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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.

Did You Know? Cliveden House

December 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cliveden House was first built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created Cliveden as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress.

Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before. The house has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales, who created a happy family home here until his death in 1751.

Clivden House

Queen Victoria, a frequent guest was not amused when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America's richest citizen. When in 1906 he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?

December 27, 2014
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 are a family of 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?


ANSWER: The Cornstalk Hotel 
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa. The Cornstalk features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.


The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a River Walk Hotel in San Antonio?

December 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mokara Hotel and SpaWe 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 are some River Walk resorts in San Antonio for a family of 2? We would like a suite.


ANSWER: Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio is a relaxing retreat on San Antonio's world-famous River Walk. Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis has all the best creature comforts easily at hand, including luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities, fine dining, and a full-service spa. Pluse, the attentive staff is always available to make your stay in San Antonio a truly memorable one.
Formerly the Watermark Hotel, the Mokara Hotel & Spa has a long-standing history of excellence. As the only four-star hotel in San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first choice for sophisticated travelers.


With 99 rooms and suites, each appointed with world-class amenities and fine finishes, Mokara San Antonio offers the ultimate in comfortable luxury. Every room and suite features high ceilings, wood and marble finishes, cozy beds with fine linens, and gracious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Mokara Hotel and Spa

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Suites -Enjoy luxury as big as Texas in a spacious Mokara suite, with a living area that boasts a panoramic view of the River Walk, an adjoining bedroom, and a spacious bath.

Book a stay at Mokara Hotel and Spa >>

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.
 


Image of the Day: Buckland Manor

December 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor is one of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds, with a heritage dating back to the 13th Century. The Manor is located in a breathtaking setting next to the church with ten acres of gardens rolling into the surrounding countryside and based in the tiny village of Buckland.

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New to Five Star Alliance: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

December 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Set on its own private island in Venice, Isola delle Rose, just a 15-minute ride across the Lagoon to St. Mark's Square by boat shuttle service, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat for romantic breaks and family escapes. Opening in March 2015, the Resort features 266 contemporary-styled rooms and suites designed by the architect Matteo Thun. Five distinct accommodation experiences will be at guests' disposal, located in secluded corners of the Island: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and La Villa.

JW Venice Resort and Spa 

Book a stay at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa from March 2015 >>


Dining in the Dark at Alila Diwa Goa

December 24, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Alila Diwa GoaAlila Diwa Goa is offering a "Dining in the Dark" pop-up sensory dining event. On the last Thursday of every month, Spice Studio, the signature Indian restaurant at the resort, guests will explore their palates using taste, smell, sound, and touch. Guests will relish their choice of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian "thali" in pitch darkness. 

You will hear nothing but the soft clinking of cutlery and the silent whispers of patrons who are trying to guess what they are eating as you see the silhouette of your server in the distance. There are no rules in this delicious guessing game apart from savoring the flavorful delicacies in the dark. The Chefs at Spice Studio have given innovative twists to the dishes on the menu to let your imagination run wild and will also be changing the menu at every sitting to retain the element of surprise. Guests are provided with a copy of the menu at the end of the meal. 

Alila Diwa Goa first launched this concept during the International Earth Hour 2014 and rave guest reviews have brought it back as an Alila Dining Experience now happening on the last Thursday of every month till March 2015.

Book your nightly dinner at Alila Diwa Goa >>


Image of the Day: Waldorf Hilton London

December 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Hilton London
A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf Hilton London is steeped in Edwardian tradition. Built in 1908, this Grade II listed hotel offers a central location with proximity to the attractions and delights of London.  Located in the vibrant West End district, there are plenty of attractions around this London hotel, including Theatreland, Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, or one of the many museums and galleries this capital city has to offer.

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Did You Know? InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel

December 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

With floodlit views of the Opera House, the superbly renovated InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel is at the heart of Parisian society. Opened in 1862, it defines historical grandeur, from Cafe. de la Paix to La Verriere Restaurant, set in an 800 square meter winter garden. Elegantly appointed, the hotel's boutique-style suites overlook stunning landmarks. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre, and banking districts, this luxury Paris hotel is an icon in the City of Light.

InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel

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Did You Know? Grand Hotel Et De Milan

December 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Et De Milan had its entire fourth floor destroyed in 1943, following a terrible bombing (which also hit La Scala). Subsequently, the Military Staff of the 5th American Brigade took charge of the hotel. The “Milan” became a place for holiday rewards for ally soldiers. At some point, the hotel even had its own Military Chief. Parties, balls and concerts were held in the luxurious and exclusive restaurant. On June 24th 1946, the hotel finally found peace. Work was started by architect Giovanni Muzio (main representative of the Modern Movement) immediately after the war to restore the oldest and most prestigious Milan hotel to its former glory.

Grand Hotel et de Milan

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