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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Lady Gaga Gifts a Stay at the Dorchester

September 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We all know Lady Gaga for her exorbitant meat dresses and funky fresh pop music, but she also has a charitable side. According to ABC, Lady Gaga met a British couple who were having their wedding reception at the Dorchester in London. After a conversation, the lovely couple must have made quite an impression for Lady Gaga gifted them a stay in a deluxe room as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, her offer was declined possibly because the couple already had honeymoon plans, but it’s certainly the thought that counts! Be sure to explore the Dorchester here, which is a celebrity hotspot with Rihanna and Jay-Z also rumored to have stayed there. Would you turn down a free hotel stay from Lady Gaga or anyone else for that matter? If not, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to automatically be entered to win a free luxury hotel stay!


Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Tie the Knot Near Charleston

September 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Rumor has it that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched this past weekend at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This plantation has been open to the public since 1956, and it’s one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. The reception took place in a charming white tent, and Florence Wench, of Florence and the Machine, performed three songs live. Reynolds, previously married to Scarlet Johansen for 2 years, went back on the market when the couple divorced in 2010. We wish them the very best in their marriage and look forward to viewing a few wedding photos! If you’d like to visit this charming plantation for yourself for a wedding or simply a tour, make a reservation at a luxury hotel in Charleston which is just outside the plantation.

Photo of Charleston Place


Expolore a First Class Suite with Emirates A380 (including a shower!)

August 29, 2012
By: Courtney W. May

Youtube user Volterrific was able to experience the Emirates Airlines A380 First Class Suites on a flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

Included in his experience? An onboard marble shower spa plus his suite offered a sliding door to his seat/suite, a fully flat bed with a mattress, a personal mini-bar, adjustable ambient lighting, and its own vanity table, mirror, wardrobe.

Watch the video below to see his experience:


Your Questions Answered: Understanding a Hotel’s Cancellation Policy

August 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 would like to stay at the Chateau De La Chevre d'Or in France, but before we make our reservation we’d like to know its cancellation policy. It states ‘CXL by 7 days prior to arrival – fee 1 night CXL incurs 61 Eur fee-until 7 days.

Answer: The cancellation policies can sometimes be a little bit difficult to decipher. This hotel’s cancellation policy means that if you cancel your reservation more than 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged a 61 Euro cancellation fee. If you cancel your reservation within 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged 1 night's rate plus tax as penalty. To clarify, regardless of how far in advance you cancel your reservation, you would always be charged a 61 Euro fee for cancelling, and for cancelations within 7 days of your arrival date, you would be charged 1 night’s rate plus tax as a penalty.


New Hotel Openings: Andaz Napa

August 23, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Andaz, a property brand owned by Hyatt, is coming to Napa Valley, California on September 7th, 2012! Formerly an AVIA hotel, the Andaz Napa has undergone a transformation with a few incredible updates worth exploring. Instead of a traditional front desk, the Andaz Napa features a lounge area where guests can check in via iPad, tabletop computer, or on their way to the room. What a great way to embrace the developments of technology and make the check in process effortless for guests! While checking in, a host greets guests with a welcome glass of wine to immerse visitors into wine country. The restaurant will feature “Napa to table” fare, all locally sourced along with an extensive Napa Valley wine list. The rooms feature hardwood floors and contemporary furnishings, and keeping true to the Andaz standard, the Andaz Napa will offer free Wi-Fi, minibar snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. No plans to visit Napa Valley in the coming future? Then check out a few of the other Andaz hotels below:

Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City

Adaz Liverpool Street London

Andaz Shanghai

Andaz San Diego (pictured above)

Andaz Wall Street in New York City

 

 


Be In the Know, Now: New Armani and Bulgari Hotels

August 22, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Back in April 2010, the first Armani Hotel made its debut in Dubai, and then another one popped up in Milan. We hear the next city to get an Armani upgrade is Paris and that we should expect at least eight more hotels from this designer/hotelier. (Photo of the Armani Hotel Milano)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another hotel brand to watch is Bulgari, with a luxury hotel in Milan and another one that had its grand opening in London just in time for the Olympics. We certainly admire the elegant and contemporary design of the Bulgari hotels, and we recommend folks who appreciate a sleek design and a modern feel to check them out. (Photo of the Bulgari Hotel and Residences)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore these hip and trendy hotel options, and let us know what you think!


Your Questions Answered: How to Change the Dates of My Reservation

August 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 currently have a reservation for September 4th – 7th at the Four Seasons Florence, but need to check in a day earlier. How can I change the dates of my reservation?

Answer: We work within hotel systems where all modifications are accomplished through the process of re-bookingfor new dates and cancelling the existing reservation. We can either cancel your current reservation and make a new reservation, or simply make a new reservation for that new day (September 3rd – 4th) and request that you stay in the same room for the entirety of your stay. If the hotel is showing availability for September 3rd – 7th, and you are not within penalty period and can cancel your current reservation without any fees, then we can simply cancel your current reservation and make a new one. If the rate has gone up or if the hotel is no longer showing availability for September 3rd – 7th, but it does have availability for September 3rd – 4th, we can make a new reservation for the same room type of your current reservation and request that you stay in the same room for the entirety of your stay through the hotel. This request cannot be guaranteed but the hotel would do its best to honor this type of request. You can cancel and rebook your reservation online or over the phone, whatever is most convenient for you. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Image of the Four Seasons Hotel Florence


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Chewton Glen

August 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Chewton Glen is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel, spa, and country club is located between the ancient New Forest and the sea in Hampshire, United Kingdom. It features an award-winning restaurant, world-class leisure activities, and modern conference facilities. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a corporate event, Chewton Glen has the ambiance and atmosphere to suit both business and leisure trips. Take advantage of the indoor spa and hydrotherapy pool, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor tennis courts, and a nine-hole par 3 golf course onsite. Aside from incredible facilities, Chewton Glen goes above and beyond to provide all visitors with impeccable and personalized service for an unforgettable stay. Explore hotel photos, availability, and rates here!


Your Questions Answered: Need to Book Meeting or Event Space

August 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 would like a fee quote for our annual training event for September 25-29, 2012. We will need 15 single rooms and 10 double. We will have 4 training days and need a room with capability to hold 50-55 people in school style. We will also need breakfast and lunch buffet for 4 days and 2 coffee breaks per day for 4 days.

Answer: For meetings and events, we work with a company called HotelPlanner. By visiting this website, you are directed to a group hotel quotation request form. After you fill out this request form with the details you specified above, you then receive direct hotel bids, negotiate with the hotels online, and then pay the hotel. This is a free service with no obligation, and it is an excellent way to make the meeting or event planning process stress free. Only hotels that meet your requested budget and star rating will bid on your group online.

Need a few ideas of where to host your meeting or event? Check out our Pinterest board and Facebook album!

Photo of the Mandarin Oriental New York


Get Into the Spirit of the Olympics without Crossing the Pond

August 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

If a trip to London wasn’t in the cards for you this summer but you still want to catch the spirit of the games, then check out one of these hotels! The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah, home of the 2002 Olympics is offering private ice skating lessons with a member of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team and an Olympic hopeful. Available through September 12th, 2012, this lesson is $120 per adult for a 2 hour time frame and it certainly looks to be educational, exhilarating, and only slightly embarrassing. The Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia is offering a ‘Go for the Gold’ deal which features 20% off the best available rate whenever Team USA wins a gold. Guests already checked into the hotel during the time of a gold medal winning will receive a $20 resort credit that can be applied toward golf, dining, or spa purchases. We’re proud to be American and we love that these hotels are embracing the American spirit and giving guests a way to enjoy the Olympics even more!