February 17, 2015
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 blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.
QUESTION: What rooms at HarbourView offer water views?
ANSWER: Overlooking Charleston's historic harbor, HarbourView Inn is Charleston, SC's most celebrated address. The HarbourView Inn is just steps away from Waterfront Park, recently named one of the top 10 public spaces in the United States along with New York's Central Park, Washington D.C.'s Union Station, and others, by the American Planning Association. Surrounded by over three hundred years of history, the HarbourView Inn hotel is perfectly located near Charleston's famous city market, the world renowned restaurants, as well as antique row and boutique shops.
Enjoy unparalleled service and signature amenities from this AAA Four-Diamond and Conde Nast Gold List Award property. Panoramic views, vast atriums, and beautifully appointed guest rooms - some with private balconies, working fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs - await your arrival.
From the moment you enter this Charleston historic district hotel, you will find modern features and services, old world charm, and unpretentious southern hospitality. The harbor front and atrium lobby appointments are reminiscent of Charleston's early years as a nautical trading hub with the Caribbean colonies. They offer the perfect setting for idle reflection, the perfect glass of wine, or just the refined sport of people watching. Fine antiques and collectibles, reflecting Britain's influence throughout Charleston, are found in all areas of the hotel. Be sure to make your way up to the rooftop terrace and watch the sun setting on the glorious Charleston harbor and Fort Sumter.
Rooms with Water Views
Furnished in the same gracious style as our other guestrooms, the Grand HarbourView Guestrooms are located on the top floor and feature working fireplaces, walk-in shower, and private balconies with spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor and Waterfront Park. Guests residing in Grand HarbourView rooms are offered complimentary snacks and drinks during their stay.
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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Theoxenia Palace is located in Kefalari, the most exclusive area of the Northern Suburbs of Athens. Relax by the swimming pool and enjoy a refreshing swim during those warm summer days. Open from early May till late September (depending on the weather) the Theoxenia Palace outdoor pool in Kifissia is the idea place to spend your day enjoying cool cocktails while lying on your sunbed and under the hot summer sun.
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Presidential suites are nice, but how about entire hotels named after the big guys?
In honor of President's Day, here are some hotels worthy of POTUS. But don't think they are limited to US soil, there are many luxury spots named after presidents all over the world.
US Grant Hotel (pictured above) - The hotel opened its doors in 1910, after 5 years of renovation and at the then-astronomical sum of $1.9 million. It was built by Ulysses Grant Jr. in honor of his father.
The Willard InterContinental - Every president since Franklin Pierce (in 1853) has had a stay at this downtown DC hotel. Which makes sense, given its location a mere two blocks from the White House and the National Mall.
The Kahala Resort and Spa - This Oahu spot has hosted every president since Lyndon B. Johnson. The luxury resort is set on a white sand beach just ten minutes from the world-class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki.
The Jefferson Hotel Richmond - Named in honor of our third president, the Richmond hotel has been the temporary home to to 12 presidents.
The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa - The one-bedroom Presidential Suite in the Phoenix hotel's original Frank Lloyd Wright building has hosted every president since Hoover's visit in April 1932, except Obama.
The Jefferson Washington DC - This boutique hotel is also named for the third president of the US. While it may not have hosted a cabinet's worth of Commanders-in-Chief, it is a Beaux Arts gem in the nation's capital.
The Roosevelt New Orleans (pictured right)- A hotel has stood on the site that The Roosevelt occupies since 1893. By October 1923, the hotel was renamed The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose accomplishment in opening the Panama Canal had greatly increased trade between Louisiana and South America.
Hotel President Wilson - Built in 1962 by Swissair and Nestlé, the hotel was named after the 28th President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson—founder and relentless defender of the League of Nations.
Loews Madison Hotel - Built in 1963 as The Madison Hotel, the hotel was opened by President John F. Kennedy.
Hotel De Orangerie makes it home in a former 15th-century convent. It was converted into a romantic luxury boutique hotel which overlooks the picturesque Den Dyver canal in the historic and cultural heart of Bruges.
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The saltwater pool at Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia is heated all the year round and features a terrace with sunbeds. The pool with teak surroundings has water enriched with sea salt and special minerals, and features underwater massage either reclining or seated, aqua spinning (underwater bike), and aqua aerobics 5 times a week.
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February 14, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance
Whatever your plans are, we hope you get to cuddle up with someone you love today. Or at the very least, a good book or pint of ice cream.
Sip, snack and socialize at SIXTY Beverly Hills' exclusive rooftop terrace set high above the city. This chic spot serves small bites, full meals, specialty cocktails, beer, and wine. Lounge at the rooftop pool while taking in the view, exclusively available to hotel guests and SIXTY Hotels VIPs.
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Hotel DeBrett was built as The Commercial Hotel in 1841, and wasone of Auckland's first hotels. It survived two fires, and two rebuilds, before the current building was erected in 1925.
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The oldest part of the building that is now Alexander House Hotel dates back to the 17th Century, with a stone dating back to 1608 in the boundary wall.
The house is famed for its grandeur and connections to luminary poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the Oxley family who had connections with the city of London and the former Governor of the Bank of England who purchased the estate in 1909. In 1984 the mansion was meticulously restored and re-named Alexander House.
In 2002 Utopia Leisure purchased Alexander House and an 18-month redecoration process transformed Alexander House into the elegant, stylish, luxury hotel it is today.
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Guests at Swissotel Buyuk Efes can dine underwater without getting wet. The Aquarium Restaurant features large porthole windows overlooking the swimming pool. A relaxed indoor and outdoor venue, the restaurant specialises in Greek and Mediterranean dishes and entertainment.
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