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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.

Image of the Day: Palihouse Santa Monica

October 31, 2014
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 Fairmont Banff Springs

October 30, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Banff Springs
Legend has it that a bride fell down the marble staircase at Fairmont Banff Springs and died on her wedding day. She's also rumored to have caught fire on the way down, due to the torches that lit the staircase.  The bride has been sighted dancing in the Cascade Ballroom, and cold air on the staircase is said to be her doing. 

Tip: If an elderly Scottish man offers to help with your bags, he's a ghost. Sam the Bellman was a longtime employee who has apparently made good on his threat to come back and haunt the place. The random opening and closing of the elevator doors is also attributed to Sam.

Book a spooky stay at Fairmont Banff Springs >>

 


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Heathman Hotel

October 29, 2014
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

October 29, 2014
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!


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel del Coronado

October 28, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel del Coronado
According to legend, a former guest by the name of Kate Morgan took her life at the Hotel del Coronado in 1892 and has haunted the place ever since. Morgan had been at the hotel for five days waiting for a man who never arrived. She was found dead of a gunshot wound on an exterior staircase that led to the beach. 

Today, Morgan's spirit seems to have remained at The Del, where she tends to occupy her former guestroom. But her beautiful vision – and ghostly pranks – can be experienced throughout the rambling resort and grounds.

Morgan is fond of playing pranks at the hotel's gift shop. The glassware that flies off shelves and the pictures that fall off walls are attributed to her mischevious ways. Because memorabilia related to Marilyn Monroe's 1958 hotel filming of Some Like It Hot seems to be the most prone to tumbling, some speculate that The Del's resident ghost doesn't like sharing the spotlight with Hollywood’s biggest star.

Catch up with the ghostly Kate at Hotel del Coronado >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Campo Bahia

October 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Campo Bahia

The resort Campo Bahia is situated at the seaside of the federal state Bahia, to the north of Porto Seguro. The 14.740 square meter area Campo Bahia has been built in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to include it into the surrounding landscape of the Santo Andre and Santa Cruz Cabralia region. Campo Bahia has 14 houses with a total of 68 suites for a personal and exclusive stay. Each house has two stories with a living space, a kitchen area and a terrace on the first floor and extraordinary but cozy bedrooms on the first floor. The houses are surrounded by an open central sector with a spread out lounge and dining area, an open kitchen and a 700 square meter pool area. Close to the resort, guests can enjoy several outside sport facilities as well as an indoor fitness center.

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Brown Palace Hotel

October 27, 2014
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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New to Five Star Alliance: Serene Pavilions

October 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Serene Pavilions is 55 kilometers from Colombo, in the heart of a 7 acre coconut grove by the Indian Ocean. There are 12 pavilions, a spa, gym, tennis court, reading room, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and private butlers to unobtrusively cater to whatever takes your fancy.

Serene Pavilions

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Monteleone

October 25, 2014
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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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend an Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico?

October 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Royal Hideaway Playacar
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 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 couple looking to stay at an adult-only all-inclusive property in Mexico. What resort offers the best accommodations for us?


ANSWER: Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen - Quintana Roo, Mexico

Royal Hideaway Playacar is for the most discriminating guests. Designed to feel more like a fully-staffed private vacation home with 11 villas, each with a private concierge, Royal Hideaway boasts the AAA-Five Diamond award distinction and is a member of Leading Hotels and Virtuoso. Guests of Royal Hideaway Playacar soak in incomparably serene Caribbean vistas, experience succulent culinary creations served in the finest surroundings, enjoy pampering spa treatments, and an attentive staff that lives the idea of "always at your service."
The exclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar offers 200 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations including 6 junior suites and 2 presidential suites. Mexican colonial style architecture adorns two- or three- floor villas giving guests sheer privacy and exceptional intimacy throughout their stay. Royal View accommodations feature a view of the azure Caribbean. All rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace as well as a private villa concierge, candles, pillow menu, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Etro amenities, hydromassage bathtub &shower, monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, DVD player, high-speed wireless Internet access, CD stereo system, stocked mini-fridge with water, soda & beer, and coffee maker.Royal Hideaway Playacar

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Duplex Suite
This beautiful two-story suite features a living room and dining area with a wet bar, bathroom and balcony on the first floor. The second floor features a large bedroom, full bathroom and large terrace where guests can enjoy endless hours of relaxation on a lounge chair or a traditional hammock. Room size: 118 sq m / 1270 sq ft. Bed type: One king size bed, per request one extra bed.

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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.