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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? The Shelbourne Dublin

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
The Shelbourne Hotel
was founded in 1824 by Tipperary man Martin Burke, when he acquired three adjoining townhouses overlooking Dublin's St Stephen's Green - Europe's largest garden square. Burke named his grand new hotel The Shelbourne, after William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne.

In May 1922, The Shelbourne played host to its most historic meeting – the drafting of the Irish Constitution. Bunreacht na hÉireann was drawn up in room 112, under the leadership of Michael Collins. This room is now The Constitution Room.

 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Barcelona?

July 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
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 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 Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
Standard Room connected to a Junior Suite, with a rollaway bed.

- Standard Room is 25 square meters, has twin beds or double bed, has a double door and full bathroom.
- Junior Suite is 40 square meters and has either two beds or ing bed, Double door, Receiver, Dresser, Lounge, Full bathroom, Hot Tub and Shower.

Hotel Casa Fuster's Barcelona accommodation offers 105 rooms that are decorated with natural tones to reflect a peacefully harmonious and comfortable environment - it's exclusive and noble materials such as wood combine both modern and classic design. Its unique style combines contemporary elements along with modernist character. It's large windows fill all the rooms with plenty of natural light. All rooms contain a minibar, telephone, free internet connection, 30" Flat screen LCD TV, Satellite channels, complete bathroom with hair dryer, surround sound, heating, air conditioning and safe.
 

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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.

 


Cool Pools: Ibiza Gran Hotel

July 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ibiza Gran Hotel's "Open Aqua" includes heated swimming pools and hydrotherapy with underwater massage, contrast baths, cold pool, Hammam, sauna, and a relaxation area.

Ibiza Gran Hotel 

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Vesuvio

July 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

The end of the 19th century saw an initiative by the Italian government to renovate the most deprived areas of Naples and to build a sea-front from scratch. Grand Hotel Vesuvio was constructed in 1882 by Belgian financier Oscar du Mesnil. Two years later, the hotel hosted Queen Victoria of Sweden and her personal doctor, Axel Munthe. In 1885 Guy de Maupassant stayed at the hotel. The hotel was destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt by 1950, and two extra floors were added.

The first famous guest from the period was President Einaudi and his wife, followed by Prince Ranier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, King Gustav of Sweden, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, Gina Lollobrigida, the Nobel prizewinner Rita Levi Montalcini and many others. During the G7 summit of 1993, the hotel hosted President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton. 

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Dining al Fresco: Castille Paris

June 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castille Paris

Castille Paris offers fine dining at L'Assaggio. The Italian restaurant serves a symphony of the colours and fragrances of the best Mediterranean cuisine with many regional Italian dishes. The Florentine patio opens its doors around the Roman fountain in spring and summer, evoking an Italian atmosphere.

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Did You Know? Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort has seven pools, including one pool reserved for guests' pets. Lucky dogs.

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Minerva Florence

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence has a sixth floor terrace that is the perfect place to enjoy one of the world's most famous views. The facade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, and the Palazzo Vecchio are all visible from the terrace.

In addition to the stunning views, the hotel's rooftop swimming pool is open from May to September. Circled by comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas, soak up some sun while enjoying the rooftop panorama of Florence. There is also a bar serving refreshing drinks, ice cream, aperitifs, snacks, salads, fruit or vegetable smoothies, and cold dishes.

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence 

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Image of the Day: First Hotel Skt Petri

June 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

First Hotel Skt Petri is named after Saint Peter, who holds the keys to Paradise. Only 20 minutes away from the Airport by metro, Skt. Petri is located at the very heart of Copenhagen’s lively Latin Quarter.

First Hotel Copenhagen

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Did You Know? Cour Du Corbeau

June 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cour Du Corbeau

Cour Du Corbeau became a hotel in 1528, when it went under the name Zum Rappen. "The Court Yard of the Crow" is a rare architectural example of a building originally designed as a hotel. Run for more than three centuries as such, it was closed only in 1854. In the interim betwen then and its renovation in 2009, the structure housed a glass factory, a furnishing manufacturer, and housing for workers.  

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

June 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel is housed in a palace which has been classified as a National Monument since 1910, was by architect David Sinclair and decorated by architect James Mitchell. The building is located on the banks of the Douro River, named after the famous Wine Region in Portugal, which dates back to Roman times. In the main building of the Pousada - the old Palace - you can find the restaurant, bar, and social rooms. In the other building, the old Harmony grinding mills, you can find the bedrooms, some of which hold a magnificent view over the river.

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