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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.

Suite Luxury: The Dome Suite at One Aldwych

April 16, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

One Aldwych Dome SuiteName: The Dome Suite at the contemporary One Aldwych London

Size: 74 square metres / 797 square feet

Location: Top Floor

Features: Located on the top floor, the Dome Suite has a large sitting room with a unique circular dining room for 10 guests (see below for image), guest cloakroom and large double bedroom. The Suite is available with either one or two bedrooms. The main/master bedroom has a King-size Bed with crisp white frette bed linen and duvet.

Note Bene: Named as one of the London Evening Standard's '10 Don't Miss Destinations'.

Rates: With 1 bedroom only (not two) the nightly rate begins around £1095 for single occupancy, inclusive of service but exclusive of the 17.5% VAT.

The Dome Suite One Aldwych


What a Hotel! Hidden Boutique Hotel

April 13, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Helpful Hints: A Hidden Hotel, Royal Mews, and Numerical Boutique

Last Weeks Answer was guessed correctly by everyone (I guess we need to make it a little more difficult):
What a Hotel!

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town


The Tides Inn 60th Anniversary Package

April 11, 2007
By: Courtney W. May

The Tides InnThe Tides Inn has been a Chesapeake Bay tradition for 60 Years and is located just one hour east of Richmond in Irvington, Virginia. Throughout 2007, the AAA Four Diamond resort is observing its milestone anniversary with a celebration package guests can enjoy any day of the week for the whole year. Included in the "Sensation 60th Package" are waterview accommodations and your choice of a) 60 minute spa treatment per person or b) a round of golf at the Golden Eagle including lunch at Captain B's or dinner for 2 including a $50 wine credit. There is no minimum stay required and rates range from USD $159 to $330 per person, per night. For all guests, there are appealing extras to make any visit to the Tides Inn a little more special, such as the "Touch of Romance" - a wine basket with assorted food, goblets, corkscrew and vase of flowers; or the "Learn to Sail" add on for adults, families, or adults only.

Our room recommendation would be a Premium Guest Room which features either two queen size beds or one king bed and a sitting area with either two wicker reading chairs or a pull out sleeper sofa. These rooms feature private balconies overlooking the most highly sought-after views of the Carters Creek Cove.


An Interview with the GM: Egerton House Hotel’s Sandra Anido

April 9, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Egerton House Staff Five Star Alliance: How did you come to be General Manager of the Egerton House Hotel London?

Sandra Anido: I have worked for the Egerton in London for many years. Over two years ago, I and followed in the footsteps of our previous General Manager and took over the management position.

Five Star Alliance: Tell us what you feel is the most distinctive or unique feature of your hotel? What best describes the personality of the hotel?

Sandra Anido: The Hotel is Unique in it's sense of style, décor, comfort and approach to guests.

Being greeted and welcomed back by a friendly team each and every stay, a smiling face as you walk through the door, the team always and ever trying to have your room ready upon your arrival, 24 hours Reception Team available for any assistance with queries or any concierge requests. A Butler to unpack your luggage on arrival, a personal shopper to assist you and to help you buy the best items. A butler to pour your tea or serve a scrumptious Afternoon Tea. The Housekeeping team to press your shirt before each important meeting.

Not one room is the same; furniture was hand picked, fabrics hand woven. Comfortable armchairs and sofa's, antiques, stunning fabrics and wall papers, soft furnishings, full length mirrors, marble bathrooms, power showers and the best in luxury amenities.

Five Star Alliance: Can you share the names of any famous guests who have stayed in the hotel, or perhaps regulars that return on a periodic basis?

Sandra Anido: Our Hotel has been visited by certain members of European Royal Families. Unfortunately we can not disclose any further information as Privacy is afforded to all our guests including the famous!

Five Star Alliance: Who are your customers and where do they come from?

Sandra Anido: Our guests are mostly regular guests who have enjoyed staying at the Egerton for years. A lot of clientele are from the States and the UK.

Five Star Alliance: What is the best thing about the hotel's location? What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding area?

Sandra Anido: We are literally just a 5 minute stroll away from Harrods & Harvey Nichols. My favourite pass time is of course shopping at Harrods!

Knightsbridge is a Destination; The Egerton House Hotel is located in the heart of Knightsbridge, one of London's most exclusive addresses. Brompton Cross a minute's walk away with some of London’s most wonderful and exclusive boutiques, galleries and shops and restaurants.

Knightsbridge also houses London's most famous landmarks such as The Victoria & Albert Museum and the National History Museum.

Five Star Alliance: Which do you consider to be the best rooms in the house? Not just the suites, but also any particular standard rooms that have great views or unusual advantages? If you were checking into a standard room at the hotel, which one would you request?

Sandra Anido: The Egerton House Hotel really offers "a room with a view". Rooms at the front of the hotel offer views over Egerton Gardens, glimpses of the stunning architecture of the Brompton Oratory and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Rooms located on the side of the hotel are overlooking Egerton Garden Mews, the old Stables, offering a feel of the old traditional London, a century ago. The beautifully maintained private gardens at the back of the hotel is an oasis of tranquillity and all rooms on the back of the hotel overlook these.

It is very hard to pick a favorite, as I truly love them all.

Five Star Alliance: Can you mention any interesting miscellaneous trivia regarding the hotel? Perhaps a bit of history?

Sandra Anido: When Egerton House opened on a residential Knightsbridge street in 1990, it spearheaded London's "boutique hotel" explosion and was one of the first Hotels in London to open as a Luxury Townhouse Hotel.

Five Star Alliance: If you were considering staying at the hotel as a guest, what would you want to know about the hotel before checking in?

Sandra Anido: The Hotel does not, unfortunately, have any spa facilities in-house, but we offer day passes at a Platinum Health club nearby.

Five Star Alliance: What is the hardest part about being General Manager? If you could change one thing about the hotel, what would that be?

Sandra Anido: I have worked in the hotel for so many years and it has grown to be my second home and we have a fantastic Team, I would not want to change anything for the world. We experience challenges from time to time but this is all part of the job.

Five Star Alliance: Other than your own, can you share your choices of two or three of what you consider to be the greatest hotels in the world? And why you think they are special?

Sandra Anido: One of London's Top Hotels is Claridge's with its history and stunning Art Deco surroundings.

Bushman's Kloof, also part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection is located in the heart of an African nature reserve. A stunning and fabulous small intimate Hotel.

Five Star Alliance: Anything else you would like our readers to know about your property?

Sandra Anido: The hotel holds an extravanganza of stunning art - original prints from Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec. Original old prints from the Illustrated London News, engravings and lithographs of Picasso, Matisse and Braque alongside masterful paintings such as the Parrots by Kim Brooks. Our small intimidate Bar is packed with caricatures by JAK and Sems.

The Egerton Bar is a small intimate discrete little hideaway. Packed with caricatures by JAK and Sems, its the perfect place to have a quiet drink, light snack or entertain friends. Antonio is one of London's most beloved bartenders and Antonio's Martinis are known to be the best in London!


About Sandra Anido: After graduating from The Hague Hotel School, I worked for several boutique properties in the Benelux countries before moving to London which I now consider home. London is a marvelous city and has much to offer and Knightsbridge is the city's most exclusive address. Its an absolute joy for me to share my knowledge of London with our guests and to make sure The Egerton House becomes their home away from home and a truly great experience.


South African Dream Package with Twelve Apostles and Blue Train

April 9, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Twelve Apostles HotelTwo South African Icons - the Blue Train and Twelve Apostles Hotel- have come together to create the perfect opportunity for those seeking an indulgent romantic escape. Board the luxurious Blue Train in Pretoria and travel through some of South Africa's most awesome landscapes while being pampered with exceptional personal service. Upon arrival in Cape Town, the Twelve Apostles Hotel will collect guests from the station and transfer them directly to their award winning destination. A Classic or Mountain Facing room awaits - stylishly decorated in contemporary furniture and fabrics. Spend time at the hotel's renowned Sanctuary Spa and indulge in a 60-minute head, neck and shoulder massage included in the package and enjoy the complimentary use of the relaxing hydrotherapy pools.

Packages are availble during the 2007 South African winter and the routes available are Pretoria to Cape Town or Cape Town to Pretoria. Call Twelve Apostles at +27 (0) 21 437 9000 to reserve your dram package.


What a Hotel! Sea-view Hotel & Spa …

April 6, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Hint: Sea-view Hotel & Spa, A Dozen Followers, In One of 3 Captial Cities...

And Last Week's answer, which was guessed correctly this time around by selma weisbein, is ...

What a Hotel!

The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai


Announcing The Stafford Mews - New Suites in London

April 6, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Jr Suite MewsScheduled to launch at the end of April, The Stafford Mews (part of The Stafford) will offer a choice of 26 luxury junior and master suites plus The Penthouse Suite - a rooftop apartment with private outdoor terrace overlooking the London skyline. The Penthouse Suite will be located on the 6th floor, and cover over 100 sq metres (1076 square feet). The decor of the new 26 suites will try to create the home-from-home appeal that The Stafford is renowned for. In addition to the new rooms, The Stafford Mews will also offer a Fitness Suite with the latest Cybex cardiovascular equipment and multi-gym system, which will be available for all Stafford guests to use. Rates and availability for rooms in the Mews can be found for May 2007 dates here >>

(The image is an artist's rendering of a Junior Suite.)


Special Spring Rates in Toronto at Windsor Arms

April 5, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Windsor Arms Hotel Spa PoolThe Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto is offering a spring rate special on all of their rooms until May 31, 2007. Rates are available as low as $295 CAD for a standard room and go up to $1500 CAD for the Windsor Suite. And as usual, children 12 and under stay for free when sharing a room with their parents, so everyone can enjoy Toronto's spring weather. Book now or you might miss out on these special rates - they are only available through May 31st and will sell out quickly.


iPods with i-Guides for Milestone and 41 Hotels in London

April 4, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Two Red Carnation Hotels in London, the Milestone Hotel and Apartments and 41, have recently received iPods loaded with a selection of music and a number of different London audio walking guides (in English) for guests. The iPods help to guide guests around a particular area or attraction in London and explain the history of the area. The walking tours available for London include: the British Museum; London City; National Gallery; Royal London; Temple District; Thames; Tower of London; Westend Night-Life and Westminster. Additionally, guests are directed to the website that produce these walking guides, since they are available in a number of languages and for many destinations - www.pocketvox.com.

PS - In addition to the music selection and walking guides, the iPods have been loaded with the Red Carnation Hotels podcasts and a children's audio book for the little ones.


Announcing the Wine Merchant at Sutton Place Vancouver

April 3, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Sutton Place VancouverConstruction has begun at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, but not the kind that will drive guests away with closed guest rooms and amenities. The "Sutton Place Wine Merchant" is at the corner of Smithe and Burrard Street in Vancouver and will be an exclusive, retail wine boutique. Scheduled to open in July of this year, the "Wine Merchant" is on the ground level of La Grande Residence tower of the Hotel and will feature imported and domestic wines - many exclusive to Sutton Place. For the winos oenophiles out there-

Regular wine tastings will take place, along with seminars and information sessions on wine making and the wine industry. Membership on a mailing list will keep customers informed of new products, special events and activities at the boutique. The Sutton Place Wine Merchant will be open seven days a week in order to serve the community and guests of the Hotel.