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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.

iPods with i-Guides for Milestone and 41 Hotels in London

April 4, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Two Red Carnation Hotels in London, the Milestone Hotel and Apartments and 41, have recently received iPods loaded with a selection of music and a number of different London audio walking guides (in English) for guests. The iPods help to guide guests around a particular area or attraction in London and explain the history of the area. The walking tours available for London include: the British Museum; London City; National Gallery; Royal London; Temple District; Thames; Tower of London; Westend Night-Life and Westminster. Additionally, guests are directed to the website that produce these walking guides, since they are available in a number of languages and for many destinations - www.pocketvox.com.

PS - In addition to the music selection and walking guides, the iPods have been loaded with the Red Carnation Hotels podcasts and a children's audio book for the little ones.


Champagne and Chocolate Pedicure, Brown’s Hotel, London

April 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Brown's Hotel, London Ooh-la-la. Brown's Hotel in London, Rocco Forte's stylish and utterly-charming boutique hotel, has announced the latest seasonal pedicure offered in the Spa. The Chocolate and Champagne pedicure is 90 minutes of pure indulgence. Sip a glass of Taittinger Champagne while enjoying a super pedicure: soothing calf massage with warm melted chocolate, brown sugar exfoliation, foot soak in hot chocolate milk and paraffin wax foot wrap. Available until April 30, 2007. Priced from GBP 85 per person.


Murano Urban Resort: Hip Hotel Bars in Paris

April 2, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Murano Urban Resort On the edge of the Marais district, Murano Urban Resort has lured trendsetters and hedonistic hipsters to a cool, cutting-edge city oasis since its opening in late 2004. In a city where the grand Palace hotels have set the standard for luxury, this minimalist design hotel has been most welcome. Named for the Murano glass chandeliers, mirrors, and sculptures that adorn the 52-room hotel, Murano Urban Resort is a sensual delight of spectacular interior design: the bedrooms can be lit in six different colors to suit the mood, bathrooms are canvassed in black slate, and the fantastic lobby features a chesterfield sofa in white leather. And did we mention the impossibly cool gadgets, like the electronic fingerprint scanners to access the guest rooms? It comes as no surprise that the bar is one of the trendiest spots in the city, "lit by thousands of stalactite-shaped lights suspended from the ceiling." Open seven days a week until 2 a.m., the bar-lounge offers light meals in addition to aperitifs and cocktails.

PS. Coming soon: an Anne Semonin spa with swimming pool and hammam.

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Two for One at Claridge’s, London

April 2, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Claridge's LondonIt is truly a family affair in London and it's about time. In an unprecedented move, Claridge's (the luxury hotel within easy reach of Hyde Park, Park Lane, Bond Street and Oxford Street) is offering a Family Package with two rooms for the price of one which are interconnecting or adjacent. During the family holidays what better way to treat the family than to spend it with Claridge's in London? And of course, while you are there, don't forget to take advantage of the specially created children's menu available from room service, children's bathrobes and slippers, kids gift pack, board games, children's books or any of the other specials the hotel provides for the kids. Check rates and availability for your family's travel dates and look for room description that includes the words "Family Accommodation" to get 2 rooms with just one reservation (and price)! But make sure you reserve soon, it's almost too good to be true.

Check Claridge's availability now >>


Off the Beaten Path in Abruzzi, Italy: Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio

March 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Santo Stefano di Sessanio Preservationists, historians, sybarites rejoice. The boutique Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano di Sessanio is Italian living at its finest, in an absolutely stunning setting. An abandoned medieval hill town and castle in Italy's Abruzzi region, a former ghost village, has been restored and guests can book a stay at the magnificent hotel. The entire town's renovation project-- a $5.1 million price tag-- has been sponsored by the Italian-Swedish philosopher-preservationist Daniele Elow Kihlgren. During the restoration, the attention to detail was staggering: the exclusive use of material found in the surrounding area, interiors furnished in the Arte Povera tradition (folk arts and crafts from the Abruzzo mountains), imperceptible modern amenities (like heating beneath the floors). The press has gone wild. Gourmet magazine described it as "pretty enough to be in the movies." Enjoy the fairy-tale of this Italian Renaissance.

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FamTASTIC Fun in Venice with Westin

March 30, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Westin Westin Europa and ReginaTravelling with the family to Venice? Stay at The Westin Europa & Regina before 06 January 2008 and enjoy the following specials: * Accommodations for 2 starting from Euro 410,00 per room/per night in double occupancy, * daily buffet breakfast included in the room rate for 2 adults and free of charge for up to 2 children 0-17 years of age, * extra bed free of charge for up to 2 children 0-17 years of age, sharing the room with their parents, OR, * an additional hotel accommodation reserved for children up to 17 years of age will be eligible for a 50% discount on the room rates paid by the parents.

PLUS, for stays of 3 or more consecutive nights, a 50% discount on one lunch or dinner in the hotel restaurant during the stay. When you visit with your family, keep in mind that each double room is able to accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children 17 or under.

To partake of this FamTASTIC Fun offer, use the following link and make sure that the term "wifamp" is under the special rate code section (don't worry, no ID will be required at check-in).

Check for availability at the Westin Europe & Regina >>


Ritzy Recipes at the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School, Paris

March 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Ritz, Paris Now's your chance to make like Julia Child and try your hand at cooking the French classics. Enroll alongside the best of 'em at the famous cooking school at the Hotel Ritz, named for Auguste Escoffier, the first Head Chef at this Parisian palace hotel. Auguste was hailed as a pioneer of modern cuisine, and it's no wonder: the dude created Peach Melba, for crying out loud. Learn pastry-making, knowledge of wines, flower-arranging, and the secrets to fine cocktails (along with the great plates of modern French cuisine), taught by the talented chefs at the Ritz. Lessons alternate theory with practice and are geared to the different levels and goals of its students. The setting couldn't be more perfect: opposite the great kitchen at the Ritz.


The Penthouse at ME Madrid Reina Victoria: World’s Hottest Hotel Bars

March 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ME Madrid Reina Victoria hotel Last fall, the historic Hotel Reina Victoria opened its doors again as the first incarnation of a new breed of contemporary personality hotels, launched by Spanish hotel group Sol Meliá. What's so seductive about this new line of properties? Latin flair, contemporary style, and a whole lotta cool bars designed by Rande Gerber. Located in the Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid, the ME Madrid Reina Victoria is home to one of the coolest nightspots in Madrid: The Penthouse. This rooftop bar offers the most spectacular views of the city. Sip a cocktail while reclining on a decadent cushioned bed, gazing out over the city's sparkling panorama.

PS. Rande Gerber's After Midnight Company also designed the glamorous ground-floor restaurant and lounge, Midnight Rose, a fashionista hot spot.

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Suite Luxury: Conservatory Suites at The Halkin London

March 27, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Conservatory Sutie at The HalkinName: Conservatory Suites at The Halkin, London Location: 3rd and 4th floors, Size: 64 m2 Room description: The Halkin's Conservatory Suites (64 sq metres) are located on the third and fourth floors with separate sitting and dining areas (table space for six people) as well as a large work desk and some of the largest bathrooms in London. The conservatory-style windows soak rooms in an abundance of natural light. Interior Designer: Milanese Studio Laboratorio Associati Note Bene: The Conservatory Suites are the hotel's 'headline suites' and feature Touch-screen console for lighting, room temperature, doorbell, electronic 'do not disturb' sign, butler call and Guest Services. Rates: 1 bedroom: £ 750++, 2 bedroom: £ 1250++


Easter in Eternal Rome at Hotel de Russie

March 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Russie Spend Spring Break in Rome and soak up the city's wonders without the crowds. Wander the city and stumble upon the ancient temples and broken marble columns in the Forum that date back thousands of years. Watch the sun sink behind the silhouette of St. Peter's dome, pink and orange streaked across the sky. Shop til you drop at the city's fashionable boutiques. Savor a glass of wine or steaming espresso at the Campo dei Fiori; toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Book a stay at Hotel de Russie (Rocco Forte's magnificent, historic hotel, situated ideally near the Spanish Steps), and enjoy an Easter special which includes complimentary buffet breakfast, entry to the Galleria Borghese Museum or the Coliseum, daily newspaper and Easter delights upon arrival. Rates from EUR 585 per night for a Classic Double Room, excluding 10 percent VAT. Available April 5-10, 2007; minimum two-night stay required. In addition to its perfect location, Hotel de Russie is known for its gorgeous terraced gardens and central courtyard, excellent dining (al fresco in the butterfly garden), and one of the city's best health clubs and spas.