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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.

Image of the Day: Barcelo Huatulco Beach

December 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Huatulco Beach is on the bay of Tangolunda, one of the largest among the 9 bays of Huatulco. The resort is situated right on the beach front. Guests can enjoy the sea, the swimming pool or go for a stroll on the beach, as they are all just a few steps from the rooms.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

December 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the gateway to Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions. Just steps away from renowned Rush Street, this four-diamond Chicago hotel offers stylish accommodations with luxury amenities, modern event facilities, irresistible dining options and gracious service.

 Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

 

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Studio Living at The James New York

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
The James New York
is a 114-room luxury boutique hotel designed as a locally inspired, community focused, and environmentally thoughtful hotel. Outdoor spaces throughout the hotel include a seasonal Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck and bar. The James New York also features the award-winning David Burke Kitchen and curated art exhibits throughout the hotel.

For those who would like to experience the quintessential New York studio apartment living experience, you can do so at The James New York. Of course, you won't have to walk up five flights of stairs, schelp your laundry to the laundromat, or deal with faulty heat, noisy neighbors, and brick wall views, since these studios are of the luxury variety. 

Corner queen and king studios feature city views with a prime corner location offering two walls of windows with an abundance of natural light. Contemporary studios offer an open layout and upscale residential design complemented by a palette of warm tones and natural, artisan fabrics. Designed with the modern day traveler in mind, the layout offers artful balance of form and function - from the spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms to the flat screen TVs and WiFi. All handcrafted studios are intelligently appointed with intuitive amenities such as eco-friendly Keetsa pillows, triple distilled water refreshed twice daily, separate seating areas for work or dining, and fully stocked pantries with locally curated offerings. A "peek-a-boo" motorized screen separates the bedroom from the glass-enclosed bathroom, which features a rain shower and natural bath amenities provided by Intelligent Nutrients.

Corner Queen measures 340 sq. ft (32 sq. m) of space and Corner King measures 380 sq. ft. (35 sq. m) of space. There is an accessible Corner King Studio features lowered shelving and lowered door viewer and latches. Bathrooms are equipped with roll-in showers and grab bars.

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Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Best for Rest and Recovery?

December 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mutiny 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: My Mother and I are traveling to Miami, I will be recovering from surgery can you recommend a hotel that has a kitchen and offers quiet for my recovery?

ANSWER: The Mutiny Hotel 


The Mutiny Hotel is located approximately 17 miles from Miami International Airport on Sailboat Bay in Coconut Grove, approximately nine miles from South Beach. Local attractions include the Streets of Mayfair, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Key Biscayne, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and downtown Miami which are all within five miles of the hotel.
Hotel amenities include on-site car rental, wireless Internet, concierge, fax/photocopy services, laundry/valet services, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, sauna, and steam room. Atchana's East/West Kitchen is a sophisticated hideaway located on the ground level of The Mutiny Hotel and serves an array of fresh, authentic Asian dishes, along with American Classics such as New York Strip Steak and Snapper Filets. Patrons can dine in the intimate wood-paneled 45-seat indoor dining room or outdoors, next to the poolside waterfall. In addition to full bar service,. Full service dining is also available at The Pirates Bar & Grill serving contemporary American and International cuisine. Private parties available in the restaurant or poolside. 
The Mutiny Hotel
Guest suites are decorated in a British Colonial motif and feature fully equipped kitchens, two TVs, VCRs, A/C, desks, dial-up Internet access, dual-line telephones, voicemail, hairdryers, bathroom telephones, coffeemakers with premium coffees, and bathrobes. The minimum age for check-in is 21 and that all accommodations at The Mutiny Hotel are now non-smoking. Guest suites are an average of 750 sq ft, overlooking Biscayne Bay, and have fully equipped kitchen, sleeper couch in Living area, many with private balcony for some quiet 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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New to Five Star Alliance: ONE UN New York

December 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Set against a spectacular New York City backdrop, ONE UN New York, formerly Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, is a quiet haven nestled on the eastern edge of Manhattan’s fashionable Midtown neighborhood. Located directly across from one of the world’s great landmarks, the headquarters of the United Nations, the luxury hotel is just steps from Grand Central Terminal; close to the Theater District, renowned restaurants and world-class shopping; and within easy access to the three major airports serving New York City.

One UN New York 

 

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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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