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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? Chateau Marmont

July 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Chateau Marmont


Modeled after an infamous royal residence in France's Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont opened its doors in 1929. It was originally a luxury apartment residence, but was converted to a hotel during the Great Depression. The hotel was acquired and restored in 1990 by André Balazs. The hotel has become a celebrity in its own right. 

The hotel is popular with celebrities both for its iconic appearance and its private accommodations. Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are a home of their own. The majority have full kitchens, sitting areas or living rooms, some have formal dining rooms, balconies and private terraces. The scale is gracious from a long gone era, perfect for hosting an impromptu party-thick soundproof walls ensure privacy.

In 2010, Sofia Coppola directed her movie Somewhere at the hotel. The opening scene of The Canyons was shot at the Bar Marmont. Other celebrities would have produced work at the hotel include Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Parker, Bruce Weber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim Burton, and Jay McInerney. Legendary actor Robert De Niro is well-known for his penchant of often retreating to one of the hotel's two penthouses. 

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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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Did You Know? Wildflower Hall

July 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall started life as a country escape for Viceroys and high-ranking officials. It was well-loved and visited often by Lord Kitchener, who many call "the greatest Commander-in-Chief that India has ever possessed." In addition to the comforts of the residence, he also enjoyed camping and shooting in the area. 

Kitchener took command of the gardens, planning, planting, and even paying for them. He also had a snow-pit built, which created ice that was used in Wildflower Hall's kitchens throughout the year.  

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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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Did You Know? The Beverly Hills Hotel

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel



Legendary billionaire heir, Hollywood producer, and recluse Howard Hughes spent a good chunk of his life in a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Hughes famously became a recluse after an aviation accident that nearly killed him. In 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, where he subsisted on a diet of chocolate, chicken, and milk. After he emerged, Hughes took up residence in Bungalow 4 at the legendary Pink Palace. He allegedly left his Cadillac outside and unused for so long that the tires went flat and plants began to grow in the car's interior. His wife and key staff members also took up residence in the hotel, albeit in different rooms. 

Hughes spent time living in other luxury hotels. In the early 1940s, he lived in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hughes and his entourage occupied the entire top floor and the 14th floor as well. He also spent time at Eden Rock Hotel on St. Barth's. The luxury resort has a suite named after him. The Howard Hughes loft is situated on top of the iconic main house, and has three terraces and a stunning 360° view of the bay. The suite also has a King size bed, kitchenette, dining area, spacious living area, and 2 copper clad bathrooms. 

 


Congratulations to Planters Inn!

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Planters Inn
Congratulations to Planters Inn, which has been named the # 1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure's 2014 World's Best Awards.

The historic Charleston inn is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment. The 64-room inn is home to Peninsula Grill, the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked culinary experience. 

Planter's Inn is situated on the recently restored City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Planters Inn is perfectly situated for strolling through tree-lined South of Broad streets, shopping on King Street, meeting sweetgrass basket weavers at the City Market, watching a play at the Dock Street Theatre, touring antebellum house museums, sailing on the harbor, and much more.

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Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Omni Royal Orleans


Inside the luxury hotel that is now Omni Royal Orleans is the historic Rib Room. The steak-heavy restaurant, unusual in a town known for Po'Boys and seafood, has served dinner to a galaxy of stars, including  Luciano Pavarotti, Muhamad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Louis Armstrong, Richard Nixon, Paul Newman, and Harry Connick, Jr. But that's not the hotel's only claim to fame. The ideas for the Superdome and the Louisiana Jazz Festival were developed in one of Rib Room's private dining areas. 

The culinary team at the Rib Room strives to incorporate unique and locally sourced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. 

 

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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? The Adolphus

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Adolphus

The Adolphus, a baroque masterpiece, has been a legend among Dallas historic hotels since 1912, when St. Louis beer baron Adolphus Busch was approached by city founders to erect a luxury palace worthy of the Lone Star State. Style, elegance and grandeur came together in 21 stories of historic beaux arts splendor that critics named "the most beautiful building west of Venice."

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Norman Tel Aviv

June 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Norman Tel Aviv

The Norman Tel Aviv brings unprecedented prestige to the heart of the historic Mediterranean city. Nestled on a picturesque local square, The Norman Tel Aviv lies at the heart of the White City, Tel Aviv's world-famous UNESCO heritage site of historic Bauhaus architecture. Perfectly situated near Rothschild Boulevard and Tel Aviv's best cultural attractions, the hotel is comprised of two original buildings, superbly restored to their unique magnificence. No 23 Nachmani Street, built in the Eclectic style, is brimming with Renaissance and oriental influences, and No 25 Nachmani Street is a grand Modernist building, with clean lines and wooden shutters that capture the essence of 1920's architecture in ultimate style.

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