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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 Reindeer are Coming Back to Play at Trump International Chicago

November 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rudolph at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, ChicagoLast year Chicago got a kick out of the live reindeer imported to the Trump International Hotel & Tower to play on the River Walk. Now that's our kind of holiday party! We hear that the luxury hotel is at it again this year, organizing a special celebratory family event on Saturday, November 19 with two reindeer, holiday music, lots of good food, and a viewing of Chicago's annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival fireworks show. Straight from the horse's reindeer's mouth: "Rudolph has informed us of his master plan to escape the North Pole and join us for the magical Festival of Lights. Rudolph will be staying at Trump International Hotel & Tower with a few of his friends and is eager to meet you."

Book "Rudolph's Great Escape," starting from $465 per night, and enjoy accommodations in a Deluxe King Guestroom; assorted cookies and milk at turndown; a vintage Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer DVD; complimentary meals for children under 10 years-old from the in-room dining children's menu (only when accompanied with an adult entree); photos with the reindeer; and a plush stuffed reindoor toy.


Pampered Pooches: Luxury Pet Products from Puppy de Paris

June 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Puppy de Paris, luxury pet goodsFrom opulent pet hotels to pet-dedicated airlines and pampering day spas, we often report on the trends in luxury pet travel. Folks sure love spoiling their four-legged friends! Now Luxury Insider has spilled the beans about a new luxury line for canines, and it's positively swanky. We're talking a doghouse inspired by the regal facades of the Place Vendome in Paris. Here's the skinny about the doghouse from Puppy de Paris:

Ex-fine jeweler Karin Fainas’ "Appartement de Place Vendome" features gilded doors crafted from a House founded in 1885, with an archive of fancy doorknobs and elaborate closures that stretch back to the epoch of Louis XIV. Other French artisans are in charge of the kennel’s plush upholstery, stretching and folding the canine couches' fabric coverings just so. Other offerings in the line include "Le Canape Place de la Madeleine," a velvet bed hand painted with scenes from Parisian bakeries and fitted with lion's paw feet in hand-cast silver, and a baroque doggy bowl in gold-dipped bronze. Such extravagances come with a hefty price tag: about US$14,000 for the dog bowl to about $21,000 for the Haussmannian master apartment house. Chew on that!

Posted in: Paris, Travel with Pets

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

June 3, 2011
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!)"


Special Rates with Added Amenities at The Surrey New York

March 31, 2011
By: Guest Writer

The Surrey, New YorkBedside cocktails, cuisine by acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud, and a wow-worthy rooftop garden are enough reason to head to The Surrey Hotel in Manhattan's Upper East Side. An exceptional guest experience is assured at the hotel that once hosted JFK, as The Surrey, recreated by interior designer Lauren Rottet, has just about everything the modern traveler could dream of. (Yes, even pooches are pampered here with Lauren Rottet-designed pet beds and Pratesi pet robes.) Hot rates: If you book with Five Star Alliance and choose "Five Star Alliance" rates, you'll get a discount on your room plus loads of freebies: in-room Continental breakfast for two, 20% off spa services (not available on mani-pedis), a welcome amenity from the General Manager, and an upgrade based on availability.

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Stay in Bed at the Hotel Marlowe, A Kimpton Hotel in Cambridge, MA

March 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MAAs if you needed a reason to let yourself sleep in... Hotel Marlowe, the popular luxury boutique hotel located on the Charles River overlooking Boston, has a sweet offer called "Stay in Bed" that includes breakfast in bed, complimentary parking, and late check-out. True to form, this Kimpton hotel offers a slew of tantalizing amenities-- including complimentary morning coffee, a hosted evening wine hour, and pet-friendly services. (If he's stayed at the Hotel Marlowe five times as a VIP-- Very Important Pet-- Fido gets a lunch box full of yummy free treats.) Just minutes from Harvard Square and the MIT campus, the four diamond hotel has 236 guest rooms designed with a subtle nautical theme. Each room comes with a LCD flat screen TV, iHome, coffee maker, luxurious bed linens and down comforter, and spa-inspired Etro bath amenities.

PS. The Hotel Marlowe has another enticing package called "Stay, Save & Enjoy" where you get to choose between breakfast for $1 more or 20% off your room plus cocktails.


Sponsored Article: Eventi Hotel Makes a Splash in New York

December 22, 2010
By: Five Star Alliance

Eventi HotelHave you heard about the latest Kimpton hotel to hit Manhattan? Eventi is a hip and exciting new addition to the New York hotel scene. Kimpton is known for its distinctive boutique hotels that are full of personality and lots of thoughtful amenities. Think pet concierge services and hosted evening wine receptions. Eventi is no exception. Located in Chelsea, Eventi offers a slew of exciting perks for guests, like the fully-equipped fitness center with city views, an exceptional eco-friendly spa, complimentary morning coffee/tea bar and free overnight shoeshine. Kimpton InTouch guest loyalty members get free Internet access and personalized room preferences.

Eventi HotelWithin easy walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and the Empire State Building, Eventi allows guests to live luxuriously- without breaking the bank. Advance purchase rates can be found on Five Star Alliance for just $218, a steal in New York.

Eventi also offers a unique "street food" experience at FoodParc in the plaza, where restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow showcases a series of gourmet stands and stalls, each a culinary destination on its own. From a special blended burger (No. 7 Hanger Blend) with gourmet bacon to creative dim sum, you'll find an array of flavorful treats from some of NYC's culinary masters.

Eventi HotelHere's what to expect inside the 292 guest rooms: floor to ceiling windows, custom-made Frette linens, original artwork, marble baths, a fully-stocked gourmet honor bar with organic selections, Etro spa-inspired bath amenities, iHome Stereo System with alarm clock and LCD flat-screen TV with cable access, including HBO and premium on-demand movies.

All this- combined with matchless service- makes Eventi the place to stay in Manhattan.


Suite Escape: Book 2 Nights at St. Regis Hotels and Get the 2nd Night for $4

October 28, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach ResortSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts have just unveiled a special offer worth booking ASAP. To celebrate their expanding portfolio-- and the November debut of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico*-- the brand has rolled out the "Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates" offer. Book a suite for at least two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis hotels around the globe, and you'll get the second night's stay for only $4, the price of a suite at the brand's flagship, The St. Regis New York, when it originally opened in 1904.

*The new resort in Puerto Rico marks the brand's first foray into the Caribbean market. The resort will be home to the Caribbean's first and only Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary.


Luxury Pet Resorts: Swarovski-Crystal Collars, Facials and Flat-Screens at Spa Paws Hotel

September 16, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Spa Paws HotelHave you heard about the $4.4 million pet resort in Fort Worth, Texas? No joke. Spa Paws Hotel is set to open later this month, according to The Wall Street Journal, equipped with "custom upholstered beds, chenille and satin blankets, 18-inch flat-screen TVs— and a dog treat on the pillow." That's not all. Dogs and cats will be positively pampered with facials and turn-down service. There will even be Swarovski-crystal collars for sale in the boutique. Owner Janice Ford Grimes, whose four cats are rumored to drink Evian, aims to create a resort that even humans would enjoy. Price tag? $200 a night. More deets below:

The event hall at the Spa Paws Hotel.. will play host to pet weddings and birthday parties, and guests can sit for a portrait by a professional photographer. The 20,000-square-foot complex will be anchored by a wellness center, where pets can heal their bodies and minds via Eastern medicine. The best suites will overlook an atrium, where robotic squirrels will be the floor show.

Image via TrendHunter


Pets on the Payroll: Luxury Hotels with Animals-in-Residence

September 8, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Charlie at the Hotel Monaco AlexandriaBack in July we reported on the canine ambassadors at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, a beloved service for pet-deprived guests seeking canine companionship. In fact, pet amenities are all the rage these days-- whether it be the pet turn-down service at Jumeirah Essex House to the Doggie Happy Hour at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria. Conde Nast Traveler recently published a piece on "Pet-Friendly Hotels with Pets on Staff" (August 2010) with a fun online slide-show illustrating these "pets on the payroll." There's Chance, the Chocolate Labrador at Montana's Resort at Paws Up who "gets his snout into a little bit of everything"- including quail hunts. Matilda is the Ragdoll Cat at The Algonquin Hotel in New York whose "annual birthday party is the kitty equivalent of Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, and usually benefits one of Matilda's favorite animal rescue charities." And then there's Thelma & Louise, the two flamingo-like birds who hang out in the lobby at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in California. For the full slide-show, click here.

Pictured: Charlie, the Monaco Alexandria's Director of Pet Relations.


Travel with Pets: Lufthansa’s VIP Animal Lounge at Frankfurt

July 29, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lufthansa VIP Animal Lounge in FrankfurtTraveling across the continents with your pet? Fly with Lufthansa, and Fido will be privy to some VIP pampering at the "Animal Lounge" in the Frankfurt Airport. The airline recently opened a specialized animal station for pets during transit, billed as the "world's most modern animal airport facility." Spanning 4,000 square meters, the dedicated space offers care, handling, feeding, and shelter facilities as well as veterinary care. "The name 'Animal Lounge' is very appropriate for the new animal station because just like in an airport lounge for passengers, the animals can relax and rest there before and after transport," said Axel Heitmann, director, Competence Centre Animals of Lufthansa Cargo. Some 14,000 household pets and 1,500 horses and wild animals pass through the Animal Lounge annually (ranging from polar bears to tropical fish), and Lufthansa promises that these animal "passengers" are ensured "the ultimate comfort."