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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.

Image of the Day: The Augustine

June 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Behold the aptly named Freco Suite at The Augustine. In addition to walls that are a work of art, the signature suite has a breathtaking 360° view of Prague.

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Where to Sleep at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

May 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.

Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.

All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Here are the room choices available to guests:

Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters

Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.

Here are the suite choices available to guests:

Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.

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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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The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Debuts Renovated Royal and Fashion Suites

January 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Got a flair for fashion? Want to feel like royalty? Here are two updated suites that should fit the bill: The Four Seasons Hotel Milano recently renovated its Fashion and Royal Suites, and we think they're worth a peek. (Click on images to view larger versions).

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Royal Suite in Milan

Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (who also redesigned hotels like the Goring and the Savoy in London) recreated the spaces, both located in the Hotel's casa ringhiera wing and arranged around open balconies that overlook a glass-covered atrium.

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Fashion Suite in MilanAs the Hotel's top accommodation, the Royal Suite occupies the entire fifth floor of Four Seasons Hotel Milano. Rochon gave the space a home-like atmosphere by adding a library and using different styles of furniture- "like people do in private apartments," Rochon said.

A white leather partition divides the bedroom area from the lounge space. The bed is now positioned to face the suite's step-out balcony (top views across the rooftops of Milan, we hear). The suite's sitting and reading room has a fireplace that overlooks a private terrace and garden manicured with iconic Mediterranean plants. The kitchenette is equipped with temperature-controlled wine refrigerators and modern tools for preparing meals. The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Royal Suite in MilanAccessible by a dedicated elevator, the Royal Suite can be connected via a private internal staircase to a Premium Room and an Executive Suite on the floor below to become either a two- or three-bedroom residence.

With a decidedly contemporary look, the Fashion Suite (Suite 444) on the fourth floor of the Hotel evokes the 1950s and 60s with furniture pieces by Saarinen and a color scheme of bright kelly green with black and white accents.

The suite has a long terrace bordered with hedges and a Knoll table and chairs fitted with cushions for a relaxing afternoon in the fresh air.

Both the Royal Suite and the Fashion Suite were restyled as part of the Hotel's ongoing room refurbishment project.

A dramatically reborn 15th-century convent with a mere 118 rooms and suites, the intimate Four Seasons is steps from Milan's couture houses and financial district on the exclusive Via Gesu between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.

More information, plus rates and availability, at the Four Seasons Milano Hotel in Milan >>


Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What are the best room types for a family of two adults and two children at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech?

August 8, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
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 are a party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 9 and would like would like to stay at Palais Namaskar Marrakech , Morocco,  We would like the children to sleep in a separate room from  us.  What do you recommend?

ANSWER: To accommodate your family, we'd recommend the  One Bedroom Pool Suite connecting to a Superior Room, 2 Bedroom Pool Suite, Villa Namaskar, or the Pool Palace which will all sleep four comfortably.

The Pool Suites overlook a  garden terrace, while the separate living room offers another terrace featuring its own heated pool to encompass 180sqm of outdoor space and 108sqm interior. The bedroom has king size beds and the living room comes equipped with a  fireplace.

Villa Namaskar is 487sqm large with 1200sqm of private gardens including a pond and a large heated pool. An inviting 108sqm interior with a separate living room and fireplace adjoins a 180sqm exterior living space. 

The Pool Palace is located in front of the main swimming pool and only a few steps from Le Namaskar Restaurant. The Pool Palace can be booked with 2 or 3 bedrooms, totalizing 210sqm indoor area.

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.   

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Spotlight On: The Martha Jefferson Suite at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC

August 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A top to bottom renovation in 2009 transformed this 99-room Beaux Arts gem into Washington's best small luxury hotel. The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC is just blocks from the White House and within walking distance of museums, monuments and embassies, the dining and nightlife of Georgetown and Penn Quarter, the downtown business district, and Dupont Circle. Both European and distinctly Washingtonian in style, it is rich in historical details and Jeffersonian influences, including the Martha Jefferson Suite.

This top-floor suite (#812) at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC affords romance with city and skylight views accented by three Juliet balconies which open to allow an abundance of fresh air into the suite. Also known as the Bridal Suite, pale, Tiffany-inspired blue accents the suite's soft palette of creams and grays, which is carried throughout its living room (featuring a gas fireplace), intimate dining room for two or four, and bedroom with a canopied King bed.

The Martha Jefferson Suite's bathroom features a soaking tub for two and intricate mosaic tiling. An additional powder room is found in the suite and a second king bedroom can be connected to create a two-bedroom luxury accommodation.

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Rates for September start at $800 per night. Check rates and availability now >>

 


It's a Roman Penthouse Holiday at Regina Hotel Baglioni

July 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regina Hotel Baglioni
Regina Hotel Baglioni has debuted the most exclusive apartment in Rome. The stunning new Roman Penthouse suite on the top floor of Regina Hotel Baglioni is 560m², including 290m² of private outdoor terraces with 360° panoramic 
views overlooking the Eternal City, stretching from the Sistine Chapel to the Colosseum and beyond.

 

The penthouse has one master bedroom, two additional bedrooms, a dining room, a living area, a private kitchen and bar, and an outdoor Jacuzzi, The penthouse suite offers an incredible level of service, including a dedicated concierge, butler service, private chef , private barman, and private limo service. 

 

Designed by the Milanese Architects Rebosio+Spagnulo, the Roman Penthouse combines modern design with traditional Italian style. The design is enhanced by Regina Hotel Baglionihandmade craftsmanship and beautiful detailing, 
such as the stunning Murano glass chandeliers by Venetian Masters Vistosi and LU Murano, and design pieces from the project "Luxury is not a waste" by Italian design consultant and publisher, Vincenzo Basile.
 

 

How much will all this Italian luxury set you back? The Roman Penthouse Suite is sold at 14.000 Euros (VAT excluded). 

Regina Hotel Baglioni

 

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Receive the Royal Treatment at The Raj Palace

June 24, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Raj Palace

A stay at The Raj Palace Hotel will leave you doused in luxurious elegance. This royal Indian palace turned hotel held the title of “World’s Leading Heritage Hotel” by the World Travel Awards consecutively from 2007 to 2011, so guests should not expect anything less than the royal treatment when visiting this opulent palace. The Raj Palace Hotel is home to one of the most luxurious hotel suites in the world, with their presidential suite priced at a jaw-dropping $45,000 USD a night. The room used to belong to a former Maharaja, and is one of the biggest suites in Asia. However, with high costs come high expectations which the Raj Palace Hotel fully delivers on. This four floor palatial suite comes complete with gold and ivory absolutely everywhere. If the design elements alone do not speak to its royal past, then maybe the historical artifacts inside a private museum located inside the suite would. Guests are pampered with top notch five star service and privacy, as a private roof terrace and swimming pool with breathtaking views of the city of Jaipur.

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Peek Inside the Penthouse Suite at Mandarin Oriental Paris

June 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Mandarin Oriental ParisMandarin Oriental Paris has a terrific location and the bespoke service the hotel group is known for.  Recently they've unveiled The Penthouse Suite, which is akin to having your own private apartment with maid service in the City of Lights. Located on the highest floor of the hotel, the three-bedroom split-level suite offers use of our breathtaking Royale Mandarin, Premier Atelier and Crystal suites. It sleeps up to 8 people, and is 407/sqm/4381sqf.

Among the amenities are twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water on turndown, a private elevator, a selection of bespoke artwork, a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal, and private gym. Most spectacularly, the suite has two terraces offering breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops, the Garnier Opéra and the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to the suite’s three large bedrooms, there is a lavish bathroom with gold cabochons scattered across the floor, a steam room and oversized bath.  Guests can choose from a plush robe or a silk kimono while soaking in the round tub and watching the in-bathroom TV.  There’s also a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, bar andMandarin Oriental Paris two additional bathrooms.

For your listening pleasure there's a Bang & Olufsen televisions and audio system. Those guests surgically attached to their electronic devices will be glad to know fast, high quality bandwidth, both wired and wireless, allows for up to four devices. 

Still feeling a little tense despite all this luxury? Guests may exclusively enjoy a complimentary, ensuite Jiao Ting massage for two.

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