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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.

Incredible Deals at the Taj Campton Place Hotel

By: Oksana Balytsky

The Taj Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco is offering a few incredible offers and promotions that are too good to pass up! This luxurious, boutique hotel offers personalized service that accommodates the needs of all travelers, and its restaurant is one of the top San Francisco restaurants, offering award-winning European cuisine. Starting now, the Taj Campton Place Hotel has the following deals that’ll be sure to inspire you to explore the Bay Area.

Shop Til You Drop Package: The Taj Campton Place Hotel is located steps from San Fran’s shopping center of Union Square and San Francisco Centre. This package is perfect for those hoping to buy all of their holiday gifts and get a little something in return. This package includes a special San Francisco cable car ornament of blown-glass and VIP treatment at Bloomingdales including: an appointment with At Your Service personal shopper, a $75 gift card, a 15% off all-day savings certificate, a signature gift, a Dior makeup consultation, and personal package delivery service to Taj Campton Place for purchases of $250 or more. This package is subject to availability, valid until January 7th, 2012, and requires a minimum two night stay. (Blackout dates may apply)

Stay a Bit Longer Package: Extend your stay and experience a little more of this exciting city. This package allows guests to stay two nights, and get the third night free! This offer is limited to a maximum of two complimentary nights available per stay. This package is subject to availability, valid until March 31st, 2012, and requires a minimum of a three night stay. (Blackout dates apply) Please be advised that the rates are adjusted at checkout. 

Suite Celebrations Package: Book a suite and enjoy a 50% discount on the second night. All of the suites at the Taj Campton Palace overlook Union Square, so you’ll get to enjoy an incredible deal along with an incredible view. This package is subject to availability, valid until March 31st, 2012, and requires a minimum of a two nights stay. Rates are subject to 14% occupancy and 1.5% tourism assessment fees, per room, per night. Please be advised that the rates are adjusted at checkout. 

Bunker-in-Chief: The Greenbrier Gets Presidential Patronage in War and Peace

By: Christopher Roney

Here’s an interesting tidbit, courtesy of Dan Lewis of Now I Know: Having hosted 26 U.S. presidents, the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia is a traditional home away from home for America’s Commander-in-Chief. However, with fears of the Cold War looming, it became much more than that. When it sought to expand into a new “West Virginia” wing, Congress stepped in and had them construct a secret bunker underneath to house them in case of impending nuclear war. Not only that, in order to remain in a state of emergency readiness, Congress set up a nearby dummy corporation to house the staff that would support them in case of emergency. Ultimately, it was discovered in 1992 by the Washington Post and Congress had to discontinue it as a site, since its usefulness depended on its secrecy. They had even had it constructed such that broadcasts out mirrored the backdrops of their broadcast offices in DC, so that it would appear as if they had not relocated. It was never used, and now the Greenbrier is only prepared to offer service to presidents and other luxury-minded travelers in peacetime. So I’d advise checking out The Greenbrier on your next vacation, both for its quirky top-secret government hideaway and for the wonderful accommodations that lured generations of presidents in the first place.



New York Hotels near Central Park

By: Oksana Balytsky

New York City can be a bit overwhelming, and we understand the desire to be located near the trees, grass, and open spaces. We’ve received a number of inquiries about which hotels are located near Central Park, and which of those hotels we would recommend to our luxurious travelers. You ask, we listen and respond, so here are five of our favorite hotels near Central Park!

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and offers sweeping views of Central Park. The Surrey New York is nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and it’s both a familiar destination and unexpected delight. The Jumeirah Essex House is perfectly located at Central Park and it’s recognized throughout the world as a model of graceful elegance. The Trump International Hotel Tower overlooks Central Park, and it is the only Forbes Five-Star hotel with a Five-Star restaurant in New York. The Mark New York is just steps from Central Park, and it is sophisticated, chic, and stylishly comfortable.

Looking for something different? With 93 luxury hotels in New York City, we guarantee you’ll find a hotel perfect for you!

Luxury Resorts on the Slopes in the U.S. with Availability in December

By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re pretty excited about ski season, and apparently so are our luxury travelers! A number of hotels are solidly booked for the end of December, but there are still incredible hotels with availability. Be sure to make your arrangements pronto, and you’ll be swishing down the mountain before you know it!

The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah is located in a private, gated community, and it stands upon the beautifully covered slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. The Snake River Lodge and Spa in Teton Village, Wyoming is located slope-side at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City, Utah is located within the mountainside village of the Canyons, and this all-suite property offers room options for families with easy slope access. The Four Seasons Resort Vail in Vail, Colorado is located high in the Colorado Rockies, and it is consistently ranked among the world’s top ski destinations. The Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado offers a unique experience at the base of Aspen Mountain. Last but certainly not least, the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California, is nestled at the base of Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Looking to go outside the United States and ski new terrain? Then check out our list of the top ski resorts all over the world!

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Luxury Hotels near the Montreal Convention Center

By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury.

The Montreal Convention Center is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than a ten minute walk away from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, starting with the hotels located a one minute walk away to hotels a nine minute walk away from the Convention Center.

The InterContinental Montreal

Hotel Le Saint James

LHotel Montreal

W Montreal

Hotel Gault

Place d’Armes Hotel

Le Saint-Sulpice

Three four star hotels near the Convention Center are Le Westin Montreal, which is a one minute walk away, the Hotel St. Paul, which is located 8 minutes away, and the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, which is located 9 minutes away.

Peninsula New York is Decking Its Halls

By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula New York is located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City’s shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. This luxury hotel features 185 spacious guest rooms and 53 suites, recently renovated and decorated in a modern style. Specifically designed with convenience in mind, all of the rooms utilize state-of-the-art technology, allowing guests to control their environment with the touch of a button.

The Peninsula New York invites you to celebrate the holidays amidst wonderful decorations and fabulous dining at its restaurants and bars, including the popular Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace, which offers breathtaking views of New York. Be sure to participate in the annual Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating class, and enjoy the holidays in good cheer with your loved ones.


WWWD: What Would W Do? Host a Turkey, That's What.

By: Christopher Roney

While we’re all going to be busy gobbling up our food, there’s one gobble that’s escaping the avian terror that sweeps our nation this holiday season. The aptly named Thanksgiving is not just a day for giving thanks, it’s a day for giving forgiving. And every year, the President of the United States, and in this case, his two daughters Sasha and Malia, give a pardon to one very lucky turkey. Though he hasn’t run afowl of the law, the bald-headed birdy is certainly happy to be spared the feasting.

Instead of gracing our dinner tables, the pardoned turkey will be staying the night in the famed W Hotel Washington DC and getting the five-star treatment before the official ceremony. And his thankfully vegetarian thanksgiving feast comes in the form of a Munchie Box: cranberries, soy, and corn comprise the free room service. The room even gets an extra bedding of sawdust to spend the night in comfort regardless of where he chooses to bed down. I think we can all agree that’s the kind of special guest worthy of exclusive service. After pardoning, the nation’s feathered friend will live out his days in peace on a farm in Mount Vernon, VA. So when you’re staring down at your roasted feast, take a moment to think of the one bird who is flying free (as well as a turkey can fly, at least) and meeting the president this weekend.  Not to mention a stay at the W Washington DC!

Loews Hotels Prolonging the Thanksgiving Feast

By: Oksana Balytsky

If you, like us, wish that the incredible Thanksgiving feast could last longer than one day, then be sure to check out the following luxury hotels that have embraced the concept of leftovers. The Loews Hotels will offer a turkey sandwich menu addition all week long, and these properties can be found all over the U.S. and Canada. These hotels have found a way to embrace both the Thanksgiving tradition of turkey and a bit of creativity to offer creations such as turkey sushi rolls at the Loews Lake Las Vegas, a Cuban-style sandwich at the Loews Miami Beach, and a trio of sliders with gravy and mustard-cranberry mayonnaise at the Loews Regency in New York. Post-Thanksgiving travels not in the plan this year? Then check out Loews’ Facebook page for a full collection of their recipes and photos of each incredible dish!

North Lake Tahoe’s Annual SnowFest is Coming to Town

By: Oksana Balytsky

Celebrate 31 years of family fun at this year’s SnowFest, which will take place March 2 – 11, 2012 in North Lake Tahoe. Every spring, North Lake Tahoe tourists and locals come together and take part in various activities and events perfect for folks of all ages. This year, SnowFest will be bringing back the annual favorites along with exciting, new events. The majority of events are free to spectators, and SnowFest draws in thousands of visitors every year. A few events that are brand new this year include a snow art building competition, an ice sculpting competition, and a pub crawl starting in Incline Village and ending in Crystal Bay.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is located in Incline Village, and it’s the perfect place to stay to be surrounded by the excitement of SnowFest. Aside from the festivities, this resort is the ideal setting for year-round pampering. Reconnect with family members, friends, and yourself while enjoying the natural wonders of Lake Tahoe. Be sure to make your travel plans early, start practicing your snowman building, and get ready for an incredible getaway.

Hot off the Press: "The Most Wanted Winter Spa Treatments" by In Style Magazine

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One and Only Palmilla, CaboIt's that time of year again. When we start bemoaning our cracked hands, chapped lips and parched winter skin, we know it's time to book a spa treatment ASAP. But where's the best place to rejuvenate with that ultimate winter pick-me up (pre- or post-fête?). In Style to the rescue. Lucky for us, the mag has put together a fab list of "The Most Wanted Winter Spa Treatments." There's the Hot Chocolate Synergy Massage, inspired by the ancient Mayans and using warm chocolate oil to enhance the mood, at One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos; the Candy Cane Ritual at the Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa, Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas; the Pumpkin Nectar Facial at Remède Spa, St. Regis Mexico City; the Peppermint Pedicure
to sooth tired feet at Remede Spa, St. Regis San Francisco (Lady Gaga's a fan of the hotel); Santa's Little Helpers Mandara Four Hand Massage at The Cove Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; and more! For all the delicious details, be sure to check out the article.