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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a London Hotel for a Family of Four?

March 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Jumeirah Carlton Tower
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.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower



QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11, and looking for a recommendation in London for our stay?


ANSWER: Jumeirah Carlton Tower  

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the essence of Knightsbridge, is only moments from Harvey Nichols, Harrods and the exclusive boutiques on Sloane Street. The hotel features 220 rooms, including 58 suites and a Presidential Suite with stunning panoramic views. It offers three restaurants serving a wide range of mouth-watering cuisine, including the renowned Rib Room. Alternatively, visit the GILT Champagne Lounge for the ultimate in sophistication and glamour.Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Jumeirah Carlton Tower also features the luxurious Peak Health Club & Spa, offering a fully equipped gymnasium, state-of-the-art golf simulator, and a 20 meter heated indoor pool.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
-Deluxe King Room connected to a Superior Twin Room Twin or any Suite connected to a Superior Twin-Bedded Room.

The Superior Twin Room is a smart urban choice for business or leisure. Comfortable and intimate with custom made furnishings that evoke simplicity and modernity. Guests will enjoy the sophisticated entertainment system, ready to play your own music with a simple wireless connection. The Deluxe Room offers privileged moments with added space. Ideal when traveling with a child, it features an extra rollaway bed to conveniently preserve your precious space. Spend leisure time your way, especially on the sofa, with the possibility of connecting any of your devices to the entertainment system.

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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.

 

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can Our Family of Three Stay in London?

February 23, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 3 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

Blakes HotelANSWER: Blakes Hotel

Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is famous for its stunning design, elegance, and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning it a reputation as The "Couture" Hotel. Carefully converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
The stunning design, both elegant and romantic, of each room was individually created by Anouska Hempel, displaying her immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Blakes Hotel

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Directors Doubles: Ask for a Luxury Double to Luxury Double (with twin beds) or a Deluxe double/Directors Double to a Luxury Suite. These options all sleep three, and range in size from 25-35 square meters. Furnishings and amenities include European King-Sized beds, Antique Biedermeier furniture with stenciled wooden floors and gold accents, pale grey Venetian rooms, and state of the art splendor. Rooms have Complimentary Wi-Fi & local calls, Bang&Olufsen TV, Bang&Olufsen iPod docking station, Bang&Olufsen cordless phones, and SKY satellite.   

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in London?

February 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Ermin's Hotel London
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 3 and looking to stay in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: St Ermin's Hotel London

The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James Park, this distinctive four-star deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. Respectful, genuine, and attentive service is provided by a team fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of our guests. The St. Ermin's design, from the lush tree-lined courtyard to historically significant interiors, engenders a sense of warmth and repose whilst providing guests with modern and innovative facilities.St. Ermin's Hotel London

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room with 2 spacious rooms equipped with two queen size beds, two en-suite bathrooms and an inviting day bed - your very own haven in the centre of London. Sized at 36-37 sq m, these beautifully furnished rooms make the perfect place for families with three small children or four adults to use as their base whilst exploring London.

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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.

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in and Around London

February 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the United States. These offers are for stays of varying lengths ranging from February 12-28. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully for restrictions and to avoid disappointment!

Deals in London


Andaz Liverpool
Andaz Liverpool Street London
(pictured left) 
Love Goes Around
Guests will be greeted with in-room champagane and flowers upon arrival. The package also includes £25 to use on any of the hotel's restaurants and bars, and a breakfast for two the next morning. Complimentary inclusions available at every Andaz hotel includes internet access, local phone calls, and the minibar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Rates for this package start at GBP 309 per night >>


Blakes Hotel 
For Your Eyes Only Valentines Package
This package includes Continental breakfast for two, a candle-lit bubble bath with rose petals, a bottle of Canard Duchen Champage, and chocolate covered strawberries. 

Rates start at GBP 630 GBP per night >>

Cafe Royal Hotel

Cafe Royal Hotel (pictured right)
Weekend Indulgence Package
Stay in the beating heart of the West End in a spacious and luxurious guestroom perfectly positioned for sightseeing and shopping or complete calm and rest. Stay Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night and get 20% off the best available rate,  three-course Menu du Jour dinner in the Ten Room, glass of chilled Champagne in the Grill Room, Regent Street VIP membership card, traditional English breakfast in the Ten Room, Personal Butler service on request, Butler’s Pantry with Nespresso coffee machine, 24 hour in-room dining, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, eedia hub, and WiFi.

Rates start at GBP 480 per night >>

The May Fair Hotel
Bed And Breakfast Package
Book a London short break and stay at this 5* May Fair hotel with a full English breakfast when you wake in the morning. Explore all that London has to offer for less.

Rates start at GBP 435 per night >>


Deals in London's Surrounding Area

Chewton GlenChewton Glen (pictured left)
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Package
Chewton Glen is a privately owned Luxury Country House Hotel & Spa located in England on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within walking distance of the sea and easy reach of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton. This package offers King Beddded room with garden views, dinner, and breakfast.

Rates start at GBP 857 per night >>


Gidleigh Park 
Gourmet Getaway
Gidleigh Park is the quintessential Country House Hotel, nestled in a wooded valley within the natural beauty of the wilds of Dartmoor. It has a stylish decor, two Michelin star chef and an acclaimed wine list.
Stay in a Deluxe Room looking into the woodland. Combine the rugged beauty of Dartmoor and the gastronomic delights of 2 Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines. Based on a two-night stay, you get dinner in a luxury picnic hamper each day. 

Rates start at GBP 703 per night >>

Wine Lovers Stay
Stay in a Deluxe Rooms looking Into The Woodland. Enjoy an a la carte And eight course tasting dinner with fine wines at the 2 Michelin Starred restaurant. You also get a private wine cellar tour.

Rates start at GBP 845 per night >>


Cliveden House  (pictured right)Cliveden House
Romance Package
Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands. Standing upon chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, the house commands panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the river Thames. This package includes a Deluxe Twin or King room with an en-suite sitting area and a bathroom. Guests will receive a chilled body of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, a dozen red roses, rose petals and candles in the room, and a Continental breakfast. 

Gourmet Package
The Gourmet Package includes a delicious tasting menu for two in the restaurant, a Continental breakfast, and a Deluxe Twin or King room with a sitting area and bathroom.  Tasting Menu In The Restaurant -Continental Breakfast

Rates start at GBP 833 per night >>

 

Tylney Hall
Valentine’s Romantic Break
If you really want to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day there is no better place to go than Tylney Hall. Enjoy luxurious accommodation, a gourmet meal created by Executive Chef Stephen Hine and why not take a romantic stroll around the historical grounds, for a truly romantic break. The package includes luxurious accommodation with full English breakfast, Valentine’s chocolates in your room on arrival, Pre-dinner champagne and canape reception, candlelit five-course dinner in the award-winning Oak Room Restaurant,  a rose for each couple at dinner, early check in at 1pm and late check out at 12 noon (subject to availability), and use of the hotel's leisure facilities throughout your stay.

Rates start at GBP 260 per night >> 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly London Hotel?

January 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Milestone Hotel and Apartments
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: What are some family friendly hotels in London for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER:
The Milestone Hotel And Apartments offers historic Victorian grandeur overlooking Kensington Palace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Exceptional personal service has established the hotel as a firm favourite with returning guests, with a range of dining options that cater for every culinary desire and a bar that provides the perfect rendezvous for friends or colleagues while in London. This intimate five-star hotel offers award-winning country house style, warmth and elegance in the heart of London, perfectly placed for Knightsbridge and The Royal Albert Hall and with easy access to the West End.Milestone Hotel and Apartments 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Two-Bedroom Apartments
Each of the fully serviced, six two-bedroom apartments adjoin the hotel meaning guests can take advantage of all hotel services at any time. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are just yards from the entrance and provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with the best shopping and entertainment also close at hand. It is the  perfect luxury family accommodation from which to explore everything London has to offer.

Apartment Two is a comfortable split level apartment that offers great family accommodation. The 80 square meter apartment boasts a lounge with walls in red and cream stripes with a 37” Flat Screen TV, open plan kitchen & dining area, and two day beds suitable for children or teenagers. Both bedrooms have a 26” TV and both offer access to the deck area which can seat up to six in an enclosed courtyard. One is decorated with a red and cream floral print scheme, the other features red and gold checks. The fully equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave, oven, and electric stove. Other amenities include a gas fire, wnsuite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath/shower, King and Queen-sized beds, double wardrobes, broadband wireless Internet, second bathroom with deep bath and shower, individually controlled central air-conditioning, walk-in storage cupboard, daily maid service, security system, Penhaligon's toiletries, washing machine and dryer, 24-hour butler service, a welcome drink and essentials hamper. It is suitable for two adults and up to four children or three adults and up to two children.

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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.

 

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Image of the Day: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has the the world class shopping of Knightsbridge on its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 

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Image of the Day: The London EDITION

January 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The London EDITION

Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, The London EDITION preserves the finest aspects of an iconic landmark building, but reinvents the spaces within to create a dynamic fusion of old and new, past and present. The Penthouse Suite at The London Edition offers the following amenities:

-195sqm/2098sqft
-Separate living and dining area
-Walk-in wardrobe
-Pantry
-Three large outdoor terraces
-King bed with down comforters and pillows and custom imported linens
-Bathrooms with enclosed rainforest shower, bath tubs, and a double vanity
-Additional guest bathroom
-Custom-made Le Labo bathroom amenities with signature, exclusive scent
-46" flat screen HDTVs with full cable access, high definition channels and movies on-demand
-Bulit-in state-of-the-art surround sound system
-High-speed WiFi
-iPod docking station
-Twice daily housekeeping service
-Fully stocked minibar
-Bottled water daily
-Newspapers of your choice delivered to your door upon request

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Did You Know? No.11 Cadogan Gardens

January 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

No 11 Cadogan Gardens

Originally four separate Victorian townhouses, No.11 Cadogan Gardens was built by Lord Chelsea in
the late 19th Century. The desirable Knightsbridge location and elegant design of the hotel meant it
became a home away from home for Victorian aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities. At the time, the
borough had a reputation for being London’s bohemian quarter, and was the haunt of radicals, artists,
and poets. A portrait of Hans Sloane, the namesake of Sloane Square, hangs at the foot of the grand staircase.

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Did You Know? St. Ermin;s Hotel London

December 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

St. Ermins Hotel London
St. Ermin's Hotel London is built upon the site of a 15th century chapel dedicated to St. Ermin (a derivation of St. Armel.) In 1940 Winston Churchill held a historic meeting at the hotel. He asked an elite group of people to join him in "Setting Europe Ablaze." Those exceptional people became the founding members of the SOE (Special Operations Executive). This unit carried out covert operations during World War II and was headquarted on a floor of St. Ermin's Hotel. 

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Your Questions Answered: Where in London Should a Family of Four Stay?

December 3, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

51 Buckingham GateWe 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 4 and looking to stay in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: 51 Buckingham Gate  

Housed in a Victorian building, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences, combines all the expertise of a hotel with the space and privacy of a private home, offering luxury suites, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Welcomed by courteous and discreet personal butlers, you will enter a world-class five star hotel with one of the most spacious suites in London. Suites in 51 Buckingham Gate feature award winning contemporary bathrooms and modern kitchens fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
For those who don't feel like cooking, 24-Hour In Room Dining is available. The luxury suites are equipped with the latest technology, including flat-screen Television, DVD player, two line telephones, voice mail, data ports and high speed Internet and wireless access. Guests may use the Spa at 51, which brings a touch of Paris to London, offering luxurious Anne Sémonin pampering in an exclusive setting. 

51 Buckingham Gate
51 Buckingham Gate has a number of restaurants and bars to satisfy any palate. Michelin starred Quilon restaurant serves southwest coastal Indian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the world serving south-west coastal Indian cuisine to have won a Michelin star. The Courtyard at 51 is open in the summer months for delicious barbeques, shisha, afternoon tea and exquisite cocktails. Bistro 51 serves a special selection of international cuisine in a casual atmosphere. At Bank Westminster you can enjoy classic British fare with a modern twist, overlooking the tranquil courtyard, or linger over a pre dinner cocktail in the adjoining Zander Bar, the longest in the UK. The Hamptons Bar is quintessentially English to enjoy an Afternoon tea, cocktails or a light meal.

For your family, choose either the Falconers 2 Bedroom Suite or Minsters Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite. 


FALCONERS TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The stylish and homely Falconers Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 70 square meters/752 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two bathrooms, separate living room and fully-equipped kitchen.


MINSTERS DELUXE TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The contemporary and chic Minsters Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 74 square meters/796 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two luxurious bathrooms, fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and living room.

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.

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