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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.

Fine Dining at Hotel Vitale


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Vitale American Restaurant Private Dining
Given its proximity to Napa Valley and location in a thriving cutting-edge restaurant scene, San Francisco is home to a plethora of excellent culinary outlets. But where can you find many choices that are up to the standards of a luxury hotel? Check-in to Hotel Vitale, and you can do just that.

Here are your culinary choices located in and affiliated with Hotel Vitale

- Americano Restaurant (pictured). Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, a circular cocktail lounge, and an outdoor patio provide the perfect setting to enjoy Americano's handcrafted, soulful Italian menu. Its culinary style is rooted in lasting partnerships with local purveyors and seasonal flavors are showcased in every dish. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hosts a daily happy hour. Try the County Line mixed baby lettuces, Banyuls vinaigrette, house-made ricotta crostini salad. 

- Chambers Eat + Drink. At Chambers, vintage rocker meets Mid-century modern style. Enjoy the sexy, low-key vibe and seasonal, market-driven menu drinks. Guests can dine in the restaurant, lounge, or poolside on the patio or in a no-reservations-required cabana. It serves everything from quick bites to a hearty meal. Try the Sizzling Kobe Tri-Tip.

- Gaspar. The Parisian-style brasserie showcases classic French dishes, with the local Northern California flourishes, and Rhone Valley vintages alongside local varietals. The upstairs bar focuses on Cognac cocktails and the downstairs one specializes in champagne. Try the Striped Bass & Scallops Duo.

- The Library Bar. Indulge your literary side at the Hotel Rex's Library Bar. What could be better than books, cocktails, a menu of American classics and live jazz on Friday nights? Enjoy satisfying American classics with unexpected European touches. Try the Croissant Bread Pudding.

Outdoor Dining patio at Americano Restaurant

- Izakaya Lounge. Hotel Kabuki's take on Japan's popular after-work izakaya houses, O Izakaya Lounge combines Asian flavors with contemporary American food in a menu of shared plates, salads, and entrees, as well as 20 varieties of sake. Try the Tempura Shishito Peppers.

- Swank Cocktail and Coffee Club. In keeping with its elegant Pacific Heights neighborhood, Swank offers up style at nearly any hour. Start the day off right with Blue Bottle coffee and locally made, artisanal pastries, or wind down for the evening with a perfectly mixed cocktail in front of a roaring fire at the lush, modern bar. Watch favorite sporting events and participate in the weekly Brainstormer Pub Quiz. Try the Bacon Wrapped Dates.

- Saha. Enjoy an unique blend of Yemenese, Arabic, and boundary-pushing Californian cuisine, with a few French hints thrown in for good measure. The space is inviting and intimate—perfect for a romantic dinner. Savor Yemeni/Californa fusion delicacies like Bastilla, Fasoulia Tagine, and Lobster Knaffe as well as an extensive selection of fine wines. Try the Spicy Seafood Tagine.

Book a stay (and a meal) at Hotel Vitale >> 


New to Five Star Alliance: The Lodge at Pebble Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

Since 1919, The Lodge at Pebble Beach has been a legendary California haven for discerning clientele. From the moment you walk through the door, you are welcomed with impeccable service and comfortable elegance. The Lodge at Pebble Beach envelopes the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the most exciting closing holes in golf.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Book a stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach >> 


Have an Equine Experience at Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
Ready to try something new in 2015? Give the Miraval Equine Experience a whirl.  For $45, guests can practice living life in the moment. You will work with specially trained horses and instructors to practice equestrian ground skills. The class will give you a chance to notice personal patterns of learned behavior that may be holding you back from the life of your dreams.

Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming year-round with luxurious accommodations and a world renowned spa.

Why not give it a whirl if you find yourself at Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Washington, DC?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Madison HotelWe 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 5 and looking to stay is Washington, DC. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Loews Madison Hotel  

Experience a piece of history when you stay at Loews Madison Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown D.C., the hotel has been honored to host distinguished guests from JFK and George W. Bush to Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, and National Mall Monuments, Loews Madison Hotel is a refreshing destination for unforgettable family stays. Appointed with sophisticated European furnishings, the Washington, D.C. luxury hotel features a collection of rooms and suites with amenities fit for a president.

When visiting the nation's capital, there is no better place to stay than in the heart of downtown, within easy access of iconic attractions and landmarks. With Programs like Loews Loves Kids and Loews Loves Pets, Loews Madison is ready to make sure that if the family is along for the trip, the whole gang is sure to have a great time. And that includes your favorite four-legged friend.

Loews Madison Hotel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Madison Suite -Elegant but not over the top, the spacious suites are well-appointed, including custom bedding and plush linens. Suite includes: King Bed with custom bedding, Wi-Fi, Separate living area with sleeper sofa, oversized chair and dining table for 4, Exterior street views, Granite and marble bathroom with a shower and double vanity, Personal bar, 700 square feet, Occupancy: 4 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.
Connects to Premier King Premium King- Upgrade your stay in one of these spacious, high floor rooms, Room includes: 1 King Bed, Exterior views of 15th Street or M Street, Wi-Fi, High floor, Ergonomic work desk and chair, Seating area with stylish, oversized wingback chair and ottoman, 335–350 square feet, Occupancy: 3 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.

Book a stay at Loews Madison Hotel >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
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 is the pet policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?


ANSWER: There's no place like Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa - the Palm Springs hotel of choice for families and couples seeking a carefree retreat. Set within 240 garden acres surrounded by the soaring San Jacinto mountain range in the heart of Rancho Mirage, the resort beckons travelers to the sun-kissed Southern California desert. This is Palm Springs at its laid-back best, where guests can enjoy 27 holes of golf, tennis and an expansive spa without ever leaving the beautifully landscaped grounds. Discover the classic Palm Springs accommodations at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. The resort-style hotel is home to 444 guest rooms including 22 suites - housed in captivating, Spanish-style accommodations, where French doors open to private patios and balconies overlook the lushly landscaped grounds. Premium mattresses are draped in plush down comforters, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens. Comfort prevails at this Palm Springs luxury hotel, with spacious guest rooms complemented by thoughtful amenities and services.

Pet Policy
Rancho Las Palmas is pet friendly in specific buildings. Pets must be less than 50 pounds and a $100 charge per stay will be applied. Pet-friendly amenity included.

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.


Image of the Day: Blue Diamond Riviera Maya


By: Five Star Alliance

Surrounded by lush rainforest, pure white sand beaches and pristine turquoise waters, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya beckons you to a haven of serenity. From dramatic beachfront casitas to rooms with secluded docks, ocean front terraces, roof top infinity pools and private pools, each suite is a perfectly personalized refuge among the waves.

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

Book a stay at Blue Diamond Riviera Maya >> 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Telluride Hotel for Two Couples Vacationing Together?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel MadelineWe 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 2 couples and looking to stay is Telluride. What resort offers the best accommodations for our group?

ANSWER: Hotel Madeline Telluride

The Hotel Madeline Telluride, formerly Capella Telluride, is a luxury mountain resort hote with ever imaginable amenity to include a ski valet, world-class spa, pool and fitness center, two restaurants, wine bar, and ice rink. Hotel Madeline Telluride embodies a complete concept. Superb architecture. Lush interior design. Ultra-luxury amenities. Meticulous personalized service from a professional staff that is at your beck and call, night and day. Fully decorated and furnished hotel condominiums are offered, as well as two, three, and four bedroom residences. Designed for the individual who visits a few weeks a year and wants the ease and services of a hotel during their stay, including complete access to every hotel amenity (including daily maid service and nightly turn-down service), the private lobby, 24-hour concierge service, ski valets, the stunning indoor open-air pool, along with use of the spa, fitness, and business centers.Hotel Madeline

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

1 & 2 Bedroom Suites with Efficiency Kitchen – The atmosphere inside the condo-style suite feels slightly more contemporary. Stainless steel appliances dominate the neighboring warm wood and marble. The classy retreat has everything you need with an emphasis on the most popular room in the house, the kitchen.

Book your stay at Hotel Madeline Telluride >>

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.

 


Did You Know? Cliveden House


By: Five Star Alliance

Cliveden House was first built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created Cliveden as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress.

Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before. The house has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales, who created a happy family home here until his death in 1751.

Clivden House

Queen Victoria, a frequent guest was not amused when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America's richest citizen. When in 1906 he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.

Book a stay at Cliveden House >>
 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?


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 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?


ANSWER: The Cornstalk Hotel 
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa. The Cornstalk features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.


The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

Book a stay at The Cornstalk Hotel >>

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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a River Walk Hotel in San Antonio?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mokara Hotel and SpaWe 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 River Walk resorts in San Antonio for a family of 2? We would like a suite.


ANSWER: Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio is a relaxing retreat on San Antonio's world-famous River Walk. Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis has all the best creature comforts easily at hand, including luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities, fine dining, and a full-service spa. Pluse, the attentive staff is always available to make your stay in San Antonio a truly memorable one.
Formerly the Watermark Hotel, the Mokara Hotel & Spa has a long-standing history of excellence. As the only four-star hotel in San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first choice for sophisticated travelers.


With 99 rooms and suites, each appointed with world-class amenities and fine finishes, Mokara San Antonio offers the ultimate in comfortable luxury. Every room and suite features high ceilings, wood and marble finishes, cozy beds with fine linens, and gracious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Mokara Hotel and Spa

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Suites -Enjoy luxury as big as Texas in a spacious Mokara suite, with a living area that boasts a panoramic view of the River Walk, an adjoining bedroom, and a spacious bath.

Book a stay at Mokara Hotel and Spa >>

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.