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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.

Eco-Friendly Hotels: Go Green in Oregon at the Hotel Monaco Portland

November 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Monaco PortlandJust another reason to love the Hotel Monaco Portland: it's Green Seal Silver Certified! What this means is that the Hotel Monaco Portland is one of just a few hotels nationwide that have met a rigorous set of environmental standards determined by Green Seal, a national nonprofit that created an unbiased environmental standard for the lodging industry with requirements for recycling, energy conservation, water conservation, and socially responsible purchasing. Props to Kimpton Hotels for its EarthCare program and eco-friendly initiatives. Some examples at the Hotel Monaco Portland: Cleaning Supplies (all rooms cleaned with environmentally friendly cleaning products), Soy Inks (all corporate collateral is printed on recycled paper using soy based ink), Organic Beverages (all complimentary lobby coffee is organic, shade grown and/or fair trade), Energy and Water Conservation (energy efficient bulbs are in place, along with low flow systems for faucets, toilets, and showers).


Don’t Leave Fido at Home: Houndly Holidays with Loews Hotels

October 29, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Annapolis HotelDon't want to leave your pet at home this holiday season? Loews Hotels to the rescue. Not only will you score a great room rate, but you'll also get Loews Loves Pets amenities, a festive red Bow Wowzer Ball, and a special in-room holiday meal for your pet (like Turkey Rolls a la Pug or Spaniel Stuffing, recipes featured below) with "Houndly Holidays." This one-night package starts at just $119 per night and is valid October 19, 2009 - January 10, 2010. Available at 17 Loews hotels across the U.S. and Canada, including the Loews Lake Las Vegas, Loews Annapolis (pictured), and Loews Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Turkey Rolls a la Pug

1 loaf uncooked bread dough or pizza dough

¼ cup turkey broth

1 to 2 teaspoons flour

¾ cup cooked turkey, cut up small

½ cup cooked vegetables

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

grated cheese

Roll out the dough and cut into 3 inch circles with cookie cutter. In a saucepan, combine the broth and flour, stirring until flour is dissolved and mixture thickens. Add the turkey, veggies, and garlic powder. Cook until mixture is heated through. Let cook a bit. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons of the turkey mixture onto each circle. Fold up the sides and pinch shut. Roll into a ball shape. Sprinkle or roll each ball with grated cheese. Arrange the balls on a cookie sheet. Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let cool.

Spaniel Stuffing

2 ¼ cups chicken stock

¼ cup wild rice

4 tablespoons butter

2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms

2 cups diced celery

1 cup chopped onion

4 cups corn bread stuffing mix

1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

In a medium sized saucepan combine the chicken stock and the wild rice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer until rice is tender. In a large skillet melt the butter. add the mushrooms, celery and onion. Cook until vegetables are soft. In a large bowl mix the cornbread stuffing and poultry seasoning. Add the rice and the vegetables and mix well. More chicken stock can be added if stuffing is dry.


Posh Pet Amenities at the Sunset Tower Hotel

July 20, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Sunset Tower HotelThe Sunset Tower Hotel loves pets and to show just how much they appreciate all guests, including the furry four-legged ones, they're giving away a truly adorable take-home amenity. Just for dogs, the Sunset Tower Hotel will provide a bone-shaped ceramic dog bowl for your pet to enjoy long after your stay at this hip hotel on the Sunset Strip. Who says man's best friend can't enjoy the benefits of swag!?

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations at the Sunset Tower Hotel through Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary $25 credit in the spa or salon good for any service or product, in addition to a room upgrade based upon availability, and 2pm late check-out.


From Car Detailing to Pet Walking: Five-Star Service at The Hazelton, Toronto

July 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Hazelton, TorontoSince it opened a few years ago, the Hazelton Hotel has taken Toronto by storm. Sure, the Presidential Suite has been called out as one of the best luxury suites in Canada, but you don't have to be a paparazzi-hounded celeb to hit up at this Hollywood hotspot. Bedding down at this sexy joint-- complete with its own private screening room and swanky spa-- you'll notice the five-star difference. Above all, it's the service. The concierge, valet, and guest services team can handle any kind of request; indeed the concierge can "open the doors to Toronto for you" with restaurant reservations, insider tips on shopping in Yorkville, the sky's the limit. Here's a smattering of the services available to you:

*24 hour luggage and large parcel delivery to residence

*Ten percent off Dry cleaning, laundry services, button replacement mending, minor alterations and delivery

*Fifteen percent off Spa treatments

*24 hour Room Service and Priority reservations at ONE, Mark McEwan's latest hit

*Daily, to door newspaper delivery of the Globe & Mail and/or National Post

*Personal chef services

*Pet walking, grooming and sitting services

*Automobile detailing

*Technological equipment rental (wireless laptops, MP3 players, facsimile machines, mobile phones and audio-visual equipment)

*Chauffeured limousine service to any destination

*Outdoor running companions

*Movie/music/videogame rental, including delivery and return

*Messenger service for local pick ups, deliveries and dry cleaning

And butler service, of course.


Luxury Pet Hotels: Pet Pampering at Paradise 4 Paws, Chicago

June 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradise 4 PawsFans of Chicago's Paradise 4 Paws will be thrilled to learn that the pet resort is expanding to other locations. The current spot outside O'Hare Airport gets high marks for its lavish facilities: splashing pool, indoor grassy play area, and Webcam access so fretful parents can keep on eye on their pets, breathing easy when they see Fido lounging in such fancy digs. The doggie suites are cage-less, of course, and come with flat-screened TVs; cat bungalows are equipped with live fish aquariums (fun!) Paradise 4 Paws will soon open a branch outside Midway airport, reports the Chicago Tribune, and hopes to add 10 more locations with the next 5 years.

Image Via Peter Greenberg.com


Tips for Traveling with Pets

June 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Hotels Pet ProgramFor tips and tricks as you plan a vacation with Fido, check out this special guide courtesy of The Washington Post. The paper's got the scoop on all kinds of fun travel gear (including Doggles to protect the eyes of your four-legged friend). You can also check out the photo gallery of pets on vacay.


Something For Everyone at W Hotel Atlanta Midtown

April 30, 2009
By: Alison Victor

W Hotel Atlanta Midtown It's hard to find a luxury hotel that caters to all types of travelers, but the W Hotel Atlanta Midtown does just that. Surrounded by world class shopping, nightlife, and museums, this luxury haven offers top notch service and accommodations to anyone visiting Atlanta. For the business traveler, W Hotel Atlanta Midtown offers a high tech business center with high-speed Internet. The Whatever/Whenever Service, a unique 24/7 feature of W Hotels, will take care of anything that you need or want, including a complimentary ride in a luxury SUV with a personal driver. For the family traveling together, W Hotel Atlanta Midtown offers connecting rooms and cribs upon request, as well as beautifully spacious suites. The hotel also welcomes cats and dogs 40 pounds or less, offering them custom pet beds, turndown treats, and food and water bowls.


The Langham Dives Into Summer With Splash Package

April 22, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Langham Hotel and Spa PasadenaWhat better way to celebrate the coming of summer than a great package rate? The luxurious Langham Hotel and Spa Pasadena will be offering the Summer Splash Package starting May 1st and running to the end of August. This enticing summer special will include overnight accommodations in the Lanai building, a "Dive-In movie," (Friday night flicks shown at the pool!) and a $50 food and beverage credit to be used at the pool bar. This package starts at $279 per night, and is valid Friday through Sunday.


Pet Airways: Pamper Rex with First-Class Travel on the World’s First Pet-Only Airline

April 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pet AirwaysDon't relegate Rex to the cargo hold. With Pet Airways, your furry friend can get VIP treatment in the main cabin on a pet-only airline. But pets prone to separation anxiety may not be wholly satisfied with this unique travel arrangement; owners can't accompany their animals on the aircraft. Still, from the looks of the Facebook fan page, $149 fares are getting snatched up for the airline's July 2009 launch. Proof perhaps that the pet industry is recession-proof.


Beantown’s Fifteen Beacon Goes to the Dogs

April 14, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fifteen BeaconFifteen Beacon was voted the #1 hotel in Boston by Travel & Leisure, and their new Pet Getaway is just one more reason why the award was well-deserved. With a package starting from $450 per night, dogs under 50 lbs receive treats and a special turndown service. You'll get a classic room, and the highest level of hospitality and service guests have come to expect from this luxury boutique. There's even a "No Dogs Alone In Room" pet sitting available. Additional terms and details apply, but we can pretty much guarantee that Spot will love walking around Beacon Hill as much as you will. [Map]