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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.

Where to Find the Best Luxury Hotel News


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: Do you have a mailing list for news on your resorts? If so, could you please add me to this list but do not pass my details on to anyone else?

Answer: We do have a bi-weekly newsletter that goes out featuring the luxury hotels on our site. To sign up for our free newsletter, simply visit this website and enter your details. We will never sell or distribute your information including your email address to anyone else.

Photo of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

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Image of the Day: The Gibson Hotel Dublin


By: Five Star Alliance

 

For those who think Ireland is all bogs and castles, meet The Gibson Hotel Dublin.  

Posted in: Dublin, Hot Spots

It’s Not Too Late to See the Thanksgiving Day Parade!


By: Oksana Balytsky

Last minute travel plans? Hoping to have a front row seat to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City without standing outside in the cold? Then check out the following hotels that are located along the route of the parade:

Mandarin Oriental

JW Marriott Essex House


New Opening: The Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Cigar lovers visiting London will have a new place to light up come December.  The Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge, a 1920s townhouse that has been turned into a 36-room suite hotel, is set to open for business by year's end.

Featured on the Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List for 2012, The Wellesley Hotel has a prime location in London's Knightsbridge. Knightsbridge is known for its sophisticated shopping district and proximity to landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace.

 

The Cigar Lounge with its private heated cigar terrace aims to offer one of the world's largest collections of cigars,, whilst the Crystal Bar will feature a Whiskey and Cognac Wall alongside and extensive menu of fine wines, spirits, and cocktails.  For those who prefer to enjoy their stogies in private, the Penthouse Suite will also house its own humidor with a specially selected range of cigars for enthusiasts.

 

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Posted in: London, Hot Spots, New Hotels

Ice Skating in LA Made Possible Thanks to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

We love southern California (or SoCal as the locals call it), but we certainly miss partaking in winter holiday festivities when December rolls around. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza seems to have understood our pain and has recently opened a 3,000 square foot ice rink! The rink is a hybrid version that utilizes non-refrigerated synthetic ice made from recyclable polymers on which regular ice skates work very well. Hopefully that means when we attempt to do an axel jump, the fall won’t be as cold or hard as on real ice. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel has had a few other upgrades including installing an infinity pool and upgrading all of its cabanas.  We love how this hotel is setting itself apart from its neighboring properties, and we can't wait to see what other upgrades and installations it has up its sleeve. 

Make reservations at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and cross off ‘ice skate in shorts’ from your bucket list!

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The Ritz Carlton Georgetown Tops Our List of Charming DC Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

The problem we run into with luxury hotels in Washington DC is that they’re usually on a busy street with a lot of traffic and chaos. We set out on a mission to find a luxury hotel in a downtown location that featured a quieter, more intimate feel, and we came back successful.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located a block from M Street and the heart of the nightlife and shopping of Georgetown district. This beautiful hotel features 86 oversized guestrooms and suites as well as a Boutique Spa with a variety of massages, body treatments, and facials available. The hotel staff is attentive and engaged, and the spa staff is professional and all-around wonderful. For the disbelievers, I strongly recommend the hot stone massage at the Boutique Spa; you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed, renewed, and ready for anything that lies ahead.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is a family and pet friendly hotel. There are 9 rooms with 2 double beds, and the suites can accommodate rollaway beds very easily for an additional $40 per night. The Ritz puts on a weekly Lifestyle Series on Fridays, and December’s feature Kelly Jenkins from Capital Décor and Events coming to speak to guests and locals about transforming a space and decorating with style.

For folks looking for an intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Washington DC, we certainly give the Ritz Carlton Georgetown a big thumbs up!

Explore photos, availability, and rates here!

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2 Bedroom Apartment Option in Dubai


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 a family of 5 persons, 2 adults and three children, ages 3, 6, and 8. We would love to make a reservation at the Dar Al Masyaf in Dubai. We are traveling December 22nd – January 5th, 2013. Is it possible to book a 2 bedroom superior apartment?

Answer: Dar Al Masyaf does not have availability for your dates of travel, but Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence does have 2 bedroom Duplex Club Apartment which includes Breakfast. The advance purchase rate for this option is 2805 AED per night, which is approximately $764 USD plus tax. Please be advised that this is a non-cancellable, non-changeable rate, and any changes or a cancellation would result in a 100% penalty of the full stay.

This hotel also has this same room option available for 3300 AED per night, which is approximately $899 USD plus tax. This rate has a cancellation policy which states you can cancel up until 2 days prior to arrival and be charged a 1 night penalty. If you cancel within 2 days of arrival, you would be charged 100% of the full stay as penalty. To clarify, cancelling this reservation would always result in at least a 1 night penalty fee.

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 fill in the Special Request field stating that you'll be traveling with kids and provide their ages 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 depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Image of the Day: Gloria Serenity Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

 

A suitably tranquil spot at Turkey's aptly named Gloria Serenity Resort.

 

Posted in: Antalya, Hot Spots

Sponsored Article: Canyons Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

 

 

Canyons Resort in Park City is Utah’s largest and most dynamic four-season resort.  Boasting 4,000 acres of skiable terrain with 182 trails, Canyons has the diversity of terrain for everyone. Only 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, the newly transformed Canyons offers guests unparalleled luxury with North America’s only heated chair lift, the Orange Bubble Express, exceptional cuisine from award-winning restaurants, world-class spas and thrilling adventures and entertainment for the entire family. Stay at one of nine hotels including the Waldorf Astoria Park City. Come see for yourself why readers of SKI Magazine recently designated Canyons Resort one of the Top 10 ski resorts in North America.

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