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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Singapore Hotel Offers a Room with an Outdoor Space?

October 1, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Singapore Marriott Hotel
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 Singapore hotel Offers a Room with an Outdoor Space?

ANSWER: Singapore Marriott Hotel

Now as iconic inside as it is outside, the grand Singapore Marriott Hotel on Orchard Road has undergone a transformation. This Singapore 5 star hotel's lobby is at its resplendent best. Culinary delights abound at the award-winning restaurants, including the refurbished Crossroads Cafe and Marriott Cafe, Wan Hao, Pool Grill, and the latest addition, Java+. Unwind in the Singapore hotel's luxury spa and outdoor swimming pool. At any time, visit the fitness centre, which is open 24 hours for an energizing workout at any hour. The smoke-free Singapore Marriott Hotel is linked to at least 4 major shopping malls via an underpass, including Wisma Atria and ION Orchard. 

Every guest room has been redesigned and smartly decorated with thoughtful state-of-the-art finishing, such as 46-inch Full-HD Smart TV and two signature 1956 Eames Desk Chairs. The bathroom features a large walk-in rain shower area with resting bench and extended vanity area.Singapore Marriott Hotel
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Pool Terrace Room-The 42 square meter King-bedded room is air-conditioned, non-smoking and has floor-to-ceiling windows. The outdoor veranda measures 10 square meters. The shower and bathtub are seperate, and there is a double vanity, hair dryer, lighted makeup mirro, hair dryer, and Bulgari amenities. Furnishings include chair with ottoman, in-room safe, writing desk, iron, mini-bar, and mini-refrigerator. There is 24-hour room service, and newspapers are delivered to the room on request.
 

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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 Hotel in Amsterdam Suitable for a Family of Four?

September 30, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel VondelWe 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 4 and looking to stay is Amsterdam. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Hotel Vondel 

Nestled among Amsterdam's lively center, you will find Hotel Vondel, a boutique hotel offering outstanding accommodations at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide the utmost comfort for everyone’s taste. You may choose from various different room types, ensuring everyone will find just what they're looking for. Start your day with the restaurants extensive breakfast buffet, or just stay in and enjoy it in your room. The trendy bar extends into a charming for guests to relax during the summer months. The hotels exclusive and intimate size doesn't prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter and fashion district.Hotel Vondel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two-Bedroom Loft Suite

Take luxury to new heights! This one-of-a-kind split level loft suite is a stunning city loft located on the top floor. Soothe your soul in this spacious loft with two separate bedrooms, a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchen. Sleep like a King or Queen in the comfortable king size beds. The master bedroom with king size bed, bathroom with bath and walk-in rain dance shower are located on the same floor as the kitchen and living room. The second bedroom and bathroom with shower are located on the top floor of the hotel. Enjoy wifi and extensive amenities from Spa Collection. The Loft Suite is a perfect hidden sanctuary for a long weekend with family or for extensive business trip.

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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.

 


Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Perla

September 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Perla

Gran Hotel la Perla
 
is the most famous and oldest hotel in Pamplona. One side of the hotel is on Estafeta Street, one of the main routes in the Running of the Bulls. Notable guests include Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin. 

The room of Ernest Hemingway remains the same as when he stayed there. There are three other special rooms dedicated to historical figures that have stayed at the hote: Pablo Sarasate, Don Juan de Borbon and the Royal Family.

The Estafeta Historical Rooms are dedicated to prominent Spanish cultural or social figures, and other famous guests. These include Federico Moreno Torroba, Torrente Ballester, the bullfighters Cayetano Ordonez and Juan Belmonte, Orson Welles and the Muslim leader Aga Khan.

The hotel was totally renovated in 2007.  

 

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano

September 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

On the fourth-floor terrace overlooking the Corniche and the Mediterranean, the large circular infinity pool at Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano offers a calming escape from Alexandria's active city life. Take a leisurely dip or simply lounge on the expansive pool deck with a cool drink. The attentive staff is there to ensure your comfort with refreshing spritzes and chilled towels. A whirlpool is located next to the main pool, with a children's pool positioned nearby for the little ones to get cool and be entertained.

Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano

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Your Questions Answered: What Portland Hotel Offers Activities for the Whole Family?

September 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel
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 looking to stay in the Northwest. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family that offers a number of activaties and wine tastings?

ANSWER: The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel blends so naturally into the lush beauty of Oregon Wine Country's Willamette Valley, it's as if its always been here. There are 85 luxury guestrooms and suites with gas fireplaces, a signature restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country cuisine, a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, and a swimming pool. The Allisons immaculate grounds on 35 acres beckon guests with fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to the hotel's vineyards and picnic area. The hotel offers a showcase for local artists, wine cellar, wine seminars, and tastings.

The Allison Inn

Guest Rooms are quietly luxurious and thoughtfully appointed with custom built-in closets, upholstered window seats, and king beds. Oversized windows let sunlight in and provide vistas of the vineyards and countryside. All rooms feature a gas fireplace, wet bar, original artwork, and custom crafted furnishings, while a complimentary welcome snack basket, luxurious robes, and slippers make guests feel at home. Cabinets contain an ironing board, iron, and full-length mirror. Bose sound systems, Wi-Fi, and movies on demand provide in-room entertainment and connectivity. Spacious spa-like bathroom with five fixture baths, double vanities, and a sliding panel provide a glimpse of the fireplace and outdoor landscapes from the soaking tub.

Larger families should consider booking the Grand Two Bedroom Suite. Located on Penthouse Level, the 575 square foot suite includes a spacious living room with fireplace, two bedrooms with private baths. reception foyer, butler's pantry, powder room, dining table for six, gas fireplace in master bedroom, large balcony with dining table and chairs, bay window seat, six foot soaking tub, dual vanities, and filtered water. 
The Allison Inn and Spa

Nearby Activites Include:

-Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
-Nature Hiking
-Biking
-Golf
-Equestrian rides to wineries
-Hot Air Balloon Rides
 

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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.

 


Did You Know? Wellington Hotel

September 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wellington Hotel


Wellington Hotel
 was opened in 1952. It was the brainchild of businessman Baltasar Iban Valdes. Valdes was also the founder of the bullfighting breed that carries his name. During the 1950’s, Curro Romero, a promising matador apprentice, established his residency at the Hotel.Ever since, the hotel has been a second home for bullfighters.  Bullfighters such as Paco Camino, Jaime Ostos, Rafael de Paula, Manuel Benitez "El Cordobés,", El Niño de la Capea, Manuel Caballero, Finito de Córdoba, Ortega Cano, Cesar Rincón, Luis Francisco Esplá, Espartaco, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, Dávila Miura, "El Cid", Sebastián Castella and the Alejandro Talavante are just some of the bullfighters who have stayed at Hotel Wellington. Bullfighters aren’t the only celebrities of this art that grace the halls. Rejoneadores (bullfighters who fight riding a horse) along with bullfighting businessmen, cattle-raisers, and bullfighting journalists are also regular guests. The bull of Baltasar Ibán’s livestock that, after being killed in Alicante by Paco Camino, was even stuffed and displayed at the hotel .

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Hotel La Tremoille 's Spa Offers The Well-Being Stopover

September 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel la Tremoille


Dating back to 1883, La Tremoille was transformed from a private residence into a hotel in 1925. La Tremoille took its name of Louis II de La Tremoille, a statesman during the reign of Francois I. Today, La Tremoille luxury spa hotel in Paris pays tribute to this past by providing top-of-the-range contemporary services. Body care can be administered in guest rooms, or in delightful cabins integrated into the hotel spa. The spa has dubbed its treatments as "The Well-Being Stopover."

The spa includes a fitness room, sauna and jet shower; access is free of charge for hotel guests. Unwind in the sauna and let its virtues relax your body and mind. The jet shower also brings unrivalled relaxation.
 

For total repose, guests can take advantage of therange of body and facial care treatments by Carita. La Tremoille's spa has joined forces with Carita's Haute Beauté brand to offer guests effective, top-of-the-range beauty treatment. Body care and modeling services are available to both men and women and are sure to bring relaxation and well-being.

La Tremoille

Treatment Options Include:

-Facial treatments: whatever your skin type, enjoy beauty treatments adapted to your face bringing suppleness, freshness, and lightness and a perfect complexion. 

-Beauty care: foot and hand beauty treatments, manicure, depilation, eye care, make-up, hairstyling, and more.

-Body care: exfoliation, foot and head reflexology, leg massage, and more.

-Slenderness treatments.

-Care promoting well-being: modeling with essential oils, ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage, and more.

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Image of the Day: Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel

September 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel brings the unexpected feel of an Aspen country house in the heart of New York City's Financial District. 

Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel

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Did You Know? Hotel Prince de Galles

September 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


Hotel Prince de Galles
 
was built in 1928 and was inspired by the style of the Decorative Arts exhibition of 1925. With a classical yet modern frontage and a magnificent patio in mosaic, the hotel Prince de Galles owes its name to its original aim: to welcome to Paris during his annual stays, the Prince of Wales, future Edward VIII, son of the king of England George V. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Lord Chamberlain, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Presley, Lana Turner, and Gina Lollobrigida. Composer Frederic Chopin lived in the building that was the precursor to the hotel.

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Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace

September 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the PalaceBuckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.

The Rubens at the PalaceBy 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.

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