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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.

Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes

February 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vote Your Way to the World's Best

Announcing the Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes! Choose your favorite World’s Best luxury hotel or resort from the participating properties, and you may win a stay! Vote and win. What could be simpler than that?

Prizes include:

-Two business class round trip flights courtesy of Qatar Airways and 4 Night Stay in an Armani Deluxe Room at the Armani Hotel Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

-A four-night stay at Hotel Le Toiny on St. Bart’s

-A four-night stay at Armani Hotel Milano in Italy

-A four-night All-Inclusive stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun

-A four-night stay in an Ocean View Room at the Acqualina Resort in Miami Beach

-A four-night stay in Ocean View Room at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Grace Cafayate in Cafayate Provincia de Salta, Argentina

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Junior Suite at Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia

-A four-night stay at Titilaka Lodge in Lake Titicaca, Peru

You can only vote once, so choose wisely! 

Enter Now!

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Downtown Dallas Luxury Hotel?

February 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Crescent Court
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 a Downtown Dallas Luxury Hotel? 

ANSWER: Hotel Crescent Court


As culturally vibrant as the neighborhood in which it sits, Rosewood Crescent Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Uptown Dallas. Offering chic, contemporary styling, a serene spa and dining options ranging from Nobu to Starbucks, Rosewood Crescent Hotel offers discreet, professional service with Texas charm.
Offering some of the finest luxury accommodations in Dallas, the hotel's 191 rooms range from 380 to 625 square feet, and include a living area and bath. Each beautifully decorated and knowingly outfitted guestroom features a large closet with an automatic light, vanity with cosmetic lights, full-length mirror, individually controlled air-conditioning, desk, and comfortable seating area.
The 29 one- and two-story suites range from 770 to 3,035 square feet, and some offer private kitchens. All suites are individually designed and have a residential feel that complements the warm Texas hospitality. It will feel like you have found your home away from home. A variety of additional luxuries such as spiral staircases, hardwood floors, dining rooms, original works of art, antique porcelains and Bose sound systems are found in individual suites.

Deluxe Rooms include a generous sitting area with sofa, chair, coffee table, and desk, as well as a 32-inch flat screen television. This stylish Dallas hotel room features a private French balcony, a traditional bath in Italian marble and brass with a lighted marble vanity and special make-up mirror, all in 460 square feet of private space.

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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 Your Recommend a Miami Beachfront Hotel That's Close to Nightlife?

February 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Beach Hotel
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 looking for a Miami Florida South Beach property that beachfront, within walking distance to the night life and dining, and has a pool. What resort offers the best accommodations for our trip?



ANSWER: Grand Beach Hotel 

The Grand Beach Hotel is on the doorstep of South Beach with its night life and restaurants, while still offering just enough privacy and relaxation. The hotel offers ocean front location, two beach front pools and hot tubs, tranquility pool, Chez Gaston restaurant, three lounges and bars, 24-hour fitness center, nearly 20,000 square feet of event and meeting space, business center, comfortable library, massage and spa services, beach chair and umbrella rental for all guests. This is a pet-friendly hotel.

The Grand Beach Hotel features 430 luxurious and oversized guest room suites at their  Miami Beach ocean front hotel. Suites start on the 7th floor guaranteeing unobstructed views of the ocean or Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline. Oceanfront suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and white beach. Suites also include one-bedroom suites and two bedroom Corner Suites, which offer even more spacious accommodations. The Grand Beach Hotel in Miami also offers a large number of connecting rooms for Miami family vacations.
Grand Beach Hotel
Most suites offer two luxurious marble bathrooms and a King bed plus sleeper sofa or two double beds plus sleeper sofa. Suites have two 42-inch flat-screen TV with premium television channels, balcony with water views, WiFi, interconnecting suites, iPod cradle plug-in, ample luggage storage, and panoramic floor.

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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Cool Pools: Epic Hotel Miami

February 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Epic Hotel Miami

Epic Hotel Miami
has not one, but two pools for your swimming and sunning pleasure. The downtown Miami has a sixteenth-floor pool terrace that is an open-air oasis. Guests can sip cocktails and enjoy meals while they lounge poolside, courtesy of the hotel's own Area 31 restaurant and outdoor bar. Daybeds for sunbathing and pool cabanas for romantic cabanas are de rigeur.  There are also poolside massages and therapies provided by Exhale. 
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Cool Pools: Gansevoort Park Avenue

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at the Gansevoort Park Avenue can take in views of the Empire State building while they swim or lounge. The heated, indoor/outdoor rooftop pool featuring a collapsible garage door allowing passage between the interior and exterior elements. The pool is exclusive for guests during business hours, and open year round for easy access. Take a dip and meet the Mosaic 1940’s pin up temptress who beckons enticingly from the pool bottom. 

Gansevoort Park Avenue

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Did You Know? Hotel Captain Cook

February 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anchorage's Hotel Captain Cook is named for British explorer and cartographer whose three major voyages took him around the southern tips of Africa and South America, to Easter Island and, on his final voyage, along Alaska’s majestic coastline. Cook helped define Alaska in the 18th century by mapping its jagged coastline for the first time. In June of 1778, while looking for a Northwest Passage to Hudson Bay, he and his crew on the HMS Resolution dropped anchor in Turnagain Arm—within sight of the spot where the Hotel Captain Cook stands today.

Hotel Captain Cook

An earthquake in 1964 leveled much of downtown Anchorage. Businessman Walter J. Hickel, who was also Alaska's mayor, had already been investing in Alaska’s future for decades, building hotels and business centers as well as serving as Alaska’s governor, all with an eye to making Alaska the American gateway to the Pacific Rim. The Hotel has prospered and expanded with the times: the first Tower opened in 1965, followed by Tower II in 1972 and Tower III in 1978. Today, the 547-room hotel plays host to dignitaries, celebrities and people from all walks who love the grandeur of Alaska.


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Sleeping with the Presidents

February 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Willard InterContinental
In honor of President's Day, we wanted to showcase some luxury hotels that are favorites of POTUS.

The Willard InterContinental - Washington, DC
Every president since Franklin Pierce has stayed or attended an event here. President Lincoln even lived here with his family before his inaguration. Just in case more than one Commander-in-Chief is in residence, the historic hotel has four presidential suites, named after Presidents Jefferson, Adams, Washington, and Lincoln. 

The Kahala Hotel and Resort - Honolulu, HI
This hotel has put to bed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson. Presidents and other VIPs stay in either the Imperial and Presidential Suite. Both 2,200-square-foot suites are on the top two floors, with views of Kahala Bay. 

The Jefferson Hotel Richmond - Richmond, VA
Named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the historic Richmond hotel has checked in 12 presidents, from Harrison and McKinley to both Bushes and Obama. Commanders-in-chief usually stay in the 1,400-square foot Presidential Suite, complete with a baby grand piano, dining room, and a marble balcony overlooking Franklin Street. 

Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa - Phoenix, AZArizona Biltmore
The one-bedroom Presidential Suite has hosted every president since Hoover, except Obama—though he stayed at the hotel on the campaign trail. Arizona Biltmore was also the honeymoon spot of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. 

Loews Madison Hotel - Washington, DC
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy were hosts at the original opening of this hotel in 1963, and it has hosted every President since.

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel - New York, NY
The Carlyle has hosted every American president since Harry Truman. Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Reagan stayed at The Carlyle so often, it became their home away from home.

Presidents haven't only stayed at hotels. According to legend, The Equinox in Vermont is thought to be haunted by the ghost of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. She and her sons spent summers there, although their last vacation was cancelled due to President Lincoln's assassination. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC was to play host to President Coolidge's Inagural Ball, but his son's death changed those plans. Consequently, he is said to haunt the hotel. 

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The Omni Homestead Debuts its New Spa

February 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead has long been popular for its natural hot springs. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow onto The Omni Homestead Resort property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment. Renew your mind and body with a rejuvenating soak in the natural mineral waters of our legendary Jefferson Pools. The luxuy resort has also just debuted its rejuvenated spa.

The Spa at The Omni Homestead is an expansive, state-of-the-art facility for guests to experience decadent treatments, wellness facilities and unique features, including theAqua Thermal Suite and a year-round, adults only Spa Garden. In the Spa Garden, dip into the natural hot springs or relax your muscles in a naturally-pressurized geothermal deluge shower. 

The river reflexology walk offers a one-of-a-kind massage for your feet with smooth stones amid a small stream of natural spring water. Poolside cabanas, a spring-fed pool and whirlpool and Finnish-style sauna are other key features of this exclusive garden experience.

The Spa offers a variety of signature services including the Southern Harvest Apricot and Sweet Vanilla Wrap, 1766 Mineral Bath. and Mineral Springs Mud Wrap. Virginia’s classic spa also offers soothing and restorative massages, skin care and body therapies, and a fitness area with cardio/weight room and movement therapy rooms for yoga, cycling, and other classes.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Zero George

February 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests staying at Zero George are greeted upon arrival in the heart of the house, the original kitchen carriage house on the courtyard. This 1805 Carriage House has been transformed into the guest reception for the concierge desk, adjacent to the custom designed professional show kitchen, with a signature French enamel cooking range. Juxtaposing Charleston's period architecture, the hotel's decor is southern sophistication with a contemporary twist – reminiscent of a spacious, well appointed and comfortably furnished private home. The residences' private piazzas are furnished with wicker and wrought iron furnishings, allowing guests to casually lounge or breakfast while overlooking the Garden Courtyard.

Zero George 

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Enroll at Peninsula Academy at The Peninsula Chicago

February 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago

Located in the center of downtown Chicago on Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago is just steps from the best shopping, dining, cultural activities and a few blocks from the business and financial district. The luxury hotel takes full advantage of its location to show guests the city, through it's innovative Peninsula Academy program. Explore architecture, art, theatre, car-racing, and neighborhood tours. Kids get their own programs as well.

Here's what's on offer at The Peninsula Chicago: 

Princess for a Day: How to be a Perfect Princess
This programme is perfect for young ladies aspiring to be a princess. A fairy tale experience awaits, complete with princess attire and tiara, a horse-drawn carriage ride to a shopping spree, and a princess etiquette class. The day culminates with Her Royal Highness receiving a visit from Prince Charming for a glass slipper fitting.

Broadway in Chicago: Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances
Experience the best of Broadway in Chicago with VIP access to premier house seats to all performances, including sold-out shows, and a three-course dinner at the hotel.

Private Architectural Boat Cruise: River Tour of Chicago's SkyscrapersThe Peninsula Chicago Princess for a Day Program
Birthplace of the skyscraper and world-renowned architecture, there is no better place to experience Chicago’s remarkable structural design than from the Chicago River. This private river cruise will guide you through the labyrinth of the city's skyscrapers, weaving history and trivia into a modern day story, all while you and your guests enjoy a lovely lunch and beverages aboard a private yacht.

Historic Chicago Neighborhoods: Guided Cultural Tour
Discover Chicago, a city of neighbourhoods. Lifelong residents and first-time guests of the Windy City will visit notable Chicago landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Willis Tower, President Obama’s home, historic mansions on Astor Street, and the Buckingham Fountain. Take in the sights along Lake Shore Drive before heading to Chicago’s up-and-coming, trendy Wicker Park/Bucktown and other notable neighbourhoods.

Chicago Fire House Excursion: For Young Firefighters in Training
This programme is ideal for aspiring firefighters who wish to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in an urban environment. Frequently called into action, Chicago Firefighters must be ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Your little ones will learn what it takes to be a firefighter in an active city setting and have the chance to tour a working firehouse.

The Peninsula Chicago Private Tours of the Art Institute of chicago

Exotic Car Adventure: From Roadway to Racetrack
Get behind the wheel of an exotic car with this exciting raceway experience! You will enjoy scenic shoreline driving and urban roadways via Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive. This two-day programme begins when you select the exotic car of your choice followed by a decadent steak dinner and a unique scotch-flight experience. The following morning at the Autobahn racetrack, you will receive exclusive one-on-one driving instruction on a closed course and have the opportunity to drive five different high-powered vehicles on an Autobahn raceway format.

Little Bakers: Pastry Class for Aspiring Chefs
This experience is perfect for youngsters who want the opportunity to get a “taste” of the Pastry Kitchen – including making marshmallows and cakes, decorating cupcakes, cookies and more.The Peninsula Chicago River Tour of the Chicago Skyline

Art Institute of Chicago: Private Tour of Revered Art Collection
Art Institute of Chicago is a national treasure, offering the country’s leading collection of impressionists’ paintings, among many other prized pieces. Experience unprecedented access to the museum’s revered collections with a customised tour tailored to the your selected art preference.
 

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