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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Chicago Hotel Offers Afternoon Tea?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Langham 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 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: We are looking for a great hotel in Chicago that offers afternoon Tea during our stay. Can you make a recommendation?


ANSWER: The Langham Chicago  

Embodying the timeless qualities that define the Langham legacy since 1865 – heritage, history and legendary hospitality – The Langham, Chicago gracefully blends urban sophistication with refined luxury. Since its grand opening in September 2013, The Langham, Chicago has quickly become a destination of choice as evident with its recent #1 status for best luxury hotel in Chicago on TripAdvisor.

The Langham, Chicago features 316 luxurious guest rooms and suites ranging from the 516 square foot Grand Room to the sprawling Infinity and Regent Suites each spanning 2,700 square feet. Conveniently located downtown in a 52-story landmark tower designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago is just minutes away from the boutique-lined boulevards of Chicago's retail hub and within walking distance to many of the city's premier tourist sites.

The Langham Chicago

Embracing The Langham's classic heritage, the Langham Chicago's Pavilion restaurant offers guests its signature afternoon tea, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, recalling the grandeur of the original hotel, The Langham, London, where the tradition was born.

Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood includes proprietary Langham teas, and an array of sweet and savory bites. All are served with traditional displays and flourish, accompanied by live music—blending together to create a relaxing and pampering afternoon diversion. To finish, order a glass of champagne and toast to the perfect afternoon tea time.

Boasting a soaring ceiling and marvelous city view, Pavilion is an elegant space in which to unwind and enjoy the finest flavors created by Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green. Parlour at the Pavilion emulates a vintage-style ice cream parlor with a whimsical staff wearing retro-style uniforms serving select homemade ice creams and sorbets made by Chef Green.

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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.


PUBLIC Chicago Takes the Culinary Express Lane


By: Five Star Alliance

PUBLIC Chicago


Centrally located in the exclusive Gold Coast, steps from the shopping and nightlife of Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile, Oak Street, Rush Street, Lincoln Park and the Lake Michigan Beaches, PUBLIC Chicago's fundamental attributes are effortless, and timeless purist design, spot-on, personalized service, lasting comfort with complete functionality, all at a tremendous value.

The hotel's restaurant, Pump Room, offers reasonably priced, delicious favorites in a relaxed, comfortable, and exciting environment. It was created by world-renowned chef and 2011 James Beard Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In conjunction with this restaurant, the hotel has recently introducted PUBLIC EXPRESS.

PUBLIC EXPRESS combines gourmet meals at great value with rapid delivery. Guests can enjoy specially designed gourmet, healthy meals by Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the privacy of their room, 24-hours a day. Five well-balanced meals to suit every taste are offered for breakfast and lunch, as well as desserts such as donuts freshly baked daily on premises. Try a speciality pizza, organic turkey sandwiches, or a beef briskety and cripy onion sandwich. Kids can choose from such favorites as grilled cheese or chicken fingers.Specialty pizzas created for PUBLIC are also available. PUBLIC EXPRESS meals are also available on the go for the airport, a beach picnic, or wherever guests are headed. Guests-on-the-go can order via guest services and pick up their meals at The Library and Coffee Bar. 

Traditional room service is also offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

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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.


Ziggy Stardust Hits Thompson Chicago


By: Five Star Alliance

Thompson Chicago
David Bowie fan? You'll want to head to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The hotel is hosting the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades—are brought together for the first time.

So, where should you stay? Try Thompson Chicago. Located in the heart of Chicago's exclusive Gold Coast , it offers luxurious accommodations and sophisticated guest services. Right now, if you book the Five Star Alliance rate, you'll receive a complimentary upgrade based on availability.

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The Talbott Hotel Chicago Loves American Girls


By: Five Star Alliance

American Girl Place
If you've got a kid obsessed with American Girl dolls, you'll want to check out the American Girl Packages at The Talbott Hotel Chicago. The hotel blends the charms of a gracious bygone era with opulent accommodations, impeccable service, and unexpected delights. The Talbott Hotel is located walking distance from Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile. Built in 1927 and recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond, European-style Talbott Hotel provides everything one expects from large, world-class brands along with everything desirable about an independent boutique hotel—streamlined check-in and check-out, top-of-the-line amenities, a welcoming staff that takes personal pride in delivering unequaled service and behind-the-scenes hotel technologies that ensure guest security and comfort. 

Located at the nearby Water Tower Place, the Chicago American Girl Place features specialty shops, private dining, and more. The in-house cafe offers brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and parties.  Children can pose for a picture at the Photo Studio and take home a souvenir issue of American Girl® magazine with their face on the cover. Dolls can even get a makeover at the Doll Hair Salon. 

The Talbott Hotel has three different American Girl packages to choose from. 

American Girl Dream Package
With the American Girl Place Dream Package, guests wake up to breakfast in bed for two. After a long day of shopping at the Water Tower Place, children come back to the hotel and receive a personalized pink twin sized blanket. There's also guaranteed late check-out of 3pm.

American Girl Spirit Package
This package embodies everything that American Girl Place has to offer. Amenities include a personalized welcome letter, keepsake American Girl Place fold-out doll bed, access to the girl blog @ the talbott, a $15 Breakfast Credit per person at Little Market Brasserie for a maximum of two people, and one entry into the American Girl Place quarterly drawing for a doll. The two Sprinkles cupcakes and milk at turndown provides a perfect ending to a perfect stay at The Talbott Hotel. 

American Girl Imagine Package
Imagine an American Girl Place experience that will last a lifetime. The Imagine package offers everything from the Spirit package, but also includes personalized Talbott Hotel stationary,
personalized guest room keycard, six personalized photo postcards by the fireplace, and a personalized room service menu.

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Dining al Fresco: MileNorth Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

MileNorth Hotel

Visit 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge at MileNorth Hotel for a stunning view of the iconic Chicago skyline. Elevating 563 feet above sea level, 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge is an intimate and decidedly chic indoor/outdoor experience. Capping off the 29th floor and just steps away from the Magnificent Mile, the 52EIGHTY experience provides soaring skyline images of downtown Chicago on a new level. 

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Image of the Day: The Whitehall Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Whitehall Hotel remains a landmark destination in Chicago, offering a very European sense of grace and grandeur. The Presidential Suite offers this terrific view of the Chicago skyline.  

The Whitehall Hotel 

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Enroll at Peninsula Academy at The Peninsula Chicago


By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago

Located in the center of downtown Chicago on Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago is just steps from the best shopping, dining, cultural activities and a few blocks from the business and financial district. The luxury hotel takes full advantage of its location to show guests the city, through it's innovative Peninsula Academy program. Explore architecture, art, theatre, car-racing, and neighborhood tours. Kids get their own programs as well.

Here's what's on offer at The Peninsula Chicago: 

Princess for a Day: How to be a Perfect Princess
This programme is perfect for young ladies aspiring to be a princess. A fairy tale experience awaits, complete with princess attire and tiara, a horse-drawn carriage ride to a shopping spree, and a princess etiquette class. The day culminates with Her Royal Highness receiving a visit from Prince Charming for a glass slipper fitting.

Broadway in Chicago: Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances
Experience the best of Broadway in Chicago with VIP access to premier house seats to all performances, including sold-out shows, and a three-course dinner at the hotel.

Private Architectural Boat Cruise: River Tour of Chicago's SkyscrapersThe Peninsula Chicago Princess for a Day Program
Birthplace of the skyscraper and world-renowned architecture, there is no better place to experience Chicago’s remarkable structural design than from the Chicago River. This private river cruise will guide you through the labyrinth of the city's skyscrapers, weaving history and trivia into a modern day story, all while you and your guests enjoy a lovely lunch and beverages aboard a private yacht.

Historic Chicago Neighborhoods: Guided Cultural Tour
Discover Chicago, a city of neighbourhoods. Lifelong residents and first-time guests of the Windy City will visit notable Chicago landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Willis Tower, President Obama’s home, historic mansions on Astor Street, and the Buckingham Fountain. Take in the sights along Lake Shore Drive before heading to Chicago’s up-and-coming, trendy Wicker Park/Bucktown and other notable neighbourhoods.

Chicago Fire House Excursion: For Young Firefighters in Training
This programme is ideal for aspiring firefighters who wish to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in an urban environment. Frequently called into action, Chicago Firefighters must be ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Your little ones will learn what it takes to be a firefighter in an active city setting and have the chance to tour a working firehouse.

The Peninsula Chicago Private Tours of the Art Institute of chicago

Exotic Car Adventure: From Roadway to Racetrack
Get behind the wheel of an exotic car with this exciting raceway experience! You will enjoy scenic shoreline driving and urban roadways via Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive. This two-day programme begins when you select the exotic car of your choice followed by a decadent steak dinner and a unique scotch-flight experience. The following morning at the Autobahn racetrack, you will receive exclusive one-on-one driving instruction on a closed course and have the opportunity to drive five different high-powered vehicles on an Autobahn raceway format.

Little Bakers: Pastry Class for Aspiring Chefs
This experience is perfect for youngsters who want the opportunity to get a “taste” of the Pastry Kitchen – including making marshmallows and cakes, decorating cupcakes, cookies and more.The Peninsula Chicago River Tour of the Chicago Skyline

Art Institute of Chicago: Private Tour of Revered Art Collection
Art Institute of Chicago is a national treasure, offering the country’s leading collection of impressionists’ paintings, among many other prized pieces. Experience unprecedented access to the museum’s revered collections with a customised tour tailored to the your selected art preference.
 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the gateway to Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions. Just steps away from renowned Rush Street, this four-diamond Chicago hotel offers stylish accommodations with luxury amenities, modern event facilities, irresistible dining options and gracious service.

 Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

 

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Say Hello to Thompson Chicago


By: Five Star Alliance

Thompson Chicago
Thompson Chicago
made its grand debut October 1, 2013.  After a full renovation, the 247-room hotel (formerly the former Sutton Place Chicago) specializes in personalized service and presents a signature restaurant from One Off Hospitalit, six bi-level penthouse lofts, a 10,000 square foot fitness center, and a winter garden.Thompson Chicago

 

Thompson Chicago sits just steps from Chicago’s best shopping and an array of enticing bars and restaurants in the exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, located at the north end of downtown Chicago.

Each accommodation features modern rain showerheads, upscale bath and spa products by REN, and robust Internet service. On-site amenities and experienced staff ensure each stay is seamless: From complimentary luxury car service to valet parking to 24-hour in-room dining, each aspect of the Thompson experience is tailored to surpass every guest's expectations.

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