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.

It’s All in How You Look At It: Nine Zero Hotel Updates the Room Key


By: Alison Victor

Nine Zero Hotel If you've picked up the latest issue of Vanity Fair, you probably noticed writer Victoria Mather's picks for "The Best Of"-- covering everything from hotels to martinis. Her award for "best room key" happened to go to Boston's luxury Nine Zero Hotel. Why do they get this honor? Nine Zero Hotel features the Cloud Nine Suite, a 1065 square foot space that includes breathtaking views of Boston and the Charles River, a deluxe king size bedroom, and floor to ceiling windows. Gorgeous in design, the suite is also the first of its kind to use an iris-scanning door entry system. Guests scan their right eye when they check in and again when entering their room. Staff must also use iris scans to unlock the staff entrance and log into the hotel at the beginning of each shift. Eye scans replacing key cards seem a little too futuristic? Maybe not. In the age of technology, with major concern being placed on security, this kind of system may just be here to stay.


Rooms with a View of Madrid at the Villa Real


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Real, Madrid

A boutique retreat smack in the middle of the "Museum Triangle" made up of the Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen Bornemisza, the Villa Real boasts its own collection of both modern art and ancient artifacts (Grecian urns and Roman mosaics galore!) Here you can eat tapas with Andy Warhol at the East 47 restaurant, and take your breakfast as late as 1 p.m.-- after a night out sampling Madrid's legendary nightlife. Looking to cool off? Hit up the swimming pool at the Hotel Urban, the sister property just 50 meters away. (You get complimentary access.) The 115 sound-proofed rooms are elegantly appointed with mahogany furniture and feature wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Book a two-tier suite for the Jacuzzi and terrace with views over Plaza de las Cortes, the Jeronimos church and Retiro Park.

While in Madrid, be sure to catch a flamenco show (via Gridskipper).


Stunning Views Await at the Hotel Splendide Rome


By: Christina Vasquez

Hotel Splendide Royal RomeIf you are searching for a luxury hotel in Rome that offers the best views of the city, look no further than the Hotel Splendide Royal Rome. This 19th century palace turned hotel is ideally situated on a hill above Rome's historic city center and provides spectacular views from their terraces which overlook the famed Villa Medici and the green gardens of Villa Borghese. Enjoy fine dining and and a magnificent sunset from the terrace at Mirabelle Restaurant, or stay in one of the hotel's well-appointed suites and take pleasure in the panoramic views over the Eternal City's ancient Roman walls from the comfort of your room.


The Beverly Hills Hotel Gives New Meaning to “You Are What You Eat”


By: Alison Victor

The Beverly Hills HotelWednesdays have taken on a whole new meaning at the ultra-luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, which has a delicious new offer to help break up your week. Chef Robert Allen is giving new meaning to "you are what you eat" with the Farmer's Market Experience. Guests will work side-by-side with Chef Allen in shopping for fresh ingredients at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, as well as conceptualizing and preparing a lunchtime feast for you and friends. The actual package will include a limo ride with Chef Allen from The Beverly Hills Hotel to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, breakfast "to go" en route, ingredient shopping, and then a cooking session with Allen, as well as lunch paired with wines. The whole experience, subject to availability and only bookable on Wednesdays, runs at $250 per person, with a five person minimum. With the assistance of the renowned Chef Robert Allen, The Beverly Hills Hotel promises you nothing but a great time, making sure that you don't bite off more than you can chew!


Discover Tuscany with Villa La Massa


By: Alison Victor

Villa La Massa With many people still finalizing plans to visit the likes of Italy and Europe for summer getaways, I have come across a great reason to wait. Many of the wonderful luxury properties we represent have started to give us some great rates and packages for the coming fall. One such hotel, the luxurious Villa La Massa, located on the outskirts of Firenze, has some great deals for such a traveler.

With the Discovering Tuscany package, Villa La Massa invites guests to a three night stay in a Deluxe Room, full buffet breakfast at the restaurant, or continental breakfast in your room, two 3-course meals at The Verrocchio Restaurant or The Pool Bar, a guided tour to the Florentine Palaces, and as a delicious welcoming gift, Cantucci And Vin Santo in your room upon arrival, which happen to be the perfect compliment of sweet Italian dessert wine and biscotti. With rates starting at under 300 Euro per person, this is a great way, and great time, to plan a trip to Italy.


From Car Detailing to Pet Walking: Five-Star Service at The Hazelton, Toronto


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Hazelton, TorontoSince it opened a few years ago, the Hazelton Hotel has taken Toronto by storm. Sure, the Presidential Suite has been called out as one of the best luxury suites in Canada, but you don't have to be a paparazzi-hounded celeb to hit up at this Hollywood hotspot. Bedding down at this sexy joint-- complete with its own private screening room and swanky spa-- you'll notice the five-star difference. Above all, it's the service. The concierge, valet, and guest services team can handle any kind of request; indeed the concierge can "open the doors to Toronto for you" with restaurant reservations, insider tips on shopping in Yorkville, the sky's the limit. Here's a smattering of the services available to you:

*24 hour luggage and large parcel delivery to residence

*Ten percent off Dry cleaning, laundry services, button replacement mending, minor alterations and delivery

*Fifteen percent off Spa treatments

*24 hour Room Service and Priority reservations at ONE, Mark McEwan's latest hit

*Daily, to door newspaper delivery of the Globe & Mail and/or National Post

*Personal chef services

*Pet walking, grooming and sitting services

*Automobile detailing

*Technological equipment rental (wireless laptops, MP3 players, facsimile machines, mobile phones and audio-visual equipment)

*Chauffeured limousine service to any destination

*Outdoor running companions

*Movie/music/videogame rental, including delivery and return

*Messenger service for local pick ups, deliveries and dry cleaning

And butler service, of course.


Loews Hotels Offering all Fashionistas the Recessionista Respite Package


By: Alison Victor

Loews Regency HotelTimes are tough, but just because you may be tightening your belt doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy luxury at a reasonable price. Loews Hotels are currently offering "Recessionista Respite" packages at participating locations, designed with the trendsetting fashion plate in mind. Book now through September 5th, and you can choose from some of the following options. At Loews Denver Hotel the Recessionista Package will include Villa Suite accommodations for one night, two $25 American Express gift checks to be used at the nearby Cherry Creek Shopping Center, home to over 400 shop-til-you-drop stores, personal bag concierge to deliver your bags to your room, complimentary valet parking, and post shopping cocktails at the hotel's T-Bar. Pricing starts at just $279 per night.

If shopping in the Big Apple is what you want, the Loews Regency Hotel's Recessionista Package will include 15% off "shopping day pass" at Bloomingdale's complete with a personal shopper, a gift with purchase, complimentary beauty makeover, cocktails for two at the hotel's Library Bar, and 20% off services at the hotel's Nico Salon. Prices start at just $180 per person.

Loews invites you to indulge but not over extend, and with these great offers, there is no guilt in shopping-til-you-drop!


The Hay-Adams Invites You to America’s Biggest Birthday Bash


By: Alison Victor

The Hay Adams HotelOn July 4th 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. Every year since, Americans have celebrated this day with barbecues, parties, and of course, fireworks. The most spectacular events will take place in the nation's capitol, Washington DC, and for those wanting to experience it first hand, there is no better place to stay then the historicHay Adams Hotel. Located on Lafayette Park, across from the White House, The Hay Adams Hotel has an excellent Fourth of July package available for city visitors. This package consists of weekend accommodations in a Superior room, dinner for two, and hotel rooftop access passes for two, starting at 989.00 USD. With luxurious amenities and amazing views, The Hay Adams Hotel promises an Independence Day to remember.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guest who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for The Hay Adams Hotel will receive a complimentary daily continental breakfast, special gift upon arrival, and guaranteed late (4PM) check-out.


Regal Offerings at The Landmark London


By: Alison Victor

The Landmark LondonClassic British elegance combined with the most modern of amenities has made The Landmark London a distinctively original luxury hotel in the heart of London's West End. After extensive refurbishment, The Landmark London is proudly offering guests the newly designed Presidential Suite. With views overlooking Marylebone Road, the Presidential Suite includes a kitchenette, a dining room for six people, a large living area, a bedroom with a king-sized four poster bed and its own entertainment center, and a large bathroom complete with a walk in shower and Jacuzzi bath. Available as a one or two-bedroom suite, guests also have the option of a connecting room next door. Not in need of such executive accommodations? Not to worry,The Landmark London has wonderful guestrooms available as well, such as the 35 square-meter Superior, starting at around 250 GBP a night.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for The Landmark London will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival.


Pay for Three, Stay for Four at Conrad Chicago


By: Alison Victor

Conrad Chicago Located on the Magnificent Mile with breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline, Conrad Chicago is a beacon of contemporary style and luxury. Reserve a room sometime between now and September 30th, and Conrad Chicago invites guests to pay for three consecutive nights and stay for four. As part of their Summer Escape promotion, not only will guests receive the complimentary fourth night for free, but they will also be able to stay in the beautifully appointed, king deluxe room for around 175 USD per night.Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Conrad Chicago will receive a welcome amenity and continental breakfast for two (2) daily.