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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

Hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo is a city of contrasts. From Zen-like gardens to Shiodome's skyscraper jungle, travelers to the city can explore an array of styles and destinations within the city's' eclectic neighborhoods. 

For those seeking to get in touch with nature and culture, Ueno Park is one of the city's largest parks, and the destination for springtime cherry trees. Within the park, visitors will find the Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Shitamachi Museum with a bird sanctuary. There's also the Toshogu Shrine built in 1651, as well as the Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple. 

Consumerism plays a prominent role within Tokyo, making it a hot spot for shopping. From the hip shops on Takeshita Street in Harajuku to designer boutiques on the ultramodern Omotesando Avenue, the city offers shopping destinations for all styles and personalities.  For a local experience, visit Tsukiji Fish Market to see local fish in the morning, or enjoy fresh sushi. 

5. Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo Dining

Featuring 360-degree views of the city and Mount Fuji, Park Hyatt Tokyo offers an oasis of calm. Occupying the top 14 floors of the 52-story tower, the hotel is a luxury residence with 177 guestrooms, each designed to feel like a private urban residence with original artwork and books. The Club on the Park Spa and Fitness Centre has a 26x65-foot indoor swimming pol with floor-to-ceiling glass walls as well as aqua classes. Plus, the New York Grill offers fine dining in a contemporary setting on the 52nd floor. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily in Girandole or through room service and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding minibar). 

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4. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental

Towering over the city, guests enter the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo via an entrance on the 38th floor. Offering a renowned spa, impeccable service, and contemporary style, the five-star hotel features exclusive views. Plus, there are innovative dining options with showstopping views such as Sense with Cantonese cuisine, Signature with fine French dining, and Tapas Molecular Bar. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include American Breakfast for two daily, a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay valid at the restaurants (excluding Gourmet Shop) or in-room dining or spa treatments (no cash value), personalized welcome amenities, and complimentary high speed internet access. 

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3. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo features panoramic city views of the Imperial Palace, central business district, and the new landmark Tokyo Skytree Tower. Offering 200 rooms, the hotel has three restaurants and one bar, as well as a 24-hour health club, CHI The Spa, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. Occupying the top 11 floors of the 37-floor mixed-use Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building, giving guests one-of-a-kind skyline views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Piacere, complimentary WiFi, USD 100 hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate, transportation, CHI The Spa retail products, Shangri-La Boutique and no cash value), a welcome amenity that includes fruits and chocolates. 

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2. The Peninsula Tokyo

The Pool at The Peninsula Tokyo

Opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo is located in the Marunouchi district, a short walk from the shopping capital of Ginza. Featuring legendary service and commanding views of the Tokyo skyline, the property's Peninsula Spa received Forbes Five-Star status for the fifth year in a row, whilethe Hei Fung Terrace restaurant serves authentic Cantonese specialties with skyline views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also recieve American Breakfast for two daily at The Lobby, complimentary WiFi, a seasonal welcome amenity, and a per room 10,000 JPY food and beverage credit per stay valid in all restaurants or in-room dining with the exclusion of Kyoto Tsuraya, mini-bar items and retail merchandise. 

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1. Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

Adjacent to the Otemachi Forest, Aman Tokyo is located in the prestigious financial district of Otemachi. Set on the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, the luxury hotel is a sanctuary rooted in ritual with a mix of urban dynamism and cultural sensibility. The boundary between indoors and out is blurred with Ikebana displays and engawa platforms. While ryokan-style rooms have views of the Tokyo skyline, the Aman Spa is one of the city's largest wellness facilities, and the property's bars and restaurants serve as a social hub.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in the restaurant and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes minibar and no cash value).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Soaring 30 stories over the city, Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers a modern downtown retreat with a sun and sea-inspired design. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, the luxury hotel is across the street from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Providing a convenient location in the heart of the city, the hotel is located on 4.3 acres of land with bay and skyline views. Within walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter's dining and entertainment venues, the property has six on-site dining venues ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. Continue reading below the photo of the Pool Club Lounge. 

Pool Club at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Providing a convenient setting for business travelers, the property has meeting rooms, Notary Public, office rentals, and The UPS Store. In addition, the property has an array of amenities focused on leisure travel needs including children's activities, cribs, and family packages. While there's a variety of fitness and recreation options such as an outdoor pool with bay views, fitness room, and a walking and jogging track. Plus, the hotel has the full-service Eforea Spa with a focus on providing services and treatments focused on wellness and balance. Read more below the pool photo.

Waterfront pool at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Overlooking San Diego Bay and downtown, the hotel's guestrooms feature coastal chic furnishings, Serenity beds, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, and work spaces. While suites have both bay and city views, separate bedrooms, and living rooms with 65-inch flat-panel TVs. 

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This past year, Peninsula Chicago revealed its reimagined rooms and suites, which introduced The Peninsula Hotels' signature technology to the United States. The new rooms now offer all essential functions, entertainment, and guest services in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Continue reading below the photo.

In-room technology at the Peninsula Chicago

Rooms are designed so that every control is located precisely where it is required without guests having to think or search. The tablet technology allows guests to adjust lighting and temperature controls, as well as browse restaurant menus, hotel services, city information, attractions, and TV channels, while LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details and privacy options. In addition to the recently launched 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a new Mobile Concierge provides instant guest service support by text message, directly to mobile devices. An added benefit for domestic and international travelers alike, all domestic and international calls made from the guest room phone are complimentary via VOIP, and bedside charging stations store and charge several types of mobile devices. Read more below the photo of the bedside charging station.

Bedside charging station at the Peninsula Chicago

All of this pioneering technology has been developed by The Peninsula Hotels’ Research and Technology Department. Based in Hong Kong, the group has been responsible for some of the most advanced, yet intuitive innovations in the global hotel industry since 1985. The team flew more than 250,000 miles during the installation of the new system to ensure a truly seamless experience for guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Water Tower Suite at the Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is steps from the boutiques and restaurants along the Magnificent Mile. Offering a prestigious location and a host of accolades, the property has three on-site restaurants, legendary Afternoon Tea, two-story spa facility, and elegant event spaces. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as classical styling with Pratesi linens, 55-inch TVs with sound bars, and marble bathrooms with 19-inch inset TVs and soaking tubs.

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*The information in the article above was provided by the Peninsula Chicago.


| By: Rachael Weir

Centrally located between historic New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub, The Roseate New Delhi offers an urban retreat amidst eight acres of lush greenery and tranquil water bodies. Featuring award-winning architecture that accents the surrounding beauty, the property offers a serene setting removed from city traffic, yet a close drive to businesses and attractions. Discover three reasons to stay at The Roseate New Delhi below the photo.

Premium Pool View Room at The Roseate New Delhi

Three Reasons to Stay at The Roseate New Delhi:

1. Dining

The Roseate New Delhi

The hotel offers three dining options: Kiyan, Chi Ni, and IAH Bar. For international cuisine with a European emphasis, the hotel's signature restaurant Kiyan offers an upscale setting surrounded by blue water bodies amongst Isfahan columns with farm-to-table cuisine. Chi Ni serves "Chinese Cuisine from Heart" and the Iah Bar offers a relaxed indoor and outdoor experience with expertly-crafted food and beverage pairings.

2. The Aheli Spa 

The Roseate New Delhi

Offering a serene setting amidst bodies of water, the world-class facility has four indoor treatment suites with private verandahs and outdoor treatment areas. Guests can choose from an array of services and treatments, and there's also a beauty salon. 

3. Club Privé

For an additional level of exclusivity, the hotel's Club Privé is available by invitation only. Members have access to the Club Privé bar and lounge, as well as secretarial services, customized facilities, and personalized offerings. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

We recently booked clients for a 3 day meeting at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on New York's Upper East Side. The hotel offered experienced hosts and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The meeting space included windows overlooking 64th Street, but with 5 different space options the hotel can host from 2 to 150 guests for any meeting, international business, diplomatic, or social gathering. The catering menu was planned with their culinary team.

Whether you require an intimate space for a standing cocktail reception, or a larger room for a seated meal or presentation, these spaces are guaranteed to leave an impression on all attendees. In addition, the hotel maintains an on-site staff of experienced professionals to assist with event consultation and planning, as well as day-of supervision. 

Meetings or events with 10 or more rooms will be offered special room rates.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's meeting space as of January 2017

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's example of restaurant meeting space as of January 2017


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The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel

Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo. 

Trump International Washington D.C.

The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces.

The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image.

Trump International Washington D.C.

There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue.

The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom.

Trump International Washington D.C.

Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms.

Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details.

The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago.

Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public areas, including the Congressional Bells Museum and BLT Prime by David Burke. A standout lighting feature includes an integrated custom bar detail that illuminates restored post offices boxes as a backdrop in Benjamin Bar & Lounge, highlighting the building's history.

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Closed for an extensive renovation project, the Royal Mansour Casablanca, formerly Le Royal Mansour Méridien, is a luxury hotel in the Old Medina of Casablanca, Morocco. Opened in 1952, it has 7 Presidential Suites - so it is no surprise that the five star property is the preferred hotel of the Moroccan Royalty and Nobility. 

Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

Le Royal Mansour, situated centrally in the country's largest city and economic capital, is an oasis of calm. In the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, it offers a palatial blend of traditional Moroccan architecture with contemporary comfort and modern technology, surrounded by deep-cushioned luxury. The hotel prides itself on its elegance, style and warmth of service, combined with luxurious amenities and excellent cuisine.

Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring panoramic views of the city from the 42nd floor, the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Mexico City has welcomed Barack Obama, Madonna, and Tiger Woods.

Fully renovated in 2015, the modern suite is spread over two floors with contemporary styling, including art and furniture by Tom Dixon, Herman Miller, Antonio Citterio, Omer Arbel Bocci, and Zanotta. There is a dining room with seating for 18, multiple fireplaces, Nespresso maker, and a bar area. Read more below.

Living Room in the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Mexico City

Bathroom in the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Mexico City

For recreation, there's no need to leave the suite, as there is an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, plus a fitness center. To top it off, there is a large terrace offering exquisite city views and a bright green swing for the ultimate in relaxation.

Bar and Lounge area in the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Mexico City

Towering 42 stories in the air, the InterContinental Mexico City is located in the heart of the city's business, social, and shopping area. Offering contemporary styling and an international atmosphere, there is a world-class Gourmet Center, along with 26 meeting and banquet rooms. 

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Bedroom in the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Mexico City

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Located on Boston's waterfront, near the Financial District, Seaport District, and North End, the Boston Harbor Hotel has just completed a renovation of it's 230 guestrooms and suites. Being Boston's only five-star waterfront property, the hotel's location is now carried throughout the rooms with a coastal redesign. The redesign of the rooms followed the recent renovation of the hotel's wine-centric restaurant, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, as well as the Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa.

Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

Among the renovated guestrooms is the 1,400 square foot Presidential Suite. The 16th floor suite has new furnishings (including a 56-inch curved flat screen television and dining area for 8), bespoke amenities (a fully-stocked wet bar), and views of Boston's waterfront. Harbor-inspired art highlights the location of the Boston Harbor Hotel within the city. Similarly, it has spaces for entertaining and relaxation, especially with a private balcony overlooking the harbor.

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Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

 


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At Hotel du Louvre in Paris, even with 177 guest rooms, including 43 suites, each one with its own distinguished style, most of the rooms overlook the Louvre Museum, the Comedie Francaise Theatre, or the Avenue de l'Opera. As clear from the name, the hotels is across from the Louvre in the 1st arr.

The luxury property built in 1855 features a brasserie with terrace seting offering views of the Louvre, as well as a refined jazz bar serving cocktails and light fare. Guests that make their room reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary welcome cocktails, ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

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Hotel du Louvre Paris Bar


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