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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.

Experience London This Summer without the Olympics Crowds

July 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Being in the city hosting the Olympics can be an exhilarating experience, but at times you may feel like you need to take a step back and experience the beautiful city you’re in on its own without the chaos and crowds that come with a competition. The Dukes Hotel in London is located in a quiet courtyard in the heart of St. James’s, and it’s within walking distance from Jermyn St, Bond St, The Royal Academy of Arts, and Buckingham Palace. Take advantage of the custom-made picnic hampers and the bicycles available to guests perfect for taking a ride through the park or exploring London. We invite you to experience the best of both worlds and take advantage of everything London has to offer by staying at the Dukes Hotel this summer!


Corinthia Hotel London's Summer Hotspot

June 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Corinthia Hotel London Inner CourtyardThe Corinthia Hotel London, in Whitehall Place and just moments from Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden, yet close to Mayfair and The City’s Square Mile, has opened its interior courtyard for the summer as a top spot for outdoor eating and drinking in London. The inner courtyard is ideal for Afternoon Tea al fresco and also boasts an impressive cigar list and best of all the courtyard features fireplaces at either end for when the evenings turn chilly.

From our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor: "The Courtyard has a full cocktail list including the Bloom Clover Club made with chamomile tincture and raspberry purée, the exotic rum-based Planters Punch and the sophisticated Vesper Martini. Cigars and other liqueurs are also available.

The traditional British afternoon tea can be taken in the Courtyard. Guests can sample sweet treats created by pastry chef Claire Clark and sandwiches created by Executive Head Chef Garry Hollihead. A special selection of teas from the bespoke Tea Palace menu are available, or guests can also unwind with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne."

Corinthia Hotel London Inner Courtyard


Question: Best Luxury London Hotel for 3 Adults in Soho?

June 18, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Five Star Alliance's client service team recently received the following question from a client:

I'm traveling to London in July for 2 nights and looking for the best luxury hotel for 3 adults near Soho Square.  We would prefer to have a bedroom plus seating room with additional bed.

We did some research and this was our suggestion:

The Soho Hotel is situated in a quiet street between Dean and Wardour Streets in the heart of London's entertainment neighbourhood. Leafy Soho Square is a one minute walk and the city's business district is within easy reach.

One option would be the individually designed Deluxe Double Room (approx. 46sqm or 495sqf) which offers one king bed. The room is equipped with writing desk, a small sitting area, LCD television, DVD, high speed wireless internet access, modem and fax points, two line telephones with voice mail, personal electronic safe and a fully stocked mini bar. The bathrooms are luxuriously designed in granite, oak and glass with exclusive bath products by London perfumer Miller Harris all have separate showers and rooms on the fifth floor have private terrace. 1 rollaway allowed. Sleeps 3.

Soho Hotel Terrace SuiteThe Luxury Junior Suites (approx. 48sqm or 517sqf) & Deluxe Junior Suites (approx. 51sqm or 549sqf) offer one super king size bed and a separate sitting area with a sofa bed. The suite is equipped with writing desk, sitting area, LCD television, DVD, high speed wireless internet access, modem and fax points, two line telephones with voice mail, personal electronic safe and a fully stocked mini bar. The bathrooms are luxuriously designed in granite with separate walk-in shower, oak and glass with exclusive bath products by London perfumer Miller Harris. 1 rollaway allowed. Sleeps 3.

Spectacular and spacious, the 5th floor Soho Suite with 145sqm or 1561sqf offers a completely separate living room and bedroom. Each room has a private terrace with views over London. Large on-suite bathroom featuring a bath, separate double shower and flat screen TV set in the wall. There is a separate powder room as well. Sleeps 3.

Lastly, the Terrace Suite (pictured at right) on the fifth floor is 250sqm or 2691sqf and has a separate living room with bar and large bedroom. There are wrap around terraces with views stretching far and wide. The bathroom has an oversized walkin shower, large central bath and flat screen TV. The suite also connects to an adjoining Penthouse Suite. Sleeps 4.

Check Rates & Availability at http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/london/the-soho-hotel-london >>

Do you have other suggestions for 3 adults in a luxury hotel near Soho in London? Let us know >>


It's Business Time: Claridges Best Business Hotel London

May 22, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? London.

London is a very unique city when it comes to business travel. It has such an established infrastructure compared to some of the eastern centers of business and finance that hotels are in no short supply. Whereas somewhere like Hong Kong or Singapore has a much younger financial sector that was all fabricated at the same time, London is more distributed. It makes selecting great business hotels a little more depedent upon the needs of the individual than in other cities. For general purposes, Claridges is certainly one of the top business hotels in London. Rooms and suites are properly jacked into the information age, and an impressive ballroom can play host to large conferences and receptions, up to 400 people. A full-service business center will also make sure you have everything you need to put the finishing touches on your project. Meet with clients in the renowned Gordon Ramsay and unwind at the spa facilities within the Olympus Suite. If you need to be anywhere near Mayfair for your next business trip to London, check out Claridges.


A World Food Marathon at the Andaz Liverpool Street London

April 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Andaz Liverpool Street London is getting hyped and ready for the 2012 Olympics with a World Food Marathon! We can’t think of a better way to welcome fans from all over the world than with international dishes to give folks a taste of something new or a dish to make them feel welcome and right at home. From July 2nd to the 27th, each of Andaz’s restaurants will create a different international dish, drawing inspiration from the staff members’ native countries. The 26 phenomenal dishes will lead up to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, and each staff member worked with the chef to ensure that the recipe was correctly recreated. A few dishes to look forward to include a spicy pork from Korea, golabki from Poland, and Mango Pavlova from Australia. If you plan to be in town for the Olympics, definitely add a visit to the Andaz Liverpool Street London hotel to the list of things to do for a unique and exciting culinary experience!


Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012: 45 Park Lane

April 25, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Conde Nast Traveler, purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice, has just released its 2012 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts, or maybe just a solid new look at classic luxury. 41 reporters embedded themselves anonymously in hotels across the globe to review their targets. What results is a list of 121 hotels around the world that are so on fire they should be put on your watch list, just in case they end up burning down.

Going through for a preliminary look of the hotels that made the Hot List, 45 Park Lane jumped out at me as the clear forerunner for our first spotlight. Always one of my favorite hotels, for I am a sucker for a nice boutique design hotel with Art Deco sensibilities, 45 Park Lane was described by the Conde Nast reviewer as "seemingly a stack of nine vintage American diners with metal fins," and that's the highest recommendation in my book. Always on the verge of but never crossing into the territory of straight camp, 45 Park Lane manages to keep its style classy while harkening back to an era of American renegade mythology, evoking the New Jersey diners that spawned Bruce Springsteen and inspired James Dean. It's culturally active and forward-thinking, and the wraparound penthouse suite is to die for. This is one hotel whose unique style really commands your attention, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a hotel in touch with the underground American scene in London.


Win Free Nights at the Carlyle or the 41 Hotel!

March 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In case you missed your first chance to be entered to win 3 free nights at the 41 Hotel in London or 2 free nights at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City, then fear not, because we have a new promotion going on just for you! Simply sign up for our free monthly newsletter, the Informed Traveler, by April 15th, 2012 to automatically be entered to win. The Informed Traveler features articles on the finest luxury hotels worldwide, special offers, and the latest luxury travel news. You love staying at luxury hotels, and we love writing about them, so sign up today and receive the inside scoop on luxury travel, and be entered to win 2 free nights at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel or 3 free nights at the 41 Hotel! Click here for more details about this promotion, and click here to sign up for the Informed Traveler!  Be sure to check out our Facebook page to view images of both hotels and much more!

Terms and conditions: The prize is subject to availability and the winner may choose either hotel as the prize. (No being selfish here, you gotta pick just one!) No purchase necessary. Contest is open to participants who are at least 18 years old at time of entry. Flights and travel visas are not included, and the prize is based on double occupancy (leave your entourage at home). The prize at the Carlyle entitles the bearer to 1 complimentary Deluxe Room (including tax) for 2 people for 2 nights. All other expenses (food, beverages, service charges) will be charged to the holder’s account. This prize expires on July 31, 2012 and is subject to availability. The Carlyle certificate may be used from July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012. The prize at the 41 Hotel entitles the bearer to 1 complimentary King Bed Room, including full English breakfast. All other expenses (food, beverages, service charges) to be settled upon departure. The prize is valid until June 30, 2012, and some blackout dates may apply. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Competition closing date is April 15, 2012. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours from notification to respond or the prize will be forfeit. Maybe void in certain locations.


A Boutique Critique: 45 Park Lane

March 19, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I have a special place in my heart for tiny boutique hotels. It may be a little smaller than some of the other chambers, and there aren't enough spots for everybody, but that just makes the few who do make their way into my good graces all the more special. I can give each and every one the loving care and attention they deserve. And thus began my new segment on boutique hotels that I just adore.

I like hotels with numbers in their names.  Though the 41 may be my all-time favorite hotel name if simply for the fact that it left the alpha- out of alphanumeric, my definite second-favorite London hotel in the field of using numbers that begin with 4 is the 45 Park Lane.  Interestingly enough, I've found that there's more in a number than meets the eye.  Many hotels with numbers in their names are not without their similarities.  As is the case with the 45, numbered hotels are often looking to stand out from the crowd with a stark, modern decor and may go a bit off the beaten path.  But there's a lot more to love about this boutique hotel than just its love of numbers and modernism.

The hotel's 45 rooms and suites (see what they did there?) all offer views of Hyde Park, and their penthouse suite has a wraparound terrace that puts less-ideally-located penthouses to shame.  CUT at 45 Park Lane is Wolfgang Puck's first European restaurant, and the refined take on on American steak is a pure joy.  The hotel is just steps from the famed Dorchester Spa, and you can get outdoors in Hyde Park.  I love what New York architect and designer Thierry Despont has done with the place, and 45 Park Lane is definitely one to check out for your next trip to London.


Visiting London? Check Out the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

March 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is located on a quiet street in the heart of Mayfair. It is one of the few luxury hotels in London that has greenery and open spaces on all sides, allowing visitors access to the best of both worlds; nature and the city. Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James Park are all located nearby, and the hotel is just a short stroll from to the West End theatres, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, and Buckingham Palace. Aside from an incredible location, this luxury hotel has a few other distinguishing factors that make it one of the best hotels in London. It has a putting green on its terrace as well as a glass-walled rooftop spa offering 360 degree views of the treetops and the city. The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is also a wonderful choice for families, and it certainly goes out of its way to welcome young travelers. The concierge is extremely accommodating and always available to assist with making reservations for a family dinner, a babysitter, and more.

Need more details about the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane? Be sure to explore room types, availability, and photos here!


Condé Nast Traveler Platinum Circle 2012: The Dorchester

February 10, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We've been spotlighting a list of Conde Nast's award-winning Gold List Hotels for 2012, and each one is amazing in its own right.  In a clear case of never enough of a good thing, Conde Nast has yet an additional level to their awards, the meta-prestigious Platinum Circle Hotels, distinguished for being consistent Gold List winners for the last five years.  Perhaps it could have been more aptly named the Conde Nast Award for Continued Excellence in the Having of Conde Nast Awards, but that's probably just my jealousy talking. It takes a certain level of cachet to be able to recognize someone for being recognized by you, and the Conde Nast Awards carry that weight.  Regardless, the Platinum List hotels are undoubtedly some of the best of the best and have the mark of consistency that other hotels can only aspire to.

This week, we're spotlighting The Dorchester in London. Occupying one of the most prestigious locations in all of England overlooking Hyde Park, The Dorchester regularly plays host to the movers and shakers in British high society. And with decor and decorum straight out of the 1930s, but with a bit of contemporary flair, you'll be treated like royalty. Its four restaurants, Alain Ducasse, The Grill, China Tang, and The Promenade, offer a variety of options for the lover of luxury cuisine, and the hotel's 54 suites come in enough varieties to please any refined traveler. And having been remodeled in 2011, it's even fresher and newer than in the first years it won the Conde Nast Awards. So check out The Dorchester today, and you won't be disappointed.