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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.

Special Five Star Alliance Rate at The Wellesley


By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Royal Hyde Park amidst the glamour of Knightsbridge, The Wellesley Hotel is London's most exclusive baby grand hotel. The Wellesley is located in a 1920s townhouse that has been restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and with every modern convenience. Combining sophisticated luxury with captivating grandeur and uncompromising service, The Wellesley offers just 36 rooms and suites for the most elite, discerning traveler. 

Now, The Wellesley is offering a special rate exclusively for Five Star Alliance clients. Simply search for your desired dates using Five Star Alliance, then select the special "Five Star Alliance" rate. When you select this rate, you will receive a free breakfast with your stay.

The Wellesley

Book your special Five Star Alliance rate at The Wellesley Hotel >>

Posted in: London

Hulu Hoop on the Rooftop at The Berkeley


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Berkeley

For all those who are yoga'd out, can't bear another step class, and who think Krav Maga is a type of sandwich, The Berkeley has an exercise plan for you. Introduced earlier this summer and running through the end of October, the hotel's health club and spa is offering London's first rooftop hula-hooping classes. 

The classes are lead by hula-hoop fitness experts HulaFit®. The exercise craze is a favorite among celebrities like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Liv Tyler, and can burn up to 600 calories an hour. 

Classes are taught every Wednesday from 12-1pm. The £65 fee includes a pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool, and a one of a kind souvenir Berkeley hula-hoop. HulaFit® targets core muscles for a great ab  and cardio workout while keeping things playful. Participants will learn a variety of hooping styles such as the basic Waist Hooping progressing to Turning & Pirouettes, The Limbo, The Vortex, Body Wraps and the Booty Bump. Following each class, guests get a dip in the pool and a well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park and bustling Knightsbridge.

£65 per person include pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool and a one of a kind Berkeley hula-hoop, which can be taken home to continue the fun). The class can be booked through the hotel's spa. 

Book your stay at The Berkeley >>


Cool Pool: Jumeirah Carlton Tower


By: Five Star Alliance

Whether for leisure, pleasure or exercise, the Peak’s 20m indoor stainless steel swimming pool,
located on the 2nd floor of Jumeirah Carlton Tower, is the perfect place to reinvigorate your mind and body.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

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Dine Well at May Fair Kitchen


By: Five Star Alliance

The May Fair London was first opened by King George V in 1927 and has been known as one of London's quintessential luxury hotels ever since. Part of the luxury experience here should include a visit to the May Fair Kitchen. Nestled in the heart of London's West End, the refined menu and sophisticated ambiance compliments the elegance of the luxury hotel's elegant location. 

At the May Fair Kitchen, chefs have sourced all ingredients from the farmer, fisherman, or grower who originally produced it. Every member of the staff is trained to tell diners the provenance of those ingredients. Even better, the open kitchen provides a show with dinner. 

May Fair London

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Beaumont


By: Five Star Alliance

The Beaumont is the first hotel by Corbin & King, the London restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and a number of other leading restaurants in the capital. A luxury, 5 star Mayfair hotel, with just 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites, The Beaumont occupies a historic 1926 building overlooking Brown Hart Gardens.

The Beaumont 

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Image of the Day: The Bentley Hotel London


By: Five Star Alliance

The Bentley Hotel London is discreetly hidden in the residential area of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. It is moments from exclusive shopping at Chelsea's Kings Road and a short stroll to Knightsbridge's world-famous Harrods.

The Bentley Hotel London

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at The Wellesley Hotel London?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Wellesley Hotel
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 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: What is the smoking policy for The Wellesley Hotel London? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Wellesley Hotel is a 1920's Knightsbridge townhouse with a famous musical heritage. The building has been beautifully restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and now offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour, and uncompromising service in one of London's most prestigious locations.
Centered around the Hotel's wide colonnades is the Cigar Lounge and Terrace, The Crystal Bar, and the Oval Restaurant. The Cigar Lounge with its private heated cigar terrace aims to offer one of the world's largest collections of cigars sold on a stick-by-stick basis, whilst the Crystal Bar features a specialist Whiskey and Cognac Wall alongside and extensive menu of fine wines, spirits, and cocktails.

Please be advised that all rooms are non-smoking however it is the only 5-star hotel in London which offers two Cigar Terraces with outdoor heating where guests are welcome to smoke.

Book a stay at The Wellesley Hotel >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
 


Choose Your Own Fragrance Adventure at The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


By: Five Star Alliance

The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch
 
offers contemporary five star boutique accommodation, designed to appease those looking for the proverbial good things that come in small packages. Ideally located within strolling distance of Oxford Street and within easy reach of London's landmarks, this chic property offers a calming and peaceful retreat for an experience to remember.The calming atmosphere is enhanced by the assortment of five senses exotic frangrances available to sweeten the air in the guest rooms. 

Fragrance Choices Include:

Romantic Touch
The Romantic Touch fragrance is created from classic floral notes of Rose combined with the pale tones of sandalwood. Fresh infusions of cardamom, the rarity of saffron and an undertone of basil complete the refreshing experience.

Refreshing Lavender
This fragrance is a blend of essences of French lavender, bergamot and sage creating a calming and balancing atmosphere. Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in a spa. It's perfect for getting that relaxing feeling after a stressful day.

Fresh Clean
A fresh and airy fragrance, lightly scented and reminiscent of gentle breezes and open windows, this fragrance is subtle and light, creating a breezy, open atmosphere that takes you from the city to the countryside in seconds. It will definitely evoke the smell of a picnic in the country.

Pink GrapefruitThe Montcalm Hotel
The invigorating juice of ripe grapefruit and oranges are paired with fruity peach and red berry nuances, sweetened by osmanthus, violet, and muguet Pink Grapefruit to create a fresh, open and uplifting atmosphere. Absolutely perfect for feeling energized at any time of the day.

Saw Grass
The smell of fresh grass evokes open windows on a summer day. The earthy, sweet and distinct scent of saw grass smells like a warm day in the Deep South. Notes of bright green grass are sweetened with light floral and neroli, with hints of lemongrass, rose and sandalwood to create a sense of peace. Perfect for summer escapes.

Marine Fresh
Smell the waves crashing to the shore with notes of ocean spray, bergamot, dune grass and cedar. Transport yourself instantly to the beach on a summer's day. With this uplifting scent you can almost hear the seagulls and feel the sand between your toes.

Book a fragrant stay at The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch >> 


Did You Know? The Stafford London


By: Five Star Alliance

The American Bar at The Stafford is an institution in its own right. This lively gathering spot has, over the years, developed into a complete history of the hotel itself, decorated with thousands of items of customer-donated memorabilia from around the globe.

During the 1930s most West End hotels in London renamed their bar "The American Bar" in an attempt to attract the business of the increasing numbers of North American visitors. These intrepid travellers brought with them such exotic drinks such as Manhattans, Sidecars, and Martinis, which the bar is famous for.

Most hotels have renamed their bars yet The Stafford remains one of only two in London that have kept the name.

The Stafford London

The American Bar's collection of memorabilia was started when an American guest gave Charles Guano – the hotel's late, beloved Head Barman of 42 years – a small wooden carving of an American eagle. Shortly after, a Canadian guest gave him a small model of an Eskimo. Then an Australian presented a model of a kangaroo, and so the collection grew and grew.

Today, every available wall and surface is crammed with an intriguing collection of artefacts, knick-knacks and signed celebrity photographs. Even the ceiling is hung with a colourful collection of club ties, sporting mementoes and baseball caps.

Book a stay at The Stafford London >>


Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at the Haymarket Hotel in London?


By: Five Star Alliance

Haymarket Hotel
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 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: What is the smoking policy at the Haymarket Hotel in London?

ANSWER: Haymarket Hotel is situated on the corner of Haymarket and Suffolk Place in the heart of London's theatre district. The hotel's ground floor is a stunning series of spacious rooms each with an individual look and style. The lobby is designed in black, white and yellow with a stunning sculpture by Tony Cragg and a dramatic London landscape by John Virtue. The conservatory and library have a distinctive look and feel, with more original artwork sitting alongside an eclectic collection of contemporary and antique furniture and accessories.
The hotel has 50 spacious and sumptuous bedrooms and suites as well as an exclusive townhouse, each individually designed and decorated in a contemporary English style. All are equipped with the facilities expected of a luxury hotel including high speed wireless internet access, flat screen LCD TV and DVD/CD player.

Smoking is not allowed in the public areas at Haymarket Hotel, and smoking rooms are not available. 

Book a stay at Haymarket Hotel >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.