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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 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul Suitable for a Family of Five?

June 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ritz Carlton Istanbul
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 5 and looking to stay is Istanbul. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 5 . There are 2 adults and 3 children 15, 10, and 8.

ANSWER: Ritz Carlton Istanbul 

This luxury hotel, set in the heart of the city and overlooking the Bosphorus, beautifully blends modern sophistication with historic Ottoman touches, found everywhere from the spa's traditional hammam to the exceptional accommodations. A 16th-century door offers passage from the energetic city into this Istanbul hotel, where the graceful lobby is adorned in Turkish carpets, antique furniture and an oversized oil painting from contemporary artist Timur Kerim Incedayi. The location of this luxury hotel invites the beauty of the Bosphorus into spaces throughout the property. At Cintemani Restaurant and Bleu Lounge & Grill, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with spectacular views, while meeting and wedding venues such as the Cam room also draw upon its charm. Guests can easily explore this historical city with its most famous attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, only 15 minutes away.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Ritz Carlton Istanbul
-Bosphorus Suite connected to a standard Partial Bosphorus king or twin rolloway. Guest rooms and suites at this Istanbul hotel offer impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

The Partial Bosphorus View Deluxe Room is 450 square feet with Turkish-inspired style and decor. Choose from one King or two Twin beds. The oversized marble bathroom is decorated with Iznik tiles, and has a separate shower and bathtub. Amenities include multi-lingual interactive flat screen TV, Internet access, computer and fax hook ups, multi-line telephones with voice mail, honor bar, coffee machine, electronic in-room safe, and twice daily maid service.

 

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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.

 

 


Contemporary Designs of The G Hotel Galway

June 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Michael Wurm of www.InspiredByCharm.com recently shared the photo below from the lobby of The G Hotel in Galway that we absolutely love.

Now THAT is a light fixture!


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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Rooms with a View: The Waterhouse at South Bund

June 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The guest rooms at The Waterhouse at South Bund have magnificent views of the Pudong skyline, an area where the city's quaint low-rise architectural heritage is still largely intact.

The Waterhouse at South Bund

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Image of the Day: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

June 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers this stunning view of Rome. The hotel is situated on the edge of the Borghese Gardens and is close to Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

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Dining al Fresco: Wedgewood Hotel

June 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is one of Vancouver’s leading luxury downtown Vancouver hotels. Located amidst the gardens and waterfalls of the fashionable Robson Square in the heart of Vancouver's thriving cosmopolitan core, the Wedgewood has become a landmark. Privately owned and operated by Greek born owner, Eleni Skalbania. Of the Vancouver hotels, the Wedgewood has been a family-run boutique hotel providing a home away from home for countless guests.

Wedgewood Hotel 

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Das Stue Gets Smart (Bikes)

June 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Das Stue

Das Stue has introduced a new way to explore Berlin in the summer.  The 79-room Das Stue is located in Berlin's former Royal Danish embassy, a landmarked 1930's structure. The historic hotel now has six e-bikes by Smart that are available for guest use. The company Smart is owned by DaimlerAG, the same company that produces the Mercedes Benz. The e-bikes have a 250 watt hub motor, a display that controls drive and generator levels, and allows riders to check time, trip kilometers, or remaing power. 

To see Berlin in the summer is to experience the city at its best. Das Stue is located in Berlin's central Tiergarten disctrict, right within the prestigious Embassy Quarter, adjacent to the 210 acre Tiergarten Park and facing the Berlin Zoo. Some of the most famous cultural institutions like the Culture Forum, the Philharmonic and the New National Gallery are only minutes away, and for the shopping enthusiasts, both Kurfürstendamm, with the legendary KaDeWe, and Friedrichstrabe are within easy reach. Considered to be Europe's greenest city, it has a plethora of parks, urban beaches lining the Spree river where one can watch the boats cruise by; rooftop beach bars and cafes, and the surrounding lakes to go swimming, sailing, or canoeing. 

Bikes are available on a complimentary first-come, first-serve basis. 

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Dining al Fresco: Sofitel So Bangkok

June 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At Sofitel So Bangkok, the rooftop venues were developed by famed restaurant concept developers the UKs Gorgeous Group.

Sofitel So Bangkok 

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Four Seasons Hotel Boston Brews It Up

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle


Are you a hops-head? Always looking for the newest IPA or Lager? You're iln luck! Several Four Seasons properties in the US are pairing up with local breweries to create custom batches and service offerings. 

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has a new custom beer is called Never Trust a Skinny Chef. ART Restaurant Chef Jelle Vandenbrouke is serving up some creative dishes, including Skinny Chef Ale ice cream, inspired by the pale ale. The beer itself was made by local nano-brewery NW Peaks, which specializes in small batches and new inventive experiments. ART has also customized the beer tap handle, in likeness of Executive Chef Kerry Sear.

Santa Barbara may be known for its wines, but the region is also home to numerous microbreweries.  Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has teamed up with the award-winning Telegraph Brewing Company to create its own signature beer. Served only at the Resort's Ty Lounge, the extra-pale ale was inspired by evenings spent strolling through the area's citrus groves. The ale's name, 1927, was chosen via social media. 1927 is also the year the hotel opened.  

Considering a Beantown wedding?  Four Seasons Hotel Boston is offering those who book a ceremony at the hotel a break from the usual champagne toasts. Beer-loving lovebirds can choose from custom beer stations or a travelling kegerator. On offer are exclusively Boston-brewed beers, including Samuel Adams and Allagash Belgian White. Ifyou aren't getting married, but still want to take advantage of the beerfest, the package can be booked for other events. 

 


Did You Know? Mandarin Oriental Prague

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Prague


Mandarin Oriental Prague
 
is situated in a former monastery. It also has the only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel. It is hidden in the cobbled streets of picturesque Mala Strana on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mala Strana is the oldest and most picturesque district on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mandarin Oriental, Prague has many iconic sights within easy reach – the 14th-century Charles Bridge, the Baroque St Nicholas Cathedral and Prague Castle which towers overhead.

The hotel's 79 room and 20 suites offer charming views of cobbled streets, private garden, or Prague Castle.  The hotel was named The Best Hotel in the Czech Republic on the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. It also received the Conde Nast Traveler Platinum Circle Award, 2014.

 

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