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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.

More in Miami: 3rd Night Free at the Mandarin Oriental

October 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Mandarin Oriental MiamiSo you're craving a little Miami flavor. Not just the South Beach glamour, but also some Latin beats, some Cuban cuisine, sparkling sand and sultry temps. Here's an offer you can't refuse: The Mandarin Oriental, a sublime sanctuary for relaxation after sampling the city's red-hot nightlife, is giving away a third night free with the "More in Miami" offer. Just imagine: From your balcony at the Mandarin, watch the sunset glittering on Biscayne Bay or the sparkling lights of the city skyline. Opulent rooms have spa-like marble bathrooms and enough luxurious amenities to get you recharged for another week at the office. The offer brings your nightly rate down to $266- which isn't exactly cheap- but this is Miami we're talking about. And the Mandarin Oriental offers the crème de la crème of hotel experiences, so what are you waiting for?


Friday Photos: South Beach Luxury at the Hilton Bentley Miami

October 21, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley Miami

The days are getting colder, so naturally we're daydreaming about the beach. A little dose of Miami sunshine is looking pretty good right about now. Specifically, a hotel like the Hilton Bentley Miami on world-famous Ocean Drive is a tempting spot for relaxing in luxury on the beach. Overlooking the ocean, the suites are designed with contemporary European furnishings and Italian marble floors. What's more, they all come with stainless steel gourmet kitchens and kitchenettes. A team of beach butlers provides mojitos and cocktails while you bask on the sand, and the Asian-inspired Spa 101 is guaranteed to rejuvenate the body and mind after a night (or two) on the town.

Hilton Bentley Miami


Omni Dallas Hotel Readies for 11/11/11 Debut with $111 Rates

October 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dallas, Texas11/11/11 is fast approaching... Will we see a record number of weddings like we did on 8/8/2008? Apparently this date is the most auspicious date of the 21st century, and hotels like The Peninsula Shanghai are feting this once-in-a-lifetime occasion with special 11-themed offers. Not only that, but a number of hotels have chosen 11/11/11 as their opening date. Case in point: The Omni Hotel Dallas which opens its doors in Dallas, Texas on November 11. The Los Angeles Times notes that the "Definitely Dallas Package," with room rates of $111, translates to a 15% discount. Connected to the Dallas Convention Center, the hotel has 1,001 rooms, a heated pool, sauna, and spa. The offer is available through December 30, 2011, subject to availability and some black-out dates.


Creepy Crawler Tea at the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

October 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Windsor Court Hotel, New OrleansFirst creepy crawly cocktails... Now an Afternoon Tea! From London to New Orleans, luxury hotels are pulling out all the stops for a happy Halloween this year. The Windsor Court Hotel-- the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond hotel in Louisiana-- has teamed up with the Audubon Insectarium to treat guests to a "Creepy Crawler Tea" in honor of Halloween. Taking place in Windsor Court's Le Salon on October 22 and 23, the tea will have all kinds of Halloween-inspired treats and teas: Pumpkin Spiced Chai, Cranberry Blood Orange Tea, and for the adults- a “Bloody” Orange Martini made with Mandarin vodka, blood orange juice and Grand Marnier garnished with a blood orange slice. On display on each table: terrariums filled with creepy crawlers like spiders, scorpions, and centipedes sure to delight the kids, donning their Halloween best. (Read: Costumes welcome!)

This is the second annual "Creepy Crawler Tea"- back by popular demand. Guests can choose from a Classic Tea service for $28 or a Royal Tea service for $35, which includes smoked salmon and caviar canapés and a glass of sherry, house sparkling wine or chardonnay. The children’s tea, for children 5 years of age and younger, is $17.


Haunted Halloween: Get Spooked at Hotel Monaco Alexandria

October 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Monaco AlexandriaEveryone's favorite holiday is just around the corner, and for little ghouls and ghosts, historic Old Town, Alexandria makes for some excellent trick or treating just outside the nation's capital. Some of the cobblestone streets are shut down to traffic, residents don their best costumes, and fantastic Jack-o'-lanterns decorate the Federalist houses. For out-of-town visitors, book the "Ghosts of Alexandria Family Package" at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, starting at just $150 per room, and you'll get spooked on a "Ghosts and Graveyards" tour of Old Town by lantern light-- led by a guide in period costume who tells ghost stories and local lore. Available through November 20, 2011, the package includes two tickets for this tour (additional tix can be purchased for $12 per person and $6 per kids aged 7- 17). You'll stay on the hotel's "haunted 6th floor" and get free valet parking, a copy of the book "Ghosts of Alexandria," and the "Alexandria Key to the City Pass" with discounts on historic sights. Note: Kids under 17 stay for free at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria.


Christmas in New Orleans: Papa Noel Rates of $99 at Hotel Monteleone

October 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MonteleoneExperience the magic of Christmas in New Orleans with discounted rates at the Hotel Monteleone, a landmark in the French Quarter since 1886. Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel has a jam-packed calendar of festive Yuletide events-- from choir performances to Children's Holiday Teas, where Monte the Lion (the hotel's official mascot) will join Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and Santa's elves in singing carols and reading classic Christmas tales. Take advantage of the special Papa Noel rates from November 20- December 29, 2011 and you'll be basking in luxury for just $99 per night! (Weekend rates are slightly higher, starting at $119 per night, and some blackout dates may apply.) The Hotel Monteleone decks the halls for the season- with a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby and festive white lights decorating its exterior. For the full calendar of events during the holiday season, click here.

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What's Hot in D.C.: Capella Georgetown to Open in January 2012

October 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella GeorgetownCome January 2012, Washington D.C. will have a swell addition to its luxury hotel scene. Capella is coming to town! (The ultra-luxury brand has established a reputation in the hospitality world for its service standards. Read: Personal assistants for each and every guest.) Located at 1050 31st Street, NW alongside the historic C&O Canal, the Capella Georgetown will be intimate in size. Just 48 guest rooms and suites will cater to "a sophisticated and discerning clientele including global industry leaders, heads of state and other visitors." What else is in store? An elegant restaurant and lounge serving seasonal cuisine overlooking the Canal, a rooftop pool and bar, and exclusive spa.

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New Fahrenheit Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

October 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton GeorgetownThrowing a ball or getting hitched in D.C.? A new ballroom is turning heads in town, located- where else?- in the swank Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. The official press release cited "greater guest demand" as the reason why the hotel is transforming Fahrenheit restaurant into permanent banquet rental space, and the hotel's bar and lounge into a three-meal restaurant and bar called Degrees Bistro. Slated to open in a matter of weeks on November 1, 2011, the Fahrenheit Ballroom has already been picked by Daily Candy D.C. as a prime wedding venue:

Turn up the heat at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s new event space, the Fahrenheit Ballroom. Located on the top floor of the brick factory-turned-hotel, the grand dance hall wows with huge windows, steel beams, and a loftlike feel.

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Sponsored Article: It's Easy to See Why Keswick Hall is Best in Fall

October 11, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Keswick HallNo other place melds the equestrian lifestyle, winemaking and American history together quite like Keswick Hall. This 48-guest room estate offers 600 acres in the very heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Named #1 Small Resort in the US by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Keswick Hall offers several award-winning dining options—Fossett’s Restaurant, Fossett’s Bar, Palmer Room Restaurant and Villa Crawford. Resort activities include: Arnold Palmer-design golf course, three pools, seven tennis courts, spa and fitness center. What’s more, the estate is close to activities in and around Charlottesville. Offering guests the world-class luxury they deserve coupled with the history, sporting activities, exceptional fare and wines they enjoy.

Escape to Keswick Hall with the Autumn Gourmet Package and let Executive Chef Dean Maupin treat you to a culinary journey. Enjoy breakfast for two at Fossett’s daily, one wine tasting for two with Sommelier Richard Hewitt and dinner for two at Fossett’s. Limited time offer valid through November 30, 2011. Rates from $380 per night. Subject to availability.


Escape for Columbus Day: DIY Projects with Erica Domesek at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

October 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waldorf Astoria OrlandoWhat are you doing for Columbus Day weekend? For all the Do-It-Yourself design enthusiasts out there, we have just the thing. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is partnering with Erica Domesek*, designer DIY expert and author of P.S. – I Made This..., for an exclusive "P.S. – I made this...at Waldorf Astoria Orlando" weekend retreat from October 7-9, 2011. Guests will receive a copy of Erica’s book upon check in, and learn her contemporary, user-friendly crafting techniques with hands-on instruction to create home design pieces as personal souvenirs of their stay. Starting at the welcome cocktail reception on Friday, where guests will meet Erica, the fun-filled weekend continues with various "how-to" sessions and craft classes. The package is $199/night, based on a two-night minimum.

*Erica Domesek has had projects featured in Glamour, InStyle, Self, Lucky, The Wall Street Journal and Teen Vogue. A sensation in the DIY world, she's also appeared on the Nate Berkus show, Martha Stewart, NBC, E!, and CBS.