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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Panama

March 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Panama is Grace Hotels' first property in Central America and occupies the ground floor plus six upper floors of the Twist Tower office and hotel development in the heart of Panama City. This magnificent example of contemporary urban architecture lies in the exclusive Obarrio residential and commercial district, home to numerous prestige shops and restaurants. Twist Tower, just minutes from the city's financial center, provides the perfect luxury hotel in Panama for business and leisure travelers. Luxury accommodation at this boutique hotel comprises 60 bedrooms including seven ultra-luxurious suites, a fine dining restaurant and bar at ground level and, on the 12th floor, a business center with four boardrooms plus a bistro and a health club with outdoor pool and whirlpool offering spectacular views of the city.

Grace Panama

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Sunday Night Film Club at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

March 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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Guests at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris will find themselves with access to the chicest theaters in town. The 99-seat private cinema was designed by the legendary Philippe Starck. The luxury hotel has recently launched a Sunday Night Film Club so that guests can end their weekends with a flick. Complete with comfortable leather seats and state-of-the-art equipment including 3D, our Katara Cinema room is the cultural jewel of the hotel. It is also the only cinema theatre in the world where you can enjoy the most moreish of movie snacks: caramelised pop-corn by Pierre Herme, the "Picasso of Pastry."

The schedule through May is:
-Sunday, March 23: Casino. Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci
-Sunday, March 30: Ocean’s 11. Las Vegas, Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon
-Sunday, April 6: Pretty Woman. The modern-day Cinderella tale with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
-Sunday, April 13: The Thomas Crown Affair. Faye Dunaway stars opposite ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen in this 1968 classic
-Sunday, April 20: Some Like it Hot. The 1959 Hollywood classic by Billy Wilder, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
-Sunday, April 27: Scarface. The ultimate gangster movie by Brian de Palma, with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
-Sunday, May 4: Casablanca. One of the most famous love stories of all times, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (3 Academy Awards)
-Sunday, May 11: Leon, the Professional. Film culte de Luc Besson, avec Natalie Portman, Jean Reno et Gary Oldman
-Sunday, May 18: Pulp Fiction. Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, by Quentin Tarantino
-Sunday, May 25: The Godfather Part II. By Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly San Francisco Hotel?

March 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Palomar San FranciscoWe 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 hotels in San Francisco for a family of 5, children ages 9,12,and 14?
 

ANSWER: Hotel Palomar San Francisco

Hotel Palomar is just one block from Union Square and Moscone Center. The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is a sophisticated urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This luxury hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in quiet seclusion, five floors above the traffic of nearby bustling Union Square. Centrally located in San Francisco's SOMA district at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, the hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square. At once fun and sophisticated, the hip Hotel Palomar offers guest rooms and suites located five floors above the bustling downtown streets. Simple elegance and playful variety characterize yhr 195 guestrooms and suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking: Hotel Palomar San Francisco
-A Deluxe Suite connected to a King Deluxe or Executive King or a Deluxe King room to a Deluxe Room with double beds. Suites at Hotel Palomar San Francisco are beautifully realized compositions of cosmopolitan comfort. The hotel offers 11 Deluxe Suites for the ultimate San Francisco stay. Each of the 625-square-foot suites feature a king-sized bed, a sitting area or parlor with sleeper sofa and an oversized bathroom with a Fuji soaking tub and separate shower. Each Deluxe room offers 300 square feet designed exclusively around both your comfort and style featuring a plush king-sized bed or two double beds. Some Deluxe guestrooms have interior views of our Zen Garden. Request in advance is recommended. The spacious Executive King guestrooms each feature 350 square feet of Hotel Palomar alluring style, a luxurious king-sized bed and exterior views of downtown San Francisco.

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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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Image of the Day: The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

March 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is also adjacent to the retail utopia of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Shanghai’s underground rail network is nearby, and foreign consulates, must-see museums, and the key business district are all within close proximity.

The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

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New to Five Star Alliance: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem hotel stands in the heart of Jerusalem at the intersection of King David, Agron and Mammilla Streets, just minutes from the Jaffa Gate. The design of this Jerusalem hotel blends Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture into the preserved 80-year-old facade.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem 

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Interactive Art at The Quin

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel
The Quin
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the newest luxury hotel in Manhattan, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The legendary hotel has long been a home away from home for countless painters, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, and conductors. Doubtless, this is due to both The Quin's elegant beaux-arts architecture and its proximity to Broadway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Thanks to the hotel's Quin Arts initiative, the tradition continues today. Quin Arts is an interactive arts program that celebrates the property's rich heritage and produces exciting new spaces for contemporary artists. Quin Arts seeks to inspire suspended moments of reflection amid the bustle of urban life with engaging and immersive new work in New York City. The Quin invites progressive contemporary artists to make their mark through its residency program.

The Quin Hotel

The artistic  and cultural legacy of The Quin was laid by such art world luminaries Georgia O’Keeffe, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Marc Chagall. Quin Arts presents an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program; grand displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, which are specifically created for the hotel; and intimate salons with participating artists.

The Quin currently houses 18 original pieces by artists from around the world. The collection includes works by Blek le Rat, the Paris-based "Godfather of Street Art;” YZ; Eric Zener; Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat;" and renowned Irish painter Patrick Graham. This collection now includes 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker, and will continue to grow with original works commissioned through the Quin Arts' artist-in-residence program.

Current exhibits and artistic endeavors include:

-Heritage, an immersive photography exhibit presented in conjunction with Magnum Photos. It celebrates what Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson calls "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually." Heritage features the work of Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt and was co-curated by Darren Johnston and Gary Hoenig.

-Quin Artist in Residence Rosemary Siemens. Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Conrad Dubai

March 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of the buzzing financial and shopping district of Dubai, Conrad Dubai offers elegantly furnished accommodations with panoramic views, 6 unique dining and entertainment venues, and a luxury spa and fitness center.

Conrad Dubai

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Cool Pools: Windsor Court Hotel

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel's pool is an expansive 18 x 65 outdoor pool with a large Jacuzzi whirlpool. Both have a bird's-eye view of New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel
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Image of the Day: Al Faisaliah Hotel

March 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Al Faisaliah Hotel forms an integral part of Riyadh's landmark centerpiece, the Al Faisaliah Center, which includes luxury shopping, high-tech entertainment and a 250-meter office tower. The center and hotel are ideally located in the city's prestigious business and residential area, Olaya, affording easy access to the city's Diplomatic Quarter, ministries, government offices, shopping and business centers.

Al Faisalah Hotel

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