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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.

See Renoir Landscapes with Loews Philadelphia Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Philadelphia HotelTake a tour of Renoir's landscapes and enjoy views of one of the nation's oldest cityscapes at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where the newly-renovated guest rooms showcase spectacular city views. Reserve the Renoir Landscapes VIP Package and enjoy two VIP tickets to the exclusive showing of the Renoir exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, plus one night accommodation in a beautifully-appointed guest room. Located in the landmark PSFS building in the city's vibrant heart, Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a winning combination of historic architecture and modern amenities. The package rate starts at $229 for two people. Valid until January 6, 2008.


Hyatt Launches Andaz Hotels with London Liverpool Location


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz Hotel LondonAnnouncing the latest brand from Hyatt Hotels: ANdAZ. Taking its name from an Urdu word that means 'personal style', the new collection of luxury boutique hotels is hoping to attract youthful, affluent travelers. True to form, the Web site is lively, and promises a "young at heart" and "environmentally conscious" hotel experience.

Created in response to travellers' needs for an experience that blends style with uncompromised service, ANdAZ focuses on a personal attention to detail and a freedom from conventional hotel wisdom. A renewal of the highest quality standards, and the delivery of simple luxuries.

The brand's first location opens in London on Friday. Housed in the former Great Eastern Hotel, the red brick Victorian building constructed in 1884 by the Great Eastern railway company, the ANdAZ is right next to Liverpool station. The 236-room hotel is all about casual luxury. Instead of a lobby with a check-in counter and concierge desk, there's a sleek modern "living room," where guests check in with personal hosts who carry tablet PCs. Rooms are decked out with ergonomically designed furniture and iPods with locally selected playlists. Also on the premises: five restaurants and four bars. Room rates start at GBP 395 per weekday night, and GBP 120 on weekend nights, including breakfast, Internet, local calls, mini-bar, laundry and pressing, and movies. Coming soon: ANdAZ hotels in New York (75 Wall Street and 485 Fifth Avenue) and Austin, Texas.


Make it Monte Carlo: Soaking up the Views at the Fairmont


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Monte CarloThe tiny country of Monaco, the glamorous city-state nestled between Italy and France on the Côte d'Azur, is luxury incarnate. With over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Riviera is an enticing Mediterranean destination, and Monte Carlo is the prestigious choice for the globe-trotting elite. Take the six-minute helicopter ride from the Nice airport and arrive in style. (Plus, on the way you can take in all 500 acres of the Principality.) The place to stay is the Fairmont Monte Carlo, which unveiled a EUR 42 million renovation this spring. Built in the 70s, this enormous luxury hotel (619 rooms and suites) commands a remarkable location: built on piles over the water next to the Casino. It's like an island unto itself, floating over the Mediterranean, with sweeping sea views from its rooftop terrace and heated swimming pool. The Fairmont boasts three restaurants, two bars, 18 meetings rooms, a fitness center, shopping arcade, and in-house casino-- the first hotel in Monte Carlo to install its own. During the Grand Prix auto race in May, the Formula One cars rocket right under the hotel. Book the Corner Suite for the Grand Prix and you'll see why it's the most highly prized room in town for the race. On one side, views of the glittering sea, and on the other, the famous hairpin turn before the cars zoom into a tunnel beneath the hotel.


The Landau Arrives at Langham Hotel London on November 27


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Landau at The Langham LondonOne of the most hotly anticipated restaurant openings in London, The Landau will make its debut at the prestigious Langham Hotel by month's end. After the opening of the fabulously chic bar Artesian, the star designers at David Collins Studio have been hard at work designing this new luxury London restaurant in The Langham's original ballroom. Hailed as one of the best kept secrets in the capital, The Landau will be a top destination restaurant alongside the capital's big players: Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Head Chef Andrew Turner has devised a contemporary European menu with the best British ingredients and a few surprising twists. What's behind the name? Landau was originally the word for "the front horse-rider who gave direction to a carriage." True to its namesake, The Landau will be a leader on London's happening culinary scene.


The Nam Hai, Vietnam: Best Beach Resort in Asia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Nam HaiThe awards keep streaming in for The Nam Hai, the stunning Asian flagship for GHM (of Setai fame). The Nam Hai nabbed the #1 spot for the Best New Beach Resort at the 18th annual TTG Travel awards, which honor the movers and shakers in Asia-Pacific's travel industry. Since its opening in December 2006, the Nam Hai has been turning heads nonstop. Nestled on the pristine beach in Hoi An, Vietnam, the Nam Hai is a gorgeous design hotel with close proximity to important UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ancient Cham sanctuary of My Son and the citadels of Hue. You'll find in-room bathtubs, rain showers, flat-screen TVs and iPods, and in-room bars. There's an all-natural spa center, tennis courts, exquisite beachfront swimming pools, and a restaurant serving the finest Vietnamese cuisine overlooking water gardens and the ocean.


Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa: The Ultimate Luxury Lodging in Moab


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sorrel River Rance ResortDiscover Moab's luxury adventure outpost, the only Small Luxury Hotel in Utah. Just 20 minutes from Moab, Sorrel River Ranch Resort is perched on the banks of the Colorado River in the heart of the adventure capital of the Southwest with two of the country's most spectacular National Parks at hand: Arches and Canyonlands. The resort is an exquisite base to explore the surrounding natural landscape. Ride trails on horseback or by 4x4, raft down the Colorado, mountain bike or hike through the parks and marvel at the awesome red cliffs. Cabin-style luxury suites have custom hand-crafted furniture, log-beamed ceilings, deck porches, and high-speed Internet access. Indulge in a holistic spa treatment and after dining at the ranch, watch countless shooting stars streak across the night sky. Sorrel River Ranch Resort sets the standard for luxury hotel accommodations at a world-class adventure destination.


Lake Manyara Tree Lodge: Eco-Luxury in Tanzania


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Manyara Tree HouseSet in the heart of a mahogany forest, this sumptuous safari lodge is the only lodge in the diverse Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania. Part of CC Africa's portfolio of luxury safari lodges, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge was designed to offer all the five-star comforts with minimal impact on the natural environment. Ten tree house suites are cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees in close proximity to the beautiful soda lake. Crafted from local timber and palm fronds, the tree houses are extraordinary. They have large windows to invite the forest inside, private game viewing decks, en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, and stylish interiors with contemporary furnishings and four-poster beds. There is butler service, and an interactive kitchen so that guests can observe the preparation of the fine cuisine. Discover marvelous African wildlife (tree-climbing lions included!) in open 4x4 safari vehicles.


Thanksgiving Fest at The Inn at Perry Cabin


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Inn at Perry CabinEnjoy a three-night jaunt on the Chesapeake Bay at The Inn at Perry Cabin, the luxurious manor house resort and spa located in the charming town of St. Michaels on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Within two hours of Washington D.C., this colonial mansion is the perfect hideaway, seemingly worlds away. The Thanksgiving Fest Package includes one Thanksgiving lunch or dinner for two with all the trimmings, a gourmet breakfast for two, and a $200 credit for use at the new Linden Spa. Rates for the three-night package start at $1,045 in a Signature Room, for arrivals on November 20, 21, or 22, 2007.


The Canine Ambassador at Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Catie Copley at Fairmont Copley PlazaMissing your mutt? Never fear, the newly-renovated Fairmont Copley Plaza-- a symbol of Boston's rich history and elegance since its gala opening in 1912-- has a pup on the premises to offer canine companionship for pet-deprived guests. The Canine Ambassador program is an example of the unique amenities proposed by the hotel as it strives to be a true home away from home. Catie Copley is a five-year old black Labrador Retriever, originally trained as a guide dog, stationed near the hotel's St. James entrance where she relaxes between walks in her cozy bed. Guests can make an appointment with the concierge to talk Catie for a walk or run. You'll get a walk pack that includes a booklet highlighting Catie's favorite Boston walks, as well as the commands that she knows and a biscuit for a walk well done.


Sale, Sale, Sale! Les Soldes d’Hiver Hit Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Plaza AtheneeThe date has been set. France's Finance Minister has announced that Les Soldes d'hiver-- the Winter Sales-- will debut on January 9, 2008. Cure the winter blues in the world's fashion mecca when the chic boutiques and grands magasins slash their prices and the French run around in a maniacal frenzy. Why such madness? Because sales events are allowed by law only twice a year (also in July). The choice of digs in Paris is simple. Book a room at the glamorous Hôtel Plaza Athénée, the landmark palace which celebrates the pleasure of luxury. The quality of service is unrivaled, the dining room is world-renowned (Alain Ducasse is the boss here), and Le Bar is the city's contemporary and trendy meeting spot.