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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.

Party Like a Rock Star, Sleep Like a Baby: The Metropolitan, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Metropolitan London For ten years, The Metropolitan Hotel has served as a landmark contemporary address on London's Park Lane. And the hotel still embodies stylish, cutting-edge cool. The hopping Met Bar continues to be a favorite for urban hipsters and fashionistas. The lobby, filled with light and accented with red and fuchsia and a striking carpet from Kappa Lambda that incorporates the Met's rich chocolate browns, is a hotspot for casual meetings. In this high design hotel, floor-to-ceiling windows look out over a glittering skyline. To celebrate these ten years, The Met has unveiled ten new packages. Embrace your inner hedonist with the Met's most decadent package, Party Like a Rock Star, Sleep Like a Baby. The two-night weekend package is priced from GBP 555 for two sharing a City Room. Arrive to a welcome "Classic Martini," prepped in your in-room cocktail shaker with two chilled glasses. (You'll also get a shaker and a box of rubber coasters.) Get into the swing with a "Metropolitan Party Box" which includes a Hedkandi CD and a "Hangover from Hell" eye mask and Firefly "Sharpen-Up" Tonic for later. Check in with the well-connected concierge to plan your night's revelry, with priority reservations at Nobu or Nahm. Enjoy complimentary chauffer service to a Central London club followed by a Champagne Breakfast for two back at the hotel, and a late check-out at 4 p.m.


Autumn Treats in Paris at the Hotel Plaza Athenee


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Plaza Athenee Fall is upon us. In Paris, blue skies, lots of sunshine, and cool autumn breezes make for delightful days strolling the city as a stylish flaneur. The city's chic and elegant Hôtel Plaza Athénée, the glamorous hideaway where the pleasure of luxury is celebrated, has launched an Autumn/Winter Pastry Collection. The hotel's Pasty Chef, Christophe Michalak, welcomes the season with truly drool-worthy pastries that are bound to blow the winter blues away. In a city known for its fabulous patisseries, these delicate creations will knock your socks off. For those who feel nostalgic for sultry summer days, the exotic flavors of citrus fruits will hit the right note. Of course the strong, rich chocolate aromas will appeal to those who prefer the winter season. Tempting treats include: Le Finger Pamplemousse Allégé (a light grapefruit delicacy), Le Vacherin Paradisiaque (a combination of pineapple cooked 'à l’étouffée, meringue and exotic fruit sorbet), Salambo façon pomme d'amour (roast apples, choux pastry, Calvados, chantilly and crunchy caramel) and Brownies à la Pistache (brownies with pistachio, creamy bitter chocolate and fine layers of crunchy chocolate.)

PS. These pastries are as pretty to look at as they are to taste.


Watch the Rugby World Cup at The Merrion Hotel’s Cellar Bar, Dublin


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel Rugby fans can have a ball in Dublin at The Merrion, the fine five-star hotel whose Cellar Bar is the perfect spot to cheer on your team with friends and fellow fans. The atmosphere couldn't be better: vaulted ceilings, cozy surroundings, and the fabulous big screen for all to view the Rugby World Cup. The full menu is available from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the expert bartenders serve up plenty of celebratory cocktails along with creamy pints of Guinness and their signature Irish Coffee. (This is the spot where the entire French rugby team once camped out for an hour and a half and slurped down 150 of the tasty beverages.) Watch Ireland take on France on Friday, September 21.


Dining in Paris: Louis 2 at Hotel La Tremoille


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Tremoille Back in May, Hotel La Tremoille opened a new restaurant, bar and lounge which has been quite the hit among Americans. Dubbed Le Louis², the restaurant was billed as "the new insider address for those in search of a certain Parisian chic." The menu, created by Chef Frédéric Duca, includes items like lobster brandade, sophisticated salads, and "finger" desserts. Service is available from 12 noon to 11 p.m. (a convenience rarely found in the land of rigid meal times!) Though named for Louis II, grand chevalier of the Renaissance and ambassador of the hotel, the restaurant is designed with splashes of modern chic: embroidered fabrics and luxuriously thick carpets against a backdrop of graphic lines and geometric patterns. While lounging in the comfy sofas or by the fireplace, guests enjoy live music from the piano bar. There's also a sun lounge.


Town and Country Living in England with Red Carnation Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Summer Lodge What could be better than this? Experience the very best of England with a five day break for two in both cosmopolitan London and the gorgeous English countryside around Dorset. You can have it all with this new package from Red Carnation Hotels, which combines three nights at the five-star Milestone Hotel overlooking Kensington Palace in London with two nights at the beautifully restored Summer Lodge, an enchanting haven surrounded by a village of thatched cottages in the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Enjoy gracious hospitality and a wealth of attractions and activities. Also included: a full English breakfast and three-course feast at Cheneston's restaurant while staying at The Milestone Hotel and Apartments, a car transfer to London's Waterloo train station for first-class rail travel to Dorset, and a cozy English pub lunch for two at the historic Acorn Inn in the heart of Evershot village. Package cost is GBP 2,119 for two people. Valid until April 30, 2008.


Lovin’ Lucerne at Park Hotel Weggis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hotel Weggis At the foot of Mount Rigi and the beautiful Swiss Alps, the turrets of Park Hotel Weggis rise magically from the shores of Lake Lucerne. The enchanting setting of the lakeside resort town of Weggis is paradise for vacationers who discover the delights of the Park Hotel, the pinnacle of Swiss luxury. The sophisticated rooms showcase fabrics from the Designers Guild, lighting designed by Philippe Starck, widescreen TVs with Bose sound systems, and designer furniture. (Free-standing tubs in the Adara suites are a nice touch, too). Overall, there's a meticulous attention to detail that will have you swooning. The Restaurant Annex, awarded 15 GaultMillau points, serves market-fresh seasonal cuisine paired with marvelous wines from an impressive cellar. The newly enhanced spa boasts wellness facilities for cosmetic treatments, fitness, massages, and other therapeutic treatments. Also on-site at Sparkling Wellness & Cosmetics: six spa cottages, an outdoor pool set in black natural stone, relaxation lounge and Tibetan room.


Special Fall Getaways in Paris at Relais Christine


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Relais Christine For those seeking a special hideaway in the French capital, look no further than Relais Christine, a secluded luxury boutique in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres within a stone's throw of the Louvre and Notre-Dame. Tucked in the end of a narrow street, this delightful haven is housed in a former 13th-century abbey. Through the gates of Relais Christine, discover a cobbled, flower-filled courtyard and 51 lovely guest rooms decorated with authentic Louis XIII décor and fine antiques. Some rooms have private terraces overlooking the garden. Breakfast is served in the vaulted room that was once the abbey's kitchen. There's an honesty bar where you can help yourself at any time. And spa treatments are available on the lower level. Special Fall rates at Relais Christine start at just EUR 340 in a Standard room, which includes breakfast, one ticket to the Louvre, free access to the fitness center, and free parking. Valid from September 1- November 30, 2007.


Martini Cool in London at The Dorchester


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Dorchester, London The Dorchester is one of the most desirable places in the world to stay. For 75 years, this gracious London establishment has welcomed celebrities, world leaders, and society with style and hospitality. Looking across the soft green lawns of Hyde Park-- the city's largest royal park-- The Dorchester boasts a premier London address in the heart of exclusive Mayfair. Here, guests enjoy spacious rooms with great charm, fabulous dining, an indulgent spa, and exceptional service. From now until December 31, 2007, take advantage of the Martini Cool package at The Dorchester, and receive special rates for two with full breakfast, plus two complimentary cocktails, created specially by the Bar Manager, along with a a beautiful set of Dorchester Collection cocktail mixing cards with the Martini creations from all five hotels. Starting from GBP 385 per night.


Discover Champagne Country in Style with Chateau Les Crayeres


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau Les Crayeres For the ultimate epicurean experience, take a respite at a beautiful chateau situated just five minutes from the center of Reims and the epic Notre Dame Cathedral. Surrounded by sprawling gardens and hundred years old trees, Chateau Les Crayeres is the embodiment of French elegance and superior gastronomy. This is a luxurious gourmet retreat in the heart of Champagne country. The hotel has organized some excellent packages which combine incredible tasting dinners with organized tours of some of the most celebrated vineyards in the area. For example, the "Discover Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin" package includes a VIP welcome in your beautifully appointed room, a spectacular dinner at the chateau proposed by Chef Didier Elena, a tour at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne house and its Gallo-Roman cellar, and a visit to the surrounding vineyards. Priced from EUR 2300 for two people for a two-night stay.


Sublime Sicily at San Domenico Palace


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Domenico Palace A former 15th century monastery, the storied San Domenico Palace is now the most luxurious hotel in Sicily-- with sweeping views of snow-capped Mt. Etna and the Ionian Sea that were described by Goethe in 1767. Perched on the hills of Taormina, the palace has long attracted patrons like Wagner and Guy de Maupassant who found inspiration in the fragrant gardens of jasmine, bougainvillea, lemons and oranges. Guest rooms are distinguished by splendid historical details: vaulted ceilings, cloisters, courtyards. Lounge by the outdoor swimming pool, while soaking in the views of an ancient Greek theater and the smoldering volcano in the distance. Hit the 24-hour fitness center, followed by a relaxing massage. Delightful dinner options include Les Bougainvillèes for traditional palace cuisine, Principe Cerami for gourmet dining (seasonal), the Pool Restaurant "Giardino dei Limoni" for seafood and Sicilian specialties (lunch only, seasonal), and the Lounge Oratorio dei Frati for light meals and cocktails with live entertainment.