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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.

Dining in Toronto: New Vegan Menus at the Windsor Arms Hotel

November 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Windsor Arms Hotel, TorontoThere are luxury hotels, and then there are the luxury hotels that go above and beyond the call of duty. We'd put Toronto's Windsor Arms Hotel in that category. Here's just one reason why: the new vegan brunch, lunch and dinner menus developed by chef Doug McNish with all organic ingredients, free of refined flours and sugars. We read a brunch review in A Health Writer's Notebook, and found ourselves drooling over the sound of the Stuffed French Toast. (Mind you: vegan is not usually our thing!)

"Made of sprouted grain bread, it was stuffed with a banana-strawberry compote and topped with a blueberry-maple sauce, with tempeh bacon and a strawberry-grapefruit salad on the side."

Other items on the menu include a chocolate chia bowl; granola with chocolate hemp milk; gluten-free pancakes; tofu benedict. And something called "The Works"- a plate piled high with scrambled tofu with greens and mushrooms; home fries; tempeh bacon; black bean chili, sprouted grain toast and a sunflower-miso butter.


Trick or Suite at Starwood Hotels in Canada and Save 40%

October 27, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Westin Trillium House at Blue MountainStarwood is handing out the treats this Halloween. Book the "Trick or Suite" package by October 31, 2011 to get in on the action (the biggest suite sale of the year!) The Toronto Star points out that you can snag 40% off suites at hotels like the Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, W Montreal "and four properties in Toronto, including Le Meridien King Edward, Sheraton Toronto, Westin Harbour Castle and Sheraton Parkway." For weekend stays with arrivals Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, for travel through December 30, 2011. Black-out dates apply at each property.


Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto to Open in January 2012

October 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump International Hotel and Tower, TorontoTrump has landed in Toronto. And not exactly in a quiet way. The Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, slated to open its doors on January 31, 2012, will be Canada’s tallest residential building towering 900 feet above the city. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets, the tower will have 65 storeys. Talk about a bold addition to the city skyline! The 261 guest rooms are decorated with a color palette said to be "inspired by Champagne and caviar." Expect palatial rooms outfitted with the latest technology, Nespresso Coffee Machines, and the signature Trump Hotel Collection Beds covered with Italian Bellino Linens. Not to mention the personal attention of the Trump Attaché (dedicated butler-style service)! There will also be a 18,000-square-foot spa with an indoor pool and a fully-equipped gym, plus the STOCK restaurant on the 31st floor.

Related Article: From Trump to Four Seasons: A New Crop of Luxury Hotels in Toronto


Boot Camp in Toronto: Jock Yoga at the Windsor Arms Hotel

September 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Windsor Arms Hotel, TorontoCalling all fitness fanatics. Have you heard of Jock Yoga? Yoga pro Michael De Corte created these unique Power Yoga classes for all levels of fitness. Straight from the horse's mouth: These intensive classes are "for the yoga-skeptic, the inflexible, the over-flexible who wish to build strength, women and men who want to tone and strengthen their muscles, jocks/athletes, people who want to strengthen their spirit/ambition/resolve, and just about anyone who is willing to sweat!" Jock Yoga bootcamps are motivational four-week programs with one-hour sessions targeting the core and upper and lower body. Piqued your interest? The Windsor Arms Hotel, a bastion of luxury in Toronto, is currently hosting a month long boot camp, coinciding with the debut of the new Windsor Arms Yoga Studio.


The Best Rooftop Bars: The Lounge at the Thompson Toronto

September 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Thompson Toronto Rooftop LoungeRooftop bars continue to be all the rage, especially when there's an infinity pool to be gawked at. One of the finest in the Americas? The sultry lounge at the Thompson Toronto, where 360 views of Toronto's skyline and Lake Ontario are yours for the ogling. Since opening in June 2010, the Thompson Toronto has gotten rave reviews for its ultra-sleek aesthetic, trendy location "in the diverse and artistically driven King West Village," and-- you guessed it-- otherworldly rooftop lounge, the first in the city. By day, guests can take a dip in the pool, and by night, they can lounge in the poolside cabanas and get intoxicated by the cityscape. An exclusive retreat for hotel guests and lounge members, the bar was singled out by Frommer's as one of the "10 Best New Hotel Rooftop Bars Around the World."

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Toronto's Hotelier to the Stars, Hans Gerhardt, Pens Memoir Called "Hotel Biz"

May 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sutton Place Hotel TorontoLegendary hotelier Hans Gerhardt has published a book called "Hotel Biz" about his tenure (from 1986 to 1993) at The Sutton Place Toronto, when the hotel was the place to go if you were a VIP. A recent article in The Toronto Star describes the days when Gerhardt's "extensive Rolodex meant that he knew just about every mover and shaker in town."

On his first day on the job, Hans Gerhardt met Sophia Loren. And it’s been pretty much uphill ever since. “I was a huge fan. I was completely in awe,” says the former president and managing director of Toronto’s Sutton Place Hotel. “This was pretty good for someone who used to be a cabin boy”... Since his first meeting with celebrity on that April day in 1986, Gerhardt has met plenty of stars at the Bay Street hotel in downtown Toronto. The city has many more luxury hotels today, including a recently opened Ritz Carlton. That will soon be followed by a Trump Hotel this summer, as well as a Shangri La and a new Four Seasons. But in an era when there were few upscale hotel brands in Canada, the now retired Gerhardt himself became the face of luxury in Toronto.

What's particularly fascinating about this book, says The Star, is that Hans Gerhardt "understood the power of celebrity marketing before just about anyone else."