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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.

Up the Romance with a Late Night Spa Session

October 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Four Seasons Washington DC is taking the romance of a couples massage to a new level with its late night spa extravaganza. If you’re looking for new ways to spice up your relationship, this may be the perfect mix of intimacy and adventure you’ve been missing.

Starting at 10:00pm, you will receive a spot of welcome tea and your incredibly fuzzy monogrammed robes. After you're changed and comfortable, head down to the pool. The pool area will be decorated with curtains, candles, and have two massage tables awaiting you and your significant other. Choose between 2 brand new, 80-minute massages, and lose yourself in ultimate relaxation. After your massage, waiters will come down with your order from the Michael Mina upstairs kitchen and serve up delicacies such as champagne, lobster, and foie gras cherries. After they leave it’s just you, your partner, a pool, and a Jacuzzi until 1:30am.

Rates start from $1400. Intrigued? Make your reservations at the Four Seasons Washington DC and arrange your intimate spa experience for what’s sure to be a night to remember!


Expect an Incredible Experience at The Jefferson

September 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

An intimate, personalized, and luxurious experience is what guests have come to expect from The Jefferson Washington DC. This 99-room luxury boutique hotel distinctly captures European and Washingtonian style and elegantly portrays historic details and Jeffersonian influences. Located in downtown Washington DC a short walk from the White House, the museums, monuments, and the embassies, The Jefferson provides easy access to the cultural, historic, and entertaining sectors of our nation’s capital, perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.

The rooms are stunningly tasteful, the food in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume, is exceptional, and the service is unparalleled. With staff outnumbering guests 1.5 to 1, guests quickly feel right at home and accommodated as if staying with close friends.

A few key highlights of the hotel include an award-winning restaurant and a cocktail bar and lounge on site, an intimate spa which opens daily at 9:00am, and a beautiful Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite volumes as well as a section of signed editions of contemporary authors who have been guests at The Jefferson.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Jefferson here >>


Park Hyatt Washington Rolls Out the Inaugural Carpet

August 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

The conventions, let alone the election, hasn't even been held yet, but Park Hyatt Washington is wasting no time. If you have a spare
$57,000, the luxury property will vote you in to their Presidential Suite for four nights of inaugural festivities.

So, what do you get for your Yankee dollar? Well, according to Washingtonian, the staggering price includes:

-Four nights in the this 1,632-sq. ft. Presidential suite, located on the top corner of the penthouse level, with
views of M Street and Georgetown. Suite amenities include a sitting area, baby grand piano, several balconies,
a walk-in rain shower, dining table that seats six, and perhaps best of all, a dedicated bath butler who will make
sure that the water in the travertine carved stone tub is to your liking.

-Warm apple pie from Blue Duck Tavern, served right before bedtime. You also get a five-course meal at the chef's tasting table.

-Cheese Tasting for you and 11 of your closest friends.

-Daily breakfast, served either in your room or at the restaurant. 

-Personal shopping assistance from Saks Fifth Avenue

-A backstage tour of the Kennedy Center backstage tour and box seats for an National Symphony Orchestra show.
 

Interest piqued?  Book now, because there's only one lucky person can book this extravagant offer.

 

 

 


Celebrate the Fourth of July in DC!

June 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We can’t think of a better place to celebrate our country’s Independence Day than our nation’s capital! Take advantage of the mid-week holiday by taking an extra-long weekend to explore and take in everything DC has to offer. With 37 luxury hotels located in various parts of the city, Washington DC certainly has the perfect hotel for your individual stay. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian Folk Life Festival which celebrates unique cultures with music, food, demonstrations, and more on the National Mall as well as the patriotic programs put on at the National Archives, the National Cathedral, and the Smithsonian Museums. For more information about the happenings in Washington DC, check out washington.org. Explore the various hotel options and make your reservations in Washington DC to ensure you’re in on all the action this Fourth of July!


The Chase is On: Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion Re-Opens

April 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion, a feature of northwest DC, has finished up its eight weeks of renovation and is gearing up for its reopening come May 7th.  Located within one of the northwest's great shopping centers, the Embassy Suites is a great DC Hotel, and their renovation is polishing all the corners and reapplying a fresh coat of paint to an already modern hotel. Grab one of their reopening packages for a crazy set of amenities:

 - Complimentary Wifi
 - Two free all-day metro passes
 - Discounted $10 metro parking
 - Free tote bag (Oh, yeah!)
 - Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast
 - Manager's evening reception

Photo via Embassy Suites


Chemical Romance: The Dupont Circle Hotel

April 10, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Dupont Circle Hotel recently renovated in 2009 to a new and innovative concept. Apart from renovating their rooms and suites, the hotel added an entire new floor. The secret 9th floor, in order to outdo the 13th floor of many buildings were the owners suffer from a bit of triskaidekaphobia, also doesn't  appear on the elevator, but that's because it has its own private one. A wholly separate experience from the rest of the hotel, the 15 suites on the 9th floor have a separate concierge service and special culinary preparations that are exclusive to those guests. You also learn a secret handshake on arrival.*

Outside of the enigmatic Grimmauldian world of the 9th floor, the Dupont Circle Hotel still has a lot to offer. 9,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space is available for larger parties, and you can get in-room fitness training, massage, and spa services, as well as fine French-American cuisine on site and plenty of fine dining establishments in the surrounding Dupont area.  Dupont Circle is right in the heart of the more social parts of DC that are active in the evening, and a short metro trip or cab ride to the National Mall.  If I were visiting DC, the Dupont Circle Hotel would definitely be on my short list.

*Disclaimer: You don't actually learn a handshake. But you could make up your own.


It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Washington, DC

March 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is approaching full bloom here in Washington, DC, and we simply cannot wait for all of the events and activities in store. In 1912, 3,000 cherry blossom trees were given as gifts to Washington, DC from Tokyo, Japan. A century later, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is gearing up for its upcoming festivities, celebrating international companionship and the beauty of nature. This is the 100th anniversary of the cherry blossoms, and the District of Columbia is certainly going all out with its events. Be sure to make your luxury hotel reservations and take part in all of the excitement in our nation’s capital!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival goes from March 20th – April 27th, 2012. A few must-check-out events include the Blossom Kite Festival on March 31st, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 7th, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 14th, and Jazz at the Jefferson on April 19th. For more information on these events, visit the official National Cherry Blossom Festival Events page.

For accommodations, we encourage you to explore the 37 luxury hotels we have in the Washington, DC area. If you’re hoping to be located on or near the National Mall and in the heart of all the action, be sure to take advantage of and explore the list of options available to you here!

Photo courtesy of the NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org


It's Business Time: The Hay-Adams Best Business Hotel Washington DC

March 16, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Washington, DC.

"Hey, Adam, where would you stay on a business trip to DC?" a hypothetical man might ask.  And Adam, being a good sort and lover of wordplay, would most definitely tell him, "The Hay-Adams Hotel, my good sir."  Well, clearly this Adam guy knows the hotel scene in DC pretty well because the Hay-Adams is the iconic DC residence for visiting dignitaries.  With almost a hundred years of a history studded with the politically influential, the Hay-Adams does it right.  Emulating a distinguished private mansion on Lafayette square, you would have to actually be in the White House to get any closer to the president.  And I'm pretty sure there's a few german shepherds who might have something to say about that.  8,000 ft of meeting space ensures that you can have your meetings nearby if need be, and the rooftop terrace can accommodate parties of up to 225.  The Hay-Adams Hotel gets my recommendation for the DC business traveler.  It's central, connected, dignified, and luxurious, and that's everything I want on a business trip.


Tiny Diplomats: Fairfax at Embassy Row Family Rooms

March 1, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Traveling with a family can be a bit of a hassle, and we're not just talking about the toys and diapers.  Finding a good hotel room that can accommodate a whole family is about as difficult as a colicky baby on an airplane.  And among cities in the US, none is a more popular family destination than Washington, DC (no, Disneyland's not a city).  Full of historical significance and museums aplenty, you can pretend to teach your kids something while they run off to see the dinosaurs.  And don't forget the national zoo.  The red pandas are too much.

But as for those accommodations, the Fairfax at Embassy Row has some perfect family rooms to accommodate you.  Junior suites with two queen beds can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 kids, plus even a toddler.  Their even larger cousins, the Superior and Fairfax suites offer one king bed for you and two additional sofa beds for the kids.  It's the perfect jumping off point for an adventure in the city, and not far from the zoo.  The Fairfax at Embassy Row gets a gold star from us for keeping families in mind.

 


Trump Comes to DC, but Maybe Not Like He Imagined

February 8, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The news broke at the Washington Post yesterday that ex-presidential hopeful Donald Trump has turned the long-reaching tendrils of his well-coiffed hair towards the Old Post Office in Washington, DC, by buying it up as a hotel property. While he may be moving in next door to his dream house like an overzealous ex-boyfriend, this is undeniably good news for the hotel industry and for DC as well. The Old Post Office, while home to a few government offices, is also well-known for being a just a little bit abandoned and run down. And since it's on prime real estate in the middle of the city, hearing that Trump and investors are willing to put down a cold $200 million to renovate and revitalize the building should put a spring in the step of anyone looking to stay near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or even just walk by on the way to work.

The hotel will likely open its doors to more than 250 rooms for guests in 2016. Importantly, the Vice-Trump, daughter Ivanka, who headed the acquisition, said that the reconstruction is committed to preserving the historic facade of the original 1890s post office. Making way for the hotel will be National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which probably holds some kind of metaphorical significance, but maybe they'll get swankier offices elsewhere. The hotel itself should be an interesting take on an unorthodox space. The pavilion in the interior makes for a central space that itself has a lot of aesthetic possibility but also limits the floor design. I'm intrigued to see what Mr. Trump's team will do with the place. In the meantime, there are plenty of other Washington hotels within a stone's throw of the White House. [Editor's note: Do not throw that stone.]

Photo via Old Post Office DC Pavilion