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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: Can You Recommend a Family and Pet-Friendly Santa Barbara Hotel?

March 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
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 looking for a pet friendly place in Santa Barbara, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Delight in the rich amenities and extensive array of activities - perfect for any age. Lounge by the pool. Walk along the soft-sand beach Dine on delicious cuisine at one of four restaurants. Relax in your restful guest room or suite. Take pleasure in the down-to-earth setting of this enchanting Santa Barbara beach hotel. 

Fess Parker's Doubletree ResortFess Parker's Doubletree Resort is the perfect locale for a truly unique Santa Barbara family vacation. Encircled by mountains and set along the Pacific Ocean, the resort is near an array of activities for all ages. Year-round, explore the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Learn about sea life at the Ty Warner Sea Center. Go whale watching. This impressive Santa Barbara family resort is an idyllic destination, offering entertaining pursuits for both children and adults. The luxurious Santa Barbara pet-friendly accommodations comprise 360 guest rooms on 24 beautifully landscaped acres. Each room includes a furnished patio or balcony, high speed internet access, mini bar and personal coffee maker.

Pet Policy:
Pets of all sizes are welcome. Step outside your door of this Santa Barbara pet-friendly hotel, where you both can enjoy miles of landscaped walking paths along the beachfront and parks. Want to go for a swim? Take your dogs with you. There are dog-friendly beaches a short drive away. The concierge can assist with directions to dog-friendly beaches and off-leash parks as well as hiking trails in the local mountains.  In addition to the spacious rooms and a special treat bag, pets enjoy acres of landscaped grounds and pet menus for in-room dining.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
-Ocean View 1 King Bed connecting to an Ocean View 2 Queen Beds: These spacious accommodations offer striking views of the Pacific Ocean from a own private patio or balcony.
Or
-Resort View 1 King Bed connecting to a Resort View 2 Queen Beds: 

View rates, details, and more images of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort >>

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: Can You Recommend a Pet-Friendly Hotel in Savannah?

February 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mansion on Forsyth Park
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: Can You Recommend a Pet-Friendly Resort in Savannah? 

ANSWER: The Mansion on Forsyth Park

The Mansion on Forsyth Park welcomes you to a magnificently restored Victorian mansion set in Savannah's legendary Historic District. From the moment you enter the onyx marble appointed lobby, you will experience the essence of Southern luxury. From celebrated cuisine, to spa pampering and world-class Kessler Collection service, every detail is polished to perfection. The Mansion on Forsyth Park

Inside each of the Mansion on Forsyth Park's 126 lavish guest rooms and suites, you will find the classical refinement of a historic mansion, as well as conveniences for the 21st century traveler. Accommodations feature sumptuous bedding, flat screen televisions, and magnificent furnishings. From wireless Internet access, to concierge service, the upscale accommodations are perfect for business or pleasure.

As of this article, The Mansion on Forsyth Park accepts dogs and cats for a non-refundable fee of $150. The animal must be under 50 lbs. 

We Recommend You Choose:
Concierge Guestrooms - These rooms feature the luxurious design and amenities of standard and deluxe guestrooms, but with the added amenity of being located on the concierge floor. Occupying the highest floor of the Mansion, the exclusive concierge floor offers evening turndown service upon request and a concierge lounge featuring a seating area, work space and board table. Guests on the concierge level enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast that is served daily from 6:30am until 10am and there's also an evening reception from 5pm to 8pm. Inside each guestroom is the chic refinement of a historic mansion, blended with modern touches and amenities. A marble appointed bathroom features a shower and separate luxurious, oversized soaking or whirlpool tub, which opens up into a luxurious environment of lush fabrics, custom headboards and furniture, and all-white pillowtop beds in the bedroom 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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Your Questions Answered: Where can a Family of 5 Stay in Paris?

August 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Park Hyatt Vendome ParisWe 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, children are 13, 10, and 7 and looking to stay is Paris, France. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome 

Experience the City of Lights from its central heart at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, one of the most luxurious 5 star hotels in Paris. This hotel overlooks the fashionable Rue de la Paix and is within walking distance of Place Vendome and Opera Garnier. Enjoy evening strolls along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, browse exhibits at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, or spend an afternoon on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, renowned for its haute couture and trendy shops.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome's striking blend of contemporary architecture and classic design was conceived by renowned designer Ed Tuttle, lending the hotel a sensual, understated elegance that extends throughout - from the lavish hotel rooms and suites to the captivating social areas and impressive meeting venues. Exquisite decor is finished in impeccable detail with wood, bronze and silk, complementing a king, queen or two twin beds with lush linens, limestone bath with floor heating, soaking tub and stone-enclosed rain shower, and large work desk with high-speed Internet. Enjoy Paris street or the serene courtyard views, plus thoughtful touches such as robes, slippers and morning newspaper on request.Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

Guests are offered a host of wonderful dining experiences. The hotel boasts beautiful bars and some of the finest restaurants in Paris, including Pur, proud holder of a Michelin star, The Chef's Table, Les Orchidees, and La Terrasse. Hotel guests can also enjoy use of Le Spa, the exquisite spa and fitness centre.

For your family we recommend the Park Deluxe Twin connected to the Park Suite King.

Park Deluxe Twin (max occupancy 3) offers an oversized 30-40 sqm room finished in exquisite detail with wood, bronze and silk, complementing 2 twin bed with luxurious linens, generous work area with high-speed internet and limestone bath with soaking tub and stone-enclosed rain shower. Enjoy serene courtyard or impressive Rue de la Paix views from floor to ceiling windows, plus amenities such as plush robes and Blaise Mautin toiletries. Other amenities include 24 hr room service, 3 or more phones, ac, and rolloways or crib upon request.

Park Suite King(max occupancy 3) features simple, innovative decor and charming courtyard or street views complement spacious interior of a room from 40-50 sqm with sitting area, oversized work desk with high-speed internet access, limestone bathroom with soaking tub and rain shower, king bed with luxurious linens. Relax with plush bathrobes, slippers and exclusive Blaise Mautin toiletries. Separate sitting area and windows that open.

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 start at 612 Euros per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: What's the Pet Policy at Pan Pacific Seattle

August 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

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.

Pan Pacific SeattleQUESTION: What is the pet policy for the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle?


ANSWER:
Pets are welcome at the Pan Pacific Seattle. There is a one-time $50.00 fee and a max of 2 pets per room.

The hotel, which opened four years ago is located minutes from downtown and many area attractions. Presiding over Westlake Avenue in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, it is just steps away from Nordstrom's flagship store. Part of the exclusive 2200 Development, the hotel features two restaurants, a sumptuous spa, and 160 superbly appointed guest rooms and suites. Designed by Hirsch Bedner, the hotel exudes an East meets West theme with sleek modernity through a mix of zebra-wood furnishings and decor in muted hues of taupe, slate, and cream. Rooms feature premium bedding and furnishings, a 32-inch plasma cable television with premium movie channels, DVD player, and wireless Internet access.

The Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel also provides you with a personal steward who delivers the new standard of individualized service. Whether it's planning a full vacation itinerary  or  arranging dinner reservations, your personal concierge works with you to customize your stay.

Fall rates at Pan Pacific Seattle start at $250 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.

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Your Questions Answered: Family Friendly Luxury Hotels in Paris

July 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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

Hotel Keppler

 


ANSWER: Hotel Keppler


We recommend the superior suite that connects to standard room.

Hotel Keppler is a haven of comfort features of 39 exceptional rooms including 5 exquisite suites offering great views of Paris and Eiffel Tower. This little "private house" really gives you a feeling of a chic Parisian home rather than a traditional hotel. Smart, witty and sophisticated, this Pierre Yves Rochon-designed hotel is chic chill out zone just few steps from Champs Elysees. The Keppler is an unforgettably glamorous space. Spacious rooms and suites are true masterworks of timeless form and contemporary function. The decor has the indelible signature of a very gifted designer with a terrific eye for color, texture and detail. 

The Superior Suite surrounds you with unforgettable luxery and one-of-a kind character. Both of the superior suites have a balcony with a view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Both suites feature a king bed and a comfortable sofa bed in the living room. These elegant spaces have complimentary amenities such as free WiFi access, iPhone dock, a Nespresso coffee machine, TV in the bathroom, and luxurious Hermes bath amenities. Superior suites accommodate up to 4 persons (2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults) and can connect with a standard room. Size of the suite is 32 sm or 345 sq ft.

The Standard Room continues the black and white decor from the public areas in the floor. Beautifully decorated rooms showcase perfectly Pierre Yves Rochon’s devoted detail and his custom designed furniture and lights creating an inviting and restful atmosphere. Since the luxury here is timeless, the interior of the large leather wardrobes sets the tone for the theme. The same tempo continues in the bathrooms, with black and white marble and an astonishing toile de Jouoy on the walls.  The Standard rooms have a street view. The rooms have a comfortable queen bed, luxurious bathroom with Hermes toiletries, free WiFi, and an iPhone dock.

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: Where to Stay in San Francisco When You Need an Extra Bathroom

July 7, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Zetta San Francisco
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 will be coming to San Francisco and are considering staying in a hotel. Do any hotels have a room with one and half bathrooms? We will be 2 adults, 2 kids and 1 infant who would like to stay in one room, but minimum one and a half bathroom is required.
 

ANSWER: Hotel Zetta San Francisco


In a city of exquisitely edgy contrasts, Hotel Zetta offers a high level of sophistication and service without taking itself too seriously. The vibrant decor and sustainable architecture lend an innovative, creative vibe, while the high-tech conveniences, oversized guestrooms and plush pillow top beds keep things modern and always relaxed. Located in the heart of San Francisco's famously tech-savvy SoMa district and walking distance to Union Square, Hotel Zetta invites style-seeking travelers and local professionals to work, connect, play and get inspired.
Hotel Zetta offers 116 contemporary, oversized guestrooms and suites that are located in a 100% non-smoking hotel, featuring an interactive lobby and social hub with Macs and Pinko game wall. There is a full service bar, mezzanine game room and lounge featuring pool table, shuffleboard and multiple game consoles. 24 hour in-room dining is available and there will be an exclusive, destination restaurant opening in 2013. Complimentary high-speed WiFI Internet access is offered property wide. Sign in privileges are available at Burke Williams, a full service spa located in the adjacent Westfield Shopping Center. A state-of-the-art wellness center with Technogym equipment, ARKE wall and TRX station is featured. BART and other public transportation options are steps away. Hotel Zetta is one block from the historic cable car turnaround and just a few blocks to the Moscone Convention Center and Union Square. 24 hour valet parking for a fee is available as well as laundry services. Hotel Zetta is a pet friendly hotel without weight limitation
We recommend the Zetta Suite, an 800 sq ft, 1 bedroom that is the most spacious room the hotel offers, featuring a dining table, wet bat with Illy expresso machine and 1 and ½ baths. The Zetta Suite provides high speed internet access, a G-Link station for mobile devices and wireless streaming onto smart TVs. A large butcher-block desk can be used wither seated or standing and provides ample space for working, socializing, or competing over a lo-tech board game. The suite also includes a sectional sofa that opens into a queen sleeper and can be connected to a Deluxe Guestroom to create a 2 bedroom suite. You have a choice of a king bed or 2 queen bed that come fully equipped with imported linens and down comforter.

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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Dog Spa Days at The New Yorker Hotel

February 11, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starts tomorrow in Manhattan, and even non-show dogs are feeling the pressure to look their best. If Fido isn't quite in pageant shape, don't worry. The New Yorker hotel has come to the rescue with their Classic Dog Spa Package.  Priced at $50 per pooch, thedeal includes use of Jog A Dog™ treadmills (which are exclusive to the hotel), grooming stations, blow dryers, and indoor potty areas. Guests who book this package will also receive a special edition dog show publication, free of charge, along with complimentary dog treats.

For even more canine comforts, upgrade to the Premium Dog Spa Package, which at $75 per dog includes all of the amenities in the Classic Dog Spa Package, in addition to access to bathing areas.

Sounds like a barking good time.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #14 The Umstead Hotel and Spa

December 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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!

Coming in the #14 spot is the Umstead Hotel and Spa which is conveniently located in Cary, North Carolina for those who want to get away or stay near the heart of it all. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- With its surrounding 12 acres of wooded land, gardens, and lake, The Umstead Hotel is a destination in itself with the cultural, corporate and recreational opportunities of the Triangle area moments away

- 24 hour business center available for guest use

- 10,000 square-feet of elegant meeting and event space featuring natural light and original artwork

- Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Herons, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch

- Dogs are allowed with an additional cleaning fee

- Seasonal outdoor pool

- The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa featuring ten treatment rooms, men’s and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Umstead Hotel and Spa here >>

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The Ritz Carlton Georgetown Tops Our List of Charming DC Hotels

November 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The problem we run into with luxury hotels in Washington DC is that they’re usually on a busy street with a lot of traffic and chaos. We set out on a mission to find a luxury hotel in a downtown location that featured a quieter, more intimate feel, and we came back successful.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located a block from M Street and the heart of the nightlife and shopping of Georgetown district. This beautiful hotel features 86 oversized guestrooms and suites as well as a Boutique Spa with a variety of massages, body treatments, and facials available. The hotel staff is attentive and engaged, and the spa staff is professional and all-around wonderful. For the disbelievers, I strongly recommend the hot stone massage at the Boutique Spa; you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed, renewed, and ready for anything that lies ahead.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is a family and pet friendly hotel. There are 9 rooms with 2 double beds, and the suites can accommodate rollaway beds very easily for an additional $40 per night. The Ritz puts on a weekly Lifestyle Series on Fridays, and December’s feature Kelly Jenkins from Capital Décor and Events coming to speak to guests and locals about transforming a space and decorating with style.

For folks looking for an intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Washington DC, we certainly give the Ritz Carlton Georgetown a big thumbs up!

Explore photos, availability, and rates here!

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Private Homes Perfect for a Group Get-Together at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain!

October 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Arizona is a luxury hideaway overlooking the beautiful views of Paradise Valley. Voted on Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘World’s Best Places to Stay,’ this luxury resort is perfect for trips of all kinds and for folks of all ages. A few key amenities include an indoor infinity edge pool, an outdoor infinity pool, 5 tennis courts, a luxurious spa, and opportunities to partake in horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and much more.

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers seven Private Homes that are perfect for a get together with friends or a family vacation. Today’s feature is the Casa Montana which is a warm private home embellished with Spanish-inspired décor. This 3,500 square foot home offers four large bedrooms, six full bathrooms, three wood-burning fire places, and a billiard room with a spacious bar and pool table. The Casa Montana also features a private pool, whirlpool spa, and a gorgeous patio. The room types include a Master Bedroom with an adjacent private study, a king size bedroom, and 2 bedrooms with double beds, each featuring its own private bathroom and walk-in closet.

 

Check availability and rates at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain here >>