New 5 Star Hotels, Restaurants Beckon – How to Get There for Less

Wouldn’t it be something if you could save so much money on flights that you could afford to stay in a five-star hotel or dine in a similarly posh restaurant? We’ll do our best to help.

Forbes Adds to Five-Star List

The Forbes Travel Guide had just updated its latest starry list and its highest category – the coveted five-star honor – has expanded by three hotels, four restaurants and one spa. Click the name of the city to find the cheapest available flights to these fine establishments.

So what makes a 5 star hotel so special? Plenty

New Five-Star Hotels

The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. The first Forbes five-star honoree in this Pacific Northwest city.

  • Getting there: Fly into Seattle or check to see if Bellingham, Wash., is a little cheaper (although the 90-mile drive may be too far to make it worth your while)

The Connaught in London. The only surprise is that it wasn’t already on the five-star list.

  • Getting there: Fly into London, and fall is an excellent (and cheap) season for Europe.

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Forbes’ first five-star hotel in all of Canada which doesn’t seem possible.

  • Getting there: Fly into Vancouver, but you may find cheaper flights into Bellingham, Wash., – which is just 50 miles away and served by Alaska, Allegiant and Froniter Airlines. You might even consider flying into Seattle, if you don’t mind a three-hour drive.

Want a cheap flight to a 3 or 4 star place? See the Deals Blog

New Five-Star Restaurants

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California (Napa Valley)

Plume Restaurant at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C.

  • Getting there: Fly into Washington, D.C. but don’t overlook Baltimore which is a little farther away but could be a lot cheaper.

The Fearrington Restaurant in Fearrington Village, North Carolina

  • Getting there: Fly into Raleigh/Durham (about 40 miles away) or Greensboro (about 55 miles away). Both airports are served by low-cost carriers.

Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos, California

  • Getting there: Fly into San Jose, just a few miles down the road. The airport is served by several airlines including JetBlue and Virgin America.

New Five-Star Spa

The Sense Spa, inside Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel. Go for the room, stay for the pedicure which includes a maple sugar scrub (no kidding)

  • Getting there: Fly into Vancouver, but you may find cheaper flights into Bellingham, Wash., – which is just 50 miles away and served by Alaska, Allegiant and Froniter Airlines. You might even consider flying into Seattle, if you don’t mind a three-hour drive.

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Published: September 10, 2013