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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.

Image of the Day: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard


By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard occupies floors 34 to 52 of Renzo Piano's iconic tower. Guests check-in via the stunning Sky Lobby, which has panoramic views of London.

Shangri-la Hotel at the Shard

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Cool Pools: Corinthia Hotel London


By: Five Star Alliance

Spread over four floors, ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods. The spa cafe complements the overall offering by serving light, nutritious refreshments.

Corinthia Hotel London

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Dining al Fresco: The Trafalgar


By: Five Star Alliance

Given the name of this hotel, we are pretty sure you know what square The Trafalgar overlooks.

The Trafalgar 

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Book a Stay at Hogwarts


By: Five Star Alliance

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! You can now book a room at Hogwarts, the mythical wizarding academy attended by the boy wizard and his pals. Sort of. Since Hogwarts is, well, fictional, you can't really check-in. But, the Georgian House in London has transformed some guest rooms into Wizard's Chambers. The rooms are part of the hotel's Harry Potter Tour Package. The first part of the package is the Muggle Walking Tour, which showcases landmark sights used in the making of the film. Then, check into the Wizard's Chambers. They have a gothic feel, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts, with 4 poster beds, potion bottles and cauldrons, and unexpected wizardly details. A full English breakfast is included. 

After breakfast, take a walk to Victoria Station and climb aboard the Harry Potter Tour bus. The bus takes you to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour– The Making of Harry Potter. This tour gives you the lowdown on how the films were made, and you get to see many of the sets and props that feature in the movies. This tour has 5 stars and rave reviews, and is a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter Package Details and Prices

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast and Muggle tour: £249.00. (£60 for an additional child and £72 for an additional adult)

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast, Muggle Tour tickets and Studio Tour tickets including the branded bus transport from Victoria £363, (£112 for an extra child and £129 for an extra adult)

Wizard Chambers prices, not including tours:
For two people, with breakfast, £209 ( for each additional guest sharing the room, an extra £20)

Happy Wizarding!


Manet Checks in to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Offering views over Knightsbridge and the royal park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is one of London’s most distinguished hotels. The hotel also recently played host to Edouard Manet's Le Printemps. The 1881 painting is estimated to sell for $25-35 million at Christie's Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale held on 5 November in New York

(Photo courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. 2014)


Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the PalaceBuckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.

The Rubens at the PalaceBy 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.

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Did You Know? Dean Street Townhouse


By: Five Star Alliance

Dean Street Townhouse 

Located in the heart of London's fashionable Soho neighborhood, Dean Street Townhouse consists of a pair of Georgian residences built by carpenter John Meard in 1732-1735. Home to aristocratic families and, at one point, King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne, the houses were located in Soho Fields, which gradually became a cosmopolitan centre, attracting sculptors, architects and artists, the painter William Hogarth among them.

In 1928, socialite aristocrat David Tennant founded the Gargoyle Club on the top floors of number 69, It was a well-known hangout of politicians, intellectuals, artists and entertainment royalty, including Noël Coward, Tallulah Bankhead and Fred Astaire.

The decadent and lavishly decorated club, which had Henri Matisse’s L’Atelier Rouge on one wall, went into decline by the mid 1950s, although it survived as a drinking den frequented by artists such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. It enjoyed a last hurrah in 1979, when the Comedy Store took over the club, while in the basement Billy’s – then renamed Gossip’s – became a hangout for a new generation of British music stars.

Soho House took possession of the keys to numbers 69 and 70 Dean Street in 2008 and opened Dean Street Townhouse the following year.

Make your own history at Dean Street Townhouse >>


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


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Landmark 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 4 and looking to stay is London, England. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Landmark London 

The Landmark has its own distinctive style and ambience. It combines classic British elegance and grandeur with the deluxe facilities demanded by today's discerning travelers. These facilities include fantastic restaurants and bars, a luxurious Spa & Health Club with a 15 metrer swimming pool, and a gymnasium. Encompassing 300 of the largest guest rooms in London, all rooms boast beautiful Italian marble en suites, interactive television systems with e-mail and high-speed internet access, laptop safes, and air-conditioning.  Situated beneath the soaring eight-storey atrium, and offering international cuisine, is the spectacular Winter Garden.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room - The Family Rooms are available with two double beds for two adults and two children, up to 12 years of age. All family rooms contain two double beds for two adults and two children, up to 12 years of age. Inter-connecting rooms can be arranged for larger families or if children are older. Baby cots are available on request. The hotel's unique location near Madame Tussauds and London Zoo makes us the ideal place to stay whilst spending quality time with the family.

Book a family getaway at The Landmark London >> 

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.
 


The Rubens at the Palace Means Family Fun in the Heart of London


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the Palace
When it comes to exceptional family facilities and a location in the heart of London's main tourist attractions, it's hard to beat The Rubens at the Palace located in Victoria, neighbouring London’s most prestigious address, Buckingham Palace. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many popular London sites including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the London Aquarium, and the London Eye as well as the leafy green open spaces of the Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

The Rubens offers a number of extra special touches that ensure every family is kept entertained and well looked after. Children are made to feel like mini VIP's with access to their own Kids Concierge also known as the Director of Fun and Adventure, John Goncalves. John is fully abreast on London’s hottest openings and attractions and will happily offer advice to help each family make the most out of their trip to the capital. Many of the bedrooms offer views over the Royal Mews and the Director of Fun & Adventure will talk each child through traditional royal ceremony, such as the changing of the guard, and explain exactly what is happening and why. John has years of experience in keeping the most demanding of children amused both in and out of the hotel leaving parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

The Rubens is well known for its outstanding afternoon tea and youngsters are catered for with a Prince and Princess version. Treats include bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink. There is also a special kids menu including tasty “mocktails”. Children can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel including a trip to the kitchen, where the Pastry Chef will help the kids decorate their own cupcakes. The Rubens at the Palace
Each family bedroom is fully equipped with a host of games and activities to keep everyone entertained. A special turndown treat is offered to all children, with cookies, hot milk, a bubble bath full of toys and their own mini bathrobes and slippers are supplied. For kids of all ages, there is a full library of DVDs and computer games to borrow, free of charge.

The Rubens offers flexible accommodation with ten interconnecting room combinations catering for families of up to six and family wing options that cater for extended families of up to eleven guests.

Enjoy London luxury for less with three nights for the price of two on suites at The Rubens At The Palace >>

 


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


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Piccadilly
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 4 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER:  With its timeless Regency architecture and unmatched location in the heart of London's West End, Le Méridien Piccadilly is recognised as the landmark hotel in Piccadilly Circus. The hotel proudly stands on nine floors, showcasing 266 luxurious bedrooms. The hotel is near the shopping district, theatres, parks and museums. Regarded as one of London's finest hotels, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Oak Room Lounge, or indulge in the gourmet cuisine of the Terrace Restaurant and Bar. The hotel has an atmosphere of quiet luxury and comfort, providing quick, efficient and unobtrusive service.  

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Family Room-Non-Smoking. Ideal for a family of four, these sophisticated rooms are equipped with two queen beds and include complimentary buffet breakfast for all plus free in-room WiFi internet access. Exclusive benefits for children throughout your stay include complimentary dining at Le Meridien Piccadilly and an unlimited number of items to launder; allowing you the option to travel lighter.

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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.