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.

Winter White Out: Discounts at Boston's XV Beacon Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fifteen BeaconWhen snowfall covers Boston, we can't think of a better place to warm up than XV Beacon- the stylish hotel perched at the crest of Beacon Hill. Housed in a landmark, turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building, XV Beacon pampers guests all year round- but the winter season is extra special. Cozy up in front of the hotel's fireplace with a hot toddy (or cider), and embrace Boston's festive season with some shopping on the lamp-lit streets and cobblestone alleys. Bostonians know how to enjoy the colder weather! Splash out with a feast at one of the city's renowned restaurants, attend a show, go skating on the Frog Pond, and discover the beauty of traditional New England holidays. As an added enticement, XV Beacon is offering a "Winter White Out" deal with discounts on room rates, plus a food credit of $40 to be used at the hotel's excellent Mooo restaurant (or room service). Stay two nights and receive 15% off per night; stay three nights or more, and receive 20% off per night. Bookable now for stays starting December 1, 2011 through March 19, 2012. Rates starting from $295. Package based on availability and blackout dates may apply.

Sponsored Article: Winter Wonderland in Canada with Fairmont Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Skiing in Whistler, Fairmont HotelsLet it snow! November means it’s time to take advantage of some early-season ski deals so you can hit the powder fast. Without a doubt, the best place to embrace the winter is our neighbor to the north. Canada’s pristine wilderness is home to the number one ski resort in North America (Whistler), and Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a storybook winter setting in the Canadian Rockies. Here, the wide-open wilderness makes for some epic skiing on what feels like your very own private pistes.

Fairmont offers three legendary resorts where skiers and non-skiers alike revel in luxury while soaking up the surrounding natural beauty. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, the Fairmont Banff Springs resort is located in the heart of the park with three pristine ski resorts at your doorstep. With the “Couples Holiday Getaway,” you get a third night for free when you stay for the festive Christmas season between December 17th and December 30th, 2011. Another hot offer: With “Extend Your Stay,” you’ll get discounts until February 10, 2012. Stay two nights and save 25% off each night when you stay two nights; 30% off each night when you stay three nights; 35% off each night when you stay four or more nights.

Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseAlso located in Banff National Park, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the ultimate winter playground. Oft described as Canada’s most scenic ski resort, the Lake Louise Ski Resort has 139 marked ski runs and back bowls on four mountain faces. Beyond skiing, the snow adventures are endless-- from dog sledding the Great Divide to horse-drawn sleigh rides through the glacial shadows. Take advantage of the resort’s “Ski & Play for Free” and you’re guaranteed the ski trip of a lifetime. Included in the package: luxury accommodations, two adult Lake Louise Ski Resort passes per room per night OR a $100 Fairmont Chateau lake Louise resort credit (in place of each ski day), plus transportation to the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Valid from November 15th, 2011 until May 1st, 2012, starting from $299 CAD per night.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler-- nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain-- offers ski-in/ski-out access, amenities for pets, and a lavish spa. The “Ski for Free” package means you get Whistler Blackcomb lift tickets included with your low room rates (from $269 CAD per night) until November 23, 2011. Or book the “Everyone's An Original Winter Offer “ for double airline reward miles.

The Reindeer are Coming Back to Play at Trump International Chicago

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

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!

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!)"

Special Rates with Added Amenities at The Surrey New York

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

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

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

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

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.

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