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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 are the Parking Arrangements at London's Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments
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.

Your Questions Answered: What are the parking arrangements at London's Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments? 

ANSWER: The fabulous Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments overlooks leafy Green Park, Buckingham Palace and is a short stroll to chic shops and West End theatres. It's contemporary, creative and friendly, a home away from home in London. The Athenaeum is a family-owned hotel with 156 rooms, suites, and apartments.

Enjoy opening floor to ceiling windows and, as standard, Bose speakers for an iPod or MP3, flat screen TV and pay per view movies, mini bar, soft drinks and snacks, and use of the spa. The all-day restaurant looks as gorgeous as the food; the cosy Whisky Bar serves up everything; and don't miss the award-winning Afternoon Tea.Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

The gorgeous townhouse apartments offer you a very spacious alternative to the hotel rooms. They're perfect for short breaks and business trips, offering luxury accommodation in central London. Yet guest still have all the five star delights and support of the Athenaeum hotel next door, including a twice daily maid service and 24 hour room service. The apartments are beautifully bright and thoughtfully designed to a contemporary chic standard with your comfort in mind. Step out through a private front door onto a Victorian Mayfair street and you're in the ideal location for seeing all the London sights. And if you're here for work, if it's not within walking distance it will be just a short tube or taxi ride away.

Parking Arrangements

Valet parking service available from 8am-8pm. The hotel does not have its own car park, but it can use the Sheraton Park Lane hotel's parking facilities which are next door to the Athenaeum. As of this writing, Valet parking is £38 for 24 hours and all guest will need to do is pull up to the front of the hotel, make themselves known to the door,men and he will do the rest. The fee will be charged to guest room.

Book a stay at Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments>>

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. 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay


By: Five Star Alliance

In the Kingdom's capital city of Manama, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is a soaring architectural statement on its own exclusive island. Convenient for business and breathtaking for Bahrain holidays, this unique-in-the-world urban resort blends innovation and relaxation.

Four Seasons Bahrain Bay

Unparalleled in design, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay rises 68 stories on a 5-hectare (12-acre) private island, accessed by causeway, boat, or water taxi. Elevated on the 11th to 28th floors, the 273 extra-spacious hotel guest rooms – including 57 suites – all present sweeping views of the Manama skyline or the Arabian Gulf.

Discover seven options for indoor-outdoor dining and drinks, including two signature Bahrain restaurants and a lounge by Wolfgang Puck. Heighten your relaxation with five swimming experiences and a light-filled spa with an array of unisex and women’s-only amenities – creating Bahrain's best luxury resort destination.

The Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is accepting reservations for arrivals from March 1, 2015.


Image of the Day: Threadneedles Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Threadneedles Hotel in London has a super-cool collection of headboards.

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PUBLIC Chicago Takes the Culinary Express Lane


By: Five Star Alliance

PUBLIC Chicago


Centrally located in the exclusive Gold Coast, steps from the shopping and nightlife of Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile, Oak Street, Rush Street, Lincoln Park and the Lake Michigan Beaches, PUBLIC Chicago's fundamental attributes are effortless, and timeless purist design, spot-on, personalized service, lasting comfort with complete functionality, all at a tremendous value.

The hotel's restaurant, Pump Room, offers reasonably priced, delicious favorites in a relaxed, comfortable, and exciting environment. It was created by world-renowned chef and 2011 James Beard Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In conjunction with this restaurant, the hotel has recently introducted PUBLIC EXPRESS.

PUBLIC EXPRESS combines gourmet meals at great value with rapid delivery. Guests can enjoy specially designed gourmet, healthy meals by Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the privacy of their room, 24-hours a day. Five well-balanced meals to suit every taste are offered for breakfast and lunch, as well as desserts such as donuts freshly baked daily on premises. Try a speciality pizza, organic turkey sandwiches, or a beef briskety and cripy onion sandwich. Kids can choose from such favorites as grilled cheese or chicken fingers.Specialty pizzas created for PUBLIC are also available. PUBLIC EXPRESS meals are also available on the go for the airport, a beach picnic, or wherever guests are headed. Guests-on-the-go can order via guest services and pick up their meals at The Library and Coffee Bar. 

Traditional room service is also offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

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Save Now Celebrate Later at Belmond Charleston Place


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston Place
Belmond Charleston Place
, located in the heart of America’s #1 travel destination, offers luxurious rooms and suites, four-diamond dining, a full-service spa, and legendary Southern hospitality. Until January 15th, Belmond Charleston Place is offering its absolute lowest rate of the year. Book now, celebrate later with 40% off the second night in the newly renovated rooms.

Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to lush personal suites. The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to entertaining its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.

Summer, holidays or when you just need a break, this offer is valid for travel throughout 2015. Resolve to save more, travel more and procrastinate less this year.

But, you need to book before January 15!

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.

See rates, details, and more images of Belmond Charleston Place >>


Fine Dining at Hotel Vitale


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Vitale American Restaurant Private Dining
Given its proximity to Napa Valley and location in a thriving cutting-edge restaurant scene, San Francisco is home to a plethora of excellent culinary outlets. But where can you find many choices that are up to the standards of a luxury hotel? Check-in to Hotel Vitale, and you can do just that.

Here are your culinary choices located in and affiliated with Hotel Vitale

- Americano Restaurant (pictured). Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, a circular cocktail lounge, and an outdoor patio provide the perfect setting to enjoy Americano's handcrafted, soulful Italian menu. Its culinary style is rooted in lasting partnerships with local purveyors and seasonal flavors are showcased in every dish. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hosts a daily happy hour. Try the County Line mixed baby lettuces, Banyuls vinaigrette, house-made ricotta crostini salad. 

- Chambers Eat + Drink. At Chambers, vintage rocker meets Mid-century modern style. Enjoy the sexy, low-key vibe and seasonal, market-driven menu drinks. Guests can dine in the restaurant, lounge, or poolside on the patio or in a no-reservations-required cabana. It serves everything from quick bites to a hearty meal. Try the Sizzling Kobe Tri-Tip.

- Gaspar. The Parisian-style brasserie showcases classic French dishes, with the local Northern California flourishes, and Rhone Valley vintages alongside local varietals. The upstairs bar focuses on Cognac cocktails and the downstairs one specializes in champagne. Try the Striped Bass & Scallops Duo.

- The Library Bar. Indulge your literary side at the Hotel Rex's Library Bar. What could be better than books, cocktails, a menu of American classics and live jazz on Friday nights? Enjoy satisfying American classics with unexpected European touches. Try the Croissant Bread Pudding.

Outdoor Dining patio at Americano Restaurant

- Izakaya Lounge. Hotel Kabuki's take on Japan's popular after-work izakaya houses, O Izakaya Lounge combines Asian flavors with contemporary American food in a menu of shared plates, salads, and entrees, as well as 20 varieties of sake. Try the Tempura Shishito Peppers.

- Swank Cocktail and Coffee Club. In keeping with its elegant Pacific Heights neighborhood, Swank offers up style at nearly any hour. Start the day off right with Blue Bottle coffee and locally made, artisanal pastries, or wind down for the evening with a perfectly mixed cocktail in front of a roaring fire at the lush, modern bar. Watch favorite sporting events and participate in the weekly Brainstormer Pub Quiz. Try the Bacon Wrapped Dates.

- Saha. Enjoy an unique blend of Yemenese, Arabic, and boundary-pushing Californian cuisine, with a few French hints thrown in for good measure. The space is inviting and intimate—perfect for a romantic dinner. Savor Yemeni/Californa fusion delicacies like Bastilla, Fasoulia Tagine, and Lobster Knaffe as well as an extensive selection of fine wines. Try the Spicy Seafood Tagine.

Book a stay (and a meal) at Hotel Vitale >> 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Washington, DC?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Madison HotelWe 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 Washington, DC. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Loews Madison Hotel  

Experience a piece of history when you stay at Loews Madison Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown D.C., the hotel has been honored to host distinguished guests from JFK and George W. Bush to Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, and National Mall Monuments, Loews Madison Hotel is a refreshing destination for unforgettable family stays. Appointed with sophisticated European furnishings, the Washington, D.C. luxury hotel features a collection of rooms and suites with amenities fit for a president.

When visiting the nation's capital, there is no better place to stay than in the heart of downtown, within easy access of iconic attractions and landmarks. With Programs like Loews Loves Kids and Loews Loves Pets, Loews Madison is ready to make sure that if the family is along for the trip, the whole gang is sure to have a great time. And that includes your favorite four-legged friend.

Loews Madison Hotel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Madison Suite -Elegant but not over the top, the spacious suites are well-appointed, including custom bedding and plush linens. Suite includes: King Bed with custom bedding, Wi-Fi, Separate living area with sleeper sofa, oversized chair and dining table for 4, Exterior street views, Granite and marble bathroom with a shower and double vanity, Personal bar, 700 square feet, Occupancy: 4 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.
Connects to Premier King Premium King- Upgrade your stay in one of these spacious, high floor rooms, Room includes: 1 King Bed, Exterior views of 15th Street or M Street, Wi-Fi, High floor, Ergonomic work desk and chair, Seating area with stylish, oversized wingback chair and ottoman, 335–350 square feet, Occupancy: 3 maximum (cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.), ADA-compliant accessible rooms are available.

Book a stay at Loews Madison Hotel >>

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? The Olde Bell


By: Five Star Alliance

The Olde Bell is a modern coaching inn, set in historic timber framed buildings. The historic buildings of The Olde Bell, function like a village, the main Inn building for the overnight guests and locals, and the auxiliary buildings for private gatherings.The kitchen uses locally grown, seasonal produce served with a generosity of spirit in both flavour and portions. With parts of the inn dating back to 1135 and with nooks, crannies and crooked floors The Olde Bell offers traditional hospitality in an environment which is human, warm and social.

The Olde Bell

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Paris Prague


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Paris Prague is located in Prague city center, next to the Municipal House and Powder Tower. Hotel Paris was built by the renowned architect J. Vejrych in 1904, the hotel interior was designed by A. Pfeifer, and the ceramic mosaics used mainly to decorate the hotel restaurant's interior are by J. Kohler. Hotel Paris has preserved its unmistakable look of a First Republic, neo-Gothic building with bold elements of Art Nouveau for over a century. In 1991 the hotel returned to the Brandejs family, whose hotelier tradition has a 150-year history. The hotel boasts a total of 86 luxury rooms and suites. For the comfort of guests it offers the legendary Cafe de Paris cafe, French and traditional Czech gourmet Restaurant Sarah Bernhardt, and the the Wellness & Spa Center. 

Hotel Paris Prague

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Did You Know? 51 Buckingham Gate


By: Five Star Alliance

51 Buckingham Gate


51 Buckingham Gate
 is tucked away on St. James Court. You could easily pass it – because the street is almost too narrow to let you stand back and enjoy the full panorama of its Victorian-Edwardian stone-trim-and-brick-façade. Linking the eight mansion blocks that surround this court is an endless frieze of figures carved from the bricks that dance around the quad, reputedly the longest frieze in existence anywhere in the world. 

What makes St. James Court all the more special is that its builder was not a famous architect or hotelier, but an almost unknown English gentleman. Major Charles Pawley was a retired military man who had learned his skills in the Royal Engineers.

St. James Court was a Major Pawley's masterwork. 

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