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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 New Bottega Veneta Suite at St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Grand Hotel RomeThe St. Regis Grand-- the opulent icon in Rome-- is known for its sumptuous interiors. And now guests can choose to stay in the seductive Bottega Veneta suite, designed by Tomas Maier and unveiled in October 2007. Appointed with a mix of furnishings from the Bottega Veneta home collection and traditional pieces, the suite is even perfumed with a signature room fragrance. The expansive space is comprised of a foyer, three bedrooms (two with separate sitting areas), three baths, and a living room with a fireplace. Guests can expect the legendary service for which the hotel is renowned; 24-hour butler service is the norm for all guest rooms.


Exclusive Amenity at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris - The Five Star Alliance Cocktail


By: Courtney W. May

Five Star Alliance Cocktail at Hotel de Crillon Paris Only a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, the Faubourg Saint Honore shopping area and all major museums, the Hôtel de Crillon is the place to stay in Paris. Five Star Alliance clients making a reservation at the Hôtel de Crillon will receive a brand new, exclusive amenity. The Hotel de Crillon is now serving the "Five Star Cocktail" - and Five Star Alliance guests will get the opportunity to enjoy one per person, per stay, in the Crillon Bar. The voucher will be provided at the time of check-in.

    Five Star Alliance Cocktail

    In a cocktail shaker mix:

    1 cl of Jasmin syrup

    2 cl of Mirabelle spirit

    3 cl of Peach juice

    Shake

    As a final touch, add Champagne rosé

    Garnish with 1 redcurrant strand, 1 blackberry

Make your reservation, and enjoy a cocktail, at the Hotel de Crillon now >>

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Grafton and Guinness: The Best of Dublin at the Westin Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin DublinSo maybe you missed today's big St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, but you can still get your groove on in Ireland's capital this spring. The famous shops and pubs of Grafton Street (and the Temple Bar experience) await! The place to stay is the beautiful Westin, located on its own city block in downtown Dublin. Formerly the Allied Irish Bank, the historic building-turned-luxury hotel sports an enviable address within walking distance of all major attractions. The 163 rooms and suites are equipped with every contemporary convenience, including the signature Heavenly Bed. Plus, the Westin will throw in free tix to the Guinness Storehouse, the top visitor site in Ireland, with a special package starting from EUR 259 per room, per night. Accommodation includes a full Irish Breakfast for two. Added perk: Each evening, the hotel hosts an "Unwind program," a Westin ritual to help guests rejuvenate and taste food, drink, and an ambiance unique to each destination. In Dublin, the "Unwind program" is a hosted whiskey tasting from a renowned Irish distiller.


Spring Escape at the Award-winning Summer Lodge, England


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Summer LodgeThe Summer Lodge-- the 5-star haven surrounded by the idyllic English countryside of Dorset (Thomas Hardy Country)-- was recently awarded the Andrew Harper Grand Award for its individuality and devotion to personal service. Long appreciated as a truly enchanting hotel in the picture-postcard village of Evershot, the country house hotel is distinguished for its genuine hospitality. The Summer Lodge will always go the extra mile to create an unforgettable experience for its guests. There are a number of country pursuits on offer-- everything from horseback riding to croquet-- and the spa and swimming pool with its glass ceiling are universally adored. Spring is the perfect time for a getaway to the Summer Lodge, when the flowers are bursting into color in the exquisitely-manicured gardens. There is still limited availability for the fabulous Easter Package, running from March 21-24, 2008. The package includes traditional cream tea for two, dinner for two, one Swedish massage per person, Easter Egg turndown, full English breakfast, and a bottle of Champagne.


Hotel Ritz, Madrid: See the Goya Show at the Newly-Renovated Prado Museum


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel RitzMadrid's world-famous Prado Museum completed an incredible $208 million expansion project in 2007, incorporating various nearby buildings into the Prado in the creation of a Museo del Prado Campus. The old Cloister of the Jerónimos was restored and connected to the Prado, creating new exhibition space. Check out the newly-expanded Prado Museum while staying at Madrid's legendary luxury hotel situated just across the street from the museum. Since its opening in 1910 under the personal supervision of Cesar Ritz, the sumptuously-decorated Hotel Ritz has been a favorite of kings, heads of state, and film stars. The Hotel Ritz is offering the "Cultural Experience in Madrid" package just in time for the major Goya Show. Available from now until December 23, 2008, the two-night package for two persons starts at about $1,317 in low season and $1,476 in high season and includes:

*Two nights accommodation in a classic room

*Entrance to the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums

*One three-course dinner, excluding beverages, in the Goya Restaurant

*Daily buffet breakfast with Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) at the Goya Restaurant

*One bottle of Cava in your room

*Afternoon tea in the Lounge

*Roundtrip airport transfers in a private chauffeured car

*Complimentary Art Guide to the Prado

*Welcome amenities in room upon arrival

*Free access to the Wellness Center

Private guided visits to the Prado after hours and chauffeured tours of the city can be arranged by the hotel for additional charges.


Last Chance: Free Companion Airfare on Eos Airlines to London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eos AirlinesHurry! Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of a sweet deal with the luxury airline Eos. Experience firsthand what everyone's talking about: spacious suites with lie-flat beds (6' 6" long), personalized service, lavish meals, helicopter service from JFK to Manhattan... When you purchase a round-trip ticket between London Stansted and New York's Kennedy airport at the regular price, you'll get a free companion ticket. Book no later than March 14, 2008 to qualify for the promotion. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days in advance of travel, and you may fly between March 18, 2008 and January 7, 2009.


The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych: The Best of London Nightlife


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwch, The Lobby BarWhere else but the happening Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, "London's most exciting contemporary luxury hotel" (Harpers Bazaar), could one find heavenly cocktails like these?

Blackberry and Lavender Martini: Lavender infused Wyborowa vodka with fresh blackberries, blackberry purée, lemon juice and a dash of sugar syrup

Thai Martini: Spicy mixture of ginger infused Stolichnaya vodka, fresh coriander, lemongrass, lime leaf, Angostura bitters and sweetened with a dash of ginger syrup

Heralded as one of the top hotel bars in the world, The Lobby Bar is a gorgeous double-height space appointed with original contemporary sculptures and vast flower arrangements (pictured) set high on Perspex plinths. Hot since the day it opened, the glamorous Lobby Bar has an extensive range of champagnes, wines and beers, not to mention 63 original cocktails made with the freshest of ingredients. Bar nibbles (sushi, duck spring rolls) are stellar. Smack dab in the middle of London in Covent Garden, One Aldwych offers some fine people-watching at oh-so-cool The Lobby Bar.


Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort: Luxury Castle Hotel in County Limerick, Ireland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf ResortImagine: a getaway to your very own castle in Ireland. The Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, set amid 840 acres of formal gardens and rolling parkland in the picturesque village of Adare in County Limerick, is an award-winning five-star vacation destination. The setting is breathtaking, and the Adare Manor comes complete with an 18 hole championship golf course, luxurious Spa, world-class dining facilities, fishing, shopping, sightseeing and a host of other estate activities. Straight out of the Old World, this castle hotel is rich in history, an architectural masterpiece of towers, turrets and stonework ornamentation. Located just 40 minutes from Shannon International Airport, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort offers 63 bedrooms, 11 exclusive Clubhouse bedrooms, and 25 Townhouses which comprise 2/4 ensuite bedrooms, living room, dining room, fully-equipped kitchen and utility room.

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf ResortFor a limited time, take advantage of a fabulous spring offer starting from just EUR 140 per person. The "Spring in Adare" package includes one night's luxurious accommodation plus a candle-lit dinner for two in the 18th-century Oakroom Restaurant. Available until April 29, 2008 (with black-out dates from April 21-26).


Go Next: Mystique, Santorini, Greece


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

MystiqueLuxury seekers looking for an unparalleled experience in the Greek Isles will swoon over Mystique. Built on Oia's famous cliffs overlooking the dazzling blue Aegean sea and volcano, Mystique is a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection. The resort offers 18 stylish rooms and villas handcrafted from wood, local stone, and glass. Relax in a sun bed by the outdoor infinity-edge pool surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Take off on mountain bikes to explore Oia at your own pace, then enjoy a massage in the privacy of your own suite. Sip a sunset cocktail or Secret wine cave, then sup at the Charisma gourmet restaurant-- the best kind of al fresco dining experience with panoramic views over the sea. Mystique is located only 18 kilometers from Santorini airport and 20 kilometers from Athinios Port.


Maintaining the Rich History of Les Trois Rois in Basel Switzerland


By: Madelyn Giblin

Les Trois RoisAfter extensive renovations, Les Trois Rois has opened once again, maintaining its long-standing reputation as one of the finest luxury hotels in Europe. Located along the Rhine, the hotel offers exceptional views of the river and surrounding countryside from its rooms, and from the restaurant and bar. The renovations have given Les Trois Rois a more modern look while still retaining its age-old splendor. While each guest room is fully equipped with modern luxuries such as heating air conditioning, television, radios, all individually controlled by a touch panel, as well as high speed wireless Internet.

Les Trois RoisYet the historic icons of the hotel, including the facade, the figures of the Three Kings, the Salle Belle Epoque ballroom, atrium and main staircase, and the Napoleon Suite, remain intact, preserving the rich history of the Basel area. Les Trois Rois continues to be a member of Swiss Deluxe Hotels, a collection of the finest five-star hotels in Switzerland. With the grandeur of the guest rooms, the gourmet food offered at the restaurant and the spectacular views from the hotel grounds, it is no wonder Les Trois Rois continues to be one of the finest hotels in Europe.