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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.

Trump Could Transform Washington's Old Post Office Pavilion into a Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Old Post Office in Washington DCThe Old Post Office has gone through some hard times. Identified as "under-utilized" by the government, the iconic building-- listed on the National Register of Historic Places-- will be redeveloped and given a second lease on life. The Washington Post reports that the General Services Administration has begun soliciting proposals, and none other than Trump has leapt to the rescue.

"Trump Hotel Collection, the luxury lodging brand that bears the name of the New York real estate magnate, has proposed transforming the historic Old Post Office Pavilion into a nearly 300-room luxury hotel complete with conference meeting space, a spa and museum."

No doubt the D.C. property would be as swank as sister properties in Chicago, New York, Vegas, Waikiki, and Panama, where the new sail-shaped Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Latin America. Possible competition for Trump for this prime piece of D.C. real estate? Park Hyatt...


Free Stuff at Washington's Fairfax at Embassy Row


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fairfax at Embassy RowThe Fairfax at Embassy Row-- the AAA Four Diamond hotel nestled among the mansions of Massachusetts Avenue near Washington's Dupont Circle-- is handing out the freebies this summer! Book the "Spring into Summer" package, available through September 5, 2011, and you'll get a $50 food and beverage credit, free overnight parking and Internet access along with your luxury accommodations. Recently renovated, the rooms resemble private retreats and come with pillow top beds wrapped with 300 thread count Fili D'oro linens. While you're blissing out in a Luxury Collection hotel, make sure to hit up the Jockey Club, the hotel's storied restaurant. This special offer is available for arrivals all days of the week, now through September 5, 2011. Subject to availability, and blackout dates may apply.

Booking tips: Arrive at The Fairfax on any Thursday-Sunday in July for the best rates.


Macaron Making Classes at Alain Ducasse's Adour Restaurant in DC


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Macarons at Adour Restaurant, St. Regis Washington DC

One taste of the macarons from Adour, Alain Ducasse's restaurant at the St. Regis Washington D.C., and you were hooked. Last year the eatery launched Macarons-à-Porter so pastry lovers could indulge their sweet tooth with take-out, too. Flavors like coconut/chocolate, coffee/walnut, raspberry, rosewater... Nibbling on these sweet bite-sized treats is like taking a bite out of Paris- while strolling around DC. Now here's your chance to learn how to make them yourself! Pastry Chef Fabrice Bendano is holding an Adour Pastry Class on Sunday from 11:30 am- 1 pm. You're guaranteed to learn the tricks of the trade whipping up sweets like macarons, summer sorbets and classic French desserts. Priced at $75. Call 202-509-8000 to reserve your spot!


Events in DC: Angry Birds Tournament at Renaissance Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Reniassance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Crystal CityCalling all "fantasy freaks and gaming geeks!" (And those who just love to play "Angry Birds" on their iPhones...) A new luxury hotel outside Washington D.C. is hosting a multi-day "Angry Birds" tournament. "If you thought Angry Birds was a game that one only plays alone while killing time on the Metro, think again," says ARLnow in describing the full-fledged tournament which will take place every Thursday from July 14- August 25 at the brand new Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Crystal City.

The tournament will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at SOCCi, the hotel’s modern Italian restaurant and bar. Players will compete for prizes including hotel stays, free dinners and an iPad. The tournament will also feature its own menu of signature cocktails, with names like “Mighty Eagle,” the “Rio” and the “Golden Egg.” Registration for the tournament is free, but players must be at least 21 years of age.

Not far from Reagan National Airport, the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel is getting praise for its luminous, "designed-to-be Silver LEED-certified" architectural design.

Psst. The hotel invites guests to explore the nation's capital on two wheels with its complimentary bike program. (Stop by the front desk and they'll give you a "bicycle adventure card.")


Paws at the Park: Dog-Friendly Happy Hour at Park Hyatt Washington DC


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Washington DCHappy hour is going to the dogs. Literally. The Park Hyatt Washington DC-- the sleek hotel between Dupont Circle and Georgetown that was stylishly remodeled by designer Tony Chi-- is hosting "Paws at the Park"- a series of dog-friendly happy hours kicking off on June 8, 2011. While you cool off with a refreshing libation, Fido can mingle and make new friends at the monthly happy hour that's open to the public. Cost is $12 which includes two drink tickets for beer/wine and ample dog treats, and proceeds benefit Washington Animal Rescue League. Yelp tips us off that there will be "adoptable and adorable dogs from the Washington Animal Rescue League... for attendees to interact with (and quite possibly take home!)"


Suite Deal: 3rd Night Free at Fairmont Washington D.C.


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Washington DCHurry! You still have a few more days to take advantage of a suite deal in the nation's capital. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.-- home to a fitness center, indoor pool and tranquil courtyard garden-- is giving guests a 3rd night on the house when they book any suite before April 30, 2011. They'll even provide a big breakfast for two to start your day off right. While in town, check out the museums, galleries, monuments, and fine shopping that attract millions of visitors each year to D.C. Rates from $399 per night. Suites at this four-diamond hotel are plush pied à terres decked out with original artwork and all kinds of luxurious amenities.

Related Article: Fete the Cherry Blossom Festival with a Stay at the Fairmont Washington D.C.


High Heel Appeal: Foot Massages and More at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel Washington DCAbout to keel over after a long day on your feet? The Four Seasons Washington DC has got the cure. Situated on Pennsylvania Avenue in Georgetown, the luxury hotel is inviting ladies to "kick off their Loubies" (to quote JustLuxe) and unwind with a 25-minute foot massage followed by some down-time in the lounge at Bourbon Steak with a glass of bubbly and a "Manolo" cookie. The "High Heel Appeal" package is priced at $75 and is available Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. through June 20. We say this package has Mother's Day written all over it. Though gaggles of girlfriends will get a kick out of it, too.


Hotel Monaco Alexandria Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Civil War


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Monaco AlexandriaCalling all history buffs. The Hotel Monaco Alexandria- an amenity-rich boutique hotel located in historic Old Town- is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with some special packages so that guests can explore the region's rich past. The hotel itself is a landmark in Civil War history; it's where the first Union soldier, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, was killed on May 24, 1861 after a fight with the secessionist innkeeper. Here's the skinny: Book the "Civil War Blue & Gray Package," priced from $150 per night, and you'll get Alexandria's "Key to the City" Pass featuring discounts on historic sites throughout the city. Or hop on one of the hotel's free bikes to explore the newly-opened Alexandria Civil War Defenses of Washington Bike Trail, which includes major stops at Fort Ward, Fort Worth, Fort Ellsworth and Alexandria National Cemetery. The hotel will throw in maps and healthy snacks if you book the "Civil War Bike Tour Package." You can also get spooked on a nighttime tour of Alexandria's historic district, following an 18th century costumed guide who'll tell ghost stories by lantern light. All packages are based on availability through 2011.