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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.

Belmond Charleston Place: A Unique Balance Between Historic Charm and Modern Luxury


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston PlaceTake a step back in time, exploring centuries-old gardens and antebellum architecture while staying in the heart of one of the most romantic and vibrant cities in the world.

There are few cities in the world that have been able to preserve its past like Charleston. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses to churches to historic sites like Fort Sumter, the famous open-air market and the gardens and plantations, which are some of the country's oldest.

While the past is still very much alive in Charleston, the city has become a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination, tempting travelers around the world to experience its rich culture, boutique shopping and arguably one of the best culinary scenes in the country. Condé Nast Traveler has ranked Charleston the Number 1 City in the US for 4 years in a row and no hotel in Charleston better represents the city's unique balance between historic charm and modern luxury than Belmond Charleston Place.Belmond Charleston Place

One of the grandest properties in the Belmond collection, Belmond Charleston Place is consistently ranked among the best hotels by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. The hotel evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with a signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. More than 200 rooms at Belmond Charleston Place have recently undergone a complete revitalization, resulting in modern, luxurious accommodations with slick in-room technology. The rooms feature new furniture, distinctive pieces of artwork and Carrera marble bathrooms.

The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s full-service European-style spa, horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof, upscale shops and the Charleston Grill, the on-site restaurant that’s been consistently recognized with an AAA Four Diamond Award, Mobil Four Star Award and "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver presents a menu that is a unique balance of Southern, French and Contemporary cuisines highlighted by favorites like the Charleston Grill Crab Cake or Okeechobee Catfish & Fried Shrimp. The sight of local fine art and sounds of live, world-class jazz featured nightly at Charleston Grill accompany the unparalleled culinary experience.
Belmond Charleston Place
Surrounded by historic homes and buildings, strolling distance to the city's delightful shops, galleries and restaurants, and close to pristine beaches, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other.


Imagine being able to explore all Charleston has to offer you this season with an exceptional discount. Belmond Charleston Place's Upgrade Your Stay Offer includes a 20% discount on luxurious Club Level or Suite accommodations for a limited time. 

Book your stay at Belmond Charleston Place >>


Dining al Fresco: The Trafalgar


By: Five Star Alliance

Given the name of this hotel, we are pretty sure you know what square The Trafalgar overlooks.

The Trafalgar 

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Image of the Day: Palihouse Santa Monica


By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique beach lodge offering 37 generously appointed classic rooms as well as stunning studios, one and two-bedroom guest suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse Santa Monica (formerly The Embassy Hotel Apartments) is an outstanding example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival Architecture. The hotel dates back to a time when Santa Monica was the last Los Angeles rail stop and travelers from all over the world came for seaside vacations all year round.

Palihouse Santa Monica

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Heathman Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Heathman Hotel
Long before 50 Shades of Gray made it popular, The Heathman Hotel had a reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Rooms whose numbers end in 03 are rumored to be the most haunted in the hotel. The origin of this is a guest who committed suicide by jumping out of the window of room 1003. 703 is also considered haunted, but those not comfortable with the spirit world should avoid all 03 rooms. 

Guests have reported clean towels used when no one is in the room, glasses of water mysteriously emptying, and chairs moving around. Cold spots, sounds that can't be explained, and faces that appear in the dark have also been reported. Most chillingly, some guests have reported feeling a ghostly presence in bed with them. 

Shudder. Talk about double occupancy. 

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Book a Stay at Hogwarts


By: Five Star Alliance

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! You can now book a room at Hogwarts, the mythical wizarding academy attended by the boy wizard and his pals. Sort of. Since Hogwarts is, well, fictional, you can't really check-in. But, the Georgian House in London has transformed some guest rooms into Wizard's Chambers. The rooms are part of the hotel's Harry Potter Tour Package. The first part of the package is the Muggle Walking Tour, which showcases landmark sights used in the making of the film. Then, check into the Wizard's Chambers. They have a gothic feel, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts, with 4 poster beds, potion bottles and cauldrons, and unexpected wizardly details. A full English breakfast is included. 

After breakfast, take a walk to Victoria Station and climb aboard the Harry Potter Tour bus. The bus takes you to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour– The Making of Harry Potter. This tour gives you the lowdown on how the films were made, and you get to see many of the sets and props that feature in the movies. This tour has 5 stars and rave reviews, and is a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter Package Details and Prices

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast and Muggle tour: £249.00. (£60 for an additional child and £72 for an additional adult)

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast, Muggle Tour tickets and Studio Tour tickets including the branded bus transport from Victoria £363, (£112 for an extra child and £129 for an extra adult)

Wizard Chambers prices, not including tours:
For two people, with breakfast, £209 ( for each additional guest sharing the room, an extra £20)

Happy Wizarding!


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Puppy-Friendly Hotel in Dallas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The JouleWe 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: What is a pet friendly resorts in Dallas for a family of 2, and our puppy of course?


ANSWER: The Joule, a Luxury Collection Hotel 

The Joule, Dallas is the first true designer hotel in Dallas. The Joule embodies a new sense of energy sweeping through the revitalized historic center. The restoration of the 1920s Neo-Gothic facade is further enhanced by a new 10-story tower and striking lobby. The hotel also features 2,374 square feet of event space and a 1,500-sq.-ft. deluxe gym. Nearby attractions include Victory Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as shopping at the flagship original Neiman Marcus location, dining and entertainment in the West End historic district and the West Village.

Destined to delight vacationing visitors and business travelers alike, the Deluxe hotel rooms offer up to 350 square feet of vibrant space for the most relaxing stay. With a combination of style, art and originality, the deluxe accommodations feature imported Italian woodwork, Black Merbau floors, dark grey ceramic tile, custom bathroom fixtures and more.The Joule Wrap yourself in ultimate comfort with The Joule's premier bedding. From the premium down comforter and pillows to the 300-thread-count sheets, guests will never want to leave the bedroom. For entertaining, the room features an iPod docking station and a 47" flat-screen Apple Smart TV.

The hotel is pet-friendly. There is no fee for furry family-members of no more than 50 lbs. You will need to kennel while in room for maid, and animals are not permitted in food prep or serving areas.

Book your stay at The Joule >>


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.
 


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Brown Palace Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

Brown Palace Hotel
One of the ghosts at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel is said to be Louise Crawford Hill, a socialite who lived in the hotel in the 1930s. Crawford lived in room 904, and after her death, the switchboard starting receiving calls from the room, which was undergoing renovations and had no telephone. 

Guided historical tours recounting interesting anecdotes about the general history of The Brown Palace Hotel are offered every Wednesday and Saturday, and in October, the tours focus on the hotel's ghostly past. This popular tour highlights tales of unexplained phenomena and spirits who appear to have chosen to spend eternity at the hotel.

Among the other otherworldly sounds and spirits here are:

- A formally-dressed string quartet is said to live in the hotel's main dining room and has been allegedly heard to be practicing thier music. The room was formerly known as the San Marco Room, where big bands played. 

- A man dressed in an old-fashioned train conductor's uniform was seen at the site where the hotel's railroad ticket office used to be. 

- A baby's cries emanating from the boiler room

- Ghostly children playing and running in the hallways

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Galvez and Spa


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel GalvezHotel Galvez & Spa, built in 1911 on Galveston Island, is a renowned upscale hotel, with guest rooms that boast an island or ocean view. Legend has it a seaman's fiancé was staying in room 501 when she heard his ship had sunk, and took her own life. Now she haunts the halls, especially during October Ghost Tours. Throughout October, the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel is offering its annual public ghost tour accompanied by a three-course dinner. During the one-hour tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the historic hotel's ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. 

Want more ghost stories? Check out more haunted hotels on Pinterest and Facebook.

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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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