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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Views can make all the difference, and the Eiffel Suites at the Hotel Plaza Athenee take a room with a view to a whole new level. Offering two suite options - one with an Art Deco motif and the other a combination of 18th century glamour meets haute couture, the elegant guest suites provide a luxurious way to enjoy stunning views of Paris. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

From the bedrooms, guests can lie in a plush bed and look out large picture windows with stunning views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by opulent decor with fine furniture, rare woods, silk, and velvet accents, the sitting room has the same spectacular view, topped off with a piano, striking murals, and special touches. When it's time to relax, the elegant bathrooms have spectacular soaking tubs with mosaic-tiled exteriors, separate showers, towel warmers, and incredible views. Continue reading below.

Hotel Plaza Athenee Eiffel Suite Bathroom

The Hotel Plaza Athenee recently underwent a subtle renovation that retained it's Parisian charm while upgrading modern amenities and interiors. Situated along the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the ultra-luxe hotel is in the midst of the finest and most prestigious fashion boutiques and couturiers. Guest rooms and suites are glamorous and elegant, plus there's five restaurants, a chic bar, and The Dior Institute which offers exclusive facials and body treatments. 

Exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive American Breakfast for two daily, an in-room welcome amenity, and an 85 Euros voucher at The Dior Institut per reservation.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a One-Way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Suite Avenue Montaigne View, Prestige Suite, Presidential Suite, Terrace Duplex Suite, and Royal Suite. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the 16th arrondissement, Brach Paris is a chic boutique hotel amidst a timeless district. Within the bourgeois facade, the property has an arty design infused with welcoming touches, contemporary accents, and luxurious amenities.

For a unique and romantic retreat within the hotel, the Henri Suite offers 60 square meters/645 square feet of space ideal for two people to relax in the "City of Light". Featuring private access to the kitchen garden, the suite has 1930s furniture and decor infused with raw and natural materials reminiscent of Brach's modernist inspiration. Opening to a spacious terrace, the suite showcases a private Norwegian wood hot tub with exclusive Eiffel Tower views. Learn more about the property below the Henri Suite photo. 

Henri Suite at Brach Paris

Set on the 5th and 6th floors of the Brach Paris, the hotel offers 7 suites, each with a decor of wood, leather, glass, and stone, accented by unusual objects, a selection of art, and a plethora of books and novels. Providing guests with a Parisian lifestyle, suite guests receive exclusive access to the rooftop's kitchen garden. Butler service and BMW i3 are available, and the suites can connect with each other for professional or private events. Continue reading below the photo. 

Reception at Brach Paris

Within the Brach Paris, there's dining that combines executive chef Adam Bentalha's science background with Mediterranean flavors, as well as a cocktail bar, and Patisserie by Yann Brys. Plus, masterclasses in cooking, painting, and gardening, along with a sports club featuring an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, hammam, sauna, Himalayan salt cave, and barber shop. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring views of the Mediterranean, the Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes is the largest suite in the hotel. Named after the famous Agent 007, the suite offers 380 square meters/4,090 square feet. Furnished in shades of beige with doors that let in the sea breezs, there are marble floors, luxe carpets, and fine wood furniture. Continue reading about the suite below the photo.

Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Reachable via a private lift, within the exclusive space there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a dining room, private kitchen, and salon for welcoming guests. Plus a large terrace with panoramic sea views. 

The InterContinental Carlton Cannes was built in 1913 and features Belle Epoque charm. Set along the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the elegant property blends tradition with the amenities of modern life, within a refined atmosphere. Guests of the hotel can relax on the property's famous terrace or sunbathe on the private white-sand beach. Read more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily at The Carlton Restaurant or continental breakfast through room service, a 50 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay, a welcome bottle of local wine, and complimentary WiFi. Additionally, "5 Star Signature Package" rates in a Suite will also include a one way airport transfer from or to airport. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, or the Prestige Suites (Sean Connery, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Liu Ye, Sophie Marceau, Sharon Stone, Alain Delon, Sean Penn, and Uma Thurman Suites). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Paris is always a good idea, and the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Paris takes luxury to a new level. The bi-level suite provides two floors of elegant living space including a spacious living area, mezzanine, high ceilings, chandelier, and 2-story high windows that open to a one-of-a-kind private terrace featuring breathtaking views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Continue reading below the photo of the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite.

Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Within the suite there is a spacious living area with Eiffel Tower views, natural wood furniture, and marquetry--French clear-cut shapes and symmetrical designs. There's a full-size executive writing desk, a plush bedroom with a Shangri-La signature bed and bedside lighting controls. While the marble-clad bathroom has a heated floor, flat-screen TV, mist-free mirror, large walk-in shower, and separate soaking tub. Plus, 24/7 Shangri-La service. 

Formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris offers old-world elegance, and a regal setting with commanding views of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine. The hotel's Shang Palace earned a Michelin Star for its Cantonese cuisine, and the property's French gastronomic restaurant L'Abeille was awarded two Michelin stars. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Entry at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily in “La Bauhinia”, an 85 Euro hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid for room rate and no cash value), and VIP amenities including a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Additionally, bookings for the Deluxe Suite Category and above also receive a one way airport transfer with VIP Meet and Greet upon arrival. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing an iconic setting on the fifth floor of the Nolinski Paris, the Suite Josephine private apartments overlook Avenue de l'Opera. Connectable to neighboring suites and rooms, if desired, guests can have half of the fifth floor as a private retreat for a peaceful and secluded escape in the heart of the city. Continue reading below the photo of the Suite Josephine. 

Suite Josephine at Nolinski Paris

Within the suite there is custom-made furniture and elegant works of art. There's also a balcony with one-of-a-kind views of Paris, minibar, and a bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub for relaxing after a day of exploration. Read more about the property below the hotel photo. 

Nolinski Paris

The Nolinski Paris opened in 2016. Steps from the Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal gardens, the hotel is located amidst layers of history and Haussmann style. Within the property there is a classic French Brasserie Rejane, the spa designed to create a retreat for wellness, indoor swimming pool, children's accessories, and pet-friendly amenities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer with personalized note from the management and a Gourmet basket “Souvenirs de Paris” by REJ (value 50 Euro). Also, guests will have a smartphone at their disposal which includes unlimited international phone calls and internet. Additionally, guests who stay between October 28, 2018 and February 28, 2019 receive a 50 Euro Spa credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the 8th arrondissement, La Tremoille is a luxury boutique hotel in Paris' golden triangle. Originally built as a private residence in 1883, the property was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1925. Today, refinement and modernism are seamlessly combined with authentic moldings and marble fireplaces mingled with state-of-the-art technology. Guest rooms and suites feature a range of decorative styles with designer furniture and lighting fixtures, as well as Nobilis silks. Bathrooms have marble counters, triptych mirrors, Molton Brown bath products, and hand-woven basketry. Within all of the rooms and suites there is a "hatch" with silent butler closets next to the room door, where meals and laundry can be delivered without disruption. Read more below the photo. 

Double Superior Room at La Tremoille

La Tremoille Hotel provides guests with world-class services including 24-hour concierge and room service, laundry, shoe care, currency exchange, and valet service. There's also a state-of-the-art spa offering massages and body care in association with Decleor, well-being treatments, and beauty care. Plus a fitness room, sauna, and jet showers. Continue reading below the photo. 

Spa at La Tremoile

Within the hotel, Le Louis serves chef-prepared modern-European cuisine crafted with fresh ingredients. Providing high quality service and a sophisticated setting, the restaurant is open for lunches and dinners. While the Lounge Louisis open for quick bites, informal meetings, and cocktails. Learn more about a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Restaurant at La Tremoille

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary box of the famous Henri le Roux chocolates. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled within a historic Haussmanian building lies the Nolinski Paris. Set in the heart of Paris, the luxury boutique hotel is close to Palais-Royal, the Louvre Museum, and the Opera Garnier. Featuring interiors by renowned designer Jean Louis Deniot, the property's guest rooms and suites are bright, spacious, and intimate with individualized color schemes to enhance the harmony of greys and waxed concrete. Furnished with plush comforts, accommodations have neoclassical wood panelling, mouldings, dimmed wall lamps, mirrors, and refined accents. Read more below the photo. 

Superior Guest Room at Nolinski Paris

For dining, Brasserie Rejane serves traditional French specialties amidst abstract paintings, blackened oak, and cubist-inspired tiling. From breakfast with a classic croissant and coffee to stewed dishes, the French brasserie provides a modern twist for travelers to begin their day, stop-offs between museums, or post-theater dinners. The restaurant space itself is a tale of architecture in four acts: three spaces around a central room, an intimate private nook with geometric lighting, and a bar counter with painted mirrors and embellished glass. Plus, there's a winter garden greenhouse with planted bronze flowers and a bucoloic atmosphere. Continue below the Brasserie Rejane photo. 

Brasserie Rejane at Nolinski Paris

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer with personalized note from the management and a Gourmet basket “Souvenirs de Paris” by REJ (value 50 Euro). Also, guests will have a smartphone at their disposal which includes unlimited international phone calls and internet.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking Parisian rooftops, the Hotel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel offers classic French styling with views of the Louvre Museum, the Comedie Francaise Theatre, or the Avenue de l’Opera. There's a quiet indoor courtyard and Clefs d'Or concierge providing personalized recommendations for guests to experience the best of Paris. Built in 1855, the luxury hotel blends historic architecture with an idyllic location and modern amenities. Read more below the photo.

Hotel du Louvre Exterior

The Brasserie du Louvre offers traditional Parisian Brasserie dishes along with views of the Louvre Museum and the Comédie Française. During the warmer months there's an outdoor terrace under the Palais-Royal Square arches. While the hotel bar serves unique house cocktails in an intimate setting with live jazz on select evenings. Continue reading below the photo for a special offer.

Bar at the Hotel du Louvre

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome cocktail. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Europe Christmas Markets

The holiday season is drawing near and the European Christmas Markets are about to open for the season. While Germany is traditionally known for the markets, there's also time-honored markets in France, Switzerland, and Austria. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're featuring three European cities: Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and Salzburg, which can easily be visited as part of a multi-destination European vacation, or choose one for a festive holiday-themed getaway. From traditional decor to handcrafted toys, as well as live Nativity scenes, choir concerts, ice skating, European Christmas Markets provide a one-of-a-kind setting for sipping mulled wine, enjoying gingerbread, and enjoying the local traditions of the season. 


Strasbourg
Stuttgart
Salzburg

 

Strasbourg

Nestled in the Alsace region along the border of France and Germany, the first Christmas Markets in Strasbourg began in 1570. Referred to as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg's markets are considered to be the best in France. Open daily from November 24 to December 30, 2017, visitors to the city can visit multiple markets, including the original which is located in the heart of the city's Grand Ile quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll amidst more than 300 chalets offering local arts and crafts, sip hot wine from boot shaped mugs, and try Flammekeuche - a thin pizza with crème fraîche, onions, and bacon. While at the markets, visitors can watch Nativity plays, listen to carolers, and look for the city's mascot--stuffed white storks in Le Petite France set along a canal in the city center. 

Chateau de l'Ile

Chateau de l'Ile at night

Situated within a historic 19th century castle, Chateau de l'Ile offers 62 guest rooms and suites inspired by the 19th century bourgeois houses. There's traditional Alsatian dining in the Winstub, a spa with an indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, and hammam, as well as bicyles, ping-pong, billiards, and the Heydt bar

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Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Situated in the medieval quarter, Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile offers a recently renovated contemporary setting close to the Cathedral, Opera, and Petite France District. The Terroir & Co. Restaurant serves chef-prepared modern cuisine, there's a compact vineyard on-site, as well as a wine cellar with fine Alsatian wines.

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Stuttgart

Set amidst historic city squares, the sprawling Stuttgart Christmas Market dates back to the 17th century. Featuring more than 280 stalls set between the Gothic cathedral and the city's ivy-clad castle, visitors can find glass creations, wooden toys, handmade nutcrackers, and sheepskin clothing. The Kinderland has a mini steam railway, carousel, and Ferris wheel for children, while there are daily concerts in the castle's courtyard. Open from November 29 to December 23, 2017, there are illuminations, fir branches, and angels hanging between the city's gabled houses, and the smell of Glühpunsch wine infused with vanilla and cinnamon fills the air. For food, visitors can nibble roasted almonds, graze on sheep sausages, or try sweet favorites like waffles, gingerbread, and fruitcake (known as Hutzelbrot). In addition to the the city's market, the Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market and the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market can be reached via a 15-minute ride on the S-Bahn light rail system. 

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Surrounded by castle gardens, the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten offers a city center location close to the Köngistrasse shopping street and the city's cultural mile. There are four restaurants within the hotel, including the Michelin-starred Restaurant Die Zirbelstube, bistro, and an American-style bar. The Weinwirtschaft Franz Keller is bistro and wine shop combined, serving regional cuisine with regional wine tastings. 

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DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

Featuring panoramic city views, DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart offers contemporary accommodations in the heart of Stuttgart. Connected to the SI Center entertainment complex, the property offers easy access to musical theaters and the Stuttgart Casino. The Whitelounge offers 360-degree light and sound shows in the evenings, and there's multiple dining options including Tapas Y Vino, The Dubliner, and Red Black Burger. 

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Salzburg

In the midst of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest in Europe. Open each year from the Thursday preceding the first Sunday in Advent to December 26, the market is held in the Cathedral Square, under avant-garde glass casings with about 100 traditional huts selling traditional decor, local folk customs, and holiday treats like sweet mulled wine, roasted almonds and chestnuts, locally cured sausages, and Lebkuchen. The nearby Schloss Hellbrun features one of the world's largest Advent calendars and a living Nativity. 

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Restaurant Zirbelzimmer at Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Built in 1832, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is located along the banks of the river Salzach. Featuring views of the Old Town and the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the property offers historic elegance with fine dining at the Restaurant Zirbelzimmer with traditional cuisine, and guests can enjoy the Original Sacher-Torte with coffee in the Cafe Sacher Salzburg, a classic Austrian coffee house within the hotel. 

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Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Classic room at Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Set along the Getreidegasse Road in the city's Old Town, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch is a historic hotel that originally opened in 1407. Today, the property mixes original antiques and handcrafted furniture with modern amenities and Austrian traditions. The Restaurant Goldener Hirsch and Restaurant s'Herzel both serve Austrian cuisine in historic settings, and the Bar Goldener Hirsch is located within the hotel's original inner courtyard where horses once waited. Today, it is considered one of the best outfitted Bauernstil rooms with arched entrances, white walls, and stags on the walls. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

No tricks here, just Travel Treats! This Halloween we've gathered some of the top perks offers for Five Star Alliance guests around the globe. No need for anything scary here, just fabulous deals waiting for you. 

1. Taj Dubai

Taj Dubai

Soaring 35 stories over downtown, this opulent retreat features the Jiva Spa, luxe outdoor pool, stylish dining options, traditional Afternoon Tea, and creative activities for children.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at Tesoro, $100 Food and Beverage Credit per room, per stay. Plus, complimentary WiFi, and based on availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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2. Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Overlooking Pacific Palisades, this Southern California hotel offers wellness activities, locally sourced regional cuisine, and an outdoor pool with a fireplace. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily full American breakfast for two at Tower 8, in-room welcome amenity, and a welcome prosecco upon arrival. Also, subject to availability a room category upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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3. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

Set within a Haussmann building, this Parisian hotel is steps from the Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal gardens with a spa, Grand Salon, and residential-style accommodations. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, smartphone with unlimited international phone calls and internet to use during their stay, and guests staying between October 30, 2017 and February 25, 2018 receive a $100 spa credit per stay. 

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4. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Infused with genuine Inca culture and a location at the foot of Machu Picchu, this hotel offers Peruvian Cooking & Bar Classes, Andean Weddings, and ecological excursions. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a 50-minute massage for up to two people, and based on availability, an upgrade on arrival and early check-in/late check-out. 

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5. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

In the heart of Tuscany's Brunello winemaking region, the majestic estate with an 800-year history offers a Gothic chapel, 12th century castle fortress, and focus on wine. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive $100 USD resort credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full),  welcome amenity, and in-villa dinner delivered on arrival day. Also, based on availability at check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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