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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.

Did You Know? Hotel Les Ottomans


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Les Ottomans


On the banks of the Bosphorus, Istanbul's active and scenic waterway, Hotel Les Ottomans resides in what was once a pasha's 18th-century mansion. Muhsinzade Mehmet Pasha Mansion, the current site of Hotel Les Ottomans, was one of the most prestigious mansions of its time. The premises were built over an area of 4527 square meters on the ruins dating from the era of Ahmed III. It also has an elegant fountain and a garden complex, which are deemed one of the most beautiful examples of Ottoman garden and water architecture. A meticulous, extravagant restoration of the stately home pays lavish tribute to Istanbul's Baroque revival.

 

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Image of the Day: Park Hyatt New York


By: Five Star Alliance

At 3100 square feet, the Onyx room is the largest of the event spaces at Park Hyatt New York.
The impressive meeting space features 28’ of back lit white, Italian onyx rising from floor to ceiling,
and incorporates custom lighting schemes for dramatic effect. The 1,300 square foot Foyer has washed
oak paneling, hand painted watercolor panels,and carpeting digitally created to replicate an aerial view
of the majestic trees in Central Park. 

Park Hyatt New York

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Sunday Screenings at The Tribeca Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Tribeca Grand Hotel


Guests at the Tribeca Grand Hotel can go to the movie theater without ever leaving the hotel. The hotel's private screening room offers roomy plush leather seating, state-of-the-art projection, and digital surround sound.  

On Sundays the Tribeca Grand hosts free weekly screenings of cult classics and buzzworthy television shows including Mad Men, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire, open to guests of the hotel and New York locals. It's first come first serve, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.


 

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Your Questions Answered: What Newport, RI Luxury Hotel Offers Unusual Activities?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Vanderbilt Grace
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 thats why we’re here.

QUESTION: We are looking for someplace in or near Newport, RI that offers something different as a hotel activity. Where do you recommend?


ANSWER: The  Vanderbilt Grace, formerly Vanderbilt Hall, is an historic boutique hotel in Rhode Island just minutes from the delightful waterfront of Newport, and is one of the town's best kept secrets. Originally built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, the 1909 property is a vintage Newport mansion that has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning and top luxury hotel in Rhode Island.


Today, as The Vanderbilt Grace, the mansion comprises a luxurious hotel with 33 rooms and luxury suites in Newport Rhode Island, a sumptuous spa and fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel features two restaurants including Muse, a fine dining restaurant created by renowned New England chef, Jonathan Cartwright, where the best local ingredients are on offer in imaginative menus which change throughout the year.

For Your Activity, We Suggest:

Vanderbilt Private Cooking Classes
Tap into your culinary prowess with the hotel's chefs as they impart their experiences and techniques to prepare the perfect meal chosen by you. Thecooking classes can be extremely flexible depending on what you wish to taste and experience, the size of your group, the seasonality and local produce available. There are also various dining options available. For example, guests can take a private fishing trip to catch local lobster. Once back on dry land you will work hand in hand with the chefs to prepare your catch to your very own tastes.

This is an ideal experience for the whole family and you can immerse yourselves in local produce and classic New England cooking.

Duration: from 2 to 4 hours
Price: from $100 per person
Cooking experiences dependent on seasonality.

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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.
 


Cool Pools: St Regis Monarch Beach Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

St Regis Monarch Beach Resort features three swimming pools, including the Main Pool (pictured),
the more family-oriented Lagoon Pool, and the 3-lane lap pool, located at the Spa Gaucin fitness center.

St Regis Monarch Beach Resort

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Your Questions Answered: What Atlanta Resort Would You Recommend for a Romantic Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Chateau Elan Winery
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 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 Atlanta area resort would you recommend for a romantic weekend?


ANSWER: Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Braselton, GA


Within the sweeping panorama of the north Georgia foothills, just 40 minutes north of Atlanta but a world away from the bustling city is Chateau Elan. Here on 3,500 acres, French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce a superb leisure resort and conference destination. The Inn's charm can be attributed not only to its architectural authenticity but also to the approachable and enthusiastic service-oriented staff. The exterior design, with its pitch roof, wrought-iron detail and cornice moldings, captures the feeling of a French country estate. In the lobby and throughout the elegant guest rooms, a pastel color scheme, window shutters and country French furnishings enrich the look. Dining at Chateau Elan, enhanced with the bounty of the award winning vineyards, is a heady attraction for anyone's tastes. Choices and settings span classic French dining at Le Clos, casual bistro style foods at Cafe Elan, sumptuous buffet and a la carte fare at Versailles, and the spirited ambience of Paddy's Irish Pub. All guaranteed to send taste buds soaring.
 

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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.

 


Cool Pools: Hotel Le Crystal


By: Five Star Alliance

The heated rooftop hot tub at Hotel le Crystal is open year-round and features:

- Certified lifeguard on duty
- Wooden terrace
- Stunning views of downtown Montreal

Hotel le Crystal

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Central Barcelona


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona's spectacular rooftop pool has panoramic views out over the city. A sheet of water merges in with the rooftops in Born district; comfortable loungers, a variety of fruit, salads, salads, juice and cocktails, gentle chill-out music, all making this area a privileged spot reserved for hotel guests.

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona 

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Did You Know? Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas


By: Five Star Alliance

Sunset MarquisSunset Marquis Hotel and Villas was the brainchild of real estate developer George Rosenthal. After turning down Jimmy Hoffa's offer of a loan to help build a Playboy Club and hotel in Los Angeles, Rosenthal found local financing and started construction in 1961. He was able to build the club (and office building that housed it), but not the hotel. So he bought a property down the street at 1200 Alta Loma Drive. 

Sunset Marquis

He called the place The Sunset Marquis after his newly born son Markey, and for the past 50 years, it has been the home away from home for actors, comedians, writers, artists, filmmakers, fashion designers, supermodels, restaurateurs, billionaire entrepreneurs, and rock stars. 

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Say Hello to 1 Hotel South Beach


By: K. Clare Johnson

1 Hotel South Beach, the hotel formerly known as The Perry Hotel South Beach, is now
accepting reservations for stays starting the last week in March. The new name follows a
change in ownership and subsequent $100 million investment in the beachfront property.

1 Hotel South Beach 

The hotel sits on several hundred feet of shoreline within the heart of South Beach. The
Main Pool Deck, shown above, is at the center of the hotel. The 30,000 square foot space
offers guests cabanas, day beds, and 180 degrees of ocean view.

1 Hotel South Beach 

The Lobby Lounge, pictured above, was designed to blend the outside and inside together.
This is achieved by lush plants, comfortable designer furniture and unique terrariums and
living green walls.

1 Hotel South Beach

The range of accommodations include city view, ocean view, pool view, and oceanfront
rooms and suites. Choose from King or Queen bedded rooms or from studio, one, or
two-bedroom suites.  A state-of-art fitness center, in-room massage service, and dining
options by Top Chef Tom Colicchio are a few of the other amenities available at the hotel. 

Special introductory rates are starting at $664 per night.  

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