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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.

Fine Dining at Hotel Vitale


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Vitale American Restaurant Private Dining
Given its proximity to Napa Valley and location in a thriving cutting-edge restaurant scene, San Francisco is home to a plethora of excellent culinary outlets. But where can you find many choices that are up to the standards of a luxury hotel? Check-in to Hotel Vitale, and you can do just that.

Here are your culinary choices located in and affiliated with Hotel Vitale

- Americano Restaurant (pictured). Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, a circular cocktail lounge, and an outdoor patio provide the perfect setting to enjoy Americano's handcrafted, soulful Italian menu. Its culinary style is rooted in lasting partnerships with local purveyors and seasonal flavors are showcased in every dish. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hosts a daily happy hour. Try the County Line mixed baby lettuces, Banyuls vinaigrette, house-made ricotta crostini salad. 

- Chambers Eat + Drink. At Chambers, vintage rocker meets Mid-century modern style. Enjoy the sexy, low-key vibe and seasonal, market-driven menu drinks. Guests can dine in the restaurant, lounge, or poolside on the patio or in a no-reservations-required cabana. It serves everything from quick bites to a hearty meal. Try the Sizzling Kobe Tri-Tip.

- Gaspar. The Parisian-style brasserie showcases classic French dishes, with the local Northern California flourishes, and Rhone Valley vintages alongside local varietals. The upstairs bar focuses on Cognac cocktails and the downstairs one specializes in champagne. Try the Striped Bass & Scallops Duo.

- The Library Bar. Indulge your literary side at the Hotel Rex's Library Bar. What could be better than books, cocktails, a menu of American classics and live jazz on Friday nights? Enjoy satisfying American classics with unexpected European touches. Try the Croissant Bread Pudding.

Outdoor Dining patio at Americano Restaurant

- Izakaya Lounge. Hotel Kabuki's take on Japan's popular after-work izakaya houses, O Izakaya Lounge combines Asian flavors with contemporary American food in a menu of shared plates, salads, and entrees, as well as 20 varieties of sake. Try the Tempura Shishito Peppers.

- Swank Cocktail and Coffee Club. In keeping with its elegant Pacific Heights neighborhood, Swank offers up style at nearly any hour. Start the day off right with Blue Bottle coffee and locally made, artisanal pastries, or wind down for the evening with a perfectly mixed cocktail in front of a roaring fire at the lush, modern bar. Watch favorite sporting events and participate in the weekly Brainstormer Pub Quiz. Try the Bacon Wrapped Dates.

- Saha. Enjoy an unique blend of Yemenese, Arabic, and boundary-pushing Californian cuisine, with a few French hints thrown in for good measure. The space is inviting and intimate—perfect for a romantic dinner. Savor Yemeni/Californa fusion delicacies like Bastilla, Fasoulia Tagine, and Lobster Knaffe as well as an extensive selection of fine wines. Try the Spicy Seafood Tagine.

Book a stay (and a meal) at Hotel Vitale >> 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Washington, DC?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Madison HotelWe 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 5 and looking to stay is Washington, DC. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Loews Madison Hotel  

Experience a piece of history when you stay at Loews Madison Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown D.C., the hotel has been honored to host distinguished guests from JFK and George W. Bush to Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, and National Mall Monuments, Loews Madison Hotel is a refreshing destination for unforgettable family stays. Appointed with sophisticated European furnishings, the Washington, D.C. luxury hotel features a collection of rooms and suites with amenities fit for a president.

When visiting the nation's capital, there is no better place to stay than in the heart of downtown, within easy access of iconic attractions and landmarks. With Programs like Loews Loves Kids and Loews Loves Pets, Loews Madison is ready to make sure that if the family is along for the trip, the whole gang is sure to have a great time. And that includes your favorite four-legged friend.

Loews Madison Hotel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Madison Suite -Elegant but not over the top, the spacious suites are well-appointed, including custom bedding and plush linens. Suite includes: King Bed with custom bedding, Wi-Fi, Separate living area with sleeper sofa, oversized chair and dining table for 4, Exterior street views, Granite and marble bathroom with a shower and double vanity, Personal bar, 700 square feet, Occupancy: 4 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.
Connects to Premier King Premium King- Upgrade your stay in one of these spacious, high floor rooms, Room includes: 1 King Bed, Exterior views of 15th Street or M Street, Wi-Fi, High floor, Ergonomic work desk and chair, Seating area with stylish, oversized wingback chair and ottoman, 335–350 square feet, Occupancy: 3 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.

Book a stay at Loews Madison Hotel >>

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.
 


Did You Know? The Olde Bell


By: Five Star Alliance

The Olde Bell is a modern coaching inn, set in historic timber framed buildings. The historic buildings of The Olde Bell, function like a village, the main Inn building for the overnight guests and locals, and the auxiliary buildings for private gatherings.The kitchen uses locally grown, seasonal produce served with a generosity of spirit in both flavour and portions. With parts of the inn dating back to 1135 and with nooks, crannies and crooked floors The Olde Bell offers traditional hospitality in an environment which is human, warm and social.

The Olde Bell

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Paris Prague


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Paris Prague is located in Prague city center, next to the Municipal House and Powder Tower. Hotel Paris was built by the renowned architect J. Vejrych in 1904, the hotel interior was designed by A. Pfeifer, and the ceramic mosaics used mainly to decorate the hotel restaurant's interior are by J. Kohler. Hotel Paris has preserved its unmistakable look of a First Republic, neo-Gothic building with bold elements of Art Nouveau for over a century. In 1991 the hotel returned to the Brandejs family, whose hotelier tradition has a 150-year history. The hotel boasts a total of 86 luxury rooms and suites. For the comfort of guests it offers the legendary Cafe de Paris cafe, French and traditional Czech gourmet Restaurant Sarah Bernhardt, and the the Wellness & Spa Center. 

Hotel Paris Prague

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Did You Know? 51 Buckingham Gate


By: Five Star Alliance

51 Buckingham Gate


51 Buckingham Gate
 is tucked away on St. James Court. You could easily pass it – because the street is almost too narrow to let you stand back and enjoy the full panorama of its Victorian-Edwardian stone-trim-and-brick-façade. Linking the eight mansion blocks that surround this court is an endless frieze of figures carved from the bricks that dance around the quad, reputedly the longest frieze in existence anywhere in the world. 

What makes St. James Court all the more special is that its builder was not a famous architect or hotelier, but an almost unknown English gentleman. Major Charles Pawley was a retired military man who had learned his skills in the Royal Engineers.

St. James Court was a Major Pawley's masterwork. 

Book a stay at 51 Buckingham Gate >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?


By: Betsy LeTourneau


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 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?


ANSWER: 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 features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.


The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

Book a stay at The Cornstalk Hotel >>

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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a River Walk Hotel in San Antonio?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mokara Hotel and SpaWe 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 River Walk resorts in San Antonio for a family of 2? We would like a suite.


ANSWER: Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio is a relaxing retreat on San Antonio's world-famous River Walk. Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis has all the best creature comforts easily at hand, including luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities, fine dining, and a full-service spa. Pluse, the attentive staff is always available to make your stay in San Antonio a truly memorable one.
Formerly the Watermark Hotel, the Mokara Hotel & Spa has a long-standing history of excellence. As the only four-star hotel in San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first choice for sophisticated travelers.


With 99 rooms and suites, each appointed with world-class amenities and fine finishes, Mokara San Antonio offers the ultimate in comfortable luxury. Every room and suite features high ceilings, wood and marble finishes, cozy beds with fine linens, and gracious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Mokara Hotel and Spa

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Suites -Enjoy luxury as big as Texas in a spacious Mokara suite, with a living area that boasts a panoramic view of the River Walk, an adjoining bedroom, and a spacious bath.

Book a stay at Mokara Hotel and Spa >>

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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Set on its own private island in Venice, Isola delle Rose, just a 15-minute ride across the Lagoon to St. Mark's Square by boat shuttle service, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat for romantic breaks and family escapes. Opening in March 2015, the Resort features 266 contemporary-styled rooms and suites designed by the architect Matteo Thun. Five distinct accommodation experiences will be at guests' disposal, located in secluded corners of the Island: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and La Villa.

JW Venice Resort and Spa 

Book a stay at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa from March 2015 >>


Image of the Day: Waldorf Hilton London


By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Hilton London
A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf Hilton London is steeped in Edwardian tradition. Built in 1908, this Grade II listed hotel offers a central location with proximity to the attractions and delights of London.  Located in the vibrant West End district, there are plenty of attractions around this London hotel, including Theatreland, Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, or one of the many museums and galleries this capital city has to offer.

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Did You Know? InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

With floodlit views of the Opera House, the superbly renovated InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel is at the heart of Parisian society. Opened in 1862, it defines historical grandeur, from Cafe. de la Paix to La Verriere Restaurant, set in an 800 square meter winter garden. Elegantly appointed, the hotel's boutique-style suites overlook stunning landmarks. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre, and banking districts, this luxury Paris hotel is an icon in the City of Light.

InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel

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