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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.

American Girl Checks in to The New York Palace Hotel

September 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The New York Palace
Parents of little girls are familiar with the American Girl doll empire. At American Girl Place in New York City, kids and their mini-mes can have tea, shop, see a show, and even visit the doll hospital to fix boo-boos.

The New York Palace, conveniently located just one block from the flagship Fifth Avenue store, has a package just for American Girl fans big and small.  The New York Palace Hotel is known for spectacular views, attention to detail, and impeccable service. The hotel boasts 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features.

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The hotel's American Girl Place Package includes:

-Choice of Superior or Tower accommodations (ranging from floors 9 to 54)

-A special sweet treat

-A complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (your gift to take home)

Activities and amenities at the hotel include on-site dining at GILT, Istana and the Madison Room and a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. It is conveniently located within blocks of New York's Theatre District and Times Square.

Fall American Girl Rates at The New York Palace Hotel start at $549 per night >>

 

 

 

 


Your Questions Answered: What's are the Best Accommodations for a Family of Four at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

September 10, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 unanswered questions. 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.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
QUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. What are the best accommodations of adjoining rooms or same floor, 1 room to be Park Suite and the other to have twin beds, for our family?


ANSWER: 

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is a great choice for your family's needs. Located adjacent to the world famous 88-story Petronas Twin Towers, it has far-reaching views overlooking the lush 50 acre KLCC Park. The hotel rooms, suites, and apartments are truly extravagant. Ancient and contemporary artifacts contrast yet complement the state-of-the-art technology found in every guest room.

Here are some choices suitable for your stay:

-Park Suite is an elegant 1 bedroom suite in soothing palette of creams and browns across plush carpets, Asian artworks and a selections of furnishings include a king bed and working desk. Offering space for relaxing, working or entertaining, the adjoining living room features an elegant sofa, armchairs, and a dining table with space for four. Bathrooms have walk-in showers and stand-alone tubs. In addition, suites boast guest powder rooms, access to the Mandarin Oriental Club Lounge and views over the lush greenery of KLCC park. Connecting rooms are available.  MO Club features breakfast, weekday deli lunch, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails. There is complementary use of Club Floor boardroom for 2 hrs a day, five pieces of dry cleaning per day and broadband and wireless access.Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

-Deluxe Park View Rooms overlook the lush green space of KLCC park These rooms are lavishly appointed with plush carpets, richly colored curtains, and king or twin bed swathed in luxurious linens. Adding to the chic residential feel is the soft furnishings upholstered in shades of brown and gold, dark wood tables, and a selection of contemporary artwork. Adjacent to the bedroom lies a spacious marble bathroom fitted with a large bathtub and elegant vanity area.

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.

Fall rates at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur begin at $198 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: Can we take our 14 year old son to the Red Level Service at the Gran Melia Victoria?

August 27, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gran Melia VictoriaWe 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.

QUESTION: Can we take our 14 year old son to the RedLevel Service at the Gran Melia Victoria? We are interested in Ocean Front Rooms.

ANSWER:  Located on the Paseo Maritimo with wonderful views of the beautiful, blue waters of the Bay of Palma, the Gran Melia Victoria is one of the most luxurious hotels in Mallorca.Gran Melia Victoria Surrounded by history and exotic beauty, the Gran Melia Victoria Hotel has 171 rooms.

The RedLevel at the Gran Meliá Victoria Hotel is a boutique hotel within a hotel. It provides the most exclusive service available from Meliá Hotels Internationals. Guests get access to the separate RedLevel Lounge, the heart of this boutique service.

Children are welcome in RedLevel accommodations with parental supervision. Look for the REDLEVEL PREMIUM ROOM FRONT SEA & CATHEDRAL VIEW- a rolloway can be added.  The luxury Premium rooms have a choice of a king-size DreaMax bed or two single beds on request on arrival at the hotel. Elegant and bright,these renovated rooms offer panoramic views of the sea and Cathedral from their large terraces.

RedLevel Services & Amenities include:

-Outdoor parking and private car park

-Welcome gift in your room

-Business Corner with free Internet, library and daily press

-Daily buffet breakfast, aperitifs, and open bar in Marivent Restaurant

-Personalized Nespresso coffee service in suites

-Exclusive pillow menu

-Butler Service

-In-room aromatherapy

-Shoe cleaning & same day laundry and dry-cleaning service

-Personalised wake-up calls

-Personalized minibar

-Bookings for excursions 

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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Making Waves: The Jumeirah Beach Hotel

August 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


Few hotels have a more iconic structure than the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which is constructred to look like a single, massive breaking wave. The sprawling hotel is so built so that every room can feature a sea view, since its wide face is open to the ocean. With 618 rooms and suites, that's no mean architectural feat, and its large size means that guests always have great choices when it comes to dining and leisure. The Pavilion Sports & Leisure Center puts most other hotels to shame. You can enjoy watersports, a full-service spa, tennis, dive center, and even a climbing wall.  Five different fine dining experiences await your palate, so you'll have to stay at least a week to try them all. From Italian to Latin to Lebanese, each is a completely unique culinary treat. 

There are 19 beachside villas that have an extra degree of privacy. The hotel has a total of 550 Ocean View Rooms, 48 Ocean View Suites and 19 Villas.

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can a Family Stay in Ubud?

August 24, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ubud Hanging Gardens
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 a family of 3 and looking to stay is Ubud. What offers are best for 2 adults and a 1 yr old child ?


ANSWER: Ubud Hanging Gardens 

Ubud Hanging Gardens is a haven of peace and tranquility set in the heart of the tropical paradise of Bali. Ubud Hanging Gardens offers you a tropical paradise experience never to be forgotten. Set in the steep rice terraces of Ubud with sweeping views across the Ayung River, each luxury Balinese style private villa provides the perfect location to escape, relax and unwind. There are thirty-eight luxury villas, each with a heated private infinity plunge pool overlooking the Ayung river and sensational views of the surrounding verdant gardens of this tropical resort.

We suggest the Duplex Family Pool Villa for your family.

Ideal for families—or friends travelling together—the Duplex Family Pool Villa features two luxurious bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. The upper level includes a master bedroom, an indooor/outdoor bathroom, a large terrace, and an infinity pool. A second bedroom is located on the lower level, along with an additional bathroom and a second terrace.
With floor to ceiling windows, this villa offers its guests sweeping views across the valley. The Duplex Family Pool Villa can accommodate four adults or two adults and two children in superior luxury. The villa has a King-sized bed and two twin beds in a separate bedroom, large polished terrazzo bath with rain showerhead, additi.onal bathroom on the lower level, private terrace with heated infinity pool, panoramic views of the valley, and is 160 m2 / 1722 ft2. Other amenities include a welcome fruit basket, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, TV and DVD player, and Wireless Internet. 

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

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Your Questions Answered: What Luxury London hotel can Accommodate a Family of Five?

August 11, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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.

Hyatt Regency London The ChurchillQUESTION: What are some London hotels that will accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, 14 yrs of age for 3 nights and the last night our 12 yr old son will join us. We would like 2 rooms if possible?


ANSWER: Hyatt Regency London The Churchill 

We recommend connecting rooms - club king to club twins. 

Enjoying a prime location in the West End of Central London, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is a located in the Marylebone area, adjacent to Park Lane, and just minutes from the exclusive shopping areas of Oxford Street, Soho or Bond Street and England’s renowned landmarks of Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Buckingham Palace. The hotel is also just minutes from Paddington Station where a fast train service takes a mere 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport.


The hotel’s 434 rooms and suites enjoy views over the leafy Portman Square gardens, the interior courtyard, or London’s charming streets. Guests at the Regency Club Floor enjoy private concierge, usage of the boardroom and evening turndown service. For those guests seeking the tradition of high tea in London hotels, Hyatt Regency London has launched the Churchillian High Tea served every day between 3:00pm and 7:00pm at The Montagu restaurant. A private floor offers elegant and contemporary VIP accommodations featuring a king bed, modern bathroom with a bath and shower, mini bar and oversized work desk with high-speed wireless, internet access. Enjoy thoughtful conveniences such as evening turndown and daily newspaper plus exclusive amenities such as private concierge, boardroom usage and Regency Club with Continental breakfast.

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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Your Questions Answered: What's the Best Hotel in Quebec for a Family of 6?

August 10, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Le Concorde
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 6 and looking to stay is Quebec City. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family that is 1 room?

ANSWER: Loews Le Concorde Hotel 

Say bonjour to Old World charm and contemporary comfort at Loews Le Concorde, a luxury hotel in Quebec City. Guests will feel like they are in a European city as they traverse the winding cobblestone streets of the Old City. All 406 rooms and 19 suites have been luxuriously furnished with the intent of creating accommodations that invite guests to linger. Expansive views allow guests to gaze over the city's skyline while enjoying the privacy of their hotel room.

The Junior Suite is the ideal place for a family getaway to Quebec City. These suites offer multiple amenities, incomparable value, and a choice of extra space or privacy. There is a separate bedroom that features 2 Queen size beds or 1 King Bed and a spacious living room with a double sofa bed, so the suite can sleep as many as 6. Guests will be surrounded by the beauty of this historic city, with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence, the Plains of Abraham, or the Old City itself. No detail has been overlooked when it comes to your comfort, from the modern, French-inspired deceor to the fine plush linens. The elegant marble bath is the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring this incredible city. Then slip into one of the ultra-comfy robes, and watch an in-room movie with the family. You will find everything you need for a perfect family getaway in the Junior Suite at the Loews Hotel le Concorde.

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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Your Questions Answered: What are the best room types for a family of two adults and two children at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech?

August 8, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
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 party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 9 and would like would like to stay at Palais Namaskar Marrakech , Morocco,  We would like the children to sleep in a separate room from  us.  What do you recommend?

ANSWER: To accommodate your family, we'd recommend the  One Bedroom Pool Suite connecting to a Superior Room, 2 Bedroom Pool Suite, Villa Namaskar, or the Pool Palace which will all sleep four comfortably.

The Pool Suites overlook a  garden terrace, while the separate living room offers another terrace featuring its own heated pool to encompass 180sqm of outdoor space and 108sqm interior. The bedroom has king size beds and the living room comes equipped with a  fireplace.

Villa Namaskar is 487sqm large with 1200sqm of private gardens including a pond and a large heated pool. An inviting 108sqm interior with a separate living room and fireplace adjoins a 180sqm exterior living space. 

The Pool Palace is located in front of the main swimming pool and only a few steps from Le Namaskar Restaurant. The Pool Palace can be booked with 2 or 3 bedrooms, totalizing 210sqm indoor area.

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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Spotlight On: The Martha Jefferson Suite at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC

August 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A top to bottom renovation in 2009 transformed this 99-room Beaux Arts gem into Washington's best small luxury hotel. The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC is just blocks from the White House and within walking distance of museums, monuments and embassies, the dining and nightlife of Georgetown and Penn Quarter, the downtown business district, and Dupont Circle. Both European and distinctly Washingtonian in style, it is rich in historical details and Jeffersonian influences, including the Martha Jefferson Suite.

This top-floor suite (#812) at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC affords romance with city and skylight views accented by three Juliet balconies which open to allow an abundance of fresh air into the suite. Also known as the Bridal Suite, pale, Tiffany-inspired blue accents the suite's soft palette of creams and grays, which is carried throughout its living room (featuring a gas fireplace), intimate dining room for two or four, and bedroom with a canopied King bed.

The Martha Jefferson Suite's bathroom features a soaking tub for two and intricate mosaic tiling. An additional powder room is found in the suite and a second king bedroom can be connected to create a two-bedroom luxury accommodation.

The floorplan and layout is available here >>

Rates for September start at $800 per night. Check rates and availability now >>

 


Your Questions Answered: What's the Perfect Parisian Luxury Hotel for a Family of Five?

August 4, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel LutetiaWe 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 Paris, connecting rooms or suite with 2 bedrooms for a family of 5, children ages 7, 10, and 13?Hotel Lutetia


ANSWER: Hotel Lutetia
Hotel Lutetia is a modern-day reflection of the Belle Epoque and Art Deco periods - the embodiment of contemporary, stylish Parisian living. The sculpted Art Deco facade and welcoming statue of Gustave Eiffel, along with pictures of artists that once lived in the hotel, are your first indications that Hotel Lutetia is something special. A renowned meeting place for artists, writers and politicians, Hotel Lutetia's busy lobby has a lively edginess featuring works of art by renowned contemporary artists Arman, Cesar, Philippe Hiquily, Perrin, and Thierry Bisch. Surrounded by Art Deco architecture, period furniture, crystal chandeliers, and the sounds of jazz music drifting through from the highly popular Lutetia Bar, you will find you are immersed in a truly Parisian atmosphere.
Hotel Lutetia
The 231 rooms and suites of the Lutetia are elegant and bathed in natural light, and offer a unique atmosphere in a very Art Deco setting. We recommend the 2-Bedroom Suite.  An incomparable place, the hotel’s luxurious Arman suite is the work of the sculptor himself, assisted by the famous interior designer, Sybille de Margerie. Themes of music and African art are given special precedence in this superb, 130 m2 Parisian suite.
A tribute to the sculptor, Arman, (Arman Pierre Fernandez), this is the largest and the most unique suite in the hotel and contains furniture designed by the master, who stayed here on his visits to Paris. Comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large sitting room that is filled with works of art by Arman; this striking suite is a testimony to the flamboyance of this great artist. The artistic centrepiece is a typical Arman table with accumulated violins as the table legs surrounded by cello-shaped chairs. Reflecting the artist's favourite themes, one bedroom is dedicated to his love of music with a violin shaped headboard, while the second bedroom is dedicated to African art and is decorated in red, black and metallic shades with a large collection of African artwork. The stylish bathroom continues the mood of luxury with a combination of dark wood and Art Deco mosaics.

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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