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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.

Sightseeing in London with Hotel 41

May 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel 41, LondonAll the Royal Wedding hype may have you lusting for London. Hop over the pond to be part of the action; trendsetting restaurants and (arguably) the world's best shopping await. Not to mention Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and all those royal attractions. What hangover? London is still celebrating after the big nuptials and the capital will be center stage next year during Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. Keen to see the sights? Book a stay with Hotel 41-- the chic, club-like hotel overlooking The Royal Mews-- and they'll set you up with a guided trip with the Big Bus Sightseeing Company to see all the famous landmarks from an open top bus:

"The hop-on, hop-off facility means you can visit 50 places of interest, have a good look around, then take the bus again when you are ready. The tour also offers you a choice of a recorded commentary or a live commentary delivered by entertaining guides. Your sightseeing tour of London even includes a free cruise on the river Thames and three guided walking tours for you to enjoy, plus Big Bus Reward Vouchers which offer a range of discounts at attractions, shops and restaurants."

Priced from £312.34 (excl. VAT) based on two adults sharing a Executive Double room, the "Discover London Package" at Hotel 41 includes: two nights in a beautifully appointed room or suite; full English breakfast on both mornings; three course evening dinner on one night for two in The Library Restaurant, next door at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel (excluding drinks); two Big Bus 24-hour tickets


Take the Family to London: Special Offer with The Milestone Hotel

April 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone, LondonLondon offers a wealth of fun attractions when school lets out for the year. Take the kids on a family vacation across the pond and check out the pirates exhibition at the Museum of Docklands, picnic in Hyde Park, learn princesses' secrets at the Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace, and see Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Book a stay at The Milestone Hotel-- the intimate five-star hotel overlooking Kensington Palace-- and take advantage of the "We are Family" package, which gives both grown-ups and little ones the time of their lives without breaking the bank. There's an extensive list of complimentary extras (see below), and the kids eat for free. Starting from £370.00 per night (excl. VAT) based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Studio and £600 for a Family Room. Children must be 12 years or younger. Package and rates are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Here's the exhaustive list of freebies included with the package: *Welcome glass of champagne and fruit for mum and dad *Mocktails and ice cream or hot chocolate for the kids on arrival *Complimentary gift for the kids on arrival *Complimentary dining when eating with parents *Complimentary in-room entertainment including the latest blockbuster films *Complimentary use of children’s DVD library, assorted children’s board games, and aWii gaming console with the latest games *No Tears' children bathroom amenities *Children’s bathrobes and slippers *Milestone mini experience during which children go on a supervised behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel *At the end of the tour children are given a small task to perform and will then receive their very own Milestone Certificate


The Dorchester Plants Trees, Toasts with Cocktails, for 80th Birthday

April 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Dorchester cocktail in LondonThe Dorchester in London knows how to throw a good party. Just check out the photo of the classic Dorchester cocktail they've revived in order to toast their 80th birthday. Created by famous bartender Harry Craddock in the 1930's, the "Dorchester of London" was made with rum and an exclusive "Forbidden Fruit" liqueur which is no longer in use. Bob's Bitters has helped recreate the secret mixer, and the drink will be available on The Dorchester's cocktail menu for a year.

In an even grander gesture, The Dorchester is celebrating this big birthday by planting 80 "future grand trees," as the 80-year-old plane tree in front of The Dorchester's entrance was designated one of the Great Trees of London by TfC in 1997. To quote Conde Nast Traveller: "The famous hotel opened its doors to the public on Monday 20th April 1931. Promoted as a venue for 'aristocrats and industrialists, high finance, ambassadors and statesmen, pleasure-seekers and the Beautiful People,' The Dorchester continues to be revered for its high-end service and luxurious events." Stop by the hotel for a cocktail and all proceeds will go towards funding The Dorchester's 80th Anniversary 'Future Great Trees' project.

Image via Conde Nast Traveller


Hot in London: The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

April 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel LondonHold on to your hats. Acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing is opening a second restaurant and it's going to be good. In fact, its going to be "a great British brasserie" to quote the official website. Come May 5, The Gilbert Scott will debut at the newly renovated St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London and we can hardly wait. As befits its setting inside one of London's great architectural landmarks, the eatery will showcase smart interiors by the David Collins Studio that reference grand railway stations. The restaurant is named, in fact, for the building's original architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Gilbert Scott will "celebrate the very best of the UK's regional culinary history, subtly modernizing traditional dishes to unusual effect." Now taking online reservations. To learn more about the dramatic £150 million transformation of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, check out our article here