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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.

Image of the Day: Hotel Lutetia


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Some rooms at Hotel Lutetia have stunning views of Le Bon Marche and the Eiffel Tower.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels of 2012: #1 Hotel de Crillon


By: K. Clare Johnson

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!

We've finally reached #1 on our list!  This year, the top spot goes to Hotel de Crillon.  Here are few facts about the Parisian property:

-The hotel is located at the foot of the Champs-Elysees and is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde.

-The fitness center has state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers are available.  For additional pampering, Carita Beauty Parlour offers high-quality services.

-Decorated in a Louis XV style, the hotel's 147 guest rooms and suites include Presidential apartments and the exceptional Louis XV and Leonard Bernstein suites.

- Les Ambassadeurs restaurant is acknowledged to be one of the best dining venues in the city and was awarded a Michelin Star in 2011.

-The hotel offers specialized guest services for women, families, and dogs.

-Book now! The historic property (which is one of the world's oldest luxury hotels) will be closed for a two-year makeover starting March 31, 2012.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Hotel de Crillon>>

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #1 Paris


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations 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!

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 72 luxury hotels and resorts in Paris, France. Paris is the city of lights, and arguably the most romantic city in the world. 

What makes our guests love Paris?

-Art! Millions of visitors flock to the Musee de Louvre to see the famed Mona Lisa and other priceless works. Fans of modern art will love Centre Pompidou.

-Romance! A stroll on the Seine, taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, or wandering the Left Bank are legendary romantic activities.

-Shopping! Paris is renowned for its fashion scene.

-Food! World class cuisine abounds, from the priciest and tasties bistros to delicious breads and pastries sold on every street corner.

-History. Visit Versaille, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, and the famed Pere Lachaise cemetary. 

 

Where to stay?

-April in Paris is a truly magical time.  As of this writing, nightly rates are available from EUR 161 at Trianon Palace Versailles to  EUR 288 at Hotel Du Louvre to EUR 470 W Hotel Paris Opera (pictured above). 

-Fall is also lovely in Paris.  As of this writing, nightly rates for a mid-September stay range from EUR 290 at L'Hotel to EUR 805 at Hotel Plaza Athenee to EUR 1150 at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris (pictured).

 

Did you know?

-The area of Montparnasse is Paris got its name from Greek mythology's Mount Parnassas. Parnassus is where the muses lived and it was associated with poetry, music, and learning. Literature students who recited their poetry in the streets adopted the name "Le Mont Parnasse," and it stuck. 

  

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #7 Hotel Le Meurice


By: K. Clare Johnson

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!

Hotel Le Meurice is #7 on our list! Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

- Each of the seven floors has a distinct style, with 160 beautifully appointed rooms decorated in a style redolent of Louis XVI.

-Le Meurice has an unrivaled hotel location opposite the Tuileries Gardens and is a short stroll from Le Louvre in Central Paris.

-Highly acclaimed by food writers worldwide, three Michelin star Chef Yannick Alleno creates menus according to his own distinctive style of refined, harmonious and healthy cuisine.

-Spa Valmont uses the most prestigious products from Swiss anti-ageing skincare specialists, Valmont.

-Le Meurice is delighted to arrange child-friendly outings for guests, such as visits to the Jardin d'Acclimation, the Parc Andre Citroen, or cruises on the Bateaux-Mouches.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Hotel Le Meurice>>

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Fun Fact Friday! VIP Treatment Awaits You in Paris


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!


Four Seasons George V Paris Adds a New Penthouse


By: Oksana Balytsky

Paris, the city of baguettes, fancy cheese, and berets is an extremely popular destination among travelers, and with 72 luxury hotels in the area, each hotel needs to stay on top of its game to stand out from the competition. The Four Seasons George V Paris has recently undergone an overall renovation of its rooms and also added a new, luxurious penthouse to its collection of swanky suites. Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, the new, beautiful penthouse has walls decorated with silk, sycamore, and majilite, stunning light-colored floors made from calcareous rock made from mineral springs, and extravagant furniture. Enjoy incredible views of Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower from the intimate upper balcony or one of six terraces.

Our favorite aspect is the marble bathroom which features an incredible infinity bath, but every detail of this penthouse leaves us absolutely stunned. Can’t quite swing the swanky penthouse? Be sure to check out all the other room options available at this beautiful property, and prepare to fall in love with the Four Seasons George V in the City of Love.


Au Revoir, Hotel Ritz Paris!


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Hotel Ritz Paris has closed its doors for an extensive 2 year renovation period on August 1st, 2012. Built in 1898, this stunning hotel has served as an opulent home away from home for familiar faces such as Marcel Proust, Coco Chanel, Elton John, and Oscar de la Renta. Below is a letter from the general manager sent out to guests:

The legendary Ritz Paris has closed its doors to embark on a two-year restoration program. Rooms, suites, restaurants and bars, the spa and the famous Ritz Escoffier cooking school will all be carefully restored and recreated under the direction of the internationally renowned interior designer Thierry W. Despont. We will ensure that the charm and personality of the Ritz Paris is kept alive and that we continue to satisfy even the most discerning travelers. We certainly hope that you will follow our progress on www.ritzparis.com or through our social media channels. All of us at the Ritz Paris are looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming you back in 2014 for the reopening of your home in Paris.

Sincerely, Christian A. Boyens, General Manager

Frank J. Klein, President

We hope the Ritz Paris can update its look without losing its classic French style and feel, and we certainly look forward to seeing how the renovations progress. Planning a trip to Paris now? Not to worry; we have 72 luxury hotels waiting just for you!


Deals and Steals at the Mon Hotel Paris


By: Christopher Roney

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

I have a long-held fascination for the Mon Hotel Paris, so when I heard they were offering a special rate, I jumped all over the opportunity. Those who know me know that I have a special soft spot for smaller hotels. With a smaller inventory and often indepedent ownership, these hotels have the freedom to experiment in ways that larger brands cannot. Standardization is certainly valuable in the world where luxury is defined by certain expectations of service and amenities, but it is at smaller hotels like the Mon Hotel Paris where innovation can really shine. Its 37 rooms are distributed over six floors, each personalized in its own unique color and designed by Aurelia Santoni, and its contemporary take on Parisian luxury extends from its sleek, modern room design to the innovative French cuisine served at Mon Resto. 

Five Star Alliance Rate

Book the special Five Star Alliance Rate at the Mon Hotel Paris and you'll receive, for the same price as the standard rate, a glass of champagne, a special welcome card, and free upgrade based on availability. It's the perfect chance to get something a little more special than you can find anywhere else, and that's exactly what Five Star Alliance and the Mon Hotel Paris are all about.


Ritz Paris Launches Its First Oxygen Treatment at its Health Club


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Ritz Paris has a new oxygen treatment option available at its Ritz Health Club, and we certainly encourage you to check it out before this luxury hotel’s doors close on July 31st, 2012 for an extensive 2 year renovation. Oxygen is an essential element for maintaining the vitality of the skin and is necessary for cell renewal and skin regeneration. With a partnership with the Ritz Health Club, Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy achieves anti-aging results through the unique method of using oxygen to carry ingredients to the heart of the skin cells without needles. After an hour, skin is firmer, deep wrinkles are filled, and the complexion is radiant. Make your reservation at the Ritz Paris and take advantage of this phenomenal skin treatment to come back looking years younger!


Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012: Saint James Paris


By: Christopher Roney

Conde Nast Traveler, purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice, has just released its 2012 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts, or maybe just a solid new look at classic luxury. 41 reporters embedded themselves anonymously in hotels across the globe to review their targets. What results is a list of 121 hotels around the world that are so on fire they should be put on your watch list, just in case they end up burning down.

Paris has always been a popular destination for world travelers. Famous not just for its romance and rich cultural history, the city is a thriving hotel scene that boasts some of the most cutting-edge design in the world. While the exterior of the Saint James Paris looks much like any other neo-classical mansion, the interior boasts a bold, colorful decor that rivals the more contemporary boutique hotels. What makes it unique is that these stark colors are contrasted with more classical furnishings and old-world sensibility that allows Saint James to balance carefully on the edge between classic luxury and modern boutique. The only Chateau-hotel in the capital, Saint James was built on the old airfield where Paris's famed hot air balloons took to the sky. Now the 100-year-old hotel offers the most personalized service to its small number of guests, earning it a clear place on the Conde Nast Hot List 2012.