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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.

Four Seasons Philadelphia Celebrates 25 Years of Discretion


By: K. Clare Johnson

Four Seasons PhiladelphiaIf you want top-secret luxury, stay at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the City of Brotherly Love's luxury property is known for keeping things discrete. Twenty-five years since Four Seasons Philadelphia first opened its doors, its reputation for guarding the privacy of its guests is unparalleled. Of course, they would never tell you that. But you can ask The Rolling Stones, Paris Hilton, the Dalai Lama, Dennis Rodman, Al Gore or Michael Jackson, all of whom have (allegedly) laid their celebrity heads on the hotel's down pillows.

Four Seasons Philadelphia is also known for hanging on to its staff. 31 of the current employees were there when the doors opened. Three of the chefs have been there since the first meal was served at the Fountain Restaurant. This may in part be due to the generous benefits package and perks employees enjoy, which includes no-cost stays at Four Season's properties worldwide, including the oh-so-desirable Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris. Now that's a real benefit.


RockResorts Announces: Tempo Miami and The Mansfield Inn at Stowe


By: Madelyn Giblin

RockResorts is proud to announce the imminent opening of its two new properties, Tempo Miami and The Mansfield Inn at Stowe.

RockResortsTempo Miami, a 67-story structure with 56 modern hotel rooms and 305 residences, offers breathtaking views of the Biscayne Bay from floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Tempo Miami offers its guests the finest in luxury with an 8,000 square foot RockResorts Spa, and enticing street side restaurant, Amuse. Guest suites offer a full view of the Bay and elite decoration for modern sophistication. Tempo Miami is sure to quickly rise to the top of everyone’s "must visit" list.

Also opening in time for the 2010/2011 ski season is The Mansfield Inn at Stowe, Vermont. The Mansfield Inn will offer the finest in ski resort accommodations, while maintaining that rustic air of a traditional ski resort. The Inn will include a 6,000 square foot RockResorts Spa, a three-course fine dining restaurant, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and hot tubs. Sure to charm its guests with its quaint traditional feel yet pamper guests with its elaborate luxury, The Mansfield Inn at Stowe is a ski vacation you won’t want to miss.


Nature on a Silver Platter at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat (where Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds Tied the Knot)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Clayoquot Wilderness ResortBack in 2005, we highlighted the luxury camping facilities at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort situated on Canada's Vancouver Island in the heart of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve in British Columbia. Here you get pampered while roughing it—the white canvas tents have Adirondack-style beds covered in down duvets, antique dressers, pressed-glass oil lamps, and remote-controlled propane fireplaces. But that's not all. The resort also has "a comprehensive recycling program, organic gardens, gravity-fed turbines that generate fuel-less electricity and hotel water, and a waste composting system," to quote the New York Times. The NYT recently hailed Clayoquot as "the ultimate glamping experience." Seems we're not the only ones smitten with this wilderness outpost. Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds got hitched there last weekend.


Fall Back in Time with Historic Hotels of America: The Peabody, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Waldorf-Astoria, and More!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peabody MemphisHere's a unique seasonal promotion to enjoy great destinations during their autumn best (with all the showy colors of fall foliage). Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, showcases 200 quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic architecture and ambience. Fifty of these hotels nationwide are participating in the "Fall Back in Time" promotion, so as we prepare to turn back the clocks, we can be sure to savor our spare hour in lavish surroundings. Take advantage of your extra hour by supping over candlelight, having a poker lesson, or reading complimentary cookbooks and coffee-table books. This package is available through November 30.

As an added bonus, participating hotels have also incorporated a special offering meant to commemorate the year in which they were built. For example, enjoy a fine bottle of wine with dinner for $18.88, take a long weekend and book a third room night for only $60, or sip martinis at their original 1928 price of only 20 cents.

Boars Head InnFall back in time and book a great getaway at these storied properties. Here are some examples: La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California (where you'll get a La Valencia history book and breakfast-in-bed), Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza (which offers a consultation with the hotel historian to develop a customized itinerary of historic Boston), New York's Waldorf-Astoria, The Peabody in Memphis (which provides a sumptuous dinner and coffee-table book), and Charlottesville's Boar's Head Inn, built from the timbers of an abandoned 1834 gristmill that survived orders to be burned by both Generals Grant and Custer during the Civil War.

Pictured: The Peabody Memphis (top right) and the Old Mill Room at the Boar's Head Inn (bottom right).


Update: Technical Difficulties for the Leading Hotels of the World 1928 Promotion


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hay-AdamsToday was the day. Savvy travelers tried to log on to the Leading Hotels of the World website to take advantage of the incredible $19.28 room rates to celebrate LHW's 80th anniversary. A reader brought it to our attention that the website was not available for the 80-minute interval when the celebratory rates were made available. LHW has issued an apology on its website, and promises another opportunity to participate in the promotion.

Due to the overwhelming number of consumers participating in this promotion, we have indeed experienced technical difficulties. Despite our efforts to carefully manage and prepare for this worldwide promotion, we were unable to meet the demand.Please accept our sincere apologies. You will be receiving another opportunity to participate in this offer shortly via the email you provided to register for this promotion. In the meantime, please rest assured that we will not be saving your email address in our database for any future solicitations.


Celebrate the Holidays with Keswick Hall at Monticello


By: Betsy LeTourneau

As a thank you to their valued friends and past guests, Keswick Hall at Monticello invites you back to Celebrate the Holidays this holiday season. Their unique offers during this special time of year will suit either the office retreat or a family and friends celebration. For Holiday Parties of 100 or more, Keswick Hall at Monticello will extend complimentary accommodations to you or your preferred guest (date of accommodations to coincide with the private event). Keswick Hall

Complimentary private event space and parking will be provided. For the Office Appreciation Retreat, a complimentary room will be given for every 10 group room reservations per night of the retreat. Rates start at $195 per room per night and are available for Sunday to Thursday from November 1 to December 29, 2008. Offer excludes Friday and Saturday night stays and all taxes and service charges. Accommodations will include a luxurious signature room, Keswick Hall at Monticello choice of seasonal welcome amenity, one complimentary upgrade for the VIP in your group, complimentary high speed internet access in guest rooms, USA Today daily delivery, flat screen TV and DVD with access to the DVD collection, complimentary Business Desk usage and complimentary parking. An impressive mansion is a beautiful setting located near Monticello, Keswick Hall at Monticello is the place to celebrate the holidays this year.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests at Keswick Hall at Monticello will receive a welcome seasonal beverage on arrival, fruit in the room and homemade shortbread cookies.


News from Whistler: The New Peak 2 Peak Gondola Connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau WhistlerSkiers, rejoice. North America's number 1 ski resort, the epic Whistler Blackcomb, has just gotten even better. It has the biggest vertical rise in North America, the most terrain, and come December, Whistler will boast the new Peak 2 Peak gondola connecting both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Lucky skiers can save time, and experience unbelievable views from the "highest distance in the world above a valley floor," by traveling between British Columbia's two mighty peaks. The 2.73-mile ride takes 11 minutes, and travels the world's longest unsupported span.

Via NYT Travel


Fly Out to Sea on Italy’s Lake Como with The Carlton Baglioni Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

Milan's Carlton Baglioni Hotel is offering an unusual package from now through the end of the year. Carlton Baglioni Hotel The hotel will drive you to Lake Como (about 40 km), where you can visit the tiny lakeside town that George Clooney has made famous. Once there, you'll enjoy an exciting trip by seaplane or by helicopter to discover the secrets of the beautiful islands near Como. After your aerial adventure, you'll be given lunch in an Italian restaurant with a panoramic view of the lake. The rest of the package includes:

* 2 nights accommodation in Deluxe Room or Junior Suite

* Welcome drink for 2 people, bottle of Champagne, and fruit basket in the room upon arrival

* 3 course dinner at il Baretto al Baglioni (wine excluded)

* Intensive Body Therapy the ultimate body sublimation from head to toe with Guerlain's specialty mask and skincare concentrate massage. Coupled with an invigorating Vichy shower body polish, this therapy promises to leave your skin feeling toned, soft, and replenished.


Thanksgiving with a Caribbean Twist: Book an Island Escape at Biras Creek Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Biras Creek ResortLeave the in-laws at home and jet to the Caribbean for Thanksgiving. Biras Creek will be serving up an indulgent Thanksgiving feast of homemade apple mash potatoes with a cranberry-orange sauce, wild mushroom salad, and two-day marinated turkey filled with a homemade stuffing featuring spices, apples, celery and raisins. Don't care for the traditional stuff? You can eat your heart out with a non-traditional meal as well, and skip the homemade pumpkin pie. At Biras Creek, you can enjoy all this with a side of Caribbean sun and sand. The 31-suite resort offers swimming, snorkeling, tennis, boating and white sandy beaches galore...


The Penthouse at The London NYC: 180 Degree Views from the Highest Suite in Manhattan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The London NYCThe London NYC, touted as "an amalgam of both its namesake cities," where glamour is "livable," has created quite the stir since its opening. Folks flock to this worldly urban hideaway for a taste of Gordon Ramsay's talked-about cuisine, as The London NYC marks the American debut of the Michelin-starred British chef. The London NYC club is a luxurious fitness concept, and the hotel has partnered with Quintessentially, the exclusive concierge service, to ensure that all guests get the star treatment. For the pinnacle of luxury in Manhattan, both literally and figuratively, A-listers choose the London Penthouse, the 2,500-square-foot pad that soars over the city and offers 180 degrees of the city from bay windows on three sides, so you can gape at Central Park, the Hudson River, and sparkling Manhattan skyline. (The best perch is from the rotating daybed located in one of the bay windows.) As pointed out by our friends over at Luxist, this is also the highest suite in the city, located on the hotel's 53rd and 54th floors. The amenities-- private dining by Chef Ramsay's team, well-stocked bar, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs-- are just as spectacular as the views. The price tag? $15,000 a night.