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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.

Special Valentine's Day Offers in and Around London

February 2, 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 United States. These offers are for stays of varying lengths ranging from February 12-28. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully for restrictions and to avoid disappointment!

Deals in London


Andaz Liverpool
Andaz Liverpool Street London
(pictured left) 
Love Goes Around
Guests will be greeted with in-room champagane and flowers upon arrival. The package also includes £25 to use on any of the hotel's restaurants and bars, and a breakfast for two the next morning. Complimentary inclusions available at every Andaz hotel includes internet access, local phone calls, and the minibar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Rates for this package start at GBP 309 per night >>


Blakes Hotel 
For Your Eyes Only Valentines Package
This package includes Continental breakfast for two, a candle-lit bubble bath with rose petals, a bottle of Canard Duchen Champage, and chocolate covered strawberries. 

Rates start at GBP 630 GBP per night >>

Cafe Royal Hotel

Cafe Royal Hotel (pictured right)
Weekend Indulgence Package
Stay in the beating heart of the West End in a spacious and luxurious guestroom perfectly positioned for sightseeing and shopping or complete calm and rest. Stay Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night and get 20% off the best available rate,  three-course Menu du Jour dinner in the Ten Room, glass of chilled Champagne in the Grill Room, Regent Street VIP membership card, traditional English breakfast in the Ten Room, Personal Butler service on request, Butler’s Pantry with Nespresso coffee machine, 24 hour in-room dining, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, eedia hub, and WiFi.

Rates start at GBP 480 per night >>

The May Fair Hotel
Bed And Breakfast Package
Book a London short break and stay at this 5* May Fair hotel with a full English breakfast when you wake in the morning. Explore all that London has to offer for less.

Rates start at GBP 435 per night >>


Deals in London's Surrounding Area

Chewton GlenChewton Glen (pictured left)
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Package
Chewton Glen is a privately owned Luxury Country House Hotel & Spa located in England on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within walking distance of the sea and easy reach of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton. This package offers King Beddded room with garden views, dinner, and breakfast.

Rates start at GBP 857 per night >>


Gidleigh Park 
Gourmet Getaway
Gidleigh Park is the quintessential Country House Hotel, nestled in a wooded valley within the natural beauty of the wilds of Dartmoor. It has a stylish decor, two Michelin star chef and an acclaimed wine list.
Stay in a Deluxe Room looking into the woodland. Combine the rugged beauty of Dartmoor and the gastronomic delights of 2 Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines. Based on a two-night stay, you get dinner in a luxury picnic hamper each day. 

Rates start at GBP 703 per night >>

Wine Lovers Stay
Stay in a Deluxe Rooms looking Into The Woodland. Enjoy an a la carte And eight course tasting dinner with fine wines at the 2 Michelin Starred restaurant. You also get a private wine cellar tour.

Rates start at GBP 845 per night >>


Cliveden House  (pictured right)Cliveden House
Romance Package
Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands. Standing upon chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, the house commands panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the river Thames. This package includes a Deluxe Twin or King room with an en-suite sitting area and a bathroom. Guests will receive a chilled body of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, a dozen red roses, rose petals and candles in the room, and a Continental breakfast. 

Gourmet Package
The Gourmet Package includes a delicious tasting menu for two in the restaurant, a Continental breakfast, and a Deluxe Twin or King room with a sitting area and bathroom.  Tasting Menu In The Restaurant -Continental Breakfast

Rates start at GBP 833 per night >>

 

Tylney Hall
Valentine’s Romantic Break
If you really want to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day there is no better place to go than Tylney Hall. Enjoy luxurious accommodation, a gourmet meal created by Executive Chef Stephen Hine and why not take a romantic stroll around the historical grounds, for a truly romantic break. The package includes luxurious accommodation with full English breakfast, Valentine’s chocolates in your room on arrival, Pre-dinner champagne and canape reception, candlelit five-course dinner in the award-winning Oak Room Restaurant,  a rose for each couple at dinner, early check in at 1pm and late check out at 12 noon (subject to availability), and use of the hotel's leisure facilities throughout your stay.

Rates start at GBP 260 per night >> 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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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Did You Know? Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal

January 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The splendid residence that houses Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal was built by the Coccina family. Sold in 1581 to the Florentine family of Luca Antonio Giunta, the palace was inherited by the Foscarini family after two of the brothers married descendents of Giunta. The Foscarini family lived at the palace in the eighteenth century, along with their most illustrious representative, Doge Marco Foscarini, who was responsible for the many rare manuscripts, all bound in red leather and stamped with the emblem of the Foscarini family. In the library of Foscarini Giovanelli Palace, nearly a thousand volumes collected by Marco Foscarini have been conserved for decades. Today, more than 500 of those historic manuscripts can be seen at the prestigious Imperial Library of Vienna. The books were a pledge for payment of taxes in arrears to the Austrian state by the declining Foscarini family.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal

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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: Fitzwilliam Hotel

January 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fitzwilliam Hotel overlooks St Stephen's Green in the city centre of Dublin. Meticulously designed by Sir Terence Conran, this contemporary hotel enjoys superb facilities throughout and offers guests a haven of peace within a bustling capital city.

Fitzwilliam Hotel

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Did You Know? Hotel Scribe

January 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Scribe

Hotel Scribe was built in 1861 and today honors its many famous visitors with decor and whole floors devoted to them. Soon after opening, the hotel became home of the prestigious Jockey Club. The decoration of the first floor commemorates the prestigious club whose members were the elite of French and European society under the Second Empire. The second floor is a tribute to Marcel Proust, who immortalized the club in his works. 

Hotel Scribe

The 4th floor pays tribute to Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who lived in the hotel. Stars performing at the nearby Olympia theatre would often stay at the Scribe. Among the artists was the legendary Josephine Baker, to whom the 2nd floor is dedicated. The 6th floor is dedicated to Jules Verne, the visionary author who pioneered the science fiction genre and was a regular at the hotel's Grand Cafe. 

In 1895, the hotel played host to the first public presentation of the Lumiere brothers' revolutionary invention, the Cinematograph. The 5th floor commemorates the birth of cinema. 

Today, the hotel conserves the memory of that era, along with that of the countless personalities who shaped its renown. 

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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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Your Questions Answered: Which Guest Rooms at the Armani Hotel Milan Have the Biggest Closets?

January 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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.

Armani Hotel MilanQUESTION: What guest room has the largest closet space at the Armani Hotel, Milan? Also can you tell me more on the fitness center?


ANSWER: Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project, following the success of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm, and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort.


Armani Hotel Milano promises a “home-away-from-home” experience in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy. The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering a new level of service under the care of the lifestyle service department, with an innovative Lifestyle Manager concept. Armani Hotel Milano’s Lifestyle Managers are key representatives of the hotel and are assigned to guests as hosts. Their role is to anticipate guests’ needs and to ensure that you get the most out of your stay, and your visit to Milano. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites of Armani Hotel Milano. Each element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and has been chosen for its sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities.

Here's details on the Guest Room Closets:

-Armani Premiere Room. These rooms measure 70 square meters, and provide a comfortable living space with a bar and workstation. Rooms offer walk-in wardrobes, and guests can request rooms with the largest closets.

-Executive Suites. These suites are located on floors 3-5, and are 95 square meters. They have a vestibule, fully equipped Living Room, and walk-in closets.  

Here's details on the Fitness Center: 
-The fitness center has 4 treadmills, free weights, weight-lifting equipment, 8 different machines, forerunners, and a stationary bike. The center is 100 square meters. Personal trainers are available. The fitness center, which is part of the spa, also includes a relaxation pool overlooking the city, Finnish sauna, steam bath, heat experiences, relaxation areas, and and ice cascade.

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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: Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort

January 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort is situated in the emerald bay of Milatos. Since the accommodations' preference may vary from one guest to another, Minos Imperial, consisting of 338 rooms and suites, provides a wide selection of choices. Furthermore, the hotel’s location provides the opportunity to its guests to take many different kinds of excursions due to its short distance from all the major sites of interest. Minos Imperial features six restaurants and five bars, offering a wide variety of quality food and beverage services to satisfy every guests needs. 

Minos Imperial Beach Resort

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