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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.

Sponsored Article: Eventi Hotel Makes a Splash in New York

December 22, 2010
By: Five Star Alliance

Eventi HotelHave you heard about the latest Kimpton hotel to hit Manhattan? Eventi is a hip and exciting new addition to the New York hotel scene. Kimpton is known for its distinctive boutique hotels that are full of personality and lots of thoughtful amenities. Think pet concierge services and hosted evening wine receptions. Eventi is no exception. Located in Chelsea, Eventi offers a slew of exciting perks for guests, like the fully-equipped fitness center with city views, an exceptional eco-friendly spa, complimentary morning coffee/tea bar and free overnight shoeshine. Kimpton InTouch guest loyalty members get free Internet access and personalized room preferences.

Eventi HotelWithin easy walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and the Empire State Building, Eventi allows guests to live luxuriously- without breaking the bank. Advance purchase rates can be found on Five Star Alliance for just $218, a steal in New York.

Eventi also offers a unique "street food" experience at FoodParc in the plaza, where restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow showcases a series of gourmet stands and stalls, each a culinary destination on its own. From a special blended burger (No. 7 Hanger Blend) with gourmet bacon to creative dim sum, you'll find an array of flavorful treats from some of NYC's culinary masters.

Eventi HotelHere's what to expect inside the 292 guest rooms: floor to ceiling windows, custom-made Frette linens, original artwork, marble baths, a fully-stocked gourmet honor bar with organic selections, Etro spa-inspired bath amenities, iHome Stereo System with alarm clock and LCD flat-screen TV with cable access, including HBO and premium on-demand movies.

All this- combined with matchless service- makes Eventi the place to stay in Manhattan.


Suite Escape: Book 2 Nights at St. Regis Hotels and Get the 2nd Night for $4

October 28, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach ResortSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts have just unveiled a special offer worth booking ASAP. To celebrate their expanding portfolio-- and the November debut of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico*-- the brand has rolled out the "Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates" offer. Book a suite for at least two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis hotels around the globe, and you'll get the second night's stay for only $4, the price of a suite at the brand's flagship, The St. Regis New York, when it originally opened in 1904.

*The new resort in Puerto Rico marks the brand's first foray into the Caribbean market. The resort will be home to the Caribbean's first and only Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary.


Luxury Pet Resorts: Swarovski-Crystal Collars, Facials and Flat-Screens at Spa Paws Hotel

September 16, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Spa Paws HotelHave you heard about the $4.4 million pet resort in Fort Worth, Texas? No joke. Spa Paws Hotel is set to open later this month, according to The Wall Street Journal, equipped with "custom upholstered beds, chenille and satin blankets, 18-inch flat-screen TVs— and a dog treat on the pillow." That's not all. Dogs and cats will be positively pampered with facials and turn-down service. There will even be Swarovski-crystal collars for sale in the boutique. Owner Janice Ford Grimes, whose four cats are rumored to drink Evian, aims to create a resort that even humans would enjoy. Price tag? $200 a night. More deets below:

The event hall at the Spa Paws Hotel.. will play host to pet weddings and birthday parties, and guests can sit for a portrait by a professional photographer. The 20,000-square-foot complex will be anchored by a wellness center, where pets can heal their bodies and minds via Eastern medicine. The best suites will overlook an atrium, where robotic squirrels will be the floor show.

Image via TrendHunter


Pets on the Payroll: Luxury Hotels with Animals-in-Residence

September 8, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Charlie at the Hotel Monaco AlexandriaBack in July we reported on the canine ambassadors at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, a beloved service for pet-deprived guests seeking canine companionship. In fact, pet amenities are all the rage these days-- whether it be the pet turn-down service at Jumeirah Essex House to the Doggie Happy Hour at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria. Conde Nast Traveler recently published a piece on "Pet-Friendly Hotels with Pets on Staff" (August 2010) with a fun online slide-show illustrating these "pets on the payroll." There's Chance, the Chocolate Labrador at Montana's Resort at Paws Up who "gets his snout into a little bit of everything"- including quail hunts. Matilda is the Ragdoll Cat at The Algonquin Hotel in New York whose "annual birthday party is the kitty equivalent of Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, and usually benefits one of Matilda's favorite animal rescue charities." And then there's Thelma & Louise, the two flamingo-like birds who hang out in the lobby at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in California. For the full slide-show, click here.

Pictured: Charlie, the Monaco Alexandria's Director of Pet Relations.


Travel with Pets: Lufthansa’s VIP Animal Lounge at Frankfurt

July 29, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lufthansa VIP Animal Lounge in FrankfurtTraveling across the continents with your pet? Fly with Lufthansa, and Fido will be privy to some VIP pampering at the "Animal Lounge" in the Frankfurt Airport. The airline recently opened a specialized animal station for pets during transit, billed as the "world's most modern animal airport facility." Spanning 4,000 square meters, the dedicated space offers care, handling, feeding, and shelter facilities as well as veterinary care. "The name 'Animal Lounge' is very appropriate for the new animal station because just like in an airport lounge for passengers, the animals can relax and rest there before and after transport," said Axel Heitmann, director, Competence Centre Animals of Lufthansa Cargo. Some 14,000 household pets and 1,500 horses and wild animals pass through the Animal Lounge annually (ranging from polar bears to tropical fish), and Lufthansa promises that these animal "passengers" are ensured "the ultimate comfort."


Travel Trends: Resident Hotel Dogs and Fairmont’s Canine Ambassadors

July 26, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Catie Copley at the Fairmont BostonWe're the first to admit: we tend to obsess over the Fairmont Copley Plaza's canine ambassador, Catie Copley (pictured). For the last few years, the luxury Boston hotel has offered canine companionship for pet-deprived guests in the form of an eight-year old black Labrador Retriever. Originally trained as a guide dog, Catie Copley is a fixture at the hotel, resting in her dog bed near the hotel's St. James entrance when she's not out for walks/runs with guests. When guests sign up with the concierge to take Catie out on the town, they get a walk pack with dog biscuits plus a booklet illustrating the dog's favorite walks and commands.

Beau, The Fairmont VancouverImagine our delight when we discovered recently that Catie is not the sole canine ambassador for Fairmont Hotels. In fact, the company offers this distinctive service at myriad hotels in the U.S. and Canada (even Kenya). These adored pets include Smudge (the golden lab at the Fairmont Algonquin in New Brunswick), Jordy (the black lab at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu), Sonny (Director of Pet Relations at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise), and Beau & Mavis at the Fairmont Vancouver, former Guide Dog trainees turned K9 Ambassadors.

Photo of Beau in the Fairmont Vancouver's Christmas-time lobby via TourismVancouver


Travel with Pets: New Canine Turndown Program at Jumeirah Essex House

July 2, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Essex HouseLuxury hotels are going to the dogs. The latest to launch a special program for guests' four-legged friends? The Jumeirah Essex House, which yesterday introduced "A Dog's Delight"-- a "canine turndown program" with luxurious five-star amenities created in partnership with Amy Kizer of the Wagwear New York City boutique. So when you retire to your sumptuous room, expecting perhaps some fine chocolates on your pillow, you'll also find some indulgent treats for Fido: a Wagwear dog bed or Wagwear "Tee Pee Hound Lounge" (a tiny tent complete with cozy bed), homemade dog treats created by the hotel's pastry chef, Wagwear food and water bowls with a matching place-mat, and a gift bag brimming with goodies. Forgot a leash? The Jumeirah Essex House has got you covered. Colorful Wagwear collars and leashes are available at the front desk.

Related Articles:

Talk of the Town: Gilded Spa Treatments at the Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Lego Mania in New York: Lego Replica of the Newly Renovated Jumeirah Essex House


Kimpton’s Summer Playground: Goodies for Just $10 More at Hotels like Philly’s Palomar

June 23, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Palomar PhiladelphiaWe're loving the "Your Summer Playground" promotion at all 50 Kimpton Hotels across the country. From the same innovative hospitality company that brought you "Breakfast for a Buck" comes a new offer that gives guests a bunch of goodies for just $10 more. Along with your deluxe room, you'll get special drinks (like sangria at the hosted evening wine hour), a $25 restaurant credit for every night of your stay, and a free in-room movie, complete with popcorn. For example: Stay at the new Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia-- the only LEED registered hotel in the city-- and you can savor iced coffee in the morning, afternoon Arnold Palmers, sangria at wine hour, along with your restaurant credit and movie. Set in the heart of Center City Philly in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, this eco-friendly hotel is filled with original artwork and custom-designed furnishings. The hotel's restaurant, Square 1682, gets great reviews for its new American menu featuring organic ingredients. Also available: The Hotel Palomar is running the Summer Lovin' package with a complimentary upgrade to a King Deluxe Room starting from just $149 per night.

The "Your Summer Playground" promotion is also available at luxury boutique hotels like the new Hotel Palomar Chicago, the Lorien Hotel and Spa in Alexandria, the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA, Nine Zero in Boston, the Sky Hotel in Aspen, Hotel Monaco in Portland, Hotel Solamar in San Diego, Hotel Palomar in San Francisco, Hotel Monaco Seattle, and 70 park avenue in New York.


Family Fun and the Dog Days of Summer at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson

June 11, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Ventana Canyon ResortFor a fantastic family vacation, consider the desert dreamscape at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, nestled in Arizona's Catalina Mountains. With pampering spa treatments, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, plenty of water activities, and some of the best hiking in the West, the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort has something for everyone. Not to mention the kids. The Loews Loves Kids Program gets props for its special themed perks: from Fisher-Price welcome gifts to "teens only" food bars. Moreover, there's no need to leave Fido at home. Loews Ventana Canyon is pet-friendly. Two packages to consider this summer: "Family Fun" means 50% off a second room, plus a complimentary 1/2 day Kid's Club credit. (Kids 12 and under eat free.) With the "Dog Days of Summer" package, available until August 31, 2010, your pampered pooch will get a special barbeque meal created by Master Chef Marc Ehrler. "Scooby BBQ Sliders" are veterinarian approved! Also included is a "Fling Thing" Frisbee from West Paw Design and dog walking tips from pet expert Wendy Diamond, author of "It's a Dog's World."


Last Minute Deals: Memorial Day Escapes Close to Home

May 25, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz West HollywoodNo plans for Memorial Day? Why not fete summer's arrival with a last-minute getaway? There are deals to be had! Lucky you; Five Star Alliance has some hot rates at luxury hotels across the country. Check out the sampling below:

Boca Raton Resort in Florida for $109

Boca Raton Resort and ClubMoana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for $177

The Liberty Hotel in Boston for $192

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower for $185

Andaz West Hollywood for $220

Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix for $159

Loews Lake Las Vegas Hotel for $139

The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado for $135

W Washington DC for $226