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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.

Poolside Movies in Beverly Hills at Mr. C

June 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Pool

 

Mr. C Beverly Hills, a boutique hotel overlooking Beverly Hills, is perfectly central to enjoy Hollywood, downtown, Century City, Los Angeles, and all of the beautiful California beaches. The 137-room property features 12 Signature Suites and Classic Suites and C Suites, alongside spacious accommodations, all ranging from 365-800 square feet, each with a private balcony, and many with panoramic views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

Starting tonight, visit Mr. C for an evening of dinner, cocktails, candy, popcorn, film, and fun. Movie starts promptly at 8pm, so arrive early to reserve your seats and order your Cipriani classics, yummy cocktails, crisp Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and fresh popped popcorn.

Available every other Tuesday beginning in June 2014, the movies are:
June 3 - La Grande Bellezza
June 17 - The Talented Mr. Ripley
July 1 - Chinatown
July 15 - The Great Gatsby
July 29 - Some Like it Hot
August 12 - A Good Year
August 26 - The Graduate

Reservations recommended.


Craving a Room-Service Burger? Bring Your Wallet

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasRoom service is notorious for being expensive No matter the price, burgers are a world-wide room service staple. Here's a sampling of how much a burger will run you at eight luxury hotels worldwide. Keep in mind that most hotels also charge some combination of a service charge, gratuity, tax, or a delivery fee.

Hotel Palomar Chicago dishes up an all-American cheeseburger for $17 and a wild mushroom veggie burger for $14. 

US Grant Hotel in San Diego has a Grant Grill Burger. It comes on a potato bun with aged Goat Gouda, onion marmalade, Iceberg lettuce, confit tomatoes, and pickles. All those toppings will run you $17. 

The Metropolitan Bangkok offers a choice of a Lentil and 7 grain burger with tomato salsa, avocado and sprouts for 390 baht ($12) or the met burger made of black angus beef patties and topped with  prosciutto, tomato, lettuce, and bbq onions. It costs 580 Baht ($18).

Hard Rock at Universal Orlando Resort offers what they call a "legendary 10 oz. burger." It is topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. It has a side of fries and costs $18. 

The Dorchester

Park Hyatt Tokyo has a grilled hamburger or cheeseburger for ¥ 2,200 ($22).

Trump International Hotel Tower in New York has a grilled hamburger that is served with a Mesclun Salad and French Fries $26. 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (pictured left) charges $18 for the basic burger, But adding toppings such as bacon, cheese, and egg can push the price up to $30. The basic burger features tomato, lettuce, avocado, butter pickle, and Basil pesto aioli. It is served on bacon cheddar bread and comes with a market fresh fruit salad.

The Dorchester in London offers The Dorchester truffled beef burger for £39.50 ($66.50). It is served with truffle mayonnaise, truffle shavings and pan fried foie grass. Also on the menu is a grilled beef burger or cheese burger in a sesame bun with lettuce and barbecue sauce for £21.50 ($36).

Enjoy!

Posted in: Articles, Food and Wine

Dining al Fresco: Castello di Casole

April 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castello di Casole is a 4,200-acre five-star resort and private residence club in Tuscany, Italy, 45 minutes from Florence. It offers a collection of fine and casual dining venues serving traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The focus is on simple, rustic food in the classic Italian tradition. Expect handmade pastas, fresh organic vegetables, fresh fish, and game from local sources – all paired with fine wines from the best wineries in Italy and around the world. 

Castello di Casole

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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Win a Free Meal at One of the World’s Best Restaurants

March 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Soro
Food and travel enthusiasts, listen up! Want to win a meal at one of the best restaurants in the world?  The Mugartiz is known alongside Noma and the nowed -shutterEl Bulli as one of the best restaurants in the world. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, is located near San Sebastian, Spain. The winner of this online competition will get a exclusive preview of never-before-tasted dishes from the upcoming 2014 menu. The restaurant was closed for four months in order to develop the new dish. Chef Aduriz worked with scientists, musicians, artists, and fellow chefs to create the new menu. A typical prix-fixe-only menu here starts at 180 euros, according to the restaurant's two-Michelin star writeup (the highest star rating is three).

Unlike other world-class restaurants found in major food cities like New York, Milan, and Paris,  Mugaritz is found in the small town of Errenteria (about 20 minutes from the San Sebastian airport).  If you are lucky enough to win, we suggest booking a stay at Villa Soro.

Villa Soro is a charming 25 bedroom hotel located in a renovated 19th century villa which has been declared a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian. Villa Soro is an outstanding address for the discerning traveller, offering a harmonious balance between the warm and familiar atmosphere of a century-old home and the comfort and services of a luxury hotel. Even if you don't win, Villa Soro is a great choice for a sophisticated and private getaway. 
 
Enter the You Open the Doors of Mugaritz contest on the restaurant’s website. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, with winners (allowed one companion) announced on April 1.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Vines Resort and Spa

March 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Vines Resort and Spa features spacious private villas, a luxurious spa, world-class service, and breathtaking views of the Andes at every turn. Legendary Argentine chef Francis Mallmann serves up inspired regional fare and traditional asado feasts at the signature restaurant, Siete Fuegos. In the vineyards, you can harvest grapes or make your own custom wine, working side-by-side with world-renowned consultant winemaker Santiago Achával.

The Vines Resort and Spa 

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Did You Know? Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives can enjoy a meal at Sea, while being under the actual ocean. The luxury resort's fine dining restaurant is one of teh few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world. Here, degustation menus are paired with premium Old and New World wines by the resident Wine Sommelier.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

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Did You Know? Raffles Hotel Singapore

February 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore
has claimed itself to be the home of the Singapore Sling. The down to earth decor of the two-story Long Bar where the drink was said to originate was inspired by the Malayan plantations of the 1920s. The bar has the safe where Sling creator, bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, locked away his recipe books. You can also see a version of the recipe from 1936, which a curious patron jotted down on a receipt. In addition to almost every alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoction imaginable, the bar also serves traditional pub favourites that are available as a meal or snacks. In the evening, a band performs a selection of contemporary and popular hits.

The recipe for the Singapore Sling varies widely, but here's one to try, courtesy of Imbibe Magazine

1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Bols Cherry brandy or Cherry Heering
1 oz. Benedictine
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. soda water
1 dash Angostura bitters
Tools: barspoon
Glass: Collins

Combine all ingredients except soda water and bitters in an ice-filled glass. Top with soda water, stir briefly and dash with Angostura bitters. Note: The original Singapore Sling appears to have been ungarnished. By the mid-1920s, they were adding the peel of a lime, cut in a thick spiral. By the late ’30s, they were also omitting the Benedictine and bitters and floating Sloe Gin on top.

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Dining al Fresco: Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch

February 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch

Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch is located in the historic area where Frankfurt’s nobility once met to hunt wild animals and to have a feast. The luxury hotel's restaurants have re-interpreted those feasts using a great variety of extraordinarily fresh, seasonal cuisine. From fine dining to rustic regional specialities, Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch’s three restaurants will serve everyone’s individual palate. Overlooking the hotel’s own extensive park area, meal become experiences. The terrace patio enables guests to relish hearing wind softly rushing through the tree tops while enjoying their meal.

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