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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: Best Room Type in Lyon for 3 Adults

September 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 would like to stay at the Warwick Hotel La Reine Astrid Hotel in Lyon, France. What room type would be able to accommodate 3 adults?

Answer: The Premium Suite at the Warwick Hotel La Reine Astrid Hotel would be able to accommodate 3 adults. This 55 square meter suite can have either 2 twins or 1 double bed along with a separate sofabed in the living room. To make a reservation for this hotel, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select your room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you will have 3 people in the room so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change. All rates displayed are for either 1 or 2 persons, and extra person charges may apply.


Indulge in National Cheeseburger Day

September 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We love having another reason to eat a cheeseburger aside from it being delicious, and today being National Cheeseburger Day marks the perfect occasion to order some juicy goodness with a side of fries. Be sure to check out these hotels that are serving up the best burgers in town!

Conrad New York’s restaurant Atrio is serving up half-price cheeseburgers topped with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and roasted onion mayonnaise.

Hotel Zaza in Dallas, Texas has a complimentary slider bar in the lobby from 5-7pm for guests, and La Posada de Santa Fe is serving a Kobe beef burger with green chili strips, cheddar cheese, and Apple wood smoked bacon.

How will you be celebrating National Cheeseburger Day? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!


Peninsula Hong Kong Gets a Facelift

September 17, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula Hong Kong has undergone a few major upgrades during its 58 million dollar renovation, and we’re loving its new look! All of the rooms in the Peninsula Tower are complete, and the modifications include warm beige colors for the carpets and walls, Chinese-inspired ink paintings in the Harbour View rooms, and delicate floral designs woven into the carpet in the Grand Deluxe Suite.

Lovely décor upgrades aside, the Peninsula Hong Kong has also upgraded its technologies for a contemporary and luxuriously convenient guest experience. Bedside and desk tablets that have restaurant menus andhotel services that can be set in one of five languages. The rooms also feature terrestrial TVs, 90 internet TV channels, and 460 internet radio stations. LED touch-screen panels have been added to both the guestrooms and bathrooms so you can go ahead and raise those curtains or adjust the lighting in the guestroom while in the bathroom for no other reason other than simply because you can! All of the rooms have been upgraded to fibre optic cabling, ensuring incredibly fast complimentary WiFi and wired internet access, and free VOIP long-distance calling. Make your reservations at the Peninsula Hong Kong to experience these upgrades for yourself!

Photo courtesy of HotelChatter


Your Questions Answered: Fitness Facilities in St. Maarten

September 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 many treadmills does the Radisson St. Martin Resort and La Samanna have? Are their fitness facilities open 24 hours a day, and what availability do these hotels have for February 11th – 16th, 2013?

Answer: The Radison has 4 treadmills and their fitness facility is open 24 hours a day, while La Samanna has 2 treadmills and their fitness facility is open from 7:00AM - 7:00PM daily. Both hotels have availability for February 11th - 16th, 2013. The Radisson St. Martin Resort has rates starting from 439 Euros per night for a Deluxe Room with 1 king bed. La Samanna has rates starting from 1391 USD per night for a one bedroom ocean view suite with a king size bed and separate living room.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Photo of La Samanna


Fun Fact Friday! September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

September 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, an observance created by the U.S. Senate five years ago, and Miami is embracing the celebratory spirit (no pun intended). Turnberry Isle Miami is celebrating with daily bourbon tastings through the end of September every night at 6:00PM. For $20, mixologist Peter Roca serves up samplings of Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year and A. H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year along with the restaurant’s signature butter truffle popcorn. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to get the college gang together for a reunion and discuss the world over bourbon and cigars. Make your reservations at the Turnberry Isle Miami here >>


Turkey and Tunisia Getting a Luxury Hotel Makeover

September 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

While we’re not sure of what next week will hold let alone next year, these hotel chains are looking much farther into the future and planning their next big hotel openings for 2013, 2014, 2015, and beyond! Assuming the world doesn’t end come December, we’ll certainly keep up with the developments and look forward to even more luxury hotel options in cities around the world.

After the success of its property in Dresden, Swisshotels is planning to open two new hotels in Bodrum, Turkey, one on the beach and the other in the city. The beach resort will offer 66 guest rooms along with villas and residences, and the 56-room city resort will be in the hills and feature stunning views of the city. Both hotels are expected to open in 2013 and 2014.

Ritz Carlton is opening a 129-suite resort in Tunis, Tunisia in 2014, so if you never had a reason to visit Africa, you do now. We’re imagining taking a stroll along the resort beach and exploring the ancient ruins in Carthage.

 If your plans have you traveling a bit sooner, be sure to explore the luxury hotels we have located all over the world, and check in with us often to read about the progress of these up and coming hotels!

Photo of the Swissotel Dresden


Hotel Danieli Tops Our List of Best Canal Hotels in Venice

September 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Overlooking Riva degli Shiavoni, a short walk from Piazza San Marco and St. Mark's Basilica, the Hotel Danieli perfectly captures the beauty and romance of Venice. The hotel consists of three unique interconnecting palaces whose refined interiors create a pleasant ambiance that offers visitors the best in modern comfort and luxury. The main building, the Dandolo Palace, is a gothic landmark featuring pink marble, stained glass, gold leaf decorated ceilings, and stunning chandeliers. The restaurant Terrazza Danieli is on the top floor of the Danielino building and offers breath-taking views of the lagoon and panoramic views of Venice. With a water bus stop located right in front of the hotel, a side entrance for water taxis, and a central location in Venice within walking distance of major attractions, the Hotel Danieli is considered to be one of the top luxury canal hotels in the city!

Explore Hotel Danieli photos, descriptions, availability, and nightly rate breakdowns here >>


Lady Gaga Gifts a Stay at the Dorchester

September 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We all know Lady Gaga for her exorbitant meat dresses and funky fresh pop music, but she also has a charitable side. According to ABC, Lady Gaga met a British couple who were having their wedding reception at the Dorchester in London. After a conversation, the lovely couple must have made quite an impression for Lady Gaga gifted them a stay in a deluxe room as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, her offer was declined possibly because the couple already had honeymoon plans, but it’s certainly the thought that counts! Be sure to explore the Dorchester here, which is a celebrity hotspot with Rihanna and Jay-Z also rumored to have stayed there. Would you turn down a free hotel stay from Lady Gaga or anyone else for that matter? If not, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to automatically be entered to win a free luxury hotel stay!


Your Questions Answered: How to Check Availability and Rates in Mumbai

September 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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’re planning a trip to Mumbai, India for December 26th – January 1st, 2013. What hotels have availability and how far are they from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport?

Answer: We have nine 5-star hotels and three 4-star hotels in Mumbai, of which 10 are currently showing availability for your dates of travel. To compare their rates and view hotel photos, simply visit this website, click on the ‘Find a Hotel’ tab, select ‘Asia’ as the region, ‘India’ as the country, and ‘Mumbai’ as the city. Below this put in your dates, and then click ‘Go’. This will pull up all of the hotels on our site and show you the starting, lowest rate at each hotel. To view room descriptions and room types, click the ‘Available’ box for the specific hotel. To view photos and hotel descriptions, click on the hotel name link. Once you choose a hotel and specific room type, select that option and fill in the booking form. Your reservation is automatically confirmed with the hotel, and you receive a confirmation email. To view the location of the hotel, simply click the hotel name and then the ‘Location & Map’ tab to view where the property is located. Please be advised that all rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges for more than two people in a room may apply. Please also be advised that certain rooms have a maximum occupancy of two. Rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Photo of the Oberoi, Mumbai


Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Tie the Knot Near Charleston

September 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Rumor has it that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched this past weekend at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This plantation has been open to the public since 1956, and it’s one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. The reception took place in a charming white tent, and Florence Wench, of Florence and the Machine, performed three songs live. Reynolds, previously married to Scarlet Johansen for 2 years, went back on the market when the couple divorced in 2010. We wish them the very best in their marriage and look forward to viewing a few wedding photos! If you’d like to visit this charming plantation for yourself for a wedding or simply a tour, make a reservation at a luxury hotel in Charleston which is just outside the plantation.

Photo of Charleston Place