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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.

Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Chicago Hotel for a Family of Four?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: Can you recommend a Chicago hotel suitable for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11? 

ANSWER: Waldorf Astoria Chicago 

Ranked the #1 US Hotel in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms, gracious service, and unique amenities that combine to create a travel experience like no other. The luxury hotel located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, which features exclusive shopping, dining, nightlife, and the Windy City's most famed attractions. 

Indulge in sanctuary of tranquil spa treatments, thoughtful relaxation and wellbeing at Spa & Health Club. The spa offers treatments such as facials, massages, spa gatherings and men's atelier. A lap pool adorned with thousands of mosaic titles is available for leisure or intense swims, as well as for water classes. 
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Savor inspired American and French cuisine in captivating restaurants featuring intimate dining experience. RIA, a Michelin Two Star restaurant highlights seasonally driven menu in a sophisticated tone. While Balsan offers refined yet rustic fare with an American sensibility. Rich suede walls and classic cocktails await at Bernard’s Bar.

Luxurious accommodations at Waldorf Astoria Chicago are intended for all guests, even four-legged friends. The hotel offers family-friendly packages such as American Girl Place hotel offer.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
Astor Suite (1 King) connects to Gold Coast Suite (1 king or 2 Queen)
Spanning across 915 spacious square feet of first-rate living, the Astoria King Suite is a fitting title for these exquisite living areas, as each suite with separate King bedroom overlooks the prestigious north end of the Gold Coast neighborhood. Of course, while staying in this suite, the inspired view can be enjoyed from the furnished outdoor terrace, which is located right off the parlor. Additionally, the Astoria Suite offers a fireplace, queen sleeper sofa and king-size bed. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, two 42-inch high definition LCD televisions with DVR, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration, and wet bar including refrigerator, freezer and microwave. 

The 1,264 square Gold Coast 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite offers a fireplace, separate bedroom with two queen size beds, elegant living room with dining table and queen sleeper sofa, full master bath with a soaking tub, as well as a separate powder room. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, 42-inch high definition LCD television, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration and wet bar including refrigerator, and microwave.  Accessible guest rooms all comply with current ADA regulations.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


Spend New Year's Eve in Miami


By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley

Sun, surf, neon, and celebration are the name of the game when you spend New Year's Eve in Miami.
It's not too late for you to join the revelry!  We found availability at the following Miami hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Sofitel Miami has a Superior Two Double Bedded room for $229 per night.

* InterContinental at Doral Miami has a Club Floor room for $359 per night.

* Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a King room for $799 per night. 

* The Redbury South Beach has a Redbury King room for $579 per night.

For a beachy splurge, Hilton Bentley has a King Studio for $1728 per night and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a Club Level Executive Suite for $2899 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City


By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Farmhouse Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn


If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll also want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Farmhouse Inn has an America's Winter Offer. Stay four nights and get:

-Fourth night free in Deluxe or Luxury or Suite Rooms

-Complimentary 3-course breakfast

-Free Parking

-Free WiFi

Book a romantic getaway at Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel. The inn is located in Forestville, California (just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) – the hub of the Russian River Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for everyone.  

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Image of the Day: Calistoga Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch. The 50 room luxury Napa resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer guests and owners the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to fully experience the pristine setting.

Calistoga Ranch 

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Bernardus Lodge to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Bernardus Lodge


Bernardus Lodge
 
has announced that it will be closed from November 30 through March 13, 2015 to undergo a multi-million dollar lodge restoration project. The renovation plans include upgrades to luxury accommodations, a stunning new lobby space, a reinvented pool experience and refreshed dining destinations. The new decor will offer contemporary design elements, state of the art technology, and spectacular new creative accents that match the beauty and charm of Carmel Valley.


Image of the Day: Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched on a historic dock overlooking San Francisco Bay, Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon is the only waterfront hotel in the seaside town of Tiburon. The back deck affords a comfortable place to watch sailboats bobbing lazily in the water as waves lap against the docks, all against the majestic backdrop of Angel Island and the San Francisco skyline. 

Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon 

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Air Tours at Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Gateway Canyons
At Gateway Canyons Resort in Western Colorado, guests can explore places virtually untouched by humans, in the stunning landscape of sculptured rock that surrounds Gateway, Colorado. One of the most unusual way to explore the scenery is through Gateway Canyons Air Tours. The tours are customized to accommodates guests' schedules, and gives a bird's eye view of the landscape. Spectacular red rock canyons, monoliths and mesas, snow capped mountains, lakes and rivers – these are the land formations of western Colorado and eastern Utah – geologically diverse in such a concentrated area! Guests not only see the scenic beauty from under the beautiful blue skies of Colorado, but they learn about the fascinating lore and legends of western Colorado and eastern Utah. The helicopters fly at a lower altitude than commercial airlines, so we are able to provide our guests with a more intimate and memorable view of the spectacular terrain.Canyons Resort

The Eurocopter AStar B3’s exceptional visibility, range and power, combined with a quiet cabin, make it ideal for scenic tours. This helicopter has been appointed with leather seats and a luxurious interior. Passengers are treated to state-of-the art, noise-cancelling Bose headsets for ease of conversation in the cabin and with the pilot. The helicopter can accommodate up to 5 passengers per tour. Tours of any length from 15 minutes to 2 hours can be arranged, the most popular being the 30 minute tour. 

Canyons Resort


Gateway Canyons Air Tours is a custom scenic flight company. If guests want to go to Aspen, Moab, Gateway, Telluride, or Vail for lunch, shopping or golf for the day, the company can provide that luxury for a very affordable price. 

 

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