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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.

The Pyramids and More: The Conrad Hotel Wants to Show You Around Cairo

February 1, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad CairoGame to explore Cairo? The Conrad Hotel-- smack dab in the heart of town on the banks of the Nile River-- wants to show you the city's hidden treasures. If you can tear yourself away from the views from your guest room (private balconies overlook the river), a tour guide will drive you around town to check out the sights. Return to the hotel and relax with a snack at Felucca Café as you gaze out over the Nile. There's a heated pool and fully-equipped gym for those craving a work-out. And for those feeling lucky: an onsite casino. This special package-- called "Let Us Show You Around Cairo"-- includes two nights accommodation in a classic room with a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room; meet & greet at the airport with transportation back to the hotel; daily breakfast buffet; tour guide, transportation and sightseeing entrance fees; choice of one of the following sightseeing attractions: Egyptian Museum and Cairo Tower; Pyramides and Sphinx; Old Cairo and Citadel; Islamic Cairo, Khan El Khalily Bazaar and Azhar Park.


What’s on in London: See the Landmark Van Gogh Exhibit with the Langham Hotel

February 1, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham LondonCalling all art lovers. The Royal Academy of Arts is staging a major exhibition of the work of Vincent van Gogh and The Langham, London will hook you up with tickets. A contemporary of the artist, The Langham opened in 1865 at the top of Regent Street as Europe's first Grand Hotel. After a recent renovation, The Langham continues to dazzle its guests. Running until April 10, 2010, "The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and his Letters" is the first major van Gogh exhibition in London in over 40 years, offering a unique glimpse of the artist through both his letters and the paintings and drawings described within the correspondence. So tickets are going like hot cakes. Book the "Art Aficionado Package" at The Langham-- just a short walk away from The Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly-- and you're guaranteed exhibition tickets (and you can cut the line). Priced from £249, the package includes overnight accommodation in a Grand Room, breakfast for two the following morning in Palm Court and two tickets to "The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and his Letters Exhibition." It's possible to upgrade the package to enjoy Grand Junior Suite accommodations and a dinner for two in The Landau restaurant from just £449.


Summer Down Under: Special Extras at The Langham Hotel Auckland

January 28, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham Hotel AucklandSun-seekers desperate for some rays, consider a jaunt to the southern hemisphere, where summer entices with warm weeks aplenty. Auckland, "the City of Sails," is one of New Zealand's sunniest destinations (with an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum). Here in the country's largest city, The Langham brings five-star indulgence and the famous Langham service standards to a city center location. Fans of the hotel rave about the Langham Service Stylists (aka butlers), spacious rooms, Chuan Spa, well-equipped fitness studio, and heated swimming pool. Business travelers appreciate all the facilities catered to their needs. Book the "Wonderland-The Magic of the Rose" package for a Friday or Saturday night stay and you'll get all kinds of extras thrown in with your luxury accommodations in an Executive Room. Valid until April 16, 2010 and priced from NZ$289 per room, the package includes buffet breakfast for two, a complimentary bottle of Stoneleigh (Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2008), late check-out at 1 pm, two tickets to the Auckland Museum's 'Wonderland – The Magic of the Rose' exhibition, plus complimentary valet parking and use of the Chuan Spa facilities.


Check out the Corcoran Gallery’s New Exhibit with the Park Hyatt Washington

January 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt WashingtonGet a dose of culture on your next visit to the nation's capital. The Corcoran Gallery of Art-- the beautiful, centrally-located museum that's also the largest privately supported cultural institution in Washington-- is getting ready for its newest exhibition, "Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum of Wales," on display January 30 - April 25, 2010. The Park Hyatt Washington is inviting guests to experience the exhibit (plus special perks at the hotel) with the "Culture at the Park" package available February 1 - April 25, 2010. You'll get a complimentary upgrade to a Park Deluxe Room, a welcome bag provided by the Corcoran, an exclusive, docent-led tour, for two, of Turner to Cezanne, on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, along with an exhibition catalogue, two beverages of choice featuring Van Gogh Vodka in the hotel's lounge after viewing Van Gogh's work in the exhibition, and valet parking for the length of your stay. Priced from $359 in a Park Room.


Grape-Stomping in Virginia: Celebrate Jefferson in Charlottesville with Keswick Hall

January 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

MonticelloSmack dab in the middle of Virginia hunt country, Keswick Hall is just minutes away from Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia, nestled between spectacular vineyards and landscapes. This 600-acre estate, managed by Orient-Express, has an Arnold Palmer 18-hole golf course and a spa. Since the resort is surrounded by vineyards, guests are invited each fall to crush local grapes to make the hotel's Chardonnay and Petit Verdot wines. Appropriate considering Jefferson's role in bringing viticulture to this country. In fact, Keswick Hall invites guest to learn the history behind what Thomas Jefferson called "the Eden of America" with a special "Celebrating Jefferson" package including daily Continental breakfast, a three course dinner at Fossett's, a Welcome Monticello guide, and Presidential passes and a tasting tour of Jefferson Vineyards. Priced from $335 per room, per night. Two-night minimum stay required.


Tea Chinois at Peacock Alley; The Willard InterContinental Honors Terracotta Warriors

January 6, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Willard InterContinentalJust because the holidays are over doesn't mean you can't check out the festive tea at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. (Check out the video on YouTube.) To celebrate the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, the landmark hotel has gone all out with fanciful decor inspired by Chinoiserie, the 17th- and 18th-century Western aesthetic representing European interpretations of Chinese styles. Peacock Alley has been reimagined by the capital's noted event designers, Ayran Kanter's Eventscapes and Kelly B. Jenkins of Capital Décor and Events. Tuck into exquisite pastries (with flavors from the Far East) with live musical accompaniment by a Guzheng master. Priced from $39 per person, $49 with a glass of Champagne. Available until February 14, 2010, Fridays through Sundays. Reservations are necessary.


Diamond Tiara Cocktails and More: Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Atlanta Celebrate Princess Diana

January 6, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton BuckheadTo celebrate the arrival of a popular exhibition featuring Diana, The Princess of Wales, the two Ritz-Carlton hotels in Atlanta are offering a "Diana" memorial package starting on January 23, 2010. Guests can check out the show at the Atlanta Civic Center with 150 items on loan from Althorp Estate, Diana's family home, including the wedding gown, diamond tiara, veil and 25-foot train from her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Back at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta or the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, guests can imbibe exclusive Diamond Tiara Cocktails at the bar, before luxuriating in their swank accommodations. Rates include the VIP tickets to "Diana: A Celebration Tour," an audio tour narrated by Charles Spencer (Diana's brother), and one night's accommodation. Priced from $229 at the downtown hotel, and $239 at the Buckhead property.


The Long Night of the Museums in Berlin: 33 Percent Discount at the Hotel de Rome

December 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Rome, BerlinTwice a year Berlin plays host to a cultural event called The Long Night of the Museums. Over 100 museums keep their doors open to visitors til the wee hours (try 2 a.m.) The event has been so wildly successful, in fact, that it's seen a copy-cat trend in other major metropolises worldwide. Visitors get to partake in drawing workshops, attend readings, and check out multiple exhibitions. One ticket allows entry to all the participating museums and special events. Looking for a place to bunk down while in Berlin? Stay at the historic Hotel de Rome on the Bebelplatz in the heart of Berlin, and you'll retire in luxury after a fun-filled night on the town. A member of the Rocco Forte Collection, the hotel is housed in the former headquarters of the Dresdner Bank and features a spa with a swimming pool. Take advantage of a special winter offer and get 33% off a three-night stay until March 1, 2009.


Magical Winter Days in Florence with Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy

December 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rocco Forte Hotel SavoyIf you're lucky enough to pass through Florence during the holiday season, you'll be treated to endless yuletide delights: the city's sites decked in colorful lights, ice-skating on Piazza della Liberta, a festive market on Piazza Santa Croce brimming with handmade gifts, concerts and performances, and the huge, illuminated tree on Piazza della Republicca. But after New Year's Eve is just as fine a time to visit Florence. The winter sales start on January 7 so you can pick up some fashionable bargains; February's Artisan Chocolate Fair means all of Tuscany's finest chocolatiers descend on Piazza Santa Croce; and new exhibitions include a celebration of trompe l'oeil at the Palazzo Strozzi. Best of all: When you take a winter break in Florence, you can explore the magnificent Renaissance city without the crowds.

Rocco Forte Hotel SavoyBook a winter stay at the Hotel Savoy, the stylish luxury hotel that's part of the Rocco Forte Collection, and you'll find the Duomo just around the corner and the Uffizi just a short walk away. Several packages look enticing:

Festive Florence Package, available from December 19-29, from 420 euros: overnight accommodation, daily Buffet Breakfast, Christmas delights in room upon arrival, and a spending credit of 50 euros per room, per stay, applicable towards Restaurant charges.

Winter Days Package, available til February 28, 2010, from 420 euros: 2 nights accommodation, daily Buffet Breakfast, a hot chocolate and cake served at L'Incontro Bar, and a seasonal dinner at L'Incontro Restaurant.

European Winter Offer, available til March 1, 2010: Book 3 nights or more and receive up to a 33% reduction on the Bed and Breakfast Rate.


Weekend in Frankfurt: Rates from €169 at Le Meridien Parkhotel

December 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien Parkhotel FrankfurtFrankfurt is not just an exciting financial capital, it's also a haven for the arts on the banks of the river Main. On your next business trip to "Mainhattan," explore the cultural highlights and historic sites offered by this vibrant metropolis. Spend the weekend in Frankfurt at Le Meridien Parkhotel-- the historic luxury hotel in the heart of the city-- and check out the Cathedral where 10 German emperors were crowned, and Goethe's birthplace, within easy reach of the hotel. Plus, Frankfurt boasts a hopping cultural scene with world-class museums and galleries; Le Meridien has partnered with the Schirn Art Exhibition Hall Frankfurt so when you show your room key card, you get to visit the gallery for free. Priced from € 169 per room, per night, the "Weekend in Frankfurt" package includes elegant accommodations (bookable from Friday to Sunday inclusive), a rich breakfast buffet in the restaurant "Le Parc," and late check-out til 3:00 pm.