Five Star Alliance
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
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.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Debuts the Marilyn Monroe-Inspired Suite 100

March 11, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Marilyn Monroe-inspired Suite 100 at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Known as the "Pink Palace," The Beverly Hills Hotel is famous for legendary service and legendary guests. Over the past one hundred years, Hollywood stars have enjoyed the timeless glamour of this dramatically beautiful setting, attracted by the relaxed resort-feel and seamless service. Located on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Beverly Hills, the hotel is surrounded by 12 acres of lush, tropical gardens and exotic flowers.

The Beverly Hills Hotel has introduced a special suite inspired by film icon Marily Monroe. The suite is part of the Suite 100 promotion, which showcases five redecorated suites, each one in a select Beverly Hills hotel, reflective of different decades from the past 100 years and showcasing the legendary style of one of the world's most glamorous cities. 

Guests staying in The Golden Age Inspired by Marilyn Monroe suite, priced at $3,795, will find the following amenities:

• A display case showcasing original artifacts from her estate, courtesy of Julien Auctions. Artifacts include: 
-A signed model release form from Marilyn Monroe's second modeling session with photographer Joseph Jasgur
-An Erno Laszlo plastic container that once held Active pHelityl soap owned by Marilyn Monroe The Beverly Hills Hotel
-Original contact sheets from her starring role in Some Like It Hot
-A three-panel sterling silver custom-made Cartier frame gifted to Marilyn Monroe by Nedda and Joshua Logan. The center frame houses a black and white silver gelatin print of the portrait Cecil Beaton took of Monroe in 1956, while the left and right frames house a handwritten letter from Cecil Beaton describing Monroe.

• Media Library featuring classic Marilyn Monroe films and books, including Norman Mailer Marilyn Monroe Bert Stern and Andre de Dieme, Some like it Hot, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.

•True Monroe fans can opt for the additional Marilyn Monroe Champagne Bath Bubble Menu featuring a Some Like it Hot bubble bath, bath pillow, wood back brush, bath mitt, and a bottle of Dom Perignon.

• For dinner, there's Marilyn's Menu, inspired by an interview that appeared in the 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine., in which Monroe described her diet. ''My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat and that is all.'' Marilyn did enjoy the occasional sweet treat, such as ice cream sundaes. Items from Marilyn's Menu include: Prawn Cocktail, Heirloom Carrot Salad, DiMaggio's Spaghetti and Meatballs, Grilled New York Steak, and Marilyn's Ice Cream Sundae.

• Turn down service includes a selection of 50s hits, including You Send Me, Tutti Frutti, Hound Dog, and Summer Wind.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
Marilyn Monroe enthusiasts who want an enhanced transformational stay may select the Norma Jean Experience for an additional $1,914.

The Norma Jean Experience includes:
• Roundtrip airport transfers in a vintage car
• Welcome amenity including Marilyn Monroe themed gifts and a bottle of Dom Perignon
• Bottle of Chanel No. 5
• Two Diamond Perfection body treatments in the hotel's Spa by La Prairie
• Marilyn's Menu for Two 
• Two specialty "Norma Jean" cocktails in Bar Nineteen12 (vodka, Navan, honey, lemon, and sparkling wine)
• Breakfast for two one morning
The Beverly Hills Hotel - The First 100 Years Commemorative Book
• Marilyn Monroe Taschen Coffee Table Book Norman Mailer Marilyn Monroe Bert Stern
The Norma Jean Experience must be reserved 72 hours in advance. Select items from this list will also be available to purchase a la carte for guests who do not purchase the Norma Jean Experience.

Suite 100 - The Golden Age inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the Norma Jean Experience, may be reserved though December 31, 2014. 

View rates, details, and more images of The Beverly Hills Hotel>>

Share this article:

 


Cool Pools: Willows Lodge

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Willows Lodge is made of timbers that are 100 years old that have come from a Portland seaport. Each lodge room comes with a fireplace, a soaking tub, and Australian lamb's wool bedding. Popular activities include the nightly wine tastings in the lobby, art walks and nature walks. The hydrotherapy pool is nestled amidst the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of a hidden courtyard adorned with Japanese maples, ferns and sedums.

Willows Lodge 

View rates, details, and more images of Willows Lodge >>

Share this article:


Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger Have Designs on Hotels

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

View rates, details, and more images of The Raleigh >> 

Browse luxury hotels in Macau >>

Share this article:

 


Cool Pools: Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

March 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Al Manshar Rotana Hotel's rooftop pool offers spectacular views of Kuwait City's skyline.

Al Manshar Rotana

View rates, details, and more images of Al Manshar Rotana Hotel >>

Share this article:

 


Did You Know? Hotel la Perouse

March 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel la PerouseI A Hotel La Perouse was given its name as a tribute to the great French navigator, Jean-Francois Galaup, Count of La Perouse (1741-1788). Louis XVI ordered La Perouse to lead a scientific mission that set sail from Brest on August 1, 1785, on two ships: the Astrolabe and the Boussole, which were filled with treasures. There were 213 men on board, including some of the era's great researchers. Their goal was to sail around the world and discover new lands and unknown civilizations.

View rates, details, and more images of Hotel La Perouse >>

Share this article:

 


Image of the Day: Hotel Miramar Barcelona

March 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over Las Ramblas. This luxury hotel combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design.

Hotel Miramar Barcelona 

View rates, details, and more images of Hotel Miramar Barcelona >>

Share this article:

 


The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

View rates, details, and more images of The Gleneagles Hotel >>

Share this article:

 


Did You Know? Hamilton Turner Inn

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hamilton Turner InnHamilton Turner Inn was built  in 1873 for Savannah alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family. In 1883, the Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah  to have electricity installed.  The entire house was fitted with electric lights by 1886, around the time Hamilton became president of the Brush Electric Light & Power Company.

Dr. Francis Turner purchased the house from the Hamilton estate in 1915 and lived there with his family until 1926. The mansion was opened for boarding and became a home for the Marine Hospital nurses in 1928. The Turner family moved back into the home in the 1940s, and the courtyard level was Turner's medical office.

The Turner family sold the house in 1965 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The plan was to knock the building down and turn the lot into a school playground. The Historic Savannah Foundation intervened, and the mansion was spared from the wrecking ball.

Over the next 30 years, the Hamilton-Turner house changed hands several times, at one point even being converted into apartments. The Inn even appears in John Berendt’s best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In 1997, The Hamilton-Turner mansion was converted into an inn.

View rates, details, and more images of Hamilton Turner Inn >>

Share this article:

 


Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4?

March 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hilton Marco Island
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: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4? 

ANSWER: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa 

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is perfectly situated off the Southwest coast of Florida, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Naples. The resort is minutes from the Florida Everglades National Park, Caribbean Gardens, historic downtown Naples, and many of the finest golf courses in Southwest Florida. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is only 55 minutes from Southwest Florida Regional International Airport and 90 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Florida International Airport.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
Guest rooms at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort include amenities such as sofa bed, private furnished balcony, 32 inch LCD television, high-speed internet access, mini refrigerator and are offered in a garden/tennis, partial Gulf view or full Gulf of Mexico views. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is an ideal choice for vacationing guests.

This Hilton hotel offers resort guests an array of dining, recreational, and entertainment choices great for the entire family. Enjoy casual, poolside, or elegant formal dining in the hotels two restaurants or watch the sun go down from the Beach Bar and Grille. Watersport activities include sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, or wave runners. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel has beach volleyball or poolside sunning if something more relaxed is a priority.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel boasts of warm Gulf Stream water, an array of activities making this Hilton hotel an ideal vacation spot.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa features 22 one-bedroom suites. These spacious suites are perfect for families and offer a bedroom and living room area with dining table and sofa bed. All suites offer comfortable accommodations with a soothing contemporary theme. Amenities in the one-bedroom suites include a luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed, 32" LCD flat panel TVs, Cuisinart coffeemaker, sofa bed, in-room safe, refrigerator, work desk, private furnished balcony, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers.

-Two Queen Bed Junior Suite Deluxe Golf View
Take in views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and hotel pool from the balcony of this suite with queen beds. Stretch out on the sofa and watch an on-demand movie on the 32-inch TV, or read a book by the bedside LED lighting.

The Family Fun package includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. This deal will be available until May 16, 2015.

View rates, details, and more images of Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa >>

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.

Share this article:

 


Did You Know? Hotel El Convento

March 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel El Convento
A landmark monument to the Conquistador Age, Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico showcases a timeless aura of Old World charm and splendor. As the first Carmelite Convent in the Americas, it housed nuns for 252 years until closing a few days before Christmas in 1903. Vacant for a decade, the abandoned building served as a retail store, a dance hall, and, for the next 40 years, a flophouse without running water, sanitary facilities, or electricity.

Opened on Jan. 27, 1962 as El Convento Hotel, it offered a tranquil, European-style alternative to the glitzy hotels lining the Condado strip. 

View rates, details, and more images of Hotel El Convento >>

Share this article: