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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.

New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: W Bangkok

November 27, 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 W Bangkok is opening next week on December 7th, 2012! This luxury hotel’s structure mixes the old with the new and will have 407 rooms spread out in the 31-story glass tower and 100 year old heritage building that was the former Russian Embassy. Located in the city’s prestigious Embassy Row, this luxury hotel will be the hottest hotel in Bangkok offering ample opportunities to take advantage of shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. Be sure to check out this luxury hotel and other W properties around the world for a truly luxurious and sensational experience!



It’s Not Too Late to See the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

November 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Last minute travel plans? Hoping to have a front row seat to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City without standing outside in the cold? Then check out the following hotels that are located along the route of the parade:

Mandarin Oriental

JW Marriott Essex House


Special Five Star Alliance Rates at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix

November 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is known throughout the world as the ‘Jewel of the Desert,’ and it has a few Five Star Alliance rates too good to pass up! Check out what’s included and make your reservation at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa here!

The Five Star Alliance rate is available for a variety of room types ranging from Classic King rooms to Villa 2 Bedroom Suites. The rate includes:

- Continental Breakfast For 2 Daily

- $100.00 Food & Beverage Credit to Frank & Albert's

- Upgrade If Available At Check-in

- Early Check-in If Available

- 4pm Late Check-out


The Ritz Carlton Georgetown Tops Our List of Charming DC Hotels

November 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The problem we run into with luxury hotels in Washington DC is that they’re usually on a busy street with a lot of traffic and chaos. We set out on a mission to find a luxury hotel in a downtown location that featured a quieter, more intimate feel, and we came back successful.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located a block from M Street and the heart of the nightlife and shopping of Georgetown district. This beautiful hotel features 86 oversized guestrooms and suites as well as a Boutique Spa with a variety of massages, body treatments, and facials available. The hotel staff is attentive and engaged, and the spa staff is professional and all-around wonderful. For the disbelievers, I strongly recommend the hot stone massage at the Boutique Spa; you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed, renewed, and ready for anything that lies ahead.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is a family and pet friendly hotel. There are 9 rooms with 2 double beds, and the suites can accommodate rollaway beds very easily for an additional $40 per night. The Ritz puts on a weekly Lifestyle Series on Fridays, and December’s feature Kelly Jenkins from Capital Décor and Events coming to speak to guests and locals about transforming a space and decorating with style.

For folks looking for an intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Washington DC, we certainly give the Ritz Carlton Georgetown a big thumbs up!

Explore photos, availability, and rates here!

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2 Bedroom Apartment Option in Dubai

November 15, 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 are a family of 5 persons, 2 adults and three children, ages 3, 6, and 8. We would love to make a reservation at the Dar Al Masyaf in Dubai. We are traveling December 22nd – January 5th, 2013. Is it possible to book a 2 bedroom superior apartment?

Answer: Dar Al Masyaf does not have availability for your dates of travel, but Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence does have 2 bedroom Duplex Club Apartment which includes Breakfast. The advance purchase rate for this option is 2805 AED per night, which is approximately $764 USD plus tax. Please be advised that this is a non-cancellable, non-changeable rate, and any changes or a cancellation would result in a 100% penalty of the full stay.

This hotel also has this same room option available for 3300 AED per night, which is approximately $899 USD plus tax. This rate has a cancellation policy which states you can cancel up until 2 days prior to arrival and be charged a 1 night penalty. If you cancel within 2 days of arrival, you would be charged 100% of the full stay as penalty. To clarify, cancelling this reservation would always result in at least a 1 night penalty fee.

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 fill in the Special Request field stating that you'll be traveling with kids and provide their ages so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Missoni Hotel Edinburgh Perfect for Business Travel

November 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh in the UK has a few extra amenities thrown in that make travel for business a breeze. Rates at the Missoni include the following:

Complimentary healthy minibar

Two items of laundry

Premium movies

Newspaper

Local calls

Free high-speed internet access

iPod connection

In-room coffee machines

These little additions certainly go a long way, so next time you need to be in Edinburgh, consider staying at the Missoni where your coffee will be brewing, internet is at hand, and your suit is clean and pressed for the busy day ahead.

Please read the rate details carefully since added amenities change frequently.


Your Questions Answered: Rate Description for SALA Samui

November 13, 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: I saw the following rates information when I am trying to reserve 3 nights for Sala Samui from 23-26 Mar 2013 for Deluxe Balcony.

Honeymoon Transfer Bf X2 Wine Dinner X2 Spa - Deluxe Balcony With Complimentary Wi-fi (wireless Internet) 47 Sqm King Or Twin Beds Balcony With Daybed Open Bath

Could you please explain what is included in this reservation? Is the nighly rate inclusive of taxes?

Answer: The rate includes the following and it is strictly available for honeymooners only:

Round Trip Private Transfers from/to Samui International Airport

Succulent SALA Seafood Splendor: A beautiful romantic candlelight Dinner for two which includes SALA Seafood Mixed Grill and a bottle of house wine.

- A Complimentary SALA Spa Package for 2 persons with complimentary Herbal Steam 30 Minutes.

- A Selection of Spa Service 60 Minutes

1. Massage Selection: Swedish / Asian Combination / Soothing Aroma / Traditional Thai

2.Body Scrub Selection: Sesame Herbal / Salt Glow / Asian Herbal

3.Facial Treatment Selection: Thai Herbal

- Free use of Gym & Fitness

- Free use of wireless/internet

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. Tax is not included and is an additional THB 4880.70, which is viewable on the booking form. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Your Questions Answered: Rates and Availability in French Polynesia

November 8, 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: My wife and I will travel to Tahiti and Bora Bora at the end of the year. If possible please send me prices and availability for the schedule below: 1 night at Papeete, 6 nights in Bora Bora. We’re interested in the Four Seasons and Intercontinental Thalasso Spa.

Answer: We have 15 hotels in French Polynesia of which 2 are located in Tahiti. (Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti). For December 31st - January 1st, 2013, the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti in Papeete has availability and rates starting from $653 USD per night. (Full prepay, non-refundable, non-changeable Garden View room with 1 king bed). To view all of the room types and rates available, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. (This hotel does have breakfast inclusive rates, but it does not have breakfast and dinner inclusive rates). Rates will display in XPF, so click on the little calculator to the right of the rate to convert it to US dollars.

For January 1st - 7th, 2013 in Bora Bora, the Four Seasons only has one room type available and that is a Bed And Breakfast - Beach View Overwater Bungalow King Bed With Queen Sofabed starting from $1,238.92 USD per night.

For January 1st - 7th, 2013 in Bora Bora, the InterContinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora does not have availability.

To view availability and rates at other luxury hotels in Bora Bora, visit this website. Transfers are not included in the rates and would be an additional cost. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Take the Kids to Barcelona this Holiday Season!

November 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Traveling with kids can be difficult with many hotels enforcing maximum occupancy policies, so we love when hotels are able to provide room options and rates ideal for family travel! The Hotel Palace Barcelona has family specials running from November 1st 2012 – March 31st 2013. This luxury hotel has various options available since families come in different shapes and sizes. No cookie-cutter short cuts here; pick the room type that’s right for you and start planning your holiday in Spain! (Counting Crows, anyone?)

Accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children (age 11 and under):

- Junior Suite with a sofabed for the 2 children to share. No extra person charges.

- 2 Rooms for Families option which has 2 interconnecting Classic Deluxe rooms.

- 2 Bedroom Suite option.

Accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children (one under 11 and one as adult):

- Junior Suite with a sofabed for the 2 children to share. Extra person charge of 80 Euros per night for the third adult.

- 2 Bedroom Suite option. Extra person charge of 80 Euros per night for the third adult.

Accommodation for 2 adults and 3 children:

- 2 Rooms for Families option which has 2 interconnecting Classic Deluxe rooms. If any of the children are older than 11, an additional 80 Euros will be applied to the rate per night, per adult.

- 2 Bedroom Suite option. Extra person charge of 80 Euros per night for any additional adult over the age of 11.

To view rates and availability, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!


Your Questions Answered: Intimate Hotel in the French Quarter

November 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: We would like to stay in a smaller hotel near the French Quarter in a suite with a king bed plus smaller bed or two rooms. Which hotel do you recommend?

Answer: We would recommend the W New Orleans French Quarter hotel. It has only 98 rooms and it's located in the heart of the French Quarter. For three adults, we would recommend reserving the room with 2 queen beds which starts from $409 per night or reserving 2 separate rooms. To explore room options, photos, and hotel details, visit this website. To make a reservation, visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.