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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: 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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Your Questions Answered: What are connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?

September 26, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St Regis Florence Arno River ViewWe 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. 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 are connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?


ANSWER: Try the Premium Deluxe River View Room connected to another Premium Deluxe River View Room.

 
Situated in central Florence, the scenic St. Regis Florence has been the preferred stop of seasoned travelers since the 18th Century. Steps away from iconic landmarks, it offers an unrivaled immersion into the cradle of the Renaissance. Reflecting Florence's rich artistic heritage, the 81 spacious guest rooms and 19 distinctive suites are exercises in discreet opulence and refined elegance. Additionally, all guests enjoy impeccable St. Regis Butler Service any time day or night. Affixed with rich colors, custom frescos, and sparkling crystal chandeliers, the antique decor pays homage to the city's storied history.

The Premium Deluxe River View Room provides views of the Arno River, the Cestello Church, and the surrounding hills. Some offer a stepout balcony. Each room recalls the glory of the 15th century, Florentine, Medici, or Renaissance style. The rooms are luxurious, adorned with coffered ceilings, frescoes, and brocades. Amenities include a King Size or Twin St. Regis Bed, work area, WiFi Internet access, Bose sound system, IPod charger, 42 Inch Lcd TV, Dvd player, Deep soaking tub, separate shower, large vanity, and a double bathroom sink.

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 of Three Stay in Venice?

September 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bauer Palladio Hotel and SpaWe 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 Venice, Italy. What room type at the Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is Venice's luxury all natural wellness spa and boutique hotel. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca Island, facing St. Mark's Square, continues the philosophical traditions of its past by redefining the ideals of grace, beauty and character. The original property, one of Andrea Palladio's famous Renaissance designs, was a sanctuary for unmarried women of virtue and style and represents a piece of Venetian history.
Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa
Under the personal care of Chair & CEO, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the hotel has been carefully restored and updated to become a relaxing sojourn and spa without losing sight of its original identity. The grandiose space of the Great Hall has been transformed to a warm, welcoming respite to melt away the day. The 37 elegant guest rooms and 13 suites are all spacious in nature and vary in design from a fresh, pastel-palette of color in cabana-inspired style to a touch of tapestry, and hand-crafted, antique interpretations, some with garden terraces or others with lagoon views. The Bauer Palladio Hotel Venice offers first class beauty treatments including massages and specialized facial treatments. The wellness centre uses the world-known Daniela Steiner routine to provide innovative treatments for the whole body. 

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The Palladio Junior Suites are warmly decorated with fine tapestries in soft colors reflecting the magical atmosphere of the surrounding gardens. Amenities include Italian marble bathrooms, a bathtub and separate walking shower, some with Jacuzzi bathtub, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, international direct-dial telephone. The rooms have King/Twin Size Bed. Average size is 40 sqm. A rolloway bed can easily be added for a nightly fee.(complementary for under 12 years of age).

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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 is the Best Room at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese for a Family of 3?

September 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
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 "our 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 is the best room option at the Sofitel Rome for a family of 3, child age 9 and 2 adults? 


ANSWER: The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese 
The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers unique accommodation with high standards of service and quality. The hotel has 111 bedrooms, 3 suites with private terrace,a bar with several lounges, and lounge "La Bella Vista," located on the top floor of the hotel with stunning panoramic views of Rome. 

Look for the Luxury Room with sofa or the Dolce Vita Suite with a sofa bed.

-Luxury Room: Peaceful and spacious luxury room measure 355 sq. ft. (33 m²) with double MyBed bed & sofa bed, bathroom with Hermes products, desk, Bose iPod docking station, LCD TV, WIFI (256 KB) & ADSL connection available. Extra bed available on request, subject to charge.

-Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed: The Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed is 904-sq. ft. suite with a modern chic style, balcony, MyBed bed and walk-in closet. There is a spacious white marble bathroom and a second bathroom and a large living area with sofa bed, home theater, Bose iPod docking station, 2 LCD TVs, Nespresso machine, 256-KB WIFI & ADSL.

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 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: What's the Best Room Combinations at the Relais Christine for a Family of 4 Adults?

September 9, 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 some unanswered 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.

Relais Christine

QUESTION: What are the best room combinations at the Relais Christine for a family of 4 adults?

ANSWER:  Within a stone's throw of the Louvre and Notre-Dame, Relais Christine is located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, a bustling district famous for its intellectual and artistic circles. The names of Baudelaire, Hugo and Musset, and later Picasso, Sartre and Eluard are among the many associated with the luxury property. Tucked in at the end of the narrow street from which it took its name, the Relais Christine is a haven whose peaceful atmosphere in enhanced by its pleasant garden and flowers. This delightful and secluded luxury hotel has succeeded in preserving the privacy of the home it once was. Its comfortable and welcoming rooms, the quiet atmosphere of its lounge and honesty bar, and its personalized service make it a restful and friendly place to stay, on a par with the best Parisian establishments.

Adjoining rooms or connecting rooms are available dependent on your needs. Any room can adjoin any other room with the exception of the suites, which cannot adjoin each other.  

Connecting Room Types:
-Superior Room connects to Deluxe Room (choose bed type per each room)
-Superior Room connects to Deluxe Jr Suite (suite only with Queen bed)
-Deluxe Room to Deluxe Jr (Jr suite only with Queen Bed) Standard Room

Relais Christine

Superior Rooms have a bathtub and some have a separate walk-in shower, all offer Argan toiletries. Rooms are 22 sqm in size and have 1 Queen bed or 2 twin beds overlooking the quiet street Rue Christine, the flowered courtyard or the garden. Deluxe Rooms are 27 sqm and overlook Rue Christine, the flowered courtyard or the garden and offer 1 Queen or 2 twin beds. Deluxe Jr Suites are 35 sqm in size and either 1 or 2 levels with a lounge area and a bedroom offering 1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds overlooking the Rue Chrisitne, the flowered courtyard or the garden. The Deluxe Junior Suite can sleep up to 3 people.  

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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 Miami Hotel is Beachfront and Close to Nightlife?

September 5, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The James Royal Palm
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 looking for a hotel right on the beach with walking distance to nightlife and fine dining and breakfast option in South Beach Florida- What can you recommend?


ANSWER: The James Royal Palm – Miami Beach, FL

Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hotel is located within the coveted and culturally rich area of South Beach, Miami. Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine's "Hot Hotels of 2013" and now a AAA Four Diamond rated beachfront retreat, The James Royal Palm is an inspiring oceanfront beach retreat. Night or day, a distinct energy is in the air, sparked by travelers, trendsetters, and creative personalities at the forefront of defining what's next.
The hotel serves as a modern tribute to the Royal Palm Hotel’s rich history, keeping intact many signature elements of the original architect's Art Deco design. The compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, artistically-inspired, green glass front desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge has been preserved and restored.
Just outside the hotel, you’ll find yourself immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and a host of opportunities. Located near amed Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the destination is an unmatched shopping experience.
The hotel features two swimming pools, two dining options, poolside bar, lobby lounge, full-service spa, Lil' James offerings for children, retail shop and a gym.

Fall rates at The James Royal Palm start at $262 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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