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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.

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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Sunday Night Film Club at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

March 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

 

 

 

 

 




 





Guests at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris will find themselves with access to the chicest theaters in town. The 99-seat private cinema was designed by the legendary Philippe Starck. The luxury hotel has recently launched a Sunday Night Film Club so that guests can end their weekends with a flick. Complete with comfortable leather seats and state-of-the-art equipment including 3D, our Katara Cinema room is the cultural jewel of the hotel. It is also the only cinema theatre in the world where you can enjoy the most moreish of movie snacks: caramelised pop-corn by Pierre Herme, the "Picasso of Pastry."

The schedule through May is:
-Sunday, March 23: Casino. Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci
-Sunday, March 30: Ocean’s 11. Las Vegas, Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon
-Sunday, April 6: Pretty Woman. The modern-day Cinderella tale with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
-Sunday, April 13: The Thomas Crown Affair. Faye Dunaway stars opposite ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen in this 1968 classic
-Sunday, April 20: Some Like it Hot. The 1959 Hollywood classic by Billy Wilder, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
-Sunday, April 27: Scarface. The ultimate gangster movie by Brian de Palma, with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
-Sunday, May 4: Casablanca. One of the most famous love stories of all times, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (3 Academy Awards)
-Sunday, May 11: Leon, the Professional. Film culte de Luc Besson, avec Natalie Portman, Jean Reno et Gary Oldman
-Sunday, May 18: Pulp Fiction. Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, by Quentin Tarantino
-Sunday, May 25: The Godfather Part II. By Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

February 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal has completed a full renovation inviting guests to enjoy the feeling of quiet luxury. A modern classic that puts on a show; in the heart of Paris and Parisian's favorite neighborhood, the world renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon has brilliantly turned this historical monument into a hotel of timeless elegance and glamour. With an enviable location, this Grand Hotel Parisien is literally steps away from the world's finest attractions: The Louvre Museum, the Opera Garnier, and Saint-Honore fashion designers. The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is ideally placed whether you are coming to Paris for business or pleasure.

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

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Image of the Day: Mon Hotel Paris

January 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mon Hotel Paris is a refined designer boutique-hotel. Its vibrant atmosphere and chic and offbeat interior design by the talented Aurelia Santoni and its contemporary French cuisine make this haven of peace a hotspot of Paris life.

Mon Hotel Paris 

Winter rates start at EUR 174 per night >>

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Posted in: Paris

Did You Know? Hotel Scribe

January 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Scribe

Hotel Scribe was built in 1861 and today honors its many famous visitors with decor and whole floors devoted to them. Soon after opening, the hotel became home of the prestigious Jockey Club. The decoration of the first floor commemorates the prestigious club whose members were the elite of French and European society under the Second Empire. The second floor is a tribute to Marcel Proust, who immortalized the club in his works. 

Hotel Scribe

The 4th floor pays tribute to Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who lived in the hotel. Stars performing at the nearby Olympia theatre would often stay at the Scribe. Among the artists was the legendary Josephine Baker, to whom the 2nd floor is dedicated. The 6th floor is dedicated to Jules Verne, the visionary author who pioneered the science fiction genre and was a regular at the hotel's Grand Cafe. 

In 1895, the hotel played host to the first public presentation of the Lumiere brothers' revolutionary invention, the Cinematograph. The 5th floor commemorates the birth of cinema. 

Today, the hotel conserves the memory of that era, along with that of the countless personalities who shaped its renown. 

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Did You Know? Pavillon de la Reine

January 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pavillon de la Reine




Established in the Place des Vosges, in the heart of Le Marais, one of the most famous and historic districts of Paris, the Pavillon de la Reine perpetuates an elegant atmosphere combined with discreet luxury to attract the most stylish globetrotters in the world in their quest for a quiet and discreet place to relax.

Inaugurated in 1612 under the name of Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built on Henri IV’s initiative, who died before it was completed. It quickly became popular with with the likes of Mme de Sevigne, Racine, La Fontaine, and Moliere. The hotel, slightly set back from the famous Place, was named after Anne of Austria, who once stayed in the hotel.

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Great Paris Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 12, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel California Champs-ElyseesWe 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 6 and looking to stay is Paris, France. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family (children ages 6-11)?


ANSWER: Hotel California Champs-Elysees

Built in 1925, a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, with an extensive painting gallery for art lovers, this hotel unites luxury with its classic and refined decor. Charm, romance and refinement come naturally to this prestigious Parisian hotel, which owes its name to Hollywood and the New York Press. Each of the rooms and suites offer a view of Paris. Through the windows, eyes wander over a central courtyard open to the sky, the sacred heart of Montmartre and rooftops of Paris. Hotel amenities include Le Cadre d'Or restaurant serving traditional French dishes, bar, business center, Internet access, multilingual staff, and 24-hour front desk. Rooms feature minibars, TVs with pay movies, air conditioning, and black-out drapes.Hotel California Champs-Elysees

For your family's needs, we recommend:

The Deluxe room with an occupancy of 3 to connect to Deluxe Premium rooms, with a rolloway. The large and wide 30sqm Deluxe rooms are elegantly furnished and decorated. Some of them have a nice private terrasse and they all overlook the charming Patio or lively Berri St. They offer a king size bed or 2 twin beds and can accommodate a maximum of 3 people (2 adults and 1 child ). Most of the bathrooms (modern or marble style) have a shower and a bath tub and some of them have natural daylight. An extra baby cot available on request. Connecting rooms to other Deluxe or classic rooms are available in this category upon request and availability. The room measure 30 sqm and has either King size bed or Twin beds.



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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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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Paris Hotel for a Family of Four?

November 4, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Villa Hotel & Majestic
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: Please recommend a Paris hotel with connecting rooms or a suite with 2 bedrooms for our family of 4. Our children are 8 and 11.


ANSWER: Villa and Hotel Majestic – Paris, France.

 La Villa & Hotel Majestic is a luxury residence combining elegance and discretion for the comfort of guests. On a daily basis, the hotel strives to combine quality and environmental conservation through intelligent consumption. From the very beginning, Villa and Hotel Majestic has always showcased artists.

For your family's needs, we recommend you choose a Grand Deluxe guest room connecting to a Grand Deluxe guest room. Another option is to choose a Prestige Suite connecting to a Grand Deluxe guest room. Rollaway beds are also available. 

The Grand Deluxe rooms at Villa Hotel Majestic are spacious and welcoming. These luxurious guest rooms offer five-star amenities near the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.

Villa Hotel & MajesticA Prestige Suite has an entrance and a large lounge. The bedroom room has a double bed (twin beds on request), a bathroom with bath tub and walk-in shower, a fully fitted kitchenette and espresso machine. The suites are 70 to 80 m².
Prestige Suite amenities include an ultra-comfortable bed with mattress overlay, hypoallergenic duvet, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, a safe, soft drinks free of charge, a courtesy tray, scales, magnifying mirror, hair-dryer, DVD player, two satellite television sets, LCD screen, telephone, iPod® dock, video on demand, free Wi-Fi in guest room and public areas, turn-down service, VIP welcome and round-the-clock room service.


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's the Best Room Combinations at the Relais Christine for a Family of 4 Adults?

September 9, 2013
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 some unanswered questions, 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.

Relais Christine

QUESTION: What are the best room combinations at the Relais Christine for a family of 4 adults?

ANSWER:  Within a stone's throw of the Louvre and Notre-Dame, Relais Christine is located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, a bustling district famous for its intellectual and artistic circles. The names of Baudelaire, Hugo and Musset, and later Picasso, Sartre and Eluard are among the many associated with the luxury property. Tucked in at the end of the narrow street from which it took its name, the Relais Christine is a haven whose peaceful atmosphere in enhanced by its pleasant garden and flowers. This delightful and secluded luxury hotel has succeeded in preserving the privacy of the home it once was. Its comfortable and welcoming rooms, the quiet atmosphere of its lounge and honesty bar, and its personalized service make it a restful and friendly place to stay, on a par with the best Parisian establishments.

Adjoining rooms or connecting rooms are available dependent on your needs. Any room can adjoin any other room with the exception of the suites, which cannot adjoin each other.  

Connecting Room Types:
-Superior Room connects to Deluxe Room (choose bed type per each room)
-Superior Room connects to Deluxe Jr Suite (suite only with Queen bed)
-Deluxe Room to Deluxe Jr (Jr suite only with Queen Bed) Standard Room

Relais Christine

Superior Rooms have a bathtub and some have a separate walk-in shower, all offer Argan toiletries. Rooms are 22 sqm in size and have 1 Queen bed or 2 twin beds overlooking the quiet street Rue Christine, the flowered courtyard or the garden. Deluxe Rooms are 27 sqm and overlook Rue Christine, the flowered courtyard or the garden and offer 1 Queen or 2 twin beds. Deluxe Jr Suites are 35 sqm in size and either 1 or 2 levels with a lounge area and a bedroom offering 1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds overlooking the Rue Chrisitne, the flowered courtyard or the garden. The Deluxe Junior Suite can sleep up to 3 people.  

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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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