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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.

Vienna Wine and Design Competition: Stay at the Ambassador Hotel

October 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ambassador Hotel ViennaFall in the Austrian capital means it's time for wine and design. With 700 hectares of land dedicated to wine growing, Vienna is the only city in the world with extensive vineyards inside its metropolitan limits. These days Viennese wine is winning wine-tasting contests and wooing more and more visitors to Austria. Another reason to head to Vienna this fall: Art Week which boasts a packed program of exhibitions and guided tours, running from November 16 to 22. Though Vienna Design Week just finished (alas), you can still check out the city's "groovy designers" and register to win in the Vienna Wine and Design Competition, sponsored by the Vienna tourist office. You could score a bottle of premium Viennese wine, a piece from a local designer, or an instant win. Running from October 1 - November 30, 2009.

Art lovers will want to grab a room at the Ambassador Hotel, the city-center pad which has made its motto "Arts and Delights." Part of the city's cultural fabric for more than 100 years, the luxury hotel  offers "arts and delights, recreation and pure pleasure."


SoleFood Stimulus in Philadelphia at the Loews Hotel

October 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Hotel PhiladelphiaOpt for the freshest fixed rate in town-- a three-course seasonal menu for $40- and get a gift card of $10 good for your next visit to SoleFood restaurant. At Loews Hotel Philadelphia, SoleFood offers seafood-inspired dishes in a hip environment. Awarded many local and regional accolades (including 2008 Best of Philadelphia Award, Philadelphia City Paper Best Bar and Best Seafood restaurant), SoleFood also offers one of the best happy hour options in the city featuring hors d'oeuvres, wines by the glass, draft beer, and creative martinis from 5 to 7 pm daily in the lounge. Stay overnight at the Loews Hotel and get free parking and a "Philly's More Fun" welcome gift with a special package. Don't miss the "Where the Wild Things Are" exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum, recently highlighted in The Washington Post, to coincide with the October 16 release of the live-action film adaptation of the classic children's book.


Discounts in Paris at Hotel de la Tremoille

October 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de la TremoilleThere's no bad season to visit Paris. In fact, the fall and winter are alluring because of the lack of tourist crowds and cheaper airfares. This fall brings a slew of cultural events and exciting museum exhibitions to the City of Light, including the blockbuster Renoir exhibit at the Grand Palais, and "Titien, Tintoret, Véronèse. Rivals in Venice, 1540 - 1600" at the Louvre. Book a stay at La Trémoille-- in the heart of the "Golden Triangle" just a stone's throw from both the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue Montaigne-- and you'll enjoy elegant rooms and attractive rates with the discounted "Special Winter Offer." The hotel has slashed its prices from 535 euros to 330 euros for a Double Standard Room. (Double Deluxe is now 430 euros instead of 680 euros, and a Junior Suite is 490 euros instead of 750 euros.) These daily rates include all taxes and Continental breakfast for two people. Valid from October 25, 2009 to February 28, 2010, subject to availability.


Check Out the New Hermitage Amsterdam Museum with the InterContinental Amstel

September 24, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental AmstelThis summer saw the debut of an incredible new cultural destination in Amsterdam: a branch of Russia's State Hermitage Museum. As if Amsterdam lacked significant art museums! Situated in the historic heart of the city and housed in a restored 17th century building, the Hermitage Amsterdam is-- to quote-- "the only dedicated, independently managed venue in the West of St Petersburg's magnificent State Hermitage Museum." Just 100 meters away is a luxurious pied-à-terre on the famous Amstel River that's been welcoming guests since 1867. Book a stay at the elegant InterContinental Amstel, where Clefs d'Or concierges attend to your every whim, and take advantage of the "Hermitage Amsterdam" package priced from €625. You'll get accommodations in an Executive Suite plus free entrance and a private guided tour at the Hermitage Museum.


China’s Terracotta Warriors at National Geographic: Special with The Madison Washington DC

September 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Madison, A Loews HotelThe National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. is prepping for what promises to be an extraordinary exhibition featuring the largest collection of significant artifacts from China ever to travel to the United States. Opening in November 2009, "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" will allow visitors to stand face to face with the famous terracotta warriors discovered in an archeological dig outside the city of Xi'an. Almost 2,000 years old and numbering in the thousands, the life-size clay figures were buried in underground pits to accompany China's first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, into the afterlife. When it was found in 1974, the tomb complex was deemed one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Check out the exhibition-- featuring 15 life-size figures, weapons, armor, coins, and more-- and bed down at the museum's official partner hotel, The Madison, A Loews Hotel-- located just four blocks from the White House. Rates for the "National Geographic Museum Terracotta Warriors Package" start at just $149 per night and include accommodations, two premium "anytime" exhibition tickets and a 20 percent discount coupon for purchases in the National Geographic Store. Valid from November 19, 2009- March 31, 2010.


Discover Chantilly with Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal

September 14, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tiara Mont Royal Paris in springtime? Can't be beat. But for something completely different, try the fantastic French town of Chantilly, which is just 35 minutes from the City of Light. Chantilly, the horse-racing Capital of France, trains over 3,000 thoroughbreds in its gorgeous forests and countryside. Fans of the French comic Asterix and Obelisk will want to take a quick trip to Parc Asterix, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Head one town over to Beauvais and tour some of the spectacular tapestry factories and galleries. Then finish your trip off with a delightful shot of Chantilly cream, a sweetened whipped cream frequently served with ice cream. So where to stay? Book now at the Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal, the stunning castle turned luxury property nestled in the heart of the Chantilly Forest. You'll enjoy a newly renovated Superior room starting at 225 Euros, along with an indoor pool, fitness center, tennis court, and the renowned L'Opera restaurant. You can also relax in the Stradivarius Bar, which is located in the castle's original smokehouse. Bon Voyage! Follow Five Star Alliance on Twitter!


Get Your Art Fix in Madrid with the Hotel Ritz

August 24, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Ritz MadridSince it was built in 1910 according to King Alfonso XIII's wishes, the Hotel Ritz Madrid has provided exclusive accommodations in the heart of the Spanish capital, just a stone's throw from some of the finest museums in the world. The world-class hotel now invites you to experience Picasso, Prado & Co. with a special Art Discovery Package. Combining a luxury experience you'll never forget with cultural immersion at the nearby museums, the package is priced from 365 euros per night. You'll get tickets to the Thyssen Museum, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Prado Museum, along with a complete Art Guide of the Prado to get the most out of your visit. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the Lounge, and a three-course dinner in the Goya Restaurant. Also included with your elegant accommodations: daily buffet breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers in a private chauffeured car, and a bottle of cava on ice in your room.


Closer to the Stars with the Villa San Michele: Galileo Exhibit in Florence

August 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa San MicheleDid you know that 2009 is the year of Astronomy? Florence is celebrating Galileo Galilei, and the 400th anniversary of the telescope, with an exhibit honoring the great scientist in the Palazzo Strozzi. The luxurious Villa San Michele invites you to get closer to the stars with a special package through the end of the month. Priced from EUR 1855, the package includes: two nights accommodation in a Deluxe Double Room, full American buffet breakfast daily, one candle-lit dinner for two at La Loggia Restaurant, a midnight swim under the stars with Champagne, and two tickets to Galileo Galilei's exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi. Can't jet to Italy this month on a last minute trip? The hotel concierge can certainly arrange any or all of the components of this package through the end of the "Year of Astronomy."


Get a Taste of American History and Family Friendly Fun at The Williamsburg Inn

August 12, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Williamsburg InnLooking for a historic landmark hotel that not only offers an array of family friendly activities but also features two champion golf courses and a full service spa facility? If a trip to a luxurious country inn located in the heart of America's most influential historic colonies strikes your fancy, then book a stay at the Williamsburg Inn. Built in 1937 by John D. Rockefeller, this charming country inn went under full refurbishment in 2001 to ensure that all guests enjoy the most modern and gracious accommodations while partaking in the educational sites and entertaining activities of Colonial Williamsburg.


Don’t Miss in London: The Serpentine Gallery Temporary Pavilion

July 30, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Serpentine Gallery Temporary Pavilion

Leading Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa designed the temporary pavilion this year at the Serpentine Gallery. Built in Kensington Gardens, the Pavilion commission is an ongoing program of temporary structures made by internationally-acclaimed architects whose work has not yet been built in England. Last year the architect was Frank Gehry. Open daily to the public until October 18, 2009, the structure is floating aluminum, resembling "a reflective cloud or a floating pool of water." The architects describe it this way: "The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days."

Serpentine Gallery Temporary Pavilion