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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.

Run with the Bulls in Pamplona: Stay at Hemingway’s Favorite, Gran Hotel La Perla

May 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gran Hotel La Perla, PamplonaThe running of the bulls takes place in July annually in Pamplona. The highlight of the San Fermin Festival, the encierro is not to be missed (though we'd suggest watching, rather than running). Follow in Hemingway's footsteps and reserve a room at the beautiful Gran Hotel La Perla, one of the oldest hotels in Spain. The star-studded guest list includes Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin and Pablo Sarasate, along with "Papa" Hemingway. Completely refurbished in 2007, the Gran Hotel La Perla overlooks Pamplona's main square in the middle of the action. Don't miss a meal at the hotel's Las Pocholas Restaurant, frequented by Hollywood stars back in the day. Tip: We hear Hemingway liked room no. 217.


Book Your Key West Room for Fantasy Fest Now!

May 19, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Santa Maria Suites ResortIt's never too early to get started on your costume for Fantasy Fest. For those who aren't acquainted with this Key West tradition, think Mardi Gras with even more elaborate costumes. The outrageous 10-day celebration features costume competitions, promenades, street fairs, and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats. The festivities run October 23-November 1, and rooms sell out fast. Santa Maria Suites Resort offers 35 luxury guest suites, a stunning pool, and the Ambrosia restaurant. Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, spans 1,100 square feet of private beach and is full of Old Key West charm. The Reach Resort boasts the only natural beach on the island, 150 elegant guest rooms, and attentive service. Sunset Key Guest Cottages are located just off the hustle-and-bustle of the mainland, for some serenity during an otherwise wild and crazy celebration.


Brazil is for Lovers: Celebrating Dia dos Namorados

May 19, 2009
By: Alison Victor

EmilianoLooking for a special way to show that special someone you love them, but think Valentine's Day is still nine months away? Well, you may just be in luck. Brazilians celebrate their version of Valentine's Day, "Dia dos Namorados," literally translating to "Day of the Enamored," on June 12th. This date is actually the eve of St. Anthony of Padua's Day. St. Anthony is considered to be the Patron Saint of those who want a loving companion, and he is also thought to bless people with a good marriage. While much remains the same in Brazil as it does in the rest of the world on Valentine's Day (i.e. the exchange of flowers and chocolates and love letters), there are also parades, carnivals, concerts, and parties. One of the most romantic and luxurious hotels to spend Dia dos Namorados is the Emiliano in Sao Paolo. Contemporary luxury with a boutique setting, Emiliano boasts a gourmet Italian restaurant, world class spa, and rooms and suites that are perfect for romance.


No Request is Too Big for The Dorchester London

May 1, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

The DorchesterI've personally seen reservations where the special requests seem a little out of the ordinary. Of course, if guests are willing to spend the money, hotels are pretty flexible at accommodating their wishes. For celebrities though, hotels can, and will to do just about anything to make their VIP guests happy. Case in point: The Dorchester London is currently preparing for Britney Spears' June arrival, and what has Britney requested for her favorite suite at the five-star London hotel? Why a stripper pole of course! According to sources, Ms. Spears has requested the installment of a stripper pole so she can work out between shows during the appropriately named Circus tour, which is set for eight performance dates at London's O2 Arena from June 3, 2009. Stripper poles and pop stars, it sounds like The Dorchester is gearing up for one heck of a Circus!

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at The Dorchester receive a bottle of Champagne upon arrival.


Emmy-Winning Actress Tyne Daly Sings at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

April 30, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Regency HotelHead to Feinstein's at the Loews Regency Hotel-- the nightclub that's an "invaluable New York institution" ranked the "Best of New York"-- from May 12-16 and you're in for a treat. For its 10th anniversary season, Feinstein's welcomes Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Tyne Daly for the debut engagement of her show "Songs"-- a fabulous collection of tunes from the last century.


NBC Morning Show will Broadcast Live from Two Key West Luxury Resorts

April 29, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

The Westin Key West Resort & Marina On May 12th NBC's "Today Show" with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will be hosting at two of Five Star Alliance's recommended hotels in Key West. The top rated morning show will broadcast live from The Westin Key West Resort & Marina and the Sunset Key Guest Cottages as part of the "Today Takes a Vacation" series. The series will highlight the residents, unique culture and landscape that contribute to the laid back lifestyle unique to Key West. Along with the hosts' experiences and adventures, there will be a special appearance and a live concert by Jimmy Buffet at the The Westin Key West Resort & Marina's Sunset Pier. (pictured above)


Glitz and Glamour in the South of France: Cannes Film Festival 2009

April 16, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Majestic BarriereIn less than a month, the most influential people in the motion picture industry will descend upon the normally quiet seaside resort town of Cannes for one of the most important film events in the world, Cannes Film Festival. Started in 1946, Cannes Film Festival has evolved into the most prestigious and glamorous of all the international film festivals. Starting on May 13th this year, it will end eleven days later with the awarding of the "Palme d'OR, or "Palm Award," the highest prize given to the competing films.

So where do the rich and famous like to stay during Cannes? Majestic Barriere is said to be the favorite among many of Hollywood's bigwigs. An icon of elegance and luxury, Majestic Barriere is located on the beautiful Avenue La Croisette, making it one of the most distinguished addresses on the French Riviera.


Cleveland Rocks: The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 7, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Ritz Carlton ClevelandThousands of rock fans descended upon Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend to pay tribute to the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With over 500 rock experts voting, this year saw such legends as Metallica and Bobby Womack take their spot in rock history. With a celebration that started early in the week, it culminated with the live broadcast of the Induction Ceremony on Saturday night. Opened since 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to visit year round. A must for the rock enthusiast, it features exhibits and collections from artists past and present. If you are planning a visit, the Ritz Carlton Cleveland is the perfect place to stay. As Cleveland's only Four Diamond Property, this luxury hotel offers beautiful accommodations and is only a mile from the Rock and Roll Museum. Book now, and you can stay for less than 250 USD a night.


A Room with a View in Venice at Londra Palace

April 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Londra Palace

You can't beat this setting in Venice, the sybaratic "Queen of the Adriatic." Looking out onto St. Mark's Basin, just a few steps away from the Doges' Palace-- the magnificent residence of the city's one-time rulers-- and the Bridge of Sighs, Londra Palace is smack dab in the middle of the Riva waterfront. Boasting no fewer than a hundred windows looking out on the lagoon of Venice, Londra Palace offers unparalleled views from the Salute Basilica to the island of Giudecca. The urban landscape here is dotted with Gothic spires, Renaissance palaces, and galleries brimming with works by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Canaletto. Like the sensual city where it makes its home, Londra Palace is full of aesthetic delights.

Londra Palace

The bar is full of Murano glass, the award-winning restaurant has beautiful views of the Lagoon, and the floors throughout the hotel feature Venetian mosaics. The 53 guest rooms blend the best of the past and present: Biedermeier furniture and antiques juxtaposed with all the latest technology. Be sure to book a Deluxe Room or Junior Suite for the water views. You may have missed the annual Carnevale in February (what a bacchanal!), but Venice has a plethora of permanent attractions and seasonal festivals, like the Biennale modern art festival in June and film festival in August.


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Starts April 24th

April 3, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Loews New Orleans HotelThe New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city's legacy as the birthplace of jazz. Starting in 1970 with a little over 350 people in attendance, it has grown into an amazing celebration of over 300,000 people yearly who come to pay their respect to a city that has remained resilient in spirit and cultural significance. This year will be no less than amazing, with everyone from Earth, Wind, and Fire to the Dave Matthews Band performing. There will also be an array of food and craft vendors showcasing their local talents. If you are looking for great accommodations, Loews New Orleans Hotel still has rooms available, going for less than $250 a night.