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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: Five Star Alliance

Set within the walls of Old Quebec, the iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac recently underwent a multimillion dollar restoration. Infused with the architecture of the Old fortified City, the urban resort has views of the St. Lawrence River, and an idyllic location within a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about a special promotion & exclusive Perks below the photo.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

For a limited time, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is offering a 4th Night Free Promotion*

  • Choose your travel dates
  • Search for the "Signature Travel 4NT Free" Offer
  • Enjoy your 4th night FREE at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Plus, exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: All reservations made with Five Star Alliance will also include buffet breakfast for two daily, a $100 CAD food credit per room/per stay, a welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

* Four nights minimum stay required. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability and currency rate fluctuation. Valid on new bookings. not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Book and travel by October 31, 2019. Blackout dates may apply.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Today is Canada Day! In celebration, we've gathered five of the top Canadian hotels offering exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Whether you seek time by the sea in Victoria, fancy a cosmopolitan stay in Toronto, or like to mix history with contemporary style, there's a Canadian property on this list to suit your style. 

1. Fairmont Empress | Victoria, British Columbia

Lobby at the Fairmont Empress

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress is a landmark hotel. Opened in 1908, the grand turn-of-the-century hotel recently underwent a major renovation, restoring the property to the elegance of a bygone era, while infusing the hotel with the latest amenities for luxury travelers. The property serves an elegant afternoon tea (reservations recommended), there's a Willow Stream Spa, and dining, plus the hotel is an ideal base for visiting the Butchart Gardens, wine touring, and whale watching excursions. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily, $100 CDN hotel credit per room/per stay (no cash value), a welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

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2. The Douglas | Vancouver, British Columbia

The Douglas

Set along the False Creek waterfront of downtown, The Douglas is a luxury boutique hotel designed for the modern traveler. The Victor serves a seasonally-inspired Pacific Northwest menu overlooking the property's sixth-level Rooftop Park. There is an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge with city skyline views, and guests have direct access to Parq Vancouver with world-class gaming and eight restaurants and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a Classic Breakfast for two daily through in-dining, a $100 CAD spa treatment credit, per room/per stay, complimentary Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

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3. Shangri-La Hotel Toronto | Toronto, Ontario

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Offering some of the largest rooms in all of Canada, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto has guest rooms and suites designed to enhance the sleep experience, Asian-inspired decor, and large bathrooms. Culinary experiences can be found throughout the hotel including at the signature restaurant Bosk with Asian-inspired cuisine, Soho House, and Chef David Chang's famed Momofuku, while the Lobby Lounge offering daily live music is an ideal spot for light refreshments or a glass of wine. The Wellness Floor has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, class studio, and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Bosk Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 CAD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value).

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4. Le Mount Stephen | Montreal, Quebec

Guest room at Le Mount Stephen

Carefully restored to protect the building's historic heritage, Le Mount Stephen is a boutique hotel in the midst of Montreal's Golden Square Mile. Nestled within an opulent mansion, accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms with chromotherapy rainfall showerheads and heated floors. Bar George is a British-inspired restaurant serving chef-created contemporary takes on classic dishes. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily continental breakfast for 2 at Bar George, $100 USD Hotel credit, per room, per stay, and welcome amenity.

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5. Auberge Saint-Antoine | Quebec City, Quebec

Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Auberge Saint-Antoine is a contemporary boutique hotel in the city's historic Old Port. This Relais & Châteaux property was built on a major archaeological site, and features displays of artifacts unearthed during the excavatio for the building from the French and British colonial regimes. Guest rooms and suites have contemporary decor infused with historical elements, as well as Bose stereos, Nespresso coffee machines, and bathrooms with heated floors, no-fog mirrors, and soaking tubs. For dining, Chez Muffy restaurant serves classic French dishes with a modern approach amidst a historic warehouse building with stone walls and exposed wooden beams. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily in Chez Muffy Restaurant, a 100 CAD spa credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Suite Saturdays Canada Day

Welcome to Suite Saturdays: Canada Day Edition! In honor of the country's 150th birthday today, we've gathered a list of some of Canada's best suites. From the East Coast to the West Coast, Canada offers breathtaking natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, cultural festivities, along with contemporary hotels and historic grand railroad properties, many of which are part of the Fairmont Hotels collection. 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Westin Nova Scotian

The Crown Suite at The Westin Nova Scotian

Set on the 11th floor, The Crown Suite (shown above) at the Westin Nova Scotian features sweeping views of Georges Island and the Halifax Harbor. Providing panoramic sunset views, the elegant space has a dining area with space for up to 20 people, separate bar and lounge area, menus created by Executive Chef Mark Marchment, and live music upon request. Located along the city’s harborfront, the hotel has an indoor pool, Sykea Salon and Spa, fitness studio, and Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club. 

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St. Andrews, New Brunswick

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort with One Bedroom Suites and the Algonquin Golf Course

The six One Bedroom Suites (shown above) at The Algonquin Resort offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, with queen or king pillow top beds, plus sofa beds in the living rooms. Recently remodeled, the suites have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, custom artwork, and three-piece bathrooms with stand alone showers. Situated in St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick, the Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 in Canada's first seaside resort town. Featuring maritime hospitality, the iconic building is a year-round destination with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach, spa, seasonal whale watching, and the award-winning Algonquin Golf Course. 

Learn more about The Algonquin Resort

Quebec City, Quebec

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Exterior and Frontenac Suite

Set within the walls of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a recently renovated atmosphere infused with European elegance. The Frontenac Suites (shown above) have 670 square feet of space, including parlors that seat up to 10 people, and separate master bedrooms. Providing views of the old fortified city and the St. Lawrence River, the iconic hotel offers guided tours of the property, the landmark Champlain Restaurant,1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, Bistro Le Sam, Place Dufferin, Spa du Château, grand event spaces, and an indoor pool. 

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Ottawa, Ontario

Fairmont Château Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Across the canal from Parliament Hill, the Presidential Suites (shown above) at the Fairmont Château Laurier offer a residential style setting overlooking the city with a living room featuring a faux fireplace, large flat-screen TV, work desk, and spacious seating area. Plus, a dining room with seating for eight, and a separate bedroom with a dressing room, armoire, and bureau. Recently revitalized and located in the country's capital city, the historic grand railroad hotel offers award-winning regional cuisine, indoor swimming pool, and grand event venues. The property has welcomed numerous dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities since opening in 1912.

Learn more about Fairmont Château Laurier

Winnepeg, Manitoba

Fairmont Winnipeg

Fairmont Winnipeg Royal Alexandra Suite

Featuring contemporary furnishings and original Manitoban art, the Royal Alexandra Suite (shown above) at the Fairmont Winnipeg evokes a residential feel. Set on the 20th floor, the spacious suite has a living room with a baby grand piano, gas fireplace, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and expansive views of the city. The large dining room has seating for six, along with a butler's pantry and half bath. The master bedroom overlooks Portage and Main with a king size bed, and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub. Steps from the city's major attractions including the Forks National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the hotel has upscale dining at the VG Restaurant, fitness club, and an indoor saltwater pool. 

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Lake Louise, Alberta

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Glacier Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Set within Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an grand luxury hotel built in 1890. The two-level Glacier Suite (shown above) has a dining and living area with a sofa bed on the main floor,  and a spiral staircase leading to a secluded bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. There's also a large covered balcony featuring views of the Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and mountains. Originally built as for outdoor enthusiasts, the property offers year-round alpine activities including world-class winter skiing, canoeing in the summer, and guided mountain tours. There's also a kid's camp, luxury spa, and elegant dining options, as well as horse drawn sleigh rides during the winter. 

Learn more about Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Vancouver, British Columbia

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Royal Suite

Referred to as the "Castle in the City" the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a historic location in the heart of the city. Since opening in 1939, many members of the British monarchy have visited the Hotel Vancouver, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the grand opening of the hotel. The Royal Suite (shown above) provides an opulent and spacious setting with four bedrooms, large dining room that can seat up to 10 guests, and an elegant living room with a grand hearth. Plus, from May to September 3, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

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| By: Rachael Weir
Overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the city's Old Port neighborhood, the Auberge Saint-Antoine offers a modern setting infused with historic artifacts. For a truly unique environment, some of the Relais & Chateaux hotel's suites are housed within the Hunt House, part of which dates back to the 18th century. Featuring a rustic elegance, the suites (including the Du Jardin Suite, shown below) in this building have original wood floors and exposed wood beams, along with modern amenities such as heated bathroom floors, deep soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers, and Bose sound systems. For incredible views of the St. Lawrence River, the Panorama Suite features contemporary styling within the Hunt House along with a large balcony. Continue reading below the photos.
 
1. Du Jardin Suite Bathroom
Du Jardin Suite Bathroom at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
2. Capitaine Suite 
Capitaine  Suite at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
3. Francaise Suite
Francaise Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine
The Auberge Saint-Antoine is built on a major archeological site in the heart of Quebec City. Once the home of wharves, cannon emplacements, and warehouses, the hotel displays hundreds of artifacts from the French and British regimes that unearthed during an archeological excavation. The hotel's award-winning restaurant, Panache! serves modern French cuisine prepared with ingredients from the hotel's garden, and is housed in a historic warehouse building with wood beams and stone walls. Continue reading below the image of Panache.
Panache Restaurant at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book the "Best Available Rate through Five Star Alliance will receive daily complimentary breakfast for two at Panache, $100 CAD food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 
 
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| By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Le Concorde
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 are a family of 6 and looking to stay is Quebec City. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family that is 1 room?

ANSWER: Loews Le Concorde Hotel 

Say bonjour to Old World charm and contemporary comfort at Loews Le Concorde, a luxury hotel in Quebec City. Guests will feel like they are in a European city as they traverse the winding cobblestone streets of the Old City. All 406 rooms and 19 suites have been luxuriously furnished with the intent of creating accommodations that invite guests to linger. Expansive views allow guests to gaze over the city's skyline while enjoying the privacy of their hotel room.

The Junior Suite is the ideal place for a family getaway to Quebec City. These suites offer multiple amenities, incomparable value, and a choice of extra space or privacy. There is a separate bedroom that features 2 Queen size beds or 1 King Bed and a spacious living room with a double sofa bed, so the suite can sleep as many as 6. Guests will be surrounded by the beauty of this historic city, with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence, the Plains of Abraham, or the Old City itself. No detail has been overlooked when it comes to your comfort, from the modern, French-inspired deceor to the fine plush linens. The elegant marble bath is the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring this incredible city. Then slip into one of the ultra-comfy robes, and watch an in-room movie with the family. You will find everything you need for a perfect family getaway in the Junior Suite at the Loews Hotel le Concorde.

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: Christopher Roney

As summer hits the northern hemisphere like a hot blanket soaked in mosquitos, I find myself longing for something a little more wintery. It's also a hotel that's about as unlikely as the Kool Aid man entering through a doorway. The Hotel de Glace is a hotel made entirely of ice. No, stop checking your glasses. You read that correctly. It is a hotel made of ice. It's only open in the spring season, but it might be worth setting yourself up for next year already. I imagine such a hotel derives most of its appeal from novelty, since bedding down within an ice sculpture may be the coolest thing since Archimedes invented buoyancy, but staying for more than a few nights might leave you with a case of the sniffles. 

The hotel is available for nightly stays, tours and even for full wedding parties who are looking for the most exotic possible way to celebrate their union. Next winter, make sure to check out the chilliest of accommodations at the Hotel de Glace. For the summer months, however, you'll be better off sticking to Quebec hotels whose walls don't depart with the spring thaw. 

Photo via Hotel de Glace.com