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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's the Best Hotel in Quebec for a Family of 6?

August 10, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Le Concorde
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 6 and looking to stay is Quebec City. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family that is 1 room?

ANSWER: Loews Le Concorde Hotel 

Say bonjour to Old World charm and contemporary comfort at Loews Le Concorde, a luxury hotel in Quebec City. Guests will feel like they are in a European city as they traverse the winding cobblestone streets of the Old City. All 406 rooms and 19 suites have been luxuriously furnished with the intent of creating accommodations that invite guests to linger. Expansive views allow guests to gaze over the city's skyline while enjoying the privacy of their hotel room.

The Junior Suite is the ideal place for a family getaway to Quebec City. These suites offer multiple amenities, incomparable value, and a choice of extra space or privacy. There is a separate bedroom that features 2 Queen size beds or 1 King Bed and a spacious living room with a double sofa bed, so the suite can sleep as many as 6. Guests will be surrounded by the beauty of this historic city, with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence, the Plains of Abraham, or the Old City itself. No detail has been overlooked when it comes to your comfort, from the modern, French-inspired deceor to the fine plush linens. The elegant marble bath is the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring this incredible city. Then slip into one of the ultra-comfy robes, and watch an in-room movie with the family. You will find everything you need for a perfect family getaway in the Junior Suite at the Loews Hotel le Concorde.

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 Smoking Policy at the Le Palais de la Mediterranee

August 9, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Palais de la Mediterranee
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 smoking policy for the rooms/suites at the Le Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France?


ANSWER: Le Palais de la Mediterranee has 1 floor, the 9th, that is set aside for smoking. If you wish to smoke and did not obtain a room on the 9th floor, most rooms have a balcony on which to smoke. Le Palais de la MediterraneeLe Palais de la Mediterranee, now a Hyatt Regency Hotel, is a landmark in Nice. It features luxurious and spacious accommodation including 176 guestrooms and 11 superb suites. Contemporary guestrooms range in size from 25 to 117 square meters with balconies or terraces offering guests spectacular views overlooking either the Mediterranean Sea or the city of Nice.  

Towering over the Bay of Angels and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the charming Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee is ideally located on the prestigious Promenade des Anglais. Not only does this striking luxury hotel enjoy seafront views, it is also located within a short walk of the key attractions like the city of Nice.

The third floor is the heart of the hotel with a beautifully conceived indoor/outdoor pool, gastronomic restaurant, fitness rooms, cozy lounge and a sun terrace with stunning views.

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 are the best room types for a family of two adults and two children at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech?

August 8, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
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 party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 9 and would like would like to stay at Palais Namaskar Marrakech , Morocco,  We would like the children to sleep in a separate room from  us.  What do you recommend?

ANSWER: To accommodate your family, we'd recommend the  One Bedroom Pool Suite connecting to a Superior Room, 2 Bedroom Pool Suite, Villa Namaskar, or the Pool Palace which will all sleep four comfortably.

The Pool Suites overlook a  garden terrace, while the separate living room offers another terrace featuring its own heated pool to encompass 180sqm of outdoor space and 108sqm interior. The bedroom has king size beds and the living room comes equipped with a  fireplace.

Villa Namaskar is 487sqm large with 1200sqm of private gardens including a pond and a large heated pool. An inviting 108sqm interior with a separate living room and fireplace adjoins a 180sqm exterior living space. 

The Pool Palace is located in front of the main swimming pool and only a few steps from Le Namaskar Restaurant. The Pool Palace can be booked with 2 or 3 bedrooms, totalizing 210sqm indoor area.

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 the Perfect Parisian Luxury Hotel for a Family of Five?

August 4, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel LutetiaWe 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 Paris, connecting rooms or suite with 2 bedrooms for a family of 5, children ages 7, 10, and 13?Hotel Lutetia


ANSWER: Hotel Lutetia
Hotel Lutetia is a modern-day reflection of the Belle Epoque and Art Deco periods - the embodiment of contemporary, stylish Parisian living. The sculpted Art Deco facade and welcoming statue of Gustave Eiffel, along with pictures of artists that once lived in the hotel, are your first indications that Hotel Lutetia is something special. A renowned meeting place for artists, writers and politicians, Hotel Lutetia's busy lobby has a lively edginess featuring works of art by renowned contemporary artists Arman, Cesar, Philippe Hiquily, Perrin, and Thierry Bisch. Surrounded by Art Deco architecture, period furniture, crystal chandeliers, and the sounds of jazz music drifting through from the highly popular Lutetia Bar, you will find you are immersed in a truly Parisian atmosphere.
Hotel Lutetia
The 231 rooms and suites of the Lutetia are elegant and bathed in natural light, and offer a unique atmosphere in a very Art Deco setting. We recommend the 2-Bedroom Suite.  An incomparable place, the hotel’s luxurious Arman suite is the work of the sculptor himself, assisted by the famous interior designer, Sybille de Margerie. Themes of music and African art are given special precedence in this superb, 130 m2 Parisian suite.
A tribute to the sculptor, Arman, (Arman Pierre Fernandez), this is the largest and the most unique suite in the hotel and contains furniture designed by the master, who stayed here on his visits to Paris. Comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large sitting room that is filled with works of art by Arman; this striking suite is a testimony to the flamboyance of this great artist. The artistic centrepiece is a typical Arman table with accumulated violins as the table legs surrounded by cello-shaped chairs. Reflecting the artist's favourite themes, one bedroom is dedicated to his love of music with a violin shaped headboard, while the second bedroom is dedicated to African art and is decorated in red, black and metallic shades with a large collection of African artwork. The stylish bathroom continues the mood of luxury with a combination of dark wood and Art Deco mosaics.

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 Luxury Tokyo Hotel Will Accommodate a Family of Five?

July 30, 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.

Hotel Nikko TokyoQUESTION: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay in Tokyo . What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Hotel Nikko Tokyo offers a truly unique view of the exciting Tokyo's urban waterfront from all of the spacious and luxurious guestrooms, which are equipped with spacious balconies and state of the art facilities. For your family, we recommend Ocean View -Connecting Rooms For 4 -6 People. There are also Superior Category rooms offering Partial Ocean View. These rooms offer twin beds or a double bed. Rooms are 40 sqM in size.

At this amazing location, guests enjoy top-class lodging, quality dining, a spa with wide range of programs, full blown convention facility, wedding services, and refined and sincere hospitality. Enjoy the sunset with selected champagne. Feast your palate while you feast your eyes with the spectacular landscape, be it at a traditional Japanese Sushi bar or a cheerful terrace restaurant. Wrap up your day at a quiet bar. All is possible on-site at Hotel Nikko Tokyo. Top quality dining is offered at 10 restaurants and bars in the premises, presenting various styles of cuisines, prepared with fresh and carefully sort-after ingredients, that are guaranteed to make your Tokyo stay memorable. 

Hotel Nikko Tokyo

Indulge yourself in the Spa and fitness facility Zen before and after a busy day of sightseeing with personalized and original spa programs ranging from Shiatsu with the locally-famous Namikoshi methods, to various Thalasso and originally developed Aroma therapy programs which will soothe and revitalize you after sight-seeing or shopping duties. 

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: Kids and the Maldives

July 18, 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.

QUESTION: What hotels or resorts in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?


ANSWER: Lucky Kids! We have a great collection of hotels in the Maldives that welcome children.  Hf the ere are some of the amenities at the luxury hotels that are part of the Five Star Alliance collection.

Dusit Thani Maldives-The Dusit Thani Maldives (left) offers a children’s play area and club facility. 

-At the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah "KidsOnly" is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2. 

-At the Anantara Veli Resort and Spa , the Dhoni Kids Club (for children from the ages of 3 to 12) keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. 

-At the LUX Maldives "PLAY" offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything kids could hope for on an island vacation. 

-Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club is an organized program of fun activities for the little ones at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives.  

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Dress Code at Grand Hotel Mazarro Sea Palace?

July 17, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace
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 dress code at Grand Hotel Mazarro Sea Palace?  Is it okay for us and have breakfast in shorts?


ANSWER: Overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world, set among the rocks and sea and embellished by the colours of Mediterranean architecture, rises up the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace. In this delightful setting, at the centre of the bay from which it takes its name, the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace offers the comfort of a 5 stars de luxe hotel, in a modern, efficient structure. All of this crowned by the charm of the highest volcano in europe: Etna.

The rooms and the suites of the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace are quite literally terraces on the sea situated in a refined and exclusive context where the personalization of the services, apart from epitomising hospitality, represents a perfect harmony between tradition and innovation. All the rooms are very carefully furnished with mini-bar, color TV with satellite and in-house program, direct telephone line, hair dryer and individually programmable air conditioning.


As far as dress code, during the day the hotel is casual-friendly, and short are allowed. Dinner is more dressy, men are required to be in long pants and to wear a jacket. 

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: Family Friendly Luxury Hotels in Paris

July 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Lutetia
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 Paris, connecting rooms or suite with 2 bedrooms for a family of 5, children ages 7,10, and 13

Hotel Keppler

 


ANSWER: Hotel Keppler


We recommend the superior suite that connects to standard room.

Hotel Keppler is a haven of comfort features of 39 exceptional rooms including 5 exquisite suites offering great views of Paris and Eiffel Tower. This little "private house" really gives you a feeling of a chic Parisian home rather than a traditional hotel. Smart, witty and sophisticated, this Pierre Yves Rochon-designed hotel is chic chill out zone just few steps from Champs Elysees. The Keppler is an unforgettably glamorous space. Spacious rooms and suites are true masterworks of timeless form and contemporary function. The decor has the indelible signature of a very gifted designer with a terrific eye for color, texture and detail. 

The Superior Suite surrounds you with unforgettable luxery and one-of-a kind character. Both of the superior suites have a balcony with a view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Both suites feature a king bed and a comfortable sofa bed in the living room. These elegant spaces have complimentary amenities such as free WiFi access, iPhone dock, a Nespresso coffee machine, TV in the bathroom, and luxurious Hermes bath amenities. Superior suites accommodate up to 4 persons (2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults) and can connect with a standard room. Size of the suite is 32 sm or 345 sq ft.

The Standard Room continues the black and white decor from the public areas in the floor. Beautifully decorated rooms showcase perfectly Pierre Yves Rochon’s devoted detail and his custom designed furniture and lights creating an inviting and restful atmosphere. Since the luxury here is timeless, the interior of the large leather wardrobes sets the tone for the theme. The same tempo continues in the bathrooms, with black and white marble and an astonishing toile de Jouoy on the walls.  The Standard rooms have a street view. The rooms have a comfortable queen bed, luxurious bathroom with Hermes toiletries, free WiFi, and an iPhone dock.

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 hotel in the San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?

July 13, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

4 Seasons Resort Palo Alto
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 hotel in San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?


ANSWER: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto – East Palo Alto, California

Four Seasons brings the high-touch appeal of its legendary service and luxury to the capital of high tech. At the hub of Silicon Valley, five minutes from Stanford University, this intimate, 200-room hotel is the centrepiece of the prestigious University Circle complex. Offering the area's most luxurious accommodations, the Hotel's guest rooms - including 27 suites - reflect a harmonious blend of relaxed California style and high-tech. Their contemporary design incorporates natural woods with warm colours and comfortable furnishings. The rooms are light and airy, and most feature floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have a king-sized bed or two double beds and offer a flat-screen television and up-to-the minute technology, allowing guests to remain productive and focused. The extra-spacious marble bathrooms are light and inviting, incorporating Four Seasons signature features: deep soaking tubs, separate glass-walled showers,WCs with telephone in a separate alcove and flat screen television.

For your stay, we recommend one of the Silicon Valley Suites, which have a King Bed with a sofa bed and crib available. The suites are 500 sq ft in size and have 1 full marble bathroom and 1 guest powder room. The full marble bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower. The living area offers ample seating and a dining table that seats four guests. A guest powder room is located off the foyer. This spacious one-bedroom suite can be configured as a two-bedroom suite with the addition of a connecting king-bedded room. The bedroom features a flat screen television., The living area offers a separate work area with high-speed Internet access Additional features include an in-room safe, private bar, flat screen television, and DVD/CD player. Additional amenities include a private bar, in-room safe, 42-inch (107-centimetre) plasma screen television, Bose radio and high-speed wired and Wi-Fi Internet access.

 

Four Seasons Palo Alto Silicon Valley

Another option is the Deluxe-View Rooms, whichshowcase stunning views of the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, the courtyard, or San Francisco Bay. These rooms feature King beds and are located on the 7th to 10th floors. Measuring 420 sq ft, an extra crib can easily be accommodated. The full marble bathroom features a deep soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a flat-screen television. 

To book, choose the choose the Silicon Valley Suite or the Deluxe king Courtyard and ask for connection in special request box (Details: in Special request box 1: 1 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm, 3 child 13, 9, 3. In Special request box 2 2 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm)

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 Accommodations Do You Recommend for 4 Adults & 3 Kids at The Bonerowski Palace?

July 11, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Bonerowski Palace
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 accommodations do you recommend for 4 adults and 3 kids (8,6, & 2) at the The Bonerowski Palace in Cracow, Poland?

 

ANSWER: The Bonerowski Palace is situated in the heart of Krakow, on the corner of SW. Jana Street and the Old Market Square. It is seated in a meticulously restored and richly refurbished UNESCO edifice of the Middle Ages. The elegant interior of the palace contains both unique polychromes and beams, gothic columns, an antique stone safe, as well as modern forms and technologies serving to the safety of the guests. The palace also prides itself on Europe's longest chandelier, which is 22-meters long. The palace windows face an incredible sight of St. Mary Basilica, Drapers Hall (Sukiennice), St.Wojciech’s Church, and a statue of Polish national poet and political activist Adam Mickiewicz.


Opened in 2007, The Bonerowski Palace has 15 luxury Rooms and apartments in total with WiFi access in all public space and guest rooms. Suites at the Bonerowski Palace overlook the main square. A suite Of 88-167 Sqm overlooks the main square. There is no charge for rolloways.Each apartment is equipped with a plasma TV, comfortable stylish sofas and a King size bed. Triple glazed windows offer complete silence, so that not even the slightest noise from the lively Market will bother you even during holiday times. Rooms are 200 x 200 cm and are stylish with comfortable chairs and couches provided perfect relaxation. Apartments are light filled, spacious, and breathtaking of 99 to 167sq m is size. Bathrooms are of Italian white marble, with a large comfortable bath.

 

 

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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