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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.

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

February 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Ermin's Hotel London
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 3 and looking to stay in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: St Ermin's Hotel London

The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James Park, this distinctive four-star deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. Respectful, genuine, and attentive service is provided by a team fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of our guests. The St. Ermin's design, from the lush tree-lined courtyard to historically significant interiors, engenders a sense of warmth and repose whilst providing guests with modern and innovative facilities.St. Ermin's Hotel London

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room with 2 spacious rooms equipped with two queen size beds, two en-suite bathrooms and an inviting day bed - your very own haven in the centre of London. Sized at 36-37 sq m, these beautifully furnished rooms make the perfect place for families with three small children or four adults to use as their base whilst exploring London.

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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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Enroll at Peninsula Academy at The Peninsula Chicago

February 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago

Located in the center of downtown Chicago on Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago is just steps from the best shopping, dining, cultural activities and a few blocks from the business and financial district. The luxury hotel takes full advantage of its location to show guests the city, through it's innovative Peninsula Academy program. Explore architecture, art, theatre, car-racing, and neighborhood tours. Kids get their own programs as well.

Here's what's on offer at The Peninsula Chicago: 

Princess for a Day: How to be a Perfect Princess
This programme is perfect for young ladies aspiring to be a princess. A fairy tale experience awaits, complete with princess attire and tiara, a horse-drawn carriage ride to a shopping spree, and a princess etiquette class. The day culminates with Her Royal Highness receiving a visit from Prince Charming for a glass slipper fitting.

Broadway in Chicago: Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances
Experience the best of Broadway in Chicago with VIP access to premier house seats to all performances, including sold-out shows, and a three-course dinner at the hotel.

Private Architectural Boat Cruise: River Tour of Chicago's SkyscrapersThe Peninsula Chicago Princess for a Day Program
Birthplace of the skyscraper and world-renowned architecture, there is no better place to experience Chicago’s remarkable structural design than from the Chicago River. This private river cruise will guide you through the labyrinth of the city's skyscrapers, weaving history and trivia into a modern day story, all while you and your guests enjoy a lovely lunch and beverages aboard a private yacht.

Historic Chicago Neighborhoods: Guided Cultural Tour
Discover Chicago, a city of neighbourhoods. Lifelong residents and first-time guests of the Windy City will visit notable Chicago landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Willis Tower, President Obama’s home, historic mansions on Astor Street, and the Buckingham Fountain. Take in the sights along Lake Shore Drive before heading to Chicago’s up-and-coming, trendy Wicker Park/Bucktown and other notable neighbourhoods.

Chicago Fire House Excursion: For Young Firefighters in Training
This programme is ideal for aspiring firefighters who wish to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in an urban environment. Frequently called into action, Chicago Firefighters must be ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Your little ones will learn what it takes to be a firefighter in an active city setting and have the chance to tour a working firehouse.

The Peninsula Chicago Private Tours of the Art Institute of chicago

Exotic Car Adventure: From Roadway to Racetrack
Get behind the wheel of an exotic car with this exciting raceway experience! You will enjoy scenic shoreline driving and urban roadways via Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive. This two-day programme begins when you select the exotic car of your choice followed by a decadent steak dinner and a unique scotch-flight experience. The following morning at the Autobahn racetrack, you will receive exclusive one-on-one driving instruction on a closed course and have the opportunity to drive five different high-powered vehicles on an Autobahn raceway format.

Little Bakers: Pastry Class for Aspiring Chefs
This experience is perfect for youngsters who want the opportunity to get a “taste” of the Pastry Kitchen – including making marshmallows and cakes, decorating cupcakes, cookies and more.The Peninsula Chicago River Tour of the Chicago Skyline

Art Institute of Chicago: Private Tour of Revered Art Collection
Art Institute of Chicago is a national treasure, offering the country’s leading collection of impressionists’ paintings, among many other prized pieces. Experience unprecedented access to the museum’s revered collections with a customised tour tailored to the your selected art preference.
 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Venice Hotel with an ADA Room?

February 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Westin Europa and Regina
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 in need of an ADA room for our family in Venice, what can you recommend?

ANSWER: The Westin Europa and Regina The Westin Europa and Regina

Situated on the final stretch of Venice's Grand Canal where it broadens to become the Bacino di San Marco, The Westin Europa and Regina, Venice occupies a position of absolute privilege, offering views which inspired the impressionist painter Claude Monet, and facing the beautiful Italian Baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute. St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, the La Fenice Opera House, and Calle XXII Marzo, Venice's prestigious shopping area, are all steps away. Composed of five 18th and 19th century historic palaces, the oldest of which belonged to the Tiepolos, the illustrious Venetian family that gave the city two "Doges" and the 17th century painter Giambattista Tiepolo, The Westin Europa and Regina, Venice today offers guests a sophisticated combination of characteristic elegance and modern technology.

The public areas of the hotel embrace guests in a distinguished, welcoming atmosphere that is attentive to every necessity; here you'll find marble and mosaic flooring taken from the original design of the Scuola di San Rocco, walls partially covered in sensual tones of marble, characteristic Venetian decorations and furnishings, and the splendid hand-made Murano glass chandeliers.
Guestroom decors vary from characteristic Venetian style lacquered furniture in yellow, green or pink pastel colours, to a refreshing modern decor in light blues, creams, greys and oranges. All guestrooms offer Westin's famous Heavenly Bed; Wi-Fi is available on some guestroom floors and non-smoking rooms can be requested.The Westin Europa and Regina


For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Double. Expect an opulent atmosphere in the renewed Deluxe Doubles which you'll find on all floors of The Westin Europa & Regina's Barozzi and Ca Nova palaces. Relax and unwind in accommodation designed and decorated using fabrics that reflect the historical surroundings of the five star hotel, and featuring local artisan craftwork, Venetian beveled mirrors, Murano glass appliques, satin and velvet-covered furnishings, and walnut furniture inlaid with gold leaf. The rooms feature windows that look over Venice's calle and neighbouring buildings, 32-inch flat screen LCD TV and high speed internet connections, polished marble bathrooms, the invigorating range of Heavenly Bath® amenities, roll-in showers and accessible WC (2 guestrooms). Some Deluxe Doubles are located convenient to the hotel elevators for guests with walking difficulties. Deluxe Doubles may adjoin Premium Deluxe doubles, or connect with a 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite to form a 2-Bedroom Deluxe Suite.

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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.


Special Valentine's Day Offers in New York City

February 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the New York City. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!
 

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominiums
Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium 
(pictured left)
Romance Package 
Illuminate a spark between you and your lover that neither will soon forget. Indulge in each other's company from the breath-taking city view of a deluxe or premiere one-bedroom suite. Toast to the evening with a bottle of Prosecco, decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and subtle luxury. Take pleasure in a late check-out to enjoy an in-suite continental breakfast for two.

Rates start at $570 per night >>

Sofitel New York
Magnifique Romance
Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay, a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at $395 per night >>
The Algonquin New York


The Algonquin 
Algonquin Romance Package (pictured left)
The Algonquin invites you to spend a romantic getaway with them, filled with the special touches to make the perfect stay. This package includes accommodations for two, bottle of champagne, and Continental breakfast in the restaurant.

Rates start at $389 per night >>
 

Gansevoort Meatpacking District
Toss aside the candy hearts and spice up your Valentine’s Day with the intimacy inspired "Get Loved" package. Includes everything you’ll need to surprise your other half with a sexy Manhattan retreat. Temptations include early check-in at noon (subject to availability),
Continental breakfast in room for two, a bottle of Champagne + strawberries, one dozen red roses, the sensual travelers mile high kit, Kama Sutra book, and late check-out at 2PM (subject to availability).

Andaz Wall Street

Rates start at $539 per night >>

Andaz Wall Street
Love Goes Around Package (pictured left)
Enjoy two nights over Valentine's Day Weekend (February 14th, 15th or 16th) at Andaz Wall Street with a special package created for you and your sweetheart. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to in-room champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. You'll get breakfast for two every day, and a complimentary room upgrade when available

Rates start at $330 per night >> 

Loews Regency New York
VIP Valentine's Day Package
A freshly renovated guestroom in a soft, soothing palette sets the scene for romance, and is the perfect place to enjoy the bottle of Prosecco and selection of cheeses we will deliver to your door. This package also includes $200 credit to use on two tickets to the Broadway show of your choice. Simply select the show you want to see and our Concierge will take care of the booking while you toast Saint Valentine, the city of New York and, of course, your beloved.

Rates start at $599 per night >>
 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Pet-Friendly Hotel in Savannah?

February 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mansion on Forsyth Park
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: Can You Recommend a Pet-Friendly Resort in Savannah? 

ANSWER: The Mansion on Forsyth Park

The Mansion on Forsyth Park welcomes you to a magnificently restored Victorian mansion set in Savannah's legendary Historic District. From the moment you enter the onyx marble appointed lobby, you will experience the essence of Southern luxury. From celebrated cuisine, to spa pampering and world-class Kessler Collection service, every detail is polished to perfection. The Mansion on Forsyth Park

Inside each of the Mansion on Forsyth Park's 126 lavish guest rooms and suites, you will find the classical refinement of a historic mansion, as well as conveniences for the 21st century traveler. Accommodations feature sumptuous bedding, flat screen televisions, and magnificent furnishings. From wireless Internet access, to concierge service, the upscale accommodations are perfect for business or pleasure.

As of this article, The Mansion on Forsyth Park accepts dogs and cats for a non-refundable fee of $150. The animal must be under 50 lbs. 

We Recommend You Choose:
Concierge Guestrooms - These rooms feature the luxurious design and amenities of standard and deluxe guestrooms, but with the added amenity of being located on the concierge floor. Occupying the highest floor of the Mansion, the exclusive concierge floor offers evening turndown service upon request and a concierge lounge featuring a seating area, work space and board table. Guests on the concierge level enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast that is served daily from 6:30am until 10am and there's also an evening reception from 5pm to 8pm. Inside each guestroom is the chic refinement of a historic mansion, blended with modern touches and amenities. A marble appointed bathroom features a shower and separate luxurious, oversized soaking or whirlpool tub, which opens up into a luxurious environment of lush fabrics, custom headboards and furniture, and all-white pillowtop beds in the bedroom area.

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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly London Hotel?

January 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Milestone Hotel and Apartments
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: What are some family friendly hotels in London for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER:
The Milestone Hotel And Apartments offers historic Victorian grandeur overlooking Kensington Palace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Exceptional personal service has established the hotel as a firm favourite with returning guests, with a range of dining options that cater for every culinary desire and a bar that provides the perfect rendezvous for friends or colleagues while in London. This intimate five-star hotel offers award-winning country house style, warmth and elegance in the heart of London, perfectly placed for Knightsbridge and The Royal Albert Hall and with easy access to the West End.Milestone Hotel and Apartments 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Two-Bedroom Apartments
Each of the fully serviced, six two-bedroom apartments adjoin the hotel meaning guests can take advantage of all hotel services at any time. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are just yards from the entrance and provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with the best shopping and entertainment also close at hand. It is the  perfect luxury family accommodation from which to explore everything London has to offer.

Apartment Two is a comfortable split level apartment that offers great family accommodation. The 80 square meter apartment boasts a lounge with walls in red and cream stripes with a 37” Flat Screen TV, open plan kitchen & dining area, and two day beds suitable for children or teenagers. Both bedrooms have a 26” TV and both offer access to the deck area which can seat up to six in an enclosed courtyard. One is decorated with a red and cream floral print scheme, the other features red and gold checks. The fully equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave, oven, and electric stove. Other amenities include a gas fire, wnsuite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath/shower, King and Queen-sized beds, double wardrobes, broadband wireless Internet, second bathroom with deep bath and shower, individually controlled central air-conditioning, walk-in storage cupboard, daily maid service, security system, Penhaligon's toiletries, washing machine and dryer, 24-hour butler service, a welcome drink and essentials hamper. It is suitable for two adults and up to four children or three adults and up to two children.

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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: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has the the world class shopping of Knightsbridge on its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 

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Your Questions Answered: What New York Luxury Hotel Offers a Whirlpool Tub and Balcony?

January 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gansevoort Park AvenueWe 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 hotel in New York offers a Jacuzzi tub and balcony?

ANSWER: Gansevoort Park Avenue 

Enter Gansevoort Park Avenue and leave the busy streets of midtown Manhattan behind. Downtown cool meets uptown classic in this beautifully designed new building with chic modern interiors and a three-story atrium lobby featuring herringbone granite floors, over-sized aubergine chandeliers, and a fireplace. Spruce up at Cutler Salon. Treat yourself at Exhale Spa. Relax by the rooftop pool. Savor the views at Gotham’s second Plunge Bar and Lounge. Sample a champagne cocktail in the elegant bar adjacent to the lobby. Share a table and Italian-inspired fare at the 10,000 sq ft Ristorante Asellina.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

DUPLEX PENTHOUSE - This is an indulgent 3 bedroom, 2000 sq ft Presidential Suite that boasts all the premium amenities that you could desire. The bi-level, unique layout features a stunning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, a lofty terrace with exquisite city views, and an audio-visual system fit for the ultimate in entertainment. Spacious dining and living areas feature floor to ceiling windows flanked by custom black chandeliers. Your own private spa experience awaits in the grand, 6 fixture bathroom which includes a steam shower, Starck freestanding soaking whirlpool tub, products by Cutler Salon, and separate vanity dressing room. It's the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable stay.

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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: Rose Garden Palace

January 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The rose bush in the external garden at Rose Garden Palace is responsible for the name of the luxury Rome hotel. 

 

Winter Rates at Rose Garden Palace Start at EUR 176 Per Night >>

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Image of the Day: The London EDITION

January 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The London EDITION

Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, The London EDITION preserves the finest aspects of an iconic landmark building, but reinvents the spaces within to create a dynamic fusion of old and new, past and present. The Penthouse Suite at The London Edition offers the following amenities:

-195sqm/2098sqft
-Separate living and dining area
-Walk-in wardrobe
-Pantry
-Three large outdoor terraces
-King bed with down comforters and pillows and custom imported linens
-Bathrooms with enclosed rainforest shower, bath tubs, and a double vanity
-Additional guest bathroom
-Custom-made Le Labo bathroom amenities with signature, exclusive scent
-46" flat screen HDTVs with full cable access, high definition channels and movies on-demand
-Bulit-in state-of-the-art surround sound system
-High-speed WiFi
-iPod docking station
-Twice daily housekeeping service
-Fully stocked minibar
-Bottled water daily
-Newspapers of your choice delivered to your door upon request

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