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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.

The Rubens at the Palace Means Family Fun in the Heart of London

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the Palace
When it comes to exceptional family facilities and a location in the heart of London's main tourist attractions, it's hard to beat The Rubens at the Palace located in Victoria, neighbouring London’s most prestigious address, Buckingham Palace. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many popular London sites including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the London Aquarium, and the London Eye as well as the leafy green open spaces of the Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

The Rubens offers a number of extra special touches that ensure every family is kept entertained and well looked after. Children are made to feel like mini VIP's with access to their own Kids Concierge also known as the Director of Fun and Adventure, John Goncalves. John is fully abreast on London’s hottest openings and attractions and will happily offer advice to help each family make the most out of their trip to the capital. Many of the bedrooms offer views over the Royal Mews and the Director of Fun & Adventure will talk each child through traditional royal ceremony, such as the changing of the guard, and explain exactly what is happening and why. John has years of experience in keeping the most demanding of children amused both in and out of the hotel leaving parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

The Rubens is well known for its outstanding afternoon tea and youngsters are catered for with a Prince and Princess version. Treats include bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink. There is also a special kids menu including tasty “mocktails”. Children can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel including a trip to the kitchen, where the Pastry Chef will help the kids decorate their own cupcakes. The Rubens at the Palace
Each family bedroom is fully equipped with a host of games and activities to keep everyone entertained. A special turndown treat is offered to all children, with cookies, hot milk, a bubble bath full of toys and their own mini bathrobes and slippers are supplied. For kids of all ages, there is a full library of DVDs and computer games to borrow, free of charge.

The Rubens offers flexible accommodation with ten interconnecting room combinations catering for families of up to six and family wing options that cater for extended families of up to eleven guests.

Enjoy London luxury for less with three nights for the price of two on suites at The Rubens At The Palace >>

 


Shop Til' You Drop: WestHouse Hotel New York Partners with NET-A-PORTER

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

WestHouse Hotel New YorkIn partnership with stylish e-commerce site NET-A-PORTER, the world’s premier online luxury fashion retailer, WestHouse Hotel debuts the first online shopping experience in a U.S. hotel that brings exclusive shopping options to guests. On the elegant touch-screen tablets featured in each guestroom which connect seamlessly to hotel services, Residents can browse NET-A-PORTER’s unparalleled selection of the season’s chicest fashions without leaving their beds. WestHouse provides guests with an easy way to keep tabs on cutting-edge fashion from labels such as Ksubi, R13, Erdem, as well as highly coveted styles by Stella McCartney, Marni, Helmut Lang and Alexander McQueen, among others.

The superb service and customer care from NET-A-PORTER, includes:
• A dedicated phone line in each of WestHouse’s 172 rooms and suites connecting to NET-A-PORTER’s Customer Care team, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• A dedicated phone line providing direct access from WestHouse’s 16 suites to NET-A-PORTER’s Personal Shoppers from 9AM to 5PM each weekday, and to Customer Care after hours and on weekends
• Seamless direct connect to NET-A-PORTER ‘s website via in-room tablets that feature a highly visible “just tap” NET-A-PORTER icon on the home screen
• Complimentary same-day delivery directly to the WestHouse in NET-A-PORTER’s beautiful signature black boxes
Highlighting the new partnership will be a specialty Suite Shopping Package whereby guests who book a stay of three or more nights in one of WestHouse’s suites will receive a $500 NET-A-PORTER gift card to spend on their site.


Image of the Day: Blue Palace Resort and Spa

August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Blue Palace Resort and Spa is nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the island of Crete, and has emblematic views to the relics of Spinalonga Island. 

Blue Palace Resort and Spa

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Your Questions Answered: What London Hotel Would You Recommend for a Family of Four?

August 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Piccadilly
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 4 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER:  With its timeless Regency architecture and unmatched location in the heart of London's West End, Le Méridien Piccadilly is recognised as the landmark hotel in Piccadilly Circus. The hotel proudly stands on nine floors, showcasing 266 luxurious bedrooms. The hotel is near the shopping district, theatres, parks and museums. Regarded as one of London's finest hotels, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Oak Room Lounge, or indulge in the gourmet cuisine of the Terrace Restaurant and Bar. The hotel has an atmosphere of quiet luxury and comfort, providing quick, efficient and unobtrusive service.  

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Family Room-Non-Smoking. Ideal for a family of four, these sophisticated rooms are equipped with two queen beds and include complimentary buffet breakfast for all plus free in-room WiFi internet access. Exclusive benefits for children throughout your stay include complimentary dining at Le Meridien Piccadilly and an unlimited number of items to launder; allowing you the option to travel lighter.

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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.


Dining al Fresco: Le Pigonnet

August 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Pigonnet is a Provencal manor house from the XVIIIth century combines tradition and modernity. This 5-star hotel with 44 rooms and suites is a stone’s throw away from Aix-en-Provence city centre and offers guests relaxing moments in a luxury and timeless atmosphere.

Le Pigonnet 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Dive Resort in Greece?

August 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Minos Beach art hotel
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 dive resort in Greece for a family of 4?

ANSWER: Minos Beach art hotel – Aghios Nikolaos, Greece

Minos Beach art hotel, a favorite of all those appreciating genuineness and authenticity, provides a luxurious stay in minimalist surroundings. The 129 Bungalows, all with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, mini bar, TV, bath or whirlpool bath or Jacuzzi shower, hairdryer and personalized service are designed to meet your most demanding needs. For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, there is a presidential suite and three executive suites with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary caressing the sea.Minos Beach art hotel

Pelagos Dive Centre has been operating since 1987 and is located in the grounds of the Minos Beach art hotel. It is ideal for all divers, with tideless, calm, warm waters, divable all year round. Courtesy of the hotel, a sheltered sandy beach and a large private swimming pool are available, for those wishing to try or take up diving, in the "Discover Dive" sessions. There is a fully equipped classroom, complete with its own unique mural. A relaxed atmosphere combined with the latest teaching methods makes learning easy and fun. The instructors have up to twenty years diving experience and are proficient in first aid.

Diving sites range from ancient remains, through wrecks, rocky slopes, caverns, walls, reefs and drop offs. The exceptionally clear water, with its many shades of blue offers visability averaging over 30 meters. Pelagos is a fully qualified and established diver training centre where learning to dive is made easy and fun by PADI instructors. Diving groups are limited to 9 people for each dive leader. Thorough dive planning, detailed pre-dive briefings, in conjunction with conservative dive-limits ensure all safety aspects are covered.  Divers may hire a Sony underwater video housing and a Nikonos V still 35mm camera and flashgun. There is a wide range of Specialist Courses available, including Night Diver, Underwater Photography and Deep Diver.Minos Beach art hotel

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

Sea View Room- The Sea View Rooms are situated in the main building and consist of one bedroom with two beds and a single sofa bed and a bathroom with bathtub. A large balcony offers panoramic sea view. Amenities include individual air condition, bathroom with bath tub, cable and satellite TV, min-bar, hair dryer, beach towels, daily maid service, direct dial phone, and safe.

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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.


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

August 9, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

On the Rocks Hotel
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 is Santorini, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: On the Rocks Hotel  
On The Rocks, an acclaimed member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, stands proudly at 200 meters above the Caldera basin. Situated in the famous village of Imerovigli, On the Rocks has Caldera views and is 10 minutes away from the island's capital Fira. Due to its privileged location is the perfect starting point to explore the magnificent island of Santorini. Boasting one of the finest scenic locations in Imerovigli, this Cycladic-inspired luxury hotel features 24 stylish Caldera view rooms and Volcano view suites.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend
Superior Double Room with Caldera View - The captivating romantic rooms with Caldera view in Imerovigli are traditionally decorated and uniquely furnished with unusual artifacts and fine quality linen. The superior double hotel rooms in Santorini feature an area of of 25 square meters, a private terrace with a breakfast table and chairs.

Superior Rooms can accommodate 2 adults in 1 double bed and 1 child in an extra bed. There is an extra charge per night for the extra person.

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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.

 

 


Did You Know? Ritz Paris

August 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Paris
In the early '30s, fashion icon Coco Chanel moved into the Hotel Ritz Paris. She not only brought her luggage, she also brought her own furniture, including a beige suite settee and a chinoiserie folding screen. The suite where she lived for more than 35 years still exists. The 1,670-square-foot Coco Chanel Suite has two bedrooms and a living room and features Coromandel lacquers, Chinese furniture, baroque mirrors, and over-sized sofas with quilting created by Chanel. 

But Madame Coco wasn't the only celebrity of the time to call the hotel home. Ernest Hemingway also lived there, and one of the bars is fittingly named in his honor.  

The hotel is currently closed for extensive renovations, but is expected to re-open in late 2014 or early 2015. 

 

 

 

 


Your Questions Answered: What Parking Arrangements are Available at O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel?

August 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

O'Callahan Davenport 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: What parking arrangements are available at O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel?

ANSWER: 
The O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel is located at Merrion Square, within walking distance of Trinity College and Saint Stephen's Green, and approximately eight miles from Dublin International Airport. Located in an 1863 building that once served as a gospel hall, the hotel is 200 meters from Pearse Street train station, 700 meters from Saint Ann's Church, and one mile from Dublin Castle.

The O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel and O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel have shared parking between them at Alexander Court. You will receive a code at Front Desk and the cost is currently 12EUR per 24 hours for hotel guests.

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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.


 


Did You Know? Auberge De Cassagne

August 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge de Cassagne

A former Provencal farmhouse built in 1850 on the lands of the estate belonging to Cassagne Castle, the present-day Auberge de Cassagne & Spa became a small hotel-restaurant with six rooms in 1969. The hotel grew quickly and the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 1985. Now, 35 rooms and 8 suites occupy the U-shaped buildings which frame three delightful, flower-covered interior courtyards. These ordered places with their stylish terraces and abundant plant life, create a true natural haven.

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