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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Dallas Hotel?

April 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Westin Galleria Dallas
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 a family of 3 and looking to stay is Dallas, Texas. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Galleria Dallas 

The Westin Galleria Dallas'chic lobby is the direct gateway to exciting shops from Gucci to Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, American Girl Boutique, and much more. Experience no-stress shopping at the Galleria Dallas, also featuring excellent dining venues in an airy, extravagant setting. Whatever your pleasure, the hotel offers a stylish, inviting atmosphere and unmatched amenities for business or leisure. Enjoy a relaxing oasis at the sleek and contemporary pool and splash deck. During downtime, work out in the expanded WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. The professional concierge is on hand with extended hours to assist guests with their needs or interests while in Dallas. For guests on the go, a Hertz Car Rental desk is right in the hotel. The 148 renovated guest rooms, including 10 suites and seven Sky Rooms, are attractively appointed with plush Westin Heavenly Beds and unique custom-designed touches, conveying fashion synergy and artistic insight from local and global designers. Every guest room features an in-room coffee maker, two dual-line direct-dial telephones with data port, and satellite television with movies on command. Luxury suites are richly appointed with lavish dining and sitting areas and private wet bars. Enjoy guest privileges at the prestigious University Fitness Club or relax in the hotel's Corner Bakery for a snack as you overlook the spectacular indoor ice rink at the adjacent Galleria Mall.

Westin Galleria Dallas

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

-Luxury Suite with Sofa Bed. The contemporary Luxury Suites offer two layouts: the smaller can connect to a second king bedroom, while the other features a single bedroom and two baths, one of which is ADA-compliant. Luxury Suites at The Westin Galleria Dallas bring together stylish contemporary designs by fashion favorites in a large floor plan that is fabulously chic yet completely relaxed and inviting. A palette of soothing neutrals accented by midnight blue and bold yellow hues is found throughout the spacious suite, with built-in wall panels, desks and cabinets all hewn from caramel-colored American walnut wood for a sleek touch. Each suite consists of a sizeable master bedroom furnished with the sublime king-size Westin Heavenly Bed, plus a living area with a plush sofa and chairs, a sleek marble-top wet bar and sink, a large-screen HDTV and an impeccable Bose Sound System for enjoying your favorite music or films in stereo. Inspired lighting design by Philippe Starck and Alberto Meda and one-of-a-kind, vibrant fabric and furniture creations by Paul Smith and Hella Jongerius—both part of an international circle of famed fashion designers—convey a sense of the timeless and carefree. Photography by Texan James Evans celebrates Texas's unique beauty. Beautiful mosaic pearlized tiles appoint the two luxurious bathrooms, with a decadent master bath complete with Heavenly Bath with dual showerheads, deep-depth tub with European fixtures, a dual marble vanity for ample preparation space, and sliding frosted-glass privacy doors. The hotel features two one-bedroom, two-bath Luxury Suites with slightly differing layouts. The smaller suite at 676 square feet offers the option of connecting to a second king bedroom while the larger—1,004 square-foot—suite features a dining area with a glass-top table to seat six, a 60" flat-screen TV, and an ADA-accessible bathroom. Luxury Suites feature exclusive access to our Westin Executive Club Lounge, for complimentary breakfasts, business center services such as complimentary Wi-Fi and printing, evening beverages including wine and beer and hors d'oeuvres, and the services of a dedicated, private concierge staff during breakfast and dinner hours.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly San Francisco Hotel?

March 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Palomar San FranciscoWe 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 hotels in San Francisco for a family of 5, children ages 9,12,and 14?
 

ANSWER: Hotel Palomar San Francisco

Hotel Palomar is just one block from Union Square and Moscone Center. The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is a sophisticated urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This luxury hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in quiet seclusion, five floors above the traffic of nearby bustling Union Square. Centrally located in San Francisco's SOMA district at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, the hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square. At once fun and sophisticated, the hip Hotel Palomar offers guest rooms and suites located five floors above the bustling downtown streets. Simple elegance and playful variety characterize yhr 195 guestrooms and suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking: Hotel Palomar San Francisco
-A Deluxe Suite connected to a King Deluxe or Executive King or a Deluxe King room to a Deluxe Room with double beds. Suites at Hotel Palomar San Francisco are beautifully realized compositions of cosmopolitan comfort. The hotel offers 11 Deluxe Suites for the ultimate San Francisco stay. Each of the 625-square-foot suites feature a king-sized bed, a sitting area or parlor with sleeper sofa and an oversized bathroom with a Fuji soaking tub and separate shower. Each Deluxe room offers 300 square feet designed exclusively around both your comfort and style featuring a plush king-sized bed or two double beds. Some Deluxe guestrooms have interior views of our Zen Garden. Request in advance is recommended. The spacious Executive King guestrooms each feature 350 square feet of Hotel Palomar alluring style, a luxurious king-sized bed and exterior views of downtown San Francisco.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family and Pet-Friendly Santa Barbara Hotel?

March 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
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 a family of 6 looking for a pet friendly place in Santa Barbara, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Delight in the rich amenities and extensive array of activities - perfect for any age. Lounge by the pool. Walk along the soft-sand beach Dine on delicious cuisine at one of four restaurants. Relax in your restful guest room or suite. Take pleasure in the down-to-earth setting of this enchanting Santa Barbara beach hotel. 

Fess Parker's Doubletree ResortFess Parker's Doubletree Resort is the perfect locale for a truly unique Santa Barbara family vacation. Encircled by mountains and set along the Pacific Ocean, the resort is near an array of activities for all ages. Year-round, explore the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Learn about sea life at the Ty Warner Sea Center. Go whale watching. This impressive Santa Barbara family resort is an idyllic destination, offering entertaining pursuits for both children and adults. The luxurious Santa Barbara pet-friendly accommodations comprise 360 guest rooms on 24 beautifully landscaped acres. Each room includes a furnished patio or balcony, high speed internet access, mini bar and personal coffee maker.

Pet Policy:
Pets of all sizes are welcome. Step outside your door of this Santa Barbara pet-friendly hotel, where you both can enjoy miles of landscaped walking paths along the beachfront and parks. Want to go for a swim? Take your dogs with you. There are dog-friendly beaches a short drive away. The concierge can assist with directions to dog-friendly beaches and off-leash parks as well as hiking trails in the local mountains.  In addition to the spacious rooms and a special treat bag, pets enjoy acres of landscaped grounds and pet menus for in-room dining.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
-Ocean View 1 King Bed connecting to an Ocean View 2 Queen Beds: These spacious accommodations offer striking views of the Pacific Ocean from a own private patio or balcony.
Or
-Resort View 1 King Bed connecting to a Resort View 2 Queen Beds: 

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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.

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Interactive Art at The Quin

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel
The Quin
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the newest luxury hotel in Manhattan, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The legendary hotel has long been a home away from home for countless painters, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, and conductors. Doubtless, this is due to both The Quin's elegant beaux-arts architecture and its proximity to Broadway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Thanks to the hotel's Quin Arts initiative, the tradition continues today. Quin Arts is an interactive arts program that celebrates the property's rich heritage and produces exciting new spaces for contemporary artists. Quin Arts seeks to inspire suspended moments of reflection amid the bustle of urban life with engaging and immersive new work in New York City. The Quin invites progressive contemporary artists to make their mark through its residency program.

The Quin Hotel

The artistic  and cultural legacy of The Quin was laid by such art world luminaries Georgia O’Keeffe, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Marc Chagall. Quin Arts presents an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program; grand displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, which are specifically created for the hotel; and intimate salons with participating artists.

The Quin currently houses 18 original pieces by artists from around the world. The collection includes works by Blek le Rat, the Paris-based "Godfather of Street Art;” YZ; Eric Zener; Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat;" and renowned Irish painter Patrick Graham. This collection now includes 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker, and will continue to grow with original works commissioned through the Quin Arts' artist-in-residence program.

Current exhibits and artistic endeavors include:

-Heritage, an immersive photography exhibit presented in conjunction with Magnum Photos. It celebrates what Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson calls "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually." Heritage features the work of Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt and was co-curated by Darren Johnston and Gary Hoenig.

-Quin Artist in Residence Rosemary Siemens. Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados.

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Family Fun Rules at Paradise Point Resort and Spa

March 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


If you are looking for a family-friendly luxury resort near San Diego, look no further than Paradise Point Resort and SpaThe resort is on a private 44-acre island located in Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park. The Southern California resort features 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms, including 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse and gold.

A Few Family-Friendly Reasons Families Love Paradise Point Resort and Spa  

• Insulated setting where older kids (teens and tweens) can safely explore without constant parental supervision
• Just 10 minutes away from top San Diego attractions such as Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp QuarterParadise Point Resort and Spa
• Kid-friendly activities include Paradise Surf Academy, dive-in movies, poolside games, watersports camp, scavenger hunts, fishing, 18-hole putting golf course, croquet course, tennis, basketball, and the Island Adventure Club
• Five pools to choose from: Main pool, lagoon pool, adult lagoon pool, meadow pool, and waterfall pool
• All family members, even the four-legged ones, are welcome at the resort
• One mile of sandy white beach, perfect for digging in the sand, building sandcastles, playing horseshoes, or having a game of Bocce Ball. The surrounding Mission Bay is less crowded than nearby beaches, and the waters are calm and inviting
Paradise Point Resort and Spa• Beach cruiser and surrey quadracycle rentals available, there are 14 miles of bike paths nearby
• Segway tours of the 44-acre island
• 60-minute boar tour of Mission Bay, means a chance to witness sea lions, pelicans, and other sea life in their natural habitat and gaze at picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, SeaWorld, Fiesta Island, and the striking downtown San Diego skyline
• Sailing lessons in one of the resorts 14 to 25 foot sloops
• Speedboat, Jet-ski, kayak, and paddleboards for rent and use
• Spa services for kids, including manicures, ice cream pedicures, "Mom & Me" mother-daughter spa package, and "Girls' Night In" teen spa events

Paradise Point offers a private island escape with all the comforts and activities of a San Diego waterfront hotel. It's a luxury resort the whole family is sure to enjoy.
 
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Cool Pools: Windsor Court Hotel

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel's pool is an expansive 18 x 65 outdoor pool with a large Jacuzzi whirlpool. Both have a bird's-eye view of New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel
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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Napa Valley Luxury Hotel?

March 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 a family of 4 and looking to stay is Napa, CA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa NapaNestled on the banks of the Napa River, in the heart of North America's premiere wine growing region, The Westin Verasa Napa is a serene, relaxing haven seamlessly blended with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Explore Napa's beautifully restored architectural gems, attend outstanding performances in the renowned Napa Valley Opera House, frequent fine art exhibitions, drop in on jam sessions, and sample world famous cuisine.
At The Westin Verasa Napa, each of the stylish suites encourages you to unwind with soft Heavenly® Beds and inspiring views of historic downtown or the Napa River. Channel your energy in the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility or dive into the calming essences of the heated outdoor pool. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at La Toque or savor a nightcap at our newly designed wine bar—Bank Cafe and Bar.

For Your Familys Needs, We Recommend

2 Bedroom Suite Non-smoking
-The two Bedroom King Suites feature deluxe living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and luxurious bedroom accommodations. Each kitchen features oak slab cabinets with stainless steel finished pulls on lower cabinets, and solid granite slab countertops and granite tile backsplashes complete the kitchen's sleek look and feel. All of the kitchens boast stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, electric range, and microwave, making it easy for each guest to recharge at their leisure. The functional breakfast bar includes stools, making for plenty of space for family or friends.
Westin Verasa NapaThe modern living room is flanked with comfortable custom built furniture, accented in a dark walnut finish, while the upholstered sofa bed provides pleasingly aesthetic colors inspired by the Napa landscape. Sip your favorite glass of wine as you spend each evening unwinding on the expansive balcony found in every Two Bedroom Suite. Each of the two bedrooms features legendary Heavenly Beds® and luxurious white bed linens, while two signature Heavenly Baths® leave you well-rested and restored at the beginning of each day.

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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.

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Image of the Day: South Seas Island Resort

March 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

South Seas Island Resort is a 330-acre full service destination resort on tropical Captiva Island in Southwest Florida. South Seas combines a natural wonderland with modern resort amenities and accommodations.

South Seas Island Resort

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New to Five Star Alliance: Generations Riviera Maya

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma is Mexico's premier all Suite, all Butler, all Gourmet beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and families savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. This all-suite hotel stretches along a secluded beach, providing indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to luxurious suites with butler service. Families can relax knowing that their little ones are in good hands with the certified team of professionals at Eko Kids Club. Generations Riviera Maya features 144 luxurious suites decorated in a forward looking style and divided into 10 categories.

Generations Riviera Maya 

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