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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 New York Luxury Hotel Offers a Whirlpool Tub and Balcony?

January 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gansevoort Park AvenueWe 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 hotel in New York offers a Jacuzzi tub and balcony?

ANSWER: Gansevoort Park Avenue 

Enter Gansevoort Park Avenue and leave the busy streets of midtown Manhattan behind. Downtown cool meets uptown classic in this beautifully designed new building with chic modern interiors and a three-story atrium lobby featuring herringbone granite floors, over-sized aubergine chandeliers, and a fireplace. Spruce up at Cutler Salon. Treat yourself at Exhale Spa. Relax by the rooftop pool. Savor the views at Gotham’s second Plunge Bar and Lounge. Sample a champagne cocktail in the elegant bar adjacent to the lobby. Share a table and Italian-inspired fare at the 10,000 sq ft Ristorante Asellina.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

DUPLEX PENTHOUSE - This is an indulgent 3 bedroom, 2000 sq ft Presidential Suite that boasts all the premium amenities that you could desire. The bi-level, unique layout features a stunning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, a lofty terrace with exquisite city views, and an audio-visual system fit for the ultimate in entertainment. Spacious dining and living areas feature floor to ceiling windows flanked by custom black chandeliers. Your own private spa experience awaits in the grand, 6 fixture bathroom which includes a steam shower, Starck freestanding soaking whirlpool tub, products by Cutler Salon, and separate vanity dressing room. It's the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable 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.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Fitness Center Like at the Four Seasons Milan?

January 14, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Milan
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 fitness center like at the Four Seasons Milan?

ANSWER: 
A dramatically reborn 15th-century convent with a mere 118 rooms and suites, the intimate Four Seasons Milan is stepsFour Seasons Milan from Milan's couture houses and financial district on the exclusive Via Gesu between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.

The Fitness Center is located inside the Spa. Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano offers a delectable range of massage, facial, nail and body treatments in seven luxurious treatment rooms, including a spa suite. The 160 square-meter (1,722-square-feet) fitness area offers the very latest equipment, including state-of-the-art machines from Technogym's Excite line, and weight-lifting and stretching areas. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day. Personal training sessions on request for 60 minutes for an additional fee. Private yoga sessions are also available on request for an additional fee. 

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Your Questions Answered: What Fort Lauderdale Area Hotel Features Kitchens in Guest Accommodations?

January 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The AtlanticWe 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 Fort Lauderdale area hotel features kitchens in guest accommodations?


ANSWER: The Atlantic Resort and SpaAtlantic Resort and Spa

Fort Lauderdale's premier luxury condominium hotel, The Atlantic Resort and Spa is set amidst 23 miles of pristine sun-splashed golden beaches in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast. Most of the spacious, luxuriously appointed guest rooms command majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dining experiences range from indoor venues to dramatic ocean view settings. This intimate boutique hotel offers an elegant natural look with a distinct British Colonial ambiance. From Palm Beach to Miami, visit world-class boutiques, galleries, restaurants, museums, theatres, casinos, and nightspots. Or relax while at the beach, diving, golfing, yachting, or cruising. The hotel is ideally located just seven miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and 33 miles from Miami International Airport.

The Atlantic Resort and SpaFor Your Needs We Recommend:

-Ocean View King Studio. It is 600 square feet and is a deluxe king room with an ocean view. Luxuriate in plush pillow top bedding and bed and bathroom linens. The large marble baths feature separate stall showers and soaking tubs, and the living areas offer fully equipped kitchenettes with microwave ovens, two-burner stovetops, refrigerators, and cookware.

-1 Bedroom Oceanfront King Suite.  These 1,200-square-foot suites feature a separate bedroom with king bed, large balcony with ocean views, a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, oven, and microwave, and living area with dining room.

-2 Bedroom Oceanfront Penthouse. Featuring 15th and 16th floor views, two master bedrooms, each with one king bed, oversized marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and showers and full oceanfront view with large ocean terraces. Suite has a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, oven, and microwave, and a large living area with dining room.

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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 Room Type at The Sagamore is Best for a Family of Four?

December 29, 2013
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.

The Sagamore
QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 9 and would like to stay at The Sagamore, can we get babysitting service and what room will be appropriate for our family to stay in?


ANSWER: 

The Sagamore Miami Beach is one of the hottest beach resorts in the world. With its prominent and unique private collection of art and photography, The Sagamore is a modern interpretation of a classical European resort. The property boasts 93 striking suites including 8 penthouses and 16 two-story bungalows. All suites have kitchenettes and large bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road Mall, restaurants, shopping, galleries, and night life are all within walking distance.

Sagamore Miami Beach Hotel is well known for spacious South Beach Suites.
For your family, consider:

-The Sagamore Suite is a true luxurious Miami Beach Suite with separate bedroom and living room. Bedrooms has either King Bed or Two Double Beds, Living room has Full Size Sofa Bed, 42-Inch Plasma TV, Aveda bath products, mini kitchenette and more. The Sagamore Miami Beach

-The Miami Beach Suite, which is 550 square feet, has a Standard View, Luxurious King-Sized or Two Double Beds, Wet Bar/Working Area, Separate Bedroom and Living Room, Full Size Sofa Bed, Beautifully Framed Artwork, Porcelain Tile Floors. Fully equipped with DVD Player & Gaming Systems, and High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Bathroom features whirlpool Bathtub with Circulating Jets & Shower and stocked with Aveda Bath and Beauty Products. The suite has a Gourmet Bar and Snack Selections, Refrigerator, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Maker, and In Room Safe.

As far as babysitting , as of this writing, the cost is $25.00 per hour per child -no minimum time requirement.  If used several times there will be a discount given to the family. There are playground and children’s museum nearby as well as other child friendly activities.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Best for Rest and Recovery?

December 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mutiny 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 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: My Mother and I are traveling to Miami, I will be recovering from surgery can you recommend a hotel that has a kitchen and offers quiet for my recovery?

ANSWER: The Mutiny Hotel 


The Mutiny Hotel is located approximately 17 miles from Miami International Airport on Sailboat Bay in Coconut Grove, approximately nine miles from South Beach. Local attractions include the Streets of Mayfair, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Key Biscayne, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and downtown Miami which are all within five miles of the hotel.
Hotel amenities include on-site car rental, wireless Internet, concierge, fax/photocopy services, laundry/valet services, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, sauna, and steam room. Atchana's East/West Kitchen is a sophisticated hideaway located on the ground level of The Mutiny Hotel and serves an array of fresh, authentic Asian dishes, along with American Classics such as New York Strip Steak and Snapper Filets. Patrons can dine in the intimate wood-paneled 45-seat indoor dining room or outdoors, next to the poolside waterfall. In addition to full bar service,. Full service dining is also available at The Pirates Bar & Grill serving contemporary American and International cuisine. Private parties available in the restaurant or poolside. 
The Mutiny Hotel
Guest suites are decorated in a British Colonial motif and feature fully equipped kitchens, two TVs, VCRs, A/C, desks, dial-up Internet access, dual-line telephones, voicemail, hairdryers, bathroom telephones, coffeemakers with premium coffees, and bathrobes. The minimum age for check-in is 21 and that all accommodations at The Mutiny Hotel are now non-smoking. Guest suites are an average of 750 sq ft, overlooking Biscayne Bay, and have fully equipped kitchen, sleeper couch in Living area, many with private balcony for some quiet space.

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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.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Great Paris Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 12, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel California Champs-ElyseesWe 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 6 and looking to stay is Paris, France. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family (children ages 6-11)?


ANSWER: Hotel California Champs-Elysees

Built in 1925, a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, with an extensive painting gallery for art lovers, this hotel unites luxury with its classic and refined decor. Charm, romance and refinement come naturally to this prestigious Parisian hotel, which owes its name to Hollywood and the New York Press. Each of the rooms and suites offer a view of Paris. Through the windows, eyes wander over a central courtyard open to the sky, the sacred heart of Montmartre and rooftops of Paris. Hotel amenities include Le Cadre d'Or restaurant serving traditional French dishes, bar, business center, Internet access, multilingual staff, and 24-hour front desk. Rooms feature minibars, TVs with pay movies, air conditioning, and black-out drapes.Hotel California Champs-Elysees

For your family's needs, we recommend:

The Deluxe room with an occupancy of 3 to connect to Deluxe Premium rooms, with a rolloway. The large and wide 30sqm Deluxe rooms are elegantly furnished and decorated. Some of them have a nice private terrasse and they all overlook the charming Patio or lively Berri St. They offer a king size bed or 2 twin beds and can accommodate a maximum of 3 people (2 adults and 1 child ). Most of the bathrooms (modern or marble style) have a shower and a bath tub and some of them have natural daylight. An extra baby cot available on request. Connecting rooms to other Deluxe or classic rooms are available in this category upon request and availability. The room measure 30 sqm and has either King size bed or Twin beds.



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Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Hotel Provides a Beach and Pool and is in Walking Distance to Nightlife?

December 11, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Dream South 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: What South Beach hotel provides beach, walking distance to nightlife and fine dining, and a pool?

ANSWER: Dream South Beach Dream South Beac

Imaginative and whimsical, Dream South Beach is an intriguing hotel proving unexpected delights are still possible in a place where the extraordinary is commonplace. The illusion begins with the transformation of two iconic Art Deco South Beach Miami hotels - the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House - into a sophisticated, boutique realm of just 108 rooms and suites. Step inside and find a quiet, cool, and delightfully hypnotic hideaway from the South Florida sun. Relax in late 70's inspired accommodations or lounge by the rooftop pool and lounge. Whatever your choice, Dream South Beach is a delightfully hypnotic hideaway. Even in a town celebrated for its playful, decadent atmosphere, these accommodations stand apart. Creative architectural elements, crafted by internationally renowned designer Michael Czysz, blend the familiar with the unexpected, mingling the glamour with surreal fantasy and luxury. Delight your senses in exquisitely appointed rooms and suites. 

The hotel is surrounded by stylish boutiques, the hottest clubs and is just 50 yards from pristine white sand beaches. Right next door is another fashionable address, Villa by Barton G., once known as the famed Versace Mansion Casa Casuarina. Though Dream offers an array of leisurely pursuits, from rooftop pool oasis to spa treatments and an exhilarating nightlife scene, the surrounding area abounds with must-see attractions and South Beach events. From the white sand beaches of Miami to rows of chic shops, bars and nightclubs, every interest is catered to here.

We recommend: A King Bed Junior Suite with couch.  This suite type averages 350 sq ft,  and offers a 42in LCD TV, stocked private bar, and mood lighting.

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Your Questions Answered: Where in London Should a Family of Four Stay?

December 3, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

51 Buckingham GateWe 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 4 and looking to stay in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: 51 Buckingham Gate  

Housed in a Victorian building, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences, combines all the expertise of a hotel with the space and privacy of a private home, offering luxury suites, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Welcomed by courteous and discreet personal butlers, you will enter a world-class five star hotel with one of the most spacious suites in London. Suites in 51 Buckingham Gate feature award winning contemporary bathrooms and modern kitchens fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
For those who don't feel like cooking, 24-Hour In Room Dining is available. The luxury suites are equipped with the latest technology, including flat-screen Television, DVD player, two line telephones, voice mail, data ports and high speed Internet and wireless access. Guests may use the Spa at 51, which brings a touch of Paris to London, offering luxurious Anne Sémonin pampering in an exclusive setting. 

51 Buckingham Gate
51 Buckingham Gate has a number of restaurants and bars to satisfy any palate. Michelin starred Quilon restaurant serves southwest coastal Indian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the world serving south-west coastal Indian cuisine to have won a Michelin star. The Courtyard at 51 is open in the summer months for delicious barbeques, shisha, afternoon tea and exquisite cocktails. Bistro 51 serves a special selection of international cuisine in a casual atmosphere. At Bank Westminster you can enjoy classic British fare with a modern twist, overlooking the tranquil courtyard, or linger over a pre dinner cocktail in the adjoining Zander Bar, the longest in the UK. The Hamptons Bar is quintessentially English to enjoy an Afternoon tea, cocktails or a light meal.

For your family, choose either the Falconers 2 Bedroom Suite or Minsters Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite. 


FALCONERS TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The stylish and homely Falconers Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 70 square meters/752 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two bathrooms, separate living room and fully-equipped kitchen.


MINSTERS DELUXE TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The contemporary and chic Minsters Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 74 square meters/796 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two luxurious bathrooms, fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and living room.

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.

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Your Questions Answered: What do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3?

December 2, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Meritage Resort at NapaWe 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 do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3, 2 adults and 1 child age 11?

ANSWER: Meritage Resort at Napa offers you the best of California's Wine Country, featuring the area's only underground luxury spa and tasting room. Convienently located to best explore both the Napa and Sonoma Valley's extraordinary vineyards and wineries, The Meritage Resort is perfect for those who enjoy gourmet dining, great wines and Napa's casually elegant activities. The Meritage Resort welcomes you with a warming fireplace stoked with the staves of oak barrels from local wineries, 158 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, a wine bar, resort swimming pools and fitness centers, an intimate wedding chapel, and stylish special event spaces.

For your family, we recommend you choose rooms with 2 queen beds or King bed and sofa bed. Choose from a Double Queen Room or a Standard King Room, both featuring Tuscan-inspired decor with rich woods, comfortable seating and premium bedding for your ultimate relaxation. Guests can enjoy wireless and wired high-speed Internet access, executive work desks and 32-inch plasma screen televisions with DVD players. The spacious bathrooms have marble-topped vanities, Gilchrist and Soames amenities, and plush robes.

For even more luxury without upgrading to a Suite, The Meritage Resort offers a Superior King Patio Extended Room. These luxury Napa accommodations offer vineyard views, one King bed and a large balcony, as well as pull-out sofa bed for your convenience.

Your soothing home away from home awaits at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Wine Country California.

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.

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Your Questions Answered: What is available at the Four Seasons St Louis for a Family of Four?

November 30, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons St LouisWe 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 4, children. What is available at the Four Seasons St. Louis?


ANSWER: The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis brings new cachet to the downtown riverscape. The Four Seasons St. Louis rises just steps from the Laclede's Landing entertainment district. Enjoy unrivaled access to stadium sports and the Lumiare Place Casino, right downstairs. Then escape into Four Seasons tranquility - where views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi are as big as the Midwestern sky. Four Seasons St Louis

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has 200 spacious guest rooms and suites that offer a variety of views of the city, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. They are bright and airy, with a very contemporary look that incorporates light woods and soft, natural hues. Well-defined work areas allow focused productivity, and each room features high-speed wired and wireless Internet access.

For your needs, we recommend the Grand Premier City-View Rooms. They feature elegantly designed interiors and offer expansive views of the city. These 639 sq foot rooms are on floors 9-19th, feature a king bed, and can easily accommodate an extra rollaway or crib.

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.

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