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.

Experience Rome at Villa Spalletti Trivelli


By: K. Clare Johnson

Villa Spalletti Trivelli Take a Roman Holiday. Villa Spalletti Trivelli, an urban villa located in the heart of Rome, is offering a Grand Opening Offer Package. Book a Luxe Romantic for EUR 350 + vat 10 percent, a Deluxe Prestige for EUR 450 + vat 10 percent, or Deluxe Suite for EUR 700 + vat 10 percent. Benefits included in these great rates start with a welcome drink on arrival in the Villa's lovely garden or library. You'll also get a rich homemade buffet breakfast, complimentary newspaper and mini-bar in the room, complimentary Honor Bar in the Sala degli Arazzi, and free access to on-site gym and Turkish bath.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance Five Star Alliance guests at Villa Spalletti Trivelli receive complimentary tea for two once during stay in the Sala del Camino and one complimentary "Relax Treatment" per person in the on-site Hammam/Energy Bar.


A Roman New Year at Hotel de Russie


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel de RussieTimes Square is over. Make Rome the new hotspot for ringing in the New Year. The luxury five-star Hotel de Russie is offering a package designed to make New Year's fun. The package includes:

* Overnight accommodation

* Two glasses Champagne at The Stravinskij Bar

* Daily Buffet Breakfast served at Le Jardin de Russie

* A special welcome to the de Russie with a tasty amenity in the room

The offer is valid from December 28, 2008- January 2, 2009.

Rates range from EUR 642-2960 per night.


Hot Deals: Winter Madness and Airfare Specials to Iceland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

CenterHotel ThingholtAnd you thought our economic woes were bad. Iceland's economy has tanked. The Icelandic Krona has dropped dramatically against the US Dollar, making the country once known for its exorbitant prices a top bargain destination for travelers. Now is the time to grab an insanely priced ticket on Icelandair (try $399 per person roundtrip). We've raved about Reykjavik's CenterHotel Thingholt-- from where you can enjoy the capital's hot party scene, and take off to experience the famous landscapes of glaciers, hot springs, geysers, and volcanoes. But the Hotel 101 is just as popular. The New York Times points out that this luxurious hotel is almost half off. Caveat: Bring plenty of cash. It's rumored that the ATMs are on the fritz.


Swiss Massages Get the Hawaiian Touch at Villa Principe Leopoldo


By: K. Clare Johnson

Villa Principe Leopoldo What can happen in 100 minutes? You'll find out at the Conde Nast Award-winning Swiss hotel Villa Principe Leopoldo. For starters, you'll be on your way to Hawaii, via Switzerland. Villa Principe Leopoldo is offering a special package for those who want to visit their jewel of a beauty spa. You'll get two nights and three days in a peaceful, spacious Parco room at the residence of Villa Principe Leopoldo. You'll get the 100-minute KISO Facial "Hawaii." Exclusive products that are highly effective yet gentle and sweetly scented make for a natural, soothing, and harmonious facial. Couple that with the KISO Beauty massage, 60 minutes of a spiritual massage against a backdrop of heavenly music, and you really will think you are in paradise.

Prices start at CHF 1,980 / € 1,238 double occupancy.


Virtuoso Hotelier of the Year: Franka Holtmann of the Hotel Meurice, Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Franka HoltmannIt comes as no surprise that Franka Holtmann, General Manager of the opulent Hotel Le Meurice in Paris, was awarded "Hotelier of the Year" at Virtuoso's annual Travel Mart Conference at the Vegas Bellagio hotel in August. Holtmann was selected by Virtuoso's 6,000 member travel advisors as well as the editors of Virtuoso Life for the top spot. She beat out an impressive roster of hoteliers who had been nominated: Rainy Chan, The Peninsula Hong Kong; Geoffrey Gelardi, The Lanesborough, London; Anthony Lee, The Connaught, London. Holtmann's experience in Paris' legendary luxury hotel sector extends far beyond her tenure at Le Meurice, where she has overseen the fantastic renovations by design legend Philippe Starck. She was the second-in-command at Hotel Plaza Athénée in 2000, and then became the first woman general manager of a palace hotel in France at Hotel de Crillon. She has rightfully been called the "First Lady of Fine Hospitality."


Presidential Election Themed Packages at Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel New YorkElection fever has prompted hotels to get patriotic with special packages, as we noted with the Fairmont Copley Plaza's "Making of a President Package." But the trend doesn't stop there. As Travel + Leisure reports, these presidential promotions are available not just in red and blue states, but in hotels around the globe-- like the Hotel Concorde La Fayette in Paris where you can chow down on a "Hawaiian-themed O-Burger" or the "Southwestern-flavored Elephant Burger for the senator from Arizona." Back in the States, W Hotels is inspiring guests to "gear up and show their colors" with the Declare Yourself Package. If you declare yourself red at W Hotels in New York, you'll get an Elephant t-shirt, a Republican Vote Tote made of 80 percent recycled cotton canvas and 20 percent recycled plastic soda bottles to help you support your party and contribute to save the planet, the "Declare Yourself" book in which celebrated Americans - from Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Alice Walker to Hayden Panettiere - share personal reasons and motivations for voting, plus two 10 Cain Rum cocktails. Or rock your Democrat colors and you'll get donkey gear plus two Obama Pama cocktails.


Experience Paris Zen at La Tremoille


By: K. Clare Johnson

La Tremoille Paris in spring is wonderful, but Paris in winter plus great rates and spa treatments is just as lovely. La Tremoille is offering a Zen Couple week-end package from now until January 10, 2009. Guests will receive one night at the hotel, a Continental breakfast, and two treatments. Choose from 1/2 hour massage, facial care treatment, or back/neck/shoulder massage. This offer is valid on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays depending upon availability.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at La Tremoille will receive a box of Laduree macaroons in room upon arrival.


Former Nuclear Bunker in Switzerland Becomes World’s First Zero-Star Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

A night in this windowless gem will set you back $9. A subterranean bunker has been converted into a hotel in the Swiss region of St. Gallen. Recently fifteen guests were guinea pigs guests in this underground pad, where they were treated to "real hotel duvets." No word yet on the bathroom amenities, as we're told the "shared bathroom has been converted into a fountain with swimming flowers." Nice perk: Images from the outside world are broadcast via live cam onto a large screen. (Bye, bye claustrophobia.)


Austria’s Hotel Jagdhof Spa Announces the Glacier opening!


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel JagdhofPull out your parkas, the glacier is open! Hotel Jagdhof Spa has announced special package deals to accompany the opening of the Stubai Glacier. Enjoy 4 or 7 nights in your reserved room, the Jagdhof Gourmet Service, One 60-minute Tyrolean Massage, a 3 or 6 day glacier ski pass, and complimentary shuttle bus to the Stubai Glacier. You'll also get access to Hotel Jagdhof's award-winning spa, which boasts 17 treatment rooms. Prices start at 4 days from Euro 737 and 7 days from Euro 1,107. Happy Skiing!


Unwrap London, Christmas, and Chocolate at the Jumeirah Lowndes


By: K. Clare Johnson

Half MoonBuying a gift for the Chocoholic traveler in your life just got easier. Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel and Rococo Chocolates has unwrapped their special "The Art of Chocolate" package for Christmas 2008. Starting from GBP 345 per room per night, guests will get overnight accommodation at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia, Rococo Chocolates gift on arrival, a master class at Rococo's Chocolate School for two people, a Chocolate Martini Cocktail at the Mimosa Bar, a two-course weekend brunch at Mimosa Restaurant, and access to The Peak Health Club & Spa.

The workshop at London's Rococo Chocolate School is made up of hands-on making, a tutored tasting, and a presentation on chocolate "from tree to bar." Hot chocolate is served throughout and a glass of champagne and goodie bag provide a sweet ending to a delectable day.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will receive a Welcome Card from the General Manager, a Temple Spa Gift worth GBP 35, and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.