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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: What is a Family-Friendly hotel in Rome for a Family of 4?

April 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Majestic Roma
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 is a family-friendly hotel in Rome for a family of 4, with children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Hotel Majestic Roma

A warm welcome awaits you at the Hotel Majestic in Rome. Created in 1889 by the architect Gaetano Koch on the exclusive Via Veneto, the Hotel Majestic Roma was a grande dame from the beginning, with a Carrara-Marble lobby, a ballroom with a fresco ceiling that could hold 120 people and all you would expect of downtown's premier hotel.The hotel occupies a prestigious location in the heart of the Eternal City on Via Veneto. The Hotel Majestic still continues to be the home away from home for many celebrities and political figures, and is recognized for having a reputation for impeccable standards and service. The Majestic Roma is a veritable jewel of neoclassic elegance, within walking distance from the Borghese Art Gallery and Gardens and the heart of the city shopping district, Spanish Steps and Via Condotti where all the major houses of fashion have their ateliers. The 98 rooms share an understated elegance that manages to deliver the sophistication one expect. The Concierge team is at your service for general and sightseeing information and are delighted to arrange any travel arrangements, airport transfers, shopping and leisure advice, restaurant reservations, sending mail or flowers and babysitting service not to mention a vast array of any special needs or services you may require.

Hotel Majestic Roma


For Your Needs, We Recommend:

-Deluxe Double and Triple Rooms. Ask for two connecting rooms with 2 King Beds or 1 King And 2 Twin Beds. At up to 35 square meters, deluxe rooms are bright and feature either Garden views or Via Veneto views.  Besides the standard fittings and furnishings, the Deluxe rooms offer additional comfort. Guestrooms are equipped with king size bed or twin beds with comfortable duvets and Egyptian Cotton bed sheets. Bathrooms are decorated with precious Calacatta Arabesque Marble. The style is combining contemporary elements and pure classical lines. Some guestrooms are featuring white lacquered furniture with Wenge hardwood floor with elegant area rugs and others unique designed carpeting and textiles in harmonizing color themes. WIFI internet connection and flat screen televisions are available in guestrooms. Extra bed and connecting rooms upon request. There is double glazing on all windows and all rooms are sound-proofed. 

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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Ella

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Ella inhabits the Goodall Wooten mansion, one of Austin's original landmark estates. The refined property reopened in late summer 2013 following a multi-million dollar renovation. It is named in honor of original owner Ella Wooten. It features 48 impressive guestrooms (inclusive of 10 luxury suites), a cabana-lined lap pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking an expansive front lawn. Beautifully designed indoor and outdoor spaces and stately meeting rooms provide ideal backdrops for events, weddings, and corporate gatherings. Guests will enjoy exceptional dining along with a superior level of personalized service wrapped in the relaxed hospitality for which Austin is known.

Hotel Ella

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Did You Know? Pera Palace Hotel

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pera Palace Hotel has five suites named after Ernest Hemingway. The suites pay tribute to the prolific American writer and are a treasure for lifestyle connoisseurs like him. The interiors are jade blue to reflect his love of the sea and earth brown for his love for cigars. The spacious 55 square meter suites include a separate living room and dressing room. The suite can be connected to a Deluxe Pera View room when seeking an even superior level of space and comfort.  The suites overlook the captivating area of Instanbul's Pera district.

Pera Palace Hotel

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Posted in: Istanbul

New to Five Star Alliance: Melia Vienna

April 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Austria's tallest skyscraper Danube City Tower, designed by French star architect Dominique Perrault, is the new home to Melia Vienna. The luxury hotel offers 253 spacious guest rooms, including 14 design suites, ensuring that there is something to suit every taste. Enjoy an array of Austrian and international cuisine in the restaurant on the 57th floor, featuring a breathtaking view over the city. Continue a night out on the highest level in Austria at the roof top bar with DJ at the weekends.

Melia Vienna

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Posted in: Vienna

Image of the Day: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

April 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam boasts a historical exterior comprising six monumental 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces and featuring a unique grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel offers sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service in a setting characterized by a long, rich history.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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Posted in: Amsterdam

Image of the Day: Kempinski Hotel Atlantic

April 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Atlantic, one of the few true Grand Hotels of our times, has been a local landmark since its opening a century ago in 1909. Situated on Lake Alster and in the city centre of Hamburg, the Atlantic is one of the leading luxury hotels for exploring the Hanseatic culture and lifestyle.

Kempinski Hotel Atlantic

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New to Five Star Alliance: Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang

April 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang offers a wide selection of plush villas and luxurious rooms that provide the highest standards of comfort and indulgence. From a distance, Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang resembles a beautiful painting of water and mountain. Built with superior construction standards and architectural styles of a world class tropical luxury resort, and housing over 84 beautiful coastal villas, Vinpearl Nha Trang is an ideal destination for luxury holidays that claim perfection and privacy.

Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang 

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Cool Pools: The Grand Del Mar

April 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Bask in the warm San Diego sunshine by one of The Grand Del Mar's four heated pools. Vanishing edges, underwater speakers, private cabanas and a friendly outdoor Pool Bar, featuring flat-screen televisions and cool cocktails, are just a few of the highlights.

Poolside, serving light fare and refreshments, a children’s pool with wading area, white sand seating areas and glowing fire pits complete the experience at the main Resort Pool, while the Relaxation Pool is a quiet, adult-only retreat located adjacent to The Spa and ideal for swimming or lounging after a soothing spa treatment.

The Grand Del Mar 

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These Hotel's Easter Egg Hunts Can Beat Up Your Easter Egg Hunt

April 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Most Easter Egg hunts consist of hiding a few dozen brightly colored hard-boiled eggs and maybe a plastic egg or two filled with candy. That, and hoping all the hard-boiled ones are found, so the smell of rotting eggs doesn't permeate your garden. Well, trust luxury hotels to sponsor egg hunts that put all other egg hunts to shame. Here's a few of our favorites:

Loews Atlanta Hotel

-Loews Atlanta (pictured left) is hosting its second annual Grown-Up Easter Egg Hunt. The hotel will hide a dozen of its signature Golden Eggs at top secret locations scattered throughout the city. Inside one Golden Egg, at each location, one lucky hunter will find a prize selected from Loews Atlanta’s favorite museums, restaurants, and tourist destinations. Easter weekend rates start at $160 per night.

-Pinehurst Resort is offering not one, not two, but three Easter Egg hunts. The first takes place on 5/19 and the other take place on Easter Sunday. There will be two simultaneous hunts for children ages 5 and under and children ages 6 – 12. One hunt is a flashlight hunt offering golden ticket eggs with special prizes. Easter weekend rates start at $408 per night. 

-Kiawah Island Golf Resort takes its hunt to the water via the The Kiawah River "Egg"streme Family Kayaking Hunt. Equipped with paddles and nets, participants kayak in search for "eggs" scattered throughout the salt marsh. While this event takes place the Wednesday before and the Wednesday after the holiday, guests staying at the resort for Easter Weekend can also attend the the Easter Egg toss and Easter Egg hunt held in Night Heron Park. Easter weekend rates start at $269 per night.

-Omni Homestead is offering crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny, magic shows, balloon artist, and a caricaturist. There's also a kid-friendly "Afternoon Tea" with the Easter Bunny. On Sunday morning, children can join the Easter Bunny in finding over 10,000 eggs. Easter weekend rates start at $300 per night. 

The Cove Atlantis

-Barton Creek Resort and Spa is playing host to Easter brunch, a bounce house, crafts, face painting, and an egg hunt with over 2,000 eggs. Parents can even order Easter baskets to be delivered Easter morning. Easter weekend rates start at $234 per night.

-Atlantis Resort Paradise Island (featuring both The Reef Atlantis and The Cove Atlantis, pictured right), has tailored their egg hunt to active kids. Climber's Rush Egg-streme ascent has egg prizes hidden at the top of the climbing wall.The more traditional Sunday-morning egg hunt will feature over 3,000 eggs. Easter weekend rates start at $729 per night.

Happy hunting!


Image of the Day: Farol Hotel

April 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Farol Hotel is literally located on the water, planted on the edge of the cliffs of Cascais, overlooking the Atlantic. Cascais, a town of charming old houses and cobbled streets huddled around a graceful bay on Portugal’s spectacular Estoril Coast.

Farol Hotel

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