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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.

Cool Pools: Barcelo Eresin Topkapi


By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is located in the historical center of Istanbul. Its wellness center features this heated indoor swimming pool.

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

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Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!


By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.


Image of the Day: Le Gray Beirut


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Gray Beirut offers cool, modern interiors, with 87 wonderfully spacious rooms and sensational suites, exciting restaurants, and a relaxing spa, all accompanied by warm and highly professional service.

Le Gray Beirut

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Did You Know? The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Guests can sip on a camel's milk shake at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. The luxury resort has an in-house Camel Milk Mixologist who offers up various flavored milk shakes — strawberry, mint and others — to guests.

The delicious service was launched last year to coincide with the with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Camel's milk is high in protein, so it's a ideal beverage to sip on during Souhour, the meal taken before sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.

The mixologist will even make recommendations for drink and food pairings, to satisfy guests' unique tastes. 

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: D-Hotel Maris


By: Five Star Alliance

Set high up on the hillside in the stunning reservation of the Datca Peninsula, D-Hotel Maris has spectacular and breath-taking views of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, small islands, five natural private beaches, luscious pine forests, and volcanic mountain ranges.

D-Hotel Maris

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Norman Tel Aviv


By: Five Star Alliance

The Norman Tel Aviv

The Norman Tel Aviv brings unprecedented prestige to the heart of the historic Mediterranean city. Nestled on a picturesque local square, The Norman Tel Aviv lies at the heart of the White City, Tel Aviv's world-famous UNESCO heritage site of historic Bauhaus architecture. Perfectly situated near Rothschild Boulevard and Tel Aviv's best cultural attractions, the hotel is comprised of two original buildings, superbly restored to their unique magnificence. No 23 Nachmani Street, built in the Eclectic style, is brimming with Renaissance and oriental influences, and No 25 Nachmani Street is a grand Modernist building, with clean lines and wooden shutters that capture the essence of 1920's architecture in ultimate style.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul Suitable for a Family of Five?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ritz Carlton Istanbul
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 are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Istanbul. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 5 . There are 2 adults and 3 children 15, 10, and 8.

ANSWER: Ritz Carlton Istanbul 

This luxury hotel, set in the heart of the city and overlooking the Bosphorus, beautifully blends modern sophistication with historic Ottoman touches, found everywhere from the spa's traditional hammam to the exceptional accommodations. A 16th-century door offers passage from the energetic city into this Istanbul hotel, where the graceful lobby is adorned in Turkish carpets, antique furniture and an oversized oil painting from contemporary artist Timur Kerim Incedayi. The location of this luxury hotel invites the beauty of the Bosphorus into spaces throughout the property. At Cintemani Restaurant and Bleu Lounge & Grill, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with spectacular views, while meeting and wedding venues such as the Cam room also draw upon its charm. Guests can easily explore this historical city with its most famous attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, only 15 minutes away.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Ritz Carlton Istanbul
-Bosphorus Suite connected to a standard Partial Bosphorus king or twin rolloway. Guest rooms and suites at this Istanbul hotel offer impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

The Partial Bosphorus View Deluxe Room is 450 square feet with Turkish-inspired style and decor. Choose from one King or two Twin beds. The oversized marble bathroom is decorated with Iznik tiles, and has a separate shower and bathtub. Amenities include multi-lingual interactive flat screen TV, Internet access, computer and fax hook ups, multi-line telephones with voice mail, honor bar, coffee machine, electronic in-room safe, and twice daily maid service.

 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

 


Image of the Day: Ritz Carlton Riyadh


By: Five Star Alliance

The indoor pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Ritz Carlton Riyadh

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend Family Accommodations at Radisson Blu Hotel Riayadh?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Radisson Blu Hotel RiyadhWe 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 are a family of three and would like the Radisson Blu Hotel Riayadh, what do you recommend?


ANSWER:  Featuring iconic Arabian architecture, lavish Scandinavian interior, and beautifully landscaped grounds, the Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh is ideally located 40 kilometres from the King Khalid International Airport. This Riyadh hotel also affords easy access to the cultural and shopping area of the city, such as the Masmak fortress and famous Kingdom Centre. Guests at this luxurious hotel may relax and unwind with five-star amenities including concierge service, 24-hour room service, health club with sauna, Jacuzzi and massage facilities, and on-site fine dining restaurants Shogun and Olivio's.

Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh
The hotel offers 234 elegant rooms and suites, all equipped with high-speed, wireless Internet access, mini bar and hair dryer. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
The Superior Deluxe Room king connected to Superior Deluxe Room with 2 twin bed.

Superior Deluxe Rooms are ideal for guests planning a longer stay or for small families. Spacious and well-equipped, these hotel rooms feature a large sitting area and extra amenities like a bathtub, an iron and ironing board and hot beverage provisions. All standard amenities are also available.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies. 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Museum Hotel Cappadocia


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated in a very special geographic region, Museum Hotel Cappadocia has been designed and created from a distinctive combination of the land and historical features and ruins, some intact and some beautifully restored to their original glory. The hotel features 30 rooms and suites—each of them exceptional in their own inimitable way. No room is alike, with each bringing its own special ambiance, contributing to Museum Hotel’s character and charm. There are 55 specially trained staff members who cater to guests' every need to ensure their stay is a truly unique experience.

Museum Hotel Cappadocia 

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