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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.

Did You Know? Archer Hotel New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Archer Hotel New York evokes the creative soul of its New York City Garment District neighborhood. In a city full of amazing museums, the hotel has also carefully curated a collection of house art. The pieces range from photography, digital installations, and nostalgic cutouts, and are curated by Manhattan-based art advisor Deborah Goodman Davis.

Archer Hotel New York

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Did You Know? Andaz Amsterdam


By: Five Star Alliance

Andaz Amsterdam is this is the first and only hotel in the world showcasing a video art collection.  Explore a total of 40 unique works, ranging from young talents and established names to a few carefully selected international masters, such as Ryan Gander, Erwin Olaf and Mark Titchner.

Andaz Amsterdam

Depending on the work’s level of intensity and outspokenness, selections from the video art collection are showcased in different areas of the hotel — in the public areas of the ground floor, in the hallways throughout the various floors, or through a special video channel available on the televisions in the guestrooms. The largest display screen for the presentation of video footage is located in the Lounge and compromises nine 60-inch televisions.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Hotel in Amsterdam Suitable for a Family of Four?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel VondelWe 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 Amsterdam. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Hotel Vondel 

Nestled among Amsterdam's lively center, you will find Hotel Vondel, a boutique hotel offering outstanding accommodations at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide the utmost comfort for everyone’s taste. You may choose from various different room types, ensuring everyone will find just what they're looking for. Start your day with the restaurants extensive breakfast buffet, or just stay in and enjoy it in your room. The trendy bar extends into a charming for guests to relax during the summer months. The hotels exclusive and intimate size doesn't prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter and fashion district.Hotel Vondel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two-Bedroom Loft Suite

Take luxury to new heights! This one-of-a-kind split level loft suite is a stunning city loft located on the top floor. Soothe your soul in this spacious loft with two separate bedrooms, a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchen. Sleep like a King or Queen in the comfortable king size beds. The master bedroom with king size bed, bathroom with bath and walk-in rain dance shower are located on the same floor as the kitchen and living room. The second bedroom and bathroom with shower are located on the top floor of the hotel. Enjoy wifi and extensive amenities from Spa Collection. The Loft Suite is a perfect hidden sanctuary for a long weekend with family or for extensive business trip.

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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.

 


Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Perla


By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Perla

Gran Hotel la Perla
 
is the most famous and oldest hotel in Pamplona. One side of the hotel is on Estafeta Street, one of the main routes in the Running of the Bulls. Notable guests include Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin. 

The room of Ernest Hemingway remains the same as when he stayed there. There are three other special rooms dedicated to historical figures that have stayed at the hote: Pablo Sarasate, Don Juan de Borbon and the Royal Family.

The Estafeta Historical Rooms are dedicated to prominent Spanish cultural or social figures, and other famous guests. These include Federico Moreno Torroba, Torrente Ballester, the bullfighters Cayetano Ordonez and Juan Belmonte, Orson Welles and the Muslim leader Aga Khan.

The hotel was totally renovated in 2007.  

 

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Did You Know? FCC Angkor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

FCC Angkor Hotel is renovated from the French former governor's mansion. The building itself is a monument to provincial fortunes.

FCC Angkor 

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Did You Know? Ksar Char-Bagh


By: Five Star Alliance

Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.

Ksar Cher-Bagh 

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Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the PalaceBuckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.

The Rubens at the PalaceBy 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.

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Did You Know? Ojai Valley Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa 

Guests at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa can come home with more than bathrobes and memories. The resort's Artist Cottage offers a number of creative classes for all ages. One unique offering is Apothecary, a custom scent blending class. The class will rely on your unconscious to create a personalized scent. The scent can then be used as a perfume or the apothecary specialist can blend it into a product line for future enjoyment. 

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Did You Know? Ruzzini Palace


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


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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