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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.

Your Questions Answered: Best Hotels in Florence

September 27, 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: Can you recommend one of your properties in Florence? One adult, check in November 2 and spend three or four nights. Looking for fantastic view, and prefer walking access to top sites. I've never been to Italy before.

Answer: We have 32 luxury properties in Florence, and we would suggest visiting this website and entering your dates of travel to view the hotels that have availability as well as their photos, prices, and location descriptions.

A few that we would recommend would be the Hotel Bernini Palace which is located in a historical 15th century palazzo in the heart of Florence and has rates starting from 209 Euros per night. Another hotel we'd recommend is Villa San Michele which is a 15th-century Franciscan monastery has now been transformed into one of Europe's most charming and picturesque hotels, only a few minutes from the centre of Florence. Rates start from 368 Euros per night. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Image of the Villa San Michele


Expect an Incredible Experience at The Jefferson

September 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

An intimate, personalized, and luxurious experience is what guests have come to expect from The Jefferson Washington DC. This 99-room luxury boutique hotel distinctly captures European and Washingtonian style and elegantly portrays historic details and Jeffersonian influences. Located in downtown Washington DC a short walk from the White House, the museums, monuments, and the embassies, The Jefferson provides easy access to the cultural, historic, and entertaining sectors of our nation’s capital, perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.

The rooms are stunningly tasteful, the food in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume, is exceptional, and the service is unparalleled. With staff outnumbering guests 1.5 to 1, guests quickly feel right at home and accommodated as if staying with close friends.

A few key highlights of the hotel include an award-winning restaurant and a cocktail bar and lounge on site, an intimate spa which opens daily at 9:00am, and a beautiful Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite volumes as well as a section of signed editions of contemporary authors who have been guests at The Jefferson.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Jefferson here >>


Airport Concierge at the Mark Makes New York Travel a Breeze

September 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Exploring new cities is exhilarating, but getting there is a stressful and arduous process. The Mark New York now has an Airport Concierge to facilitate the process and make the flight to hotel transfer as easy and enjoyable as possible. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted at the gate, escorted through immigration, assisted with luggage pickup, and driven to the hotel. This service is currently available for $400 for two, and each group of guests will have their very own airport concierge. No lines and no waiting? Now that’s what we call traveling in luxury!

Explore availability, photos, and rates at The Mark New York here >>


Fun Fact Friday! VIP Treatment Awaits You in Paris

September 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is opening Le Club Vinales, a members-only retreat featuring leather club chairs, international magazines, books, and a private terrace perfect for enjoying summer days. Make a reservation at this stunning hotel and get the VIP treatment by becoming a member of the club!


Peninsula Hong Kong Gets a Facelift

September 17, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula Hong Kong has undergone a few major upgrades during its 58 million dollar renovation, and we’re loving its new look! All of the rooms in the Peninsula Tower are complete, and the modifications include warm beige colors for the carpets and walls, Chinese-inspired ink paintings in the Harbour View rooms, and delicate floral designs woven into the carpet in the Grand Deluxe Suite.

Lovely décor upgrades aside, the Peninsula Hong Kong has also upgraded its technologies for a contemporary and luxuriously convenient guest experience. Bedside and desk tablets that have restaurant menus andhotel services that can be set in one of five languages. The rooms also feature terrestrial TVs, 90 internet TV channels, and 460 internet radio stations. LED touch-screen panels have been added to both the guestrooms and bathrooms so you can go ahead and raise those curtains or adjust the lighting in the guestroom while in the bathroom for no other reason other than simply because you can! All of the rooms have been upgraded to fibre optic cabling, ensuring incredibly fast complimentary WiFi and wired internet access, and free VOIP long-distance calling. Make your reservations at the Peninsula Hong Kong to experience these upgrades for yourself!

Photo courtesy of HotelChatter


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Taj Falaknuma Palace

September 12, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Taj Falaknuma Palace Saisons in Hyderabad, India is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambiance and design. This luxury hotel is 2,000 feet above Hyderabad with 60 beautiful rooms that look out over the clouds and the city. The hotel features Venetian chandeliers, antique furniture, grand marble staircases, intricate fountains, stained-glass windows, a world-class collection of crystal, and Japanese gardens. The Palace Library is a collector’s envy, home to the rarest of manuscripts, books, and one of the most acclaimed collections of the Holy Quran. It’s clear why this luxury hotel has received recognition for its design, and we certainly recommend taking it all in in person by adding this hotel to your bucket list of places to stay.


Your Questions Answered: Breakfast Inclusive Rates at Four Seasons Boston

September 12, 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 would like to get information with booking accommodation for 2 Adults for 16 Nights at Four Seasons Boston, MA United States starting May 10th, 2013. We are interested in a room rate that includes breakfast. Can you please quote the nightly rate in Australian dollars?

Answer: The Four Seasons Boston does have availability for May 10th - 25th, 2013. Their best available rate that includes breakfast and has a king size bed is for their Deluxe Garden View Room, and this room starts from $635USD per night, which is approximately 606.86 Australian dollars per night. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select your room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Fun Fact Friday! 50th James Bond Anniversary

September 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first screening of a James Bond Movie, Dr. No. The film premiered on October 5th, 1962, and to celebrate, Christie’s auction house in London will be selling a variety of James Bond novelties such as two of the cars used in recent films. The auction will take place on October 5th in London, so make your reservations and don’t miss out on an opportunity to bring a piece of James Bond home with you!


Five Star Alliance Favorites: Gran Hotel la Florida

September 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We sift through newsletters, promotions, updates, rants, raves, and reviews to find the absolute best luxury hotels in various categories. Our team of luxury travel experts certainly knows a thing or two about what’s considered to be an exceptional hotel, so we’ve put our top picks together to create a list of Five Star Alliance Favorites!

Lucy, our Director of Digital Operations here at Five Star Alliance, has voted the Gran Hotel la Florida in Barcelona as one of her favorite spots in Spain. This hotel is perfectly situated 300 meters above the city, offering spectacular views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. Our insider sources tell us that Bruce Springsteen (Lucy’s favorite singer) stays here when he’s in Barcelona, which may very well be reason enough to find this hotel as a charming gem in the bustling city in Spain. A few key highlights of the Gran Hotel la Florida include:

- Children service's including baby sitting and special activities upon request.

- Heated indoor /outdoor Swimming-pool. -

- ZenZone SPA including Sauna, Steam Bath, Pressure Showers, Ice Fountain, Jacuzzi, Hydrotherapy and treatment cabins.

- Wine & Cava cellar tours and tastings. 

Explore more photos, availability, and rates at the Gran Hotel la Florida here. >>


Fun Fact Friday! Hotel Rooms Replace Mood Rings

August 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Opus Hotel Vancouver, one of the 4-star properties on our site, allows you to pick a room based on your favorite color palette! Six room types, ranging from Standard to Suite, are decorated in 5 different color schemes, so go ahead and book the cranberry red room if you’re feeling fiery or the warm blue room if you’re feeling a relaxing atmosphere. Check out rooms, rates, and availability here. >>