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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.

Hurricane Sandy Hits Le Parker Meridien Hard

October 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Parker Meridien New York was one of a number of hotels severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This hotel was one of the buildings in the area that had to be evacuated last night because of the crane that was hanging from the top of the Park Hyatt New York. Although there are a number of hotels in the area, Le Parker Meridien was the only one to get evacuated by the New York Police Department. The hotel is currently empty and is expected to remain that way for the rest of the day until all damages can be properly accessed.

Our hearts certainly go out to everyone affected and we are certainly happy and available to help our travelers find last minute arrangements around the world.


Fun Fact Friday! Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are Out!

October 19, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The picks for the world’s best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are out, and the Chicago Waldorf Astoria receives the highest score for all American hotels, earning it the Best Hotel in the United States title!

Check out rates, availability, and photos here >>


Your Questions Answered: Handicap Accessible Room in Victoria, Canada

October 15, 2012
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 are visiting Victoria and require a handicap accessible room which has a walk in shower and grab rails in the shower and bathroom. Which hotel do you recommend?

Answer: The Hotel Grand Pacific has handicap room options that would fit your needs. The Pacific Suite has a harbour view and can have grab bars in the shower/bath tub installed. However a walk in shower is not possible in this type of Suite. A walk in shower is available in the "accessible" Victoria Rooms. These rooms have one queen sized bed, lower to the ground as they are designed for guests in a wheelchair, and the view is a residential view. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


New Hotel Openings: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

October 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia had originally set its opening date to be October 15, 2012, but the hotel finished up ahead of time and took in its first guests last week! The first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell, the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is in the most historic square located in the Old City. Its Stratus Rooftop Bar and Lounge will be open year round, and the location of this hotel is not only historic but central to the restaurants, bars, and nightlife of Philly.

Explore the Hotel Monaco and the 10 other luxury hotels in Philadelphia here >>

Photo of the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia


Your Questions Answered: Details of 3 Nights for 2 Offer at Hotel Sacher Wien

October 2, 2012
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: I would like to stay at the Hotel Sacher Wien and saw that there was a ‘One More Night 3 for 2’ option. What are the terms of this deal?

Answer: The One More Night 3 For 2 Amex Exclusive Offer - Superior Double Room - Best Location With Best View In Town for 214 Euros per night is a prorated rate that has already been discounted 33% per night to include the free night stay in the price. You also must pay with an American Express card to receive the discounted rate. To make a reservation for this room type or any of the others at this hotel, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form.

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


3 Star Michelin Dining at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

October 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Enjoy luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine while staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing. S.T.A.Y. is a three Michelin-starred French gourmet restaurant that opened in September 2011. S.T.A.Y. stands for ‘Simple Table Alléno Yannick,’ and the incredible dishes are created by Chef Yannick Alléno. The aim of the chef is to provide a complete dining experience through the reinterpretation of traditional French cuisine in an interactive manner. Enjoy the option to eat at the communal table which can seat up to 10 people, assist in the creation of your own dessert, and take in the tantalizing flavors.

Make your reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing and be sure to dine at S.T.A.Y. during your stay!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Hotel Imperial

September 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for rooms. Located in the heart of Vienna, this luxury hotel combines the best traditions with modern amenities and is considered to be one of Vienna’s most cherished hotels. This architectural landmark has hosted the most distinguished guests, and its stunning rooms have earned it its sparkling reputation. Its two Royal Suites have silk upholstered walls, high ceilings, intricate antiques dating back to the Austro-Hungarian empire, and of course, personalized butler service.

Explore photos, descriptions, and rates here >>


Fun Fact Friday! New Rosewood Hotel Coming to Thailand

September 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 Rosewood Hotels has recently announced that it plans to open a luxury property in Phuket in 2014! We’ve come to expect nothing short of greatness from Rosewood, and we look forward to tracking this new hotel’s developments!

Other Rosewood properties include the Carlyle in New York City, the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda, and more!

Photo of Rosewood Tucker's Point


Your Questions Answered: Best Hotels in Florence

September 27, 2012
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: Can you recommend one of your properties in Florence? One adult, check in November 2 and spend three or four nights. Looking for fantastic view, and prefer walking access to top sites. I've never been to Italy before.

Answer: We have 32 luxury properties in Florence, and we would suggest visiting this website and entering your dates of travel to view the hotels that have availability as well as their photos, prices, and location descriptions.

A few that we would recommend would be the Hotel Bernini Palace which is located in a historical 15th century palazzo in the heart of Florence and has rates starting from 209 Euros per night. Another hotel we'd recommend is Villa San Michele which is a 15th-century Franciscan monastery has now been transformed into one of Europe's most charming and picturesque hotels, only a few minutes from the centre of Florence. Rates start from 368 Euros per night. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Image of the Villa San Michele


Expect an Incredible Experience at The Jefferson

September 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

An intimate, personalized, and luxurious experience is what guests have come to expect from The Jefferson Washington DC. This 99-room luxury boutique hotel distinctly captures European and Washingtonian style and elegantly portrays historic details and Jeffersonian influences. Located in downtown Washington DC a short walk from the White House, the museums, monuments, and the embassies, The Jefferson provides easy access to the cultural, historic, and entertaining sectors of our nation’s capital, perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.

The rooms are stunningly tasteful, the food in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume, is exceptional, and the service is unparalleled. With staff outnumbering guests 1.5 to 1, guests quickly feel right at home and accommodated as if staying with close friends.

A few key highlights of the hotel include an award-winning restaurant and a cocktail bar and lounge on site, an intimate spa which opens daily at 9:00am, and a beautiful Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite volumes as well as a section of signed editions of contemporary authors who have been guests at The Jefferson.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Jefferson here >>