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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.

Cool Pools: Gansevoort Park Avenue

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at the Gansevoort Park Avenue can take in views of the Empire State building while they swim or lounge. The heated, indoor/outdoor rooftop pool featuring a collapsible garage door allowing passage between the interior and exterior elements. The pool is exclusive for guests during business hours, and open year round for easy access. Take a dip and meet the Mosaic 1940’s pin up temptress who beckons enticingly from the pool bottom. 

Gansevoort Park Avenue

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Italy?

February 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Principe di Piemonte Turin

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 are some family-friendly resorts in Italy for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?
ANSWER: Principi di Piemonte Turin

The Principi di Piemonte in Turin is an elegant 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city. The building that houses Principi di Piemonte Hotel is imposing and quite high, able to provide exciting views of the most suggestive panoramas of Turin. This is a luxury hotel immersed in a charming atmosphere where class and style greet sophisticated and demanding guests. The building has 99 rooms, divided into rooms and suites, ideal for congressionalist and business men, but also for tourists who want to discover the beauty of the Savoy capital, residing in a high-class hotel.

Located near the Porta Nuova train station, and easily reached from Turin's Caselle Airport using public transportation, Principi di Piemonte is the ideal location for visiting the city, reaching the fashionable boutiques in Via Roma, and visiting the monuments and buildings that are most representative of Turin. The hotel offers the refined and exclusive restaurant with soft, private ambiance, the luminous breakfast room, the American bar with outdoor seating, and a variety of areas available for the guests to satisfy any need during their stay. The Health Center at Principi Piemonte joins elegance and class with traditional and the newest wellness and beauty treatments. From crystalline water to colors for maximum sensorial relaxation, from different types of massages to the Turkish bath for rediscovering beauty and charm, the spa and wellness center of the Principi di Piemonte is able to provide magical moments for wellness and relaxation to reinvigorate you from the stress of modern society.
Principe di Piemonte Turin


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
• Deluxe room connecting to Junior Suite or a Junior Suite connecting to a Suite. These are modern, roomy, luminous rooms with panoramic views of Turin, offering spacious and comfortable bathrooms, a working desk with ergonomic chair, and high speed Wi-Fi Internet connection. The hotel features an extravagant room-service menu. All rooms are non-smoking. Rooms are available for handicapped guests. There are also room featuring non-allergenic furnishings  or pet friendly rooms.

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. 

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Cool Pools: Park Hyatt Sydney

February 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sydney Opera House


Park Hyatt Sydney
 is perched on one of the world's most beautiful harbours. The luxury hotel is situated right between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The rooftop pool means guests can see these iconic landmarks without ever leaving their lounge chair.

 

Left: View of the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

Park Hyatt Sydney

 






Right: View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

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Image of the Day: Taj West End

February 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Taj West End is a lush, 20-acre garden in the middle of Bangalore. West End VIPs have included the vivacious and beautiful Devika Rani, the First Lady of the Indian Screen who held the film world in thrall for two decades, and her venerated Russian husband Roerich. Many members of Indian Royalty practically settled into the West End Hotel - The Jagirdar of Arni stayed at the West End for 36 years and the Raja of Chettinad was a regular in Room No.50.

Taj West End

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

February 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal has completed a full renovation inviting guests to enjoy the feeling of quiet luxury. A modern classic that puts on a show; in the heart of Paris and Parisian's favorite neighborhood, the world renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon has brilliantly turned this historical monument into a hotel of timeless elegance and glamour. With an enviable location, this Grand Hotel Parisien is literally steps away from the world's finest attractions: The Louvre Museum, the Opera Garnier, and Saint-Honore fashion designers. The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is ideally placed whether you are coming to Paris for business or pleasure.

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in London?

February 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Ermin's Hotel 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 3 and looking to stay in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: St Ermin's Hotel London

The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James Park, this distinctive four-star deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. Respectful, genuine, and attentive service is provided by a team fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of our guests. The St. Ermin's design, from the lush tree-lined courtyard to historically significant interiors, engenders a sense of warmth and repose whilst providing guests with modern and innovative facilities.St. Ermin's Hotel London

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room with 2 spacious rooms equipped with two queen size beds, two en-suite bathrooms and an inviting day bed - your very own haven in the centre of London. Sized at 36-37 sq m, these beautifully furnished rooms make the perfect place for families with three small children or four adults to use as their base whilst exploring London.

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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.

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Enroll at Peninsula Academy at The Peninsula Chicago

February 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago

Located in the center of downtown Chicago on Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago is just steps from the best shopping, dining, cultural activities and a few blocks from the business and financial district. The luxury hotel takes full advantage of its location to show guests the city, through it's innovative Peninsula Academy program. Explore architecture, art, theatre, car-racing, and neighborhood tours. Kids get their own programs as well.

Here's what's on offer at The Peninsula Chicago: 

Princess for a Day: How to be a Perfect Princess
This programme is perfect for young ladies aspiring to be a princess. A fairy tale experience awaits, complete with princess attire and tiara, a horse-drawn carriage ride to a shopping spree, and a princess etiquette class. The day culminates with Her Royal Highness receiving a visit from Prince Charming for a glass slipper fitting.

Broadway in Chicago: Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances
Experience the best of Broadway in Chicago with VIP access to premier house seats to all performances, including sold-out shows, and a three-course dinner at the hotel.

Private Architectural Boat Cruise: River Tour of Chicago's SkyscrapersThe Peninsula Chicago Princess for a Day Program
Birthplace of the skyscraper and world-renowned architecture, there is no better place to experience Chicago’s remarkable structural design than from the Chicago River. This private river cruise will guide you through the labyrinth of the city's skyscrapers, weaving history and trivia into a modern day story, all while you and your guests enjoy a lovely lunch and beverages aboard a private yacht.

Historic Chicago Neighborhoods: Guided Cultural Tour
Discover Chicago, a city of neighbourhoods. Lifelong residents and first-time guests of the Windy City will visit notable Chicago landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Willis Tower, President Obama’s home, historic mansions on Astor Street, and the Buckingham Fountain. Take in the sights along Lake Shore Drive before heading to Chicago’s up-and-coming, trendy Wicker Park/Bucktown and other notable neighbourhoods.

Chicago Fire House Excursion: For Young Firefighters in Training
This programme is ideal for aspiring firefighters who wish to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in an urban environment. Frequently called into action, Chicago Firefighters must be ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Your little ones will learn what it takes to be a firefighter in an active city setting and have the chance to tour a working firehouse.

The Peninsula Chicago Private Tours of the Art Institute of chicago

Exotic Car Adventure: From Roadway to Racetrack
Get behind the wheel of an exotic car with this exciting raceway experience! You will enjoy scenic shoreline driving and urban roadways via Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive. This two-day programme begins when you select the exotic car of your choice followed by a decadent steak dinner and a unique scotch-flight experience. The following morning at the Autobahn racetrack, you will receive exclusive one-on-one driving instruction on a closed course and have the opportunity to drive five different high-powered vehicles on an Autobahn raceway format.

Little Bakers: Pastry Class for Aspiring Chefs
This experience is perfect for youngsters who want the opportunity to get a “taste” of the Pastry Kitchen – including making marshmallows and cakes, decorating cupcakes, cookies and more.The Peninsula Chicago River Tour of the Chicago Skyline

Art Institute of Chicago: Private Tour of Revered Art Collection
Art Institute of Chicago is a national treasure, offering the country’s leading collection of impressionists’ paintings, among many other prized pieces. Experience unprecedented access to the museum’s revered collections with a customised tour tailored to the your selected art preference.
 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Venice Hotel with an ADA Room?

February 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Westin Europa and Regina
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 in need of an ADA room for our family in Venice, what can you recommend?

ANSWER: The Westin Europa and Regina The Westin Europa and Regina

Situated on the final stretch of Venice's Grand Canal where it broadens to become the Bacino di San Marco, The Westin Europa and Regina, Venice occupies a position of absolute privilege, offering views which inspired the impressionist painter Claude Monet, and facing the beautiful Italian Baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute. St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, the La Fenice Opera House, and Calle XXII Marzo, Venice's prestigious shopping area, are all steps away. Composed of five 18th and 19th century historic palaces, the oldest of which belonged to the Tiepolos, the illustrious Venetian family that gave the city two "Doges" and the 17th century painter Giambattista Tiepolo, The Westin Europa and Regina, Venice today offers guests a sophisticated combination of characteristic elegance and modern technology.

The public areas of the hotel embrace guests in a distinguished, welcoming atmosphere that is attentive to every necessity; here you'll find marble and mosaic flooring taken from the original design of the Scuola di San Rocco, walls partially covered in sensual tones of marble, characteristic Venetian decorations and furnishings, and the splendid hand-made Murano glass chandeliers.
Guestroom decors vary from characteristic Venetian style lacquered furniture in yellow, green or pink pastel colours, to a refreshing modern decor in light blues, creams, greys and oranges. All guestrooms offer Westin's famous Heavenly Bed; Wi-Fi is available on some guestroom floors and non-smoking rooms can be requested.The Westin Europa and Regina


For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Double. Expect an opulent atmosphere in the renewed Deluxe Doubles which you'll find on all floors of The Westin Europa & Regina's Barozzi and Ca Nova palaces. Relax and unwind in accommodation designed and decorated using fabrics that reflect the historical surroundings of the five star hotel, and featuring local artisan craftwork, Venetian beveled mirrors, Murano glass appliques, satin and velvet-covered furnishings, and walnut furniture inlaid with gold leaf. The rooms feature windows that look over Venice's calle and neighbouring buildings, 32-inch flat screen LCD TV and high speed internet connections, polished marble bathrooms, the invigorating range of Heavenly Bath® amenities, roll-in showers and accessible WC (2 guestrooms). Some Deluxe Doubles are located convenient to the hotel elevators for guests with walking difficulties. Deluxe Doubles may adjoin Premium Deluxe doubles, or connect with a 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite to form a 2-Bedroom Deluxe Suite.

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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.


Special Valentine's Day Offers in New York City

February 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the New York City. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!
 

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominiums
Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium 
(pictured left)
Romance Package 
Illuminate a spark between you and your lover that neither will soon forget. Indulge in each other's company from the breath-taking city view of a deluxe or premiere one-bedroom suite. Toast to the evening with a bottle of Prosecco, decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and subtle luxury. Take pleasure in a late check-out to enjoy an in-suite continental breakfast for two.

Rates start at $570 per night >>

Sofitel New York
Magnifique Romance
Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay, a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at $395 per night >>
The Algonquin New York


The Algonquin 
Algonquin Romance Package (pictured left)
The Algonquin invites you to spend a romantic getaway with them, filled with the special touches to make the perfect stay. This package includes accommodations for two, bottle of champagne, and Continental breakfast in the restaurant.

Rates start at $389 per night >>
 

Gansevoort Meatpacking District
Toss aside the candy hearts and spice up your Valentine’s Day with the intimacy inspired "Get Loved" package. Includes everything you’ll need to surprise your other half with a sexy Manhattan retreat. Temptations include early check-in at noon (subject to availability),
Continental breakfast in room for two, a bottle of Champagne + strawberries, one dozen red roses, the sensual travelers mile high kit, Kama Sutra book, and late check-out at 2PM (subject to availability).

Andaz Wall Street

Rates start at $539 per night >>

Andaz Wall Street
Love Goes Around Package (pictured left)
Enjoy two nights over Valentine's Day Weekend (February 14th, 15th or 16th) at Andaz Wall Street with a special package created for you and your sweetheart. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to in-room champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. You'll get breakfast for two every day, and a complimentary room upgrade when available

Rates start at $330 per night >> 

Loews Regency New York
VIP Valentine's Day Package
A freshly renovated guestroom in a soft, soothing palette sets the scene for romance, and is the perfect place to enjoy the bottle of Prosecco and selection of cheeses we will deliver to your door. This package also includes $200 credit to use on two tickets to the Broadway show of your choice. Simply select the show you want to see and our Concierge will take care of the booking while you toast Saint Valentine, the city of New York and, of course, your beloved.

Rates start at $599 per night >>
 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Pet-Friendly Hotel in Savannah?

February 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mansion on Forsyth Park
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: Can You Recommend a Pet-Friendly Resort in Savannah? 

ANSWER: The Mansion on Forsyth Park

The Mansion on Forsyth Park welcomes you to a magnificently restored Victorian mansion set in Savannah's legendary Historic District. From the moment you enter the onyx marble appointed lobby, you will experience the essence of Southern luxury. From celebrated cuisine, to spa pampering and world-class Kessler Collection service, every detail is polished to perfection. The Mansion on Forsyth Park

Inside each of the Mansion on Forsyth Park's 126 lavish guest rooms and suites, you will find the classical refinement of a historic mansion, as well as conveniences for the 21st century traveler. Accommodations feature sumptuous bedding, flat screen televisions, and magnificent furnishings. From wireless Internet access, to concierge service, the upscale accommodations are perfect for business or pleasure.

As of this article, The Mansion on Forsyth Park accepts dogs and cats for a non-refundable fee of $150. The animal must be under 50 lbs. 

We Recommend You Choose:
Concierge Guestrooms - These rooms feature the luxurious design and amenities of standard and deluxe guestrooms, but with the added amenity of being located on the concierge floor. Occupying the highest floor of the Mansion, the exclusive concierge floor offers evening turndown service upon request and a concierge lounge featuring a seating area, work space and board table. Guests on the concierge level enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast that is served daily from 6:30am until 10am and there's also an evening reception from 5pm to 8pm. Inside each guestroom is the chic refinement of a historic mansion, blended with modern touches and amenities. A marble appointed bathroom features a shower and separate luxurious, oversized soaking or whirlpool tub, which opens up into a luxurious environment of lush fabrics, custom headboards and furniture, and all-white pillowtop beds in the bedroom area.

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.

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