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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? The Algonquin New York

July 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at The Algonquin. In 1919, they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a daily exchange of ideas, opinions, and often-savage wit that has enriched the world's literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, and Edna Ferber were also in this August assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker magazine, which today is free to guests of the hotel.

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Did You Know? Hotel Lutetia

July 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Lutetia was the first Art Deco hotel in Paris. Situated in the literary and artistic centre of Paris, many painters, writers and stayed or made their home at the luxury hotel. Perhaps you've heard of hotel guests named Matisse, Andre Gide, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Josephine Baker and Picasso? The adventurer, Alexandra David Neel stayed here after her expedition to the Far East, and General de Gaulle spent his honeymoon here.

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Did You Know? Schlosshotel Velden

July 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Schlosshotel Velden began as the Castle Velden in 1590. A fire in 1762 burned the castle, and it was then rebuilt and opened as a hotel in 1890.

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Did You Know? The Park Lane Hotel London

July 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel mogul and future London Mayor Bracewell Smith started building the The Park Lane Hotel London from 1924 to 1927. World War I halted construction, and the hotel was an unfinished steel frame until 1940. During the 13-year delay in building, the hotel was nicknamed "the birdcage."

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Did You Know? The Fearrington House

July 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Fearrington House
The Fearrington House
 has award-winning gardens that meld the informal qualities of Fearrington’s farm heritage with the romantic landscape details of the European countryside. The grounds include about 60 garden beds, an herb garden used by the chefs at the Fearrington House Restaurant, several cutting beds used by our florists, and several greenhouses. A experienced year-round team of seven maintain the grounds, and they’re delighted to answer questions.

The Fearrington House

Fearrington’s gardens celebrate seasons, holidays, and special occasions and North Carolina’s rich horticultural traditions and plant diversity. The mild climate of the Piedmont region means our gardens are attractive and engaging throughout the year.

 

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Did You Know? Vidago Palace

July 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Commissioned by King Carlos of Portugal in 1908, Vidago Palace was originally conceived as an opulent holiday residence for His Majesty and his entourage, who, since the late 1800s, had been regular visitors to the region in order to enjoy the therapeutic effects of Vidago's famed mineral waters. Assassinated later that year, King Carlos never saw his project completed. Nor, in an ironic twist of fate, did his son and successor, King Manuel II, who was deposed in the republican revolution that swept across Portugal on October 5th 1910 – the day before Vidago Palace was meant to open. Although it would never host its intended royal residents, Vidago Palace became a favoured destination among Portuguese and European aristocracy and was considered to be the most luxurious hotel on the Iberian Peninsula.

Vidago Palace 

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Did You Know? Rusty Parrot Lodge And Spa

July 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ever wonder how Jackon, WY's Rusty Parrot Lodge And Spa came by its unusual name? Well, we can't tell you. Because we don't know. Mind you, there's many an exaggerated campfire tale that claims to reveal the secret behind the family-run 30-room lodge's moniker, but the only way to really find out. You'll have to ask the owner, Ron Harrison. He can usually be found behind the front desk (with a unrusted parrot) and he'll tell you the real story. Let us know what you find out!

 Rusty Parrot Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Fairmont Southampton

July 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Southampton of is located on Bermuda's highest point on a 100-acre estate.  It is the sister hotel
to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Together the two hotels constitute 25% of all the hotel rooms in Bermuda.

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Did You Know? Ka'ana Boutique Resort

July 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ka'ana Boutique Resort is the closest luxury resort to Tikal,, one of the most prominent Maya Ruins in Guatemala. Tikal ("City of Echoes") is the largest known City remaining from the ancient Maya civilization and was considered the greatest metropolis in the Maya Kingdom. It holds ruins comprising over 3,000 astounding structures set in 55 square kilometres / 21 sq miles and situated in Guatemala’s largest protected area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Did You Know? QT Sydney

July 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

QT Sydney, a boutique hotel in the city's central business district, is set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and the State Theatre. Pairing stars from stage and screen that have performed in the State Theatre over the past 80 years, and the classic retail of the Gowings department store, the QT Sydney captures the intrigue and excitement of the past in an edgy, contemporary design style.

QT Sydney

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