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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? The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

December 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Windsor Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was the dream of shipping magnate George Nipper. He commissioned architect Charles Webb to design the hotel and it opened its doors in December 1883. The Hotel Windsor predates many of the grand hotels of the Victorian era, including The Savoy London, The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria New York, the Hotel Ritz Paris,  and The Raffles, Singapore.

George Nipper sold the "Grand", as it was then known, to James Munro who embarked on a massive expansion program. This doubled the size of the hotel, and saw the addition of the renowned Grand Ballroom, the Grand Staircase, and the twin cupola-capped towers.

At this point the hotel was known as the Grand Coffee Palace and for a brief period, under the influence of the Temperance Movement, banned liquor from its premises. By 1897, however, the hotel once again changed hands, welcomed back its original name, and regained its liquor license. From then on and for the better part of the 20th century, The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was a pivotal centre in the city and, indeed, Australia, for the political and social milieu. Australia's constitution was drafted at The Hotel Windsor between February and March 1898. 

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Did You Know? Inn and Spa at Loretto

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto sits at the end of the historical Old Santa Fe Trail. Built on the site of the Sister's of Inn and Spa at LorettoLoretto girls' school, the Inn shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel. The chapel is home to the spiral staircase known as the Miraculous Staircase. Why is it a miracle? Because no one knows who built it, or how they built it. 

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to reach the choir loft. The sisters consulted carpenters, but the craftsmen agreed that the only solution was a ladder. Since the chapel is small, the ladder would take up too much space. 

Legend has it that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth day of prayer, a man appeared looking for work. He was hired, completed the circular staircase, and then disappeared. The Sisters searched fruitlessly for the carpenter. Unable to find him, some concluded that the man was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

In addition to the mystery of who built it, the staircase is a construction mystery as well. The stunning staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without any nails. 

It's a mystery. 

 

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Image of the Day: The Edgewater Hotel Seattle

December 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Resting atop Pier 67 on Seattle's sparking Elliott Bay, the four story 223-room The Edgewater Hotel Seattle is Seattle’s original waterfront hotel. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Edgewater Hotel remains as Seattle's only waterfront hotel and has become a beloved local landmark.

Edgewater Hotel Seattle

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Image of the Day: The Edinburgh Residence

December 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 The Edinburgh Residence is a distinguished collection of 29 luxury town house suites. Situated in Edinburgh's West End, close to both the city's financial district and main shopping area, The Edinburgh Residence enjoys a peaceful yet central location, only minutes walk from Edinburgh's main tourist attractions. In-house dining is available at Number Seven, which is open for lunch and dinner daily. 

Edinburgh Residence 

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Did You Know? Ashford Castle

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle
in Mayo is founded by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family following their defeat of the native O'Connors of Connaught. The de Burgo's would build several such castles throughout the province, but Ashford in Ireland would remain the principal stronghold. The native O'Connors also leave a legacy in the form of the nearby 12th century Augustinian abbey of Cong, Co.Mayo, built on the site of a 6th century monastery.

After more than three and a half centuries under the de Burgo's, Ashford passes into the hands of a new owner. following a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgo's and those of the English Lord Bingham, governor of Connaught, a truce is agreed and the castle falls to Bingham who adds a fortified enclave within its precincts.

 

 

 

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Did You Know? Hastings House

December 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hastings House
In 1937, Warren Hastings, an English naval architect with a gift for story-telling, moved to Salt Spring Island from Sussex, England with his new bride Barbara. According to Hastings, he and Barbara "decided to build on Salt Spring Island because we love the sea and we think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a lovely climate." Hastings built the Manor House in 1940 to resemble his 11th century Sussex-style family home because their "furniture was suitable for a house of this type."
 

 

 

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Image of the Day: Relais San Lorenzo

December 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Relais San Lorenzo is located in in Bergamo Alta, the upper city of Bergamo, in the foothills of the Alps.

Relais San Lorenzo 

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Image of the Day: Palais Faraj

December 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Palais Faraj's building is an architectural gem that features stucco laces, marble floors, and royal arches that ensure each guest experiences exquisite refinement and discovers an ancient culture rich in art and history. With 25 suites, a swimming pool, spa, two restaurants and a panoramic lounge, Palais Faraj offers a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Palais Faraj

 

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Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.

 

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Did You Know? Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

November 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Farimont le chateau Montebello

In February of 1930, the site where Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello hotel now stands was a clearing in the woods. Just four months later, the massive cedar chaeau was complete: a building feat which captured the popular imagination of the time, inspiring newspaper features across North America and attracting crowds of onlookers.

This Outaouais resort project was the dream of a Swiss-American named Hubert Saddlemire, who was inspired by the châteaux of the Swiss Alps, and dubbed the project "Lucerne-in-Québec." A Finnish master-builder named Victor Nymark supervised the construction and woodworking teams, who worked in overlapping shifts around the clock, using electric lighting at night. 

 

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