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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? Art Series Hotels


By: Five Star Alliance

Located throughout Australia's cultural and major event capital, Art Series Hotels in Melbourne are set in the city's hottest locations. With hotels encompassing the vibrant CBD, including the country's best restaurants, Art Series Hotels can be found in the stylish shopping precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra, uber cool Commercial Road in Prahan, and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. 

Art Series the Cullen

 

Daring and unique, Art Series the Cullen (seen right) is inspired by and features lashings of original artwork and prints by Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. Sleep soundly in an Art Series Signature bed, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. Prepare breakfast using in-room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium, and two exciting restaurants.
 

Art Series the OlsenSet on Melbourne's prestigious Chapel Street, Art Series the Olsen (seen left) offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants. At The Olsen Hotel, one can plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access, and complete kitchenettes. For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Art Series the Blackman

 

With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, Art Series the Blackman (seen right) will inspire Melbourne's imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space. Experience two of Melbourne's hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with a state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. 

Book your stay at an Art Series Hotel >>


Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City


By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  


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


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort
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: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is Venice, Italy. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER:
Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort Venice

Ambassador Conte Costantino Nigra's 1600s residence is located on Canal Grande where the rose garden offers a romantic way to enjoy relaxing moments while being lulled by the swishing waves and the second garden is the perfect venue for charming parties and special occasions among centuries-old trees and flowers. This place renders homage to the old and refined Venetian magnificence with its precious decor, mother-of-pearl inlays, marble friezes, and fine glass work that blend elegantly with modern amenities and create a jewel of rare beauty.

Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort

Cà Nigra Lagoon Resort is a luxury 4-star hotel for an unforgettable holiday; its 22 junior rooms, all different, are an oasis of peace offering the latest comforts. The first floor of the palazzo surrounds guests with an aura typical of the Venice of the 1700s.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

Superior Junior Suite - The most spacious among double rooms, superior suites are elegantly furnished with bright colors: a unique blend of classical and contemporary elements. Featuring a living room, one king-size bed, or twin-size beds. Some units are equipped with whirlpool tubs; others feature a furnished terrace with table and chairs. Some suites are connecting.

Book your family's stay at Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort Venice >>

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.


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Aman Sveti Stefan


By: Five Star Alliance

Aman Sveti Stefan

If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Aman Sveti Stefan has a Festive Offer. Simply stay a minimum of three nights, and you will get:

-Complimentary Daily Breakfast

-Christmas Eve dinner

-A massage per person per stay

-Roundtrip airport transfers from the airport

Aman Sveti Stefan is located in the centre of Montenegro's Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Pržno and Sveti Stefan. The site incorporates two kilometres of coastline including the pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and the famous Queen’s Beach which is backed by the resort’s expansive Aman Spa. Aman Sveti Stefan enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, across the bay and along Montenegro’s most renowned stretch of coastline. The island itself measures 12,400 square metres, and while its historic exterior remains largely unchanged, the resort’s interiors have been restored and updated to meet contemporary expectations.
Aman Sveti Stefan offers 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and eight suites at Villa Miločer.

Book your holiday getaway at Aman Sveti Stefan >>


Image of the Day: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard


By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard occupies floors 34 to 52 of Renzo Piano's iconic tower. Guests check-in via the stunning Sky Lobby, which has panoramic views of London.

Shangri-la Hotel at the Shard

Book a stay at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard >>


Did You Know? Emily Morgan Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Emily Morgan Hotel
Emily Morgan Hotel
 did not become the famed hotel it is today until 1984. Formerly, the building was the Medical Arts Building and later an office complex. The name originates from the famous story of a servant girl, Emily D. West, who wooed the Mexican General Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Combining impressive architecture, a long history of tales from the Medical Arts Building, and the significance behind the name, The Emily Morgan Hotel is a landmark in the state of Texas. It was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Alamo Plaza Historic District in 1977.

 Since 1984, The Emily Morgan Hotel has proudly been providing upscale accommodations and services to guests. Travelers come from near and far to explore the building and admire its beautiful architecture. In December 2012, The Emily Morgan Hotel joined the DoubleTree by Hilton family and has been operating as a DoubleTree Hotel ever since.

 

Book a historical vacation at Emily Morgan Hotel >>


Cool Pools: Corinthia Hotel London


By: Five Star Alliance

Spread over four floors, ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods. The spa cafe complements the overall offering by serving light, nutritious refreshments.

Corinthia Hotel London

Book a stay at Corinthia Hotel London >>


Today's a Big Day for The Langham Sydney


By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham, Sydney has completed a $30 million grand transformation and reopened today.  

The Langham Sydney 

Be among the first to stay at the new and improved The Langham, Sydney >>


Dining al Fresco: Gallery Hotel Art


By: Five Star Alliance

Gallery Hotel Art has studio galleries located on the top floor. These suites offer stunning views of the Florence Cathedral and San Miniato Church.

Gallery Hotel Art

View rates, details, and more images of Gallery Hotel Art >>