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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.

Warped Stairs at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia?


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton PhiladelphiaThe stairs leading to what today is The Grand Ballroom at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia (formerly the vault of Girard Bank) are warped on one side. The stairs were built for the ladies to make their “grand entrance” into the vault to retrieve their jewels on Friday for their weekend social event, and their subsequent return on Monday. The warping on that one side is from the traffic up and down—the skirts were long at the time, and there is a banister only on that side. The stairs were left as is.

 

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Green Initiatives at Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

BardessonoBardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:

-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting. 

-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.

-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. Bardessono

-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality. 

-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.

-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand. 

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Baja Spa Indulgence at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso


By: Five Star Alliance

Las Ventanas Al ParaisoLas Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort has redefined pampering and luxury in Los Cabos with unparalleled service, exquisite accommodations and unwavering attention to detail. Now guests can take advantage of the ancient healing rituals of Baja at The Spa at Las Ventanas and unwind in its verdant and tranquil setting. The Spa at Las Ventanas offers a full range of treatments and therapies inspired by the power of the Four Elements.

Baja Spa Indulgence Package Features:

-Four nights accommodation for two
-Premium round-trip airport transfers from San Jose del Cabo International Airport in a Mercedes G-500
-One welcome spa cocktail per person

-Full breakfast and dinner for two daily
-LVP Air meals for two upon departure
-One $500 spa and salon credit per suite per stay

The package is available through December 17, 2016. Additional terms and conditions apply and the offer is subject to availability. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Pampered Pets at Nine Zero Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Nine Zero HotelTraveling with your pet? Nine Zero Hotel offers a pet package, Tail in One City, so your furry family member feels at home at this pet friendly hotel.

This package includes:

-Restful overnight accommodations in one of our deluxe guestrooms

-Designer pet welcome amenity

-Nine Zero pet bowls and a pet bed placed in your room for your pet's use throughout your stay

-Pet sitting, pet grooming, pet walking and pet massage services available through our concierge for a supplementary cost

Nine Zero Hotel is surrounded by some of the best dog walking spots in the city. Just across from the hotel is Boston Common, a pet-friendly 50-acre public park.

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Cool Pools: Ocean Key Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Ocean Key Resort & Spa welcomes LIQUID Pool - Bar - Lounge to it's waterfront location in Old Town Key West. The revitalized locale boasts the most desirable view on the island, bright and vibrant fabrics and furnishings, genuinely friendly service, and culinary delights to match the energy.

Ocean Key Resort and Spa

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A Great Rate at The Villas of Grand Cypress


By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas of Grand CypressThe Villas of Grand Cypress has newly Club Suites. Decor by Orlando-based interior designer Lori Rapport is a tranquil balance of contemporary and classic styles through thoughtful details and custom-made furnishings. Surrounded by calming natural elements like rich Zebrano wood and stacked stone, the roomy master bedroom comes with a choice of either one king bed or two double beds and separate sitting area. Enjoy views of the undulating green hills of the larger Grand Cypress resort and the peaceful property lakes from a private balcony or patio. The 650 square foot Club Suite offers a bathing experience beginning with a glass-surrounded shower including a European shower tower complete with body jets, hand held shower, and rain shower head. The bathroom also features a sculptural, deep-walled bathing vessel and custom quartz counters with double sinks, polished chrome Kohler faucets, and an illuminated mirror integrated with a 19" television.

Special Five Star Alliance Rate Includes:

-Club Suite

-$100 Resort Credit valid for food and beverage

Two-night minimum stay available, rates subject to availability.

Rates start at $359 per night. 

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Meet Thompson Playa del Carmen


By: Five Star Alliance

New to Five Star Alliance! Thompson Playa del Carmen brings not one, but two properties to this popular Mexican vacation spot.
This is the only Playa del Carmen hotel with locations on Quinta Avenida and the beach. Choose from a more classic luxury style
at the downtown location, or enjoy the intimate bohemian vibe at the Beach House. 

Thompson Playa del Carmen

Take advantage of opening offers including the Opening Deal Getaway featuring 20% off the best available rates. 


Two NY Gansevoort Hotels Want You to Wed


By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Meatpacking
What better time to say "I Do" than Spring? And what better place than NYC? Lovebirds of all kinds should head to Manhattan and take advantage of the "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package. The offer, which is available at Gansevoort Park Avenue and Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

Gansevoort's "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package includes: 

-Room accommodation
-Two couples one-hour Fusion Massage at Exhale Spa 
-Taxi to city hall
-Champagne upon arrival
-Custom Cake
-Rose Petals in room
-Suit Press or Dress Steaming

Prices starting at $642.00*

Package is subject to availability and pricing is exclusive of tax and based on double occupancy. 


Cool Pools: Beverly Wilshire


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy relaxing spa treatments, a Mediterranean-style pool, and luxurious fitness centre during your stay at Beverly Wilshire a Four Seasons Hotel, a luxury hotel just off Rodeo Drive.

The Mediterranean-style pool and whirlpool provide a refreshing oasis from the bustling city. Attendants are always nearby to offer a cooling Evian spritz, chilled water or a shot-glass smoothie. 
The Pool Bar & Cafe serves refreshing alternatives to the traditional poolside menu, available from 8am to 5pm.

Beverly Wilshire

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Cool Pools: Le Meridien Tampa


By: Five Star Alliance

The outdoor pool at Le Meridien Tampa offers a relaxing environment to unwind after a day of traveling or exploring the attractions, galleries, and restaurants in Tampa. Relax in a lounge chair by the pool and soak up the warm Florida sun before cooling off in the crystal clear blue pool water. The pool is located behind the hotel on the ground level. Guests may access the pool by taking the hotel service elevator to Level One. There is no lifeguard on duty at this pool and it is open year-round.

Le Meridien Tampa

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