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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.

Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


The Eiffel Tower is turning 125 years old! On March 31, 1889, the tower was officially opened to the public.  The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was  held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. 


 

Hotel Lutetia

Only intended to last 20 years, it was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions. The Eiffel Tower has played host to 250 milliion visitors since its opening. It served as a military radio post in 1903; it transmitted the first public radio programme in 1925, and more recently it has played a part in broadcasting like TNT. 

At left is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Four Seasons Hotel George V. At right is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Hotel Lutetia.

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Win a Free Meal at One of the World’s Best Restaurants

March 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Soro
Food and travel enthusiasts, listen up! Want to win a meal at one of the best restaurants in the world?  The Mugartiz is known alongside Noma and the nowed -shutterEl Bulli as one of the best restaurants in the world. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, is located near San Sebastian, Spain. The winner of this online competition will get a exclusive preview of never-before-tasted dishes from the upcoming 2014 menu. The restaurant was closed for four months in order to develop the new dish. Chef Aduriz worked with scientists, musicians, artists, and fellow chefs to create the new menu. A typical prix-fixe-only menu here starts at 180 euros, according to the restaurant's two-Michelin star writeup (the highest star rating is three).

Unlike other world-class restaurants found in major food cities like New York, Milan, and Paris,  Mugaritz is found in the small town of Errenteria (about 20 minutes from the San Sebastian airport).  If you are lucky enough to win, we suggest booking a stay at Villa Soro.

Villa Soro is a charming 25 bedroom hotel located in a renovated 19th century villa which has been declared a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian. Villa Soro is an outstanding address for the discerning traveller, offering a harmonious balance between the warm and familiar atmosphere of a century-old home and the comfort and services of a luxury hotel. Even if you don't win, Villa Soro is a great choice for a sophisticated and private getaway. 
 
Enter the You Open the Doors of Mugaritz contest on the restaurant’s website. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, with winners (allowed one companion) announced on April 1.

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Sunday Night Film Club at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

March 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

 

 

 

 

 




 





Guests at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris will find themselves with access to the chicest theaters in town. The 99-seat private cinema was designed by the legendary Philippe Starck. The luxury hotel has recently launched a Sunday Night Film Club so that guests can end their weekends with a flick. Complete with comfortable leather seats and state-of-the-art equipment including 3D, our Katara Cinema room is the cultural jewel of the hotel. It is also the only cinema theatre in the world where you can enjoy the most moreish of movie snacks: caramelised pop-corn by Pierre Herme, the "Picasso of Pastry."

The schedule through May is:
-Sunday, March 23: Casino. Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci
-Sunday, March 30: Ocean’s 11. Las Vegas, Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon
-Sunday, April 6: Pretty Woman. The modern-day Cinderella tale with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
-Sunday, April 13: The Thomas Crown Affair. Faye Dunaway stars opposite ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen in this 1968 classic
-Sunday, April 20: Some Like it Hot. The 1959 Hollywood classic by Billy Wilder, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
-Sunday, April 27: Scarface. The ultimate gangster movie by Brian de Palma, with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
-Sunday, May 4: Casablanca. One of the most famous love stories of all times, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (3 Academy Awards)
-Sunday, May 11: Leon, the Professional. Film culte de Luc Besson, avec Natalie Portman, Jean Reno et Gary Oldman
-Sunday, May 18: Pulp Fiction. Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, by Quentin Tarantino
-Sunday, May 25: The Godfather Part II. By Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Santorini

March 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Santorini is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel in a spectacular location high on Santorini’s Caldera. It has been designed to integrate perfectly with its unique geography. From its setting on the exclusive Imerovigli hillside in northwest Santorini, guests can enjoy famed Aegean sunsets over the Cyclades. This graceful property with its individually-styled suites and bedrooms appeals to those seeking the ultimate romantic escape and indulgence.

Grace Santorini

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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Mykonos

March 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

An exclusive boutique hotel in Mykonos, Grace Mykonos is located just north of Mykonos town, with a sea view above the sandy and protected beach of Agios Stefanos.

Grace Mykonos 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a London Hotel for a Family of Four?

March 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Jumeirah Carlton Tower
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.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower



QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11, and looking for a recommendation in London for our stay?


ANSWER: Jumeirah Carlton Tower  

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the essence of Knightsbridge, is only moments from Harvey Nichols, Harrods and the exclusive boutiques on Sloane Street. The hotel features 220 rooms, including 58 suites and a Presidential Suite with stunning panoramic views. It offers three restaurants serving a wide range of mouth-watering cuisine, including the renowned Rib Room. Alternatively, visit the GILT Champagne Lounge for the ultimate in sophistication and glamour.Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Jumeirah Carlton Tower also features the luxurious Peak Health Club & Spa, offering a fully equipped gymnasium, state-of-the-art golf simulator, and a 20 meter heated indoor pool.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
-Deluxe King Room connected to a Superior Twin Room Twin or any Suite connected to a Superior Twin-Bedded Room.

The Superior Twin Room is a smart urban choice for business or leisure. Comfortable and intimate with custom made furnishings that evoke simplicity and modernity. Guests will enjoy the sophisticated entertainment system, ready to play your own music with a simple wireless connection. The Deluxe Room offers privileged moments with added space. Ideal when traveling with a child, it features an extra rollaway bed to conveniently preserve your precious space. Spend leisure time your way, especially on the sofa, with the possibility of connecting any of your devices to the entertainment system.

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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.

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez was created by the French designer Sybille de Margerie. At the centre of the village on the emblematic Place de la Gendarmerie, Hotel de Paris Saint-Tropez is your invitation to pleasure, refinement, and luxury. The hotel has been totally redesigned, right through to the layout. With sumptuous rooms and suites, a suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool, the only one of its kind in the world, several restaurants - including the Suffren Cafe, which bears the hallmarks of Georges Blanc's genius - and the hedonistic Clarins spa, your time here can only be unique. Inspired by the sixties and seventies, the guest rooms and suites are decorated with a very colorful ambiance in mind.

Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez

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Image of the Day: Fairmont Monte Carlo

March 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

An aerial view of Fairmont Monte Carlo. Doesn't the heated outdoor pool look inviting?

Fairmont Monte Carlo

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Cool Pools: Villa Florentine

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Florentine has a pool for all seasons. With a breath-taking view over the rooftops of Lyon's Old Town, the heated pool and jacuzzi with magnificent view are perfect for relaxing. In summer, guests can lie quietly by the water's edge, or hide away in one of the secluded alcoves close to the pool. In winter, two heated marble loungers will keep guests cozy whilst they contemplate the city lights or the snow-covered rooftops of Lyon's Old Town.

Villa Florentine

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