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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.

Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Florida

October 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Florida
Gran Hotel la Florida was built in 1924 by Doctor Andreu, who wanted to build the best hotel in Barcelona. It thrived until Spain's civil war, when it was used as a military hospital. It returned to its hotel roots in 1950, and became popular with Barcelona's high society, especially as a summer residence for well-heeled Catalan families. 

In subsequent years, Ernest Hemingway, James Stewart, George Sanders, Rock Hudson, Princess Fabiola and the prince of Belgium stayed at the prestigious hotel. But in 1979, La Florida succumbed to the passing of time and it closed its doors. This boutique hotel of Barcelona was rescued in 2001 thanks to a meticulous renovation that lasted for four years.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Beverly Hills Hotels Suitable for a Mother-Daughter Spa Weekend?

October 11, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Montage Beverly Hills
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 mother and 12 year-old daughter wanting to experience a spa weekend in Beverley Hills, CA. What resort would you recommend?

ANSWER: Montage Beverly Hills Hotel 

At the Montage Beverley Hills one will find rooms and suites that celebrate refined comfort. A garden that embodies our devotion to grace and grandeur. Fashionable restaurants that encourage conversation. And a spa that combines intimacy and spaciousness into a holistic respite. All of this is ensconced in Beverly Hills' legendary Golden Triangle. Just steps from Rodeo Drive's world-class boutiques and famed addresses. 

Inspired by the splendor of the traditional Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture prevalent in historic Beverly Hills, the hotel's 20,000 square foot urban spa oasis is comprehensive, warmly appointed and luxurious.

From lavish caviar facials, to holistic wellness therapies and cutting edge fitness classes, to world class salon services, Spa Montage Beverly Hills stands ready to offer you your most memorable spa experience in a serene sanctuary nestled nearby the exclusive shops and magnificent dining of vibrant Rodeo Drive. The spa offers specific treatments just for children 12 & younger. They include the Paintbox Manicure, which can be a 20 or 40 minute treatment. Moms will enjoy the Day of Indulgence package. Begin with a 60 minute Swedish Massage, followed by a 60 minute Customized Facial. End your half day with the Montage Manicure and Montage Pedicure.

We Recommend the Following Accommodations:

Montage Beverly HillsThe Grand Deluxe Guestroom presents the Montage Beverly Hills guest with 550-square-feet of living space, featuring one king bed or two queen beds, an L-shaped custom chaise, an executive desk with a 42-inch LCD television, and a Gentleman's Valet. Every indulgence imaginable is provided, including sumptuous settees, stunning marble and mosaic-tiled bathrooms with generous tubs and dual sinks, the latest in high-tech communications and generous furnished patios overlooking the gardens or the finest city views.

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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.


Ziggy Stardust Hits Thompson Chicago

October 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Thompson Chicago
David Bowie fan? You'll want to head to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The hotel is hosting the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades—are brought together for the first time.

So, where should you stay? Try Thompson Chicago. Located in the heart of Chicago's exclusive Gold Coast , it offers luxurious accommodations and sophisticated guest services. Right now, if you book the Five Star Alliance rate, you'll receive a complimentary upgrade based on availability.

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Image of the Day: The Broome Hotel

October 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Broome Hotel has a patio so peaceful and secluded, guests forget they are in New York City.

The Broome Hotel

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Your Questions Answered: How Far do the Huntley Hotel's Windows Open?

October 9, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica
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: How far can one open a window in a guest room at the Huntley Hotel In Santa Monica? We like fresh air!


ANSWER: The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica

Overlooking the oceanfront, in the very heart of Santa Monica, California, The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica is nestled within charming tree lined residential streets, one block from the beach and Third Street Promenade. This luxury California hotel is within walking distance of the famous Santa Monica Pier and some of California's most eclectic dining, world-renowned art galleries, and distinctive shopping. Enjoy ocean views, contemporary cuisine, and creative cocktails at The Penthouse rooftop restaurant and ultra lounge.

Windows can open up to 6 inches in all guest rooms. Try a Premier Hotel Rooms, which offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. These rooms are available on floors 9 t0 17 and have either one King, one Queen, or two Queen beds. 

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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.

Posted in: Santa Monica, CA

Did You Know? Archer Hotel New York

October 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Archer Hotel New York evokes the creative soul of its New York City Garment District neighborhood. In a city full of amazing museums, the hotel has also carefully curated a collection of house art. The pieces range from photography, digital installations, and nostalgic cutouts, and are curated by Manhattan-based art advisor Deborah Goodman Davis.

Archer Hotel New York

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Fortress

October 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Fortress is located in the town of Koggala, just minutes away from the historic town of Galle. One of Sri Lanka's finest boutique resorts, The Fortress is a sanctuary of serenity and private luxury with world-class facilities that will ease your mind and purify your soul.

The Fortress

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Hotel Imperial Unveils $14 Million Renovation

October 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Imperial has just unveiled the results of its year-long $14 Million Renovation, and the results are spectacular. Areas that have been renovated include OPUS Restaurant, the grand lobby, and Imperial Torte shop. The shop is, of course, the birthplace of the the legendary Imperial Torte in honour of his Imperial Highness, Emperor Franz Josef I. The recipe wasn't in need of updating, so guests can enjoy the classic confection of sliced almonds in six crispy layers filled with chocolate/coffee cream are encased in dark chocolate. 

Hotel Imperial 

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Image of the Day: Farmhouse Inn

October 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn offers all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with all of the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel.

Farmhouse Inn

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New to Five Star Alliance: Laucala Island Resort

October 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Laucala Island Resort is the newest member of the Five Star Alliance collection. The 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches, and atop the island's volcanic mountains, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle. Style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout, from the natural fibers and woods used in design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms. Set over 1,400 hectares, Laucala epitomizes the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago is famed.

Laucala Island Resort

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