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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.

Did You Know? Fairmont Palliser

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Palliser

Before the Canadian Pacific Railway steamed into town around 1883, there was little in Calgary other than a mounted police post and a trading center. But with the train came tourists, many on their way to visit to a stay at Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, which is now the Fairmont Banff Springs. Looking to lure these tourists to stop over for a few days, the Fairmont Palliser was built.

The luxury hotel opened as The Palliser on June 1, 1914. It was built in the Edwardian Commercial style. Architect Lawrence Gotch adopted a Chicago look, with straight geometric lines resembling the prairie grain elevators found in Alberta and other prairie provinces. The E-shape of the service floors was designed to provide all rooms with outside lighting and created the appearance of three adjacent towers. The public areas were fitted with oak paneling, candelabras, marble columns and floors, handmade rugs and public art. Ice water, along with hot and cold running water, was available in the 350 guest rooms, which featured mahogany doors, brass beds and windows. Named after Captain John Palliser, who explored the area in the 1850s, the eight-floor building was enlarged in 1929, with another $30 million in renovations and restoration recently made.

Pictured is the the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, built to preserve and showcase Canadian Pacific's history, which is a partnership between the hotel and the railway company. The glass rotunda was inspired by late 19th century railway station design and provides a home for Canadian Pacific's vintage train cars. Catered by the hotel's restaurant, the Pavilion and heritage cars can be rented for private functions and events.

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Cool Pools: CordeValle a Rosewood Resort

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located near Sense® spa, this enticing heated outdoor pool at CordeValle a Rosewood Resort offers a refreshing oasis of calm. Guests can take a relaxing dip, sunbathe in a plush lounge chair, or simply take in the beautiful views of the California countryside. Poolside food and drink options include fun cocktails, salads, sandwiches and made-to-order thin crust pizza. The pool is oven year-round..
Cordevalle

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Walk the Riverwalk with Hotel Contessa

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Countessa
The magic that surrounds this verdant oasis is mystifying to all who visit San Antonio's famed River Walk every year. At the heart and soul of this gently winding waterway is Hotel Contessa, one of the River Walk's sparkling gems.

The San Antonio Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.  It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. More than 20 events take place on the Riverwalk every year.

The all-suites Hotel Contessa celebrates the River Walk with a special package designed to take advantage of the perfect weather for walking.

Book the Explore River Walk Package and receive:

• Overnight Luxury Suite Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Las Ramblas
• River Walk Boat Tour Tickets
• Wireless Internet Access
 

Nightly rates for the Explore Riverwalk package start at $289 >>


Cool Pools: Delano Hotel

September 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Delano Hotel has more than 7,000 square feet of the outdoors to enjoy, in the form of the Delano Beach Club. The centerpiece of the club is the iconic swimming pool.

Delano Hotel

Reserve your lounge chair at Delano South Beach >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico?

September 10, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Cabo Azul ResortWe 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 Los Cobos, Mexico. What beach resort offers the best accommodations for our family, children ages newborn, 2, and 6?

ANSWER: Cabo Azul Resort and Spa

This all-villa resort is the epitome of sophistication and indulgence. Few Cabo San Lucas resorts can equal the comfort, affordable luxury and sheer spectacle of this architectural gem. Nestled on more than 12 oceanfront acres, on an azure bay in the heart of Los Cabos corridor, Cabo Azul Resort is one of the only Los Cabos resorts located in this prime vacation setting.

Whether its golf on one of the world's most picturesque golf courses, trademark Cabo activities in the water, world-class shopping, top notch sports fishing, or up-close encounters with dolphins at the specially designed dolphin center in Cabo San Lucas, activities in Cabo San Lucas for you to choose from are boundless. Beach-going guests will enjoy an ideal transition from the expansive 600-foot-wide white sand beach to the oceanfront tri-level infinity edge swimming pool. 

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend: 
Cabu Azul Resort and Spa
-Two-bedroom Cabo Villa. Each villa features three separate rooms and 1,523 square feet of living space including fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and verandas. Each villa features a king size bed, a queen size bed and queen size sleeper sofa bed that comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests. The villas also feature:

Beautifully Signature Design Decor
Polished Natural Stone Floor throughout
Superior Quality Linens and Bedding
In Villa Security Safe
Entertainment Center with DVD and Flat-panel TV
Individual Climate Control w/ Ceiling Fans
Luxury Bathrobes
Bedroom with In-Room Spa Tub
Full Bathroom with Two Sinks & Shower
High-Speed Internet

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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.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friend Resort in Miami?

September 8, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Conrad Miami
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: What are some family friendly resorts in Miami for a family of 6?



ANSWER: Conrad Miami offers contemporary luxury in the heart of downtown Miami's financial district, with views of the city and the Bay of Biscayne.The hotel's Brickell Avenue address provides quick and easy access to many of Miami's attractions including South Beach, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. The hotel is also just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport.

The Conrad Miami has 203 luxury hotel guest rooms and 103 residences that include studios and one and two bedroom suites with stunning views of Miami or the bay. Capturing minimalist, contemporary flair, the hotel rooms are accessorised with contrasting elements of glass, wood, leather and metal, and the hotel's dramatic 25th-floor Sky Lobby offers breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and Miami sunsets. Enjoy the rooftop pool, tennis courts, Spa Conrad, and hot tub. and personalized service for an ideal southern Florida getaway. Guest rooms and condominiums feature unparalleled views and luxury amenities. 
Superb dining options at Conrad Miami include the hotel's signature restaurant, Atrio; an experience in progressive American cuisine with the creative and meticulously crafted menu offering American favourites accented by Spanish and Asian influences. The hotel's dark and sultry Noir Bar is the Ying to Atrio's Yang. Adjacent to Atrio in the Sky Lobby, it is affectionately known as the "Dark Bar," with its dark interior highlighting views of Miami's glittering nightlife.Conrad Miami

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

-Executive Two Bedroom Bayview Residence King. This spacious condo has 2 bay view rooms, sofa bed on request, full kitchen, and two spacious bathrooms. The large marble bathrooms are equipped with deep soaking bathtubs, a selectionof luxurious bath care product, and separate glass enclosed showers. Families enjoy all of the amenities of a hotel with the feeling of a luxury condominium. 

Room amenities and services include balcony, bath slippers, HBO, pillow menu, dining table and chair, ergonomic desk chair, granite counter tops, movie channel, TV on-demand, movie seating area with sofa, seperate bathtub and shower, signature bedding, 37 inch HDTV, desk with adjustable lamp, double locking door safe, remote printing, DVD/CD player, dishwasher, evening room service, desk level electric plug, high speed internet access, full refrigerator, espresso machine, ironing board, kitchen, full microwave. 

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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: The Cornstalk Hotel

September 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cornstalk Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa.

The Cornstalk Hotel

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Lacroix Suite Package at The Rittenhouse

September 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rittenhouse
Book the Suite Lacroix package at Philadelphia's The Rittenhouse, and you will dine and sleep in style. The Rittenhouse is known for its world-class amenities and services, along with a Center City location. 

Lacroix Suite Package includes:

- Overnight accommodations in a Park Suite
- Four course dinner for two at the AAA Four Diamond Award Lacroix Restaurant
- Wine pairing for two
- Two glasses of champagne
- American breakfast for two in the morning

The Lacroix Restaurant is known for its locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, extensive wine selection, Progressive International Cuisine, and a backdrop of Rittenhouse Square.

Each of the Park Suites include marble bathrooms, four-poster beds, and carefully chosen hand-crafted furniture designed specifically for The Rittenhouse. Located on the third floor of the hotel, each of the Rittenhouse Hotel suites are designed to take full advantage of these unique treetop views of Rittenhouse Square. The suites range in size from approximately 950 to 1,300 square feet. 

Park Suite Amenities Include:

Rittenhouse Hotel

- Separate seating area with queen-sized sofa sleeper
- Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown service
- Plush bed with pillow-top mattress, duvets and king-size down pillows 
- State-of-the-art technology featuring flat-screen televisions and iPod docking station 
- Entertainment on demand
- Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access
- Individual climate control
- In-room safe large enough to store a laptop computer
- Private bar stocked with a selection of cold beverages and snacks
- Luxurious marble bathroom featuring Acqua Di Parma bath amenities
- Oversized bathtub and glass enclosed shower with massage showerhead
- Separate vanity and dressing area with illuminated makeup mirror
- Plush bathrobe and slippers
- 24-hour in-room dining
- Overnight shoe shining service

Book your visit to The Rittenhouse >>


Did You Know? Meritage Resort at Napa

September 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Meritage Resort at Napa opened along with the Vino Bello Resort in 2006, creating the ultimate Wine Country destination. Situated across nine acres of vineyards, The Meritage Resort  feature 504 luxury guest rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, two swimming pools, and premier meeting and event space.

Meritage Resort

Learn more about Meritage Resort at Napa >>


Enjoy Your Long Weekend!

September 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Moorings Village and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 







Whether your plans include one last trip to the beach, getting the kids ready for school, or simply relaxing at home, we wish you a wonderful Labor Day!