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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.

In Case of Nuclear War, Check-In at West Virginia’s Greenbrier

November 28, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Just in case the House and Senate have to flee Washington, it's good to know they won't have to bunk at a local no-tell motel. No, nothing short of the luxurious retreat to the stars The Greenbrier in WVA will do for the elder statesmen and women of this country. The Greenbrier See, in 1958, at the height of the cold war, the U.S. government secretly began building what they dubbed U.S. Government Relocation Facility at the recently renovated resort. Finished in 1961, the 112,544-square-foot bunker was built 720 feet into the hillside under The Greenbrier's West Virginia Wing.

The bunker was a secret for thirty years, but trust The Washington Post, those Watergate exposers, to spill the beans, which they did in 1992. The government gave up its lease on the space in 1995, and since then, The Greenbrier has led tours of the super-secret area. You can see the 25-ton blast door, decontamination chambers, clinic with 12 hospital beds, cafeteria, power plant, and 18 dormitories designed to accommodate over 1,100 people. The Greenbrier worked with Dr. Jim Kelly and the Virginia Historical Society on an exhibition gallery. This area features artifacts and reproductions, as well as numerous photos of the facility, a video on the history of the Cold War and other materials relevant to the bunker. You can even host a James Bond or spy-themed party at the bunker.


Art in Florence, Italy at the Villa Olmi Resort

November 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Olmi ResortThe best way to experience the art mecca of Firenze is with a private guide (forget standing in line to see the David!) Villa Olmi Resort, the Renaissance villa situated on six hectares of perfectly manicured gardens outside the city, is itself an artist's dream come true. The property features original murals and beautiful artwork, and with their "Morning of Art" package, art lovers can visit the Academie of Fine Arts (and ogle David) with a professional guide. The package also includes accommodation for three nights (in either a Classic Room or Junior Suite), buffet breakfast daily, a bottle of Tuscan wine upon arrival, a three-hour walking tour of Florence with a private guide, two tix to the Academie, and a wine tasting with cured hams and cheese in the hotel's cantina.


Spend the Night at the Guggenheim: “Revolving Hotel Room” Installation Welcomes Guests

October 20, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Revolving Hotel Room at the GuggenheimStarting October 24th, visitors can snag a room at the Guggenheim. The museum will even hook you up with towels, robes, slippers, and bath amenities. Just like the one-room hotel that opened for museum guests at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Guggenheim has opened its doors to paying overnight guests. The upcoming group show, entitled "theanyspacewhatever," allowed artists to really lay claim to the exhibition space. Lo and behold: Brussels-born Carsten Holler who's created the "Revolving Hotel Room" art installation. Rumor has it that fashionista Chloe Sevigny has already booked a night's stay. Here's the skinny from the New York Post:

For up to $799 a night, two guests can privately snuggle in the artwork itself - a luxury double bed with a wet bar mounted on one of four revolving glass discs that makes a complete rotation every two hours. Better yet, they can roam the museum alone all night in their jammies... It's partly funded by the Waldorf-Astoria, so for the slumber partiers there's room service. A breakfast of croissants and coffee will be served in bed - but before the 8:30 a.m. checkout time, because housekeeping needs to tidy up before the museum's doors open at 10 a.m. Bathrooms and showers are available, too.

Alas, it appears "Revolving Hotel Room" is already booked solid.

Image Via Gothamist


Specials with the Hotel de Crillon: See the Picasso Exhibit Everyone’s Talking About in Paris

September 8, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de CrillonThere's been quite the buzz about the upcoming Picasso exhibition at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. Opening on October 8, 2008 and running until February 2, 2009, the prestigious exhibition will showcase an exceptional collection of works from each era of Picasso's career-- loaned from the Louvre, Orsay and Paris Picasso Museums-- to illustrate the influence of great masters like Manet, Delacroix, Renoir, and Titian on Picasso. Stay at the world-famous palace hotel on the Place de la Concorde and luxuriate in the very heart of Paris, while getting fast track tickets to the Picasso exhibit. The Hotel de Crillon has designed a special Picasso Offer so that guests can discover the legendary artist at what promises to be the blockbuster exhibition of the year. The Picasso Offer includes Continental or American Breakfast, brochure of the Picasso Exhibition, 2 fast track tickets to the exhibit, daily international newspaper, access to the fitness center, and free high speed (and wireless) internet. Priced from EUR 647 for two people in a Superior Room. Available from October 8, 2008 to February 2, 2009.


Art Immersion in San Francisco at the St. Regis Hotel

August 5, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis San FranciscoThe views alone are worth a stay at this extraordinary SOMA hotel in San Francisco. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame unobstructed vistas stretching as far as the eye can see. Cutting-edge and sophisticated, the St. Regis San Francisco has been the talk of the town since its 2005 debut. Impeccable service (St. Regis butlers) and unrivaled facilities (spa-like bathrooms) make it easy to love. As befits a hotel situated next to the Museum of Modern Art, the ultra-luxurious St. Regis has put together an art package so guests can come see how this "West Coast gem blends a historic building and the Museum of the African Diaspora into a modern day interpretation of the St. Regis legacy." The Society Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary upgrade on arrival subject to availability, daily continental breakfast for two and two tickets to SFMoMA. From $479 per night.


Castello del Nero August Breeze Offer

July 24, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Castello del NeroHaven't you ever wanted to stay in a 12th century castle? Castello del Nero, is a fully restored castle with modern luxuries is located in Tuscany between Florence and Sienna. With many unique features such as a beautiful frescoed chapel and garden, Castello del Nero has 50 rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the estate olive groves and vineyards that are inhabited by peasant, deer and wild boar. The August Breeze package offers a minimum 2 night stay with complimentary buffet breakfast, sweet in room and mineral water, welcome 4 course dinner for 2 (excluding beverages), courtesy shuttle to and from the center of Florence, use of the gym, tennis and outdoor swimming pool (summer months) and daily newspaper. With this as a base you can explore the vineyards or take a cooking class or visit the many fine museums and art galleries of Florence.


Plan Your Summer Escape with Special Savings at the InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore

July 23, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

IC Baltimore Harbor CourtEnjoy summer in Charm City with the Intercontinental Harbor Court Baltimore's special summer offers. Get a chance to experience some of the many sights and attractions in Baltimore. With luxury rooms offering extravagant convenience staying at the Harbor Court Baltimore is a treat in itself. In addition, guests can take advantage of the Romance Package which includes sparkling wine, flowers and chocolate; or the Aquarium package which includes tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium and the exceptional dolphin show; or the Body Worlds Package which features VIP tickets to the Body Worlds 2 exhibit at the incredible Maryland Science Center; or guests can book the Valet Parking Package which offers free valet parking for one car during your stay. Indulge in all that Baltimore has to offer and enjoy the Harbor Court Baltimore this summer.


US Dollar Rate Guarantee for The Hotel Montalembert, Paris

May 29, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel MontalembertCentrally located in the very heart of the city, on the left bank, close to the Saint Germain area and walking distance from the Orsay and Louvre Museums,The Hotel Montalembert is the ideal place to stay for travelers in Paris. Only a short walk away from the Louvre and Orsay Museums, the Hotel offers plenty of activities in the surrounding area. This summer, US travelers can enjoy a fixed US dollar rate on all rooms booked for July and August. Stays at the Hotel Montalembert include breakfast; offer is valid for a minimum two night stay.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s Real Pirates Premier Hotel Package

May 22, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Loews Philadelphia HotelSet sail on a high seas adventure with Loews Philadelphia Hotel's Real Pirates Premier Hotel Package. From May 31 through November 2, 2008 guests can get an exclusive look at the Franklin Institute's new exhibit Real Pirates. Guests who book the package get overnight accommodations for two in a deluxe room, and two VIP tickets to the exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The tickets offer priority access and a SciPass which allows guest admission to the museum, live science demonstrations, and a show at the planetarium. The Real Pirates exhibit displays the story of the Whydah, a pirate ship found off the coast, and shows over 200 real artifacts from the ship. The exhibit even includes a replica of the ship itself. Get ready for a thrilling adventure; rates start at $199 for weekends, $279 for weekdays.


Yin and Yang Experiences in St. Lucia

May 16, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Having trouble deciding between Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia? Now you can have the best of both worlds with the new Yin and Yang package experiences. Packages can be tailor made, but we are excited about their Lovers' Early Bird Total Romance Package. It includes four nights in a Beachside Deluxe room at Anse Chastanet and three nights in a Jade Mountain Star sanctuary, as well as round trip airport transfers, all meals, all drinks including house wine (however not bottled wine and champagne), a welcome cocktail, basket of local fruit, bottle of French champagne, and a drinks package in the in-room fridge.

Activities which are included in the package are a tour of the volcano, Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths, a guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, a half day jungle biking tour in Anse Mamin Valley, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, and a half day sail on the skippered resort yacht, Serenity. Or, if you choose to stay at the resort, feel free to enjoy the tennis courts and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, beach chairs and beach towels, and a one hour Swedish massage.

As if this wasn't enough, they'll also provide you with two resort t-shirts and an anniversary certificate of 500 USD to be used for a return visit. Rates start at 8,450 USD per couple from April 16th-May 31st and November 1st-December 19th, and 8,140 USD per couple from June 1st- October 31st.