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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 Bath Hotel for a Family of 3?

November 27, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Bath PrioryWe 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 3 and looking to stay is Bath, United Kingdom. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Bath Priory Hotel Restaurant and Spa

The Bath Priory is a real find. Tucked inconspicuously in a tranquil corner of Bath, once you discover it you will not want to leave. Ignore the restaurant at your peril - with a Michelin star and three AA Rosettes, the elegant dining rooms provides ambrosial food, with splendid views over the fabulous landscape gardens. The gardens themselves, tended by award winning Gardener Jane Moore, roll effortlessly down from the sun terrace and provide a plethora of plants, flowers, sculptures and the walled Kitchen Garden, producing fresh produce for the restaurant.
The Bath Priory

The hotel, built in 1835 as a private residence on land once owned by The Priory of Bath Abbey, is steeped in history and gives more than a nod to its Gothic influences - with cheeky gargoyles and dramatic arches, tempered by soft furnishings inside - beautiful paintings adorning the walls, objets d'art, freshly cut flowers and French Belle Epoque chandeliers. Sit by the smoldering embers of the log fires, sink into the sofas and enjoy a good book or an afternoon tea at leisure. If you are yearning for a well earned spa break, then the Garden Spa, complete with indoor and outdoor pools and the full range of beauty treatments, will ensure you are blissfully content.
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday, a conference venue or a special place for your wedding reception, this quintessentially English luxury hotel in Bath will not disappoint.

 


We recommend the Deluxe Room. It is spacious with courtyard views and has been tastefully designed with traditionally elegant character and each room comes with a separate living area. An extra bed at 60 pounds per night can be arranged

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 Luxury Toronto Hotels Have Fireplaces and Soaking Tubs?

November 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Windsor Arms
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 1ooking for a five star property in Toronto with a fireplace and deep soaker tubs, what can you recommend?


ANSWER: Windsor Arms Hotel 


The Windsor Arms embodies the elegance of a bygone era: a grand hotel, a Toronto landmark since 1927, which was recently re-opened as a dazzling, contemporary boutique hotel favored by celebrities visiting the city. Its aura of warmth, elegance and discreet luxury, combined with an exceptional level of service, makes it the destination hotel in Toronto. Located in the heart of Toronto's fashionable Yorkville district, the Windsor Arms is very much part of this scene but tucked away in a haven of calm. The lively and dynamic neighborhood is brimming with designer boutiques, sophisticated and trendy restaurants, art galleries and museums. But the Windsor Arms is privately secluded thirty yards from the Golden Strip, shrouded in genteel quiet. 

Windsor Arms SuiteBehind the beautiful century-old facade are 28 newly appointed luxury suites with 24-hour butler service. The suites are furnished with mahogany or birch furnishings, lush wall coverings and sumptuous Frette linens and private in-room bar, and equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology. Every suite has a unique "butler's cupboard": a place for laundry, shoes to be shined or room service trays to be set, so the Butler may retrieve or return them without ever disturbing the guest. The hotel boasts a staff to guest ratio of 1:6, the highest in Canada. The hotel is host to the Courtyard Cafe for exceptional dining. The extraordinary cuisine is served in a breathtaking room with 50 foot ceilings, skylights and limestone walls.
Windsor Arms Tea RoomEnjoy traditional afternoon tea in the Tea Room, which is transformed to become Toronto's only champagne and caviar bar in the evenings. Club 22 features casual dining, live entertainment and dancing. "The Spa", featuring Darphin, offers fully serviced individual treatment rooms, beauty salon, swimming pool and exercise facilities. 

 The largest Suite, the Windsor Suite, offers 1550 square feet featuring a spacious den, living room, dining room, powder room, and master bedroom with an ensuite, luxurious limestone bathroom, and includes a baby grand piano in the master bedroom. Additionally, the suite benefits from a large working desk, Molton Brown amenities, Nespresso maker, butler service, complimentary breakfast served in The Living Room"Restaurant and  wireless internet access.
 

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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.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Resort Offers Walk-Out Beach Access and Fine Dining?

November 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Raleigh 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 looking to stay is South Beach, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations that are walking distance to night life, fine dining, a walk right out to the beach, and has a pool?


ANSWER: The Raleigh Hotel 

The Raleigh is an art deco masterpiece. Located in Miami Beach, in the Art Deco District, it is central to shopping, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. There are 104 rooms and suites in the elegant art deco style of the 1940s. The Raleigh boasts the largest penthouse suite in Florida. The hotel's legendary swimming pool with cascading waterfall and sprawling tropical gardens has been featured in movies as well as fashion campaigns.

The Raleigh HotelOccupying the Raleigh Hotel's iconic baroque pool deck, Restaurant Michael Schwartz offers diners a menu inspired by the rich history and singular charm of Miami Beach’s most iconic hotel property. Complete with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s hallmark seasonal ingredient-inspired Snacks, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Sides, as well as renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith's desserts, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch including a market fresh raw bar, and dinner daily, as well as poolside and bar service, boxed beach lunches, and a selection of in-room dining items.

Those who have spent long, lazy days on the sands of South Florida's most beautiful beach will know that the glamorous combination of white sand, warm azure water, and long, sun-drenched days set Miami apart from every other city in the region, and around the world. Plush, rolled towels atop comfy chaise lounges beckon you to make yourself at home. The Raleigh offesr food service right to your chaise, prepared by master chefs.


We recommend the Art Deco Suite. It is a signature Raleigh suite with its signature charm. This suite is 580sq ft, has rain shower for two, a deep soaking tub, a full day bed in a separate living room, and a king bed in master bedroom. All rooms include In-room stereos and DVD players, mini-bars, in-room safes, linen duvets, 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets, Ciel Spa amenities, and concierge service.

 

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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.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What Bahama Resorts are Family-Friendly?

November 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Reef Atlantis
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 the Bahamas for a family of 3, consisting of 2 Adults and an 8 year old boy?

 

ANSWER: The Reef Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas 

The Reef Atlantis is an entirely new way to experience Atlantis beachside. Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. The Reef Atlantis is a non smoking, family-friendly hotel. Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique destination featuring the worlds largest open-air marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature. Explore Aquaventure, 141 acres of innovative waterscape including thrilling water slides and river rides. Additional recreational facilities include 14 lagoons, artificial coral reefs, an underwater tunnel for shark observation the Dig underground maze of corridors and viewing tanks containing marine animals, 11 swimming pools, including a lap pool and childrens pools, a Lazy River Ride, the Mayan Temples five waterslides, Turtle Beach sanctuary for native turtles, a full service casino, Mandara Spa, Sports Center complete with tennis courts, beach access, and water sports. The property also offers shops, 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges, 24-hour room service, live entertainment, babysitting, and film developing. This hotel offers a smoke-free environment.

The Reef AtlantisWe recommend the 2 Bedroom Suite Terrace-2 King Bed-living Area. The Suites of the Reef Atlantis offer all the conveniences, comforts and luxuries of home plus a few extras that vacationers won’t find anywhere else. The spacious suites (1497 square feet) offer private balconies, master bedroom with a king bed, 2 to 3 bathrooms, grand bathroom with marble vanities, oversized tub, and separate shower. There's a full chef equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Flat screen HD TVs, and a Bose sound system are included.

Enjoy your vacation!
 

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: What's the Best London Luxury Hotel for a Family of 3 Adults?

November 9, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The May Fair
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 3 adults and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: The May Fair Hotel – London, United Kingdom

There are 5 star luxury hotels, and then there is The May Fair: an icon of expressive contemporary design, bringing together boutique attention to detail with grand hotel service. A legendary luxury hotel with a glamorous past, The May Fair was first opened by King George V in 1927 and offers over 400 luxury hotel bedrooms, including 12 of the capital's most memorable hotel suites, a discreet spa, a fine-dining restaurant and the quintessential London Casino. The spirit of surrounding Mayfair is captured beautifully, especially in our destination May Fair Bar, breathtaking Crystal Room and opulent Danziger Suite, which between them have played host to some of London's most extravagant society events. 

The May FairFor your needs we recommend you choose a Family Room with Two Queen Beds. Family bedrooms have all the features of the Deluxe room but with 2 Queen beds. Selected rooms also feature walk-in wardrobes and bathroom TVs. ueen beds have Vi-Sprung mattresses. All are appointed with Sicilian marble bathrooms. Family Rooms have a minimum size of 40sqm/430.5 sq ft. The work spaces is ergonomically designed and rooms have a Samsung digital systems with over 400 complimentary TV channels.

 

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 Paris Hotel for a Family of Four?

November 4, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Villa Hotel & Majestic
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: Please recommend a Paris hotel with connecting rooms or a suite with 2 bedrooms for our family of 4. Our children are 8 and 11.


ANSWER: Villa and Hotel Majestic – Paris, France.

 La Villa & Hotel Majestic is a luxury residence combining elegance and discretion for the comfort of guests. On a daily basis, the hotel strives to combine quality and environmental conservation through intelligent consumption. From the very beginning, Villa and Hotel Majestic has always showcased artists.

For your family's needs, we recommend you choose a Grand Deluxe guest room connecting to a Grand Deluxe guest room. Another option is to choose a Prestige Suite connecting to a Grand Deluxe guest room. Rollaway beds are also available. 

The Grand Deluxe rooms at Villa Hotel Majestic are spacious and welcoming. These luxurious guest rooms offer five-star amenities near the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.

Villa Hotel & MajesticA Prestige Suite has an entrance and a large lounge. The bedroom room has a double bed (twin beds on request), a bathroom with bath tub and walk-in shower, a fully fitted kitchenette and espresso machine. The suites are 70 to 80 m².
Prestige Suite amenities include an ultra-comfortable bed with mattress overlay, hypoallergenic duvet, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, a safe, soft drinks free of charge, a courtesy tray, scales, magnifying mirror, hair-dryer, DVD player, two satellite television sets, LCD screen, telephone, iPod® dock, video on demand, free Wi-Fi in guest room and public areas, turn-down service, VIP welcome and round-the-clock room service.


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 is a Connecting Room Option for Family of Four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

October 28, 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.

Park Hyatt MilanQUESTION: What is a connecting room option for family of four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

ANSWER: Park Hyatt Milan is an elegant boutique hotel, set in a palatial classical building dating back to 1870. The hotel features exclusive interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. The hotel is home to restaurants VUN and La Cupola, treasured for their refined atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. Located on the lower ground floor of Park Hyatt Milan, The Spa is an oasis of pure relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa is comforting and intimate, with clean lines and mellow lighting, travertine and a pastel Venetian stucco finish showcasing elegance and professionalism while offering an escape from the hectic outside world. The Spa includes a new fully geared Fitness Centre of 60 square metres.Park Hyatt Milan

For your needs, we'd recommend the Diplomatic Suite connected to the Park Deluxe King Room. The Deluxe Room (42 sqm, 452 sq ft) offers a king size bed, an elegant sitting area, and a generous workstation. The stylish decor is accented by Venetian stucco and an  Italian marble bath with soaking tub and oversized rain shower. A connecting Park Deluxe Twin is available upon request. The Diplomatic Suite (115 sqm, 1238 sq ft) offers panoramic views of Milan, a living room with a collection of unique Chinese vases, dining for six, furnished outdoor terrace, kitchenette, marble bath, whirlpool tub, and rain shower. Venetian stucco, hardwood floors and Italian marble accent the stylish decor. Enjoy incomparable views over the Galleria's glass dome from a magnificent furnished terrace suitable for outdoor dining and entertaining.

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 Should a Family Stay in Aspen?

October 23, 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.

QUESTION: We looking to stay in Aspen, Co. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

 

ANSWER: The Gant Aspen

The Gant is located in a secluded five-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain, just four miles from the Aspen Airport. The hotel lies three short blocks from the ski lifts and downtown Aspen. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ski areas are two miles away and Snowmass ski area is 12 miles away. All three are accessible via free public transportation. Guests of the Gant have the use of five tennis courts (three clay), two heated outdoor pools, three jetted tubs, laundry facilities, barbecue grills, ski and bike storage, and an exercise facility with locker rooms and saunas. For an additional fee, overnight ski tuning, ski rentals, babysitting, overnight valet service, and grocery/liquor services are available. Although there is not a full service restaurant inside the hotel, there are dining destinations nearby.

The Gant Aspen

The hotel has 120 guest units on three floors. One, two, and three-bedroom units are available. Each guestroom's fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to prepare meals in comfort and privacy. Standard amenities include an alarm clock radio, balcony, fireplace, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, safe, and television. The Gant also manages 140 individually owned and decorated luxury condo rentals ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. All of The Gant's accommodations are rated standard, deluxe or premier based on their interior decor and regardless of view.

-Standard units - Comfortable and cozy condominiums at a reasonable price.

-Deluxe units - Luxury condominiums with a great deal of decor and decoration.

-Premier units - The most luxurious accommodations, boasting sumptuous furnishings and incomparable style.  
 

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 Thai Luxury Resort do you Recommend for a Romantic Getaway?

October 19, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Beach Phuket
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 looking for a romantic getaway in Thailand- what do you recommend?

 

ANSWER: Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

The resort is situated on Phuket's island's white sandy beach of Relax Bay. It offers 470 rooms and suites that capture all the charm and elegance of traditional Thai design. A wide range of world-class restaurants and bars add to the resort's unique experience. During the day, there are plenty of activities and sports available both on and off the beach. For guests who are looking for a bit of stress-free pampering, Le Spa provides the perfect ambiance to wash away one's troubles. At night, guests can join a sunset boat cruise on The Margaret Lee or spend the night at Le Patong Pub. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort seems a world away, providing the perfect escape to the very finest in luxury and comfort.

We'd recommend the Oceanfront Deluxe Suite. The 128-square-metre suite expands into an enriching space that features comfortable furnishings plus lush Thai fabrics in vibrant hues. Located from the first to the third floors at the ocean end of the Chaba and Mali wings, these suites offer a spacious 63-square-metre balcony overlooking the sea with an attractive teak table and chairs and a lounger for soaking up the extravagant island sun. Le Meridien Phuket Beach ResortThe suite's subtly styled living room with couch and 40" LCD TV integrates a small serving area with dining table. The large master bedroom features a private balcony and separate 37" LCD TV plus a sizeable bathroom with separate soaking bath and shower, bathroom scales, bathrobes, slippers and other essential details. Standard amenities includes a cordless telephone with speaker, hair dryer, bathroom scales, in-room safe, coffee and tea-making facilities, complimentary broadband and wireless High Speed Internet Access, and more. 775 Square Feet / 72 Square Metres features two spacious balconies with a Living Room with Serving 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: How do Guests get Club Access at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter?

October 3, 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, 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.

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter
QUESTION: We are interested in getting a club access at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter hotel during our stay in the 2 King Bed room. How do we get the club access and what is the charge for that and for parking? 


ANSWER: The all new Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is the first Le Meridien in Atlanta. Mixing contemporary culture with its European heritage, Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter is a residentially styled boutique hotel positioned in the center of the upscale commerce and business district of Perimeter. This luxury hotel offers all the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty program and is adjacent to the Perimeter Mall and surrounded by mature dogwood trees, creating a private and quiet diversion from the nearby activities in the Perimeter. The 275 oversized guest rooms and suites feature bold blue and white decor with natural wood accents. All offer wireless High Speed Internet Access, and some have two king-size beds for your convenience. 

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter

Le Meridien Club Lounge, located on the 12th floor of the hotel, is open seven days a week and offers both breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres and is accessible via guest room key. Offering an amazing 1,650 square feet of space, the Club lounge has three separate seating areas, each including it's own flat screen television, two computer work stations with a printer available 24 hours a day. Club access is available for $50/per stay per guest room. 

Parking is a flat $15/per night for valet or a flat $10.00 per night for self park. 

 
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 Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter start at $93 per night >> 

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