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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.

Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at The Wellesley Hotel London?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Wellesley Hotel
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 is the smoking policy for The Wellesley Hotel London? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Wellesley Hotel is a 1920's Knightsbridge townhouse with a famous musical heritage. The building has been beautifully restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and now offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour, and uncompromising service in one of London's most prestigious locations.
Centered around the Hotel's wide colonnades is the Cigar Lounge and Terrace, The Crystal Bar, and the Oval Restaurant. The Cigar Lounge with its private heated cigar terrace aims to offer one of the world's largest collections of cigars sold on a stick-by-stick basis, whilst the Crystal Bar features a specialist Whiskey and Cognac Wall alongside and extensive menu of fine wines, spirits, and cocktails.

Please be advised that all rooms are non-smoking however it is the only 5-star hotel in London which offers two Cigar Terraces with outdoor heating where guests are welcome to smoke.

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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.
 


Choose Your Own Fragrance Adventure at The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


By: Five Star Alliance

The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch
 
offers contemporary five star boutique accommodation, designed to appease those looking for the proverbial good things that come in small packages. Ideally located within strolling distance of Oxford Street and within easy reach of London's landmarks, this chic property offers a calming and peaceful retreat for an experience to remember.The calming atmosphere is enhanced by the assortment of five senses exotic frangrances available to sweeten the air in the guest rooms. 

Fragrance Choices Include:

Romantic Touch
The Romantic Touch fragrance is created from classic floral notes of Rose combined with the pale tones of sandalwood. Fresh infusions of cardamom, the rarity of saffron and an undertone of basil complete the refreshing experience.

Refreshing Lavender
This fragrance is a blend of essences of French lavender, bergamot and sage creating a calming and balancing atmosphere. Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in a spa. It's perfect for getting that relaxing feeling after a stressful day.

Fresh Clean
A fresh and airy fragrance, lightly scented and reminiscent of gentle breezes and open windows, this fragrance is subtle and light, creating a breezy, open atmosphere that takes you from the city to the countryside in seconds. It will definitely evoke the smell of a picnic in the country.

Pink GrapefruitThe Montcalm Hotel
The invigorating juice of ripe grapefruit and oranges are paired with fruity peach and red berry nuances, sweetened by osmanthus, violet, and muguet Pink Grapefruit to create a fresh, open and uplifting atmosphere. Absolutely perfect for feeling energized at any time of the day.

Saw Grass
The smell of fresh grass evokes open windows on a summer day. The earthy, sweet and distinct scent of saw grass smells like a warm day in the Deep South. Notes of bright green grass are sweetened with light floral and neroli, with hints of lemongrass, rose and sandalwood to create a sense of peace. Perfect for summer escapes.

Marine Fresh
Smell the waves crashing to the shore with notes of ocean spray, bergamot, dune grass and cedar. Transport yourself instantly to the beach on a summer's day. With this uplifting scent you can almost hear the seagulls and feel the sand between your toes.

Book a fragrant stay at The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch >> 


Did You Know? The Stafford London


By: Five Star Alliance

The American Bar at The Stafford is an institution in its own right. This lively gathering spot has, over the years, developed into a complete history of the hotel itself, decorated with thousands of items of customer-donated memorabilia from around the globe.

During the 1930s most West End hotels in London renamed their bar "The American Bar" in an attempt to attract the business of the increasing numbers of North American visitors. These intrepid travellers brought with them such exotic drinks such as Manhattans, Sidecars, and Martinis, which the bar is famous for.

Most hotels have renamed their bars yet The Stafford remains one of only two in London that have kept the name.

The Stafford London

The American Bar's collection of memorabilia was started when an American guest gave Charles Guano – the hotel's late, beloved Head Barman of 42 years – a small wooden carving of an American eagle. Shortly after, a Canadian guest gave him a small model of an Eskimo. Then an Australian presented a model of a kangaroo, and so the collection grew and grew.

Today, every available wall and surface is crammed with an intriguing collection of artefacts, knick-knacks and signed celebrity photographs. Even the ceiling is hung with a colourful collection of club ties, sporting mementoes and baseball caps.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at the Haymarket Hotel in London?


By: Five Star Alliance

Haymarket Hotel
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 is the smoking policy at the Haymarket Hotel in London?

ANSWER: Haymarket Hotel is situated on the corner of Haymarket and Suffolk Place in the heart of London's theatre district. The hotel's ground floor is a stunning series of spacious rooms each with an individual look and style. The lobby is designed in black, white and yellow with a stunning sculpture by Tony Cragg and a dramatic London landscape by John Virtue. The conservatory and library have a distinctive look and feel, with more original artwork sitting alongside an eclectic collection of contemporary and antique furniture and accessories.
The hotel has 50 spacious and sumptuous bedrooms and suites as well as an exclusive townhouse, each individually designed and decorated in a contemporary English style. All are equipped with the facilities expected of a luxury hotel including high speed wireless internet access, flat screen LCD TV and DVD/CD player.

Smoking is not allowed in the public areas at Haymarket Hotel, and smoking rooms are not available. 

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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.

 


Image of the Day: Millennium Baileys Hotel London


By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Baileys Hotel London is a magnificently restored Victorian townhouse situated in the heart of Kensington. From the moment you enter the stately hall, the authentic Victorian decor envelops you and it also retains much of its Victorian heritage with its sweeping staircases and real fireplaces. Located adjacent to the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, opposite Gloucester Road Underground Station, the hotel is well-situated for visiting many of London’s greatest attractions, including Hyde Park, Natural History, Science, and Victoria & Albert Museums.

Image of the Day: Millennium Baileys Hotel London 

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Parking Arrangements at London's Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments
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.

Your Questions Answered: What are the parking arrangements at London's Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments? 

ANSWER: The fabulous Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments overlooks leafy Green Park, Buckingham Palace and is a short stroll to chic shops and West End theatres. It's contemporary, creative and friendly, a home away from home in London. The Athenaeum is a family-owned hotel with 156 rooms, suites, and apartments.

Enjoy opening floor to ceiling windows and, as standard, Bose speakers for an iPod or MP3, flat screen TV and pay per view movies, mini bar, soft drinks and snacks, and use of the spa. The all-day restaurant looks as gorgeous as the food; the cosy Whisky Bar serves up everything; and don't miss the award-winning Afternoon Tea.Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

The gorgeous townhouse apartments offer you a very spacious alternative to the hotel rooms. They're perfect for short breaks and business trips, offering luxury accommodation in central London. Yet guest still have all the five star delights and support of the Athenaeum hotel next door, including a twice daily maid service and 24 hour room service. The apartments are beautifully bright and thoughtfully designed to a contemporary chic standard with your comfort in mind. Step out through a private front door onto a Victorian Mayfair street and you're in the ideal location for seeing all the London sights. And if you're here for work, if it's not within walking distance it will be just a short tube or taxi ride away.

Parking Arrangements

Valet parking service available from 8am-8pm. The hotel does not have its own car park, but it can use the Sheraton Park Lane hotel's parking facilities which are next door to the Athenaeum. As of this writing, Valet parking is £38 for 24 hours and all guest will need to do is pull up to the front of the hotel, make themselves known to the door,men and he will do the rest. The fee will be charged to guest room.

Book a stay at Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments>>

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. 

 


Image of the Day: Threadneedles Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Threadneedles Hotel in London has a super-cool collection of headboards.

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Did You Know? 51 Buckingham Gate


By: Five Star Alliance

51 Buckingham Gate


51 Buckingham Gate
 is tucked away on St. James Court. You could easily pass it – because the street is almost too narrow to let you stand back and enjoy the full panorama of its Victorian-Edwardian stone-trim-and-brick-façade. Linking the eight mansion blocks that surround this court is an endless frieze of figures carved from the bricks that dance around the quad, reputedly the longest frieze in existence anywhere in the world. 

What makes St. James Court all the more special is that its builder was not a famous architect or hotelier, but an almost unknown English gentleman. Major Charles Pawley was a retired military man who had learned his skills in the Royal Engineers.

St. James Court was a Major Pawley's masterwork. 

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Image of the Day: Waldorf Hilton London


By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Hilton London
A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf Hilton London is steeped in Edwardian tradition. Built in 1908, this Grade II listed hotel offers a central location with proximity to the attractions and delights of London.  Located in the vibrant West End district, there are plenty of attractions around this London hotel, including Theatreland, Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, or one of the many museums and galleries this capital city has to offer.

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Did You Know? The Montague on the Gardens


By: Five Star Alliance

The Montague on the Gardens is named for the dissolute Ralph, Duke of Montagu, who came by this land in a very devious manner. The Duchess of Albemarle was a unscrupulous woman who enjoyedthe fruits of her late husband's scheme to discover buried treasure. The Duchess swore that unless the Prince of Tartary himself were to come to her door and beg her to be his wife by throwing himself at her feet, she would never remarry. Hearing of this, the unscrupulous Duke of Montagu dressed up as the Prince, and thus acquired both her hand and her fortune. He appropriated his wife’s money to construct for himself a vast mansion, Montagu House, in Great Russell Street. The land of Montague Street formed part of its ten-acre garden, thus confirming that the Montague on the Garden is well-named. Six years after it was finished, Montagu House burned down in just five hours. His Grace promptly had it rebuilt and lived on here until his death in 1709. 

The Montague on the Gardens

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