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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? Hotel la Perouse

March 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel la PerouseI A Hotel La Perouse was given its name as a tribute to the great French navigator, Jean-Francois Galaup, Count of La Perouse (1741-1788). Louis XVI ordered La Perouse to lead a scientific mission that set sail from Brest on August 1, 1785, on two ships: the Astrolabe and the Boussole, which were filled with treasures. There were 213 men on board, including some of the era's great researchers. Their goal was to sail around the world and discover new lands and unknown civilizations.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Miramar Barcelona

March 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over Las Ramblas. This luxury hotel combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design.

Hotel Miramar Barcelona 

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The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

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Did You Know? Hamilton Turner Inn

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hamilton Turner InnHamilton Turner Inn was built  in 1873 for Savannah alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family. In 1883, the Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah  to have electricity installed.  The entire house was fitted with electric lights by 1886, around the time Hamilton became president of the Brush Electric Light & Power Company.

Dr. Francis Turner purchased the house from the Hamilton estate in 1915 and lived there with his family until 1926. The mansion was opened for boarding and became a home for the Marine Hospital nurses in 1928. The Turner family moved back into the home in the 1940s, and the courtyard level was Turner's medical office.

The Turner family sold the house in 1965 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The plan was to knock the building down and turn the lot into a school playground. The Historic Savannah Foundation intervened, and the mansion was spared from the wrecking ball.

Over the next 30 years, the Hamilton-Turner house changed hands several times, at one point even being converted into apartments. The Inn even appears in John Berendt’s best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In 1997, The Hamilton-Turner mansion was converted into an inn.

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Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4?

March 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hilton Marco Island
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: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4? 

ANSWER: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa 

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is perfectly situated off the Southwest coast of Florida, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Naples. The resort is minutes from the Florida Everglades National Park, Caribbean Gardens, historic downtown Naples, and many of the finest golf courses in Southwest Florida. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is only 55 minutes from Southwest Florida Regional International Airport and 90 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Florida International Airport.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
Guest rooms at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort include amenities such as sofa bed, private furnished balcony, 32 inch LCD television, high-speed internet access, mini refrigerator and are offered in a garden/tennis, partial Gulf view or full Gulf of Mexico views. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is an ideal choice for vacationing guests.

This Hilton hotel offers resort guests an array of dining, recreational, and entertainment choices great for the entire family. Enjoy casual, poolside, or elegant formal dining in the hotels two restaurants or watch the sun go down from the Beach Bar and Grille. Watersport activities include sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, or wave runners. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel has beach volleyball or poolside sunning if something more relaxed is a priority.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel boasts of warm Gulf Stream water, an array of activities making this Hilton hotel an ideal vacation spot.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa features 22 one-bedroom suites. These spacious suites are perfect for families and offer a bedroom and living room area with dining table and sofa bed. All suites offer comfortable accommodations with a soothing contemporary theme. Amenities in the one-bedroom suites include a luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed, 32" LCD flat panel TVs, Cuisinart coffeemaker, sofa bed, in-room safe, refrigerator, work desk, private furnished balcony, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers.

-Two Queen Bed Junior Suite Deluxe Golf View
Take in views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and hotel pool from the balcony of this suite with queen beds. Stretch out on the sofa and watch an on-demand movie on the 32-inch TV, or read a book by the bedside LED lighting.

The Family Fun package includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. This deal will be available until May 16, 2015.

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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.

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Did You Know? Hotel El Convento

March 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel El Convento
A landmark monument to the Conquistador Age, Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico showcases a timeless aura of Old World charm and splendor. As the first Carmelite Convent in the Americas, it housed nuns for 252 years until closing a few days before Christmas in 1903. Vacant for a decade, the abandoned building served as a retail store, a dance hall, and, for the next 40 years, a flophouse without running water, sanitary facilities, or electricity.

Opened on Jan. 27, 1962 as El Convento Hotel, it offered a tranquil, European-style alternative to the glitzy hotels lining the Condado strip. 

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It's Fat Tuesday at Hotel Monteleone!

March 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monteleon


Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Hotel Monteleone is the perfect Mardi Gras hotel in New Orleans, just steps from the Uptown parade route on Canal Street. This New Orleans hotel that has been a French Quarter icon for more than a century. Hotel Monteleone boasts 600 luxurious guest rooms, including 55 luxury suites and literary author suites. The new Criollo Restaurant and famous Carousel Bar & Lounge offer our guests the best in New Orleans dining and nightlife. Hotel Monteleone provides the best luxury hotel amenities, including a heated rooftop pool, 24/7 fitness center, and valet parking. Hotel Monteleone also offers 24/7 In-Room Dining and a Grab-n-Go Breakfast in the Lobby Lounge.

 

After catching the parade and merriment on Canal Street, retreat to the world-famous Carousel Bar for a Sazerac, Vieux Carre, De La Louisane, or other historic Big Easy libations. 

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Did You Know? Tortuga Bay

March 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tortuga Bay is decorated by none other than world-renowned designer Oscar de la Renta. It is located within a 15,000-acre gated community where Oscar de la Renta, Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov keep homes. Tortuga Bay offers one, two, three, and four bedrooms to accommodate all guests.

Tortuga Bay 

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Did You Know? Grand Hotel Eden

March 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Eden was originally called hotel Panorama, and was built by Domenico Lombardi in 1870. It was purchased in 1883 by Carlo Augusto Reichmann,  a famous German hotelier.

In 1907, to make the most of the hotel's wonderful location, Reichmann hired architect Paolito Somazzi to construct a new larger building directly on the lake's shores. The two buildings were linked with a tunnel, acting as a particularly luxurious underground passage, entirely tiled in white, with painted garlands of flowers and furnished with shops and fitness centres for the hotel's guests.

The two buildings were called Reichmanns’ Hotels till 1919, when the name Hotel Eden was first adopted with the new owner - Adolfo Michel di Bonigen from the Canton Bern.

Grand Hotel Eden 

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Deals of the Day: Warwick Denver Hotel, Radisson St. Martin Resort, and Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel

March 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Warwick Denver
Warwick Denver 
 - Denver, CO, USA

Combining the finest in comfort with unmatched hospitality and service, Warwick Denver Hotel offers visitors the ultimate in affordable luxury among hotels in downtown Denver, Colorado. Warwick Denver Hotel boasts the most spacious lodging accommodations in Downtown Denver, the majority of which have private balconies (with two patio chairs and table) and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering impressive views of the Downtown Denver skyline or the Colorado Front Range. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with understated comfort.

Try the Suite Life Package. It includes:
-Luxury Suite for two
-Wine and cheese welcome amenity
-One in-suite movie
-Complimentary Valet Parking
-Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rates start at $249 per night >>

Radisson St. Martin Resort - St Martin Cedex, French West Indies
As the most comprehensive full-service beach resort in St Martin, this is the place to stay, dine, play, discover and relax. Guest accommodations at the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina and Spa provide a relaxing environment for a romantic getaway, Caribbean honeymoon or family vacation. Guests can opt to stay in a beautiful Marina Suites or traditional guest room. All will enjoy such welcome amenities as a private balcony, iPod dockable clock radio and high-speed Internet access. This St Martin resort offers motorized water sports and everything you need to enjoy a day on the Caribbean Sea, including banana boats, canoes, kayaks and wave runners. There is always something fun going on.
Radisson St. Martin Resort

Take advantage of the Early Summer Sale. It includes: 
-Superior Room with two Queen beds
-30% savings on accommodations
-Spacious guest rooms with two queen beds
-Daily breakfast buffet for two adults
-Kids Stay & Eat Free
-Fun resort guest activities: nature hikes, dive-in movies, aqua gym and sunrise stretch
-Free wireless, high-speed Internet access

Early summer sale rates start at EUR 168 per night >>

Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel - Dusseldorf, Germany 

Breidenbacher Hof a Capella HotelSituated right on one of the world's most renowned streets, the Konigsallee, Breidenbacher Hof is an icon for Germany, combining modern features and amenities with the rich tradition and heritage of the past. While the exterior remains the same, preserving one of Germany's treasures, the inside of the Breidenbacher Hof has been entirely rethought to fit the needs of the modern traveler.
Shopping at the Breidenbacher Hof provides select and distinct shopping experiences, including House of Escada, Schnitzler Perfumery and Hugo Boss, moments away on the Konigsalle. Inside Breidenbacher Hof, a world-class grill awaits, combining modern flair with traditional German cuisine, and there are numerous opportunities to discover the local flavor along the Konigsallee and beyond. Dusseldorf's renowned Old Town is steps away from the hotel, featuring historic taverns, bars and restaurants, as well as a stunning collection of turn-of-the-century architecture awaiting your exploration. 

Try the Honeymoon Package. It includes: 
-Fireplace Suite
-Four-course dinner
-Carriage ride
-Spa treatments
-Complimentary Wi-fi

Honeymoon Package rates start at EUR 656.80 per night >>

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