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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.

Lady Gaga Gifts a Stay at the Dorchester

September 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We all know Lady Gaga for her exorbitant meat dresses and funky fresh pop music, but she also has a charitable side. According to ABC, Lady Gaga met a British couple who were having their wedding reception at the Dorchester in London. After a conversation, the lovely couple must have made quite an impression for Lady Gaga gifted them a stay in a deluxe room as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, her offer was declined possibly because the couple already had honeymoon plans, but it’s certainly the thought that counts! Be sure to explore the Dorchester here, which is a celebrity hotspot with Rihanna and Jay-Z also rumored to have stayed there. Would you turn down a free hotel stay from Lady Gaga or anyone else for that matter? If not, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to automatically be entered to win a free luxury hotel stay!


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!


Image of the Day: Blakes Hotel

September 5, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

One of the best kept secrets in London is the peaceful courtyard at Blakes Hotel, tucked between the hotel and its Mews House.

 

Posted in: London, Hot Spots

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.


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

August 22, 2012
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!


Fun Fact Friday! Enjoy Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea

August 17, 2012
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!


Spotlight On: The Dorchester London's Harlequin Suite

July 30, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

The DorchesterThe largest of the three roof suites at London's The Dorchester, The Harlequin is made up of a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and dressing room, a dining room, a living room, a bar, and a large outside terrace overlooking Hyde Park. The rooms are arranged en filade with American walnut floors throughout, giving the suite an elegant, stately flow.The Dorchester

The living room has walls upholstered in ivory silk, chaises upholstered in buttery leather, emerald-parchment clad case pieces, and a bespoke wool and silk rug from The Rug Company, which was specially woven in Nepal. Two sets of French doors curtained in gold silk from Thailand lead onto the terrace and flood the room with natural light.

It was in this very room that Elizabeth Taylor received the news of her record-breakingmulti-million pound deal to star in the epic Cleopatra and the suite still glows with Hollywood glamour. The dining room seats eight and the walls are lined with a stunning silver wallpaper which reflects the light from the bespoke crystal chandelier by Metalarte, echoing the fabled diamond collection of Ms Taylor.

Emerald and apple-coloured drapes and Roman shades dress the master bedroom’s window. A master dressing room is lined in sycamore panels and has ample closet space with two walnut semainiers and an emerald shagreen-upholstered dressing table.

The DorchesterThe luxurious master bathroom features black Nero Marquina floors with under-floor heating, walls of book-matched white Arabescato Oro marble slabs, white onyx vanities, a large freestanding bath with polished chrome contemporary tap ware, and a state-of-the-art shower toilet by Geberit. The Harlequin Suite is available as a two-bedroom suite and the second bedroom still has the original pink marble bathroom that was installed for Elizabeth Taylor.

The suite is approximately 208 square meters, and nightly rates start at GBP 4,750.00. 

 

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Posted in: London

Cool New Addition: ME London

July 12, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

Set to open in Summer 2012, ME London is located on the former site of the Marconi House, Gaiety Theatre and
Strand Music Hall.

Fantastic views of the city skyline or River Thames await guests, along with dedicated Aura Experience Managers.

STK Restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, and in-room spa treatments are just a few of the amenities on
offer.


Experience London This Summer without the Olympics Crowds

July 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Being in the city hosting the Olympics can be an exhilarating experience, but at times you may feel like you need to take a step back and experience the beautiful city you’re in on its own without the chaos and crowds that come with a competition. The Dukes Hotel in London is located in a quiet courtyard in the heart of St. James’s, and it’s within walking distance from Jermyn St, Bond St, The Royal Academy of Arts, and Buckingham Palace. Take advantage of the custom-made picnic hampers and the bicycles available to guests perfect for taking a ride through the park or exploring London. We invite you to experience the best of both worlds and take advantage of everything London has to offer by staying at the Dukes Hotel this summer!


Corinthia Hotel London's Summer Hotspot

June 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Corinthia Hotel London Inner CourtyardThe Corinthia Hotel London, in Whitehall Place and just moments from Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden, yet close to Mayfair and The City’s Square Mile, has opened its interior courtyard for the summer as a top spot for outdoor eating and drinking in London. The inner courtyard is ideal for Afternoon Tea al fresco and also boasts an impressive cigar list and best of all the courtyard features fireplaces at either end for when the evenings turn chilly.

From our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor: "The Courtyard has a full cocktail list including the Bloom Clover Club made with chamomile tincture and raspberry purée, the exotic rum-based Planters Punch and the sophisticated Vesper Martini. Cigars and other liqueurs are also available.

The traditional British afternoon tea can be taken in the Courtyard. Guests can sample sweet treats created by pastry chef Claire Clark and sandwiches created by Executive Head Chef Garry Hollihead. A special selection of teas from the bespoke Tea Palace menu are available, or guests can also unwind with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne."

Corinthia Hotel London Inner Courtyard