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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.

Fun Fact Friday! 50th James Bond Anniversary

September 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first screening of a James Bond Movie, Dr. No. The film premiered on October 5th, 1962, and to celebrate, Christie’s auction house in London will be selling a variety of James Bond novelties such as two of the cars used in recent films. The auction will take place on October 5th in London, so make your reservations and don’t miss out on an opportunity to bring a piece of James Bond home with you!


Five Star Alliance Favorites: Gran Hotel la Florida

September 7, 2012
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. >>


Your Questions Answered: Fitness Facility at Le Sereno St. Barth’s

September 6, 2012
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: Please advise as to how many treadmills are available at Le Sereno St. Barth's and if the fitness center is open 24 hours.

Answer: The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, and it has one treadmill. Explore rates, availability, and photos here.

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


Your Questions Answered: Special Packages and Deals in Mauritius

September 5, 2012
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’re looking for a special rate in Mauritius with full board. Please let us know what specials and packages are available for travel in January.

Answer: The St. Regis Mauritius Resort has a 'Deluxe Ocean View Non-smoking Spacious Private Terrace: Butler Service: Luxurious One King Bed: Opening Offer Free Upgrade To Full Board, Spa Credit, Early Check in, Late Check out, and a Bottle Of Champagne' room option available. This option includes an upgrade to full board and a 100 Euro spa credit. To view rates and to make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that this package is subject to availability.


Fun Fact Friday! Hotel Rooms Replace Mood Rings

August 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Opus Hotel Vancouver, one of the 4-star properties on our site, allows you to pick a room based on your favorite color palette! Six room types, ranging from Standard to Suite, are decorated in 5 different color schemes, so go ahead and book the cranberry red room if you’re feeling fiery or the warm blue room if you’re feeling a relaxing atmosphere. Check out rooms, rates, and availability here. >>


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at the Langham Hong Kong

August 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Prepare yourselves for the massive Food & Wine Festival to be hosted by the Langham Hong Kong this year from September 13th - 23rd, 2012. The festival will feature award winning wineries, world-class chefs, and renowned industry aficionados. Foodies will be able to learn some new techniques through master classes taught by Michelin starred international chefs. If you’re more of an eater and drinker than a cooker, then sample from the buffet of dishes or attend a rum appreciation class.

Explore the menu and schedule here and be sure to reserve your spot to sample various foods. To explore the Langham Hong Kong and stay amidst the action, make your reservations here >>


Your Questions Answered: Romantic Hotel Recommendation in Sydney, Australia

August 29, 2012
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’re looking for a luxury 2 night romantic stay in a hotel overlooking Sydney Harbor & the Opera House, a day spa, and a large spa bath in the suite. The dates are September 21st – 23rd, 2012. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a great luxury hotel option that has availability for your dates of travel. It is located in the heart of Circular Quay, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is moments away from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district and a vibrant array of galleries, restaurants and theatres.

This hotel has rooms starting from 249 AUD, approximately 259 USD per night (advance purchase, non-refundable rate). This hotel has rooms that have views overlooking the city, overlooking the Opera House, and a partial view of the Harbour Bridge. For a romantic weekend, I would suggest booking the 'Couples Getaway' package which is in a Spa Suite that has a bathtub with spray jets and a whirlpool that fits 2. The nightly rate breakdown of this room option is below. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Nightly Rate Breakdown

2012-09-21 AUD 529.00

2012-09-22 AUD 599.00

To make a reservation for this room option, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Couples Getaway' room type, and fill in the booking form.


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

August 29, 2012
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.


Lindsay Lohan Parties a Little Too Hard for the Chateau Marmont

August 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

After a 47 day stay in the Chateau Marmont in California, Lindsay Lohan racked up a $46,350.04 hotel bill that went unpaid. The hotel made several attempts to resolve this matter, but their efforts were unsuccessful, resulting in a stern letter addressed to Lindsay from the hotel’s General Manager and a banning from the entire property until her outstanding debt is paid. Lindsay was asked to remove her belongings by 12:00PM on August 1st, 2012. So what, you may ask, does a movie star buy to drop nearly $50,000 on a month and a half stay in a luxurious hotel? Why cigarettes and alcohol, of course! During her stay, minibar charges equaled $3,145.07, and her cigarette’s bill was $686 at a whopping $14 a pack. We certainly hope the Chateau Marmont receives its outstanding payment, but we’re doubtful that they'll be quick to forget and allow Miss Lohan to stay again.


Your Questions Answered: Understanding a Hotel’s Cancellation Policy

August 28, 2012
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.