Five Star Alliance
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
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.

Studio Living at The James New York

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
The James New York
is a 114-room luxury boutique hotel designed as a locally inspired, community focused, and environmentally thoughtful hotel. Outdoor spaces throughout the hotel include a seasonal Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck and bar. The James New York also features the award-winning David Burke Kitchen and curated art exhibits throughout the hotel.

For those who would like to experience the quintessential New York studio apartment living experience, you can do so at The James New York. Of course, you won't have to walk up five flights of stairs, schelp your laundry to the laundromat, or deal with faulty heat, noisy neighbors, and brick wall views, since these studios are of the luxury variety. 

Corner queen and king studios feature city views with a prime corner location offering two walls of windows with an abundance of natural light. Contemporary studios offer an open layout and upscale residential design complemented by a palette of warm tones and natural, artisan fabrics. Designed with the modern day traveler in mind, the layout offers artful balance of form and function - from the spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms to the flat screen TVs and WiFi. All handcrafted studios are intelligently appointed with intuitive amenities such as eco-friendly Keetsa pillows, triple distilled water refreshed twice daily, separate seating areas for work or dining, and fully stocked pantries with locally curated offerings. A "peek-a-boo" motorized screen separates the bedroom from the glass-enclosed bathroom, which features a rain shower and natural bath amenities provided by Intelligent Nutrients.

Corner Queen measures 340 sq. ft (32 sq. m) of space and Corner King measures 380 sq. ft. (35 sq. m) of space. There is an accessible Corner King Studio features lowered shelving and lowered door viewer and latches. Bathrooms are equipped with roll-in showers and grab bars.

View rates, details, and more images of The James New York >>

Share this article:

 


New to Five Star Alliance: W Guangzhou

December 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Revel in the exhilarating guest rooms and suites of W Guangzhou, where magical nature-inspired decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in closets and visionary amenities elevate every stay. Enjoy epicurean excellence, amplified. At W Guangzhou, they offer bold cuisine and custom cocktails around the clock.

W Guangzhou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View rates, details, and more images of W Guangzhou >>

Share this article:

 


Your Questions Answered: What's a Great Paris Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 12, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel California Champs-ElyseesWe 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 6 and looking to stay is Paris, France. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family (children ages 6-11)?


ANSWER: Hotel California Champs-Elysees

Built in 1925, a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, with an extensive painting gallery for art lovers, this hotel unites luxury with its classic and refined decor. Charm, romance and refinement come naturally to this prestigious Parisian hotel, which owes its name to Hollywood and the New York Press. Each of the rooms and suites offer a view of Paris. Through the windows, eyes wander over a central courtyard open to the sky, the sacred heart of Montmartre and rooftops of Paris. Hotel amenities include Le Cadre d'Or restaurant serving traditional French dishes, bar, business center, Internet access, multilingual staff, and 24-hour front desk. Rooms feature minibars, TVs with pay movies, air conditioning, and black-out drapes.Hotel California Champs-Elysees

For your family's needs, we recommend:

The Deluxe room with an occupancy of 3 to connect to Deluxe Premium rooms, with a rolloway. The large and wide 30sqm Deluxe rooms are elegantly furnished and decorated. Some of them have a nice private terrasse and they all overlook the charming Patio or lively Berri St. They offer a king size bed or 2 twin beds and can accommodate a maximum of 3 people (2 adults and 1 child ). Most of the bathrooms (modern or marble style) have a shower and a bath tub and some of them have natural daylight. An extra baby cot available on request. Connecting rooms to other Deluxe or classic rooms are available in this category upon request and availability. The room measure 30 sqm and has either King size bed or Twin beds.



View rates, details, and more images of Hotel California Champs-Elysees >>

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.

 

 

Share this article:

 


New to Five Star Alliance: ONE UN New York

December 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Set against a spectacular New York City backdrop, ONE UN New York, formerly Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, is a quiet haven nestled on the eastern edge of Manhattan’s fashionable Midtown neighborhood. Located directly across from one of the world’s great landmarks, the headquarters of the United Nations, the luxury hotel is just steps from Grand Central Terminal; close to the Theater District, renowned restaurants and world-class shopping; and within easy access to the three major airports serving New York City.

One UN New York 

 

View rates, details, and more images of ONE UN New York >>

Share this article:

 


Teddy Bear Tea at Rittenhouse Hotel

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rittenhouse Hotel Teddy Bear Tea


Gather up your kids for a special kid-friendly tea-time at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel.

From November 29th through December 31st 2013, children can enjoy a real-life tea party with their teddy bear friends at The Rittenhouse daily. With a child friendly menu and a complimentary Rittenhouse Teddy Bear, you will be sure to leave with a smile and a memory. Children's seating is at 11:30 am with Story time at 12:30 pm. Teddy Bear Tea is being offered at $60 for adults and $30 for kids. Advance reservations are required. 

The Tea Room bears the name of renowned painter Mary Cassatt, whose brother once lived in the mansion that is now the Rittenhouse Hotel. Amidst the rush of urban life, Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room offers an intimate daily escape and the continuance of an age-old tradition. The tea selection spans the world, from tisanes of local herbs and flowers to grand black and green teas of Asia. As accompaniment, Executive Chef Jon Cichon at Lacroix has crafted a selection of delightfully inspired and perfectly delicate sweets and savories with a view to seasonal ingredients and pairings with the wonderful teas.

 

Nightly rates at Rittenhouse Hotel from November 29th-December 31st start at $349>>

Share this article:

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Westhouse Hotel New York

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Westhouse Hotel New York

Westhouse Hotel New York was designed by the highly acclaimed and award-winning firm of Jeffrey Beers International, known worldwide for boldly pushing the boundaries of architectural design. What has been created is an inviting atmosphere mirrored on an elegant residence – a hotel for the sophisticated traveler who expects the highest level of services and amenities.  This aesthetically modern property allows business or leisure guests, referred to as Hotel Residents, to experience an elevated Boutique Hotel experience where personalized, intuitive service, and special selection of privileges, are thoughtfully delivered in a private and exclusive atmosphere.

View rates, details, and more images of Westhouse Hotel New York >>

Share this article:

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Jing An Shangri-La Hotel

December 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Jing An Shangri-La Hotel offers a spectacular view of Shanghai through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Jing An Shangri-la Hotel 

View rates, details, and more images of Jing An Shangri-La Hotel >>

Share this article:

 


Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family Stay in New York City?

December 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The LowellWe 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 is New York City near the Rockefeller Center. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Lowell


Located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell is in the heart of New York's most exclusive and fashionable Upper East Side. With only 49 individually decorated suites and 23 deluxe rooms, the hotel lavishes its guests with truly personalized service and great attention to detail. Among the many thoughtful touches are complimentary beverages upon arrival, Fiji water at turndown, and a selection of Bulgari amenities. Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and almost all have fully equipped kitchens.

For your needs, we recommend a Junior Suite with a rollaway bed. This spacious suite (over 600 square feet) contains a comfortable sitting area with a sofa, coffee table,and oversized desk. The suites feature Crema Marfil & Breccia Rosia marble bathrooms with a deep soaking tub and a separate stall shower with flat screen televisions. The suite also has a recently refashioned granite-topped kitchenette. The suite can accommodate a complimentary rollaway bed.

View rates, details, and more images of The Lowell >>


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.

 

Share this article:

 


Your Questions Answered: Where in London Should a Family of Four Stay?

December 3, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

51 Buckingham GateWe 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 in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: 51 Buckingham Gate  

Housed in a Victorian building, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences, combines all the expertise of a hotel with the space and privacy of a private home, offering luxury suites, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Welcomed by courteous and discreet personal butlers, you will enter a world-class five star hotel with one of the most spacious suites in London. Suites in 51 Buckingham Gate feature award winning contemporary bathrooms and modern kitchens fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
For those who don't feel like cooking, 24-Hour In Room Dining is available. The luxury suites are equipped with the latest technology, including flat-screen Television, DVD player, two line telephones, voice mail, data ports and high speed Internet and wireless access. Guests may use the Spa at 51, which brings a touch of Paris to London, offering luxurious Anne Sémonin pampering in an exclusive setting. 

51 Buckingham Gate
51 Buckingham Gate has a number of restaurants and bars to satisfy any palate. Michelin starred Quilon restaurant serves southwest coastal Indian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the world serving south-west coastal Indian cuisine to have won a Michelin star. The Courtyard at 51 is open in the summer months for delicious barbeques, shisha, afternoon tea and exquisite cocktails. Bistro 51 serves a special selection of international cuisine in a casual atmosphere. At Bank Westminster you can enjoy classic British fare with a modern twist, overlooking the tranquil courtyard, or linger over a pre dinner cocktail in the adjoining Zander Bar, the longest in the UK. The Hamptons Bar is quintessentially English to enjoy an Afternoon tea, cocktails or a light meal.

For your family, choose either the Falconers 2 Bedroom Suite or Minsters Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite. 


FALCONERS TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The stylish and homely Falconers Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 70 square meters/752 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two bathrooms, separate living room and fully-equipped kitchen.


MINSTERS DELUXE TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The contemporary and chic Minsters Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 74 square meters/796 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two luxurious bathrooms, fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and living room.

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.

View rates, details, and more images of 51 Buckingham Gate >>

Share this article:

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Viceroy New York

December 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York redefines midtown by combining the pulse of the city's heart with the cosmopolitan spirit of uptown, providing guests with exceptional New York City views, superbly tailored accommodations and distinctive service. The building’s innovative design, luxe amenities and groundbreaking culinary offerings make Viceroy New York an unparalleled choice for stylish travelers and savvy professionals.

Viceroy New York 

View rates, details, and more images of Viceroy New York >>

Share this article: