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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: Hotel Monte Mulini

November 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monte Mulini is in the south of Rovinj in Croatia, in a centuries-old Zlatni rt park forest, right next to the sea in Lone Bay.

Hotel Monte Mulini

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Did You Know? Claridge's

November 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In 1945, at the request of Winston Churchill, suite 212 at Claridge's was declared Yugoslavian territory
so that Crown Prince Alexander II could be born on his own country's soil. 

Claridge's 

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Did You Know? The St Regis New York Dining

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In 1906, Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, owner of The St. Regis New York, commissioned a mural from American artist Maxfield Parrish for his 42nd Street hotel, The Knickerbocker.  

St Regis New York 

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Did You Know? The Heathman Hotel

November 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Heathman Hotel


In 1984, The Heathman Hotel was the first luxury, art dedicated, boutique hotel to open in Portland. The Heathman has an outstanding collection that features a well-balanced and beautiful mix of historic, modern and contemporary art. Personally curated by Elizabeth Leach, from the Pearl District distinct gallery of the same name, the Heathman’s Fine Art Suite exhibits the most influential and stunning art in the collection. These works include a phenomenal light installation by Portland born Hap Tivey, a sensational abstract relief painting by local artists Joe Thurston and two unique pieces by internationally renowned artist and film maker Gus Van Sant. Your support, as a portion of your room revenue will be donated, assists the multitude of non-profit organizations across the city of Portland.

 

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Did You Know? King David Hotel Jerusalem

November 13, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

King David Hotel Jerusalem
Built in 1929, the King David Hotel Jerusalem has played an important role in the history of Israel and Jerusalem. It was founded by Ezra Mosseri, a wealthy Egyptian Jewish banker. It was the site of a bombing in 1946, by the right-wing Zionist underground organization the Irgun, on the British administrative headquarters for Palestine, which was housed in hotel. It has long been popular among visiting dignitaries, politicians, government officials, and celebrities. Famous guests include Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Barack Obama, and Richard Gere. 

 

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Did You Know? Eichardts Private Hotel

November 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Eichardts Private Hotel  

Eichardts Private Hotel was born as a result of the rich vein of gold, which drew many prospectors, opportunists and downright optimists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The quest for pastoral land brought William Gilbert Rees to the shores of Lake Wakatipu in 1859 when he built a homestead on the lakefront and erected a woolshed on the site now occupied by Eichardt's Hotel. When gold was discovered in the nearby Shotover River, Rees found himself at the centre of a gold rush - his homestead declared an official goldfield and the main business area developed around the station. The entrepreneurial Rees quickly turned to the hotel keeping business, the woolshed was given a wooden facade and turned into a hotel and named the Queen's Arms. In early 1866, Rees entered into partnership with Albert Eichardt who went on to become the sole proprietor of the hotel by 1869. Eichardt renamed the hotel Eichardt's Queen's Arms Hotel, but during his time there, it came to be known simply as Eichardt's Hotel where he catered mostly for tourists as the tenor of the town evolved from a mining settlement to something more permanent.

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An Insider Look at Carolina Inn

November 6, 2013
By: Lucy LeTourneau

Carolina Inn Exterior
A member of the Five Star Alliance staff recently stayed at Raleigh's Carolina Inn. The Inn is not only a beautiful and unique downtown Chapel Hill icon, but architecturally represents the history of the south. Blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical characteristics often found in the northeast, the Inn was originally designed after the Potomac River front of George Washington's Mt. Vernon.


Built in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill - distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee - the Inn's original concept was "to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni... and University visitors". In 1935, Hill donated the Inn to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the stipulation that after meeting expenses, profits from the Inn were to be used for "the maintenance and support of the University library, and especially for the support of the collection of books and papers known as the North Carolina Collection." Mr. Hill's wishes are still carried out today as the Inn returns its profits to the University to support the University library.

Carolina Inn Guest Room

Here's the insider's report of her visit:

 

The hotel has a long history and dates to the 20’s and was part of University of North Carolina for many years. The updates they've made in recent years are really nice and keep the historic feel of the hotel along with tons of decorations detailing various faculty and sports memorabilia from the school. I found one placard explaining how Andy Griffith, a UNC alumni, was discovered at the hotel doing a comedy routine while he was a student.


The Inn was larger than I expected and had a huge living room style lobby and a lot of nice meeting space.



The
Carolina Crossroads bar was small but cozy. They seem to use the front porch for outdoor "tailgate" events. We didn’t eat at the restaurant but it gets a lot of accolades.

Carolina Inn


The room had two queen beds and was relatively spacious. The bathroom was small and there was no tub but it was nicely decorated. Because it's essentially part of the UNC campus, it's close to everything we needed to see at UNC and was also within walking distance of the downtown area for restaurants, etc. The free coffee in the am was a little bit of a walk from our room, but I managed. 

 

Rates at Carolina Inn currently start at $169 per night. 

 

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Did You Know? The St Regis New York

October 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

When John Jacob Astor commissioned The St Regis New York in 1904, he spent a full million dollars on one staircase.

The St Regis New York Million Dollar Staircase 

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Did You Know? Thorngrove Manor Hotel

October 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Thorngrove Manor Hotel may look like Cinderella's castle, or something that a knight of the Round Table might own, but in reality it was built in 1994 on a vineyard and offers such modern amenities as air conditioning and WiFi. 

Thorngrove Manor 

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Did You Know? Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

October 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The luxury hotel Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is built on the site of a villa that once belonged to a Roman Empress who was the mother of the Emperor Nero. Julia Agrippina was one of the most powerful women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The relics and archaeological remains found during construction of the hotel are displayed in the public spaces of the Hotel by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Gran Melia Villa Agrippiina

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