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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.

Dining Al Fresco: Hotel Plaza Athenee

By: K. Clare Johnson

As part of an occasional series of posts at Five Star Alliance, we feature luxury hotels that offer al fresco dining.
At Hotel Plaza Athenee, your croissant comes with a side of Eiffel Tower. Bon Appetit!

Hotel Plaza Athenee

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Le Burgundy Loves Babies (and Kids)

By: K. Clare Johnson


Le Burgundy parisLe Burgundy Paris is a cozy boutique hotel just off the Champs-Elysees in the City of Lights. The architect and decorator have produced a restful setting, blending contemporary furniture and luxurious cloths while favouring space and light. The owner's passion for art is expressed in the ground floor's black-marble Guy de Rougemont puzzle, through which runs a brass thread. Paintings, lithographs and black-and-white photographs bring a personal touch to the decor.

Le Burgundy also believes that their youngest guests deserve luxury treatment.  In addition to child-size robes and slippers, pint-size visitors are welcomed with candy, cartoons, and a teddy bear. Strollers, high-chairs, cots, changing mats, and a toy box are also available Children are given access to the swimming pool, and petite palates can be catered to via special room service and Le Baudelaire dishes. There's even a children's concierge to arrange baby-sitting services, or activities such as face-painting, museum visits, pastry-making classes, and magic shows. 

Your children aren't going to want to go home. 

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Image of the Day: Jays Paris

By: Five Star Alliance

Jays Paris was built in the mid 19th Century, restored in 1999 and completely redecorated in 2006, JAYS combines old-fashioned elegance with modern technology. Guests discover an interesting play on natural light throughout the building, elegant works of art and a charming blend of antique furniture and contemporary design.

Jays Paris

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Hotel de Crillon Renovations Revealed

By: Guest Writer


Hotel de Crillon


The legendary Parisian Hotel de Crillon recently closed in order to go a major renovation that's expected to last two years. Our sister publication, The Luxury Travel Advisor, got some inside information on what future guests might expect.

 Here's what writer Jena Tessa Fox found out about the renovations: 

Architect Richard Martinet, along with Artistic Director Aline d'Amman and three Parisian decorators – Cyril Vergniol, Chahan Minassian and Tristan Auer – are working to bring the historic hotel into the 21st century. And although both management and designers have revealed little in the way of details, a recent press release offered a hint: "The 7th floor … will be imagined as a 'quarter within the hotel' where fashion designers and brands can collaborate with the Crillon to decorate the suites." The hotel's management contract, the story continues, may take a page from the Kempinski model - an established brand that manages a number of historic hotels. And the Crillon will need a special kind of care to balance contemporary tastes with classic style: It is 250 years old, and several rooms are listed as national historic monuments. But the "Louis XV" decor, while never lacking for gilding, can seem a tad dated, and when the French Ministry of Tourism was handing out "palace" status to hotels in 2011, the Crillon was absent from the list. It is worth noting that Mohamed Al-Fayed's Paris Ritz also lost out and has also recently closed for a 27-month refurbishment. The renovated hotel will open its doors again in 2015.


We look forward to seeing the stunning results! 

Spotlight on La Tremoille

By: Elaine Lee


La Tremoille

Paris is synonymous with refinement and elegance, it is a place where everything is so beautiful it can be considered an art form. From the food to the clothes, everything seems seamlessly dripping with Parisian luxury. Travelers and tourists who have been to the fabulous Golden Triangle in Paris located in the 8th district, have seen and shopped at the finest haute couture fashion houses, experienced gastronomic delicacies, and if they are lucky know about Paris's best kept secret: La Tremoille

La Tremoille



La Tremoille has received rave reviews since its grand re-opening, ten years ago and is what Parisian dreams are made of. La Tremoille is surrounded by the haute couture fashion houses, restaurants and museums. From check-in to check-out guests experience this refined Parisian elegance every step of the way. Guests are greeted with Ladurée macaroons on their pillows every night, sleep peacefully in sound-proof rooms, bathe in luxurious Molton Brown bath products, and well-dressed rooms to relax in after a day of sight seeing designed in the same sentiment of its surroundings of contemporary elegance.


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Image of the Day: Hotel Lutetia

By: K. Clare Johnson


Some rooms at Hotel Lutetia have stunning views of Le Bon Marche and the Eiffel Tower.


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The Top 30 Hotels of 2012: #1 Hotel de Crillon

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

We've finally reached #1 on our list!  This year, the top spot goes to Hotel de Crillon.  Here are few facts about the Parisian property:

-The hotel is located at the foot of the Champs-Elysees and is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde.

-The fitness center has state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers are available.  For additional pampering, Carita Beauty Parlour offers high-quality services.

-Decorated in a Louis XV style, the hotel's 147 guest rooms and suites include Presidential apartments and the exceptional Louis XV and Leonard Bernstein suites.

- Les Ambassadeurs restaurant is acknowledged to be one of the best dining venues in the city and was awarded a Michelin Star in 2011.

-The hotel offers specialized guest services for women, families, and dogs.

-Book now! The historic property (which is one of the world's oldest luxury hotels) will be closed for a two-year makeover starting March 31, 2012.

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #1 Paris

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 72 luxury hotels and resorts in Paris, France. Paris is the city of lights, and arguably the most romantic city in the world. 

What makes our guests love Paris?

-Art! Millions of visitors flock to the Musee de Louvre to see the famed Mona Lisa and other priceless works. Fans of modern art will love Centre Pompidou.

-Romance! A stroll on the Seine, taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, or wandering the Left Bank are legendary romantic activities.

-Shopping! Paris is renowned for its fashion scene.

-Food! World class cuisine abounds, from the priciest and tasties bistros to delicious breads and pastries sold on every street corner.

-History. Visit Versaille, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, and the famed Pere Lachaise cemetary. 


Where to stay?

-April in Paris is a truly magical time.  As of this writing, nightly rates are available from EUR 161 at Trianon Palace Versailles to  EUR 288 at Hotel Du Louvre to EUR 470 W Hotel Paris Opera (pictured above). 

-Fall is also lovely in Paris.  As of this writing, nightly rates for a mid-September stay range from EUR 290 at L'Hotel to EUR 805 at Hotel Plaza Athenee to EUR 1150 at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris (pictured).


Did you know?

-The area of Montparnasse is Paris got its name from Greek mythology's Mount Parnassas. Parnassus is where the muses lived and it was associated with poetry, music, and learning. Literature students who recited their poetry in the streets adopted the name "Le Mont Parnasse," and it stuck. 



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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #7 Hotel Le Meurice

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Hotel Le Meurice is #7 on our list! Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

- Each of the seven floors has a distinct style, with 160 beautifully appointed rooms decorated in a style redolent of Louis XVI.

-Le Meurice has an unrivaled hotel location opposite the Tuileries Gardens and is a short stroll from Le Louvre in Central Paris.

-Highly acclaimed by food writers worldwide, three Michelin star Chef Yannick Alleno creates menus according to his own distinctive style of refined, harmonious and healthy cuisine.

-Spa Valmont uses the most prestigious products from Swiss anti-ageing skincare specialists, Valmont.

-Le Meurice is delighted to arrange child-friendly outings for guests, such as visits to the Jardin d'Acclimation, the Parc Andre Citroen, or cruises on the Bateaux-Mouches.

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Fun Fact Friday! VIP Treatment Awaits You in Paris

By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is opening Le Club Vinales, a members-only retreat featuring leather club chairs, international magazines, books, and a private terrace perfect for enjoying summer days. Make a reservation at this stunning hotel and get the VIP treatment by becoming a member of the club!