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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Craving a Room-Service Burger? Bring Your Wallet

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasRoom service is notorious for being expensive No matter the price, burgers are a world-wide room service staple. Here's a sampling of how much a burger will run you at eight luxury hotels worldwide. Keep in mind that most hotels also charge some combination of a service charge, gratuity, tax, or a delivery fee.

Hotel Palomar Chicago dishes up an all-American cheeseburger for $17 and a wild mushroom veggie burger for $14. 

US Grant Hotel in San Diego has a Grant Grill Burger. It comes on a potato bun with aged Goat Gouda, onion marmalade, Iceberg lettuce, confit tomatoes, and pickles. All those toppings will run you $17. 

The Metropolitan Bangkok offers a choice of a Lentil and 7 grain burger with tomato salsa, avocado and sprouts for 390 baht ($12) or the met burger made of black angus beef patties and topped with  prosciutto, tomato, lettuce, and bbq onions. It costs 580 Baht ($18).

Hard Rock at Universal Orlando Resort offers what they call a "legendary 10 oz. burger." It is topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. It has a side of fries and costs $18. 

The Dorchester

Park Hyatt Tokyo has a grilled hamburger or cheeseburger for ¥ 2,200 ($22).

Trump International Hotel Tower in New York has a grilled hamburger that is served with a Mesclun Salad and French Fries $26. 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (pictured left) charges $18 for the basic burger, But adding toppings such as bacon, cheese, and egg can push the price up to $30. The basic burger features tomato, lettuce, avocado, butter pickle, and Basil pesto aioli. It is served on bacon cheddar bread and comes with a market fresh fruit salad.

The Dorchester in London offers The Dorchester truffled beef burger for £39.50 ($66.50). It is served with truffle mayonnaise, truffle shavings and pan fried foie grass. Also on the menu is a grilled beef burger or cheese burger in a sesame bun with lettuce and barbecue sauce for £21.50 ($36).

Enjoy!

Posted in: Articles, Food and Wine

Cool Pools: Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort

Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort has a new hydroRelax pool, with a focus on pleasure and well-being in thermal water in the lush green of the park. In the hydroRelax pool guests can experiment with the benefits of different hydro-massage jets thanks to two casks with crossed hydro-massage jets (energetic hydro-massage on different muscles of the body and a beneficial effect on circulation), two cervical hydro-massage beds (full-body massage of medium intensity that stimulates and oxygenates the skin), one cervical fountain (relaxing and tension-releasing effects on the cervical vertebra), and one hydro-massage bench (good activation of circulation on a lumbar level).

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Image of the Day: Danat Al Ain Resort

May 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Danat Al Ain Resort is nestled amid lush greenery and beautiful gardens, and features luxurious accommodations, lavish resort-style features, including three pools, a 24-hour fitness centre, spa, and engaging children’s activities.

Danat Al Ain Resort

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Posted in: Al Ain

Did You Know? Wentworth Mansion

May 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wentworth Mansion


Wentworth Mansion, in Charleston, SC, was originally the private residence of Francis Silas Rodgers, his wife Marie Elizabeth Evans Cochran, and their 13 children. It was built in the mid-19th Centuryand designed by the noted architect Daniel G. Waynes, . In 1920, members of the Rodgers' family sold the home to the Scottish Rite Cathedral Association for $100,000. The Scottish Rite Masons kept the home until 1940 when they sold it to The Atlantic Coast Insurance Company who used it as their office headquarters until 1996. 1997, current proprietor Richard Widman purchased The Wentworth Mansion and began an extensive $7 million renovation that preserved historic features including the inlaid floors, original staircase, and Tiffany glass. He also added modern conveniences and luxurious bathrooms transforming the home into a one-of-a-kind historic hotel experience.

 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Vienna?

May 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna
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 4 and looking to stay is Vienna. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Step into a world of contemporary style, unique design and personalized service at the Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna. Nestled in the heart of one of Europe's leading cultural capitals, this hotel is close to Vienna's most exciting up-market retail and fashion quarter and the world-famous Cafe Central.
Designed for a style and ambience conscious clientele, the 78 luxurious rooms and suites offer a comfortable, stylish and warm atmosphere. The lavish details and superior amenities such as Free Broadband, flat-panel LCD televisions and CD/DVD players guarantee guests a unique and special experience.
Sapori is a modern, hip and contemporary Italian gourmet restaurant offering an exciting "food and mood" experience with its innovative menu and unsurpassable service. Join the social and business elite of Vienna at the H12 – Wine & Bar where seasonal cocktails and Milan-style aperitifs are complemented with an excellent collection of wine from all over the world.
Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna
Pump up your heart beat at the fully-equipped indoor fitness room, or take a break at the sauna and relaxation area. Get pampered with a massage or beauty treatments. A wide of variety of sport facilities and jogging tracks are close to the hotel, while golf and horse riding are just a 20-minute drive.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:
The Junior Suite connected to the Superior room.
Junior Suite- The deluxe Junior Suites are the premier accommodation choice for any traveller and feature sumptuous conveniences like gorgeous and functional bathrooms with shower and bathtub. After a long day of attending meetings or exploring the city, step into a fluffy bathrobe and slippers and relax with a drink from the mini bar.
Superior Room- For additional space and services, opt for the Superior Rooms, complete with additional amenities including the Super Breakfast Buffet and a mini bar. Rest in the room's tranquil atmosphere, and plan the next day's itinerary with high-speed, wireless Internet.

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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.

 


Image of the Day: Market Pavilion Hotel

May 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Terrace Suite at Market Pavilion Hotel basks in 1,000 sq. ft of spellbinding luxury and comes with city's largest hotel bathroom. Located on the Concierge Level, guests of the Terrace Suite enjoy private floor access, a concierge parlor serving delectable hot breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, and more. There is a 800 square foot Italian marble bath with separate shower & Jacuzzi bathtub, lighted makeup mirror, scale, hair dryer, Hermes brand toiletries, and plush robes. 

Market Pavilion Hotel

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Cool Pools: Tharroe of Mykonos

May 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tharroe of Mykonos 

Tharroe of Mykonos is located at the top of a small hill but is still just 900 meters from the lively town center. With sophisticated living rooms, which reflect the vitality of the island, an excellent gourmet restaurant, stunning sea and sunset view and impeccable service, this Boutique Deluxe Hotel, has earned its reputation as a Mykonos classic.

Overlooking Mykonos town, the Aegean Sea and the islands of Tinos, Syros, Delos, Gyaros, Paros and Naxos, Tharroe of Mykonos offers breathtaking views and the best in unique locations for any photography lovers. Enjoy the wondrous sunsets, drinking a special cocktail by the pool or taste our exceptional Mediterranean cuisine.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend Family Accommodations at Radisson Blu Hotel Riayadh?

May 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Radisson Blu Hotel RiyadhWe 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 three and would like the Radisson Blu Hotel Riayadh, what do you recommend?


ANSWER:  Featuring iconic Arabian architecture, lavish Scandinavian interior, and beautifully landscaped grounds, the Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh is ideally located 40 kilometres from the King Khalid International Airport. This Riyadh hotel also affords easy access to the cultural and shopping area of the city, such as the Masmak fortress and famous Kingdom Centre. Guests at this luxurious hotel may relax and unwind with five-star amenities including concierge service, 24-hour room service, health club with sauna, Jacuzzi and massage facilities, and on-site fine dining restaurants Shogun and Olivio's.

Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh
The hotel offers 234 elegant rooms and suites, all equipped with high-speed, wireless Internet access, mini bar and hair dryer. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
The Superior Deluxe Room king connected to Superior Deluxe Room with 2 twin bed.

Superior Deluxe Rooms are ideal for guests planning a longer stay or for small families. Spacious and well-equipped, these hotel rooms feature a large sitting area and extra amenities like a bathtub, an iron and ironing board and hot beverage provisions. All standard amenities are also available.

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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. 

 


Cool Pools: The American Club

May 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Kohler Waters Spa is conveniently located next to The American Club so hotel guests can drop in for a nourishing treatment, or step into a robe and experience all-day immersion.The Spa consists of three elegant treatment rooms. Riverbend also offers salon finishing services, a secluded indoor-outdoor year-round swim-through pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The American Club 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Victoria Palace Hotel

May 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Victoria Palace Hotel

Since 1913 Victoria Palace Hotel has been a landmark of the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Located on a quiet street off the bustling Rue de Rennes, the hotel truly is an expression of the Rive gauche. It combines a very Left Bank sense of understated and un-self-conscious luxury with the obvious advantages of a centrally located, residential neighbourhood.

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