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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.

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Armani Hotel Dubai

May 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Armani Hotel Dubai is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for rooms. This luxury hotel soars high above downtown Dubai in the beautiful Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. This is the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani, and it reflects the pure elegance, simplicity, and comfort that define Armani’s signature style. Every detail in the hotel’s 160 luxurious rooms bears the Armani signature, from the Italian-style hospitality to stone floors to the zebrawood panels. Every guest is appointed a Lifestyle Manager to guide him/her around the hotel’s impressive facilities including a nightclub, 7 restaurants, a spa, and several boutiques.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Armani Hotel Dubai here!


Bucking the Trend: New Mandarin Oriental Opens in Atlanta

May 3, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta, Buckhead is now open for business, which created a bit of a conundrum for me. See, there are just so many great headlines for Buckhead. Alternate titles included, "Ahead of the Trend," "The Buck Stops Here," and "Mandarin Oriental Opens a New Hotel in Buckhead," which was the generous contribution of the portlier half of my brain. Thanks, left brain, but you're not very good at this. Anyway, after my painstaking research into optimized punnillanimity, I turned my eyes to the actual details of the newest addition to the Buckhead neighborhood. The Mandarin Oriental promises terrace views of the city skyline from some of the rooms on higher floors, and its Premier Terrace Suite offers a more panoramic view from either of its two balconies, from which you can enjoy some fantastic in-room breakfast or dinner.  Stay in any of its 127 guest rooms to enjoy its 15,000 sq ft spa and Taipan Cocktail Bar.  Also, look for the More in Atlanta package to grab a third night free. 

Via Luxury Travel Advisor.


Deals and Steals at the St. Regis Grand Rome in Italy

May 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

The St. Regis Grand Rome is perfectly located in the heart of Rome within walking distance of many historic sites including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and Via Veneto. The Colosseum and the Piazza Navona are also located nearby, and each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are beautifully decorated in Empire, Regency, and Louis XV styles.

Taste of Luxury Package

This package is available for a Superior room with 1 king bed, Deluxe room with 1 king bed, or an Imperial room with 1 king bed. It includes breakfast for 2, and the 4th night is free for travel between November 2011 and March 2013. The free night is applied upon check in. (This special package must be selected to receive the 4th night free.)

Luxury Romance Package

This package is available for a Superior room, Deluxe room, or Imperial room option with 1 king bed, and it includes daily room service breakfast for 2, beautiful flowers, and champagne upon arrival. Dive into a romantic escape with this package that’s perfect for an anniversary, birthday, or just a weekend away.

Vivendo Dinner Package

This package is perfect for the food connoisseur and it is available for either a Superior or Deluxe room. Included in this package is a buffet breakfast and a phenomenal 3 course dinner from the Grand menu at Vivendo Restaurant.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in Rome!


Harbour Grand Kowloon Honored at the Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards!

May 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

TripAdvisor announced that the Harbour Grand Kowloon has been chosen as the winner in the category of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in China in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards! The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards honor the world’s best hotels as selected by millions of real travelers’ reviews and opinions, so you can trust and check in with ease knowing that you are about to stay at phenomenal hotel as chosen by fellow travelers like yourself.

The Harbour Grand Kowloon is a luxurious 5-star property situated on the harbor front promenade just a few steps from the famous Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is nestled in the neighborhood of Whampoa, which is full of charming cafes and boutiques and just minutes away from the Tsimshatsui shopping and business district. Its 554 spacious guestrooms including 86 suites are equipped with the latest technology and many of which offer stunning Harbour views. A few of the amenities available to guests include massage service, steam room and sauna, a top floor fitness center, and a glass-walled roof top swimming pool featuring 360 degree panoramic views.

Jonathan A. Wilson, the General Manager of the hotel says, “we are thrilled to once again be honoured by our travel partners TripAdvisor. To win the award for the second year running affirms that we are heading in the right direction and spurs us on to maintain our strong commitment towards service excellence. We are honoured that our guests have chosen us.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Be sure to make your reservations at this highly acclaimed hotel and get ready for a truly luxurious and wonderful stay!


Dubai is Getting 3 New Hotels in 2017!

May 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The luxury hotel market is going to get a makeover in Dubai, with a brand new W, Westin, and St. Regis coming in 2017. All three of these luxury hotels will be built in the same complex, a one million square foot property, with 1,675 rooms in total! Each of the hotels will share the same name, ‘Sheikh Zayed Road,’ and they will all have distinguished characteristics that represent their individual brand. The complex will also have an ‘entertainment theatre’ and a tranquil and beautiful 500,000 square foot landscaped garden. We will certainly be following the progress and further developments of these luxurious properties, but if you can’t wait until 2017, then be sure to check out the other phenomenal properties available in Dubai!

Photo of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai


Deals and Steals at the Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, Texas

April 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Today’s feature is the Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, Texas. This 5-star hotel is located in west Houston’s prestigious CITYCENTRE development just a few miles from the Energy Corridor and Westchase District, and it’s surrounded by sophisticated retailers and fine dining options. The Hotel Sorella is elegantly decorated with a unique European Murano glass chandelier and custom graphite colored ceramic floors. It features 244 guest rooms and suites all beautifully decorated to make you feel right at home. Check out the following deals and packages that’ll send you cowboy boot shopping today!

Stay Two or More Nights Package:

Enjoy a discounted nightly rate in a Traditional Room, Deluxe Room, or Junior Suite with breakfast included. The rooms have either 1 king bed or 2 double beds, and the size of the rooms range from 410 to 525 square feet.

Corporate Rates:

Traveling on business? Take advantage of the discounted corporate rates available for Traditional Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, as well as Junior Suites.

Stay and Dine at Bistro Alex Package:

Choose from a Traditional Room, Deluxe Room, or a Junior Suite and get ready for a taste-bud assaulting experience. This package includes luxurious accommodations, 2 pre-dinner cocktails at the Monnalisa Bar, and a $100 gift card to Bistro Alex, where the menu features classical favorites as well as lighter fare all prepared with a progressive twist. Dinner reservations are recommended.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in Houston!


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Nobilis Hotel in Lviv, Ukraine

April 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Nobilis Hotel in Lviv is the first and only world class luxury hotel located in the heart of Lviv, and the classical building façade decorated with hand-paintings beautifully compliments the architectural design of the city. Lviv, which means the City of Lions, is a historic and beautiful city which has successfully meshed the architectural and traditional culture of Eastern Europe with those of Italy, Germany, and France. Referred to as the ‘Little Paris of Ukraine,’ Lviv’s cobblestone streets and cultural institutions make it a romantic and beautiful city certainly worth exploring. The Nobilis Hotel has 49 spacious rooms and 9 luxurious suites equipped with the latest technology and decorated with elegant and tasteful style. Its exquisite restaurant, piano-lounge bar, 24-hour lobby bar with fireplace, and its spa and fitness center all add to the hotel’s lavish comforts and charm. Be sure to make your reservations at this beautiful property soon to make it in time for the EuroCup 2012, and get ready to visit what in my very biased opinion is the best city in the world!


The Chase is On: Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion Re-Opens

April 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion, a feature of northwest DC, has finished up its eight weeks of renovation and is gearing up for its reopening come May 7th.  Located within one of the northwest's great shopping centers, the Embassy Suites is a great DC Hotel, and their renovation is polishing all the corners and reapplying a fresh coat of paint to an already modern hotel. Grab one of their reopening packages for a crazy set of amenities:

 - Complimentary Wifi
 - Two free all-day metro passes
 - Discounted $10 metro parking
 - Free tote bag (Oh, yeah!)
 - Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast
 - Manager's evening reception

Photo via Embassy Suites


A World Food Marathon at the Andaz Liverpool Street London

April 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Andaz Liverpool Street London is getting hyped and ready for the 2012 Olympics with a World Food Marathon! We can’t think of a better way to welcome fans from all over the world than with international dishes to give folks a taste of something new or a dish to make them feel welcome and right at home. From July 2nd to the 27th, each of Andaz’s restaurants will create a different international dish, drawing inspiration from the staff members’ native countries. The 26 phenomenal dishes will lead up to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, and each staff member worked with the chef to ensure that the recipe was correctly recreated. A few dishes to look forward to include a spicy pork from Korea, golabki from Poland, and Mango Pavlova from Australia. If you plan to be in town for the Olympics, definitely add a visit to the Andaz Liverpool Street London hotel to the list of things to do for a unique and exciting culinary experience!


It's Business Time: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Best Business Hotel Dubai

April 24, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Dubai.

In a city filled with tower hotels, stretching upward as if to be the first to reach the heavens, one stands out from the rest as a place for the businessman who finds himself in the world's aspiring international mecca of finance. The Jumeirah Emirates Towers spear the sky in the center of the city's bustling business district and serves an architectural marker for the city's great success. Two towers, side-by-side, serve as a dual home for offices and residences, everything the traveling businessman needs, connected by a central shopping podium.

The rooms and services of the hotel are also tailored specifically with the international businessman in mind. Even the standard rooms of the Jumeirah Emirates come with an IT workstation, including 24-hour tech support. An entire floor is reserved specially for female travelers who are looking for a more private, comfortable atmosphere, and rooms there come standard with a cosmetics fridge, in-room yoga mat, and a line of Chopard products. Fine dining is available on-site, and due to the great variety of options in its 15 restaurants, lounges, and bars, you'll never have to travel far for an exquisite meal. Next time you're heading to Dubai to close a business deal, look to The Jumeirah Emirates Towers as the premiere place to stay.