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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: Need to Book Meeting or Event Space


By: Oksana Balytsky

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 would like a fee quote for our annual training event for September 25-29, 2012. We will need 15 single rooms and 10 double. We will have 4 training days and need a room with capability to hold 50-55 people in school style. We will also need breakfast and lunch buffet for 4 days and 2 coffee breaks per day for 4 days.

Answer: For meetings and events, we work with a company called HotelPlanner. By visiting this website, you are directed to a group hotel quotation request form. After you fill out this request form with the details you specified above, you then receive direct hotel bids, negotiate with the hotels online, and then pay the hotel. This is a free service with no obligation, and it is an excellent way to make the meeting or event planning process stress free. Only hotels that meet your requested budget and star rating will bid on your group online.

Need a few ideas of where to host your meeting or event? Check out our Pinterest board and Facebook album!

Photo of the Mandarin Oriental New York


Get Into the Spirit of the Olympics without Crossing the Pond


By: Oksana Balytsky

If a trip to London wasn’t in the cards for you this summer but you still want to catch the spirit of the games, then check out one of these hotels! The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah, home of the 2002 Olympics is offering private ice skating lessons with a member of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team and an Olympic hopeful. Available through September 12th, 2012, this lesson is $120 per adult for a 2 hour time frame and it certainly looks to be educational, exhilarating, and only slightly embarrassing. The Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia is offering a ‘Go for the Gold’ deal which features 20% off the best available rate whenever Team USA wins a gold. Guests already checked into the hotel during the time of a gold medal winning will receive a $20 resort credit that can be applied toward golf, dining, or spa purchases. We’re proud to be American and we love that these hotels are embracing the American spirit and giving guests a way to enjoy the Olympics even more!


A Sneak Peak into the James Royal Palm in Miami Beach


By: Oksana Balytsky

Featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s “top 10 most anticipated openings of 2012,” the James Royal Palm is certainly making a splash in the Miami Beach hotel arena. This luxurious beachfront property is situated in the heart of South Beach, Florida and is immersed in a new and vibrant scene. Aside from a new and swanky luxury hotel popping up in South Beach, we’re especially exited for the hotel’s pools (yes, that’s plural), its beautiful interior design, and its full service spa with salt-infused treatments. The interior of the James Royal Palm was created by Rottet Studio, and here’s what Lauren Rottet had to say about her inspiration in Boutique Design magazine: "After eating in some Cuban cafes and talking with local artists, I started thinking about Jean-Michel Basquiat (the late graffiti/neo-expressionist artist) meeting Virginia Woolf at the James and staying up long into the night talking about art and poetry." Not quite what we would imagine to be the driver of inspiration, but we certainly love the outcome and encourage you to make your reservations come this October to be among the first to experience the James Royal Palm!


Lights, Camera, Action at the Peninsula New York


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula New York is launching a monthly rooftop French film series starting this Monday, July 30th. The series is called “Ciné Sous Les Étoiles,” and it will feature classics such as A Very Long Engagement, Chocolat, The Artist, and Amelie, a 2001 romantic comedy which will kick start the series this Monday. The movies will be shown at Salon De Ning’s West Terrace the last Friday of every month, and cocktails as well as snacks such as popcorn, hotdogs, nachos, and ice cream will be served throughout the screening. No reservations are needed, but there is a one cocktail minimum requirement. We can’t think of a better way to generate buzz for Peninsula’s next big luxury hotel opening in Paris than creating a Parisian feel in the heart of New York City!


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type in Montreal for 4 Adults


By: Oksana Balytsky

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’re traveling to Montreal from August 31st – September 3rd, 2012. We have 4 adults in our group and we’d like to stay in a suite that can accommodate all 4 of us. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Place d’Armes Hotel has a Penthouse Suite with a separate bedroom with 1 king bed, living room with a full size sofabed, and a fireplace. This room can accommodate 4 adults with a $20 extra person charge per night for each person after double occupancy, so $40 per night for 2 extra people. To make a reservation at this hotel, click on the hotel name link, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the special request field stating that there will be 4 people staying in that room so that the hotel can prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Your Questions Answered: Best Luxury Hotels in Vienna for Family of 4


By: Oksana Balytsky

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 will be in Vienna from August 6th – 13th, 2012. It will be 1 adult and 3 kids ages 6, 9, 11. Can you please provide us with what room options would be able to accommodate us?

Answer: Unfortunately, the majority of the luxury hotels in Vienna have a maximum occupancy of 3 people. However, the Hotel Bristol Vienna has a 1 bedroom suite that is 830 square feet and features views of the Opera House that can interconnect with a Classic room with a king size bed. The 1 bedroom suite is currently $1,024 per night and the Classic room is $336.52 per night inclusive of taxes. The Hotel Sacher Wien has a 2 bedroom suite option that would be able to accommodate all 4 of you, and it currently has a rate of 2,400 Euros per night, inclusive of taxes and hotel fees. To make a reservation for either of these hotels, simply click on the hotel name links, enter your dates of travel, select your room type, and fill in the booking form. To make a reservation for 2 interconnecting rooms, simply complete one reservation after the other, and fill in the special request stating that you will be traveling with children and would like your rooms to interconnect. This request cannot be guaranteed but the hotels do their best to accommodate these kinds of requests.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Photo of the Hotel Sacher Wien


Hotels with a History: The Driskill Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

Certain hotels have a story behind them, a culture that seeps through the walls and a personality that emanates from every room. Every city has an appreciated and valued history worth exploring, and certain hotels have become a part of that rich and interesting past. For this reason, we’d like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with a History where we’ll be featuring unique hotels that have a little more to them than a comfortable bed and superb amenities.

Cattle baron Jesse Driskill built his hotel in 1886 to serve as the “Frontier Palace of the South” in the capital city of Texas. The Driskill Hotel was opened during a time when the United States longed for architecture that represented the American dream, and Jesse Driskill’s strong attention to detail created an icon that served and continues to serve Texas proud, openly welcoming guests from all over the world. It has remained a landmark of Texas hospitality and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, offering guests an elite level of luxury. This historic hotel is located in downtown Austin and provides easy access to the convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and the 6th street music scene. Make your reservations at this baron’s luxury hotel and feel the pride and history that emanates from its walls for yourself.


Updates are Underway at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Mansion on Peachtree is now the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, and this luxurious new Mandarin property has a number of updates and improvements up its sleeve. The spa at Mandarin Oriental has updated its treatment menu and it now includes an Oriental Essence massage, a Peaches and Cream treatment, and a Red Clay Scalp massage. The hotel also plans to infuse an Asian touch by offering a foot ritual treatment as well as offering its spa guests various nibbles of Asian-style foods. The rooms and suites offer guests the most spacious luxury accommodations in the city, and the higher floors have incredible views over Atlanta’s tree-lined streets. Enjoy the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and oriental charm by making your reservations at this new Mandarin Oriental property in Atlanta!


Your Questions Answered: Anantara Seminyak Spa Treatments and Transportation


By: Oksana Balytsky

Anantara SeminyakWe 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 would like to know the rate of the Anantara Suite Luxuriously Furnished Ocean View which includes breakfast from August 13th – 16th, 2012. We would also like to know airport pickup service prices and what sorts of treatments are offered at the spa.

Answer: The Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia has an ocean view suite with breakfast included available for your dates of travel at a rate of $630 per night plus $529.20 in taxes. For transportation, the hotel offers limousine service in VIP Van between Ngurah Rai International Airport and Anantara Seminyak Resort is at a rate of USD 45+ per car per way, for a maximum of four persons with luggage. The hotel has a few signature spa treatments, and the details are listed below:

Rooftop Signature Massage (90 minutes)

Relinquish your senses to our exquisite signature massage treatment, and experience therapeutic relaxation for mind and body. Using our signature Vanilla Magic oil derived from the seeds of vanilla pods found deep in the jungles west of Bali and prepared fresh before your treatment, our therapists incorporate long, soothing strokes to stretch and relax your muscle fibres together with acupressure to allow your body to let go of accumulated stress. Pure bliss, dedicated to new beginnings.

Anantara Retreat (150 minutes)

Surrender your body and mind to a top to toe escape that will leave your body deeply relaxed and your spirit balanced. Begin with a head to toe Body Scrub, selecting from a range of exfoliating and conditioning ingredients to nourish and prepare the skin’s surface. Then, enjoy a thoroughly relaxing Anantara Signature massage using luxurious Vanilla Magic oil. Complete your journey with an aromatic bathing experience or a therapeutic session of foot reflexology. aspx

To make a reservation for this room option, simply click on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, select the room option, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Gotham City Getaways


By: Oksana Balytsky

With the much anticipated premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, we certainly want to go beyond just seeing the films. For all of the Batman aficionados who hope to experience some of the scenes first hand, we bring you the numerous faces of Gotham City.

The Dark Knight had scenes shot in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. The opening robbery of ‘Gotham National Bank’ by the Joker takes place at the Old Chicago Post Office, the offices of Harvey Dent and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises are in the IBM Building in Chicago, and the restaurant where Bruce Wayne crashes Rachel’s and Harvey’s date is the Criterion Restaurant in London. The theater where Harvey attempts to take Rachel to see the ballet is the Chicago Theater on 175 North State St, and the meeting with the crooked financial tycoon is held in Hong Kong’s IFC2, the tallest building in the city. The views over the Chicago River from Bruce Wayne’s penthouse are actually taken from the 39th floor of the 71 Hotel, which is also where the bedroom of Wayne’s penthouse was filmed.

Want more? Check out the other pieces of Gotham City here!

Hoping to view all of these movie destinations in person? Make your reservations for London, Chicago, and Hong Kong here!

Photo of the 71 Hotel exterior