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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.

12 Days of Hotels: 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels!

1.Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort

The Manor House offers 62 elegantly decorated bedrooms, Fine Dining Oak Room Restaurant offering the finest produce from Ireland, Cocktail Bar, Late Night Tack Room Bar where many a sing song can be heard nightly orchestrated by our Resident Pianist and Singer.

2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

3.Waterford Castle

One of the most acclaimed castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle has welcomed and charmed the most discerning travellers for decades. The castle is a legendary luxurious retreat of world class standing, offering superb castle accommodation.

4.Solis Lough Eske Castle

Here, at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, you escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance and attentive service.

5.Ashford Castle

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.

6. The Lodge at Doonbeg

With every small detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.


12 Days of Hotels: Top 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be focusing on a variety of categories. To start us off, we’ll be featuring 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels!

1. Fairmont Washington DC

Located in Washington's fashionable West End, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. surrounds you with comfort and luxury.

Fairmont Washington

2. Ritz Carlton Washington DC

This distinctive luxury hotel is located the heart of the District and features convenient access to business districts, theaters, world-class shopping and stunning historical landmarks.

Ritz Carlton Washington DC

3. The Willard Intercontinental

The Willard is where Abraham Lincoln and his family resided prior to his Inauguration, where Julia Ward Howe wrote the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic', where President Grant coined the term lobbyist, and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. finished his 'I Have a Dream Speech'.

Willard Intercontinental

4. Park Hyatt Washington

This hotel is ideally situated on the edge of stylish Georgetown, and conveniently located near Embassy Row, the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums and National Monuments.

Park Hyatt DC

5. The Jefferson Washington DC

Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets, Northwest and four blocks from The White House

Jefferson DC

6. Sofitel Lafayette Square

Housed in a completely refurbished and updated historic landmark building, and it features 237 guestrooms including 17 suites, all tastefully designed by the renowned French designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon.

Sofitel Lafayette

7. W Washington DC

Next door to the White House, the oldest hotel in town has been reinvented into W Washington D.C., revitalizing historic traditions into contemporary sophistication.

W DC

8. Mandarin Oriental Washington

Ranked by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the top 100 hotels in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC creates memorable experiences for any traveler to the most powerful city in the world.

Mandarin Oriental DC

9. The Fairfax at Embassy Row

The luxuriously quiet 259 classically appointed rooms and suites within this exquisite hotel in Washington, D.C. offer sweeping views of Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, or the Washington Monument.

Fairfax Embassy Row

10. The Madison Washington DC

Just four blocks from the White House and walking distance to Embassy Row, National Mall, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian and more, the Madison is the quintessence of political power mingled with genuine hospitality.

Madison DC

11. The St Regis Washington DC

Built in 1926, two blocks from The White House and the Corcoran Gallery, the gracefully reimagined The St. Regis Washington, D.C. presents itself as the most prestigious hotel for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation's capital.

St Regis DC

12. The Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hay-Adams, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President.

Hay Adams Hotel


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #16 The Armani Hotel Milano


By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #18 spot is the Armani Hotel Milano which is situated in the prestigious Manzoni 31 building in Milano, Italy, anchoring the world-famous fashion district known as the Quadrilatero della Moda (the “quadrilateral of fashion”). Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- The new Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project

- Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests

- Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide you with classic and authentic culinary delights

- Armani Hotel Milano’s fitness centre features a Kinesis Wall as well as a wide range of cardiovascular equipment and modular resistance machines

- Indoor relaxation pool

- It’s only a few minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, the famous La Scala theatre and the spectacular Piazza del Duomo

Explore photos, availability, and rates at this stunning hotel here >> 


Fun Fact Friday! Inauguration Weekend in DC


By: Oksana Balytsky

Luxury hotels in Washington DC are filling up fast for Inauguration Weekend which will be January 18th – January 21st, 2013. Lucky for our luxury travelers, the Capella Georgetown is expected to open this January, providing travelers with another option on where to stay. Be sure to check availability and rates at luxury hotels in Washington DC here, and book your stay soon to ensure you’ll be a part of the action this January!


Trump Hotel Plans Progress for the Old Post Office Pavilion in DC


By: Oksana Balytsky

Plans are progressing for the new Trump Hotel to pop up at the Old Office Pavilion in the heart of downtown Washington DC. We’re excited at the idea of having a new luxury hotel in our nation’s capital, but until the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted, we remain optimistically skeptical. The Old Post Office is a historic landmark, and the Trumps have been through various meetings with officials from many agencies governing the building. The most recent rendezvous  with Ivanka Trump and her team revealed the most up-to-date details of the property including the location of the restaurant, parking, and luxury suites. The concern of how these additions will affect the historic structure of the building remains, so it’s likely that not all of the proposals will get approved. The lease is expected to be signed by the Trumps this winter, so construction on the hotel could begin in 2014 and the new hotel could open as early as 2016.

Got travel plans in the foreseeable future? Be sure to explore the other luxury hotels in Washington DC as well as Trump Hotels around the world.

Image of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto

 

 

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Hurricane Sandy Hits Le Parker Meridien Hard


By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Parker Meridien New York was one of a number of hotels severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This hotel was one of the buildings in the area that had to be evacuated last night because of the crane that was hanging from the top of the Park Hyatt New York. Although there are a number of hotels in the area, Le Parker Meridien was the only one to get evacuated by the New York Police Department. The hotel is currently empty and is expected to remain that way for the rest of the day until all damages can be properly accessed.

Our hearts certainly go out to everyone affected and we are certainly happy and available to help our travelers find last minute arrangements around the world.


Fun Fact Friday! Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are Out!


By: Oksana Balytsky

The picks for the world’s best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are out, and the Chicago Waldorf Astoria receives the highest score for all American hotels, earning it the Best Hotel in the United States title!

Check out rates, availability, and photos here >>


Your Questions Answered: Handicap Accessible Room in Victoria, Canada


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 visiting Victoria and require a handicap accessible room which has a walk in shower and grab rails in the shower and bathroom. Which hotel do you recommend?

Answer: The Hotel Grand Pacific has handicap room options that would fit your needs. The Pacific Suite has a harbour view and can have grab bars in the shower/bath tub installed. However a walk in shower is not possible in this type of Suite. A walk in shower is available in the "accessible" Victoria Rooms. These rooms have one queen sized bed, lower to the ground as they are designed for guests in a wheelchair, and the view is a residential view. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


New Hotel Openings: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia


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 Hotel Monaco Philadelphia had originally set its opening date to be October 15, 2012, but the hotel finished up ahead of time and took in its first guests last week! The first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell, the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is in the most historic square located in the Old City. Its Stratus Rooftop Bar and Lounge will be open year round, and the location of this hotel is not only historic but central to the restaurants, bars, and nightlife of Philly.

Explore the Hotel Monaco and the 10 other luxury hotels in Philadelphia here >>

Photo of the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia


Your Questions Answered: Details of 3 Nights for 2 Offer at Hotel Sacher Wien


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 would like to stay at the Hotel Sacher Wien and saw that there was a ‘One More Night 3 for 2’ option. What are the terms of this deal?

Answer: The One More Night 3 For 2 Amex Exclusive Offer - Superior Double Room - Best Location With Best View In Town for 214 Euros per night is a prorated rate that has already been discounted 33% per night to include the free night stay in the price. You also must pay with an American Express card to receive the discounted rate. To make a reservation for this room type or any of the others at this hotel, simply 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.