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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.

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!

Explore photos, availability, and rates at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills here >>


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


Flour Child: Kardashian Flour-Bombed at London West Hollywood

March 25, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Like many people, it's difficult for me to avoid a good case of vigilantism, and while this strikes me as being a little more pointless and undirected than, say, glitter bombing, it did happen at a hotel, and Kim Kardashian is probably the most famous person to be covered in a fine layer of cooking flour this weekend.  Ms. Kardashian was heading down the red carpet at The London West Hollywood to launch her new perfume called True Reflection.  In this case, the image reflected would be a pastry white. Although this does lead me to consider my own line of perfumes, styled after various baked goods.  There's really nothing that can match the allure of a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies.  

Events were barely interrupted by the light dusting, and I'm sure all remnants of the flour will be cleaned up by your next stay at the London West Hollywood.  Although you might want to be careful; it is frequented by a number of Hollywood's rich and famous, and you never know when the next half-baked avenger might strike.  Collateral damage of flour bombing can be high, especially if they use the self-rising kind.  Because if you put it in an oven it might bake a little more softly? I don't know, jokes about flour are kind of hard.  Anyway, should you wish to brave the trenches of the great battle between our nation's bakers and the celebrities they happen to loathe, the London West Hollywood is a lovely hotel, and you should most definitely check it out.

 


Double the Bedroom, Double the Fun: Great Two-Bedroom Suites in Los Angeles

March 21, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Maybe you've got a really big family or you're just traveling with a person you can't stand and you want a plausible way to get away from them under the guise of giving them the very best.  Well, there's not a lot of hotels that offer full two-bedroom suites, but there are at least two in the Los Angeles area that offer an affordable option for the opulent traveler.  The Sunset Tower Hotel and the Chateau Marmont both offer great choices around the Hollywood area.

Sunset Tower's two-bedroom suite comes with two king beds, a full two bathrooms and spacious living room area.  Classy, modern decor accentuates the roomy common area and the sheets are only the finests Egyptian linens.  The hotel itself is right on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and a heated outdoor pool deck gives loves views of the surrounding city.  A 7,000 sq ft salon and spa offers a getaway from the city, and you can dine very well indeed at the critically acclaimed Tower Bar.

Nearby Chateau Marmont is a much-needed getaway from the bustle of the City of Angels. The smaller boutique hotel is fashioned after a French countryside castle and boasts a Gothic flair that hints at its more decadent side.  As Harry Cohn once said, "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." The great variety of rooms at the Chateau let you make trouble in just the way you'd like, too. Starting with the two-bedroom suite with queen and twin beds, large living room and a full kitchen, you've already got a home-away-from-home.  And it only goes up from there.  Their hill- and poolside bungalows are the perfect way to get a whole building all to yourself.  Up to three bedrooms offer enough room for either a very large family or a party of bachelors, and with the poolside bungalows, you even get direct access.  It's perfect for the adventurous types who want to get away from the city while staying in the city.

To find out more about the Sunset Tower Hotel and the Chateau Marmont or see rates and availability, check them out here and here.