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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.

Image of the Day: MileNorth Hotel

July 31, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

MileNorth Hotel is the proud owner of this spectacular view of the Chicago skyline.


New Luxury Hotels Opening: A Thompson Hotel in Chicago

July 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Chicago is quickly becoming a thriving hotspot for new hotels to pop up, and it seems like the trend will continue for the foreseeable future. The Chicago Athletic Association will be converted into a 240-room hotel in 2014, and it’s certainly the perfect building for a boutique luxury hotel. The historic building used to serve as a hangout spot for affluent Chicago bachelors in the 1990s. According to the Chicago Tribune, it was a spot where “one could exercise, enjoy a fine meal in a beautiful setting, and then retire to a comfortable room for the evening, all under one roof." Sounds to us like it already has a few of the key qualities of a luxury hotel, and we can’t wait to see how this repurposing develops! Hoping to visit Chicago a bit earlier? Check out the other luxury hotels in the area here!


Top Summertime Hotels for a Family Vacation

July 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With school out for the summer, now is the perfect time to take that much-needed family vacation to reconnect with your kids and have some fun all together. While certain luxury hotels are not kid-friendly, it’s a misconception that traveling with kids means you have to give up luxury. Check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring a few of our favorite kid friendly luxury hotels perfect for a family getaway!

Today’s feature is the Four Seasons Chicago. Conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile near the shopping and dining areas, the Four Seasons Chicago is like a residential palace with eagle-eye views of the Windy City. According to familyvacationcritic.com, the Four Seasons Chicago goes above and beyond to make families feel welcome. Upon arrival, kids will find a stuffed animal, cow-shaped cookies, chocolate milk, a bucket of popcorn, books, and games in their room. The bathroom has a footstool to help kids reach the sink along with bubble bath soap, toys, and even plush kid-sized terry robes. These little touches and extra amenities will certainly make your kids feel welcome and right at home. The Four Seasons Chicago also has its very own ice cream man who can come to your room between 4 and 6pm with a cart of delicious ice cream with fun toppings. Looking for a few activities outside the hotel perfect for the whole family? The Four Seasons Chicago offers the following complimentary off site activities:

 

Cultural Center with mini-concerts

Grant Park

Lincoln Park Zoo

Museums (on selected free days)

Navy Pier

Oak Street Beach

Millennium Park


Keep Your Windows Closed in Chicago to Steer Clear of Spiders!

July 12, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Yes, you read that correctly. The high rise flying spiders’ annual migration takes place in the spring and summer, so Hilton Chicago is requesting that guests do not open their windows during the next few months. According to a memo sent out by Hilton, baby spiders release silk to create balloon-like contraptions which are then used to hitch rides on uplifting air current from the lake. In natural environments, these spiders live on rocks overhanging water, but in the city, these spiders have found their new home in tall buildings and high-rises. The last thing we want is tiny spiders crawling through our window, so be sure to keep those windows closed and that AC blasting to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay! Traveling to Chicago? With 36 luxury hotels, we certainly have you covered!


It's Business Time: The Conrad Best Business Hotel Chicago

July 5, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Chicago.

There's a clear desination for business travelers to Chicago, and that's the Magnificent Mile. Right in the heart of the prestigious McGraw-Hill building, the Conrad Chicago gives you easy access to the city's financial district and just about anywhere else you might have a meeting.  A 2,000 sq ft fitness center keeps you in shape while you're on the go, and its business center is naturally open 24 hours with full executive services.  12,000 sq ft of executive meeting space means no matter how many people you're hosting for that important meeting, you'll be sure to have the perfect arrangement, looking as sharp and professional as you would in your own office.  The rooms are high-tech and connected, so you'll never feel out of touch if you don't want to be.  And when you're done for the day you can relax with a soak and massage at their health club and spa or with a drink at the Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge.  The Conrad Chicago is definitely on our list of best business hotels.


Deals and Steals at the Trump Hotel and Tower Chicago

June 18, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

 Good news for the lovers of the gustiest of cities, where the wind cuts the summer heat. You can take advantage of the summer special at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago to save on one of the most luxurious stays in the city. For a limited time, grab 15% off a two-night stay and 30% off a three-night stay. At that rate, the third night is practically free.

The Trump Tower, umm, towers above the skyline, giving an unprecedented view of Chicago's gorgeous city scape from any of the rooms on the higher floors. Stay in any of its 121 suites for floor-to-ceiling windows, a sitting area with sofa bed, and full urban-style kitchens. Whether you're coming for business or pleasure, with a discount like this, there's never been a better time to stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.


Special Packages and Rates at the Four Seasons Chicago

April 23, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Chicago is offering a few packages for folks hoping to get a bit more out of their stay with options perfect for those looking for a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a business trip. The Four Seasons Chicago offers eagle eye views of the city or Lake Michigan and it’s conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile near the shopping, dining, theater, and financial districts.

Bed and Breakfast Package

This package is available for a variety of room types including City View King bed rooms, Lake View King bed rooms, and One bedroom Suites. This package includes Midwest breakfast for two daily through in-room dining or in the Seasons Lounge.

Kids in the City Package

Ideal for a family vacation, this package is available for Executive Suites, One Bedroom Suites, and Accessible Rooms. This package includes complimentary meals for kids 12 and under from the in-room dining children’s menu, a visit from the ice cream man between 3:00 and 6:00pm, and luxurious accommodations.

Just the Two of Us Package

This is the perfect package for a couple looking for a romantic retreat. It is available for a variety of room types and it includes breakfast in bed for two served through in-room dining, an in-room visit from the Martini Man or the Hot Chocolate Doc, $30.00 off a couple’s massage in the spa, and luxurious accommodations.

Be sure to make your reservations at the Four Seasons Chicago! These packages are available for a limited time!


Phenomenal Rates and Amenities Available at the Peninsula Chicago!

April 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula Chicago is the Windy City’s most luxurious and sophisticated hotel. Located in the heart of the ‘Magnificent Mile,’ on the doorstep of Chicago’s business and shopping district, The Peninsula Chicago offers guests the absolute best amenities and services. Its 339 guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city and are beautifully furnished with a state-of-the-art electronic system that allows guests to control all room features with the touch of a button. This luxury hotel is extremely accommodating of families with both Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites having a sofa bed as well as the option to interconnect the Grand Deluxe Room with a king size bed to a Grand Deluxe room with 2 double beds, a Deluxe Suite with a Deluxe Room, and an Executive Suite with a Deluxe Room. All of these amenities and characteristics of the hotel make it an excellent option when traveling to Chicago, but the following features and details set The Peninsula Chicago apart from other properties, making it one of the absolute best and most exceptional hotels in the area!

- A 14,000 square foot, two level spa and fitness center located on the top two floors of the hotel offering incredible skyline views of the city.

- Complimentary yoga and Pilates classes offered three times a day.

- A chocolate bar every Friday and Saturday night serving chocolate martinis and delectable treats while a soft jazz trio band plays in the background.

- A half Olympic-sized indoor pool.

- A business center that’s open 24 hours a day.

These are just a few of the ways The Peninsula Chicago goes above and beyond to offer its guests an exceptional stay, and you’ll simply have to make your reservations at this hotel to experience the true meaning of luxury for yourself!


Incredible Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula Chicago

February 23, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The majority of bars are dedicated to serving fancy alcoholic drinks, but the Peninsula Chicago has embraced a new bar concept! Check in to this luxury hotel in the Windy City and take advantage of its phenomenal chocolate bar. Their ‘Chocolate at the Pen’ bar is more of a buffet presented by Executive Chef Kai Lermen and Executive Pastry Chef Hsing Chen, and it can be found in the 5th floor lobby sitting area every Friday and Saturday evening. A few delectable options on the menu include chocolate tapioca, chocolate-peanut tarts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, white hot-chocolate infused with lavender, chocolate truffles, and much more! The menu options vary, so be sure to call ahead of time to inquire what will be featured. Reservations are available from 8:00 – 10:00pm, and the cost is $40 per person ($20 for children 12 and under). This price includes unlimited coffee, tea, espresso, or cappuccino, and the full selection of chocolates and desserts. For folks already dining in the Lobby, the chocolate bar is available for an additional $20 per person. At 8:30pm, the evening gets even more festive with a live jazz band and singer playing until 11:30pm, and dancing is of course encouraged. Make your reservations at the Peninsula Chicago and get ready for an evening of luxury, decadence, and a smooth good time!


Top 5 Romantic Valentine's Day Hotels: #2 Fairmont Chicago

February 3, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Valentine's Day is coming up, and, as such, it's time to think about where you'd like to spend the day with that special someone. Whether you're enjoying a cozy night in or an adventure on the town, a night in a luxury hotel can be the perfect gift to the both of you, a chance to escape to another world where no expense will be spared in giving you the night of a lifetime. What follows is just one in a series of our favorite romantic hotels, and, we think, a great place to take him or her this February the 14th. 

#2 Fairmont Chicago

The Fairmont has to get a special nod on this list for the sheer effor they're putting into a singular Valentine's Day experience.  This may just be the most opulent display of romance and affection a person could receive on a day already known for total commitments to love and cutely involved marriage proposals.

They say money can't buy love, but in today's consumer market, it certainly can buy the trappings of it.  Plop down $100,000 for a two-night experience, and you'll be welcomed into cupid's diamond-studded embrace with open arms.  Not only will you be put up in the hotel's presidential suite, it will be ornamented with six doxen roses, included a trail of petals from the foyer to the bed.  Live out the dreams of the marketing departments of diamond companies everywhere as you gift her an 18-karat white diamond and sapphire necklace, showing her that every kiss begins with not one but 18 K's.  And from there, you can enjoy a $10,000 shopping credit which you can spend on a VIP trip to Sak's Fifth Avenue.

Of course, the night could not be complete without a Chef's Table at Aria, the asian and traditional American mainstay of the luxury dining scene in Chicago.  Top that off with a personal butler, breakfast for two in bed, 90-minute in-room massage and "Fairy Tale Moments," which refers, of course, to a candlelit lavender bath with Cristal champagne and strawberries.  If you believing that showing your love to someone means going the extra mile, taking off your shoes, then running a barefoot marathon, then the Fairmont Chicago might be just what you're looking for this Valentine's Day.