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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 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.

Book a stay at The Langham Chicago >>

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 Charleston Hotel That Features Rooms with Two Queen Beds?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Market Pavilion 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 hotel is Charleston, SC offers Rooms with Two Queen beds?

ANSWER: Market Pavilion Hotel

The Market Pavilion Hotel, Charleston's newest and most luxurious hotel, is located in the epicenter of Downtown, we're just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes.

The opulent guestrooms and suites feature crown molding, mahogany poster beds, luxurious residential appointments, high-speed internet access, CD players, multi-line voicemail telephones, and lavish European marble baths. Suites are uniquely furnished reflecting the grand colorful style of colonial Charleston. Select suites offer private terraces, grand pianos, drawing rooms, and panoramic city and harbor views.

For Your Needs, We Recommend

Luxury Two Queen Guestroom -Escape to a Luxury Two Queen accommodation. Decorated in grand historic Charleston style, each Luxury Two Queen room offers two queen beds, an extravagant Italian marble bath with standing shower, all in a setting unlike any other you'll find in Charleston.

Book a stay at Market Pavilion Hotel >>

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 Seattle Hotel with a Fireplace and a Water View?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel 1000
Five Star Alliance works hard 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 looking to stay is Seattle. What resort offers accommodations that features a fireplace and water view?


ANSWER: Hotel 1000 
Hotel 1000
Quiet, peace-filled rooms are a staple of Hotel 1000. Electronic do not disturb and housekeeping features keep interruptions to a minimum. An intelligent private bar knows when you are out of your favorite refreshment, and signals staff to replenish while you are away. Hotel 1000 leverages innovative technology with sophisticated and luxurious accommodations to offer guests a truly customized experience. Intelligent ambiance controls are customized for every guest. LCD HDTV's and high-speed wireless expedite connectivity 24-7. Art adjusts to individual tastes and even the bathtub looks like a work of art.

The Spaahh at Hotel 1000, a serene refuge offering individual spa and beauty treatments to rejuvenate the body and soul. BOK, KITCHEN+ BAR infuses sleek, contemporary design with a menu of urban American food, handcrafted cocktails along with new and old world wines.

For Your Needs, We Recommend

Grand Suite - Staying in the Grand Suite is like having your own private apartment with Hotel 1000 staff ready to fulfill any request. Located on the 14th floor, this expansive 2,000 square feet suite features panoramic views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and Puget Sound. The double door entry into the master bedroom and private bath leads to an intimate sanctuary with a separate shower for two and a bath with a window overlooking the city. Host a movie night in the media room, equipped with a 60" plasma TV and comfortably accommodating up to eight guests. A double-sided fireplace connects the dining room that seats up to eight and the entry parlor, providing a welcoming touch to corporate retreats or private dinners.

Book your stay at Hotel 1000 >>

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 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. 

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Washington, DC?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Madison HotelWe 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 5 and looking to stay is Washington, DC. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Loews Madison Hotel  

Experience a piece of history when you stay at Loews Madison Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown D.C., the hotel has been honored to host distinguished guests from JFK and George W. Bush to Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, and National Mall Monuments, Loews Madison Hotel is a refreshing destination for unforgettable family stays. Appointed with sophisticated European furnishings, the Washington, D.C. luxury hotel features a collection of rooms and suites with amenities fit for a president.

When visiting the nation's capital, there is no better place to stay than in the heart of downtown, within easy access of iconic attractions and landmarks. With Programs like Loews Loves Kids and Loews Loves Pets, Loews Madison is ready to make sure that if the family is along for the trip, the whole gang is sure to have a great time. And that includes your favorite four-legged friend.

Loews Madison Hotel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Madison Suite -Elegant but not over the top, the spacious suites are well-appointed, including custom bedding and plush linens. Suite includes: King Bed with custom bedding, Wi-Fi, Separate living area with sleeper sofa, oversized chair and dining table for 4, Exterior street views, Granite and marble bathroom with a shower and double vanity, Personal bar, 700 square feet, Occupancy: 4 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.
Connects to Premier King Premium King- Upgrade your stay in one of these spacious, high floor rooms, Room includes: 1 King Bed, Exterior views of 15th Street or M Street, Wi-Fi, High floor, Ergonomic work desk and chair, Seating area with stylish, oversized wingback chair and ottoman, 335–350 square feet, Occupancy: 3 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.

Book a stay at Loews Madison Hotel >>

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 Pet Policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Rancho Las Palmas 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 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 Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?


ANSWER: There's no place like Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa - the Palm Springs hotel of choice for families and couples seeking a carefree retreat. Set within 240 garden acres surrounded by the soaring San Jacinto mountain range in the heart of Rancho Mirage, the resort beckons travelers to the sun-kissed Southern California desert. This is Palm Springs at its laid-back best, where guests can enjoy 27 holes of golf, tennis and an expansive spa without ever leaving the beautifully landscaped grounds. Discover the classic Palm Springs accommodations at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. The resort-style hotel is home to 444 guest rooms including 22 suites - housed in captivating, Spanish-style accommodations, where French doors open to private patios and balconies overlook the lushly landscaped grounds. Premium mattresses are draped in plush down comforters, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens. Comfort prevails at this Palm Springs luxury hotel, with spacious guest rooms complemented by thoughtful amenities and services.

Pet Policy
Rancho Las Palmas is pet friendly in specific buildings. Pets must be less than 50 pounds and a $100 charge per stay will be applied. Pet-friendly amenity included.

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 Telluride Hotel for Two Couples Vacationing Together?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel MadelineWe 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 2 couples and looking to stay is Telluride. What resort offers the best accommodations for our group?

ANSWER: Hotel Madeline Telluride

The Hotel Madeline Telluride, formerly Capella Telluride, is a luxury mountain resort hote with ever imaginable amenity to include a ski valet, world-class spa, pool and fitness center, two restaurants, wine bar, and ice rink. Hotel Madeline Telluride embodies a complete concept. Superb architecture. Lush interior design. Ultra-luxury amenities. Meticulous personalized service from a professional staff that is at your beck and call, night and day. Fully decorated and furnished hotel condominiums are offered, as well as two, three, and four bedroom residences. Designed for the individual who visits a few weeks a year and wants the ease and services of a hotel during their stay, including complete access to every hotel amenity (including daily maid service and nightly turn-down service), the private lobby, 24-hour concierge service, ski valets, the stunning indoor open-air pool, along with use of the spa, fitness, and business centers.Hotel Madeline

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

1 & 2 Bedroom Suites with Efficiency Kitchen – The atmosphere inside the condo-style suite feels slightly more contemporary. Stainless steel appliances dominate the neighboring warm wood and marble. The classy retreat has everything you need with an emphasis on the most popular room in the house, the kitchen.

Book your stay at Hotel Madeline Telluride >>

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's a Family-Friendly Resort in the Bahamas for a Family of 3?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Old Bahama Bay
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's a family-friendly resort in the Bahamas for a family of 3, child age 8?


ANSWER: Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour West End

Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is the ultimate getaway for tranquility and pampered service. Combining Bahamian charm and barefoot elegance, the resort features all beachfront suites, full-service marina, 2 restaurants, and a host of events and boating activities.

West End, Grand Bahama Island, is the ultimate getaway for families, fishing enthusiasts, and couples looking for that perfect out of the way spot for a memorable vacation. Combining Bahamian resort charm and island luxury, Old Bahama Bay is an all-suite beachfront resort with 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites, a 72 slip marina, and a private airport with a 6,000 ft paved runway. Old Bahama Bay is an official Bahamas Port of Entry with on-site customs and immigration services for arrival by air or sea.

Situated directly on the beach on the western-most tip of Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay is just 56 miles due east from Palm Beach, Florida. The resort has a barefoot elegance ambiance with an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport and major destination amenities in Freeport - just 26 miles away.

With adjoining suites, calm waters and a wide range of kid activities, the resort is ideal for families of all ages. An expert wedding planner is available to assist with elaborate group weddings as well as simple and exquisite elopements.

Old Bahama Bay

The accommodations at Old Bahama Bay are unlike any other - perfect for families or just the two of you. Old Bahama Bay offers exquisitely designed suites for the most discriminating traveler. All suites have Wireless Internet service and are appointed with modern British colonial custom-made furnishings and luxury amenities including marble baths, whirlpool soaking tub, kitchenettes, and sitting areas.

 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Junior Suite Ocean View – These suites are located on either the ground floor or second floor with partial ocean views. The 550 sq. ft. Junior Suites come in a choice of king or double queen beds and the 1200 sq ft two bedroom suites sleep up to 6 guests.Some suites also provide wonderful views of the yacht basin and the famous West End sunsets. These suites have a full kitchenette, a king bed, sleeper sofa in the sitting area, and a washer/dryer.

Book a stay at Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour >>

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 New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?


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 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 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?


ANSWER: The Cornstalk Hotel 
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa. The Cornstalk features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.


The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

Book a stay at The Cornstalk Hotel >>

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 River Walk Hotel in San Antonio?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mokara Hotel and SpaWe 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 are some River Walk resorts in San Antonio for a family of 2? We would like a suite.


ANSWER: Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio is a relaxing retreat on San Antonio's world-famous River Walk. Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis has all the best creature comforts easily at hand, including luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities, fine dining, and a full-service spa. Pluse, the attentive staff is always available to make your stay in San Antonio a truly memorable one.
Formerly the Watermark Hotel, the Mokara Hotel & Spa has a long-standing history of excellence. As the only four-star hotel in San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first choice for sophisticated travelers.


With 99 rooms and suites, each appointed with world-class amenities and fine finishes, Mokara San Antonio offers the ultimate in comfortable luxury. Every room and suite features high ceilings, wood and marble finishes, cozy beds with fine linens, and gracious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Mokara Hotel and Spa

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Suites -Enjoy luxury as big as Texas in a spacious Mokara suite, with a living area that boasts a panoramic view of the River Walk, an adjoining bedroom, and a spacious bath.

Book a stay at Mokara Hotel and 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.