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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Your Questions Answered: What are the Pet and Smoking Policies at Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall
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: What is the pet policy for Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hamburg, Germany? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hotel welcomes you to the heart of the hanseatic city. Creative ingenuity meets French art de vivre in this luxury Hamburg hotel which rests by a quiet canal in the historic German citys heart. Near Alster Lake Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall is a harmonious union of high function and contemporary decor. A design aesthetic of opulent purism brings a bold chic blend of simple and luxurious materials marble and glass plush fabrics and steel. Inside the 5-star hotel in Hamburg taste international dishes at Ticino Restaurant and linger with a drink on the sunny canalside terrace. The Seagull Spa is a destination for those who wish to experience a world of soothing relaxation.

Dogs are welcome at the hotel. There is an additional fee per night for canine companions.

The hotel is a non-smoking property.

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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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Located at one of the most exotic places in the world, at the shore of Beagle Channel and with a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of the imposing Andes Mountain Range, Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa has direct beach access, and spectacular views in all areas, highlighting its unique in-out pool.

Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa 

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Did You Know? Esplanade Zagreb


By: Five Star Alliance

Esplanade Zagreb was opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the famous Orient Express train.

Esplanade Zagreb

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Image of the Day: The Blakely New York Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Blakely New York Hotel is ideally located at 136 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, The Blakely is within walking distance of the high-end fashion of 5th Avenue, the enjoyment of Central Park, the lights of Broadway, as well as numerous corporate headquarters on 6th and 7th Avenues. Other area attractions include Rockefeller Center, The Museum of Modern Art, City Center, Carnegie Hall, the AOL-Time Warner Center, and numerous dining options right at its doorstep. 

The Blakely New York Hotel

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Image of the Day: Hotel Des Indes


By: Five Star Alliance

Built in 1858 as a city palace and a hotel since 1881, Hotel Des Indes pays tribute to the rich history of The Hague. Completely renovated by interior designer Jacques Garcia in 2006, the 92 guest rooms and suites blend contemporary amenities with traditional architectural statements.

Hotel Des Indes 

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Did You Know? Treetops Lodge And Estate


By: Five Star Alliance

Treetops Lodge and Estate has planted selected trees, some 70,000 in all, to ensure a better habitat and a better environment.

Treetops Lodge and Estate

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Room with a View: Hotel Commonwealth


By: Five Star Alliance

Red Sox fans, this is the hotel for you! Some of Hotel Commonwealth's rooms look right out onto historic Fenway Park.

Hotel Commonwealth 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Beaumont


By: Five Star Alliance

The Beaumont is the first hotel by Corbin & King, the London restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and a number of other leading restaurants in the capital. A luxury, 5 star Mayfair hotel, with just 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites, The Beaumont occupies a historic 1926 building overlooking Brown Hart Gardens.

The Beaumont 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Launches Epic Bucket List Experiences


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel add epic memories to your bucket list!

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel continues to redefine guest experiences by creating distinctive, unforgettable and epic memories. The resort is kicking off 2015 by each week highlighting an Epic Bucket List experience guests would want on their Bucket List. These experiences are for guests to enjoy while visiting the oceanfront resort and Southern California. From sipping champagne at sunset or meeting world renowned marine life artist Wyland to snorkeling with a Garibaldi or going behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters, an epic experience will be added to the Bucket List each week via the resort'social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Guests are invited to follow the Bucket List through #RCMemories #BucketList and are invited to share their Bucket List ideas.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes overnight accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite featuring cascading views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and California Riviera. Guests will experience personalized surprise and delights designed by expert memory makers – the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes:
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
o Three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite
o Dinner for two catered by a personal butler on the patio of the suite
o A private butler, creating personalized experiences such as
o Private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon
o Surf Lessons with a Pro
o Shopping Extravaganza
o Reserved seating on 180blu, the resort's bluff-top lounge
o A couples massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa
o Personal paparazzi to capture the epic memories
o Round the clock transfers from the airport and around town

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Wonders of Wyland Reception at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Wonders of Wyland Reception

The Wonders of Wyland Reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015. The evening will include film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference. The Wonders of Wyland Reception will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper. The reception is $125 per person, with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation. Reservations are required for the reception.
 

Whales, Wonders, and Wyland event at Ritz Carlton Laguna NiguelWhales, Wonders, and Wyland

The Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night.
 

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Strand Yangon


By: Five Star Alliance

Declared "the finest hostelry East of Suez" by John Murray in his Handbook for Travelers written in the early 20th century, the 1901-built three story The Strand Yangon remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels and one of its most awe-inspiring.

The Strand Yangon 

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