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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.

An Interview with the GM: Mr. Rui Reis of The St. Regis Mexico City


By: K. Clare Johnson

St. Regis Mexico CityMr. Rui Reis is the General Manager of The St. Regis Mexico City-the first city-centered St. Regis property in all of Mexico and Latin America. He was previously Area Managing Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing The St. Regis Resort Bora Bora, The Luxury Collection's Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, The Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, and The Sheraton Tahiti Hotel. He was also general manager at a number of high-end, luxury resorts including Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, The El Camarindo Golf Resort, and the El Careyas Beach Resort, both Starwood Luxury Collection resorts in Jalisco, Mexico. Just prior to the opening of the luxury property, Mr. Reis took some time to sit down and answer a few of our questions.

Five Star Alliance: How did you come to be General Manager of the hotel?

Mr. Rui Reis: I have been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for a majority of my career and it has been one of the best honors and experiences to oversee properties such as The St. Regis Resort Bora Bora, The Sheraton Tahiti Hotel, and so many others. I have enjoyed working in several countries but have a great appreciation for Mexico, so when the opportunity to oversee this exquisite hotel became available, I knew I had to be a part of it.

Five Star Alliance: Tell us what you feel is the most distinctive or unique feature of your hotel? What best describes the personality of the hotel?

Rui Reis: The most distinctive feature of The St. Regis Mexico City is the unique mixture of the rich culture of Mexico City blended with the signature amenities and legendary services of the St. Regis brand such as our white gloved butler service. The personality of the hotel would be described as timeless elegance in the new renaissance of Mexico City.

Five Star Alliance: Who are your customers and where do they come from?

Rui Reis: Our customers exist at the intersection of traditional and contemporary luxury. They are industry leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, contemporary epicureans, enjoy the true "art of living" and travel from all over the world.

Five Star Alliance: What is the best thing about the hotel's location? What is your favorite thing to do in the surrounding area?

Rui Reis: The St. Regis Mexico City is surrounded by the elegant aspects of the famed capital city such as the Fountain of Diana, Polanco, the financial district, The Frida Kahlo Museum and much more. My favorite thing to do is visit the nearby museums. What I love about Mexico City is that it displays a broad range of art- murals, paintings, statues, and performing arts- all over the city as a reflection the culture.

Five Star Alliance: Can you share the names of any famous guests who have stayed in the hotel, or perhaps regulars that return on a periodic basis?

Rui Reis: We have not yet opened but plan to extend our welcome to all famous celebrities and guests.

Five Star Alliance: Which do you consider to be the best rooms in the house? Not just the suites, but also any particular standard rooms that have great views or unusual advantages? If you were checking into a standard room at the hotel, which one would you request?

Rui Reis: All of our standard rooms and suites are exquisite and captivating, each with spectacular views of the city.

Five Star Alliance: Can you mention any interesting miscellaneous trivia regarding the hotel? Perhaps a bit of history? Any special events that have taken place on property?

Rui Reis: The St. Regis Mexico City is the first city-centered St. Regis property in all of Mexico and Latin America. There have not been any special events yet, but once we open the doors, the hotel will host signature traditions such as the St. Regis champagne toast on a weekly basis.

Five Star Alliance: If you were considering staying at the hotel as a guest, what would you want to know about the hotel before checking in?

Rui Reis: If I were a guest, I would want to prepare for the refined and distinctive experience only offered at the St. Regis. I would also want to know that the signature St. Regis butlers will be a great resource to assist throughout my stay, from any hotel room needs to helping plan a full day of nearby activities.

Five Star Alliance: What is the hardest part about being General Manager? If you could change one thing about the hotel, what would that be?

Rui Reis: The hardest part about being General Manager is having all of these great amenities and fine dining nearby! I must remember to not indulge too much on a daily basis!

Five Star Alliance: Other than your own, can you share your choices of two or three of what you consider to be the greatest hotels in the world? And why you think they are special?

Rui Reis: The original The St. Regis New York is an exquisite hotel that led the industry in bespoke services that are still appreciated today such as the signature white-gloved butler service. Also, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is an extraordinary resort offering an uncompromising escape to the coast of Mexico unlike any of its kind.


Travel + Leisure Announces World’s Best Hotels Survey Winners


By: K. Clare Johnson

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Travel + Leisure has just announced the winners of its World’s Best Hotels 2009 survey, and no surprise, many of the top hotels named can be found on Five Star Alliance. In top fifteen alone, favorites include South Africa's Bushmans Kloof (pictured), Singita Sabi Sand , and Twelve Apostles; Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia, India's Oberoi Vanyavilas and Oberoi Udaivilas; Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires, Tanzania's Kirawira Camp, and America's own Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. Congrats to all the winners!


Happy July 4th Weekend!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

July 4thWishing you a fabulous holiday weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. Whether you're watching the fireworks in the City by the Bay or on the Potomac in the nation's capital, we hope you picnic in merriment and style.


What a Hotel! Luxury Buisness in the Heart of a Bustling City Center


By: Christina Vasquez

Here’s a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

Helpful Hints: This city center luxury property has been named Best Business Hotel in the Middle East by two prestigious business travel magazines...

What a Hotel
Lana correctly guessed our Previous Hotel Contest:

Alden Hotel Splugenschloss Zurich, Switzerland


Sneak Peek: The New York Times Checks Out DC’s Dupont


By: K. Clare Johnson

Luxury hotels in DC seem to be sprouting up like spring flowers. The New York Times has reviewed one of these great new properties, The Dupont. The Westbury Hotel (Available to book online at Five Star Alliance in the very near future). The hotel, formerly known as Jurys Washington Hotel (part of the Doyle Collection, along with Dublin's The Westbury Hotel, pictured) doesn't have its official opening until later this summer, but the Times found the part that was up and running to be delightful. Large bathrooms, great location (it's the only hotel actually on Dupont Circle) and a “cool and modern (but not aggressively modern) style” were all noted in the very favorable review.


Great Summer Deals at The Hay-Adams


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Hay-Adams HotelThe Hay-Adams Hotel is heating up summer in the nation's capital with some excellent summer packages. Stay Sunday nights between June 7 and August 30 and enjoy a Backyard Barbeque. You'll get Superior or Deluxe accommodations, Barbeque Dinner for two on the Roof Terrace and Valet Parking Sunday nights. Rates start at $495. Friday and Saturday night rates available beginning at $275.00 room only. Or make it a State-Cation. Stay two consecutive nights between May 22nd and September 7 and you’ll get the third night free! This incredible offer includes Superior or Deluxe guestroom accommodations, full American Breakfast each morning, complimentary parking, 2 adult and 2 children tickets to the Spy Museum OR tickets for the Trolley Tour, a welcome goodie bag with a selection of wonderful seasonal goodies as well as children downturn amenities. Packages rates start at $699 and are based on availability. Or enjoy the 4th of July in Washington. Starting at $989.00 for Superior accommodations, dinner for two and rooftop access passes for two adults, the Fourth of July Package is a sell-out every year and pre-payment is required. Finally, take in the sights by moonlight with a two-hour evening tour of the monuments. Relax in luxurious comfort in your private sedan and share your deluxe goodie basket while you experience the dramatic beauty of Washington at night. Package includes accommodations, private tour, Champagne and a full American Breakfast for two. Package rates for rooms starting at $629 per night, based on availability.


Safe Travels from Five Star Alliance: Happy Memorial Day Weekend


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien Tahiti

Wishing you a fun Memorial Day weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with all the latest news and hottest deals on luxury hotels worldwide... (Pictured: The heaven-on-earth of Le Meridien Tahiti.)


Discover London for Less at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel


By: Alison Victor

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Situated in the exclusive village of Belgravia in Knightsbridge, one of London's most prestigious shopping districts, is the ultra luxurious Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Known for its elegant surroundings and personalized service, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is perfect for anyone visiting this bustling city: families and business travelers alike. Book now through July, and you can stay in their luxuriously appointed deluxe room, with complimentary Internet and continental breakfast daily for around 250 GBP.

Special offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will receive a Welcome Card from the General Manager, a Temple Spa Gift worth 35 British pounds and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.


Five Star Alliance Deals: Free Third Night in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St FrancisNow's your chance to score a free third night in the City by the Bay at the hotel praised for its panoramic views and stellar cuisine (the high-end resto that started it all for Michael Mina). Not to mention the perfect setting directly on San Francisco's Union Square! The Westin St. Francis is offering a special package with a complimentary third night's stay. This hot offer is just one of the many fab deals found on Five Star Alliance's new page of luxury travel deals.


Bail-Out Packages, Hotel Discounts, and Hot Deals with Five Star Alliance


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandFans of luxury value, rejoice. In addition to our daily blog-- chock full of deals and promotional specials at the best hotels worldwide-- we've just launched a page with stellar luxury travel deals, hand-picked by our team at Five Star Alliance. How does a free night in San Francisco sound? Or complimentary gourmet eats, or airport transfers? Check it out here.