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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? Carlsbad Plaza

April 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza

Carlsbad Plaza's original building dates back to the late 19th century. At the time it was four separate buildings named Rudolfshof, Quirinal, Neapol, and Moskau. All buildings but the Quirinal were Spa residences. Among the Spa guests were Sigmund Freud in 1915 in the Spa residence Rudolfshof. 

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Peninsula Shanghai Celebrates Aviation

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Shanghai
The Peninsula Shanghai
opened in 2009 and is The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels flagship hotel in Mainland China. Occupying a prime location with direct frontage on Shanghai's historic Bund, The Peninsula is the first new building on the Bund in the last few decades. The Peninsula Shanghai is also one of many Peninsula hotels that feature aviation history-themed lounges.  

The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai celebrates the fascinating history of aviation in China, and it has an impressive collection of antiques and memorabilia. It is named after Xianyi Rosamonde, the first aircraft designed and built in China. It is also referred to as the Dashatou Rosamonde, after the location where it was built, or as Aircraft 1. for On display at the entrance to the lounge is a life-size replica of a 1928 Leoning, Asia's first sea plane. Perched on the 14th floor of the hotel, the glass-encased Rosamonde Aviation Lounge boasts spectacular views of the glittering city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge sets a truly unique scene for any occasion.

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Did You Know? Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

Beau Rivage Hotel Et Plage, built in 1860, was one of the first Nicois hotels located in continuation of the famous Promenade des Anglais on the sea shore. Artists and intellectuals of that time such as Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Friedrich Nietzsche were frequent guests of the luxury hotel. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Dallas Hotel?

April 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Westin Galleria Dallas
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 3 and looking to stay is Dallas, Texas. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Galleria Dallas 

The Westin Galleria Dallas'chic lobby is the direct gateway to exciting shops from Gucci to Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, American Girl Boutique, and much more. Experience no-stress shopping at the Galleria Dallas, also featuring excellent dining venues in an airy, extravagant setting. Whatever your pleasure, the hotel offers a stylish, inviting atmosphere and unmatched amenities for business or leisure. Enjoy a relaxing oasis at the sleek and contemporary pool and splash deck. During downtime, work out in the expanded WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. The professional concierge is on hand with extended hours to assist guests with their needs or interests while in Dallas. For guests on the go, a Hertz Car Rental desk is right in the hotel. The 148 renovated guest rooms, including 10 suites and seven Sky Rooms, are attractively appointed with plush Westin Heavenly Beds and unique custom-designed touches, conveying fashion synergy and artistic insight from local and global designers. Every guest room features an in-room coffee maker, two dual-line direct-dial telephones with data port, and satellite television with movies on command. Luxury suites are richly appointed with lavish dining and sitting areas and private wet bars. Enjoy guest privileges at the prestigious University Fitness Club or relax in the hotel's Corner Bakery for a snack as you overlook the spectacular indoor ice rink at the adjacent Galleria Mall.

Westin Galleria Dallas

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

-Luxury Suite with Sofa Bed. The contemporary Luxury Suites offer two layouts: the smaller can connect to a second king bedroom, while the other features a single bedroom and two baths, one of which is ADA-compliant. Luxury Suites at The Westin Galleria Dallas bring together stylish contemporary designs by fashion favorites in a large floor plan that is fabulously chic yet completely relaxed and inviting. A palette of soothing neutrals accented by midnight blue and bold yellow hues is found throughout the spacious suite, with built-in wall panels, desks and cabinets all hewn from caramel-colored American walnut wood for a sleek touch. Each suite consists of a sizeable master bedroom furnished with the sublime king-size Westin Heavenly Bed, plus a living area with a plush sofa and chairs, a sleek marble-top wet bar and sink, a large-screen HDTV and an impeccable Bose Sound System for enjoying your favorite music or films in stereo. Inspired lighting design by Philippe Starck and Alberto Meda and one-of-a-kind, vibrant fabric and furniture creations by Paul Smith and Hella Jongerius—both part of an international circle of famed fashion designers—convey a sense of the timeless and carefree. Photography by Texan James Evans celebrates Texas's unique beauty. Beautiful mosaic pearlized tiles appoint the two luxurious bathrooms, with a decadent master bath complete with Heavenly Bath with dual showerheads, deep-depth tub with European fixtures, a dual marble vanity for ample preparation space, and sliding frosted-glass privacy doors. The hotel features two one-bedroom, two-bath Luxury Suites with slightly differing layouts. The smaller suite at 676 square feet offers the option of connecting to a second king bedroom while the larger—1,004 square-foot—suite features a dining area with a glass-top table to seat six, a 60" flat-screen TV, and an ADA-accessible bathroom. Luxury Suites feature exclusive access to our Westin Executive Club Lounge, for complimentary breakfasts, business center services such as complimentary Wi-Fi and printing, evening beverages including wine and beer and hors d'oeuvres, and the services of a dedicated, private concierge staff during breakfast and dinner hours.

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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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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam's
Revive Massage & Wellness has a whole team of professionals ready to spoil guests with beauty treatments and massages. The centerpiece of the spa is the relax area's 9x5 meter swimming pool with a jetstream. The spa aquatic offering also includes a Turkish steam and whirlpool. 

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Did You Know? Banke Hotel

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banke Hotel

The Hotel Banke’s facade dates to the twentieth century. It was one of the first buildings constructed on Rue Pillet Will. The hotel occupies the premises of a former bank headquarters which was remodeled as a hotel in 2009. The expansive lobby, topped by an impressive glass dome a full 19 meters from the ground, has preserved the large mosaic of old bank counters that separates the lobby from the hotel’s bar and restaurant.

On each floor the Hotel Banke showcases a collection of ethnic jewelry, sculptures, and art  from different continents and civilizations, including Papua New Guinea, India, and Tibet.

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Image of the Day: The Margi

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Margi's prime location on the stunning peninsula of Vouliagmeni, the most exclusive area of the Athenian Riviera, allows guests to enjoy sunny days and cool evenings by the sea and provides easy access to an array of first-class seaside restaurants and nightclubs. It is conveniently located next to Athens’ most elegant sandy beach & yacht marina, just five minutes away from the 18-hole golf course and the elite shopping & business center of Glyfada, as well as half an hour away from Athens’ most interesting cultural and historical attractions.

The Margi

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Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


The Eiffel Tower is turning 125 years old! On March 31, 1889, the tower was officially opened to the public.  The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was  held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. 


 

Hotel Lutetia

Only intended to last 20 years, it was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions. The Eiffel Tower has played host to 250 milliion visitors since its opening. It served as a military radio post in 1903; it transmitted the first public radio programme in 1925, and more recently it has played a part in broadcasting like TNT. 

At left is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Four Seasons Hotel George V. At right is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Hotel Lutetia.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Marrakech

March 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Marrakech is a haven of exquisite taste with a unique aura. This luxury boutique hotel in Marrakech, due to open in summer 2014, brings out the true "art-de-vivre" of Morocco - its hospitality, the warmth of its people, as well as the beauty and variety of its landscapes. Grace Marrakech is for those who seek a luxury hotel in Morocco that is an escape into a rural retreat with easy access to the vibrant culture, nightlife and entertainment that Marrakech is famous for. Grace Marrakech harmoniously embraces: urban and rural; body and soul; luxury and authenticity.

Grace Marrakech

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