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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.

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. >>


St. Pancras Hotel Goes Above and Beyond for its VIP Guests

August 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re thrilled to announce that St. Pancras Hotel is the only hotel in collaboration with Eurostar offering complimentary VIP transfers for guests staying in Chambers Rooms and Suites. Chambers Rooms offer the following value-additions and start from 340 Pounds per night, excluding VAT.

• Access to the Chambers Club which offers a fresh morning breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day

• Access to the St. Pancras Spa facility, including a £30 Spa treatment voucher

• Priority table reservations at The Gilbert Scott Restaurant, a Marcus Wareing Restaurant

• Complimentary wired & wireless Internet connectivity

• Complimentary Melogy Male Grooming Wet Shave

• Butler Service

This incredible collaboration with Eurostar allows butlers and concierge members of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London to meet guests from their journey, escort customers onto the train, and pack and unpack the guests’ luggage. This sort of exceptional service certainly sets this luxury hotel apart, making it an exemplary choice for folks looking for a hotel in London.


Make Way for the Ritz Carlton Vienna

August 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 Ritz Carlton Vienna opened its doors today, August 27th, 2012. Located in a beautiful building composed of four historic palaces on Schubertring Boulevard, one of the city’s most elegant streets, this luxury hotel has 202 rooms including 35 suites distributed over 6 floors. The Grand Presidential Suite includes unique decorative features and it adjoins to the Executive Suite. A few key characterstics of the Ritz Carlton Vienna worth exploring are its rooftop bar, 6 room spa, a seventh floor Club lounge which overlooks the city, and an 18-meter indoor pool that plays underwater music! (Jamming out under water is encouraged) Explore this luxury hotel’s availability and rates here.


Your Questions Answered: Luxury Hotel Recommendations in Ireland

August 23, 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’m traveling to Ireland in October with my great aunt and I’d like a few recommendations on where to stay. We’re not set on any specific location and just looking for an incredible hotel. What can you recommend?

Answer: A few incredible hotels in Ireland that have availability for October 16th - 25th are below: To explore the full list of hotels as well as their rates and photos, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel:

The Westin Dublin has rooms with one queen bed starting from 217.89 Euros per room, per night, so you could get two of these rooms. This hotel is located on its own city block in downtown Dublin opposite Trinity College, only steps away from the Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar, as well as the famous shops of Grafton Street.

For a more traditional experience, Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland is an excellent choice. It has a breakfast inclusive room options with 2 twin beds starting from 225 Euros per night, or breakfast inclusive rooms with 1 king bed for 225 Euros per night as well, if you'd prefer to get two separate rooms. 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. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, Ashford Castle is 1/2 hour northeast of Galway City on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake.

Mount Juliet Hotel Kilkenny in County Kilkenny, Ireland has rooms with 1 queen bed available starting from 119 Euros per room, per night. Mount Juliet is Ireland's leading country estate and one of the most luxurious Hotels in Kilkenny. This one is approximately a 2 hour drive from Dublin.

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Photo of Ashford Castle


New Hotel Openings: Andaz Napa

August 23, 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.

Andaz, a property brand owned by Hyatt, is coming to Napa Valley, California on September 7th, 2012! Formerly an AVIA hotel, the Andaz Napa has undergone a transformation with a few incredible updates worth exploring. Instead of a traditional front desk, the Andaz Napa features a lounge area where guests can check in via iPad, tabletop computer, or on their way to the room. What a great way to embrace the developments of technology and make the check in process effortless for guests! While checking in, a host greets guests with a welcome glass of wine to immerse visitors into wine country. The restaurant will feature “Napa to table” fare, all locally sourced along with an extensive Napa Valley wine list. The rooms feature hardwood floors and contemporary furnishings, and keeping true to the Andaz standard, the Andaz Napa will offer free Wi-Fi, minibar snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. No plans to visit Napa Valley in the coming future? Then check out a few of the other Andaz hotels below:

Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City

Adaz Liverpool Street London

Andaz Shanghai

Andaz San Diego (pictured above)

Andaz Wall Street in New York City