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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.

Luxury Hotel Special Offers: The Cherry on Top

March 23, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Hotel President WilsonI've been thinking about when I moved into my current apartment. Not only did they give me a great deal, but they threw in free monthly parking too. I was thrilled, yet couldn't help but feel like I was cheating someone, somehow. I still constantly look for these type of "gratuitous offerings." I'll share with you one way to feed this need:

Five Star Alliance works directly with its luxury hotels to not only give the most competitive rates, but also an incentive to book. If you've narrowed your travel down to a particular place, I would recommend taking a look at the different hotels listed to see which are giving special offers to people booking on the Five Star Alliance site. An example of one such hotel is the Hotel President Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland. The definition of classic luxury, Hotel President Wilson will give you a complimentary gift of (Swiss) chocolates, and also, based upon availability, a possible room upgrade at check-in. What's that, you say? Yes, it feels a little bit like cheating, but just take a deep breath and smile!


Seasonal Diversion with Sofitel Hotels: Free Night, Chocolate Box, and Late Check-Out

March 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel FirenzeAt last, spring has arrived. Feeling frisky? Plan an escape for two (or a family outing) and celebrate the season with a generous offer from Sofitel Hotels. With sophisticated lodgings around the globe, Sofitel charms guests with distinctive French style, savoir-faire, and refinement (and good eats, of course). Available until May 25th, 2009, the Sofitel "Seasonal Diversion" provides 1 night free when you stay 4 nights, a chocolate box and a guaranteed late check-out until 4 pm. Assuage spring fever by browsing through these swanky properties:

Sofitel MelbourneSofitel Melbourne:Stylish accommodations aren't the only thing you'll find here at this well-situated Melbourne hotel. Guests and all hotel visitors are treated to a stimulating range of exhibitions at Sofitel Melbourne, as the hotel-- a huge supporter of the city's arts community-- is famous for its temporary art exhibitions.

Sofitel Venezia:Located on the canal, this Venice hotel features luxurious accommodations furnished in XVIII century Venetian style. The "Golden Key" concierge service can organize gondola trips, book tickets for Fenice Theatre, and ensure an unforgettable stay.

Sofitel RomaSofitel Firenze:You'll find all the modern conveniences within this charming 17th century building. The hotel is ideally located opposite Via Tornabuoni's shopping thoroughfare, within a stone's throw of the major sites in the historic center, and close to the railway station.

Sofitel Brussels Europe:Elegant Brussels hotel just a short walk from the European institutions. Situated on Jourdan Place, this hotel-- known for gracious hospitality--is at the doorstep of Leopold Park, near the museums of Cinquantenaire Park and the Félix Hap garden.

Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese:Overlooking the magnificent Villa Borghese gardens, the hotel has a bar on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Rome. Legend has it that the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was the secret refuge of the Hollywood stars who thronged Rome during the years of the "Dolce Vita."

Sofitel Wanda Beijing:The new flagship Sofitel in Asia Pacific boasts striking design, elegant French cuisine, and the indulgent LeSpa. High-tech amenities abound.

Sofitel Royal AngkorSofitel Royal Angkor: Consistently rated as one of the best Siem Reap hotels, this is the place to stay when visiting Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Cambodia. The large free form swimming pool is magnificent.

Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando:A palace turned luxury hotel complete with swimming pool and fitness center in the 16th century colonial quarter of Santo Domingo. The hotel's remarkable buildings include the original home of the town's founder, Governor Nicolas de Ovando.

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro:Sprawling resort complex with pools in front of the famous Copacabana Beach.


A Perfect Couples Getaway Package from Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

March 20, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Esperanza an Auberge ResortHoneymooners and lovers looking to rekindle a little romance should consider an intimate getaway to Cabo San Lucas particularly since Esperanza, an Auberge Resort is offering an enticing package perfect for two. The "Para Dos" Package offers three nights accommodations in an Ocean View Casita and includes a signature welcome amenity, complimentary round trip transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast at El Restaurante, one dinner for two at La Palapa Bar & Grill, a one day convertible rental with lunch to go, and two sixty minute spa treatments!

Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.


It’s Back: Get $96 Room Rates with the 96 Hour Sale from RockResorts

March 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

RockResortsKeen on spring skiing? Head to the Rockies to hit the slopes and get your apres-ski on at one of the luxurious properties in the RockResorts' collection. The 96-hour sale means you can snag upscale lodgings for just $96-- just book by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 22. Participating resorts include The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Aspen's Hotel Jerome, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, and La Posada de Santa Fe.


Take a Girls Getaway to Santa Fe’s Inn and Spa at Loretto

March 19, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Inn and Spa at LorettoThe Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe's historic luxury boutique hotel, is offering a fabulous package ideal for girl weekends, relaxing spa getaways, and bridal shower celebrations. Enjoy some bonding with your best girlfriends and indulge in fantastic food, holistic pampering, and free in room movie by booking the Girls Getaway Package. Based on double occupancy, this package includes a $40 Breakfast dining credit at the hotel's signature restaurant Luminaria, as well as a $200 credit to use towards any spa treatment offered by the Spa at Loretto. After an afternoon of pampering, you and your gal pal can retreat to wonderful accommodations and enjoy a free on demand movie, along with chips and salsa before heading out and enjoying the eclectic Santa Fe nightlife, or stay in and make it an old fashioned pajama party! Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Inn and Spa at Loretto will receive a complimentary upgrade in room type (based on availability) plus two welcome beverages in the Living Room Bar. [Map]


Exclusive, All-Inclusive: New Trends in Luxury Resorts

March 19, 2009
By: Alison Victor

With our current economic condition, there seems to be a movement towards high luxury at moderate prices. It also seems that more and more resorts are offering guests all-inclusive deals. Now, if you're like me, when you think of all-inclusive you think: Lousy food buffets, overcrowded beaches, rundown rooms. Thankfully, that has all been replaced with luxurious retreats, gourmet food, and deluxe accommodations. You are able to get the most for your money, and have a truly exceptional experience.

Paradisus Palma Real One great example is the Paradisus Palma Real on Bavaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. As one of the finest luxury all-inclusive resorts, Paradisus Palma Real offers everything from unlimited golf to tango lessons. You can relax at one of seven pools, and plan a time to scuba dive with the 24 hour concierge. The gourmet food options range from Japanese to French. Paradisus Palma Real exemplifies how you can do all-inclusive without compromising luxury, and make your dollar stretch. In fact, if you book now for May, you can stay at Paradisus Palma Real for just about $200 per day.


Perks for Business Travelers at Campton Place in San Francisco

March 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Campton PlaceBusiness travelers, rejoice. You'll be taken care of in San Francisco when you check into the sophisticated boutique hotel on Union Square (with lots of extra amenities). Choose the Corporate Business Travelers' Package and you'll get a welcome drink at Bistro & Bar, a daily breakfast credit of $30 at the restaurant, free Internet, one suit pressing complimentary, and house car service in the mornings for around $259 per night. Treasured for its award-winning restaurant, Campton Place boasts a rooftop fitness center and gracious service. The 110 richly-appointed guest rooms have limestone bathrooms and all the latest contemporary conveniences. Campton Place is managed by Taj Hotels.

Via Travel and Leisure


Big Discount in Santa Fe- Try 50 Percent Off!- at La Posada de Santa Fe

March 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Posada de Santa FeThere's a magical oasis in the heart of historic Santa Fe-- characteristic of an early adobe art colony, defined by Southwestern culture-- where lucky guests are pampered with good grub and luxurious, recently renovated accommodations (many with kiva fireplaces and shady patios). Located on six landscaped acres just two blocks from the city's historic Plaza and art galleries, La Posada de Santa Fe has a RockResorts Spa, AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Fuego restaurant, fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. When you book ahead at this charming hotel, and pay in full at least 21 days in advance, you can score rooms for as low as $106 per night, a whopping 50 percent savings. Note: This is a non-refundable offer.


Third Night on the House at W Hotels

March 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel IstanbulThis just in. Starwood's sexy brand of W Hotels is giving away a third night free when you book two nights. Embrace the cutting-edge and cool at W Hotels across the country and around the world (and now in Doha, to boot). You'll dig the hip Living Room Lounges-- the W Wonderland-- and Whatever/Whenever service (translation: your wish is their command). Some of our fave W properties include the W New York Union Square, the W San Francisco, and the W in Seoul.

Pictured: The Turkish delight known as W Hotel Istanbul.


Experience Pop Art in True Parisian Fashion from the Hotel Du Louvre

March 17, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Hotel Du LouvreBeginning March 18th and running through July 13th, the Grand Palais in Paris invites you to view a timeless collection created by world renowned avant-garde artist, Andy Warhol. Featuring impressions by the founder of the "pop art" movement, the exhibition will showcase over 250 of Andy Warhol's creations. Immerse yourself in the full artistic experience by staying at the Hotel Du Louvre, and book the Timeless Warhol Package which includes two priority tickets to "The Great World of Andy Warhol" exhibit, and also receive a Warhol special candy box in your room, as well as daily breakfast for two.

Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.