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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.

Did You Know? The Savoy London

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Savoy LondonIrish actor Richard Harris is famously known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie series. But did you know that he spent the last 12 years of his life living in Room 758 at London's ultra-luxurious Savoy Hotel

Harris reportedly liked the suite life for several reasons. Chief among them was that, unlike at home, he could order up a pint or a sandwich at 4am, if he so desired. For the privilege of late-night sandwiches, Harris paid approximately 6,000 pounds per month. 

Shortly before his death from cancer, Harris was taken out of the hotel on a stretcher. According to an article in London's Daily Mail, as he went past the lobby, he shouted to the hotel guests found there that "It was the food! Don't touch the food!"

The hotel, far from taking offense at the legendary prankster's last joke, instead has named one of its Personality Suites after him. These suites are among the most spacious in the hotel and each suite has been furnished with special pieces, artwork and antiques associated with their namesake. The Art Deco style suites offer a separate sitting room, large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate dressing area, marble entrance foyer ,and guest cloakroom. Every Suite features a sofa, 2 armchairs and writing desk in the sitting room, a dressing table and armchair in the bedroom, personal bar, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings. The well-appointed marble bathrooms all feature a freestanding, claw foot bath, separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, a double vanity, large chrome fittings and Le Labo amenities.

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Rosewood London Wants to Take You to Wimbledon

May 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rosewood London Wimbledon Package
There's nothing quite like London during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Rosewood London wants its guests to experience the world-class sporting event while staying in world-class accommodations. The luxury hotel has put together an exclusive package that not only celebrates this exciting time of the British social calendar, but also celebrates the architecturally exhilarating design and style of London’s newest ultra-luxury hotel.


The package, priced at Rate at £12,885, includes:

-Three nights in a Grand Premier Suite. For a £400 per night supplement, guests can upgrade to one of the signature suites. (Subject to availability)

-Two center court tickets to the men's finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014

-Pick up from airport or train station

-Transfer to and from Wimbledon in Jaguar

-£600 food & beverage credit to be enjoyed in the Mirror Room, Holborn Dining Room, and Scarfes Bar during the stay

-Personally-tailored luxury picnic hamper from Holborn Delicatessen

-Sense of Self spa treatment for two

The offer is valid for three-night stays on 5th, 6th and 7th July 2014. Additional terms and conditions may apply, so please book carefully to avoid disappointment.

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly London Hotel for a Family of Five?

May 27, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Metropolitan London
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 Hotels in London for a family of 5, children ages 3, 6, and 8? 

ANSWER: The Metropolitan London 

The Metropolitan in London is a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset, putting it squarely on the map of travellers seeking to be at the centre of the action. From floor-to-ceiling windows, look out over a glittering skyline, comfortable in the knowledge you are standing right where it matters - on Park Lane, with the city's best bar and restaurant in the very same building. The hotel's sleek yet serene urban image combines soft whites, pear-wood panelling, suede upholstery, and pure Egyptian cottons. Colours are subtle, featuring cosseting mauves and warm plum. Carefully selected pieces of antique Asian furniture introduce soft, Eastern accents.The Metropolitan London

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Metropolitan Room connected to a Park Suite. Natural light fills all 144 rooms and suites—each a cool, pared-back space perfect for business or leisure travel. 

Metropolitan Rooms are oversized rooms and have some of the most memorable views of the Royal Parks offered by any modern hotel in London. A well-placed, amply-sized desk makes working more enjoyable, while a cozy banquette sitting area provides calm respite from the city. The room measure 33 square meters. Amenities include Nespresso machine, interactive TV with over 70 international channels, extensive on demand music jukebox and movies, UK and US modem points, printers and fax machines on request, and DVD & CD players on request.

Park Suites are oversized light-filled accommodations commanding some of the most stunning views of Hyde Park. Both the bedroom and sitting areas feature full-length windows and a small balcony. All Park Suites can easily connect to Metropolitan Rooms. They measure 47 square meters. Amenities include WiFi and high speed internet access, Nespresso machine, interactive TV with over 70 international channels, extensive on demand music jukebox and movies, Bose iPod docking station in Studios and Suites, UK and US modem points, printers and fax machines on request, DVD & CD players on request, and print share.

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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: Can You Recommend a London Hotel for a Family of Three?

April 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Rubens at the 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: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is London. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Rubens At The Palace is the majestic luxury hotel that gives you the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it recalls the magnificence and splendour of a bygone age; on the other, it gives you the latest in modern comforts and technology. The impeccable service and old-world courtesy come from an era when respect and eagerness to please were paramount. When The Rubens was built in 1911, it was popular with debutantes, a class of aristocratic, party-loving young ladies. After almost a century of fine living, the building has lost none of its aristocratic grandeur. The chandeliers gleam as brightly; the decor is as rich; and the staff are as helpful, discreet, and attentive. The Rubens has superb facilities throughout – an impressive lounge, an elegant bar, and stylish restaurants. Whatever you want, Rubens can arrange it for you. The concierge team know every London sight and every West-End show, as well as the hidden corners that visitors often miss. They even have a pet concierge who will make sure pets enjoy their stay as much as you do.The Rubens can turn a stay into a real family holiday in which everyone – adults and children – feels like royalty.
Rubens at the Palace

For Your Needs:

The Rubens at the Palace has numerous interconnecting room combinations that are suitable for families. 


-King/Twin Room - King Room: one available accommodating up to 4 guests

-King/Twin Room - Twin Room: one available accommodating up to 4 guests

-Double Room - Twin Room: two available accommodating up to 4 guests

-Double Room - Double Room: one available accommodating up to 4 guests

-Executive King/Twin & Sofa Room - King/Twin Room: four available accommodating up to 5 guests

-Master Suite & Sofa - Executive King/Twin & Sofa Room: one available accommodating up to 6 guests

The hotel also has special beds and bedding for the smaller ones, including cots for babies. 

Nightly spring rates at Rubens at the Palace start at GBP 203 >>

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 London Hotel for a Family of Four?

March 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Jumeirah Carlton Tower
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.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower



QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11, and looking for a recommendation in London for our stay?


ANSWER: Jumeirah Carlton Tower  

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the essence of Knightsbridge, is only moments from Harvey Nichols, Harrods and the exclusive boutiques on Sloane Street. The hotel features 220 rooms, including 58 suites and a Presidential Suite with stunning panoramic views. It offers three restaurants serving a wide range of mouth-watering cuisine, including the renowned Rib Room. Alternatively, visit the GILT Champagne Lounge for the ultimate in sophistication and glamour.Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Jumeirah Carlton Tower also features the luxurious Peak Health Club & Spa, offering a fully equipped gymnasium, state-of-the-art golf simulator, and a 20 meter heated indoor pool.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
-Deluxe King Room connected to a Superior Twin Room Twin or any Suite connected to a Superior Twin-Bedded Room.

The Superior Twin Room is a smart urban choice for business or leisure. Comfortable and intimate with custom made furnishings that evoke simplicity and modernity. Guests will enjoy the sophisticated entertainment system, ready to play your own music with a simple wireless connection. The Deluxe Room offers privileged moments with added space. Ideal when traveling with a child, it features an extra rollaway bed to conveniently preserve your precious space. Spend leisure time your way, especially on the sofa, with the possibility of connecting any of your devices to the entertainment system.

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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: Where Can Our Family of Three Stay in London?

February 23, 2014
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: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

Blakes HotelANSWER: Blakes Hotel

Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is famous for its stunning design, elegance, and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning it a reputation as The "Couture" Hotel. Carefully converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
The stunning design, both elegant and romantic, of each room was individually created by Anouska Hempel, displaying her immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Blakes Hotel

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Directors Doubles: Ask for a Luxury Double to Luxury Double (with twin beds) or a Deluxe double/Directors Double to a Luxury Suite. These options all sleep three, and range in size from 25-35 square meters. Furnishings and amenities include European King-Sized beds, Antique Biedermeier furniture with stenciled wooden floors and gold accents, pale grey Venetian rooms, and state of the art splendor. Rooms have Complimentary Wi-Fi & local calls, Bang&Olufsen TV, Bang&Olufsen iPod docking station, Bang&Olufsen cordless phones, and SKY satellite.   

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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in London?

February 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Ermin's Hotel London
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 3 and looking to stay in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: St Ermin's Hotel London

The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James Park, this distinctive four-star deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. Respectful, genuine, and attentive service is provided by a team fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of our guests. The St. Ermin's design, from the lush tree-lined courtyard to historically significant interiors, engenders a sense of warmth and repose whilst providing guests with modern and innovative facilities.St. Ermin's Hotel London

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room with 2 spacious rooms equipped with two queen size beds, two en-suite bathrooms and an inviting day bed - your very own haven in the centre of London. Sized at 36-37 sq m, these beautifully furnished rooms make the perfect place for families with three small children or four adults to use as their base whilst exploring London.

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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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Special Valentine's Day Offers in and Around London

February 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the United States. These offers are for stays of varying lengths ranging from February 12-28. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully for restrictions and to avoid disappointment!

Deals in London


Andaz Liverpool
Andaz Liverpool Street London
(pictured left) 
Love Goes Around
Guests will be greeted with in-room champagane and flowers upon arrival. The package also includes £25 to use on any of the hotel's restaurants and bars, and a breakfast for two the next morning. Complimentary inclusions available at every Andaz hotel includes internet access, local phone calls, and the minibar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Rates for this package start at GBP 309 per night >>


Blakes Hotel 
For Your Eyes Only Valentines Package
This package includes Continental breakfast for two, a candle-lit bubble bath with rose petals, a bottle of Canard Duchen Champage, and chocolate covered strawberries. 

Rates start at GBP 630 GBP per night >>

Cafe Royal Hotel

Cafe Royal Hotel (pictured right)
Weekend Indulgence Package
Stay in the beating heart of the West End in a spacious and luxurious guestroom perfectly positioned for sightseeing and shopping or complete calm and rest. Stay Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night and get 20% off the best available rate,  three-course Menu du Jour dinner in the Ten Room, glass of chilled Champagne in the Grill Room, Regent Street VIP membership card, traditional English breakfast in the Ten Room, Personal Butler service on request, Butler’s Pantry with Nespresso coffee machine, 24 hour in-room dining, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, eedia hub, and WiFi.

Rates start at GBP 480 per night >>

The May Fair Hotel
Bed And Breakfast Package
Book a London short break and stay at this 5* May Fair hotel with a full English breakfast when you wake in the morning. Explore all that London has to offer for less.

Rates start at GBP 435 per night >>


Deals in London's Surrounding Area

Chewton GlenChewton Glen (pictured left)
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Package
Chewton Glen is a privately owned Luxury Country House Hotel & Spa located in England on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within walking distance of the sea and easy reach of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton. This package offers King Beddded room with garden views, dinner, and breakfast.

Rates start at GBP 857 per night >>


Gidleigh Park 
Gourmet Getaway
Gidleigh Park is the quintessential Country House Hotel, nestled in a wooded valley within the natural beauty of the wilds of Dartmoor. It has a stylish decor, two Michelin star chef and an acclaimed wine list.
Stay in a Deluxe Room looking into the woodland. Combine the rugged beauty of Dartmoor and the gastronomic delights of 2 Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines. Based on a two-night stay, you get dinner in a luxury picnic hamper each day. 

Rates start at GBP 703 per night >>

Wine Lovers Stay
Stay in a Deluxe Rooms looking Into The Woodland. Enjoy an a la carte And eight course tasting dinner with fine wines at the 2 Michelin Starred restaurant. You also get a private wine cellar tour.

Rates start at GBP 845 per night >>


Cliveden House  (pictured right)Cliveden House
Romance Package
Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands. Standing upon chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, the house commands panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the river Thames. This package includes a Deluxe Twin or King room with an en-suite sitting area and a bathroom. Guests will receive a chilled body of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, a dozen red roses, rose petals and candles in the room, and a Continental breakfast. 

Gourmet Package
The Gourmet Package includes a delicious tasting menu for two in the restaurant, a Continental breakfast, and a Deluxe Twin or King room with a sitting area and bathroom.  Tasting Menu In The Restaurant -Continental Breakfast

Rates start at GBP 833 per night >>

 

Tylney Hall
Valentine’s Romantic Break
If you really want to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day there is no better place to go than Tylney Hall. Enjoy luxurious accommodation, a gourmet meal created by Executive Chef Stephen Hine and why not take a romantic stroll around the historical grounds, for a truly romantic break. The package includes luxurious accommodation with full English breakfast, Valentine’s chocolates in your room on arrival, Pre-dinner champagne and canape reception, candlelit five-course dinner in the award-winning Oak Room Restaurant,  a rose for each couple at dinner, early check in at 1pm and late check out at 12 noon (subject to availability), and use of the hotel's leisure facilities throughout your stay.

Rates start at GBP 260 per night >> 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly London Hotel?

January 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Milestone Hotel and Apartments
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 hotels in London for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER:
The Milestone Hotel And Apartments offers historic Victorian grandeur overlooking Kensington Palace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Exceptional personal service has established the hotel as a firm favourite with returning guests, with a range of dining options that cater for every culinary desire and a bar that provides the perfect rendezvous for friends or colleagues while in London. This intimate five-star hotel offers award-winning country house style, warmth and elegance in the heart of London, perfectly placed for Knightsbridge and The Royal Albert Hall and with easy access to the West End.Milestone Hotel and Apartments 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Two-Bedroom Apartments
Each of the fully serviced, six two-bedroom apartments adjoin the hotel meaning guests can take advantage of all hotel services at any time. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are just yards from the entrance and provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with the best shopping and entertainment also close at hand. It is the  perfect luxury family accommodation from which to explore everything London has to offer.

Apartment Two is a comfortable split level apartment that offers great family accommodation. The 80 square meter apartment boasts a lounge with walls in red and cream stripes with a 37” Flat Screen TV, open plan kitchen & dining area, and two day beds suitable for children or teenagers. Both bedrooms have a 26” TV and both offer access to the deck area which can seat up to six in an enclosed courtyard. One is decorated with a red and cream floral print scheme, the other features red and gold checks. The fully equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave, oven, and electric stove. Other amenities include a gas fire, wnsuite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath/shower, King and Queen-sized beds, double wardrobes, broadband wireless Internet, second bathroom with deep bath and shower, individually controlled central air-conditioning, walk-in storage cupboard, daily maid service, security system, Penhaligon's toiletries, washing machine and dryer, 24-hour butler service, a welcome drink and essentials hamper. It is suitable for two adults and up to four children or three adults and up to two children.

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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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Image of the Day: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has the the world class shopping of Knightsbridge on its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 

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