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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: Rambagh Palace

August 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rambagh Palace was built in 1835 for the queen's favorite handmaiden Kesar Badaran. It was later a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and in 1925 was converted into a palace for the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1957 it was turned into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. 

Rambagh Palace

Fall rates at Rambagh Palace start at $261USD >>

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Did You Know? Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa

August 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station, which means guests can discover the ancient culture and stunning vistas of Machu Picchu at their convenience.

Tambo del Inka 

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Baglioni

August 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The artwork displayed at the Grand Hotel Baglioni tells 100 years of Florence's history.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

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Get to Know The Raj Palace

August 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Raj Palace

Raj Palace was made for royalty. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the palatial luxury hotel has architecture that's not only stunningly beautiful, but also designed with a purpose. The Raj Palace was formerly a Maharaja’s palace built in 1727 and was named World's Best Heritage hotel in 2011 by World Travel Awards.

The Indian nobility's belief in their divine right to power manifested itself in the planning of palaces. The palace was designed following architectural guidelines described in ancient Indian texts known as the Vastushastras some of which are more than fifteen hundred years old and was meant to be a physical and spiritual microcosm of the universe. The central courtyard of a palace was said to be the building's most powerful point, and always contained a representation of a prominent deity. Views of the courtyard and deity could thus be enjoyed from each of the palace's residential quarters.

Extremely preoccupied with palace security, Maharajas would also build fortified walls and gateways around their residences. These heavily guarded structures were architectural marvels in themselves, mammoth in size and wrought with complex geometric designs that communicated the authority of the royal family. 

The secret tunnels and doorways that abounded in Indian palaces allowed Maharajas easy access to their queens' quarters and provided them with quick getaways from public reception halls. More importantly, these clandestine passageways were a precaution against assassination plots and enabled a king and his entourage to slip in and out unnoticed.

In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications, Best services were added like Handicap access etc. Museum suites were created which have the finest Royal antiques giving the property the honor of being first museum suite palace hotel of the world as the suites have their private museum. The specially designed frescoes deciphered with the finest mirror and hand painted work and rare palace furniture , Large crystal chandeliers leave you adorned with an astonishing fantasy. The elegance personified and the renowned hospitality is served in its 40 well-appointed rooms and beautiful venues with extreme intimacy and caring personal service in the reborn Raj Palace.

 

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Image of the Day: Taleon Imperial Hotel

August 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Taleon Imperial Hotel is a 120-room hotel with 27,000 square metres of grand halls, stairways, atriums and hallways. Taleon Imperial Hotel is the only modern luxury hotel created from the XVIIIth century palace in Saint-Petersburg.

Taleon Imperial Hotel

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Image of the Day: Hotel Gritti Palace

August 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Looking at the entrance hall of Hotel Gritti Palace, you can understand why Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel "as the best hotel in a city of great hotels."

Hotel Gritti Palace

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin

August 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Located at the tip of the Giudecca Island, Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin is just a short, spectacular boat ride from St. Marks Square. The hotel offers 95 luxurious rooms and suites spread between the main hotel building and Palazzo Vendramin, a 15th-century building linked to the Hotel Cipriani through an ancient courtyard and flowered passage-way. Most of the rooms in the Palazzo boast magnificent views overlooking the lagoon and Piazza San Marco. 

Hotel Cipriani 

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Image of the Day: Parker Palm Springs

August 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Parker Palm Springs has spectacular interiors that were designed by famous designer Jonathan Adler. 

Parker Palm Springs

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Did You Know? The Caledonian

August 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Caledonian Hotel is a grand railway hotel that was built in 1903 above the three main archway entrances of the Princes Street Station (It was originally opened as Princes Street Station Hotel). The Caledonian Railway Company even developed a system in which steam from trains at the adjoining station was recycled to heat the hotel's water supply. 

The Caledonian 

The Caledonian has Fall rates starting from GPB $143>> 

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Did You Know? Certosa di Maggiano

August 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Certosa di Maggiano is a former Carthusian monastery that was built in 1314. It was paid for by a donation by Cardinal Riccardo Petroni as a place designed for meditation and prayer. In in the XVI century involved in a harsh war between Carl V Emperor of Spain and Henry II King of France. It was first restored as a private home and then became a luxury hotel in 1978.  

Certosa di Maggiano

Fall rates at Centosa di Maggiano start at EUR 315>> 

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