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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Portland Hotel Offers Activities for the Whole Family?

September 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel
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 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 looking to stay in the Northwest. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family that offers a number of activaties and wine tastings?

ANSWER: The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel blends so naturally into the lush beauty of Oregon Wine Country's Willamette Valley, it's as if its always been here. There are 85 luxury guestrooms and suites with gas fireplaces, a signature restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country cuisine, a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, and a swimming pool. The Allisons immaculate grounds on 35 acres beckon guests with fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to the hotel's vineyards and picnic area. The hotel offers a showcase for local artists, wine cellar, wine seminars, and tastings.

The Allison Inn

Guest Rooms are quietly luxurious and thoughtfully appointed with custom built-in closets, upholstered window seats, and king beds. Oversized windows let sunlight in and provide vistas of the vineyards and countryside. All rooms feature a gas fireplace, wet bar, original artwork, and custom crafted furnishings, while a complimentary welcome snack basket, luxurious robes, and slippers make guests feel at home. Cabinets contain an ironing board, iron, and full-length mirror. Bose sound systems, Wi-Fi, and movies on demand provide in-room entertainment and connectivity. Spacious spa-like bathroom with five fixture baths, double vanities, and a sliding panel provide a glimpse of the fireplace and outdoor landscapes from the soaking tub.

Larger families should consider booking the Grand Two Bedroom Suite. Located on Penthouse Level, the 575 square foot suite includes a spacious living room with fireplace, two bedrooms with private baths. reception foyer, butler's pantry, powder room, dining table for six, gas fireplace in master bedroom, large balcony with dining table and chairs, bay window seat, six foot soaking tub, dual vanities, and filtered water. 
The Allison Inn and Spa

Nearby Activites Include:

-Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
-Nature Hiking
-Biking
-Golf
-Equestrian rides to wineries
-Hot Air Balloon Rides
 

Book your stay at The Allison Inn and Spa >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 


Image of the Day: Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel

September 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel brings the unexpected feel of an Aspen country house in the heart of New York City's Financial District. 

Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel

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Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family Friendly Resorts in Naples FL Offering 2 Bedroom Suites for a Family of 3?

September 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bellasera
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: What are some family friendly resorts in Naples, Florida offering 2 bedroom suites for a family of 3?
ANSWER: Bellasera Hotel 

Welcome to the Bellasera hotel in Naples, located at the gateway to 5th Avenue South, where Naples' tropical elegance, charm and historical beauty are at their finest. Drawing its spirit and inspiration from the beautiful villages of Tuscany, Bellasera offers guests a richly-appointed setting that glows with distinction. With charming courtyard fountains, Italian architecture and Mediterranean cuisine, guests are treated to "la dolce vita" - the sweet life - while enjoying all that this hotel in Naples has to offer.

Between forays into the famous galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that line 5th Avenue South within walking distance, guests enjoy on-site luxury cabanas, a heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, concierge and spa services, fine cuisine and more, all within an authentic Italian setting. Bellasera is a Naples luxury hotel featuring an exquisite beauty truly fitting of its name. More importantly, though, it offers a level of service worthy of the numerous awards for which it has been honored, allowing guests to savor the experience of Four-Diamond inspired and gracious service. Come discover why TripAdvisor named Bellasera one of the "Top Ten Hidden Gems in the U.S." in their most recent Travelers' Choice Awards.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend

-Two Bedroom/Two Bath Suite

With room for six, this suite has a full kitchen and dining room, 2 bathrooms and a laundry room. All acommodations at Bellasera feature:
* Chenille bath robes
* Daily housekeeping serviceBellesera* Guest start-up supplies
* Hair dryers
* Secure in-room safes
* In-room movies
* High-speed Internet access
* Card key entry door lock system
* Luxurious upscale furnishings
* Local and 800 phone calls
* DVD player
* Ceiling fans
* Two-line telephone system with message feature
* 42″ television in living room
* 32″ television in master and second bedrooms (n/a in third bedroom)
* Large capacity washer/dryer

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Book your stay at Bellasera Hotel >>

 


Grande Colonial La Jolla's Executive Chef Named San Diego's Chef of the Year

September 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla


Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla's
executive chef Jason Knibb was recently named San Diego's "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association. The historic luxury hotel's NINE-TEN restaurant was also awarded "Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining." Both awards were presented at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards dinner. 

Knibb joined the staff of the Grande Colonial more than ten years ago. A self-trained chef, he discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. He trained under some of the country's finest chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner. 

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California for his consistently exquisite food and artistic presentations, Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine. Most notably: Zagat Survey® Food Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection); Zagat Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs. In November of 2011, he was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown, marking yet another significant milestone in his culinary career.

Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes from San Diego, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. Commanding views of the coastline, this Centurion hotel is steps from miles of beaches and world-class shopping, dining & entertainment. Its award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s evolving California cuisine.  

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Boston Hotel That is Family-Friendly and has Balconies?

September 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Revere Hotel
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 4 and looking to stay is Boston, MA. What hotel with rooms with balconies offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Revere Hotel Boston Common  

Inspired by Boston’s revolutionary spirit, Revere Hotel Boston Common breathes new life into the space formally inhabited by The Radisson Boston. With Northwood Hospitality at the helm, the property has undergone a theatrical transformation of its own, emerging a completely new and re-imagined luxury hotel. Inspired by the city and encouraging the spontaneous, the hotel offers all the warmth of home in an eclectic setting. From high-octane to easy-going, the experiences at Revere Hotel are nothing less than intoxicating. Explore Boston at your own pace and discover something new on every street. Borrow a Kindle and kick back on the houndstooth chaise lounge in your room – feel free to admire the twinkling city below in between chapters. Find yourself surrounded by the fabric of the city with a carefully-curated collection of Boston-centric products.

Epitomes of livable glamour, the guestrooms are the perfect hub for any Boston experience. Echoing the stunning skyline views out the window, the details in each room are thoughtful and carefully curated. From hardwood entryways to easy-to-reach outlets, the elements of the guestrooms seamlessly blend form and function. Harnessing the true spirit of the city, these Downtown Boston hotel rooms are ideal for anyone with a passion for experiencing the good things in life.

Revere Hotel


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
-Superior 2 Queen Room with Private Balcony
-353 square feet of space
-Oversized workspace with easy-to-access outlets
-37” LG HDTV
-skoah bath amenities | personal training for your skin
-Coffee & tea in each room
-Iron and ironing board
-Ice Bucket
-Complimentary wireless Internet
-Access to 24-hour Fitness Center
-Two sets of Frette robes and slippers
-Balconies with impressive city-scape views
-JBL iPod Speaker System
-Complimentary and priority access to Emerald Lounge
-Champagne toast at check-in
Cribs available with accompanying infant baths, Johnson and Johnson Baby Soap and Moisturizer, Sheets and Infant towels washed in High Temp water and Dreft
-Inflatable bed rails for toddlers available

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Did You Know? Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

September 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa 

Guests at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa can come home with more than bathrobes and memories. The resort's Artist Cottage offers a number of creative classes for all ages. One unique offering is Apothecary, a custom scent blending class. The class will rely on your unconscious to create a personalized scent. The scent can then be used as a perfume or the apothecary specialist can blend it into a product line for future enjoyment. 

Create your own personal scent at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa >>


Intercontinental Suites Cleveland Offers a Safe Haven for Allergy Sufferers

September 17, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Intercontinental suites cleveland
Cleveland Clinic bound? The world-renowned medical facility is known for cutting edge research, patient care, and education, and patients come from all over for treatment.  InterContinental Suites Hotel Cleveland, a wellness focused luxury all-suite hotel, is conveniently located right on the Cleveland Clinic campus. 

One of the many amenities for the healthy-conscious are Pure Allergy Friendly Suites. The 13 suites feature:

-Mattresses and pillows are encased in soft and breathable hypoallergenic coverings to protect guests from dust mite allergens

-Virtually allergy-free filters protect guests from irritants such as mold, viruses, bacteria, pollen, and yeast. The rigorus seven-step US pattented removal process removes 99% of pollutants from the air

-Room surfaces are specially cleaned and treated to remove allergens

-Specially treated water to remove allergens

-Carpets and upholstery are re-cleaned every few months to keep them pure

Book your stay at InterContinental Suites Cleveland >>


Did You Know? Fairmont Palliser

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Palliser

Before the Canadian Pacific Railway steamed into town around 1883, there was little in Calgary other than a mounted police post and a trading center. But with the train came tourists, many on their way to visit to a stay at Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, which is now the Fairmont Banff Springs. Looking to lure these tourists to stop over for a few days, the Fairmont Palliser was built.

The luxury hotel opened as The Palliser on June 1, 1914. It was built in the Edwardian Commercial style. Architect Lawrence Gotch adopted a Chicago look, with straight geometric lines resembling the prairie grain elevators found in Alberta and other prairie provinces. The E-shape of the service floors was designed to provide all rooms with outside lighting and created the appearance of three adjacent towers. The public areas were fitted with oak paneling, candelabras, marble columns and floors, handmade rugs and public art. Ice water, along with hot and cold running water, was available in the 350 guest rooms, which featured mahogany doors, brass beds and windows. Named after Captain John Palliser, who explored the area in the 1850s, the eight-floor building was enlarged in 1929, with another $30 million in renovations and restoration recently made.

Pictured is the the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, built to preserve and showcase Canadian Pacific's history, which is a partnership between the hotel and the railway company. The glass rotunda was inspired by late 19th century railway station design and provides a home for Canadian Pacific's vintage train cars. Catered by the hotel's restaurant, the Pavilion and heritage cars can be rented for private functions and events.

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Cool Pools: CordeValle a Rosewood Resort

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located near Sense® spa, this enticing heated outdoor pool at CordeValle a Rosewood Resort offers a refreshing oasis of calm. Guests can take a relaxing dip, sunbathe in a plush lounge chair, or simply take in the beautiful views of the California countryside. Poolside food and drink options include fun cocktails, salads, sandwiches and made-to-order thin crust pizza. The pool is oven year-round..
Cordevalle

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Walk the Riverwalk with Hotel Contessa

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Countessa
The magic that surrounds this verdant oasis is mystifying to all who visit San Antonio's famed River Walk every year. At the heart and soul of this gently winding waterway is Hotel Contessa, one of the River Walk's sparkling gems.

The San Antonio Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.  It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. More than 20 events take place on the Riverwalk every year.

The all-suites Hotel Contessa celebrates the River Walk with a special package designed to take advantage of the perfect weather for walking.

Book the Explore River Walk Package and receive:

• Overnight Luxury Suite Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Las Ramblas
• River Walk Boat Tour Tickets
• Wireless Internet Access
 

Nightly rates for the Explore Riverwalk package start at $289 >>