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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

April 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of Kansas City's best upscale shopping at Country Club Plaza and just minutes from the entertainment of the Power & Light District, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza is a sophisticated new destination for business and leisure travel.

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza 

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Charleston Place Caters to the History Buff

April 20, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Charleston Place
Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

Charleston Place is the perfect hotel from which to explore the city. From historic houses and plantation tours, to Federal forts and museums, Charleston is steeped in a rich, colorful and sometimes controversial history. The hotel has set up itineraries for travelers interested in exploring Charleston's historic past.

Charleston Place

DAY 1
-Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast in the hotel's garden-style Palmetto Cafe before meeting your small group for a walking tour of the city. Be sure to make an advance reservation, because these tours sell out almost every day!

-After the tour, enjoy afternoon tea at Thoroughbred Club while you discuss all the new things you have discovered on the tour.  

-After tea, join one of the many antebellum historic house tours. The hotel recommends the Nathanial Russell, Aiken-Rhett, or Edmondston-Alston homes.

-End the day with a fabulous dinner in the highly acclaimed Charleston Grill.


DAY 2
-Start off with a boat ride to Fort Sumter—the famous Federal port in Charleston Harbor where the American Civil War began.

Charleston Place-Take a hotel prepared pinic lunch to a plantation. Middleton Place is ideal for seeing what farmstead life was really like through the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, with reenactments, plus tours of the preserved manor houses and slave quarters. Enjoy lunch under an oak tree overlooking the river.

-In the evening, stroll around the cobblestone streets of the historic district, passing
many art galleries, museums and restaurants. Be sure to see the famous "Rainbow Row"—a row of painted historic houses.


DAY 3
-Explore personal interests. Try a Gullah Tour, which offers a unique insight into the native language and culture of the slaves in South Carolina and Georgia. There's also historical carriage tours, a stop aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, or a visit to the Slave Museum.

Charleston Place-Indulge in a pampering treatment in the hotel spa and unwind over lunch at the hotel.

-Stroll to the famous Battery sea-wall defense, passing many hidden gardens, and enjoy the sunset from a swing on Waterfront Park.

Sounds like a pretty wonderful way to spend a long weekend. 
 

Nightly spring rates at Charleston Place start at $298 >> 

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Beijing

April 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

In the heart of the iconic 798 Art District, Grace Beijing combines the buzz of the Chinese capital with the highest standards of an award-winning boutique hotel group. The thoughtful touches of style and attention to detail that define Grace hotels across the world have found a perfect home in this district renowned for its art, architecture, fashion and creativity.

Grace Beijing

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Did You Know? The Oberoi Amarvilas

April 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Oberoi Amarvilas
The Oberoi Amarvilas
is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest states in India. The resort is located at a distance of 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and approximately 15 minutes from the city centre. The hotel has been designed to give guests breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from each of its 102 guest rooms and suites. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools, and pavilions with rich interiors that take guests back to an era of Emperors and Princes.

Oberoi Amarvilas

Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this Taj Mahal has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. The monument is located just five minutes from The Oberoi Amarvilas. The resort can arrange transfers to and from The Oberoi Amarvilas in battery operated environment friendly buggies. The Taj Mahal is open for night viewing five nights per month, on full moon and two nights prior and two nights after. 

Spring rates at The Oberoi Amarvilas start at $298 per night >>


Image of the Day: Gran Melia Colon

April 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Melia Colon combines intelligent historical features with contemporary touches to create a most warm and elegant environment. The elegant neo-baroque facade of the Gran Meliá Colon announces an interior full of surprises. The hotel lobby, crowned with a stunning dome over a spectacular modernist red sofa, and El Burladero, El Tendido, and Majestic restaurants are some of the city’s most popular meeting points

Gran Melia Colon

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Your Questions Answered: What is a Family-Friendly hotel in Rome for a Family of 4?

April 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Majestic Roma
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 a family-friendly hotel in Rome for a family of 4, with children ages 8 and 11?

 
ANSWER: Hotel Majestic Roma

A warm welcome awaits you at the Hotel Majestic in Rome. Created in 1889 by the architect Gaetano Koch on the exclusive Via Veneto, the Hotel Majestic Roma was a grande dame from the beginning, with a Carrara-Marble lobby, a ballroom with a fresco ceiling that could hold 120 people and all you would expect of downtown's premier hotel.The hotel occupies a prestigious location in the heart of the Eternal City on Via Veneto. The Hotel Majestic still continues to be the home away from home for many celebrities and political figures, and is recognized for having a reputation for impeccable standards and service. The Majestic Roma is a veritable jewel of neoclassic elegance, within walking distance from the Borghese Art Gallery and Gardens and the heart of the city shopping district, Spanish Steps and Via Condotti where all the major houses of fashion have their ateliers. The 98 rooms share an understated elegance that manages to deliver the sophistication one expect. The Concierge team is at your service for general and sightseeing information and are delighted to arrange any travel arrangements, airport transfers, shopping and leisure advice, restaurant reservations, sending mail or flowers and babysitting service not to mention a vast array of any special needs or services you may require.

Hotel Majestic Roma

 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

-Deluxe Double and Triple Rooms. Ask for two connecting rooms with 2 King Beds or 1 King And 2 Twin Beds. At up to 35 square meters, deluxe rooms are bright and feature either Garden views or Via Veneto views.  Besides the standard fittings and furnishings, the Deluxe rooms offer additional comfort. Guestrooms are equipped with king size bed or twin beds with comfortable duvets and Egyptian Cotton bed sheets. Bathrooms are decorated with precious Calacatta Arabesque Marble. The style is combining contemporary elements and pure classical lines. Some guestrooms are featuring white lacquered furniture with Wenge hardwood floor with elegant area rugs and others unique designed carpeting and textiles in harmonizing color themes. WIFI internet connection and flat screen televisions are available in guestrooms. Extra bed and connecting rooms upon request. There is double glazing on all windows and all rooms are sound-proofed. 

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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.


New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Ella

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Ella inhabits the Goodall Wooten mansion, one of Austin's original landmark estates. The refined property reopened in late summer 2013 following a multi-million dollar renovation. It is named in honor of original owner Ella Wooten. It features 48 impressive guestrooms (inclusive of 10 luxury suites), a cabana-lined lap pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking an expansive front lawn. Beautifully designed indoor and outdoor spaces and stately meeting rooms provide ideal backdrops for events, weddings, and corporate gatherings. Guests will enjoy exceptional dining along with a superior level of personalized service wrapped in the relaxed hospitality for which Austin is known.

Hotel Ella

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Did You Know? Pera Palace Hotel

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pera Palace Hotel has five suites named after Ernest Hemingway. The suites pay tribute to the prolific American writer and are a treasure for lifestyle connoisseurs like him. The interiors are jade blue to reflect his love of the sea and earth brown for his love for cigars. The spacious 55 square meter suites include a separate living room and dressing room. The suite can be connected to a Deluxe Pera View room when seeking an even superior level of space and comfort.  The suites overlook the captivating area of Instanbul's Pera district.

Pera Palace Hotel

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Posted in: Istanbul

New to Five Star Alliance: Melia Vienna

April 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Austria's tallest skyscraper Danube City Tower, designed by French star architect Dominique Perrault, is the new home to Melia Vienna. The luxury hotel offers 253 spacious guest rooms, including 14 design suites, ensuring that there is something to suit every taste. Enjoy an array of Austrian and international cuisine in the restaurant on the 57th floor, featuring a breathtaking view over the city. Continue a night out on the highest level in Austria at the roof top bar with DJ at the weekends.

Melia Vienna

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Posted in: Vienna

Image of the Day: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

April 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam boasts a historical exterior comprising six monumental 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces and featuring a unique grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel offers sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service in a setting characterized by a long, rich history.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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Posted in: Amsterdam