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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Carlsbad, CA?

August 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

La Costa Resort and Spa
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 5 and looking to stay is Carlsbad, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: La Costa Resort and Spa 

Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort, and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.La Costa Resort and Spa While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Steps from your door, world-class golf, tennis, dining, and spa anxiously wait to welcome your arrival. It's simply the perfect respite while on a perfect Southern California getaway. 

Kidtopia, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa’s exciting club just for kids, takes children’s resort programs to another level. At Kidtopia, children can journey through a magical forest, observe sea creatures in an "underwater" wonderland, make crafts, dance on an interactive game floor, and more. Land and sea elements will stimulate young imaginations in three distinct conceptual areas — for infants/toddlers, bathroom independent 3-5 year olds, and 6-12 year olds. Kidtopia provides: a nursery (6 months to 3 years, for two consecutive hours of care at a time); night camp program on weekends; small slides and soft climb items; books, puzzles, blocks, games, and a craft center; a towering seven-foot tree house with slide, nooks, cubbies, and windows; a comfortable movie lounge; personal high-tech entertainment stations; pressure-sensitive light floor for games and dancing; and a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish.


La Costa Resort and Spa

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two Bedroom Villla-The Spanish Colonial-style villas have living rooms, well-stocked gourmet kitchens with Viking appliances, dining areas for six, fireplaces, and two bedrooms. Private patios off both the bedroom and living room bring the outdoors in and queen sofa beds in the living room offer flexibility. Two Bedroom villas are 1,800 square feet. 

OR

Family Suite- These suites feature a living room with two bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms.  The Bedroom offers luxurious bedding and roomy marble bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs and separate showers, stocked with Spa at La Costa Coco Mango bath amenities. Enjoy garden or fairway views. Family suites are 1,150 square feet.

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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.


Hotel Pacific Brings the Monterey Bay Aquarium to You

August 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Pacific
Fish fans will appreciate the latest offer from Hotel Pacific. Hotel Pacific is a boutique hotel in downtown Monterey, CA, and is a few minutes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hotel Pacific offers luxury all-suite accommodations with fireplaces, wifi-internet, continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments, luxurious feather bedding, and unique vacation packages.

The nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium offers visitors a unique glimpse into the deepest realms of California’s Pacific Ocean and a close-up look at many different ocean species, from great white sharks to albacore tuna, sunfish, sea turtles, and otters.

Hotel Pacific's Monterey Bay Aquarium Package Includes

- Overnight accommodations for two
- Two 2-day adult admission tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- VIP express entrance to the Aquarium, no waiting in line

Rates for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Package start at $375 per night >>

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.


Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort

August 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barnsley Gardens Resort has a long and storied history. It was build by one of the wealthiest men in the south, Godfrey Barnsley, for his wife Julia. Construction began on the Italian-style villa in the 1840s, on land that was once inhabited by Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Sadly, Julia passed away before the home was completed. 

Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Your Questions Answered: What Room Type at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Suits a Family of 5?

August 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter
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: What room type at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter should we request for family of 5?

ANSWER: The all new Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is the first Le Méridien ever in Atlanta. Mixing contemporary culture with its European heritage, Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter is an ideally situated, residentially styled boutique hotel conveniently positioned in the center of the upscale commerce and business district of Perimeter. The luxury hotel offers all the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty program. Adjacent to the Perimeter Mall, and surrounded by mature dogwood trees, the hotel creates a private and quiet diversion from the nearby activities in the Atlanta Perimeter area. 

The spacious, light and airy foyer embodies the stylish clean lines throughout this Atlanta Perimeter hotel. As the Georgian sun sets, a more intimate setting welcomes guests as they unwind in the southern hospitality of Portico, the new Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel restaurant, or Longitude 84, the lobby bar. Unmistakably, the outdoor pool is a tranquil place to unwind, rest and be peaceful. Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is a smoke free hotel.
Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel
Space really does matter in the oversized Atlanta Perimeter Deluxe Rooms, One Bedroom, and Executive Suites. Slip into the comfiest night sleep you will ever have on the layered soft featherbed mattress, luxury crisp white 350-thread count linens, a down duvet, and plump pillows. Make a fresh cup of illy coffee from your own personal coffee maker while you connect on the fastest WI-FI connection.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Le Méridien offers a truly unique experience in every one of its stylish guest rooms and suites. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambiance for you to experience and enjoy. Try the chic 825 sq.ft. Club Suite. It has a separate living room, club room access, Le Méridien Platform Bed, a bathrobe, and 46" and 55" LCD TVs. There is a $25.00 per nightcharge each additional guest – max is 5 for this suite- a rolloway can be added if needed.

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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.
 


Did You Know? Inn At Depot Hill

August 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

A landmark in Capitola history, Inn At Depot Hill is located in the heart of this seaside community on the California central coast. It started life as a Southern Pacific Railroad rail station. In 1990 the station was converted into a inn of 12 rooms, each decorated and named after a train destination. 

Inn at Depot Hill

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Did You Know? Cheeca Lodge

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheeca Lodge has a history that stretches over half a century. It was opened as the Olney Inn in 1946, and its first guest was none other than President Harry Truman. President Trumen spent his vacation around the pool taking walks amidst the 1,000 palm trees that graced the landscape. Another famous guest was legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. Due to Murrow's influence, the inn became a popular spot for DC's elite to vacation. 

Cheeca Lodge

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Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.


Image of the Day: Bellasera Hotel

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Tuscany, Bellasera Hotel exudes elegance, charm, and historical beauty. Guests at this Four-Diamond property enjoy gorgeous courtyard fountains, Italian architecture, Mediterranean cuisine, and world-class service.

Bellasera Hotel 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo offers luxurious vacation rentals and corporate apartment suites in the heart of central Miami Beach at the Monte Carlo building, newly built in 2014. This luxury 18 story property located directly on the ocean at 65th Street and Collins Avenue offers direct beach access, ocean views, two outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness center, lounge with billiards, and much more.

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

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Hotel Monteleone Aims to Break Records

August 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monteleone
Hotel Monteleone
, the quintessential New Orleans hotel, is looking to make history in a whole different way. Fittingly, the piece will be made out of Mardi Gras beads, bottle caps, and wine corks. It will depict Life in the French Quarter. Over the next year, Wanger will be traveling with the piece to schools and community centers statewide to work with volunteers on placing more than four million Mardi Gras beads on the art work. The piece will return to the Hotel Monteleone in summer 2015. 

The massive art piece titled “Life in the French Quarter” is the latest project of local bead artist Stephan Wanger’s Bead Town initiative. The inspiration behind “Life in the French Quarter” is to translate everything that makes New Orleans great into art. Wanger’s vision of the piece features a background of iconic New Orleans scenery and a second line of famous local movers and shakers from the past and present including Lena and Louis Prima, Robin Barnes, Tennessee Williams and many more. The free standing 16-panel plywood canvas measures 96 feet wide by 8 feet tall and will be made entirely out of Mardi Gras Beads along with bottle caps and wine corks. Wanger started to prep the canvas by sketching out his vision for the piece in July 2014 and he projects it will take a year to add over four million Mardi Gras beads to complete the project by August 2015.

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