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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.

Hotel Imperial Unveils $14 Million Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Imperial has just unveiled the results of its year-long $14 Million Renovation, and the results are spectacular. Areas that have been renovated include OPUS Restaurant, the grand lobby, and Imperial Torte shop. The shop is, of course, the birthplace of the the legendary Imperial Torte in honour of his Imperial Highness, Emperor Franz Josef I. The recipe wasn't in need of updating, so guests can enjoy the classic confection of sliced almonds in six crispy layers filled with chocolate/coffee cream are encased in dark chocolate. 

Hotel Imperial 

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Congratulations to Banke Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Banke Hotel 
A hearty congratulations to Banke Hotel

 This boutique hotel, which opened in 2009 in Paris's Opera district, has just received its fifth star from Atout France. Atout France is the Tourist Development Agency of France. The award is the ultimate recognition for an establishment steeped in art and design, and committed to service excellence from the outset.

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Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Perla


By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Perla

Gran Hotel la Perla
 
is the most famous and oldest hotel in Pamplona. One side of the hotel is on Estafeta Street, one of the main routes in the Running of the Bulls. Notable guests include Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin. 

The room of Ernest Hemingway remains the same as when he stayed there. There are three other special rooms dedicated to historical figures that have stayed at the hote: Pablo Sarasate, Don Juan de Borbon and the Royal Family.

The Estafeta Historical Rooms are dedicated to prominent Spanish cultural or social figures, and other famous guests. These include Federico Moreno Torroba, Torrente Ballester, the bullfighters Cayetano Ordonez and Juan Belmonte, Orson Welles and the Muslim leader Aga Khan.

The hotel was totally renovated in 2007.  

 

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Did You Know? Wellington Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Wellington Hotel


Wellington Hotel
 was opened in 1952. It was the brainchild of businessman Baltasar Iban Valdes. Valdes was also the founder of the bullfighting breed that carries his name. During the 1950’s, Curro Romero, a promising matador apprentice, established his residency at the Hotel.Ever since, the hotel has been a second home for bullfighters.  Bullfighters such as Paco Camino, Jaime Ostos, Rafael de Paula, Manuel Benitez "El Cordobés,", El Niño de la Capea, Manuel Caballero, Finito de Córdoba, Ortega Cano, Cesar Rincón, Luis Francisco Esplá, Espartaco, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, Dávila Miura, "El Cid", Sebastián Castella and the Alejandro Talavante are just some of the bullfighters who have stayed at Hotel Wellington. Bullfighters aren’t the only celebrities of this art that grace the halls. Rejoneadores (bullfighters who fight riding a horse) along with bullfighting businessmen, cattle-raisers, and bullfighting journalists are also regular guests. The bull of Baltasar Ibán’s livestock that, after being killed in Alicante by Paco Camino, was even stuffed and displayed at the hotel .

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Hotel La Tremoille 's Spa Offers The Well-Being Stopover


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel la Tremoille


Dating back to 1883, La Tremoille was transformed from a private residence into a hotel in 1925. La Tremoille took its name of Louis II de La Tremoille, a statesman during the reign of Francois I. Today, La Tremoille luxury spa hotel in Paris pays tribute to this past by providing top-of-the-range contemporary services. Body care can be administered in guest rooms, or in delightful cabins integrated into the hotel spa. The spa has dubbed its treatments as "The Well-Being Stopover."

The spa includes a fitness room, sauna and jet shower; access is free of charge for hotel guests. Unwind in the sauna and let its virtues relax your body and mind. The jet shower also brings unrivalled relaxation.
 

For total repose, guests can take advantage of therange of body and facial care treatments by Carita. La Tremoille's spa has joined forces with Carita's Haute Beauté brand to offer guests effective, top-of-the-range beauty treatment. Body care and modeling services are available to both men and women and are sure to bring relaxation and well-being.

La Tremoille

Treatment Options Include:

-Facial treatments: whatever your skin type, enjoy beauty treatments adapted to your face bringing suppleness, freshness, and lightness and a perfect complexion. 

-Beauty care: foot and hand beauty treatments, manicure, depilation, eye care, make-up, hairstyling, and more.

-Body care: exfoliation, foot and head reflexology, leg massage, and more.

-Slenderness treatments.

-Care promoting well-being: modeling with essential oils, ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage, and more.

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Image of the Day: Evian Royal Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Evian Royal Resort enjoys a stunning location in Evian-les-Bains, on the French bank of Lake Geneva. The hotel, which was built in 1905, has been undergoing a major renovation that updates the hotel without comprimising any of the resort's history or heritage.

Evian Royal Resort

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Did You Know? Hotel Prince de Galles


By: Five Star Alliance


Hotel Prince de Galles
 
was built in 1928 and was inspired by the style of the Decorative Arts exhibition of 1925. With a classical yet modern frontage and a magnificent patio in mosaic, the hotel Prince de Galles owes its name to its original aim: to welcome to Paris during his annual stays, the Prince of Wales, future Edward VIII, son of the king of England George V. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Lord Chamberlain, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Presley, Lana Turner, and Gina Lollobrigida. Composer Frederic Chopin lived in the building that was the precursor to the hotel.

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Did You Know? Ksar Char-Bagh


By: Five Star Alliance

Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.

Ksar Cher-Bagh 

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Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the PalaceBuckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.

The Rubens at the PalaceBy 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.

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Image of the Day: Domaine Des Hauts De Loire


By: Five Star Alliance

Domaine Des Hauts De Loire is located at the heart of the Loir-et-Cher region, between Blois and Tours,
and 2 kilometers from Onzain. The hotel is surrounded by a vast 70 hectare park.

Domaine des hauts de loire

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