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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.

Your Questions Answered: Where in Prague Can a Family of Four Stay?

July 9, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Boscolo Prague
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.


QUESTION:
We are going to Prague, for 2 nights. We have a party of 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 11. What luxury hotel do you recommend?

ANSWER: Boscolo Prague – Prague, Czech Republic 

The hotel's 152 splendid rooms, including 42 deluxe room, 20 Junior Suites and Suites, designed by architect Maurizio Papiri, are the epitome of genteel elegance. Advanced technology and fine amenities are the additional luxuries that make the Boscolo Prague the preferred address for the discerning traveler. The most unique luxury and comfort flow through from the room to the restaurant, from the business centre to the Cigar Bar, to the indoor swimming pool with its striking mosaic floor. In this ultra-modern, surreal setting created by talented Adam D. Tihany, polished steel and light mirror and enhance exclusive moments of conviviality and relaxation. The Inn Ox bar is a labyrinth of myriad reflections, refined mazes and surprising sinuosity- smooth surfaces, innovative materials and the excellent drinks make it one of the city's most trendy rendez-vous at night.

You will want to choose the Junior Suite or the Presidential Suite to accommodate your party. The Junior Suite will accommodate 2 rolloways. There are no connecting rooms offered at this hotel. 
 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Xara Palace

July 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Xara Palace is an exclusive family-run luxury, boutique hotel hidden away in the medieval city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta. Perched on centuries-old bastions, and housed within the walls of a 17th Century Palazzo that  has been sensitively restored to reflect its former glory, The Xara Palace boasts seventeen individually designed rooms and suites.

The Xara Palace

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Dining al Fresco: L'Hotel

June 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

L'Hotel, the last home of playwright Oscar Wilde, offers this stunning view. 

L'Hotel 

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Image of the Day: The Oitavos

June 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

One of the many relaxing views at Portugal's The Oitavos.

The Oitavos 

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Did You Know? InterContinental Marseille

June 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Intercontinental Marseille

 

 

InterContinental Marseille is housed in the former Hotel Dieu, a listed historical monument dating back to the 18th century, originally serving as a hostel for pilgrims to the nearby Basilica. It overlooks the Vieux Port, right beside the oldest district in Marseille known as the Panier. The renovations took 2 years, during which various archaeological sites were discovered. Guests can see some of the artifacts that were excavated in the dedicated cultural area of the InterContinental Marseille.

 

 

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Suite Dreams at Grosvenor House

June 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Grosvenor House London
Set just back from Park Lane and overlooking the sweeping gardens of Royal Hyde Park, Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel is a living reminder of an age of elegance and a name synonymous with luxury and London’s rich history; a destination that is "Quintessentially British."

Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor has the latest news on their royal nursery:

Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, and bespoke nursery designers Dragons of Walton Street, have announced an exclusive partnership which will see a luxury Premium Park View suite transformed into a British nursery, said to have been designed and tailored with a royal baby in mind. Dragons of Walton Street has a historic association with the Royal family, with Princes William and Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie all growing up in a Dragons’ nursery. 

More on the Grosvenor House's royal nursery...

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Did You Know? Diamond Deluxe Hotel

June 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Diamond Deluxe Hotel is located on Greece's Kos Island. Founded in 366 BC, Kos Island is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece. Measuring 40 km by 8 km and located at a distance of a mere 4 km from the coast of Bodrum in the neighboring country of Turkey, the island has a population of 30,947.

Diamond Deluxe Hotel

 

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Peek Inside the Penthouse Suite at Mandarin Oriental Paris

June 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Mandarin Oriental ParisMandarin Oriental Paris has a terrific location and the bespoke service the hotel group is known for.  Recently they've unveiled The Penthouse Suite, which is akin to having your own private apartment with maid service in the City of Lights. Located on the highest floor of the hotel, the three-bedroom split-level suite offers use of our breathtaking Royale Mandarin, Premier Atelier and Crystal suites. It sleeps up to 8 people, and is 407/sqm/4381sqf.

Among the amenities are twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water on turndown, a private elevator, a selection of bespoke artwork, a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal, and private gym. Most spectacularly, the suite has two terraces offering breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops, the Garnier Opéra and the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to the suite’s three large bedrooms, there is a lavish bathroom with gold cabochons scattered across the floor, a steam room and oversized bath.  Guests can choose from a plush robe or a silk kimono while soaking in the round tub and watching the in-bathroom TV.  There’s also a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, bar andMandarin Oriental Paris two additional bathrooms.

For your listening pleasure there's a Bang & Olufsen televisions and audio system. Those guests surgically attached to their electronic devices will be glad to know fast, high quality bandwidth, both wired and wireless, allows for up to four devices. 

Still feeling a little tense despite all this luxury? Guests may exclusively enjoy a complimentary, ensuite Jiao Ting massage for two.

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Did You Know? The Rookery Hotel

June 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Each of the 33 rooms at The Rookery Hotel are named after an inhabitant who lived there when the first census of the area was taken in 1832. Guests can stay in rooms named after Apothecary Dr Theophilus Garencieres, architect William Pettit Griffith, or prostitute Sally Salisbury.

The Rookery Hotel

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Grand Hotel Bordeaux Presses Lobster Just for You

June 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Bordeaux


Are you a lobster fan? If you'd like a real lobster treat, head to Bordeaux. Luxury hotel Grand Hotel Bordeaux is home to Pressoir d'Argent, a Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant. The Michelin-starred restaurant takes its name from a unique piece of kitchen equipment, a lobster press. The lobster press, one of only five in the world, reportedly cost 30,000 Euros, and weighs 90 pounds. 

The lobster press is used for Breton blue lobster dishes, one with a bearnaise sauce and one served with sweetbreads and summer vegetables.The "Brittany Blue Lobster" is presented alive to the diner then fried in the kitchen. It is then halved and the shell is removed. Then the lobster press comes in to play. The press is wheeled table side and the the legs and lobster coral (roe) are run through the press twice to get all the juice out of the lobster. The juice is then made into a bearnaise sauce. No word on the cost of this culinary experience

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