump Toronto

January 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto is set to open tomorrow, January 31st, 2012! This brand new Trump hotel towers over downtown Toronto’s financial district, and it delivers a superior level of contemporary convenience. From two floors of meeting and event facilities to two levels devoted to its luxury spa and wellness facility, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto certainly exceeds the luxury standard. Staying true to the Trump reputation for excellence, this hotel has been designed to provide you with incredible city and Lake Ontario views, and each of the 261 rooms and suites has been modernly designed in a cosmopolitan style. Be sure to make your reservations today to experience the newest luxury hotel in Toronto!


Courting Favor with St. Giles: The Hotel Next Door

January 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 Yesterday, I posted that the St. Giles Tuscany is undergoing a major renovation, which might have the potential to make the more impatient among us sad that we'll have to wait until August to see what's in the pipeline.  Fortunately for those of us who just can't get enough of St. Giles, just next door their sister property St Giles The Court remains open and waiting for your business.  A similar boutique hotel with a cool metropolitan feel, the Court is a perfect shopping hotel.  Just a few blocks from 5th Avenue, you won't find a better home base to peruse the latest in New York fashion.  And when you can't help but bring back some with you, the Court offers ample closet space for all your new acquisitions.

With seven top-of-the-line meeting rooms and a popular Lounge bar, the Court is ready for whatever  business arrangement, romantic getaway, or special event you can throw at her.  And with rates starting at $189/night, you'll be sleeping in the city that never does for a great price compared to much of the competition.  And once the Tuscany reopens next door, St. Giles The Court New York can only get better.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Mandarin Oriental, New York

January 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With Valentine’s Day a few short weeks away, it’s time to start planning your special night with that special someone. Instead of the traditional chocolate and flowers, consider doing something exciting and outside the norm. Take advantage of the various packages at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, and have a celebration neither of you will ever forget!

The Mandarin Oriental, New York is centrally located at the union of Columbus Circle and Central Park, and it redefines luxury as New York City’s most striking and refined hotel. Check out the unique packages and events going on at the Mandarin Oriental, New York during the month of February for a Valentine’s Day unlike any other.

Bourbon & Bubbly in the Lobby Lounge

This package is designed as a “his & hers” evening on the 35th floor in the Lobby Lounge, with breathtaking views of Central Park. The gentleman can enjoy the deep tastes of From Kentucky With Love, a mix of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey, carpano vermouth, chocolate mole bitters, chestnut and vanilla purree, garnished with a bourbon-soaked cherry paired with smoked almonds and chocolate truffles. The lady can enjoy her afFAIR to Remember, a bubbly combination of Crème Yvette Violet Liquer, Yuzu juice, topped with champagne and a splash of FAIR Goji Liqueur while enjoying a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries.

This package is available throughout the month of February and it is priced at 50 USD plus tax and service charge. It includes both cocktails, chocolate truffles, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Reservations are recommended.

Valentine’s Day Dinner with Romantic Sky-High Views in Restaurant Asiate

Make a reservation at Asiate, the elegant fine dining restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, New York for a beautifully romantic Valentine’s Day. Asiate will have a special prixe fixe dinner menu on Tuesday, February 14th, and the 4-course prix fixe menu seating will begin between 5:30 and 6:30 pm for 150 USD per person. The 5-course prix fixe menu seating will begin between 8:30 and 9:30pm for 250 USD per person. Enjoy the exquisite food and the company of your special someone while taking in the breathtaking sky-high view of New York City. Prices are per person and do not include beverages, taxes, or gratuity.

Make your reservations today and take advantage of the romantic and exciting events at the Mandarin Oriental, New York!


White Up My Alley: Bianca Opens at the Delano in Miami Beach

January 25, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The notoriously blinding Delano Hotel in Miami Beach is opening the doors to its new restaurant, Bianca, this Friday.  Continuing the theme of its all-white guest rooms, Bianca promises to add to an already exclusive and delightful property.  Embracing the Slow Food movement, Bianca provides a gastronomical experience that supports local farming and organic produce, so you know that not only is what you're getting a top-notch holistic food experience, it also does its part to respect its origins. You'd better come prepared with your Visa Platinum, however.  Not only will its silvery sheen go well with the drapes, you'll need it to put back such highlights as All Natural Sirloin Bistecca at $46. 

If you can wait for a little while, then come February, the Ume Sushi and Sake Bar will be opening alongside its Italian counterpart for an experience in the best of Eastern cuisine.  Definitely worth a trip to the Delano, now for both the unique decor and the food.