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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Ski Event at The Little Nell

In photo: Skiing event at The Little Nell in Aspen.

Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation

Are the slopes calling your name? Our Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation features a multi-destination itinerary to Colorado's top ski resorts. Nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains, the towns of Vail, Aspen, and Telluride offer some of the world's best skiing and winter activities, plus exclusive settings, high-end spas, world-class cuisine, local specialties, and chic boutiques for getting the latest apres ski looks.  


Modeled after a Tyrolean village, Vail is one of the most popular ski resorts in the US. Covering 5,500 acres, it is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the country. The wide-open and forested terrain, as well as the difficulty of the trails draws skiiers from all over the world. The seven-mile ski area stretches from Outer Mongolia to Game Creek Bowl, and there's a system of trails through the surrounding mountains for cross-country skiers as well. Bridge Street is popular for the apres ski crowd with a variety of offeringa from international beer selections to the trendiest DJs. Vail also has an array of restaurants, as well as upscale shopping and trendy boutiques. For those seeking a more intimate setting, Beaver Creek is nearby and part of Vail Resorts.

Hotel Talisa, Vail

Hotel Talisa, Vail

Offering alpine styling, Hotel Talisa, Vail is a sports-focused resort. As Vail's only true ski-in/ski-out luxury resort, the property has an on-site chairlift, rentals, ticket office, and world-class ski concierge. Following a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017, the property has soaking tubs in all accommodations, culinary creations from around the world, and an alpine spa with invigorating treatments. Plus, four seasons of mountain-focused activities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast buffet for up to two daily (max $60 credit per room/per day), a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room rate), and complimentary WiFi. 

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Located 170 miles west of Denver, Aspen is known for celebrity sightings and posh ski resorts. There are four ski mountains in Aspen, providing an array of options from beginners to mountain experts. Beginners will want to learn at Buttermilk Mountain with easy-to-navigate slopes. Snowmass has a range of runs from mild to heart-pounding, and Aspen Mountain is for those seeking moguls, tests of skill, and ungroomed slopes. In addition to the ski scene, the ritzy mountain town offers a thriving dining and nightlife scene, as well as hotel spas for relaxation and unwinding when you're not skiing. 

The Little Nell

Suite at The Little Nell

With the city at its front door and Aspen Mountain out the back door, The Little Nell offers an exclusive setting in the heart of Aspen. Steps from upscale shops and restaurants, the hotel has contemporary guest rooms and suites with "Aspen Modern" styling, and two restaurants designed for guests to wine, dine, and unwind. There's also a variety of winter experiences available including Ski Concierges to keep boots warm or help guests find hidden powder, as well as ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Mountain, and a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive a daily breakfast credit for two at Element 47 restaurant (a maximum $42.50 credit per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay, and a personalized welcome at check-in.

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Originally a mining town incorporated as Columbia in 1878, Telluride has made a massive transformation since opening its first ski runs in 1972. Located about 200 miles southwest of Aspen, Telluride mixes funky with chic, and is a popular year-round destination for mountain bikers, skiers, anglers, and hikers. The town was designated a National Historic District in 1964, and today the resort area is booming for skiing during the winter, and festivals during the summer months.

Lumiere with Inspirato

Hot Tub with a view at Lumiere Telluride

Featuring ski-in/ski-out access, Lumiere with Inspirato is located in the heart of the Mountain Village. Providing residence style accommodations with kitchens, fireplaces, laundry facilities, and master bedrooms with soaking tubs, the boutique hotel has a Black Tie Ski Concierge, in-room massage services, Bijou Lounge with a stylish apres ski scene, and fitness center. Steps from ski lifts, boutiques, and reestaurants, the property has a central location for exploring the village and quick access to the gondola to the historic Telluride district. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of locally produced wine. 

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| By: Rachael Weir
Aspen's only ski-in, ski-out hotel, The Little Nell is a luxury hotel with the city out the front door and Aspen Mountain out the back door. Offering mountain and lobby concierges, the property prides itself on hospitality. Designed as a gathering place for the free-spirited, the hotel is a year-round destination for food, wine, art, and adventure activities. Continue reading below.
The Little Nell Pool
Tip: visit the hotel for New Year's Eve when the resort hosts "The Dom Perignon Party" with DJs on multiple levels of the hotel, open bar, food stations, and bottomless Dom Perignon. There's also three snowcats, or "NYE Clicquot Cats" available for buy-out for up to 12 guests for a unique view of the fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a daily breakfast credit for two at Element 47 restaurant, $100 food and bevearage credit, personalized welcome note, and VIP status. Also, subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 
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Suite Living Room at The Little Nell

| By: K. Clare Johnson

The Stanley Hotel

Two words: The Shining. The Stanley Hotel was made famous by the Stephen King book and Stanley Kubrick film. King wrote much of the novel while staying in Room 217 at the hotel. The film wasn't shot there, and the hotel in the film is called Overlook Hotel, but a later TV movie was. The hotel fully embraces its haunted history. In fact, it might be the world's only hotel that offers an upgrade to a haunted room. The Ghost Adventure package includes a  guaranteed 4th Floor room, a K2 Meter per reservation, a glow-in-the-dark Stanley Hotel squishy ghost per person, and a REDRUM mug per person.

No one knows when the ghostly happenings started at The Stanley, but virtually all the rooms have had unexplained experiences reported. but unlike the movie, all the instances reported involve friendly, rather than malevolent, spirts.

Here's a few of the sightings:

- In 1911, the chief housekeeper was involved in an explosion in what is now room 217. She wasn't killed, but her ghost is known to perform extra housekeeping duties in the room. Expect unexplained unpacked bags and tidying. This is the room Stephen King occupied during his stay at The Stanley.

- Children are heard running and giggling in the hallway of the 4th floor. Somes guests will be tucked in by ghostly nannies. Room 418 is said to be the most haunted room in the hotel. 

- Frequent guests F.O. and Flora Stanley haven't let death stop them from regular visits. It is de rigeur to see F.O hanging around the lobby and Flora often plays the piano in the Music Room. 

- The Earl of Dunraven, the former owner of the land on which the hotel is built, haunted room 407. The scent of his tobacco is often smelled in the air, and a ghostly face has been seen at the room's window. 

Do you dare to check in to The Stanley Hotel?

| By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas at Snowmass Club is a 19,000 square foot mountain club paired with spacious villas offering guests premier amenities to enjoy during a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. It is situated in Snowmass Village overlook Mt. Daly and the Elk Mountains, and is minutes from the Two Creeks chairlift. 

The Villas at Snowmass

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| By: Betsy LeTourneau

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We looking to stay in Aspen, Co. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Gant Aspen

The Gant is located in a secluded five-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain, just four miles from the Aspen Airport. The hotel lies three short blocks from the ski lifts and downtown Aspen. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ski areas are two miles away and Snowmass ski area is 12 miles away. All three are accessible via free public transportation. Guests of the Gant have the use of five tennis courts (three clay), two heated outdoor pools, three jetted tubs, laundry facilities, barbecue grills, ski and bike storage, and an exercise facility with locker rooms and saunas. For an additional fee, overnight ski tuning, ski rentals, babysitting, overnight valet service, and grocery/liquor services are available. Although there is not a full service restaurant inside the hotel, there are dining destinations nearby.

The Gant Aspen

The hotel has 120 guest units on three floors. One, two, and three-bedroom units are available. Each guestroom's fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to prepare meals in comfort and privacy. Standard amenities include an alarm clock radio, balcony, fireplace, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, safe, and television. The Gant also manages 140 individually owned and decorated luxury condo rentals ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. All of The Gant's accommodations are rated standard, deluxe or premier based on their interior decor and regardless of view.

-Standard units - Comfortable and cozy condominiums at a reasonable price.

-Deluxe units - Luxury condominiums with a great deal of decor and decoration.

-Premier units - The most luxurious accommodations, boasting sumptuous furnishings and incomparable style.  

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


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| By: Oksana Balytsky

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, nestled within the mountains in Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to experience the best of every season. Visit in the winter for some of the best skiing opportunities, or visit in the summer to participate in great summer sports activities and the arts.

This luxury hotel will host Chef Duangporn Songvisavia (Bo) and Chef Dylan Jones from the renowned Herland Thai Restaurant Bo.Lan in Bangkok, Thailand. The chefs will prepare Thai infused cuisine from February 14th – 19th during Apres teas and dinner. During Apres tea, guests can choose from a menu of small plates, and for dinner, guests are treated to a unique pre-fixe menu carefully put together to ensure a well-balanced meal. The dinner menu will feature Thai salad, chili relish, a stir-fried dish, curry, and soup. Holding true to Bo.Lan’s ‘slow food’ philosophy, the foods will feature locally sourced ingredients and produce. The Apres tea menu will be served from from 3 – 6pm in the Shadow Mountain Lounge, and dinner will be served every evening 6 – 10pm in The Restaurant.

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine without needing to leave the United States! Make your reservations at the St. Regis Aspen Resort and send your taste buds on an adventure!

| By: Five Star Alliance

The St Regis Aspen Resort Guest RoomIn the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests. 

In the #20 Spot we have The St. Regis Aspen Resort located at the base of Aspen Mountain. 


Quick Facts about the St. Regis Resort in Aspen:

 - The resort is finishing a $40 million dollar renovation leading up to the 2012 ski season, featuring 20 remodled rooms, renovated meeting and restaurant space, new library, and resurfaced pool, hot tubs, and pool deck amongst other updates.  

 - Located at the base of Aspen Mountain between the gondola and lift 1A, the resort is convenient to Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass ski areas.

- 179 guestrooms and suites, including two 2,000-square-foot presidential suites.

The St Regis Resort Aspen Outdoor Heated Pool- Dog friendly rooms available and includes in-room pet beds, dog walking service and more.

- The Resort offers the St. Regis Signature Butler Service which includes packing and unpacking, laundry service, shoe shines, and many other personal assistant services available 24-hours a day.

- Heated outdoor swimming pool with sundeck and three heated outdoor spas.

- A luxurious 15,000-square-foot resort spa with 15 treatment rooms. Remède offers a complete treatment menu in addition to customized facials and massages. Remède Spa at St. Regis Aspen is the flagship spa of a new global spa brand.

- Rated a United States Leading Ski Resort by World Travel Award.


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| By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re pretty excited about ski season, and apparently so are our luxury travelers! A number of hotels are solidly booked for the end of December, but there are still incredible hotels with availability. Be sure to make your arrangements pronto, and you’ll be swishing down the mountain before you know it!

The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah is located in a private, gated community, and it stands upon the beautifully covered slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. The Snake River Lodge and Spa in Teton Village, Wyoming is located slope-side at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City, Utah is located within the mountainside village of the Canyons, and this all-suite property offers room options for families with easy slope access. The Four Seasons Resort Vail in Vail, Colorado is located high in the Colorado Rockies, and it is consistently ranked among the world’s top ski destinations. The Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado offers a unique experience at the base of Aspen Mountain. Last but certainly not least, the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California, is nestled at the base of Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Looking to go outside the United States and ski new terrain? Then check out our list of the top ski resorts all over the world!

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

| By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel JeromeAdrenaline junkies, take note. Aspen's historic Hotel Jerome has teamed up with Aspen Expeditions to give you an experience of a lifetime. Always dreamed of reaching the summit of a 14er? Now you can with the hotel's "Stay, Play & Climb" package, a three-day experience that combines luxury accommodations with a climbing adventure on a technical 14,000' peak. Starting at $715 per person, the package includes three nights of lodging at Hotel Jerome, one privately guided climb of a 14,000' peak outside Aspen, CO, and a Marmot Driclime jacket per person. Blackout dates may apply. Offer valid for new reservations only.

Another special offer for adrenaline hounds: The "Blazing Adventure" package includes free adventure excursions, plus a daily $50 breakfast credit, when you reserve a stay through October 2, 2011. Book a stay of one to four nights for two people and get a free rafting, hiking, biking, four-wheel-drive or other outing per person. As The Washington Post points out, the best rates are for four-night stays at $333 per night double, down from $459. And the tours are valued at $99 each. Add $66 per night in fees and taxes.

| By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort AspenThink Aspen is just for the snow-lovin' ski bunnies? Think again. Surrounded by stunning mountainous wilderness, this choice Colorado destination is just as happening in the summer months. The Aspen Music Festival runs for eight weeks (through August 21) with concerts and Shakespeare productions. The Aspen Arts Festival takes place on July 23rd and 24th when Wagner Park morphs into an open-air art gallery with over 175 exhibitors showcasing jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings and prints. August means the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, an intense seven-stage race which will put cyclists in Aspen on August 24, followed by the 2nd Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party on August 27th and 28th. The sister event of New York City's acclaimed barbecue block party (hosted by Danny Meyer's Union Square Events), the extravaganza in Aspen will take place at the base of Aspen Mountain, where some of the country's top pit masters will be serving up mouthwatering barbecue. Hot deal: The St. Regis Resort Aspen is offering 20% off their best available rates for guests in residence during one of these spectacular summer events. Available through September 5, 2011.