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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: Can You Recommend a Room for Three in Stockholm?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Stockholm SwedenYou have questions, we have answers! 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 looking to stay in Stockhom and need a room for 3, what do you recommend? 

Answer: Hotel Rival Stockholm is the epitome of cool. Hip, lively, colorful, and chic, the city's first boutique hotel is a modern masterpiece of design. With its on-site bakery and cinema, stylish lobby, and gorgeous bar, the Hotel Rival is the kind of friendly and exciting boutique that every city should wish for. The hotel belongs to Benny Andersson, the ABBA legend. The gorgeous cinema -renovated to retain its original historical touches- is now the scene of fashion shows, parties, concerts, and film screenings. The cinema motif is dominant in the hotel's design- the comfortable bistro features wall paneling with a mosaic of 924 film star images, and each guestroom is adorned with a scene from a vintage Swedish film, the glass-covered canvas suspended above the beds.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Balcony Room. The guestrooms embrace a sleek modern minimalism which hasn't abandoned function over form. They are perfectly comfortable and highly sophisticated. The DUX beds are heavenly, with luscious linens, Egyptian cotton sheets, a special pillow menu, and the signature teddy bear from Debenhams. Some rooms feature a windowed wall between the bathroom and bedroom, allowing guests to soak in the tub while gazing out into the room. Of course the guestrooms and suites are loaded with technology,from plasma screen TVs, DVD/CD players (and plenty of DVD rentals), PS2's, and wireless internet access.  

Book a stay at Hotel Rival Stockholm >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Suite for Five at The Lodge at Torrey Pines?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
You have questions, we have answers! 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: Can You Recommend a Suite for Five at The Lodge at Torrey Pines?

Answer: Overlooking the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with distant views of the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a AAA Five Diamond La Jolla hotel located just 15 miles north of downtown San Diego. The Lodge, site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open Championships, pays homage to the Craftsman era and showcases 169 rooms and suites that reflect San Diego's stress-free lifestyle while providing all the comfort and amenities you need. The resort is designed to blend in with the adjacent Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features golden sandstone formations and rare Torrey pine trees. A member of the California Green Lodging Program, The Lodge is home to The Spa at Torrey Pines and A.R. Valentien, a signature farm-to-table restaurant.

For Your Needs, We Recommend

The Blacker Suite is a luxury suite, which provides the option of a second room that overlooks the 18th green of the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and offers a sweeping view of the California coastline. The generously sized suite is well over 2,000 square feet, with spacious accommodations that include central Presidential Parlor, private balconies, one and a half baths, full kitchen and two fireplaces. This suite has one bedroom with a King sized bed and an optional second bedroom with two Queen sized beds, bathroom and fireplace. Each bed is appointed with Egyptian cotton linens and quilted duvets. The Stickley-style fine wood furnishings embody the Craftsman era and are accentuated with rich fabrics and fine leathers. The bathrooms are luxurious granite and marble decor with Craftsman accents and hardwood. The bathrooms have walk-in showers and oversized tubs. In addition to the sense of historic elegance, this suite offers many of the high-tech details needed by the corporate business traveler such as large working areas, Wi-Fi, data hook-up, lap-top safes and state of the art telecommunications, Bose wave stereo systems, to name a few.

Book a stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines >>


Your Questions Answered: What Suite Should We Pick at Windsor Court Hotel?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Windsor Court HotelYou have questions, we have answers! 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 traveling to New Orleans and want a suite at Windsor Court Hotel that has river views.  What do you recommend?

Answer: Try a Premium Suite. They feature:

Classic English/French Vogue decor
New furnishings and amenities
800 square feet of living and working space
King size or two queen beds in the bedroom
Separate, large living room with couch, work desk and chairs, and French doors for privacy from the bedroom
Butler's pantry
Many suites with private balconies
Large dressing and vanity area
Genuine Italian marble bath
Mini-bar
Complimentary high-speed internet, wired and wireless
iHome docking stations
Customizable voicemail
Coffee and coffee maker
Two bedroom suite configurations available

For those river views, book a suite on the Club Level. They are located on the top four floors of the hotel, with panoramic views of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Club Level accommodations also offer exclusive access to the private Club lounge, and the services of a dedicated concierge. 

Book a stay at Windsor Court Hotel >>

 


Your Questions Answered: What Newport, RI Luxury Hotel Offers Unusual Activities?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Vanderbilt Grace
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 thats why we’re here.

QUESTION: We are looking for someplace in or near Newport, RI that offers something different as a hotel activity. Where do you recommend?


ANSWER: The  Vanderbilt Grace, formerly Vanderbilt Hall, is an historic boutique hotel in Rhode Island just minutes from the delightful waterfront of Newport, and is one of the town's best kept secrets. Originally built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, the 1909 property is a vintage Newport mansion that has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning and top luxury hotel in Rhode Island.


Today, as The Vanderbilt Grace, the mansion comprises a luxurious hotel with 33 rooms and luxury suites in Newport Rhode Island, a sumptuous spa and fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel features two restaurants including Muse, a fine dining restaurant created by renowned New England chef, Jonathan Cartwright, where the best local ingredients are on offer in imaginative menus which change throughout the year.

For Your Activity, We Suggest:

Vanderbilt Private Cooking Classes
Tap into your culinary prowess with the hotel's chefs as they impart their experiences and techniques to prepare the perfect meal chosen by you. Thecooking classes can be extremely flexible depending on what you wish to taste and experience, the size of your group, the seasonality and local produce available. There are also various dining options available. For example, guests can take a private fishing trip to catch local lobster. Once back on dry land you will work hand in hand with the chefs to prepare your catch to your very own tastes.

This is an ideal experience for the whole family and you can immerse yourselves in local produce and classic New England cooking.

Duration: from 2 to 4 hours
Price: from $100 per person
Cooking experiences dependent on seasonality.

Book your culinary stay at Vanderbilt Grace >> 

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: What Atlanta Resort Would You Recommend for a Romantic Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Chateau Elan Winery
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 Atlanta area resort would you recommend for a romantic weekend?


ANSWER: Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Braselton, GA


Within the sweeping panorama of the north Georgia foothills, just 40 minutes north of Atlanta but a world away from the bustling city is Chateau Elan. Here on 3,500 acres, French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce a superb leisure resort and conference destination. The Inn's charm can be attributed not only to its architectural authenticity but also to the approachable and enthusiastic service-oriented staff. The exterior design, with its pitch roof, wrought-iron detail and cornice moldings, captures the feeling of a French country estate. In the lobby and throughout the elegant guest rooms, a pastel color scheme, window shutters and country French furnishings enrich the look. Dining at Chateau Elan, enhanced with the bounty of the award winning vineyards, is a heady attraction for anyone's tastes. Choices and settings span classic French dining at Le Clos, casual bistro style foods at Cafe Elan, sumptuous buffet and a la carte fare at Versailles, and the spirited ambience of Paddy's Irish Pub. All guaranteed to send taste buds soaring.
 

Book your romantic getaway at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort >>


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: What is the Pet Policy at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa
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 is the pet policy at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa?

ANSWER: InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa is located on the most idyllic island in the Mexican Caribbean, within the Cozumel National Marine Park, surrounded by pristine turquoise waters which are home to one of the best coral reef system in the world. A dedicated staff and some of the finest facilities in the Mexican Caribbean give this luxurious destination resort a unique point of difference and a memorable experience for each guest.

PET POLICY
The resort does accept pets, however pets must weigh 20 pounds or less and be on room premises. There is a 25 usd fee per day. Pets cannot be unattended and are not allowed in restaurants, pools or beach areas.

Book a stay at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa >>

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 Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hyatt Atlanta
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: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?

ANSWER: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is set within the upscale uptown neighborhood of Buckhead. Spacious, renovated guestrooms include irresistible Hyatt Grand BedsTM, state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet and sleek flat screen HDTVs. Enjoy views of the Japanese Zen Garden at Onyx at the Grand, savor renowned Southern cuisine at Cassis, or treat colleagues and guests to the culinary expertise of the outstanding catering staff.Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Suite Unwind within the spacious 1,240-square-foot accommodations featuring stunning views of Stone Mountain and downtown Atlanta. Entertain graciously in these handsomely appointed accommodations that include sitting, dining, and work areas as well as a marble foyer. Allow the professional food and beverage staff to serve dinner from the kitchenette. Luxuriate in the master bath offering a Jacuzzi, marble vanity, and deluxe Portico bath products. Slumber blissfully on one king-sized signature Hyatt Grand Bed™ fitted with sumptuous linens Additional amenities within these superb accommodations include iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, 42” flat screen HDTV, 24 hour in-room dining service, a safe large enough to store and charge a laptop computer, and easy video checkout.

Book a stay at Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead >>

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: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


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. Explore our whole 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.

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


QUESTION: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


ANSWER: Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay next door to SeaWorld, Paradise Point Resort and Spa features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beaches in the heart of San Diego.
Scattered over 44 acres, Paradise Point offers ground-floor accommodations including waterfront bungalows, 73 suites and connecting rooms ideal for families and large groups. Each airy guestroom comes with all the convenient details such as a private patio, mini-fridge, reserved door-step parking, and alarm clock with mp3 player input.
Beyond your bungalow door, the island is a one stop shop for all things fun under the Southern California sun home to five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, watercraft rentals, five dining venues, one of the country's top spas, and an array of recreation opportunities.

Pet Policy
Pet policy. 15 lbs or less for dogs- $250 authorized on check in and $150 will be returned at departure if no damages-- in other words $100 will be charged for 1 dog.

Book a stay at Paradise Point Resort and Spa >>

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: What are the Connecting Room Options at One&Only The Palm Dubai?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

One&Only The Palm Dubai
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 are the connecting room options at One & Only The Palm Dubai, United Arab Emirates?


ANSWER:  With its enviable location on one of Dubai’s most ambitious developments, Palm Jumeirah, guests of One&Only The Palm Dubai will be mezmerised by striking views of a world-renowned destination just beyond the resort’s exclusive marina and private harbour.

One&Only The Palm blends Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, consisting of 91 keys and 4 exclusive Beach Villas. Stylish guest rooms are secluded in a residential environment within the tri-level Manor House, six low-rise Mansions and four private Beach Villas. Once relaxed and unpacked, indulge in the resort’s private leisure facilities including a stunning 850 square-metre swimming pool, 450 metres of beach front and the outstanding all-suite One&Only Spa and fitness centre.

Stunning and spacious with every modern amenity, accommodations are secluded in a residential environment within magnificently landscaped grounds. Guestrooms and suites embrace a stylish modern design with an elegant palate of rich fabrics in hues of turquoise and purple.
Indulge in an exclusive island feel getaway or choose to be whisked away by the resort’s private water taxis or limousine to Dubai's most coveted experiences, be they golf at award-winning courses designed by the greatest, awe-inspiring shopping featuring the latest collections or dining and entertainment at the most sought-after of venues with the likes of Nobu and Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis, The Palm, and Tagine, Nina, the Roof Top and Kasbar at One & Only Royal Mirage to name but a few.
One&Only The Palm Dubai
One & Only The Palm offers a wide selection of water sports including sailing, kayaking, Hobie Cats, windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. Indulge in world-class sailing or be thrilled by nearby adrenaline-packed water parks. For relaxation, they may bask in the sun on oversized daybeds or in one of the six private cabanas by the 850 square metre pool or stroll along the private beach.

We recommend connecting a Premier room in Manor house with a Palm Manor Executive Suite. 

Located within the main Manor House, Premier rooms feature 65m² of exquisite living space finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. All Manor House Premiere Rooms include a private balcony or garden patio. Located within the main Manor House, Palm Manor Executive Suites offer 130m² of grand luxury featuring a separate living room and dining area, finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. The Manor House Executive Suites include a private outdoor terrace with dining space and sun loungers. Personalized round-the-clock service is provided by a team of dedicated hosts.

Book a stay at One&Only The Palm Dubai >>

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: What is the Pet Policy at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin St John Resort and Villas
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 couple traveling with our puppy.What is the pet policy for The Westin St. John Resort and Villas St. John, United States Virgin Islands?


ANSWER: Nestled among hibiscus and bougainvillea on the The Westin St. John Resort and Villas' 47 lush acres guests will find 174 guest rooms and suites and 92 villas. The resort offers water sports, tennis, nearby golf, children's activities, great dining, a spa, and meeting facilities.
The rooms, suites and villas are set apart, adding to the drama of the site, on a verdant, sloping beachfront hillside. All of the rooms face Great Cruz Bay and feature both Westin's Heavenly Bed and refreshing Heavenly Bath.Westin St John Resort and Villas

The smallest of the developed U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is renowned for its gorgeous, pristine scenery and wealth of recreational opportunities. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is perfectly positioned to make the most of this bounty with a splendid setting on Great Cruz Bay, just steps from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and moments from Virgin Islands National Park.


An outstanding spa, tennis courts, private beach, Westin Kid's Club, dining and health club are steps away with many more pleasures nearby - secluded beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, snorkeling, sailing. Vacation your way by doing it all or doing nothing at all. The Westin St. John Resort is a smoke-free resort.

Pet Policy
The resort accepts dogs up to 20 pounds on the resort side. For Villas Guests: In compliance with the Home Owner Association Policy we are unable to accommodate pets in Villas. (Service dogs are excluded from this policy)

We suggest booking a Deluxe Room. Enjoy spectacular views from a private patio or balcony overlooking our private beach on Great Cruz Bay or the stunning views of the lushly landscaped oversized pool. Enjoy Westin's Heavenly Bed® and marble Heavenly Bath® with curved shower rod for extra room. Equipped for comfort with a 32 inch flat screen TV, a refrigerator, High Speed Internet Access and safe.

Book a stay at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas >>


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.