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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.

An Interview with the Concierge: Hotel Gritti Palace Venice


By: Courtney W. May

Hotel Gritti Palace VeniceDirectly overlooking the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of Venice, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. The attentive service is embodied by the hotel concierge staff - who answered our questions below.

What activity do you recommend the most often?

A walking tour of the city with private guide; A tour of the lagoon Islands by water taxi; visiting all the most important museums; countryside excursions by private limousine, and visits to the Palladian villas.

Which restaurant do you recommend the most often and why? Who is it best for?

The Hotel Gritti Palace restaurant "Club del Doge" mainly for fish and Venetian dishes but also for deliciuos pasta; Osteria "Santa Marina" (Venetian, fish); "Met" (creative Venetian), or "Da Ivo" for a change ( tuscan food meat & fish).

What are the scariest requests you've gotten from guests?

On 9-11, the high number of requests from Guests to go back home and the impossibility to solve all the Airline tickets due to congestion.

What is the funniest request you've gotten from a guest?

A big knife from the kitchen to open a bottle of Champagne.

What is the strangest request you've gotten from a guest?

Request of parachute for a launch ...

Do you have any regular celebrity/famous guests?

We would upset many if we mention even a few of them.

What types of things have you been unable to do for guests?

Hard to remember... but only the illegal ones!!

What is your personal favorite part of the hotel?

The Terrace on the Grand Canal.

What are the things that you wish guests knew about the Concierge?

The Concierge is the best informed person in town, always aware of all events that are taking place in Venice; a miracle maker.

Because you are in a major international tourism destination, what kinds of language problems come up?

English and French are known by everybody. The upcoming market of China is raising interest in the oriental languages which until now have been quite unknown

How big is the Concierge staff at the hotel?

Twelve persons in total.

Are there any specialty concierges or all generalists for everyone?

Each one has to be able to fulfill the same specialist requests and general duties.

What is the average number of requests a day?

Depending on the season, on average 1 request per minute.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

To serve the most important people of the World.


Say Goodbye to Eos Airlines: Another One Bites the Dust


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eos AirlinesSadly, it looks like our favorite luxury airline, Eos, is following in the footsteps of Maxjet and has ceased operations. Travel Weekly has the scoop on the demise of Eos, which filed for bankruptcy over the weekend and closed its doors as of April 28. It looks like the end of an era.


Family Friendly in Paris at Le Meurice


By: Lucy LeTourneau

Le Meurice ParisThe legendary Le Meurice is a luxury hotel in the heart of Paris with a prestigious location between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre on the fashionable rue de Rivoli. Le Meurice has played host to international royalty, fashion designers and countless public figures, through the centuries. It's classic French style , but with modern flourishes recently unveiled in the reception area by designer Phillipe Starck. The hotel has your family in mind with a large number of connecting rooms upon request. Take advantage of the Le Meurice Family Package by booking two Superior or Deluxe rooms now through December 31, 2008 and receive:

* Accommodations and daily American breakfast

* Upgrade to a two Bedroom Suite upon availability (only available if Deluxe double rooms booked)

* Petits fours in the parents' room and Sweets in the children's room

* Meurice children bathrobe and slippers and a Kid's kit: Pistache "stuffed animal", cartoon DVD for use in room, puzzle, coloured pencil

Le Meurice Kids* Treasure hunt through the hotel and Use of custom-made toy wooden boat to sail in the boat pond in the Tuileries, plus two Carousel rides in the Tuileries Garden per child

* Free access to sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi and fitness center for the parents

In addition to this package, Le Meurice has created a Passport given to the Children at their arrival taking their family on a (re)discovery of Paris' little-known delights. Their very own passport maps out a trail of city's most magical sights. There are also bicycles available for rent for the inviting paths in the Tuileries Gardens nearby.

No kids? Hotel Le Meurice is also pet-friendly... Plus, Book with Five Star Alliance and receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with any reservation.


Chic Picnic, Plus a Fourth Night Free, at Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan’s, Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan's ParisEnjoy an enchanting stay in Paris this summer at the elegant 45-room Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan's, situated near the Arc de Triomphe. 'Déjeuner sur l'herbe' with a delicious picnic basket provided by the hotel. Packed with hors d'œuvres, main courses like salads and sandwiches, desserts, mineral water, soft drinks, and a bottle of Champagne, the picnic promises to be both irresistible and refined. Take your picnic to some of the most romantic spots in Paris, like the flower-filled Jardin du Luxembourg or the Jardins des Tuileries overlooking the Louvre. With the "Chic Picnic" offer, you'll also get late check-out, and four nights for the price of three. Minimum stay of three nights required; available June 1- August 31, 2008.


A Sneak Peak at Summer in St. Moritz with Special Getaways from Badrutt’s Palace Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Summer in St. Moritz with several ways to save at Badrutt's Palace Hotel. This summer take advantage of the multiple packages the luxury hotel in the Alps has to offer. Enjoy a two night package with the "Alpine Summer Feeling" which includes two night accommodation for up to two people in a Superior room, with complimentary breakfast and one set meal at "Chesa Veglia" and a Palace Restaurant, as well as free tickets on all mountain railways, cable cars and public transportation. The room also comes with a complimentary mini-bar, daily newspaper, movie channels and internet access. Rates start at 640 CHF for single occupancy.

For the more globally conscious guest, enjoy the "Go Green in St. Moritz" package, treating guests to a three night stay in a Superior room, along with a horse driven carriage ride to the Roseg Glacier, tickets to a self guided Clean Energy Tour, and a tour of the ecologically conscious heating system in Badrutt's and hiking map of local trails to try out. The package also comes with dinners at Chesa Veglia or Palace Restaurants and an organic picnic lunch basket. Rates start at 1,440 CHF for single occupancy.

Enjoying a family vacation to the Alps? Make sure to book Badrutt's "Family Summer Indulgence", a seven night stay in one of the hotel's Superior rooms with free tickets for all mountain railways and cable cars, child care services, a complimentary picnic basket for each adult, a boat ride on Lake Sils, horse drawn carriage ride into Fex Valley, and dinner at Chesa Veglia or a Palace Restaurant. Rates start at 2,040 CHF for double occupancy.

This summer, guests may also enjoy the "Golfy Delight" package, a three night stay in one of the hotel's Superior rooms, which comes with a complimentary golf gift upon arrival and two green fees at either the Zouz Madulain or Samedan golf courses. Package comes with complimentary breakfast, and dinner at either Chesa Veglia or a Palace Restaurant, and free tickets for all mountain public transportation. Rates start at 1320 CHF for single occupancy.


Business Travel to Rome: Bring the Whole Family to Hotel FortySeven


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel FortysevenBusiness in Rome? Bring your fam with you! The Hotel Fortyseven, situated in the Eternal City's historic center just across from the Roman Forum, has put together an excellent "Work and Family" promotion for a family of four. Priced at EUR 1,250, this three-night package includes accommodations in two connecting Double Rooms, daily breakfast for four, welcome drinks upon arrival, the Fortyseven Happy meal for two children, complimentary soft drinks in the mini-bar, and an open bus city tour to take in all the sites. Plus, you'll get 15 percent off at Circus Restaurant, the hotel's beautiful rooftop restaurant with fantastic sunset views. The promotion is valid from July 1- September 15, 2008. This stunning, contemporary hotel gives a very special welcome to young guests-- with dedicated children's menus and recommended activities and itineraries (picnics, biking through Villa Borghese, trips to the Zoo).


Extraordinary “Father of the Year” Offer at Hayfield Manor


By: Madelyn Giblin

Don't settle for the ordinary this Father's Day. Treat your dad to the extraordinary "Father of the Year" at Hayfield Manor. Dad will surely appreciate the two night stay in one of Hayfield Manor's splendid rooms, exquisitely decorated, and located right outside the center of the vibrant city of Cork. The room comes with a full hearty Irish breakfast and dinner at the renowned Orchids Restaurant and professional wine consultation during the meal. The truly memorable gift comes with the thirty minute flying lesson from Atlantic Flight Center, in which Dad can learn to pilot a plane on his own. And mom will be entertained too, with a complimentary €50.00 voucher at the Hotel's spa for the treatment of her choice. Truly this is the ultimate Father's Day gift Dad will never forget. Rates start at €347.00 per person. Plus, all guests of Hayfield Manor who make reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary afternoon tea for two - once during their stay valued at 25 Euro per person.


Room with a View of Venice at Hotel Danieli


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel Danieli VeniceStaying in Venice has never been this convenient! From now until the end of August, travelers in Venice looking for accommodations mid-week can take advantage of the Hotel Danieli's reduced rates Sunday through Thursdays. Book one of the Hotel's luxurious Lagoon View double rooms with rates starting at Euro 420,00 per room, per night including tax. The Hotel Danieli is one of Venice's finest, with a variety of amenites as well as spectacular, breathtaking views of the canals and the Venetian sunset. The Hotel is located close to a multitude of interesting landmarks including the Bridge of Sighs and Piazza San Marco.

Space is limited, so hurry!


The “41″ Seven-Step Program: Get Engaged in London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

41 Hotel, London, RomanceGetting ready to pop the question? London's luxurious "41" Hotel can help. "41" will set the perfect mood for you and your loved one by helping plan every detail (and ensuring that she says yes!) Simply book "41's" Romantically Package, which includes elegant accommodations, a red rose on arrival, and a choice of optional extras (think Veuve Cliquot Champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, Champagne breakfast, multi-course meal at one of London's leading restaurants, romance basket with body paint and bath oils). Just a hop from Buckingham Palace, "41" is renowned for its superb service so it's guaranteed that the staff will make your engagement a magical moment, irresistible to refuse. Starting from GBP 245 in an Executive Double Room.


Hot Dining in Lausanne: New Sushi Bar at the Beau-Rivage Palace


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beau-Rivage Palace, LausanneThe award-winning Beau-Rivage Palace knows a thing or two about gastronomy. As described by Travel and Leisure, the hotel is "considered by many to be the finest hotel in Switzerland" and Coco Chanel herself lived in one of the 29 suites. The Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, La Rotonde, boasts an exquisite setting in the center of a park with views of the Alps and Lac Leman. (The wine selection is mind-blowing.) The Café Beau-Rivage is a deluxe brasserie with a large lakeside terrace. And just opened last Fall: the stylish, contemporary Miyako Lausanne, serving traditional Japanese cuisine with sushi and sashimi prepared on the spot.