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.

Hot Restaurants in London: Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marcus Wareing at The BerkeleyWe've gone on and on about the fashionista's afternoon tea (called Pret-a-Portea) at The Berkeley Hotel in London. But we can't neglect the mouth-watering cocktails and mellow beats at Madonna's favorite, The Blue Bar, also housed in this fine establishment. Or the award-winning fine dining at one of London's best restaurants, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. In fact, it was named "Best restaurant in London 2008" by Harden's London Restaurants, and The Times praises the food as "the haute you can get in London." Fodor's just listed it on the Hot List praising the "standouts" like "roast quail with hispi cabbage; a fine chunk of Scottish halibut with charred leeks and English watercress; Anjou pigeon with cob nuts and amaretti." The design is almost as gorgeous as the food, appointed with rich colors by celebrated designer David Collins.


Autumn in Athens Never Sounded So Cheap With The King George


By: K. Clare Johnson

King George PalaceBe treated like royalty at pauper-like prices. King George Palace in Athens is offering special Autumn room rates from 260€ from now until 11/30/08. The rates apply to classical or double rooms. All 78 ultra-luxurious guestrooms are individually decorated and offer state-of-the-art amenities while maintaining the hotel's historic charm and status. Some rooms have views of the Acropolis, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi internet access, laptops are available on request, and the rooms are fully soundproofed.


Buzz: Le Meurice’s Award-Winning Chef Yannick Alleno Will Create Menu for Cheval Blanc, Courchevel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Yannick AlenoGourmands who make pilgrimages to Le Meurice in Paris for a taste of Yannick Alléno's celebrated cuisine will be pleased to learn that the Michelin three-starred chef is designing the menu for the Cheval Blanc, the luxury four-star hotel located in the ski resort of Courchevel. Alléno will bring his creative, contemporary approach to haute cuisine when reinventing the classic alpine dishes.

Image Via Le Monde's L'Assiette Blog


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.