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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.

London's Freshest Suite at the Mondrian


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, Mondrian London uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. The following article was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Emily Goldfischer.

Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London

Beside the Thames and next to the Tate Modern on the Southbank is another relative newcomer, The Mondrian. We wrote about it when it opened at the end of 2014. The hotel has 25 River View Suites, worthy of mention with the Tate's highly anticipated expansion of 60 percent more gallery space on June 17, sure to draw art enthusiast to London. In the former Sea Containers headquarters with nautically inspired bespoke interiors by Brit-it-designer-of-the-moment Tom Dixon (think porthole curves, ship models and a dramatic lobby evoking the side of an ocean liner), suites at The Mondrian offer fabulous views of the Thames and City skyscrapers.

Top two options are the 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments (Nos. 445 and 545), which have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom. Most-requested rooms are the 700-square-foot River View Balcony Suites. These open-plan L-shaped spaces have a dining area, pull-out sofa and a king bed. The best part? There is a private balcony with views of St. Paul's. Slightly smaller 635-square-foot River View Loft Suites have sleeping areas that can be closed off for more privacy but no balcony.

The hotel has really hit its stride; no matter when we visit, there is a palpable energy to the space. The riverside Sea Containers restaurant dishes up some of London's most delicious farm-to-table fare; the cocktail lounge, Dandelyan, hums with an arts-and-media crowd sipping herbally inspired drinks; and the spa is often cited as one of London’s best. 

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Pictured: The Mondrian London's 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments Suites have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom.

Mondrian London River View Apartments Suites


Did You Know? Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont


By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by the clubby, sophisticated Grill Rooms that first became popular in New York and London in the 1920s, the Colony Grill at
The Beaumont serves classic dishes from both sides of the Atlantic.

Handsome, comfortable and flatteringly lit, with murals of classic American 1920s sporting venues by San Francisco artist John Mattos, the Colony exudes old-world glamour.

Signature dishes include lobster à la Russe, New York hot dogs, omelette Arnold Bennett, chicken pot pie, red velvet cake and do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes, with an equally eclectic wine list that takes in European classics and a wide selection from the New World. The Colony Grill is open seven days a week.

The Colony Grill at The Beaumont

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Meet Belgraves London


By: Five Star Alliance

Belgraves London is perfectly positioned to explore London, connecting guests to internationally renowned shops, sites and iconic landmarks. The hotel's eclectic mix of social spaces and its 85 rooms and suites feature bold interior architecture and design by acclaimed British designer Tara Bernerd.

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Special Five Star Alliance Rate at The Wellesley


By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Royal Hyde Park amidst the glamour of Knightsbridge, The Wellesley Hotel is London's most exclusive baby grand hotel. The Wellesley is located in a 1920s townhouse that has been restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and with every modern convenience. Combining sophisticated luxury with captivating grandeur and uncompromising service, The Wellesley offers just 36 rooms and suites for the most elite, discerning traveler. 

Now, The Wellesley is offering a special rate exclusively for Five Star Alliance clients. Simply search for your desired dates using Five Star Alliance, then select the special "Five Star Alliance" rate. When you select this rate, you will receive a free breakfast with your stay.

The Wellesley

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Posted in: London

Best Bathrooms: Jumeirah Carlton Tower


By: Five Star Alliance

The Spa Suite at Jumeirah Carlton Tower evokes elegance and sophistication in an
intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The bathroom is carved from marble and featuring
an egg-shaped bath and walk-in shower.
 Luxury REN bathroom amenities are the perfect finishing touch.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

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Best Bar in the World is at Langham London


By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham London
London Luxury Hotel's bars have stepped up their game. The proof is in the latest rankings from Drinks International’s annual competition, The World's 50 Best Bars, which were released last week. Artesian (pictured left) at The Langham London has captured the top spot for the fourth year running. The chic and glamorous bar specializes in stirring and shaking up classic cocktails and creating innovative cocktails. American Bar at The Savoy London took 5th place, and the hotel's Beaufort Bar was 27th. The London luxury hotel The Connaught's bar took 9th. Rounding out the Londonhotel bars represented on the list is Dandelyan, found at Mondrian London.

Other luxury hotels that had winners on the list are NYC's The Nomad Hotel, whose Elephant Bar was 24th. Lobster Bar at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong came in 18th, and The Regent Singapore's Manhattan Bar was 25th. 

Cheers to all the winners!


Holiday Offers from The London EDITION


By: Five Star Alliance

The London EDITIONChristmas and New Year's are just weeks away, so the time is nigh to book your holiday travel. If you are heading to England, The London EDITION has great offers for the best holiday celebrations. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Spend the holidays with us and enjoy a guaranteed table at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern with £100 credit towards food & beverage per stay, two complimentary pre-dinner cocktails and a special holiday welcome amenity. Rates from £415.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid from 1 December through 30 December 2015. Table reservation at Berners Tavern must be booked in advance. Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. The London EDITION

Shop Til You...

No need to drop.  This package includes overnight accommodation in one of the sophisticated Loft rooms or above, a £50 Liberty London gift card per stay, exclusive access to Liberty's Private Shopping service,  afternoon tea for two at Liberty’s luxurious private suite per stay and English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £665.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid through 31 January 2015. Access to Liberty’s Private Suite and shopping service must be booked in advance and can only be access from Monday through Saturday. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. 

Get Punch'd

Includes guaranteed table in Punch Room, signature EDITION punch for two, breakfast in bed and late checkout at 2pm. Rates from £390.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Offer is valid from 13 September through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Bright Eyed and Breakfast Ready

Stay overnight and enjoy an English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £305.

Based upone availability. VAT is included in Rate.  Offer is valid through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer.  Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Additional rules and restrictions may apply. Read the rates and terms carefully and book early to avoid disappointment. 

Book your holiday travel at The London EDITION >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Dorsett Shepherds Bush


By: Five Star Alliance

Dorsett Shepherds Bush offers stylish and comfortable accommodations for business and leisure travelers to enjoy, relax, party, and refresh. Under the landmark glass roof, the eight-story hotel offers 317 Chinese-inspired bedrooms including 24 suites, two restaurants, a destination bar, and business facilities. 

Dorsett Shepards Bush

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Hulu Hoop on the Rooftop at The Berkeley


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Berkeley

For all those who are yoga weary, can't bear another step class, or who think Krav Maga is a type of sandwich, The Berkeley has an exercise plan for you. Introduced earlier this summer and running through the end of October, the hotel's health club and spa is offering London's first rooftop hula-hooping classes. 

The classes are lead by hula-hoop fitness experts HulaFit®. The exercise craze is a favorite among celebrities like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Liv Tyler, and can burn up to 600 calories an hour, as well as delight your inner child.

Classes are taught every Wednesday from 12-1pm. The £65 fee includes a pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool, and a one of a kind souvenir Berkeley hula-hoop. HulaFit® targets core muscles for a great ab and cardio workout, while keeping things playful. Participants will learn a variety of hooping styles such as the basic Waist Hooping progressing to Turning & Pirouettes, The Limbo, The Vortex, Body Wraps, and the Booty Bump. Following each class, guests can dip in the pool and enjoy that well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park and bustling Knightsbridge.

The class can be booked through the hotel's spa.

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