Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla's executive chef Jason Knibb was recently named San Diego's "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association. The historic luxury hotel's NINE-TEN restaurant was also awarded "Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining." Both awards were presented at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards dinner.
Knibb joined the staff of the Grande Colonial more than ten years ago. A self-trained chef, he discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. He trained under some of the country's finest chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner.
A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California for his consistently exquisite food and artistic presentations, Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine. Most notably: Zagat Survey® Food Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection); Zagat Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs. In November of 2011, he was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown, marking yet another significant milestone in his culinary career.
Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes from San Diego, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. Commanding views of the coastline, this Centurion hotel is steps from miles of beaches and world-class shopping, dining & entertainment. Its award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s evolving California cuisine.
View rates, details, and more images of Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla >>
FCC Angkor Hotel is renovated from the French former governor's mansion. The building itself is a monument to provincial fortunes.
View rates, details, and more images of FCC Angkor Hotel >>
Punta Islita Hotel's Private Villas offer private plunge pools.
View rates, details, and more images of Punta Islita Hotel >>
Hotel Prince de Galles was built in 1928 and was inspired by the style of the Decorative Arts exhibition of 1925. With a classical yet modern frontage and a magnificent patio in mosaic, the hotel Prince de Galles owes its name to its original aim: to welcome to Paris during his annual stays, the Prince of Wales, future Edward VIII, son of the king of England George V. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Lord Chamberlain, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Presley, Lana Turner, and Gina Lollobrigida. Composer Frederic Chopin lived in the building that was the precursor to the hotel.
View rates, details, and more images of Hotel Prince de Galles >>
Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa is a charming tropical sanctuary in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket's
stunning western coast. One of the most breathtaking luxury hotels Phuket has to offer, it opens onto a private
stretch of beautiful Layan Beach, where soft white sands are gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman
Sea are just steps away.
View rates, details, and more images of Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa >>
Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.
View rates, details, and more images of Ksar Char-Bagh >>
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai's design draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the historic Lanna Kingdom.
View rates, details, and more images of Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai >>
Buckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.
By 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.
The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.
View rates, details, and more images of The Rubens at the Palace >>
September 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Domaine Des Hauts De Loire is located at the heart of the Loir-et-Cher region, between Blois and Tours,
and 2 kilometers from Onzain. The hotel is surrounded by a vast 70 hectare park.
View rates, details, and more images of Domaine Des Hauts De Loire >>
Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Boston Hotel That is Family-Friendly and has Balconies?
September 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau
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 a family of 4 and looking to stay is Boston, MA. What hotel with rooms with balconies offers the best accommodations for our family?
ANSWER: Revere Hotel Boston Common
Inspired by Boston’s revolutionary spirit, Revere Hotel Boston Common breathes new life into the space formally inhabited by The Radisson Boston. With Northwood Hospitality at the helm, the property has undergone a theatrical transformation of its own, emerging a completely new and re-imagined luxury hotel. Inspired by the city and encouraging the spontaneous, the hotel offers all the warmth of home in an eclectic setting. From high-octane to easy-going, the experiences at Revere Hotel are nothing less than intoxicating. Explore Boston at your own pace and discover something new on every street. Borrow a Kindle and kick back on the houndstooth chaise lounge in your room – feel free to admire the twinkling city below in between chapters. Find yourself surrounded by the fabric of the city with a carefully-curated collection of Boston-centric products.
Epitomes of livable glamour, the guestrooms are the perfect hub for any Boston experience. Echoing the stunning skyline views out the window, the details in each room are thoughtful and carefully curated. From hardwood entryways to easy-to-reach outlets, the elements of the guestrooms seamlessly blend form and function. Harnessing the true spirit of the city, these Downtown Boston hotel rooms are ideal for anyone with a passion for experiencing the good things in life.
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
-Superior 2 Queen Room with Private Balcony
-353 square feet of space
-Oversized workspace with easy-to-access outlets
-37” LG HDTV
-skoah bath amenities | personal training for your skin
-Coffee & tea in each room
-Iron and ironing board
-Complimentary wireless Internet
-Access to 24-hour Fitness Center
-Two sets of Frette robes and slippers
-Balconies with impressive city-scape views
-JBL iPod Speaker System
-Complimentary and priority access to Emerald Lounge
-Champagne toast at check-in
Cribs available with accompanying infant baths, Johnson and Johnson Baby Soap and Moisturizer, Sheets and Infant towels washed in High Temp water and Dreft
-Inflatable bed rails for toddlers available
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.
View rates, details, and more images of Revere Hotel Boston Common >>
By: Betsy LeTourneau