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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.

12 Days of Hotels: Top 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels

December 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be focusing on a variety of categories. To start us off, we’ll be featuring 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels!

1. Fairmont Washington DC

Located in Washington's fashionable West End, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. surrounds you with comfort and luxury.

2. Ritz Carlton Washington DC

This distinctive luxury hotel is located the heart of the District and features convenient access to business districts, theaters, world-class shopping and stunning historical landmarks.

3. The Willard Intercontinental

The Willard is where Abraham Lincoln and his family resided prior to his Inauguration, where Julia Ward Howe wrote the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic', where President Grant coined the term lobbyist, and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. finished his 'I Have a Dream Speech'.

4. Park Hyatt Washington

This hotel is ideally situated on the edge of stylish Georgetown, and conveniently located near Embassy Row, the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums and National Monuments.

5. The Jefferson Washington DC

Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets, Northwest and four blocks from The White House

6. Sofitel Lafayette Square

Housed in a completely refurbished and updated historic landmark building, and it features 237 guestrooms including 17 suites, all tastefully designed by the renowned French designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon.

7. W Washington DC

Next door to the White House, the oldest hotel in town has been reinvented into W Washington D.C., revitalizing historic traditions into contemporary sophistication.

8. Mandarin Oriental Washington

Ranked by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the top 100 hotels in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC creates memorable experiences for any traveler to the most powerful city in the world.

9. The Fairfax at Embassy Row

The luxuriously quiet 259 classically appointed rooms and suites within this exquisite hotel in Washington, D.C. offer sweeping views of Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, or the Washington Monument.

10. The Madison Washington DC

Just four blocks from the White House and walking distance to Embassy Row, National Mall, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian and more, the Madison is the quintessence of political power mingled with genuine hospitality.

11. The St Regis Washington DC

Built in 1926, two blocks from The White House and the Corcoran Gallery, the gracefully reimagined The St. Regis Washington, D.C. presents itself as the most prestigious hotel for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation's capital.

12. The Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hay-Adams, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President.


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #14 The Umstead Hotel and Spa

December 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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!

Coming in the #14 spot is the Umstead Hotel and Spa which is conveniently located in Cary, North Carolina for those who want to get away or stay near the heart of it all. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- With its surrounding 12 acres of wooded land, gardens, and lake, The Umstead Hotel is a destination in itself with the cultural, corporate and recreational opportunities of the Triangle area moments away

- 24 hour business center available for guest use

- 10,000 square-feet of elegant meeting and event space featuring natural light and original artwork

- Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Herons, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch

- Dogs are allowed with an additional cleaning fee

- Seasonal outdoor pool

- The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa featuring ten treatment rooms, men’s and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Umstead Hotel and Spa here >>

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #30 King George Palace

December 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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!

Coming in the #30 spot is King George Palace which is located in the heart of Athens, Greece. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Certain rooms above the fourth floor feature stunning views of the Acropolis.

- Located on Constitution Square, within steps of the Greek Parliament, the hotel is near the historical city center blended with the financial, commercial and business districts.

- Located within walking distance from the Acropolis, the old city (Plaka), and most of Athens' sights and attractions.

- The Tudor restaurant on the 7th floor features an impressive view of Athens and the Acropolis.

- Private pool for royal presidential suite.

- Fulfills the need of every type of traveler with a spa facility, fitness center, and a business center on site.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the King George Palace here >>


St. Regis Atlanta Gets Its Fifteen Minutes of Fame

October 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 Rumor has it that scenes from the upcoming film Flight starring Denzel Washington were filmed at the St. Regis Atlanta. The film comes out November 2nd, and we’ve heard nothing but raving reviews from this month’s New York Film Festival. Three scenes were filmed at the St. Regis Atlanta including one which was shot in the hotel’s wine room. The hotel even gets a quick shout out by Denzel Washington in the movie when he says ‘Meet me at the St. Regis.’ Just tell us when, Denzel, and we’ll be there in a heartbeat!


Jamaica Inn Marks the Perfect Spot to Get-A-Way!

October 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Built in 1950, this intimate property has a few unique attributes and access to one of the best beaches on the north coast of Jamaica! What differentiates the Jamaica Inn from other luxury hotels is its charm, hospitality, and lively personality. Teddy, the bartender at the beach bar, has been whipping up cocktails and interacting with guests for the last 54 years! The Jamaica Inn also offers Wi-Fi but the rooms have no televisions, radios, or clocks so guests can fully relax, unwind, and unplug from their hectic daily lives. (There is, however, a TV room and a television in the main bar just in case there’s a game or event going on that can’t be missed.) To maintain its pristine conditions, the Jamaica Inn closes down once a year for 6 weeks to ensure all the rooms are meeting the highest standards of quality and luxury. This hotel attracts a variety of vacationers ranging from folks celebrating an anniversary, going on their honeymoon, traveling solo for a calm getaway, or a family going on vacation. The Jamaica Inn features beautiful rooms, suites, and 2 bedroom cottages perfect for travelers of all types (minimum age requirement is 10 for the summer and 12 for the winter). A few other key features include a Cliffside spa which uses all natural and organic ingredients, and a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean and featuring nightly live music and sensational cuisine.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Jamaica Inn here >>


Your Questions Answered: Handicap Accessible Room in Victoria, Canada

October 15, 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 are visiting Victoria and require a handicap accessible room which has a walk in shower and grab rails in the shower and bathroom. Which hotel do you recommend?

Answer: The Hotel Grand Pacific has handicap room options that would fit your needs. The Pacific Suite has a harbour view and can have grab bars in the shower/bath tub installed. However a walk in shower is not possible in this type of Suite. A walk in shower is available in the "accessible" Victoria Rooms. These rooms have one queen sized bed, lower to the ground as they are designed for guests in a wheelchair, and the view is a residential view. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Your Questions Answered: Room type at Sokha Angkor Resort Siem Reap for Family of 3

October 9, 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 Sokha Angkor Resort Siem Reap from October 27th – 29th, 2012. We’re traveling with our 9 year old daughter. Can you tell us which room types would be able to have an extra bed added, and whether there would be any extra person charges?

Answer: The Club Suite at Sokha Angkor Resort Siem Reap would be able to have an extra bed added to it for an additional charge of $37 per night. This room type is currently available for $210 per night. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating 'traveling with 9 year old child require rollaway bed added to room' so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, and extra person charges are subject to change without notice.


New Hotel Openings: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

October 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia had originally set its opening date to be October 15, 2012, but the hotel finished up ahead of time and took in its first guests last week! The first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell, the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is in the most historic square located in the Old City. Its Stratus Rooftop Bar and Lounge will be open year round, and the location of this hotel is not only historic but central to the restaurants, bars, and nightlife of Philly.

Explore the Hotel Monaco and the 10 other luxury hotels in Philadelphia here >>

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Your Questions Answered: Details of 3 Nights for 2 Offer at Hotel Sacher Wien

October 2, 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: I would like to stay at the Hotel Sacher Wien and saw that there was a ‘One More Night 3 for 2’ option. What are the terms of this deal?

Answer: The One More Night 3 For 2 Amex Exclusive Offer - Superior Double Room - Best Location With Best View In Town for 214 Euros per night is a prorated rate that has already been discounted 33% per night to include the free night stay in the price. You also must pay with an American Express card to receive the discounted rate. To make a reservation for this room type or any of the others at this hotel, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form.

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Expect an Incredible Experience at The Jefferson

September 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

An intimate, personalized, and luxurious experience is what guests have come to expect from The Jefferson Washington DC. This 99-room luxury boutique hotel distinctly captures European and Washingtonian style and elegantly portrays historic details and Jeffersonian influences. Located in downtown Washington DC a short walk from the White House, the museums, monuments, and the embassies, The Jefferson provides easy access to the cultural, historic, and entertaining sectors of our nation’s capital, perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.

The rooms are stunningly tasteful, the food in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume, is exceptional, and the service is unparalleled. With staff outnumbering guests 1.5 to 1, guests quickly feel right at home and accommodated as if staying with close friends.

A few key highlights of the hotel include an award-winning restaurant and a cocktail bar and lounge on site, an intimate spa which opens daily at 9:00am, and a beautiful Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite volumes as well as a section of signed editions of contemporary authors who have been guests at The Jefferson.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Jefferson here >>