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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.

Image of the Day: Hotel Sax Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson

The 36-foot video wall on the fourth floor of Hotel Sax Chicago can be programmed to display your choice of images.  

Hotel Sax Chicago

Nightly Fall rates at Hotel Sax Chicago start at $190 >>

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

By: Elaine Lee

The James

The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

View rates, details, and more images of The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York>> 

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New Hotel: The Langham Chicago

By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham Chicago, which opens this week,  will embrace the splendour and elegance of the original grand hotel. Its 316 rooms, from 525 sq ft, will be amongst the largest in the city and will feature magnificent views over the Chicago Lake and River. Views can also be had from the Pavilion – recreating the venue which served the world's first afternoon tea in a grand hotel in 1865.

 langham chicago

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Did You Know? The Langham Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson


The Langham, Chicago, which is brand new, will be housed within the 52-story structure that was the last to be designed by Mies van der Rohe and is affectionately known by Chicago's citizens as the IBM Building. The building's cultural value was recognized when it was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March 2010.

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PUBLIC Chicago's Library Does Double Duty

By: Five Star Alliance



PUBLIC Chicago's Library is a coffee bar by day and nightclub lounge by night. During the day guests are welcomed to enjoy the coffee bar's wide selection of La Colombe Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and other specialties created by the famous chef Jean-Georges. The night time scene at the Library is one of Chicago’s newest hot spots! Complete with an impressive roster of some of the hottest DJ’s in the Chicago nightclub scene, in addition to renowned guest DJ’s like Paul Oakenfold, the Library is definitely a place to see and be seen. The multifunctional space of the Library was designed by famous hotelier and Studio 54 co-owner, Ian Schrager and his expert team of designers. Taking under consideration the contrasting moods of the space (tranquil coffee house by day, popular nightclub lounge by night), Schrager and his team made sure that each piece of furniture in the Library had the ability to transform as well.

The Library at the Public Hotel in Chicago use various table and chair settings to efficiently answer the different uses of the space. For example, arm chairs and sofas paired with low tables placed by the fireplace makes it ideal for a tranquil sip of coffee during the day while cozying up to a book, or to enjoy a signature cocktail in a comfortable setting while conversing with friends. If you are in the Chicago area and looking for an affordable luxury hotel with a happening night scene, you should definitely check out the Library located in The Public Hotel in Chicago.

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Winners Report: The Peninsula Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson





Fans of Five Star Alliance will remember our recent Last Minute Giveaway. Mary K. was the winner of our recent Last Minute Giveaway sweepstakes, and she shared a few pictures from her stay at The Peninsula Chicago with us. Mary won a two-night stay at the luxury hotel, and the hotel surprised her with an upgrade to a Grand Deluxe Room and special amenities.  At left is the lobby of the downtown hotel, and below is one of the doormen. 


























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Sponsored Post: Special Spa Services at Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson


Chicago winters are nothing to joke about. While we hope the frigid weather is behind us,  but just in case The Spa at Trump is offering some Chocotherapy to warm up the senses. The 23,000 sq. ft. Spa at Trump, located inside the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, features an array of 5 star services with 11 treatment rooms and 53 spa guestrooms overlooking the Chicago skyline. Here's just a few of the winter services they offer:

-Lovers of chocolate will want to sign up for the Hot Chocolate Body Scrub. The exfoliating treatment helps loosen fat and has an anti-cellulite effect. After the scrub, the skin is hydrated by an delectable chocolate mousse and you get to sip on a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Pair it with the Hot Chocolate Pedicure for the complete decadent service. You'll get a vanilla foot bath followed by a creamy chocolate exfoliation treatment and the chocolate mousse application mentioned above. 

-Prefer pearls over chocolate?  The Black Pearl Body Treatment uses crushed black pearls to exfoliate away dead skin cells and promotes hydration and skin tone. It can be paired with the Black Pearl Facial where Pearl Essence Powder exfoliates and then firms and hydrates the skin. 

Exclusive to the Chicago location of Spa at Trump are year-round services which are designed to combat the harsh effects of city living with natural ingredients that detoxify and replenish.

-The Ultimate Urban Body Mask begins with a body purifying exfoliation featuring detoxifying herbal mineral sals and antioxidant vitamins. That's followed by a blue-green algae mask enhanced with chlorophyll extracts to infuse the skin with potent cellular nutrition. The treatment finished up with a replenishing massage application of detoxifying aromatherapy oils, including cypress, rosemary and grapefruit.

-The 90-minute Ultimate Urban Facial is designed to enhance all skin types. It begins with a deep cleanse using 100% natural cleansers and floral waters designed to wash away dull surface skin cells. Cellular renewal is then stimulated with a glycolic or fruit enzyme peel designed to exfoliate and reduce the appearance of fine lines. To cap off the experience, you'll receive a warm and soothing foot massage. 

-The Ultimate Urban Neck & Shoulder Massage combines acupressure and massage techniques, hot and cold volcanic rocks, and specially formulate shea butter and is designed to penetrate deeply into muscles and joints.  

These are just a few of the services currently offered at the Spa at Trump. Be sure to check in to see what Spring treatments await you!

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Art at The James Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson


Art in Chicago has a new place to check in to.  It's not just The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, anymore, now you can get Art@TheJames.

The James Chicago pays homage to the creative neighborhood that it calls home. Artists are a mix of local and international artists, both emerging and prominent.

Currently, The James Chicago is featuring Joel Ross, Demarcus Purham, Monique Meloche, Nienke Sybrandy, Andrea Mantin, and Kristina Estell.

The entire James Hotel experience, from your arrival all the way to the walls of your guestroom, aims to be a journey of visual and cultural luxury.

The Joel Ross installation shown at right is called Room 28. The artist checked into a motel and packed the entire contents of the room into antique suitcases.

We wouldn't recommend packing up your room at The James Chicago, but you should definitely enjoy being surrounded by art!


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Partner Hotel Focus: The James Chicago

By: K. Clare Johnson


The James Chicago is one of Five Star Alliance's partner hotels, so we think it's pretty great! So, what makes it so special?

-Location, location, location. The James Chicago is located just steps from all the Michigan Avenue has to offer, from world-class shopping to restaurants to hot nightspots. Don't forget the many museums  such as the The Museum of Contemporary Art, and cultural attractions such as Millennium Park. They even offer public bikes for adults and Paul Frank child city bikes for those who want to explore the city on wheels.

-Art@TheJames, a program that brings works by local and international artists to the public areas and guest rooms.

-24-hour room service courtesy of David Burke's Primehouse. 24-hour concierge. 24-hour Business Networking Lounge with video conferencing. 24-hour 2,500-square-foot, full-service fitness center. No matter what time you like to work, work-out, or eat, the James is open for business.

-Yoga anyone? In partnership with lululemon athletica, The James offers a weekend R&R package that includes a lululemon yoga mat, complimentary class at the lululemon Rush Street studio, Spa by ASHA massage and bottle of sommelier-select wine.

-Guest rooms that feature a contemporary layout and a palette of warm tones. Choose from Double Deluxe or King rooms, studios, lofts, penthouse lofts,  and 1 bedroom apartments.

-Special programs and amenities for your babies and kids, whether they are the traditional human kind, or of the furbaby variety.

 These are just a few of the reasons to consider The James Chicago the next time you visit the Windy City!

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Insider’s Look into Park Hyatt Chicago’s New Bottega Veneta Suite

By: Oksana Balytsky

Park Hyatt Chicago has been recognized as one of the top 20 ‘World’s Best Hotels’ by Institutional Investor, so it’s no surprise that its 198 rooms meet a high level of luxury, but its Bottega Venta suite certainly exceeds our expectations! This 1400-square foot suite offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and its design is sleek and refreshingly simple. The bedroom, open living room, kitchenette, and two bathrooms are spacious and maximize the light and dramatic views of Chicago’s expansive lakefront. A few elegant touches include leather pillows, hand-carved Venetian glassware, and cashmere throws, and objects from Bottega Veneta’s home collection.

Explore the Bottega Veneta suite and other room options at the beautiful Park Hyatt Chicago here!