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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.

Five Star Alliance Favorites: Gran Hotel la Florida


By: Oksana Balytsky

We sift through newsletters, promotions, updates, rants, raves, and reviews to find the absolute best luxury hotels in various categories. Our team of luxury travel experts certainly knows a thing or two about what’s considered to be an exceptional hotel, so we’ve put our top picks together to create a list of Five Star Alliance Favorites!

Lucy, our Director of Digital Operations here at Five Star Alliance, has voted the Gran Hotel la Florida in Barcelona as one of her favorite spots in Spain. This hotel is perfectly situated 300 meters above the city, offering spectacular views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. Our insider sources tell us that Bruce Springsteen (Lucy’s favorite singer) stays here when he’s in Barcelona, which may very well be reason enough to find this hotel as a charming gem in the bustling city in Spain. A few key highlights of the Gran Hotel la Florida include:

- Children service's including baby sitting and special activities upon request.

- Heated indoor /outdoor Swimming-pool. -

- ZenZone SPA including Sauna, Steam Bath, Pressure Showers, Ice Fountain, Jacuzzi, Hydrotherapy and treatment cabins.

- Wine & Cava cellar tours and tastings. 

Explore more photos, availability, and rates at the Gran Hotel la Florida here. >>


St. Pancras Hotel Goes Above and Beyond for its VIP Guests


By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re thrilled to announce that St. Pancras Hotel is the only hotel in collaboration with Eurostar offering complimentary VIP transfers for guests staying in Chambers Rooms and Suites. Chambers Rooms offer the following value-additions and start from 340 Pounds per night, excluding VAT.

• Access to the Chambers Club which offers a fresh morning breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day

• Access to the St. Pancras Spa facility, including a £30 Spa treatment voucher

• Priority table reservations at The Gilbert Scott Restaurant, a Marcus Wareing Restaurant

• Complimentary wired & wireless Internet connectivity

• Complimentary Melogy Male Grooming Wet Shave

• Butler Service

This incredible collaboration with Eurostar allows butlers and concierge members of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London to meet guests from their journey, escort customers onto the train, and pack and unpack the guests’ luggage. This sort of exceptional service certainly sets this luxury hotel apart, making it an exemplary choice for folks looking for a hotel in London.


Your Questions Answered: Understanding a Hotel’s Cancellation Policy


By: Oksana Balytsky

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 would like to stay at the Chateau De La Chevre d'Or in France, but before we make our reservation we’d like to know its cancellation policy. It states ‘CXL by 7 days prior to arrival – fee 1 night CXL incurs 61 Eur fee-until 7 days.

Answer: The cancellation policies can sometimes be a little bit difficult to decipher. This hotel’s cancellation policy means that if you cancel your reservation more than 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged a 61 Euro cancellation fee. If you cancel your reservation within 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged 1 night's rate plus tax as penalty. To clarify, regardless of how far in advance you cancel your reservation, you would always be charged a 61 Euro fee for cancelling, and for cancelations within 7 days of your arrival date, you would be charged 1 night’s rate plus tax as a penalty.


Make Way for the Ritz Carlton Vienna


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Ritz Carlton Vienna opened its doors today, August 27th, 2012. Located in a beautiful building composed of four historic palaces on Schubertring Boulevard, one of the city’s most elegant streets, this luxury hotel has 202 rooms including 35 suites distributed over 6 floors. The Grand Presidential Suite includes unique decorative features and it adjoins to the Executive Suite. A few key characterstics of the Ritz Carlton Vienna worth exploring are its rooftop bar, 6 room spa, a seventh floor Club lounge which overlooks the city, and an 18-meter indoor pool that plays underwater music! (Jamming out under water is encouraged) Explore this luxury hotel’s availability and rates here.


Your Questions Answered: Luxury Hotel Recommendations in Ireland


By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I’m traveling to Ireland in October with my great aunt and I’d like a few recommendations on where to stay. We’re not set on any specific location and just looking for an incredible hotel. What can you recommend?

Answer: A few incredible hotels in Ireland that have availability for October 16th - 25th are below: To explore the full list of hotels as well as their rates and photos, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel:

The Westin Dublin has rooms with one queen bed starting from 217.89 Euros per room, per night, so you could get two of these rooms. This hotel is located on its own city block in downtown Dublin opposite Trinity College, only steps away from the Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar, as well as the famous shops of Grafton Street.

For a more traditional experience, Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland is an excellent choice. It has a breakfast inclusive room options with 2 twin beds starting from 225 Euros per night, or breakfast inclusive rooms with 1 king bed for 225 Euros per night as well, if you'd prefer to get two separate rooms. Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, Ashford Castle is 1/2 hour northeast of Galway City on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake.

Mount Juliet Hotel Kilkenny in County Kilkenny, Ireland has rooms with 1 queen bed available starting from 119 Euros per room, per night. Mount Juliet is Ireland's leading country estate and one of the most luxurious Hotels in Kilkenny. This one is approximately a 2 hour drive from Dublin.

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Photo of Ashford Castle


Be In the Know, Now: New Armani and Bulgari Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Back in April 2010, the first Armani Hotel made its debut in Dubai, and then another one popped up in Milan. We hear the next city to get an Armani upgrade is Paris and that we should expect at least eight more hotels from this designer/hotelier. (Photo of the Armani Hotel Milano)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another hotel brand to watch is Bulgari, with a luxury hotel in Milan and another one that had its grand opening in London just in time for the Olympics. We certainly admire the elegant and contemporary design of the Bulgari hotels, and we recommend folks who appreciate a sleek design and a modern feel to check them out. (Photo of the Bulgari Hotel and Residences)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore these hip and trendy hotel options, and let us know what you think!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Chewton Glen


By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Chewton Glen is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel, spa, and country club is located between the ancient New Forest and the sea in Hampshire, United Kingdom. It features an award-winning restaurant, world-class leisure activities, and modern conference facilities. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a corporate event, Chewton Glen has the ambiance and atmosphere to suit both business and leisure trips. Take advantage of the indoor spa and hydrotherapy pool, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor tennis courts, and a nine-hole par 3 golf course onsite. Aside from incredible facilities, Chewton Glen goes above and beyond to provide all visitors with impeccable and personalized service for an unforgettable stay. Explore hotel photos, availability, and rates here!


Fun Fact Friday! Enjoy Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea


By: Oksana Balytsky

Did you know that Le Meridien Piccadilly in London now offers a Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea? Enjoy this fun twist on afternoon tea at the Terrace Bar & Grill for about $50 per person and choose from 6 fruit or herb-infused gins along with finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and a variety of pastries. Make your reservations for this fantastic hotel here!


Four Seasons George V Paris Adds a New Penthouse


By: Oksana Balytsky

Paris, the city of baguettes, fancy cheese, and berets is an extremely popular destination among travelers, and with 72 luxury hotels in the area, each hotel needs to stay on top of its game to stand out from the competition. The Four Seasons George V Paris has recently undergone an overall renovation of its rooms and also added a new, luxurious penthouse to its collection of swanky suites. Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, the new, beautiful penthouse has walls decorated with silk, sycamore, and majilite, stunning light-colored floors made from calcareous rock made from mineral springs, and extravagant furniture. Enjoy incredible views of Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower from the intimate upper balcony or one of six terraces.

Our favorite aspect is the marble bathroom which features an incredible infinity bath, but every detail of this penthouse leaves us absolutely stunned. Can’t quite swing the swanky penthouse? Be sure to check out all the other room options available at this beautiful property, and prepare to fall in love with the Four Seasons George V in the City of Love.


A Hogwarts Halloween at Ashford Castle


By: Oksana Balytsky

Have a ‘Harry Potter’ filled adventure this Halloween at Ashford Castle in Ireland. For one incredible week, Ashford Castle will be under a magical spell with Hogwarts activities perfect for the whole family. Ashford Castle’s hidden rooms, soaring ceilings, and hundreds of years of history give it a wizardly feel that kids will surely appreciate. Go on a ‘Forbidden Forest’ treasure hunt, visit the hiding place of Ashford Castle’s own, Dingle, take a ‘Chamber of Art’ painting class, and of course, watch a ‘Harry Potter’ movie screening. What an incredible way to bring Hogwarts to life! Make your reservations between October 26th and November 3nd at Ashford Castle for an unforgettable adventure for you and your family!