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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.

Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Monteleone


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Monteleone
Thanks to Anne Rice's novels and American Horror Story, vampires are probably more closely associated to New Orleans than ghosts and spirits. But Hotel Monteleone has its share of ghosts and otherwordly sightings.  The historic Hotel Monteleone, founded in 1886 and owned by the fourth generation of the Monteleone family, has often heard ghost stories from guests, especially on the 14th floor (which is actually the 13th floor).

Generations of hotel guests and staff have regularly experienced haunted events at the event. This haunted hotel has an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading a curioues couple down a hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children playing.

In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at the Hotel Monteleone, investigating the hauntings. While at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them were several former employees, a man named William Wildemere who died inside the hotel of natural causes, and a boy who was much older when he died but enjoys returning to Hotel Monteleone as a 10-year-old to play hide-and-seek with another young spirit.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Palihouse Holloway


By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Holloway is a boutique urban lodge offering 36 studio, one-and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences, a roof deck for private entertaining, Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie and the Lobby Lounge, which brings guests, residents, and neighbors together for signature cocktails, food, and more. Palihouse is located in the heart of West Hollywood, a vibrant, dynamic city known as one of Los Angeles' most popular destinations for its entertainment venues and unparalleled nightlife and shopping.

Palihouse Holloway

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New to Five Star Alliance: Raffles Istanbul


By: Five Star Alliance

Raffles Istanbul sits at the intersection of the city's most important arteries, connected to the Bazaars of old and linked to the new retail experience of the Zorlu Center. Contemporary design provides a sumptuous, world class space. Restaurants and bars bring the very best of the world. Rooms and suites are perfectly to take advantage of the location and the panoramic views it offers across the city. 

Raffles Istanbul

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Dining al Fresco: Fresh Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Dining al fresco at Fresh Hotel offers a pretty good view of that old pile of marble known as The Acropolis.

Dining al Fresco Fresh Hotel Athens 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New York City Hotel That Offers Rooms with a Full Kitchens?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Lowell
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 family looking to stay in New York City. What hotel offers the a full kitchen in the room for us?

ANSWER: The Lowell  

Located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell is in the heart of New York's most exclusive and fashionable Upper East Side. With only 49 individually decorated suites and 23 deluxe rooms, the hotel lavishes its guests with truly personalized service and great attention to detail. Among the many thoughtful touches are complimentary beverages upon arrival, Fiji water at turndown and a selection of Bulgari amenities. Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and almost all have fully equipped kitchens.

For Your Needs We Recommend:

One Bedroom Suite
Spanning over 800 square feet in size, the suites are truly residential with a separate living room, all with wood burning fireplaces and a full service kitchen. The spacious marble bathrooms have a bathtub and shower combination.

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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: Warwick Barsey Hotel Brussels


By: Five Star Alliance

Warwick Barsey Hotel Brussels strikes the right balance between contemporary chic and traditional charm. A recent refurbishment brings together classic architecture with modern interiors to create a glamorous and ultra-comfortable home-away-from-home.

Warwick Barsey Hotel Brussels

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Manet Checks in to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Offering views over Knightsbridge and the royal park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is one of London’s most distinguished hotels. The hotel also recently played host to Edouard Manet's Le Printemps. The 1881 painting is estimated to sell for $25-35 million at Christie's Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale held on 5 November in New York

(Photo courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. 2014)


Image of the Day: G&V Royal Mile Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

G&V Royal Mile Hotel is the only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile, set in the heart of the Scottish capital. The Victoria Suite, pictured below, is approximately 55 square meters. This deluxe space combining supreme form and function issituated on G&V's top floor. Guests enjoy far reaching views across the beautiful Scottish capital.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel 

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Get Jazzy at La Tremoille


By: Five Star Alliance

La Tremoille's Jazz Suites were created to honor Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Both musicians stayed at the Parisian hotel in the 1960's. 

La Tremoille 

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Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Florida


By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Florida
Gran Hotel la Florida was built in 1924 by Doctor Andreu, who wanted to build the best hotel in Barcelona. It thrived until Spain's civil war, when it was used as a military hospital. It returned to its hotel roots in 1950, and became popular with Barcelona's high society, especially as a summer residence for well-heeled Catalan families. 

In subsequent years, Ernest Hemingway, James Stewart, George Sanders, Rock Hudson, Princess Fabiola and the prince of Belgium stayed at the prestigious hotel. But in 1979, La Florida succumbed to the passing of time and it closed its doors. This boutique hotel of Barcelona was rescued in 2001 thanks to a meticulous renovation that lasted for four years.

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