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The 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.


Set along the banks of the Potomac River, The Watergate Hotel is an urban retreat in Washington, D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The iconic and historically significant property just completed a $200 million renovation, which elevated the style and upscale amenities at the luxury hotel. Combining mid-century modern architecture with new dining options including the Kingbird with contemporary styling, the rooftop bar and lounge, and the Argentta Spa with the hotel's original indoor pool, the stylish property offers an ideal location for visiting the Kennedy Center, museums, and D.C. attractions. Continue reading below the photo of the hotel's Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite at The Watergate Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 hotel credit during their stay. 

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Dogs are part of the family too, so why not include them on your next vacation? We've pulled together a list of some of our favorite dog-friendly luxury hotels offering special amenities to help furry friends feel right at home. Just a friendly reminder, please be sure to check hotel policies for breed or weight restrictions, along with any travel restrictions for crossing country borders with pets. 

1. The Jefferson Washington D.C.

Monti of The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.

The Jefferson Washington D.C. greets guests with its Resident Canine Office, Lord Monticello, a.k.a. Monti. He's a rescue dog welcoming all guests to the property. To help dogs feel right at home, the hotel offers pet beds, bowls, and walking maps. 

Learn more about The Jefferson Washington D.C.

2. Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Heavenly Dog Bed at Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Perhaps you'd like to adopt a dog as a souvenir from your trip? The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa participates in a Dog Samaritan Adoption Program, allowing guests to mingle with dogs seeking furever homes. For guests traveling with their own pets, there's an outdoor dining area with a "Patio Pooch" menu, plus Westin Heavenly Pet Beds. 

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3. One&Only Palmilla

Dog at One&Only Palmilla

Set along one of Baja's only swimmable beaches, the One&Only Palmilla welcomes dogs with a "Dog Passport", gourmet pet dining menus, beds, and dog-friendly poolside cabanas. Featuring a fusion of old and contemporary Mexican styling, there are kids and teens programs, five gourmet restaurants, 24-hour shared butler service, seasonal whale watching, water sports, and an artist in residence, providing comforts for all members of the family.

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4. The Chesterfield Mayfair

Dogs at The Chesterfield Mayfair

Set in one of London's most prestigious neighborhoods, The Chesterfield Mayfair offers the Very Important Pet Program, which welcomes dogs with beds in various sizes, food and water bowls, goodie bags with toys & treats, and turndown amenities, plus dog sitting and walking services with advance notice. 

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5. The Rubens At The Palace

Pets at The Rubens At The Palace

Overlooking the Royal Mews, The Rubens At The Palace offers an ideal London location with Old World styling mixing with the latest modern amenities. The property also provides a luxurious setting for pets, with a welcome hamper filled with toys and treats, custom Rubens Hotel pet beds, food and water bowls along with pet menus, turndown treats, and a special "Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping" card for the door. At check-out, pets receive a certificate of stay, and the hotel can arrange a variety of services including grooming, taxis, litter boxes, dog and cat first aid kits, veterinary services and more. 

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Overlooking the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor mixes the energy of Las Vegas with the history of the area. Set in the rolling hills and woodlands just outside of the U.S. capital city, the property is the first luxury gaming resort in the region, as well as a fully integrated entertainment and resort complex within the major metropolitan area. Continue reading below the photo by Stephen Wilkes.
Exterior view of MGM National Harbor by Stephen Wilkes
The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor property offers an expansive list of amenities, restaurants, and enertainment options. There are 15 dining concepts, including exclusive offerings by chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, Marcus Samuelsson, and Jose Andres. Clique Hospitality introduced two new nightlife concepts, including the area's first tableside mixology program. The resort's curated art program includes 70 works of art throughout the property, including a sculpted iron archway designed by Bob Dylan, and there is an upscale retail district with a variety of shops including the first standalone boutique of SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. 
For gaming, the property has a 125,000-square-foot casino with more than 3,300 slot machines, luxury high-limit gaming room, Macau-style Baccarat tables, and first-to-market gaming products. The Theater at MGM National Harbor is a 3,000-seat venue offering an intimate setting for A-list performers, including Sting, Cher, Bruno Mars, Duran Duran, and Lionel Richie. The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor will feature seasonal floral exhibits, and there is a 27,000-square-foot Spa & Salon with an array of treatments and wellness programs. Plus, the resort's 24-story boutique hotel has 308 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring panoramic views of the surrounding area. 

Planning a trip to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration? We've pulled together a list of luxury hotels with availability* for Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017 and surrounding dates. As a point of reference, the ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon. The parade will follow at approximately 2:30 p.m., with public viewing areas typically opening at 6:30 a.m. 

Recently refreshed guest rooms at The Mandarin Oriental Washington are available for January 18-22 or January 17-21, with rates starting at $1095.*
Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

Suites are available for $1399* per night at The Dupont Circle Hotel, arriving on the 18th and departing on the 20th. 
The Dupont Circle Hotel

In addition, at the time this article was created, there was availability at the following hotels:

Fairmont Washington D.C. - situated in the West End, about 8 blocks from the White House.
Exterior view of the Fairmont Washington D.C.

Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. - set in Penn Quarter close to the Convention Center and Verizon Center.
Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.

Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. - located one block from Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, and the Phillips Gallery.
Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington D.C. - four blocks from the White House, and a member of Historic Hotels of America.
The Mayflower Washington D.C.

Check out our Best Inauguration Hotels List >>

*Pricing and availability subject to change prior to the completion of a hotel reservation with confirmation number.

For panoramic views of the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, The Hay-Adams Hotel is the perfect destination. Originally built in 1928 as a residential hotel, this historical boutique property has a walnut paneled lobby, ornate plaster moldings, and Italian Renaissance-style architecture. Throughout the years, the hotel has hosted its share of celebrities including the Obama family, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and more. Guest rooms and suites feature luxurious amenities, unparalleled views of the White House and Washington Monument, plus a centralized location for sightseeing or business. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the Hay-Adams Hotel

The hotel's location and rooftop terrace, Top of the Hay, make it a popular destination for hosting events, including the Author Series, where attendees get up-close-experiences with prominent international authors.

But, perhaps one of the hotel's most well-known spots is located in the downstairs of the building. The Off the Record Bar is a favorite place for guests and politicos to grab a drink. Selected by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars”, the bar features a bespoke atmosphere with caricatures of Washington's political elite, both past and present. Red velvet tufted booths provide a vintage-inspired atmosphere to relax, while enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine, or small plate and the setting is the ideal place to be seen, but not heard.

Off The Record Bar at the Hay-Adams Hotel

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Exterior of the Hay-Adams Hotel

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The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel

Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo. 

Trump International Washington D.C.

The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces.

The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image.

Trump International Washington D.C.

There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue.

The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom.

Trump International Washington D.C.

Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms.

Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details.

The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago.

Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public areas, including the Congressional Bells Museum and BLT Prime by David Burke. A standout lighting feature includes an integrated custom bar detail that illuminates restored post offices boxes as a backdrop in Benjamin Bar & Lounge, highlighting the building's history.

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Congratulations to the Plume Restaurant at The Jefferson Washington, D.C. 

The Michelin Guide unveiled its first D.C. rankings on Thursday, and 12 restaurants were awarded stars, including Plume! Continue reading below the photo.

The Plume Restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel Washington, D.C.

Set within The Jefferson, the Plume pays homage to the hotel's namesake, President Thomas Jefferson. The award-winning restaurant offers a discreet and elegant setting, with cozy nooks, and an inviting fireplace. There's a seasonal menu, inspired by the harvests from Thomas Jefferson's kitchen gardens at Monticello, featuring classic dishes crafted using traditional techniques and fine ingredients, plus a wine selection geared toward oenophiles. Guests can make wine selections from a real-time, online wine list with 1,300 labels, including rare vintages from around the globe, and one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world. 

The Jefferson Washington, D.C. is a stately luxury boutique hotel set within a Beaux Arts building. Combining European and Washingtonian style, the high end property features historical details and Jeffersonian-inspired details. There's an extensive art and historic document collection with pieces displayed throughout the hotel, Clefs d'Or Concierges, 24-hour butler service, The Petite Spa at The Jefferson, and a private book room with a fireplace for guests. 

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Guest room at The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.
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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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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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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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