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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.

Rocking at the Redbury

May 6, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Redbury at Hollywood and VineThe Redbury at Hollywood and Vine has teamed up with Amoeba records to create a unique Hollywood experience for the ultimate music fan.

The Redbury Rocks Hollywood Package includes:
• One night stay in a suite of your choice
• One album of your choice from Amoeba's curated selection
• Two welcome cocktails
• Complimentary in-flat Internet
• Complimentary overnight valet parking for one vehicle
 

The Redbury is an all-suite boutique hotel featuring 57 thoughtfully-appointed guest flats that exude a warm, bohemian counter-culture feel with design elements drawn from a variety of old-world cultures. Each spacious guest flat offers a home-like atmosphere including an in-flat washer & dryer unit, walk-in rain showers and many other comforts that can accommodate stays of a day, a week or as long as needed. Amoeba Records is home to the largest and most diverse vinyl collection in Los Angeles.

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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. 

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Spa Nautica at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey

March 14, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

 

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about Ritz-Carlton's Marina Del Ray's new Spa Nautica:

 

We’ve discovered a new way for you to unwind in the California sun. The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in Los Angeles has opened the full-service Spa Nautica. The spa had its soft opening on February 1, but the grand opening was at the beginning of this month. We love the spa’s nautical theme (how appropriate). There are seven treatment rooms, including separate rooms for couples’ treatments and wet treatments, as well as a full-service nail salon. During the warmer months, outdoor treatments will be available on the hotel’s pool deck. We hear Natura Bisse is the product of choice at this posh playground—great for pampering VIPs before a red carpet debut. And, true to SoCal mentality, the spa is environmentally conscious (think organic and vegan products). Each of the spa’s treatments can be enhanced with a variety of options, depending on the service, including aromatherapy, hot stone infusion, hand and foot polish, reflexology, hot oil scalp treatment, micronized algae mask, and Glyco 3 peel. In the land of Hollywood glitz and glam, figure-friendly cuisine is of the utmost importance. Spa Nautica features healthy selections of spa cuisine that can be snacked upon poolside. The hotel’s Executive Chef Umit Kaygusuz sources local, organically grown produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Nice Touch: Any 60-minute spa treatment booking gains guests access to the pool, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam rooms.

 

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Romantic Getaway Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it can certainly put a little bit of stress on those lucky gentlemen out there with special someone’s. Instead of the traditional dinner and flowers, consider whisking your significant other away for a luxurious romantic getaway!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has an Ultimate Romance package which includes two nights in a suite, private car service from LAX, and breakfast for two. The $7,000 package also includes a four-course dinner at Livello, a 50 minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles, and some alone time on a Santa Monica mountaintop overlooking Malibu!

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Ice Skating in LA Made Possible Thanks to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel

November 19, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We love southern California (or SoCal as the locals call it), but we certainly miss partaking in winter holiday festivities when December rolls around. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza seems to have understood our pain and has recently opened a 3,000 square foot ice rink! The rink is a hybrid version that utilizes non-refrigerated synthetic ice made from recyclable polymers on which regular ice skates work very well. Hopefully that means when we attempt to do an axel jump, the fall won’t be as cold or hard as on real ice. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel has had a few other upgrades including installing an infinity pool and upgrading all of its cabanas.  We love how this hotel is setting itself apart from its neighboring properties, and we can't wait to see what other upgrades and installations it has up its sleeve. 

Make reservations at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and cross off ‘ice skate in shorts’ from your bucket list!

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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.


Image of the Day: Petit Ermitage

August 1, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

This outdoor area at Petit Ermitage looks perfect for unwinding and relaxing.


Kids Rock at the Sunset Marquis

June 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is a private, Mediterranean-style, all-suite luxury hotel located in West Hollywood. It provides guests with luxurious accommodations and an opportunity to escape the craziness of LA and enjoy its five acres of lush gardens, ponds, waterfalls, brick paths, and tropical foliage. Accommodations range from 100 junior and 1 bedroom suites to 52 detached, private villas with private patios. Along with its bar, restaurant, spa, 2 pool areas, and private cabanas, the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas also goes above and beyond for its young travelers. Upon arrival, kids receive a black or pink backpack with a nametag attached. Inside it there’s a ‘Kids Rock’ pink or black t-shirt, crayons, a Sunset Marquis passport for coloring, a Hollywood themed mad lib, and a scavenger hunt on the property. Whether you’re a rock star looking for an escape or a family looking for an adventurous vacation, the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas certainly has something to offer you!


What Transpired at the Hotel Wilshire?

April 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Jenna Talackova is a controversial figure and an amazing one at that. A symbol of the movement for trans rights, the famous transgender was recently removed by Donald Trump from his Miss Universe competition after it was made public that she entered the competition as a transgender, a complicated move to arbitrate since she clearly identifies wholly as female, so to speak of her as subverting the rules of the competition misunderstands it.  And it's certainly not a case of taking advantage of anti-discrimination; Miss Talackova is gorgeous and everything that the Miss Universe pageant looks for, which in and of itself challenges negative preconceptions about transgendered people.  Fortunately, after a public outcry, they reinstated Jenna Talackova in the competition.

Now Jenna Talackova is out and about, furthering her modeling career at the Hotel Wilshire, and she's been barred from something else. Only this time, it has nothing to do with discrimination, just an unauthorized photo shoot.  She and her entourage arrived at the Hotel Wilshire with cameramen in tow, ready to take some model shots. However, the room they had been offered was not ready for them, so they moved up to the pool deck without authorization and began a shoot alongside the hotel's lovely restaurant.  The hotel shut it down for the sake of the guests dining in their establishment and Miss Talackova had to move inside to another prepared room where she could continue her photo shoot.  This is a star I'm following with interest, and I'm happy to see her making use of a great Los Angeles establishment in the Hotel Wilshire.

Via HotelChatter.


Marriott to Take Over Los Angeles in 2014

March 28, 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 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 Los Angeles area has over 50 luxury hotels, and it’s about to get a few more come summer of 2014. There will be a new Ritz Carlton property as well as a JW Marriott opening in this Hollywood town. The hotels will be located across from the Staples Center, Grammy Museum, and Nokia Theater. Both luxury hotels will certainly add a new and exciting touch to Los Angeles. If you’re like us and simply can’t wait until 2014 to experience a Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott hotel, then be sure to visit our website and explore the various Marriotts we have to offer in cities all over the world!

Photo of Ritz Carlton Philadelphia