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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.

Teddy Bear Tea at Rittenhouse Hotel

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rittenhouse Hotel Teddy Bear Tea


Gather up your kids for a special kid-friendly tea-time at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel.

From November 29th through December 31st 2013, children can enjoy a real-life tea party with their teddy bear friends at The Rittenhouse daily. With a child friendly menu and a complimentary Rittenhouse Teddy Bear, you will be sure to leave with a smile and a memory. Children's seating is at 11:30 am with Story time at 12:30 pm. Teddy Bear Tea is being offered at $60 for adults and $30 for kids. Advance reservations are required. 

The Tea Room bears the name of renowned painter Mary Cassatt, whose brother once lived in the mansion that is now the Rittenhouse Hotel. Amidst the rush of urban life, Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room offers an intimate daily escape and the continuance of an age-old tradition. The tea selection spans the world, from tisanes of local herbs and flowers to grand black and green teas of Asia. As accompaniment, Executive Chef Jon Cichon at Lacroix has crafted a selection of delightfully inspired and perfectly delicate sweets and savories with a view to seasonal ingredients and pairings with the wonderful teas.

 

Nightly rates at Rittenhouse Hotel from November 29th-December 31st start at $349>>

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Like Drinks and Books? The Rittenhouse Has a Spot for You

June 13, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Rittenhouse HotelOne of the great pleasures of life is curling up with a good book and even better drink. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has a full report on Philadelphia's newest literary spot, the Rittenhouse Hotel's library bar. 

The Library Bar, named for its intimate design and carefully curated collection of books and fine art, is just off the lobby and newly built as part of $10 million revitalization at the hotel. The 20-seat bar is open nightly for small bites and cocktail service. The drink menu features choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers that blend rare ingredients with innovative technique for a refined approach to the classics.With mixologist Pablo “Papi” Hurtado at the helm, the contemporary cocktails offer a sense of intrigue of which highlights include the Perfect Square, a different take on the ‘Manhattan’ where the secret is a house-made Old Fashioned Bitters; and The RH, the Library Bar signature cocktail that revisits the look of the Whiskey Sour with a special preparation of “manna,” Papi’s special addition that establishes a distinctive consistency and light sweetness; dressed up with house-made dried figs. The Library Bar also offers guests an assortment of locally crafted beer, regional wines and fine spirits, including single malt and blended whiskies, rum, tequila, madeira, port, sherry, brandy, grappa and cognac, as well as vodka and gin. A selection of coffee and infused tea is also available for guests.

Learn more about the Library Bar

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Calling All Beer Lovers to the Four Seasons Philadelphia

January 30, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

There’s nothing better than a cold beer after a stressful day at work, and adding travel on top of work can only lead to needing the finest beer and certainly more than one!

The Four Seasons Philadelphia certainly caught our eye as a beer lovers hot spot! It recently teamed up with Dock Street Brewing Co, a local brewery for a limited celebration of all four seasons. Witty, right? The Swann Lounge has a beautiful fire place that’s perfect for setting a relaxing environment where folks can unwind with a few beers. The four seasons beers have not yet been announced, but the line will begin with a spring brew. The Four Seasons Philadelphia will host a special event to launch its summer beer, which will perfectly coincide with the hotel’s 30th anniversary and go during beer week, June 3rd – 7th.

Be sure to explore the Four Seasons Philadelphia here >>

 

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New Hotel Openings: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

October 8, 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 newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia had originally set its opening date to be October 15, 2012, but the hotel finished up ahead of time and took in its first guests last week! The first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell, the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is in the most historic square located in the Old City. Its Stratus Rooftop Bar and Lounge will be open year round, and the location of this hotel is not only historic but central to the restaurants, bars, and nightlife of Philly.

Explore the Hotel Monaco and the 10 other luxury hotels in Philadelphia here >>

Photo of the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia


Pumpkins, Spice, and Everything Nice: Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Philadelphia

November 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Philadelphia, Pumpkin CelebrationNot content with just one day of Thanksgiving-style feasting, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is rolling out a 12-Day Pumpkin Celebration this year. Starting on November 18, 2011, pumpkin fanatics will be able to get their hands on all kinds of gourd-flavored treats (like spiced pumpkin cream cheese muffins). It's even possible to start your day with Long Island cheese pumpkin pancakes with bourbon maple syrup for breakfast, and then complete your lunch-- full of fall-themed dishes-- with a pumpkin flan. Come 5 o'clock, a bevy of pumpkin cocktails await you at the bar at Swann Lounge. Teetotalers, never fear. You can get your drink on with the Johnny Pumpkinseed, a non-alcoholic beverage that contains apple cider and sparking cider with pumpkin spiced syrup.

 


Kimpton to Transform Philly's Historic Lafayette Building into 4-Star Hotel

September 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lafayette Building, PhiladelphiaBig hotel news out of Philadelphia: Kimpton Hotels is taking over the historic Lafayette Building and transforming it into a four-star Hotel Monaco, one of only two city hotels to open next year, and the first new hotel in the Society Hill/Old City area in a decade. Major Nutter was on site for the recent groundbreaking ceremony- to applaud the project's jolt to the local economy (the new hotel will create 400 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs). Overlooking Independence Mall at Fifth and Chestnut Streets, the hotel is located in "the most historic square mile in the country." Expect brightly colored spaces, and a hefty dose of signature Kimpton whimsy. The 268-room Hotel Monaco will be joining the Hotel Palomar-- located at 17th and Sansom Streets-- as Kimpton's second property in the City of Brotherly Love.

Image via The Philadephia Inquirer