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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.

The Salamander Resort & Spa Sets August 2013 Opening

By: Five Star Alliance

Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VASalamander Resort & Spa, set on over 300 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia's famed horse country and lush vineyards announced that it is set to open this August. Located in the 18th century village of Middleburg, Salamander Resort is 30 minutes west of Dulles International Airport and an hour from downtown Washington, DC.

Set on 340 acres of farmland, the brand new resort will offer what was said to be "an unparalleled luxury experience in the region" with 168 guest rooms and suites; a culinary program led by Chef Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant in DC including two restaurants, wine bar, cooking studio and two-acre culinary garden; a spa with 14 treatment rooms and a couples suite; and various activities including an onsite Equestrian program, with a 22-stall barn, practice ring, riding trails and instructional classes.

The Salamander Resort outside Washington, DCThe property similarly boasts tennis courts and an outdoor pool complex, and guests have privileges at the nearby Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Fifty wineries are within an hour's drive of the resort, as are opportunities for whitewater rafting, sporting clays and raceway spectating.

Salamander Resort is also eyeing to be a destination for meetings or events. The property features a 5,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, as well as more intimate settings including a 1,800 square foot Junior Ballroom, Executive Boardrooms and breakout rooms, hospitality suites and 2,000 square foot Presidential Suite with an entertainment balcony.

Indoor and outdoor event facilities at Salamander are eyed to make events stand out, including the Equestrian Barn event room, the Stallion Barn, a, over a hundred year old stone building adjacent to the Grand Lawn, and the Cooking Studio, which may be reserved by groups for private events.


Last Minute Inauguration Deals!

By: K. Clare Johnson


If you haven't booked your  room for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, you are in luck!  As of this writing, there's still some availability at these Washington DC-area luxury hotels.  For a stay for two adults from Sunday January 20-Tuesday January 22, we found a range of great options. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these rates are either pre-paid, non-refundable and/or non-cancellable, so read the rate details carefully before booking. But book quickly, as these rates are sure to go fast.  All rates are in US dollars.

Here's what we found:

 The Jefferson-Want to splurge? The Jefferson, one of our favorite small luxury hotels,  is offering a 2013 Inaguaration pre-paid package starting at $1435 per night. You'll get a King bed, walk-in shower, and other room amenities. Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets NW, the hotel is just four blocks from The White House.

The Mayflower

 -The Mayflower, one of the largest luxury hotels in the District, is offering a AAA rate to qualifying members. For $299 per night, a deluxe room can be yours. It is also located near The White House.

-The fun Donovan House, located on Thomas Circle, has non-refundable Inaguration rates available from $425 a night for a k. The rate includes a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour held every evening.

-Hotel Palomar Washington DC, located in the vibrant Dupont Circle area, it also offers a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour, but with nightly rates starting at $573.75.

-The elegant Fairfax at Embassy Row has King-bedded room starting at $329 per night. The hotel is nestled among the stately mansions of Massachusetts Avenue, right near Dupont Circle.

-Park Hyatt Washington has King-bedded rooms with free wireless internet starting at $699 per night. While there, you can enjoy a meal at the highly-rated Blue Duck Tavern.

-Located in Washington's fashionable West End, Fairmont Washington DC offers a King-bedded 400 square foot uxury room starting at $599 per night. Internet access is also included in the rate.

-The recently renovated Dupont Circle Hotel fittingly overlooks the actual Dupont Circle. Their Best Unrestricted Daily Rate has King-bedded rooms from $399 per night.

-The Omni Shoreham Washington DC is a renovated Art Deco/Renaissance hybrid building set on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park. It's Best Available Rate for a Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed is $579 per night.

-The Hotel George Washington DC is just one block from Union Station and near a lot of the Inaugural festivities. Nightly room rates for a Queen Deluxe Room include the Wine Hour and start at $634.

These are just some of the great rates we found. Check out Five Star Alliance for more rates and Inaugural hotel options.

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels of 2012: The Complete List

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance counted the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! For those who missed a day, here's a recap! Go ahead, explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!


30. King George Palace (pictured above)
29. FRONT hotel
28. Burj Al Arab
27. The Mansion on Forsyth Park
26. One and Only Ocean Club
25. Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
24. Viceroy Bali (pictured below)

23. Principe Di Savoia
22. Half Moon
21. Babuino 181
20. St. Regis Grand Rome
19. Amanyara
18. The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal
17. Bardessono
16. Armani Hotel Milano
15. Copacabana Palace
14. The Umstead Hotel and Spa
13. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel
12. Le Palais de la Mediterranee
11. Inn of the Anasazi
10. Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos
9. Clift San Francisco
8. Don CeSar Beach Resort
7. Hotel Le Meurice
6. Waldorf Astoria Chicago
5. One and Only Palmilla
4. Auberge Du Soleil
3. Villa d'Este
2. Charleston Place
1. Hotel de Crillon (pictured below)








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Have a Better Time than the President this Inauguration at the Georgetown Four Seasons

By: Oksana Balytsky

Inauguration is only two and a half weeks away which means hotels are filling up fast. For folks looking for an exceptional luxury hotel in the heart of it all, we encourage you to explore the 39 luxury hotels in the Washington DC area! If, however, you’re looking for something above and beyond luxurious and have $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, then be sure to explore the Royal Suite in the Georgetown Four Seasons.

The Royal Suite has served as a home away from home for celebrities such as Oprah, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and others. It’s going rate for Inauguration night is $20,000, and this gets you a stunning bedroom, dining room, kitchen, small gym, small office, large terrace, bulletproof windows, and an expansive living room featuring ample seating areas and televisions. With a suite like this, we can only imagine the occupants will skip the parade and watch the excitement of the Inauguration with their closest friends and family on one of the many televisions.

Photo courtesy of the Georgetown Four Seasons

12 Days of Hotels: Top 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels

By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be focusing on a variety of categories. To start us off, we’ll be featuring 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels!

1. Fairmont Washington DC

Located in Washington's fashionable West End, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. surrounds you with comfort and luxury.

2. Ritz Carlton Washington DC

This distinctive luxury hotel is located the heart of the District and features convenient access to business districts, theaters, world-class shopping and stunning historical landmarks.

3. The Willard Intercontinental

The Willard is where Abraham Lincoln and his family resided prior to his Inauguration, where Julia Ward Howe wrote the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic', where President Grant coined the term lobbyist, and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. finished his 'I Have a Dream Speech'.

4. Park Hyatt Washington

This hotel is ideally situated on the edge of stylish Georgetown, and conveniently located near Embassy Row, the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums and National Monuments.

5. The Jefferson Washington DC

Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets, Northwest and four blocks from The White House

6. Sofitel Lafayette Square

Housed in a completely refurbished and updated historic landmark building, and it features 237 guestrooms including 17 suites, all tastefully designed by the renowned French designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon.

7. W Washington DC

Next door to the White House, the oldest hotel in town has been reinvented into W Washington D.C., revitalizing historic traditions into contemporary sophistication.

8. Mandarin Oriental Washington

Ranked by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the top 100 hotels in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC creates memorable experiences for any traveler to the most powerful city in the world.

9. The Fairfax at Embassy Row

The luxuriously quiet 259 classically appointed rooms and suites within this exquisite hotel in Washington, D.C. offer sweeping views of Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, or the Washington Monument.

10. The Madison Washington DC

Just four blocks from the White House and walking distance to Embassy Row, National Mall, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian and more, the Madison is the quintessence of political power mingled with genuine hospitality.

11. The St Regis Washington DC

Built in 1926, two blocks from The White House and the Corcoran Gallery, the gracefully reimagined The St. Regis Washington, D.C. presents itself as the most prestigious hotel for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation's capital.

12. The Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hay-Adams, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President.

Fun Fact Friday! Inauguration Weekend in DC

By: Oksana Balytsky

Luxury hotels in Washington DC are filling up fast for Inauguration Weekend which will be January 18th – January 21st, 2013. Lucky for our luxury travelers, the Capella Georgetown is expected to open this January, providing travelers with another option on where to stay. Be sure to check availability and rates at luxury hotels in Washington DC here, and book your stay soon to ensure you’ll be a part of the action this January!

Trump Hotel Plans Progress for the Old Post Office Pavilion in DC

By: Oksana Balytsky

Plans are progressing for the new Trump Hotel to pop up at the Old Office Pavilion in the heart of downtown Washington DC. We’re excited at the idea of having a new luxury hotel in our nation’s capital, but until the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted, we remain optimistically skeptical. The Old Post Office is a historic landmark, and the Trumps have been through various meetings with officials from many agencies governing the building. The most recent rendezvous  with Ivanka Trump and her team revealed the most up-to-date details of the property including the location of the restaurant, parking, and luxury suites. The concern of how these additions will affect the historic structure of the building remains, so it’s likely that not all of the proposals will get approved. The lease is expected to be signed by the Trumps this winter, so construction on the hotel could begin in 2014 and the new hotel could open as early as 2016.

Got travel plans in the foreseeable future? Be sure to explore the other luxury hotels in Washington DC as well as Trump Hotels around the world.

Image of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto



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The Ritz Carlton Georgetown Tops Our List of Charming DC Hotels

By: Oksana Balytsky

The problem we run into with luxury hotels in Washington DC is that they’re usually on a busy street with a lot of traffic and chaos. We set out on a mission to find a luxury hotel in a downtown location that featured a quieter, more intimate feel, and we came back successful.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located a block from M Street and the heart of the nightlife and shopping of Georgetown district. This beautiful hotel features 86 oversized guestrooms and suites as well as a Boutique Spa with a variety of massages, body treatments, and facials available. The hotel staff is attentive and engaged, and the spa staff is professional and all-around wonderful. For the disbelievers, I strongly recommend the hot stone massage at the Boutique Spa; you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed, renewed, and ready for anything that lies ahead.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is a family and pet friendly hotel. There are 9 rooms with 2 double beds, and the suites can accommodate rollaway beds very easily for an additional $40 per night. The Ritz puts on a weekly Lifestyle Series on Fridays, and December’s feature Kelly Jenkins from Capital Décor and Events coming to speak to guests and locals about transforming a space and decorating with style.

For folks looking for an intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Washington DC, we certainly give the Ritz Carlton Georgetown a big thumbs up!

Explore photos, availability, and rates here!

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Up the Romance with a Late Night Spa Session

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

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 >>