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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.

Walk the Riverwalk with Hotel Contessa

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Countessa
The magic that surrounds this verdant oasis is mystifying to all who visit San Antonio's famed River Walk every year. At the heart and soul of this gently winding waterway is Hotel Contessa, one of the River Walk's sparkling gems.

The San Antonio Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.  It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. More than 20 events take place on the Riverwalk every year.

The all-suites Hotel Contessa celebrates the River Walk with a special package designed to take advantage of the perfect weather for walking.

Book the Explore River Walk Package and receive:

• Overnight Luxury Suite Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Las Ramblas
• River Walk Boat Tour Tickets
• Wireless Internet Access
 

Nightly rates for the Explore Riverwalk package start at $289 >>


New to Five Star Alliance: The Cornstalk Hotel

September 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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 Hotel

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Lacroix Suite Package at The Rittenhouse

September 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rittenhouse
Book the Suite Lacroix package at Philadelphia's The Rittenhouse, and you will dine and sleep in style. The Rittenhouse is known for its world-class amenities and services, along with a Center City location. 

Lacroix Suite Package includes:

- Overnight accommodations in a Park Suite
- Four course dinner for two at the AAA Four Diamond Award Lacroix Restaurant
- Wine pairing for two
- Two glasses of champagne
- American breakfast for two in the morning

The Lacroix Restaurant is known for its locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, extensive wine selection, Progressive International Cuisine, and a backdrop of Rittenhouse Square.

Each of the Park Suites include marble bathrooms, four-poster beds, and carefully chosen hand-crafted furniture designed specifically for The Rittenhouse. Located on the third floor of the hotel, each of the Rittenhouse Hotel suites are designed to take full advantage of these unique treetop views of Rittenhouse Square. The suites range in size from approximately 950 to 1,300 square feet. 

Park Suite Amenities Include:

Rittenhouse Hotel

- Separate seating area with queen-sized sofa sleeper
- Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown service
- Plush bed with pillow-top mattress, duvets and king-size down pillows 
- State-of-the-art technology featuring flat-screen televisions and iPod docking station 
- Entertainment on demand
- Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access
- Individual climate control
- In-room safe large enough to store a laptop computer
- Private bar stocked with a selection of cold beverages and snacks
- Luxurious marble bathroom featuring Acqua Di Parma bath amenities
- Oversized bathtub and glass enclosed shower with massage showerhead
- Separate vanity and dressing area with illuminated makeup mirror
- Plush bathrobe and slippers
- 24-hour in-room dining
- Overnight shoe shining service

Book your visit to The Rittenhouse >>


Armani Hotel Milano's Armani/Ristorante Concept

September 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel MilanoThe dining venues within Armani Hotel Milano, with their floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give a breathtaking panoramic view on the rooftops and the terraces of Milan. Overlooking the Duomo Cathedral and the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, the Armani/Ristorante (on the 7th floor of the Armani Hotel Milano) is the ideal place for a business lunch, for a hearty meal over several courses and for a relaxed and light dinner with a glass of wine … and for a special Sunday brunch too.

Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic Italian traditions, providing Guests with classic and authentic culinary delights. The dishes make use of fresh produce and are served amid an elegant ambiance, with expert, attentive, and impeccable service.


Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca with an exclusive and wide selection of more than 300 wines. Each wine label is chosen for its ability to let guests live a unique sensory experience. Armani/Ristorante also features an intimate Private Dining Room and a magnificent Chef’s Table located within the kitchen.
Armani Hotel Milan
On the same floor is the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar, with an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a memorable aperitivo and for a vibrant after-dinner, accompanied by very good music.

Learn more about Armani Hotel Milano >>


Image of the Day: Brufani Palace

September 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Brufani Palace displays its art al fresco. Why not?

Brufani Palace

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Hotel in London for a Family of Four?

September 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Landmark London
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 4 and looking to stay is London, England. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Landmark London 

The Landmark has its own distinctive style and ambience. It combines classic British elegance and grandeur with the deluxe facilities demanded by today's discerning travelers. These facilities include fantastic restaurants and bars, a luxurious Spa & Health Club with a 15 metrer swimming pool, and a gymnasium. Encompassing 300 of the largest guest rooms in London, all rooms boast beautiful Italian marble en suites, interactive television systems with e-mail and high-speed internet access, laptop safes, and air-conditioning.  Situated beneath the soaring eight-storey atrium, and offering international cuisine, is the spectacular Winter Garden.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room - The Family Rooms are available with two double beds for two adults and two children, up to 12 years of age. All family rooms contain two double beds for two adults and two children, up to 12 years of age. Inter-connecting rooms can be arranged for larger families or if children are older. Baby cots are available on request. The hotel's unique location near Madame Tussauds and London Zoo makes us the ideal place to stay whilst spending quality time with the family.

Book a family getaway at The Landmark London >> 

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.
 


Discover with You Package at Ritz Carlton Buckhead

August 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Buckhead
Surround yourself with an irresistible combination of Southern hospitality and smart sophistication at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the most ideally located Buckhead luxury hotels offering effortless access to the city's finest shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments. 

The Discover with You Package Includes:
- Overnight Deluxe accommodations
-Daily American Breakfast for two each morning in The CafeRitz Carlton Buckhead- $50 USD hotel credit per night
- Two Adult tickets to one of Atlanta's popular attractions that include: Atlanta History Center that includes admission to: Smith Family Farm, the Gardens and the Swan House, GA Aquarium, World of Coke, or High Museum. (once per stay)

Rates for the Discover with You start at $294 per night >>

 

Offer is valid through December 31, 2014. Daily breakfast is available in select hotel restaurants and not valid for in-room dining. Destination Experience is per stay and varies by hotel. Credit is applied per night, has no cash value, and is not valid on room rate, alcohol, or third party services.



 


Cool Pools: Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

August 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is located in the historical center of Istanbul. Its wellness center features this heated indoor swimming pool.

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

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Your Questions Answered: What Room Type at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Suits a Family of 5?

August 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter
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 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 room type at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter should we request for family of 5?

ANSWER: The all new Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is the first Le Méridien ever in Atlanta. Mixing contemporary culture with its European heritage, Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter is an ideally situated, residentially styled boutique hotel conveniently positioned in the center of the upscale commerce and business district of Perimeter. The luxury hotel offers all the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty program. Adjacent to the Perimeter Mall, and surrounded by mature dogwood trees, the hotel creates a private and quiet diversion from the nearby activities in the Atlanta Perimeter area. 

The spacious, light and airy foyer embodies the stylish clean lines throughout this Atlanta Perimeter hotel. As the Georgian sun sets, a more intimate setting welcomes guests as they unwind in the southern hospitality of Portico, the new Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel restaurant, or Longitude 84, the lobby bar. Unmistakably, the outdoor pool is a tranquil place to unwind, rest and be peaceful. Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is a smoke free hotel.
Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel
Space really does matter in the oversized Atlanta Perimeter Deluxe Rooms, One Bedroom, and Executive Suites. Slip into the comfiest night sleep you will ever have on the layered soft featherbed mattress, luxury crisp white 350-thread count linens, a down duvet, and plump pillows. Make a fresh cup of illy coffee from your own personal coffee maker while you connect on the fastest WI-FI connection.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Le Méridien offers a truly unique experience in every one of its stylish guest rooms and suites. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambiance for you to experience and enjoy. Try the chic 825 sq.ft. Club Suite. It has a separate living room, club room access, Le Méridien Platform Bed, a bathrobe, and 46" and 55" LCD TVs. There is a $25.00 per nightcharge each additional guest – max is 5 for this suite- a rolloway can be added if needed.

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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.
 


Cool Pools: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

August 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is spread over two floors, and offers more than the traditional spa experience. The hallmark of the spa is its heat and water treatments.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Holistic spa areas include experience showers, vitality pools, ice fountains, amethyst crystal steam rooms, saunas, and Zen Relaxation Rooms. There's also a Turkish Hammam, Moroccan Rasul, and Roman Laconium.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Guests are encouraged to arrive 60 minutes before their appointment time to take full advantage of these facilities and prepare for the deepest therapeutic experience. 

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Open to hotel guests and spa members, the 18-metre heated indoor pool is the most centrally located swimming pool in Hong Kong. Salads, juices and light refreshments are available from the poolside area.

Check in to the Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental >>