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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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 

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Your Questions Answered: What is available at the Four Seasons St Louis for a Family of Four?

November 30, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons St LouisWe 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, children. What is available at the Four Seasons St. Louis?


ANSWER: The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis brings new cachet to the downtown riverscape. The Four Seasons St. Louis rises just steps from the Laclede's Landing entertainment district. Enjoy unrivaled access to stadium sports and the Lumiare Place Casino, right downstairs. Then escape into Four Seasons tranquility - where views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi are as big as the Midwestern sky. Four Seasons St Louis

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has 200 spacious guest rooms and suites that offer a variety of views of the city, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. They are bright and airy, with a very contemporary look that incorporates light woods and soft, natural hues. Well-defined work areas allow focused productivity, and each room features high-speed wired and wireless Internet access.

For your needs, we recommend the Grand Premier City-View Rooms. They feature elegantly designed interiors and offer expansive views of the city. These 639 sq foot rooms are on floors 9-19th, feature a king bed, and can easily accommodate an extra rollaway or crib.

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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New to Five Star Alliance: 1888 Hotel

November 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

1888 Sydney
1888 Hotel
 is a heritage listed 90 bedroom boutique hotel, eatery, bar and event space that combines a little of Sydney's old world charm with a lot of contemporary design and modern-day comfort. Built in 1888 & relaunched in 2013, 1888 showcases 8Hotels’ service culture against the backdrop of a very unique hotel in a truly spectacular city. 

Located in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, 1888 neighbours the Sydney Fish Market, the Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, The Star, heaps of trendy bars, dining options & the very best boutique shopping. 1888 is just a few minutes’ walk from Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Sydney's CBD & Ultimo.

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Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.

 

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Did You Know? Claridge's

November 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In 1945, at the request of Winston Churchill, suite 212 at Claridge's was declared Yugoslavian territory
so that Crown Prince Alexander II could be born on his own country's soil. 

Claridge's 

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Your Questions Answered: What Luxury Toronto Hotels Have Fireplaces and Soaking Tubs?

November 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Windsor Arms
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 1ooking for a five star property in Toronto with a fireplace and deep soaker tubs, what can you recommend?


ANSWER: Windsor Arms Hotel 


The Windsor Arms embodies the elegance of a bygone era: a grand hotel, a Toronto landmark since 1927, which was recently re-opened as a dazzling, contemporary boutique hotel favored by celebrities visiting the city. Its aura of warmth, elegance and discreet luxury, combined with an exceptional level of service, makes it the destination hotel in Toronto. Located in the heart of Toronto's fashionable Yorkville district, the Windsor Arms is very much part of this scene but tucked away in a haven of calm. The lively and dynamic neighborhood is brimming with designer boutiques, sophisticated and trendy restaurants, art galleries and museums. But the Windsor Arms is privately secluded thirty yards from the Golden Strip, shrouded in genteel quiet. 

Windsor Arms SuiteBehind the beautiful century-old facade are 28 newly appointed luxury suites with 24-hour butler service. The suites are furnished with mahogany or birch furnishings, lush wall coverings and sumptuous Frette linens and private in-room bar, and equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology. Every suite has a unique "butler's cupboard": a place for laundry, shoes to be shined or room service trays to be set, so the Butler may retrieve or return them without ever disturbing the guest. The hotel boasts a staff to guest ratio of 1:6, the highest in Canada. The hotel is host to the Courtyard Cafe for exceptional dining. The extraordinary cuisine is served in a breathtaking room with 50 foot ceilings, skylights and limestone walls.
Windsor Arms Tea RoomEnjoy traditional afternoon tea in the Tea Room, which is transformed to become Toronto's only champagne and caviar bar in the evenings. Club 22 features casual dining, live entertainment and dancing. "The Spa", featuring Darphin, offers fully serviced individual treatment rooms, beauty salon, swimming pool and exercise facilities. 

 The largest Suite, the Windsor Suite, offers 1550 square feet featuring a spacious den, living room, dining room, powder room, and master bedroom with an ensuite, luxurious limestone bathroom, and includes a baby grand piano in the master bedroom. Additionally, the suite benefits from a large working desk, Molton Brown amenities, Nespresso maker, butler service, complimentary breakfast served in The Living Room"Restaurant and  wireless internet access.
 

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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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Did You Know? The St Regis New York Dining

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In 1906, Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, owner of The St. Regis New York, commissioned a mural from American artist Maxfield Parrish for his 42nd Street hotel, The Knickerbocker.  

St Regis New York 

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Dining al Fresco: Le Saint Sulpice

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Saint Sulpice



Le Saint Sulpice
 
has a prime location the very heart of Old Montreal.  Adjacent to the Notre-Dame Basilica, steps away from the Old Port, this oasis of comfort and peace offers elegance and great service of a 4 Star-4 Diamond hotel. 

At the hotel's restaurant, The Sinclair, At Sinclair, the modern chic decor consists primarily of dark colors mixed with golden touches, illuminated by glimmering lights. It sets just the tone for a gourmet adventure in an elegant yet casual setting.

Consistently named one of Old Montreal's most beautiful and unique terrace restaurants, the Sinclair terrace has long been one of the locals’ closely guarded secrets - a true "secret garden" in the heart of the city, facing the Sulpicians’ gardens (the oldest in North America).  Open from May through October, the (retractable) covered and heated terrace serves the full restaurant menu. The terrace can also be booked for private functions.

The contemporary French cuisine by the Chef offers modern flavours with a selection of market quality fresh ingredients, which pay tribute to local and international produce.


Current night rates at Le Saint-Sulpice start at $132 per night >>

 

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