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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.

Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Hotel Provides a Beach and Pool and is in Walking Distance to Nightlife?

December 11, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Dream South Beach
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 South Beach hotel provides beach, walking distance to nightlife and fine dining, and a pool?

ANSWER: Dream South Beach Dream South Beac

Imaginative and whimsical, Dream South Beach is an intriguing hotel proving unexpected delights are still possible in a place where the extraordinary is commonplace. The illusion begins with the transformation of two iconic Art Deco South Beach Miami hotels - the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House - into a sophisticated, boutique realm of just 108 rooms and suites. Step inside and find a quiet, cool, and delightfully hypnotic hideaway from the South Florida sun. Relax in late 70's inspired accommodations or lounge by the rooftop pool and lounge. Whatever your choice, Dream South Beach is a delightfully hypnotic hideaway. Even in a town celebrated for its playful, decadent atmosphere, these accommodations stand apart. Creative architectural elements, crafted by internationally renowned designer Michael Czysz, blend the familiar with the unexpected, mingling the glamour with surreal fantasy and luxury. Delight your senses in exquisitely appointed rooms and suites. 

The hotel is surrounded by stylish boutiques, the hottest clubs and is just 50 yards from pristine white sand beaches. Right next door is another fashionable address, Villa by Barton G., once known as the famed Versace Mansion Casa Casuarina. Though Dream offers an array of leisurely pursuits, from rooftop pool oasis to spa treatments and an exhilarating nightlife scene, the surrounding area abounds with must-see attractions and South Beach events. From the white sand beaches of Miami to rows of chic shops, bars and nightclubs, every interest is catered to here.

We recommend: A King Bed Junior Suite with couch.  This suite type averages 350 sq ft,  and offers a 42in LCD TV, stocked private bar, and mood lighting.

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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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Did You Know? Hastings House

December 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hastings House
In 1937, Warren Hastings, an English naval architect with a gift for story-telling, moved to Salt Spring Island from Sussex, England with his new bride Barbara. According to Hastings, he and Barbara "decided to build on Salt Spring Island because we love the sea and we think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a lovely climate." Hastings built the Manor House in 1940 to resemble his 11th century Sussex-style family home because their "furniture was suitable for a house of this type."
 

 

 

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Teddy Bear Tea at Rittenhouse Hotel

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rittenhouse Hotel Teddy Bear Tea


Gather up your kids for a special kid-friendly tea-time at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel.

From November 29th through December 31st 2013, children can enjoy a real-life tea party with their teddy bear friends at The Rittenhouse daily. With a child friendly menu and a complimentary Rittenhouse Teddy Bear, you will be sure to leave with a smile and a memory. Children's seating is at 11:30 am with Story time at 12:30 pm. Teddy Bear Tea is being offered at $60 for adults and $30 for kids. Advance reservations are required. 

The Tea Room bears the name of renowned painter Mary Cassatt, whose brother once lived in the mansion that is now the Rittenhouse Hotel. Amidst the rush of urban life, Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room offers an intimate daily escape and the continuance of an age-old tradition. The tea selection spans the world, from tisanes of local herbs and flowers to grand black and green teas of Asia. As accompaniment, Executive Chef Jon Cichon at Lacroix has crafted a selection of delightfully inspired and perfectly delicate sweets and savories with a view to seasonal ingredients and pairings with the wonderful teas.

 

Nightly rates at Rittenhouse Hotel from November 29th-December 31st start at $349>>

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New to Five Star Alliance: Westhouse Hotel New York

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Westhouse Hotel New York

Westhouse Hotel New York was designed by the highly acclaimed and award-winning firm of Jeffrey Beers International, known worldwide for boldly pushing the boundaries of architectural design. What has been created is an inviting atmosphere mirrored on an elegant residence – a hotel for the sophisticated traveler who expects the highest level of services and amenities.  This aesthetically modern property allows business or leisure guests, referred to as Hotel Residents, to experience an elevated Boutique Hotel experience where personalized, intuitive service, and special selection of privileges, are thoughtfully delivered in a private and exclusive atmosphere.

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Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family Stay in New York City?

December 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The LowellWe 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 New York City near the Rockefeller Center. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Lowell


Located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell is in the heart of New York's most exclusive and fashionable Upper East Side. With only 49 individually decorated suites and 23 deluxe rooms, the hotel lavishes its guests with truly personalized service and great attention to detail. Among the many thoughtful touches are complimentary beverages upon arrival, Fiji water at turndown, and a selection of Bulgari amenities. Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and almost all have fully equipped kitchens.

For your needs, we recommend a Junior Suite with a rollaway bed. This spacious suite (over 600 square feet) contains a comfortable sitting area with a sofa, coffee table,and oversized desk. The suites feature Crema Marfil & Breccia Rosia marble bathrooms with a deep soaking tub and a separate stall shower with flat screen televisions. The suite also has a recently refashioned granite-topped kitchenette. The suite can accommodate a complimentary rollaway bed.

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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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New to Five Star Alliance: Viceroy New York

December 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York redefines midtown by combining the pulse of the city's heart with the cosmopolitan spirit of uptown, providing guests with exceptional New York City views, superbly tailored accommodations and distinctive service. The building’s innovative design, luxe amenities and groundbreaking culinary offerings make Viceroy New York an unparalleled choice for stylish travelers and savvy professionals.

Viceroy New York 

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Your Questions Answered: What do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3?

December 2, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Meritage Resort at NapaWe 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 do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3, 2 adults and 1 child age 11?

ANSWER: Meritage Resort at Napa offers you the best of California's Wine Country, featuring the area's only underground luxury spa and tasting room. Convienently located to best explore both the Napa and Sonoma Valley's extraordinary vineyards and wineries, The Meritage Resort is perfect for those who enjoy gourmet dining, great wines and Napa's casually elegant activities. The Meritage Resort welcomes you with a warming fireplace stoked with the staves of oak barrels from local wineries, 158 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, a wine bar, resort swimming pools and fitness centers, an intimate wedding chapel, and stylish special event spaces.

For your family, we recommend you choose rooms with 2 queen beds or King bed and sofa bed. Choose from a Double Queen Room or a Standard King Room, both featuring Tuscan-inspired decor with rich woods, comfortable seating and premium bedding for your ultimate relaxation. Guests can enjoy wireless and wired high-speed Internet access, executive work desks and 32-inch plasma screen televisions with DVD players. The spacious bathrooms have marble-topped vanities, Gilchrist and Soames amenities, and plush robes.

For even more luxury without upgrading to a Suite, The Meritage Resort offers a Superior King Patio Extended Room. These luxury Napa accommodations offer vineyard views, one King bed and a large balcony, as well as pull-out sofa bed for your convenience.

Your soothing home away from home awaits at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Wine Country California.

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: What is available at the Four Seasons St Louis for a Family of Four?

November 30, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons St LouisWe 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, children. What is available at the Four Seasons St. Louis?


ANSWER: The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis brings new cachet to the downtown riverscape. The Four Seasons St. Louis rises just steps from the Laclede's Landing entertainment district. Enjoy unrivaled access to stadium sports and the Lumiare Place Casino, right downstairs. Then escape into Four Seasons tranquility - where views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi are as big as the Midwestern sky. Four Seasons St Louis

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has 200 spacious guest rooms and suites that offer a variety of views of the city, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. They are bright and airy, with a very contemporary look that incorporates light woods and soft, natural hues. Well-defined work areas allow focused productivity, and each room features high-speed wired and wireless Internet access.

For your needs, we recommend the Grand Premier City-View Rooms. They feature elegantly designed interiors and offer expansive views of the city. These 639 sq foot rooms are on floors 9-19th, feature a king bed, and can easily accommodate an extra rollaway or crib.

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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New to Five Star Alliance: NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun

November 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun is positioned in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc, the newest luxury destination in the Mexican Caribbean situated on the most desirable land of the Mayan region. Set within a paradise of protected mangroves and lush, local foliage, and facing the white sands of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef -- the second largest coral reef in the world -- NIZUC is home to two exclusive beaches and is surrounded by the region's natural wonders, archaeological sites and attractions.

NIZUC Resort and Spa 

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