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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.

Did You Know? Ruzzini Palace

September 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ruzzini Palace was built during the late XVI century and early XVII century, and known as Palazzo Loredan Ruzzini Priuli. It is renowned for its frescoes and paintings, which were created by Gregorio Lazzarini (1655 – 1730). The teacher of Giambattista Tiepolo, Lazzarini's frescoes depicting mythological scenes, "Juno’s Chariot" and "Zephyr and Flora" that today grace the hotel's Royal Suite, were commissioned by Carlo Ruzzini, the 113th Doge of Venice.

Ruzzini Palace

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Did You Know? Fairmont Palliser

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Palliser

Before the Canadian Pacific Railway steamed into town around 1883, there was little in Calgary other than a mounted police post and a trading center. But with the train came tourists, many on their way to visit to a stay at Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, which is now the Fairmont Banff Springs. Looking to lure these tourists to stop over for a few days, the Fairmont Palliser was built.

The luxury hotel opened as The Palliser on June 1, 1914. It was built in the Edwardian Commercial style. Architect Lawrence Gotch adopted a Chicago look, with straight geometric lines resembling the prairie grain elevators found in Alberta and other prairie provinces. The E-shape of the service floors was designed to provide all rooms with outside lighting and created the appearance of three adjacent towers. The public areas were fitted with oak paneling, candelabras, marble columns and floors, handmade rugs and public art. Ice water, along with hot and cold running water, was available in the 350 guest rooms, which featured mahogany doors, brass beds and windows. Named after Captain John Palliser, who explored the area in the 1850s, the eight-floor building was enlarged in 1929, with another $30 million in renovations and restoration recently made.

Pictured is the the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, built to preserve and showcase Canadian Pacific's history, which is a partnership between the hotel and the railway company. The glass rotunda was inspired by late 19th century railway station design and provides a home for Canadian Pacific's vintage train cars. Catered by the hotel's restaurant, the Pavilion and heritage cars can be rented for private functions and events.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej offers redecorated rooms, top-level meeting rooms, the largest presidential suite in Latin America, heated outdoor swimming pool, an Elements SPA by Banyan Tree, and for lovers of fine food, the luxury Arola-Vintetres.

Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej 

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Did You Know? Dean Street Townhouse

September 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dean Street Townhouse 

Located in the heart of London's fashionable Soho neighborhood, Dean Street Townhouse consists of a pair of Georgian residences built by carpenter John Meard in 1732-1735. Home to aristocratic families and, at one point, King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne, the houses were located in Soho Fields, which gradually became a cosmopolitan centre, attracting sculptors, architects and artists, the painter William Hogarth among them.

In 1928, socialite aristocrat David Tennant founded the Gargoyle Club on the top floors of number 69, It was a well-known hangout of politicians, intellectuals, artists and entertainment royalty, including Noël Coward, Tallulah Bankhead and Fred Astaire.

The decadent and lavishly decorated club, which had Henri Matisse’s L’Atelier Rouge on one wall, went into decline by the mid 1950s, although it survived as a drinking den frequented by artists such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. It enjoyed a last hurrah in 1979, when the Comedy Store took over the club, while in the basement Billy’s – then renamed Gossip’s – became a hangout for a new generation of British music stars.

Soho House took possession of the keys to numbers 69 and 70 Dean Street in 2008 and opened Dean Street Townhouse the following year.

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Image of the Day: De Las Letras Hotel

September 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy this stunning view of Madrid from the rooftop terrace at De Las Letras Hotel.
Book one of the 7 superior rooms with terrace and the view is all yours.

De Las Letras Hotel

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Walk the Riverwalk with Hotel Contessa

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Countessa
The magic that surrounds this verdant oasis is mystifying to all who visit San Antonio's famed River Walk every year. At the heart and soul of this gently winding waterway is Hotel Contessa, one of the River Walk's sparkling gems.

The San Antonio Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.  It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. More than 20 events take place on the Riverwalk every year.

The all-suites Hotel Contessa celebrates the River Walk with a special package designed to take advantage of the perfect weather for walking.

Book the Explore River Walk Package and receive:

• Overnight Luxury Suite Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Las Ramblas
• River Walk Boat Tour Tickets
• Wireless Internet Access
 

Nightly rates for the Explore Riverwalk package start at $289 >>


New to Five Star Alliance: The Cornstalk Hotel

September 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cornstalk Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa.

The Cornstalk Hotel

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Lacroix Suite Package at The Rittenhouse

September 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rittenhouse
Book the Suite Lacroix package at Philadelphia's The Rittenhouse, and you will dine and sleep in style. The Rittenhouse is known for its world-class amenities and services, along with a Center City location. 

Lacroix Suite Package includes:

- Overnight accommodations in a Park Suite
- Four course dinner for two at the AAA Four Diamond Award Lacroix Restaurant
- Wine pairing for two
- Two glasses of champagne
- American breakfast for two in the morning

The Lacroix Restaurant is known for its locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, extensive wine selection, Progressive International Cuisine, and a backdrop of Rittenhouse Square.

Each of the Park Suites include marble bathrooms, four-poster beds, and carefully chosen hand-crafted furniture designed specifically for The Rittenhouse. Located on the third floor of the hotel, each of the Rittenhouse Hotel suites are designed to take full advantage of these unique treetop views of Rittenhouse Square. The suites range in size from approximately 950 to 1,300 square feet. 

Park Suite Amenities Include:

Rittenhouse Hotel

- Separate seating area with queen-sized sofa sleeper
- Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown service
- Plush bed with pillow-top mattress, duvets and king-size down pillows 
- State-of-the-art technology featuring flat-screen televisions and iPod docking station 
- Entertainment on demand
- Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access
- Individual climate control
- In-room safe large enough to store a laptop computer
- Private bar stocked with a selection of cold beverages and snacks
- Luxurious marble bathroom featuring Acqua Di Parma bath amenities
- Oversized bathtub and glass enclosed shower with massage showerhead
- Separate vanity and dressing area with illuminated makeup mirror
- Plush bathrobe and slippers
- 24-hour in-room dining
- Overnight shoe shining service

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Armani Hotel Milano's Armani/Ristorante Concept

September 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel MilanoThe dining venues within Armani Hotel Milano, with their floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give a breathtaking panoramic view on the rooftops and the terraces of Milan. Overlooking the Duomo Cathedral and the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, the Armani/Ristorante (on the 7th floor of the Armani Hotel Milano) is the ideal place for a business lunch, for a hearty meal over several courses and for a relaxed and light dinner with a glass of wine … and for a special Sunday brunch too.

Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic Italian traditions, providing Guests with classic and authentic culinary delights. The dishes make use of fresh produce and are served amid an elegant ambiance, with expert, attentive, and impeccable service.


Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca with an exclusive and wide selection of more than 300 wines. Each wine label is chosen for its ability to let guests live a unique sensory experience. Armani/Ristorante also features an intimate Private Dining Room and a magnificent Chef’s Table located within the kitchen.
Armani Hotel Milan
On the same floor is the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar, with an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a memorable aperitivo and for a vibrant after-dinner, accompanied by very good music.

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Image of the Day: Brufani Palace

September 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Brufani Palace displays its art al fresco. Why not?

Brufani Palace

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