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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 Size of the King Bed at the Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Swissotel Merchant Court 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: What is the size of the king bed at the Swissotel Merchant Court, my husband is approximately 185 meter tall?

ANSWER: Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel is a luxury hotel in the heart of the entertainment and dining hotspot Clarke Quay. Conveniently situated next to the train station, the hotel is accessible to many tourist attractions, including the shopping belt along Orchard Road, the Chinatown heritage site, and the business district at Raffles Place.
The 476-room hotel provides you with genuine Swiss hospitality and reliable service. Choose from a range of accommodation options and enjoy the use of the Club Lounge and upgraded amenities when you book an Executive room. Facilities include two restaurants, a lounge, a 24-hour gym, a free-form swimming pool and a wellness spa. Four function rooms and a column-free ballroom are also available for events.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Premier Room. The contemporary furnished rooms come with private balconies, providing a quayside view. Unwind in the comfort of luxury and enjoy complete in-room services and amenities after a long day of work and recreational pleasures. King bed measures 182 x 203 meter length.

Book a stay at Swissotel Merchant Court 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 Family-Friendly Hotel in Florence, Italy?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Portrait Firenze
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 Florence, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Portrait Firenze  
Portrait Firenze is a select 34-suite property, including a spectacular rooftop suite and 273 square meter Penthouse Floor. It is owned by the Ferragamo family and listed among the Leading Hotels of the World. Florentine Architect Michele Bonan has given the distinguished, riverside location by the Ponte Vecchio a unique style and heritage. Portrait is inspired by the spirit of haute couture in its lavish style and its every conceivable comfort with exquisite fabrics and hand-crafted furniture. You see it in all the finest portraits. Portrait Firenze
The rippling waters of the Arno and the old-world Ponte Vecchio, framed in your lounge and bedroom window, mirror the sense of past and present in the interior design. Classic and contemporary fuse as warm wood and opaque grays are bathed in the glow of gilded details and shimmering steel. Soft materials and cozy cashmere set an aristocratic yet relaxing tone. Each sumptuous suite has its own identity and many personal flourishes.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

Family Suites- The Portrait Family Suite with courtyard view offers 58 square meters of space for you and your children to revel in the cultural riches of the city. Make yourself at home in the 58 square meter Family Suite or enjoy even more space tucked atmospherically under the roof like a true Florentine in the 110 square meter Family 2 Bedroom Suite.

Whichever one you choose, both have a shared living space during the day and separate sleeping accommodation for invited friends or family at night. To accommodate everyone's needs, both have in-room cooking facilities, two bathrooms and space for all the extra luggage in multiple closets. Toys, films, and a DVD player are available and you'll find a wealth of places to visit with children on the in-room iPad. If staying in touch with the office is a necessity, there is a stylish desk in each suite with power and network connections 

Book a family stay at Portrait Firenze >>

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 Resort in Teton Village?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Snake River Lodge 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 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 Teton Village for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Snake River Lodge and Spa.This luxury full service hotel is located slopeside at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The lodge features 131 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Guests enjoy access to the 17,000 square foot Avanyu Spa and Fitness Center and enjoy fine dining at Gamefish. Area attractions include Grand Teton and Yellowston National Parks, The Grand Teton Music Festival, National Museum Of Wildlife Art, and the many art galleries and restaurants in the town of Jackson. Gues enjoy summer activities such as golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and arts. During winter, Nordic and Alpine skiing and snowboarding are available, along with snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and winter wildlife viewing excursions. 

The Lodge offers the following family-friendly amenities and activites:Snake River Lodge and Spa

- Unique lodge architecture with bear sculptures around the hotel and the famous Bear Bench.
- Swim through indoor/outdoor pool - the only pool of its kind in Jackson Hole.
- Indoor/outdoor hot tubs, stone sauna, and outdoor grotto waterfalls.
- Gamefish Restaurant with a huge family friendly buffet and kids menu.
- Full Concierge services to assist in all family activities.
- Located next door to the world famous Jackson Hole Mountain Aerial Tram, awe inspiring 4000
vertical foot trip to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain.
- Convenience market for beverages, snacks, sandwiches and desserts available 24 hours per day.
- Ski valet service with boot warmers, ski tuning, and waxing. Special discounts on ski and snowboard equipment rentals with professional on-site fittings at our ski valet provided by JH SKIS: Jackson Hole's premier ski and snowboard outfitter.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe Two Queens connects to Deluxe 2 Queens. A beautifully renovated guest room, approximately 325 square feet, featuring two queen size beds. Additional features include high speed wireless internet, 42 inch flat screen TV, two-line telephone, refrigerator, electronic safe and daily Starbucks coffee and tea service. Luxurious bathroom with granite countertop, plush robe, slippers, and fine amenities.
Ski in property with a short walk to lift.

Book a stay at Snake River Lodge 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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Resort in Miami for a Family of 5?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Beach 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 a family-friendly resort in Miami for a family of 5, children ages 8, 9, and 11?


ANSWER: Grand Beach Hotel in South Beach, Florida is in a terrific location, overlooking more than 200 feet of beautiful white sandy tropical beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 2009, this super-modern Miami hotel offers the highest levels of luxury and comfort. Leisure facilities include two heated Jacuzzi's, a well-equipped gym with unbeatable panoramic sunset views, as well as three different swimming pools, including 2 beach level family pools and a top floor tranquility pool for adults, offering something for everyone. The luxury doesn't end there, with all suites including 2 gorgeous marble bathrooms, private balconies, and panoramic floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows, with breathtaking ocean, bay or Miami city views. All visitors enjoy a lounge area within their suite, large flat screen TVs with free movie channels, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend
King Family Suite - The Grand Beach Hotel gives guests the opportunity to connect two suites to provide more space for families and small groups. They offer three different alternatives for these Miami Beach Family Suites. Please book two rooms in their respective categories and add a Request for Connecting Rooms. Final room assignment is subject to availability at the time of check-in. Contemporary furniture conveys an atmosphere of casual elegance and provides ample storage space for a romantic Miami Getaway or an extended Miami beachfront vacation. Private balconies allow business travelers or leisure guests alike to take advantage of Miami’s near perfect weather. Complimentary internet access and state-of-the-art amenities create the perfect retreat for an unforgettable Miami vacation experience. The Grand Beach Hotel features twenty-four suite combinations with one King and two Double Beds. Guests have the opportunity to book Bay Views or Ocean Views on the South side of the hotel. Approximately 940 square feet. Maximum occupancy 8 guests. No Roll-away beds available. Baby Cribs available upon request.
Grand Beach Hotel
For your utmost comfort and convenience, standard features of King & Double Family Suites in Miami Beach include:

Ocean or Bay View
Pillowtop mattresses
350-count cotton bed linens
Four 42-inch flat screen TVs
48 complimentary Premium TV channels with 7 international channels
Complimentary high-speed internet access
Alarm/clock – CD player and iPod cradle
Three bathrooms in all suites
Two Queen sleeper sofas
Four telephones
Self Check-in kiosk
USA Today delivered every weekday
Two Private Balconies
Two Wet-bars, refrigerators and coffee makers
Work desk with desk level ethernet and power access
Iron & ironing board
Hair dryer
Bathrobes
In-room Spa treatments
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
Voltage 110/ 120 V
In-room Dining

Book your family stay at Grand Beach 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 Family-and Surfer-Friendly Tahitian Resort?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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 looking to stay is Tahiti. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family and is near one of the surf spots and surf schools?


ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Tahiti 

The InterContinental Resort Tahiti is the premier international resort of Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia, which is situated between California and Australia in the South Pacific. The resort has a total of 263 units, comprising of 170 fully renovated lagoon and garden view rooms, an extension of 60 panoramic view rooms with a Presidential Suite, and 32 over the water bungalows located in 32 acres of gardens. The Polynesian style resort with its own private sand beach and lagoon, offers views of unforgettable sunsets over the Volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons.

TOPDIVE Tahiti Diving center, located at the very heart of the hotel, offers numerous exciting and unique activities, from PADI 5-Star SCUBA diving,to discovering the lagoon by kayak, to whale watching, all in a safe environment that will make your stay both thrilling and fun.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

The Overwater Bungalows located at the Lotus end of the resort, with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean beyond. The bungalows have a private sundeck and platform - ideal for sun bathing or watching the magnificent sunset. Intercontinental resort tahiti

All rooms and bungalows have the following amenities : a terrace or a private balcony, a bathroom with bath tub and shower, an individually controlled air conditioning system, a flat screen Cable TV, a direct dial international phone, an Internet connexion (wireless in public areas), a private safe, a refrigerator restocked on request, some 110V/220V outlets,tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, etc.

The resort makes available to its clients a laundry and dry cleaning service (express or regular), some self-service laundry facilities located throughout the hotel and some transit rooms with individual shower for early arrivals and late departures.
Moreover, children younger than 15 can share their parents room without supplement (within the limits of the room capacity).

Book your family vacation at InterContinental Resort Tahiti >>

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 Puppy-Friendly Hotel in Dallas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The JouleWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What is a pet friendly resorts in Dallas for a family of 2, and our puppy of course?


ANSWER: The Joule, a Luxury Collection Hotel 

The Joule, Dallas is the first true designer hotel in Dallas. The Joule embodies a new sense of energy sweeping through the revitalized historic center. The restoration of the 1920s Neo-Gothic facade is further enhanced by a new 10-story tower and striking lobby. The hotel also features 2,374 square feet of event space and a 1,500-sq.-ft. deluxe gym. Nearby attractions include Victory Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as shopping at the flagship original Neiman Marcus location, dining and entertainment in the West End historic district and the West Village.

Destined to delight vacationing visitors and business travelers alike, the Deluxe hotel rooms offer up to 350 square feet of vibrant space for the most relaxing stay. With a combination of style, art and originality, the deluxe accommodations feature imported Italian woodwork, Black Merbau floors, dark grey ceramic tile, custom bathroom fixtures and more.The Joule Wrap yourself in ultimate comfort with The Joule's premier bedding. From the premium down comforter and pillows to the 300-thread-count sheets, guests will never want to leave the bedroom. For entertaining, the room features an iPod docking station and a 47" flat-screen Apple Smart TV.

The hotel is pet-friendly. There is no fee for furry family-members of no more than 50 lbs. You will need to kennel while in room for maid, and animals are not permitted in food prep or serving areas.

Book your stay at The Joule >>


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 an Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Royal Hideaway Playacar
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 couple looking to stay at an adult-only all-inclusive property in Mexico. What resort offers the best accommodations for us?


ANSWER: Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen - Quintana Roo, Mexico

Royal Hideaway Playacar is for the most discriminating guests. Designed to feel more like a fully-staffed private vacation home with 11 villas, each with a private concierge, Royal Hideaway boasts the AAA-Five Diamond award distinction and is a member of Leading Hotels and Virtuoso. Guests of Royal Hideaway Playacar soak in incomparably serene Caribbean vistas, experience succulent culinary creations served in the finest surroundings, enjoy pampering spa treatments, and an attentive staff that lives the idea of "always at your service."
The exclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar offers 200 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations including 6 junior suites and 2 presidential suites. Mexican colonial style architecture adorns two- or three- floor villas giving guests sheer privacy and exceptional intimacy throughout their stay. Royal View accommodations feature a view of the azure Caribbean. All rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace as well as a private villa concierge, candles, pillow menu, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Etro amenities, hydromassage bathtub &shower, monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, DVD player, high-speed wireless Internet access, CD stereo system, stocked mini-fridge with water, soda & beer, and coffee maker.Royal Hideaway Playacar

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Duplex Suite
This beautiful two-story suite features a living room and dining area with a wet bar, bathroom and balcony on the first floor. The second floor features a large bedroom, full bathroom and large terrace where guests can enjoy endless hours of relaxation on a lounge chair or a traditional hammock. Room size: 118 sq m / 1270 sq ft. Bed type: One king size bed, per request one extra bed.

Book a stay at Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen >>

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 York City Hotel That Offers Rooms with a Full Kitchens?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Lowell
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 looking to stay in New York City. What hotel offers the a full kitchen in the room for us?

ANSWER: The Lowell  

Located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell is in the heart of New York's most exclusive and fashionable Upper East Side. With only 49 individually decorated suites and 23 deluxe rooms, the hotel lavishes its guests with truly personalized service and great attention to detail. Among the many thoughtful touches are complimentary beverages upon arrival, Fiji water at turndown and a selection of Bulgari amenities. Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and almost all have fully equipped kitchens.

For Your Needs We Recommend:

One Bedroom Suite
Spanning over 800 square feet in size, the suites are truly residential with a separate living room, all with wood burning fireplaces and a full service kitchen. The spacious marble bathrooms have a bathtub and shower combination.

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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 are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Telluride, CO?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Madeline
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 are some family friendly resorts in Telluride, Co for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER: Hotel Madeline Telluride

The Hotel Madeline Telluride, formerly Capella Telluride, is a luxury mountain resort hote with every imaginable amenity, including 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 Telluride
 

For Your Family's 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.

View rates, details, and more images of 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: Can You Recommend a Beverly Hills Hotels Suitable for a Mother-Daughter Spa Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Montage Beverly Hills
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 mother and 12 year-old daughter wanting to experience a spa weekend in Beverley Hills, CA. What resort would you recommend?

ANSWER: Montage Beverly Hills Hotel 

At the Montage Beverley Hills one will find rooms and suites that celebrate refined comfort. A garden that embodies our devotion to grace and grandeur. Fashionable restaurants that encourage conversation. And a spa that combines intimacy and spaciousness into a holistic respite. All of this is ensconced in Beverly Hills' legendary Golden Triangle. Just steps from Rodeo Drive's world-class boutiques and famed addresses. 

Inspired by the splendor of the traditional Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture prevalent in historic Beverly Hills, the hotel's 20,000 square foot urban spa oasis is comprehensive, warmly appointed and luxurious.

From lavish caviar facials, to holistic wellness therapies and cutting edge fitness classes, to world class salon services, Spa Montage Beverly Hills stands ready to offer you your most memorable spa experience in a serene sanctuary nestled nearby the exclusive shops and magnificent dining of vibrant Rodeo Drive. The spa offers specific treatments just for children 12 & younger. They include the Paintbox Manicure, which can be a 20 or 40 minute treatment. Moms will enjoy the Day of Indulgence package. Begin with a 60 minute Swedish Massage, followed by a 60 minute Customized Facial. End your half day with the Montage Manicure and Montage Pedicure.

We Recommend the Following Accommodations:

Montage Beverly HillsThe Grand Deluxe Guestroom presents the Montage Beverly Hills guest with 550-square-feet of living space, featuring one king bed or two queen beds, an L-shaped custom chaise, an executive desk with a 42-inch LCD television, and a Gentleman's Valet. Every indulgence imaginable is provided, including sumptuous settees, stunning marble and mosaic-tiled bathrooms with generous tubs and dual sinks, the latest in high-tech communications and generous furnished patios overlooking the gardens or the finest city views.

Book your spa getaway at Montage Beverly Hills 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.