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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 Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
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 pet policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.
While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: Does Amelia Island Plantation Have a Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Amelia Island Plantation
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: We are a family of 3 and looking for a room with 2 beds, ocean view at the Amelia Island Plantation? What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, family-friendly activities, grand on-site meeting spaces, and endless dining options. It's the perfect backdrop for your family vacation, romantic getaway, corporate event, or destination wedding. The lobby offers a sweeping panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose one of the deluxe oceanfront rooms, a contemporary premier guest room, or a completely indulgent luxury hotel suite, you'll enjoy unparalleled ocean views and spacious accommodations in all 404 rooms. Relax on the largest multi-tiered pool deck in Northeast Florida, which features an adults-only infinity edge pool, a 10,000 square foot family-friendly pool, Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs, and over-sized fire pits.
Stroll down 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddleboarding through Amelia Island's preserved marshlands, one of many activities available during your stay. Children will enjoy the award-winning kids' camp and Nature Center, both of which offer supervised activities.Amelia Island Plantation Resort Love to golf? Then tee-off from one of three Audubon International Certified Sanctuary golf courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and Tom Fazio, these pristine courses have earned Omni Amelia Island Plantation a Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World ranking by Conde Nast Traveler. Follow up your tee time with a relaxing afternoon at The Spa or dining at any one of the nine superb restaurants.
With 1,350 acres to explore, how you choose to spend your vacation is completely up to you.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Ocean Front Room-These 425-square-foot rooms offer personal refrigerators, flat screen HDTVs, a working desk, convenience ports and outlets, available Wi-Fi, a furnished balcony or patio and either one king or two queen beds with Serta Pillow Top mattresses fitted with 330-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms sleep two adults in king accommodations or up to four adults on two beds in queen accommodations.

Book a stay at Amelia Island Plantation Resort >> 

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.

 


Your Questions Answered: What Rooms at HarbourView Inn Offer Water Views?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

HarbourView Inn
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 rooms at HarbourView offer water views?


ANSWER: Overlooking Charleston's historic harbor, HarbourView Inn is Charleston, SC's most celebrated address. The HarbourView Inn is just steps away from Waterfront Park, recently named one of the top 10 public spaces in the United States along with New York's Central Park, Washington D.C.'s Union Station, and others, by the American Planning Association. Surrounded by over three hundred years of history, the HarbourView Inn hotel is perfectly located near Charleston's famous city market, the world renowned restaurants, as well as antique row and boutique shops.
HarbourView Inn
Enjoy unparalleled service and signature amenities from this AAA Four-Diamond and Conde Nast Gold List Award property. Panoramic views, vast atriums, and beautifully appointed guest rooms - some with private balconies, working fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs - await your arrival.

From the moment you enter this Charleston historic district hotel, you will find modern features and services, old world charm, and unpretentious southern hospitality. The harbor front and atrium lobby appointments are reminiscent of Charleston's early years as a nautical trading hub with the Caribbean colonies. They offer the perfect setting for idle reflection, the perfect glass of wine, or just the refined sport of people watching. Fine antiques and collectibles, reflecting Britain's influence throughout Charleston, are found in all areas of the hotel. Be sure to make your way up to the rooftop terrace and watch the sun setting on the glorious Charleston harbor and Fort Sumter.

Rooms with Water Views

Furnished in the same gracious style as our other guestrooms, the Grand HarbourView Guestrooms are located on the top floor and feature working fireplaces, walk-in shower, and private balconies with spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor and Waterfront Park. Guests residing in Grand HarbourView rooms are offered complimentary snacks and drinks during their stay.

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Does the Metropolitan Miami Beach Offer Connecting Rooms?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Metropolitan Miami Beach
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 traveling together and looking for connecting rooms. Does The Metropolitan Miami Beach offer connecting rooms?


ANSWER: Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is a 74-room Miami hotel in the heart of the city's Historic District, overlooking America's most iconic beach. A new hotel poised to become an essential Miami Beach experience, Metropolitan Miami Beach delivers the perfect blend of rest and revelry, urban modernity and period charm by way of light-filled rooms, a COMO Shambhala spa, and leading-edge interiors by the Italian designer, Paola Navone.

Among hotels on Collins Avenue, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, has one of the best locations: an enviable position for shopping, dining, and entertainment, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests benefit from easy access to Miami;s city highlights, including the Lincoln Road shopping and entertainment districts, as well as the Miami City Ballet and Bass Museum of Art. Several rooms in the hotel have a water view, be it the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Pancoast.
Metropolitan by COMO
For dining in Miami Beach, Metropolitan by COMO stands tall, with its lobby bar, pool restaurant, main restaurant and bar. Whether you are feasting on Florida’s seafood at Traymore restaurant or grazing on crudo in a pool cabana, there remains one common commitment: locally-sourced, quality ingredients, and an old-fashioned service ethic that recalls Miami's golden age.

COMO Shambhala Urban Escape - Metropolitan’s luxury wellness spa in Miami Beach - offers a highly personalised approach to wellbeing for both guests and locals. Offering our signature COMO Shambhala therapies for body and face, the spa's light and airy interior presents a clean-lined sanctuary for those looking to escape the city's partying.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Among local luxury properties, Miami Beach looks most impressive from Ocean View rooms, with the beach and bright turquoise ocean in sight. These accommodations are available with two (2) twin beds or one (1) king bed, each offering the option to interconnect with an Ocean View Suites. Size: 394 - 436 square feet. Ocean View Suites are ocean-facing, spacious one-bedroom suites that each have a king-size bed, separate living room, and powder room. They all have blue sky views of the Atlantic. The oversized bathroom feature dual vanity, shower, and deep soaking tub. 

Book a stay at Metropolitan by COMO >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What are the Pet and Smoking Policies at Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall
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 the pet policy for Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hamburg, Germany? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hotel welcomes you to the heart of the hanseatic city. Creative ingenuity meets French art de vivre in this luxury Hamburg hotel which rests by a quiet canal in the historic German citys heart. Near Alster Lake Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall is a harmonious union of high function and contemporary decor. A design aesthetic of opulent purism brings a bold chic blend of simple and luxurious materials marble and glass plush fabrics and steel. Inside the 5-star hotel in Hamburg taste international dishes at Ticino Restaurant and linger with a drink on the sunny canalside terrace. The Seagull Spa is a destination for those who wish to experience a world of soothing relaxation.

Dogs are welcome at the hotel. There is an additional fee per night for canine companions.

The hotel is a non-smoking property.

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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.
 


Your Questions Answered: Does the Hotel Francois 1er Offer Rooms with 2 Separate Beds?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Francois 1er Paris
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 couple traveling together and looking for a room with 2 beds. Does the Hotel Francois 1er offer rooms with 2 separate beds?


ANSWER: After a complete renovation, Hotel Francois 1er Paris has provided an informal atmosphere in sumptuous surroundings. Spacious rooms and suites are decorated with plush furnishings, handmade cornices, and luxurious fabrics. Laid out more like a comfortable home than the typical hotel room, the guestrooms at the Francois 1er are the ultimate home away from home.

Rooms are equipped with all modern conveniences. The lavishly decorated rooms are sumptuously furnished and offer all modern services and luxe bedding. The beautiful fabrics and hand crafted furniture give comfort and warmth even after the busiest of days.


The Executive Room offers 2 twin beds. The rich fabrics and the French charm summon you to comfort and ease. These spacious rooms are ideal for couples.  Amenities include hairdryer, newspaper, 2 Twin Beds, garden view, and air conditioning.

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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.
 


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.
 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Don CeSar Beach Resort
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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay is St Pete FLA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Don CeSar Beach Resort 

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, has everything from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services. Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby tennis and golf, and award-winning meeting facilities. Guests are tickled pink with complimentary enjoyments from sandy strolls and sunset finales to seaside pampering and sweet dream service.Don CeSar Beach Resort

The Don CeSar Beach Resort has a magnificent location. This beach front resort is located on the island of St. Pete Beach, on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort features 277 newly renovated guestrooms including 2 penthouses and 40 suites. 70 one-bedroom condominium style suites are located at The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar. The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar is located one half mile north of the Main Resort and complimentary shuttle transportation is provided between the Main Resort and the Beach House Suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Grand King Suite - This suite features a private terrace that brings all the splendor of the Gulf of Mexico right to your door. Suite includes: One King bed with plush linens, Premium Plus Wi-Fi included in Resort Fee, Balcony and direct Beach and Gulf of Mexico views, Conversation area with Queen sleeper sofa. Comfortable work desk in the suite, the bathroom includes a Shower/tub combination. All Grand King Suites are located on 2nd floor, 400 square feet / 37.16 square meters, Occupancy: 4 maximum, Cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.

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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.


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.

 


Your Questions Answered: What Chicago Hotel Offers Afternoon Tea?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Langham Chicago


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: We are looking for a great hotel in Chicago that offers afternoon Tea during our stay. Can you make a recommendation?


ANSWER: The Langham Chicago  

Embodying the timeless qualities that define the Langham legacy since 1865 – heritage, history and legendary hospitality – The Langham, Chicago gracefully blends urban sophistication with refined luxury. Since its grand opening in September 2013, The Langham, Chicago has quickly become a destination of choice as evident with its recent #1 status for best luxury hotel in Chicago on TripAdvisor.

The Langham, Chicago features 316 luxurious guest rooms and suites ranging from the 516 square foot Grand Room to the sprawling Infinity and Regent Suites each spanning 2,700 square feet. Conveniently located downtown in a 52-story landmark tower designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago is just minutes away from the boutique-lined boulevards of Chicago's retail hub and within walking distance to many of the city's premier tourist sites.

The Langham Chicago

Embracing The Langham's classic heritage, the Langham Chicago's Pavilion restaurant offers guests its signature afternoon tea, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, recalling the grandeur of the original hotel, The Langham, London, where the tradition was born.

Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood includes proprietary Langham teas, and an array of sweet and savory bites. All are served with traditional displays and flourish, accompanied by live music—blending together to create a relaxing and pampering afternoon diversion. To finish, order a glass of champagne and toast to the perfect afternoon tea time.

Boasting a soaring ceiling and marvelous city view, Pavilion is an elegant space in which to unwind and enjoy the finest flavors created by Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green. Parlour at the Pavilion emulates a vintage-style ice cream parlor with a whimsical staff wearing retro-style uniforms serving select homemade ice creams and sorbets made by Chef Green.

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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.