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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.

Oscar Checks In

February 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


So maybe you didn't get nominated for an Oscar this year.  We didn't either. Again! Fret not. You can still celebrate like the star that you are by booking one of these Academy Award-themed hotel deals!
 

-Hotel Monaco Washington DC is, appropriately enough, offering up a Four Score Lincoln package, in honor of the Spielberg flick's 12 Academy Award nominations.  The deal includes accommodations in the historic building that was once D.C.’s General Post Office and offices for the Postmaster General during the Civil War, admsission and tour for two at President Lincoln's Cottage, two tickets to Madame Tussauds to see the President's Gallery, which includes wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Admission to Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln met his untimely demise. The package is available through April 30, 2013. Rates start at $279 per night and are subject to availability.

-Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is showing its local pride by offering a Silver Linings Playbook-inspired package. The deal includes 15% off the regular room rate, a VIP tour of Lincoln Financial Field, and breakfast at the Broad Street Diner. This LEED registered luxury hotel is in the heart of Center City Philadelphia and is known for its superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service, and genuinely warm hospitality.
 

-Donovan House, also in Washington DC, is offering a Secret Agent package, perfect for Argo fans. Fittingly, the hotel is named for  Wild Bill Donovan, the legendary general whose covert operations gave birth to the CIA. The package includes deluxe accommodations; welcome amenity of a notepad and invisible ink; two tickets to the International Spy Museum and a $25 credit for adjacent restaurant Zentan for Bond martinis. Rates are start at $165. 
 

-Life of Pi fans will want to check in to Oberoi Vanyavilas.  The luxury hotel will take guests on a tiger safari in the nearby Ranthambhore National Park. With any luck, you'll get a peek at one of Richard Parker's relatives but won't have to share a small boat with him. The Unforgettable Holiday also offers a night under the the stars sleeping in a luxury tent, daily breakfast, and one dinner.  Rates start at $777 per person for a two-night stay.
 

-Les Miserables devotees may want to check into W London Leicester Square, which is a two-minute walk from the original stage production that spawned the Oscar-nominated movie. Nightly rates for a wonderful room start at $486.  Or, plan a summer trip  Montreuil-Sur-Mer in France, Fantine's hometown, where the movie's popularity has meant a rapid rise in hotel bookings.

Happy booking!

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Dog Spa Days at The New Yorker Hotel

February 11, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starts tomorrow in Manhattan, and even non-show dogs are feeling the pressure to look their best. If Fido isn't quite in pageant shape, don't worry. The New Yorker hotel has come to the rescue with their Classic Dog Spa Package.  Priced at $50 per pooch, thedeal includes use of Jog A Dog™ treadmills (which are exclusive to the hotel), grooming stations, blow dryers, and indoor potty areas. Guests who book this package will also receive a special edition dog show publication, free of charge, along with complimentary dog treats.

For even more canine comforts, upgrade to the Premium Dog Spa Package, which at $75 per dog includes all of the amenities in the Classic Dog Spa Package, in addition to access to bathing areas.

Sounds like a barking good time.

 

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Take a Picture, Win a Stay at W Hotels of New Orleans!

February 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


At W Hotels of New Orleans, pictures aren't just worth a thousand words. They can also be worth a free one-night stay! The hotel group, which includes W New Orleans and W New Orleans French Quarter, has just announced a joint Instagram photo competition that starts Thursday Feb. 7. The contest, which lasts through Mardi Gras day, asks fans to share their best Mardi Gras celebratory images on Instagram. Fans should tag the hotels by using @whotelsnola along with the hashtag #wmardigras. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, W New Orleans will post the top five photos to their Facebook page. The participant whose photo gains the most likes by 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, Feb. 18 will win a one-night stay at W New Orleans!  

 

With all the floats, parades, costumes, and colorful characters in New Orleans, we can't wait to see all the great photos!

 

 

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Valentine's Day Deals

February 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Haven't booked your Valentine's Day Getaway yet?  Of course, you'll want to enter our Valen-Find Sweepstakes!  Answer today’s daily question  for your chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card! Each time you play, we will enter  you to win our Grand Prize, a romantic vacation package of 3 complimentary room nights and a 6-course tasting menu dinner and wine pairing for two at the luxury five-star Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Once you've done that, here are a few deals and packages that caught our eye:

-Take your romance to new heights, literally, at Tower Club at lebua. The award-winng hotel has put together a variety of enticing packages, including The Height of Romance,", which starts at $1499 per couple and includes an eight-course meal at the world's highest al-fresco restaurant, a 60-minute lebua Signature Massage for two, complimentary continental breakfast, and Champagne and chocolate.


-Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa is a family and luxury vacation destination on 2,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their "Valentine's Sweetheart Package" includes One-Night Luxurious Accommodations, Champagne and Strawberries Welcome Amenity, Breakfast In Bed, $150 Resort Amenity Spending Credit, Service Charges, and Daily Resort Fee.

 

-The Langham London (pictured right) has lots of great ideas from romance. Sip on a Magic Rose cocktail (Laurent-Perrier Rose Champage poured over a raspberry, lychee and rose sorbet)

 

-For the more risque, Petit Ermitage is celebrating "The Month of Love" with two special packages: Menage a Trois and Masters Bait. Menage a Trois includes Champagane, double-headed lollypop, an erotic movie, and a game of Twister. Oh, and the third person is complimentary. Don't have a willing third partner?  The hotel will supply an inflatable consort.  Masters Bait also includes the aforementioned, but also adds an Intimacy Kit, breakfast in the Private Rooftop Club, and the services of a personal butler, aka the "Liasion of Happiness."

 

 

 

For more great ideas, check out our list of the World's Most Romantic Luxury Hotels!

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Last Minute Inauguration Deals!

January 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you haven't booked your  room for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, you are in luck!  As of this writing, there's still some availability at these Washington DC-area luxury hotels.  For a stay for two adults from Sunday January 20-Tuesday January 22, we found a range of great options. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these rates are either pre-paid, non-refundable and/or non-cancellable, so read the rate details carefully before booking. But book quickly, as these rates are sure to go fast.  All rates are in US dollars.

Here's what we found:

 The Jefferson-Want to splurge? The Jefferson, one of our favorite small luxury hotels,  is offering a 2013 Inaguaration pre-paid package starting at $1435 per night. You'll get a King bed, walk-in shower, and other room amenities. Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets NW, the hotel is just four blocks from The White House.

The Mayflower

 -The Mayflower, one of the largest luxury hotels in the District, is offering a AAA rate to qualifying members. For $299 per night, a deluxe room can be yours. It is also located near The White House.

-The fun Donovan House, located on Thomas Circle, has non-refundable Inaguration rates available from $425 a night for a k. The rate includes a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour held every evening.

-Hotel Palomar Washington DC, located in the vibrant Dupont Circle area, it also offers a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour, but with nightly rates starting at $573.75.

-The elegant Fairfax at Embassy Row has King-bedded room starting at $329 per night. The hotel is nestled among the stately mansions of Massachusetts Avenue, right near Dupont Circle.

-Park Hyatt Washington has King-bedded rooms with free wireless internet starting at $699 per night. While there, you can enjoy a meal at the highly-rated Blue Duck Tavern.

-Located in Washington's fashionable West End, Fairmont Washington DC offers a King-bedded 400 square foot uxury room starting at $599 per night. Internet access is also included in the rate.

-The recently renovated Dupont Circle Hotel fittingly overlooks the actual Dupont Circle. Their Best Unrestricted Daily Rate has King-bedded rooms from $399 per night.

-The Omni Shoreham Washington DC is a renovated Art Deco/Renaissance hybrid building set on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park. It's Best Available Rate for a Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed is $579 per night.

-The Hotel George Washington DC is just one block from Union Station and near a lot of the Inaugural festivities. Nightly room rates for a Queen Deluxe Room include the Wine Hour and start at $634.

These are just some of the great rates we found. Check out Five Star Alliance for more rates and Inaugural hotel options.

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Spend New Year's Eve with Marilyn Monroe

November 29, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Don't the let the pesky little fact that the legendary sex symbol is no longer alive put a damper on your New Year's Eve. You can still say Ciao to 2012 and Buon giorno to 2013 with Marilyn Monroe at your side.  The divine Renaissance villa turned luxury hotel Il Salviatino has dreamed up a New Year with Marilyn package.  You'll enjoy a show-stopping 1950s themed New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner inspired by the very best music,
style and fashion this iconic era is famous for. You'll dine on gourmet food and then dance away 2012 to the sounds of Marilyn Monroe and The Rat Pack.


The Package includes:

Two nights in the room or suite of your choice
Full à la carte breakfast
Welcome drink
Seasonal welcome gift
The New Year’s Eve gala dinner (excluding drinks)
Special New Year’s brunch on January 1st
A farewell gift
Guaranteed late check out on your departure day

Prices start at € 1,178.10 for a Deluxe double room.

Additional terms and conditions apply, and space is limited, so book today!

 

 


Amazing FSA Rates for Il Salviatino!

October 1, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

What, the hand-restored 15th century villa with views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan landscape aren’t enough for you?
How about the Michelin-starred chef? The Spa at Salviatino by Vranjes?  The terrific location just 15 minutes from the
heart of Florence? Any one of these would be a terrific reason to book a stay at  Il Salviatino.  But now there’s even
more incentive.  Now through 2013,  Five Star Alliance fans can book an exclusive FSA rate at Il Salviatino.  Included in the rate:

*Welcome gift upon arrival

*Complimentary upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)

*Complimetary wi-fi

*A la carte breakfast

*Late check-out (subject to availability)

*Complimentary aperitif

To take advantage of this great offer, simply search your travel dates on Five Star Alliance, and book the "Five Star Alliance Rate."

Book early to avoid disappointment. 

 

 


Your Questions Answered: Deals at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

September 19, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I’m hoping to stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town from October 29th – November 5th. What are the details of the One More Night 4 for 3 deal?

Answer: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa does have availability for your dates of travel, and it has a ‘Leading One More Night 4 for 3’ package available for various room types. The nightly rate shown has already discounted the free night into the price breakdown. To make a reservation at any of the room options, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room option, and fill in the booking form.  Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Your Questions Answered: Special Packages and Deals in Mauritius

September 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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’re looking for a special rate in Mauritius with full board. Please let us know what specials and packages are available for travel in January.

Answer: The St. Regis Mauritius Resort has a 'Deluxe Ocean View Non-smoking Spacious Private Terrace: Butler Service: Luxurious One King Bed: Opening Offer Free Upgrade To Full Board, Spa Credit, Early Check in, Late Check out, and a Bottle Of Champagne' room option available. This option includes an upgrade to full board and a 100 Euro spa credit. To view rates and to make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that this package is subject to availability.


Park Hyatt Washington Rolls Out the Inaugural Carpet

August 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

The conventions, let alone the election, hasn't even been held yet, but Park Hyatt Washington is wasting no time. If you have a spare
$57,000, the luxury property will vote you in to their Presidential Suite for four nights of inaugural festivities.

So, what do you get for your Yankee dollar? Well, according to Washingtonian, the staggering price includes:

-Four nights in the this 1,632-sq. ft. Presidential suite, located on the top corner of the penthouse level, with
views of M Street and Georgetown. Suite amenities include a sitting area, baby grand piano, several balconies,
a walk-in rain shower, dining table that seats six, and perhaps best of all, a dedicated bath butler who will make
sure that the water in the travertine carved stone tub is to your liking.

-Warm apple pie from Blue Duck Tavern, served right before bedtime. You also get a five-course meal at the chef's tasting table.

-Cheese Tasting for you and 11 of your closest friends.

-Daily breakfast, served either in your room or at the restaurant. 

-Personal shopping assistance from Saks Fifth Avenue

-A backstage tour of the Kennedy Center backstage tour and box seats for an National Symphony Orchestra show.
 

Interest piqued?  Book now, because there's only one lucky person can book this extravagant offer.