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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.

New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Conrad New York

March 26, 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 Conrad New York opened just last week on March 19th, 2012. This new luxury hotel is located in the heart of lower Manhattan’s lively Battery Park, surrounded by historic landmarks and exciting attractions. The Conrad New York provides modern spaces in the lobby atrium, oversized suites, and a seasonal rooftop bar. Explore this contemporary, 463-suite hotel that’s adjacent to the Hudson River and near the Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. Don’t miss a single beat and take advantage of this swanky new hotel property in New York City!


Love the Hunger Games? Then Be Sure to Visit Asheville!

March 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The big hit movie the Hunger Games was filmed in Asheville, North Carolina, and this southern town is certainly drawing in quite the crowd because of it! The town of Asheville has two 5-star hotels properties and one 4-star hotel. Read on below to explore these luxury hotel options and choose the one that is most suitable for you and your Hunger Games needs!

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

This is one of the most popular hotels on our site, and it is one of the South’s best loved resorts. It offers beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it overlooks the city of Asheville. The property has a 40,000 square foot spa, a restored golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, child programs, and much more.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Autograph Collection

This boutique hotel is located in the famous Biltmore Village, and it’s set among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Its 104 rooms and suites have personal touches including stone flooring and custom bedding. This hotel has a fine dining restaurant, spa, lounge, and art gallery all easily accessible and readily available. Experience the elegance of the Old World at this charming and rustic boutique hotel.

Biltmore Village Inn

This 4-star hotel is located on top of Reed Hill, above Biltmore Village. It offers a 360 degree view of the mountains and overlooks the Village and Swannanoa River Valley. This charming, small boutique hotel only has 7 rooms in 2 buildings, so you can expect an extremely personal stay.

Explore these hotel options and be sure to visit the beautiful town of Asheville to get an even more personal connection to the Hunger Games!


Flour Child: Kardashian Flour-Bombed at London West Hollywood

March 25, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Like many people, it's difficult for me to avoid a good case of vigilantism, and while this strikes me as being a little more pointless and undirected than, say, glitter bombing, it did happen at a hotel, and Kim Kardashian is probably the most famous person to be covered in a fine layer of cooking flour this weekend.  Ms. Kardashian was heading down the red carpet at The London West Hollywood to launch her new perfume called True Reflection.  In this case, the image reflected would be a pastry white. Although this does lead me to consider my own line of perfumes, styled after various baked goods.  There's really nothing that can match the allure of a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies.  

Events were barely interrupted by the light dusting, and I'm sure all remnants of the flour will be cleaned up by your next stay at the London West Hollywood.  Although you might want to be careful; it is frequented by a number of Hollywood's rich and famous, and you never know when the next half-baked avenger might strike.  Collateral damage of flour bombing can be high, especially if they use the self-rising kind.  Because if you put it in an oven it might bake a little more softly? I don't know, jokes about flour are kind of hard.  Anyway, should you wish to brave the trenches of the great battle between our nation's bakers and the celebrities they happen to loathe, the London West Hollywood is a lovely hotel, and you should most definitely check it out.

 


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Wickaninnish Inn

March 23, 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.

The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, Canada is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is located on Vancouver Island’s beautiful west coast, on a rocky promontory, surrounded by ocean on three sides. Each of its 46 guest rooms and suites provide ocean and beach views, soaking tubs, fireplaces, and private balconies. This beautiful boutique hotel offers a mix of sandy beaches and old growth forests, providing its guests with almost too many things to do! Take advantage of the fishing, whale watching, golfing, hiking, scuba diving, shopping, and a whole lot more. This is a year-round resort where you can witness a beautiful snowfall, a hot summer day, and everything in between. Be sure to explore the photos and room options at the Wickaninnish Inn for a scenic and exciting escape from the norm.


Double the Bedroom, Double the Fun: Great Two-Bedroom Suites in Los Angeles

March 21, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Maybe you've got a really big family or you're just traveling with a person you can't stand and you want a plausible way to get away from them under the guise of giving them the very best.  Well, there's not a lot of hotels that offer full two-bedroom suites, but there are at least two in the Los Angeles area that offer an affordable option for the opulent traveler.  The Sunset Tower Hotel and the Chateau Marmont both offer great choices around the Hollywood area.

Sunset Tower's two-bedroom suite comes with two king beds, a full two bathrooms and spacious living room area.  Classy, modern decor accentuates the roomy common area and the sheets are only the finests Egyptian linens.  The hotel itself is right on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and a heated outdoor pool deck gives loves views of the surrounding city.  A 7,000 sq ft salon and spa offers a getaway from the city, and you can dine very well indeed at the critically acclaimed Tower Bar.

Nearby Chateau Marmont is a much-needed getaway from the bustle of the City of Angels. The smaller boutique hotel is fashioned after a French countryside castle and boasts a Gothic flair that hints at its more decadent side.  As Harry Cohn once said, "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." The great variety of rooms at the Chateau let you make trouble in just the way you'd like, too. Starting with the two-bedroom suite with queen and twin beds, large living room and a full kitchen, you've already got a home-away-from-home.  And it only goes up from there.  Their hill- and poolside bungalows are the perfect way to get a whole building all to yourself.  Up to three bedrooms offer enough room for either a very large family or a party of bachelors, and with the poolside bungalows, you even get direct access.  It's perfect for the adventurous types who want to get away from the city while staying in the city.

To find out more about the Sunset Tower Hotel and the Chateau Marmont or see rates and availability, check them out here and here.


The Spa at Le Parker Meridien New York Is Out of (and Under) This World!

March 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Parker Meridien, a hotel in the heart of New York City on West 57th Street is not your typical luxury property. It features 730 luxurious rooms and suites enhanced with cherry and cedar woods, suites will phenomenal views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, and a fitness center, two salons, a café, and a brand new spa located in the hip complex known as The Underground. The brand new spa, Moonshine, has just opened and its treatment rooms are uniquely named after Prohibition-era cocktails such as Sidecar, Gimlet, and more. What else is new under Le Parker Meridien New York? The luxury hotel has an updated 15,000 square foot fitness center, a dry bar hair salon that only does blowouts, and a nail salon with an iPad at every manicure station. Be sure to check out this extremely unique and revitalizing hotel on your next visit to the Big Apple!

Photo courtesy of Moonshine Spa Facebook page


It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Washington, DC

March 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is approaching full bloom here in Washington, DC, and we simply cannot wait for all of the events and activities in store. In 1912, 3,000 cherry blossom trees were given as gifts to Washington, DC from Tokyo, Japan. A century later, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is gearing up for its upcoming festivities, celebrating international companionship and the beauty of nature. This is the 100th anniversary of the cherry blossoms, and the District of Columbia is certainly going all out with its events. Be sure to make your luxury hotel reservations and take part in all of the excitement in our nation’s capital!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival goes from March 20th – April 27th, 2012. A few must-check-out events include the Blossom Kite Festival on March 31st, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 7th, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 14th, and Jazz at the Jefferson on April 19th. For more information on these events, visit the official National Cherry Blossom Festival Events page.

For accommodations, we encourage you to explore the 37 luxury hotels we have in the Washington, DC area. If you’re hoping to be located on or near the National Mall and in the heart of all the action, be sure to take advantage of and explore the list of options available to you here!

Photo courtesy of the NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org


Take a Break and Head to the Breakers in Palm Beach

March 19, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There are two things I love: One is a beautiful Renaissance-style Mediterranean hotel.  The other is the spaciousness of Florida beaches. Actually, I'm pretty sure there's more than that, but these two seemed the most appropriate for the moment because I'm about to tell you about The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.  One thing about American hotels is that they have a style all of their own, and it's rare to see European sensibilities packed up and smuggled over international waters to find a home in good ole US of A.  However, the breakers is a lovely exception to that rule.  I'm not sure how they snuck it through customs, but The Breakers brings the Italian Renaissance to Palm Beach, and its 140 acres give that style the room to breathe that it has a little more trouble finding in its native Italy.

On the property, you can find 36 holes of championship golf, 10 tennis courts, a beach club, and an extensive children's club. All this has been registered as a National Historic Place, thanks to its 100+ year history in the hotel business.  Fine dining, four oceanfront pools, and a full-service spa are all just an arm's reach away.  Not only that, for the family-minded, the hotel can connect up to five rooms together, so you can be perfectly flexible finding the arrangement that works best for your party.  As if that weren't enough, take to the seas and the skies with organized water sports, hot-air ballooning, or an air boat tour.  It's almost too much take in in just one trip.  So maybe you'll have to stay at The Breakers in Palm Beach twice.


It's Business Time: The Hay-Adams Best Business Hotel Washington DC

March 16, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Washington, DC.

"Hey, Adam, where would you stay on a business trip to DC?" a hypothetical man might ask.  And Adam, being a good sort and lover of wordplay, would most definitely tell him, "The Hay-Adams Hotel, my good sir."  Well, clearly this Adam guy knows the hotel scene in DC pretty well because the Hay-Adams is the iconic DC residence for visiting dignitaries.  With almost a hundred years of a history studded with the politically influential, the Hay-Adams does it right.  Emulating a distinguished private mansion on Lafayette square, you would have to actually be in the White House to get any closer to the president.  And I'm pretty sure there's a few german shepherds who might have something to say about that.  8,000 ft of meeting space ensures that you can have your meetings nearby if need be, and the rooftop terrace can accommodate parties of up to 225.  The Hay-Adams Hotel gets my recommendation for the DC business traveler.  It's central, connected, dignified, and luxurious, and that's everything I want on a business trip.


Incredible Packages at the Huntley Hotel Santa Monica

March 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica has a few packages that are too good to pass up! Before we dive into the deals and steals, let’s explore the hotel itself. The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica is a unique Southern California urban retreat overlooking the ocean front in the heart of Santa Monica. It is situated one block from the beach and Third Street Promenade, within walking distance from the Pier and incredible dining options, word-renowned galleries, and incredible shopping.

MasterCard Best Offer

With this package, stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free when you pay with a MasterCard. Choose from various room types including a Deluxe City View Room with 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds, or a Premiere Ocean View Room with 1 queen or 2 queen beds.

Suite Dreams Offer

Enjoy the luxurious accommodations of a spacious suite and daily complimentary breakfast for two.

City Breaks Offer

Book a room with this package and receive daily breakfast for 2 and a $15 hotel credit. Choose from various room types including a Deluxe City View Room with 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds, or a Premiere Ocean View Room with 1 queen or 2 queen beds.

Make your reservations and be well on your way to enjoying ocean views, luxurious accommodations, and fun cocktail creations at the Penthouse rooftop restaurant and lounge at the Huntley Hotel Santa Monica!