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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.

The Author Series at The Hay-Adams Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Hay-Adams HotelSurrounded by the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, The Hay-Adams, a historic Washington, DC hotel, is just moments away from some of the most significant destinations and famous monuments in America.

Originally designed and built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, today this boutique hotel in downtown Washinngton, DC has the distinct presence of a private mansion where guests can retreat. 

As befitting its historic status, The Hay-Adams Author Series recreates a grand literary tradition established by John Hay and Henry Adams in the late 1800s. At the time, their homes were the center of Washington's intellectual and social gatherings, featuring such notable authors as Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Henry James. Reinvented in 2005, the event hosts distinguished authors to celebrate their work and share a drink, a meal, and conversation.The Hay-Adams Hotel

Authors that have been honored include David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, and Patricia O'Toole. 

The next event is planned for early 2016, so literary fans should plan their visit to DC accordingly.

 

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Saudi King Takes Over Four Seasons Georgetown


By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Washington
We've heard of celebrities and presidents renting out whole hotel floors before, but the king of Saudi Arabia just went one step further. King Salman bin Abdulaziz reportedly rented out the entire Four Seasons Washington in Georgetown. To make the king feel more at home, and true to the hotel chain's reputation for guest services, the hotel even redecorated with gilded furnishings and decor. The even rolled out (literally) the red carpet. 

 

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Indiana Jones and The Jefferson Washington DC


By: Five Star Alliance

The Jefferson Washington DC boasts a prime location in downtown DC. The luxury hotel has teamed up with its neighbor, the National Geographic Museum, to bring a special summer offer featuring Indiana Jones. Starting at $365, the Indy For All package includes:

- Overnight accommodations
- Two tickets to the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology exhibit at The National Geographic Museum
- Two of our signature Indiana Jones cocktails in Quill
- Indiana Jones-themed welcome amenity (one per room)

This offer is based upon availability, some blackout dates may apply. Must book 24 hours in advance.

The Jefferson Washington DC

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Washington, DC?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Madison HotelWe 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: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Washington, DC. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Loews Madison Hotel  

Experience a piece of history when you stay at Loews Madison Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown D.C., the hotel has been honored to host distinguished guests from JFK and George W. Bush to Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, and National Mall Monuments, Loews Madison Hotel is a refreshing destination for unforgettable family stays. Appointed with sophisticated European furnishings, the Washington, D.C. luxury hotel features a collection of rooms and suites with amenities fit for a president.

When visiting the nation's capital, there is no better place to stay than in the heart of downtown, within easy access of iconic attractions and landmarks. With Programs like Loews Loves Kids and Loews Loves Pets, Loews Madison is ready to make sure that if the family is along for the trip, the whole gang is sure to have a great time. And that includes your favorite four-legged friend.

Loews Madison Hotel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Madison Suite -Elegant but not over the top, the spacious suites are well-appointed, including custom bedding and plush linens. Suite includes: King Bed with custom bedding, Wi-Fi, Separate living area with sleeper sofa, oversized chair and dining table for 4, Exterior street views, Granite and marble bathroom with a shower and double vanity, Personal bar, 700 square feet, Occupancy: 4 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.
Connects to Premier King Premium King- Upgrade your stay in one of these spacious, high floor rooms, Room includes: 1 King Bed, Exterior views of 15th Street or M Street, Wi-Fi, High floor, Ergonomic work desk and chair, Seating area with stylish, oversized wingback chair and ottoman, 335–350 square feet, Occupancy: 3 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.

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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.
 


Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Room at The Hay-Adams Hotel?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Hay-Adams HotelWe 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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC. What rooms offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Hay-Adams Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President. Originally designed in the 1920s as a residential hotel, The Hay-Adams carefully emulates the ambiance of a distinguished private mansion on Lafayette Square. The 145-room hotel features 21 luxury suites with stunning views of Lafayette Park and the White House. All guest rooms exhibit the perfect combination of heritage, luxury, contemporary comfort and technology.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lafayette Park View Room - These rooms offer breathtaking views of Lafayette Park. These low-floor luxury hotel rooms offer a truly unique perspective of the capital city. Available with one king bed or two double beds.

White House View Room - With breathtaking views of the White House, these top-floor luxury hotel rooms offer a truly unique perspective of the capital city. Available with one king bed or two double beds. Select rooms feature French doors that open onto a private balcony.

Book your stay at The Hay-Adams Hotel >>

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.
 


Rural Society Opens at Loews Madison Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Madison Hotel
Mr Garces comes to Washington! Iron Chef Jose Garces has just opened Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, at the Loews Madison Hotel. Rural Society is the chef's first restaurant in the Nation's Capital. Chef Garces, in addition to being an Iron Chef, is a James Beard Award-winner. 

Rural Society takes its name from the historic La Sociedad Rural Argentina and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event that combines a livestock show, gaucho exhibition, and a social gathering. 

In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables are grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).


Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can savor handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar showcases South American and Argentine wines. A Chef's Tasting Menu and wine pairings are also available. 

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Late Night Spa Sessions at Four Seasons Washington DC


By: Five Star Alliance


Located in the heart of the hip and historic Georgetown neighbourhood, Four Seasons Washington DC offers unparalleled access to DC's inspiring monuments and historic sites as well as the eclectic charm of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries.
 
Now the luxury hotel has upped the romance quotient by offering late night spa treatments. The spa is nationally recognized as one of the top 100 spa hotels in the US by Conde Nast's 2012 reader poll. 


The Night Spa package includes:

-Two monogrammed bathrobes waiting in personalized lockers
-A bouquet of flowers: choice of 12 long-stem red roses (or the colour of your choice), a tall tropical mixed arrangement, a low lush mixed arrangement of seasonal blooms, or an arrangement of all tulips (in season)
-Two 80-minute massages
-Exclusive use of the Hotel's pool level between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am
-A personalized Michael Mina dining experience (incudes one bottle of house champagne or wine)Four Seasons Washington DC
 

The cost for this nocturnal pampering starts at $1,800 per couple. Add a one-night stay in a luxurious Premier Room for $500 or upgrade to a suite for an additional $300.

The Night Spa must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Prepayment and menu selection is required 24 hours prior to the experience and cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance.

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The DC Lime Rickey at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington


By: Five Star Alliance

The DC Lime RickeyCourtesy of Taste by Four Seasons, The Four Seasons Hotel Washington shares the recipe for The DC Lime Rickey.

The Rickey is the official cocktail of Washington, DC, created at Shoemaker's Bar for Colonel Joe Rickey. Originally done with bourbon, it quickly became popular with gin.

Ingredients:
1-½ oz (45 ml) Green Hat Gin from Washington, DC
3 oz (90 ml) Club Soda
½ lime, juiced
Lime wedge for garnish

Method:
1. Pour ingredients into a short glass over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

This recipe serves 1.

View more information about the Four Seasons Washington, and check rates and availability, here >>

 


Spotlight On: The Martha Jefferson Suite at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC


By: Five Star Alliance

A top to bottom renovation in 2009 transformed this 99-room Beaux Arts gem into Washington's best small luxury hotel. The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC is just blocks from the White House and within walking distance of museums, monuments and embassies, the dining and nightlife of Georgetown and Penn Quarter, the downtown business district, and Dupont Circle. Both European and distinctly Washingtonian in style, it is rich in historical details and Jeffersonian influences, including the Martha Jefferson Suite.

This top-floor suite (#812) at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC affords romance with city and skylight views accented by three Juliet balconies which open to allow an abundance of fresh air into the suite. Also known as the Bridal Suite, pale, Tiffany-inspired blue accents the suite's soft palette of creams and grays, which is carried throughout its living room (featuring a gas fireplace), intimate dining room for two or four, and bedroom with a canopied King bed.

The Martha Jefferson Suite's bathroom features a soaking tub for two and intricate mosaic tiling. An additional powder room is found in the suite and a second king bedroom can be connected to create a two-bedroom luxury accommodation.

The floorplan and layout is available here >>

Rates for September start at $800 per night. Check rates and availability now >>