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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.

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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The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Restored Cabana Cafe and Private Cabanas

June 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel, long known as "The Pink Palace," is famous for legendary service, guests, and pool.  Steeped in Hollywood history and legendary mystique, the beloved pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has always been home to starlets and movie icons, as well as the setting for numerous classic films.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool


The whole pool area has undergone an update, courtesy of renowned hotel and restaurant designer, Adam Tihany. The redesign has included the Cabana Cafe, private cabanas, and the addition of a new Pool Terrace, now allowing for private parties at the hotel's famed pool. The legendary luxury of the pool area has gone an update, but the historic integrity of it has been maintained.

Guests enjoy the complimentary "pop up refreshments" throughout the day:

· Mini Soft Serve Cones
· Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
· Otter Pops
· Mojito Pops
· Mini Lava Flows
· Kiwi-Strawberry Lemonade Cooler
· Li HingMui Pineapple
· Refreshing Evian mist

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool Loungers
 

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Did You Know? The Cellars-Hohenort

June 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cellars-Hohenort
In 1693, The Cellars-Hohenort, then known as Klaasenbosch Farm, was the house of Hendrik ten Damme, Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company. The farmhouse is positioned against the wooded knoll of the eastern slope of Table Mountain. During the 1750's it became part of the flourishing farming and wine producing area. The Cellars was the wine cellar of Klaasenbosch Farm.

After numerous owners, Arnold Spilhaus bought the farm in 1906 and replaced the old thatched farmhouse with the magnificent manor in the German style with square gables, designed by architect Seeliger. It was named Hohenort, meaning "high place" in old German. 

 

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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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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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New to Five Star Alliance: Lone Star Court

June 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lone Star Court

New to Five Star Alliance is Lone Star Court. Like the motor courts of yesteryear, this cool Austin boutique hotel features an aesthetic that epitomizes Austin and Texas Hill Country. Located in Austin's newest residential and commercial district, The Domain, Lone Star Court is central to Austin's most vibrant new community. From the attractive room decor to the relaxing outdoor courtyard, nothing says Americana like Lone Star Court Domain Austin. The hotel is near Austin Arboretum in The Domain, a short drive from the Austin Convention Center and many more attractions in Downtown Austin, TX.

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Take a Walk with Loch Torridon

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loch Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. Explore some of the surrounding countryside by taking part in the fourth annual Torridon Walking Festival, which takes the weekend of October 11th – 13th, 2014.

Loch Torridon

The event takes in some of the North West Highlands finest Munros, including Torridon's famous three: Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. A Munro is is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. As well as climbing the big three, there are other classic Munros, including Maol Chean Dearg and Slioch, located in the area. The weekend kicks off with the ascent and the classic traverse of the famous Liathach ridge.
Loch Torridon

The high level walks are aimed at people that are used to the mountain environment and as such will have a reasonable level of fitness. The walks will be visiting wild places and will not necessarily follow footpaths. Conditions underfoot, coupled with the terrain; dictate that these walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. All activities involve a degree of physical input and as such any aches, pains weaknesses or concerns need to be advised to the guide at the start of the day and to The Torridon before the festival.

Low level walks will follow estate roads and footpaths with easy height gain but a reasonable level of fitness is still recommended. 

Bring your walking shoes! 

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