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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 a Family-Friendly Chicago Hotel for a Family of Four?

December 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Waldorf Astoria 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 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: Can you recommend a Chicago hotel suitable for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11? 

ANSWER: Waldorf Astoria Chicago 

Ranked the #1 US Hotel in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms, gracious service, and unique amenities that combine to create a travel experience like no other. The luxury hotel located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, which features exclusive shopping, dining, nightlife, and the Windy City's most famed attractions. 

Indulge in sanctuary of tranquil spa treatments, thoughtful relaxation and wellbeing at Spa & Health Club. The spa offers treatments such as facials, massages, spa gatherings and men's atelier. A lap pool adorned with thousands of mosaic titles is available for leisure or intense swims, as well as for water classes. 
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Savor inspired American and French cuisine in captivating restaurants featuring intimate dining experience. RIA, a Michelin Two Star restaurant highlights seasonally driven menu in a sophisticated tone. While Balsan offers refined yet rustic fare with an American sensibility. Rich suede walls and classic cocktails await at Bernard’s Bar.

Luxurious accommodations at Waldorf Astoria Chicago are intended for all guests, even four-legged friends. The hotel offers family-friendly packages such as American Girl Place hotel offer.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
Astor Suite (1 King) connects to Gold Coast Suite (1 king or 2 Queen)
Spanning across 915 spacious square feet of first-rate living, the Astoria King Suite is a fitting title for these exquisite living areas, as each suite with separate King bedroom overlooks the prestigious north end of the Gold Coast neighborhood. Of course, while staying in this suite, the inspired view can be enjoyed from the furnished outdoor terrace, which is located right off the parlor. Additionally, the Astoria Suite offers a fireplace, queen sleeper sofa and king-size bed. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, two 42-inch high definition LCD televisions with DVR, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration, and wet bar including refrigerator, freezer and microwave. 

The 1,264 square Gold Coast 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite offers a fireplace, separate bedroom with two queen size beds, elegant living room with dining table and queen sleeper sofa, full master bath with a soaking tub, as well as a separate powder room. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, 42-inch high definition LCD television, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration and wet bar including refrigerator, and microwave.  Accessible guest rooms all comply with current ADA regulations.

Book a stay at Waldorf Astoria 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.


The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


Spend New Year's Eve in Paris

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Paris, now's your chance!

La Tremoille

We found availability at the following Paris-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

Sofitel Paris La Defense from EUR252 per night

The Westin Paris from EUR282 per night

Villa and Hotel Majestic from EUR380 per night

Le Burgundy Paris from EUR400 per night

La Tremoille from EUR435 per night

Budda Bar Hotel Paris from EUR508 per night

Hotel Prince de Galles from EUR550 per night

Castille Paris from EUR561

Hotel Du Louvre from EUR590

Hotel De Sers from EUR618

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


New to Five Star Alliance: The Kingsbury

December 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Kingsbury is ideally located in the heart of Colombo and offers quick access to the city's business centers, shopping complexes, restaurants, pubs, as well as boutique outlets, making it the ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is situated at the far end of the famous Galle Face Marine drive and with the newly developing Colombo Port, travelers are presented with a unobstructed view of the metropolis on one side with the hottest night spots, shopping malls and the best of Colombo’s cultural locations just minutes away, and the endless Indian Ocean on the other.

The Kingsbury 

Book a stay at The Kingsbury >> 


Did You Know? Art Series Hotels

December 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located throughout Australia's cultural and major event capital, Art Series Hotels in Melbourne are set in the city's hottest locations. With hotels encompassing the vibrant CBD, including the country's best restaurants, Art Series Hotels can be found in the stylish shopping precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra, uber cool Commercial Road in Prahan, and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. 

Art Series the Cullen

 

Daring and unique, Art Series the Cullen (seen right) is inspired by and features lashings of original artwork and prints by Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. Sleep soundly in an Art Series Signature bed, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. Prepare breakfast using in-room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium, and two exciting restaurants.
 

Art Series the OlsenSet on Melbourne's prestigious Chapel Street, Art Series the Olsen (seen left) offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants. At The Olsen Hotel, one can plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access, and complete kitchenettes. For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Art Series the Blackman

 

With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, Art Series the Blackman (seen right) will inspire Melbourne's imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space. Experience two of Melbourne's hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with a state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. 

Book your stay at an Art Series Hotel >>


Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital

December 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City

December 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Venice?

December 11, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort
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 3 and looking to stay is Venice, Italy. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER:
Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort Venice

Ambassador Conte Costantino Nigra's 1600s residence is located on Canal Grande where the rose garden offers a romantic way to enjoy relaxing moments while being lulled by the swishing waves and the second garden is the perfect venue for charming parties and special occasions among centuries-old trees and flowers. This place renders homage to the old and refined Venetian magnificence with its precious decor, mother-of-pearl inlays, marble friezes, and fine glass work that blend elegantly with modern amenities and create a jewel of rare beauty.

Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort

Cà Nigra Lagoon Resort is a luxury 4-star hotel for an unforgettable holiday; its 22 junior rooms, all different, are an oasis of peace offering the latest comforts. The first floor of the palazzo surrounds guests with an aura typical of the Venice of the 1700s.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

Superior Junior Suite - The most spacious among double rooms, superior suites are elegantly furnished with bright colors: a unique blend of classical and contemporary elements. Featuring a living room, one king-size bed, or twin-size beds. Some units are equipped with whirlpool tubs; others feature a furnished terrace with table and chairs. Some suites are connecting.

Book your family's stay at Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort Venice >>

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.


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Aman Sveti Stefan

December 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Aman Sveti Stefan

If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Aman Sveti Stefan has a Festive Offer. Simply stay a minimum of three nights, and you will get:

-Complimentary Daily Breakfast

-Christmas Eve dinner

-A massage per person per stay

-Roundtrip airport transfers from the airport

Aman Sveti Stefan is located in the centre of Montenegro's Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Pržno and Sveti Stefan. The site incorporates two kilometres of coastline including the pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and the famous Queen’s Beach which is backed by the resort’s expansive Aman Spa. Aman Sveti Stefan enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, across the bay and along Montenegro’s most renowned stretch of coastline. The island itself measures 12,400 square metres, and while its historic exterior remains largely unchanged, the resort’s interiors have been restored and updated to meet contemporary expectations.
Aman Sveti Stefan offers 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and eight suites at Villa Miločer.

Book your holiday getaway at Aman Sveti Stefan >>


Image of the Day: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

December 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard occupies floors 34 to 52 of Renzo Piano's iconic tower. Guests check-in via the stunning Sky Lobby, which has panoramic views of London.

Shangri-la Hotel at the Shard

Book a stay at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard >>