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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? Soho House Berlin

June 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Soho House Berlin

 

Originally opened in 1928 as a department store, the property that now houses Soho House Berlin was seized by the wartime government before being occupied by the post-war, Communist regime until 1956. It was then used to house the Communist Party archives and the Central Committee’s Historical Institution. After German reunification the building was legally returned to the descendents of its original owners, and remained empty until the hotel was opened.
 

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Did You Know? Olissippo Lapa Palace

June 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Olissippo Lapa Palace

 

Olissippo Lapa Palace was originally a 19th Century aristocratic villa.  Most of guest rooms have views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. It is surrounded by stately Embassy buildings and is close to the centre of Lisbon, with its 19th Century Squares and Belvederes.

 

 

 

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Did You Know? The Dylan Amsterdam

June 16, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Dylan Amsterdam
The Dylan Amsterdam
hasn't always been a luxury hotel. Back in 1637, Dr. Samuel Coster, who owned the plot of land where the hotel now sits, founded a theatre in the building. Doctor Coster was greatly interested in Dutch plays and poetry and he named his theatre Duytsche Academie. To placate church authorities, who disapproved of the immoral character of the theatre, he decided to donate most of the profits to the city's orphanages.

In the following years, many Dutch plays were performed on stage, as well as works by writers such as Shakespeare, Moliere, Voltaire, and Corneille. On the 100th anniversary of the theatre, iit was Antonio Vivaldi himself who conducted the theatre’s orchestra.

 

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Image of the Day: Jays Paris

June 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Jays Paris was built in the mid 19th Century, restored in 1999 and completely redecorated in 2006, JAYS combines old-fashioned elegance with modern technology. Guests discover an interesting play on natural light throughout the building, elegant works of art and a charming blend of antique furniture and contemporary design.

Jays Paris

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Did You Know? The Chatwal New York

June 15, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Chatwal New York

The Chatwal New York
 
is designed in a 1930s Empire Art Deco style. Based on its swanky looks alone, one almost expects Fred Astaire to waltz through the door. Fred has unfortunately shuffled off this mortal coil, but he did indeed hang out at the hotel when he was alive. Why?  Located on 44th Street, in the heart of the theater district, the building was originally host to the famous Lamb’s club, America’s first professional theater club. Other legendary members of the club include Spencer Tracey, Milton Berle, Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, and Will Rogers.

 

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Image of the Day: Palazzo Victoria

June 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Palazzo Victoria is ideally located a few steps away from the Arena amphitheatre, close to the main international shopping street called Via Mazzini and faces "Corso di Porta Borsari" – the characteristic street full of typical restaurants and artisan’s shops.  

Palazzo Victoria

 

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Prisoners of Luxury

June 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you like your luxury hotels with a criminal background, check out these spots that used to be prisons:

 

Liberty Hotel



Liberty Hotel Boston

Completed in 1851, the original building was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform. The building is thought to be one of the best existing examples of Boston Granite Style. While former prisoners no doubt stayed for free (but check-out was an issue), the accommodations paled in comparison to this revamped luxury property. The jail’s former exercise yard is now a private, beautifully landscaped courtyard, and its granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged. Soaring 90 feet, the jail’s central atrium was beautifully preserved and forms the core of the hotel. The hotel also features the building’s trademark windows and historic catwalks.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Sultanahamet

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Sultanahamet

The 65 luxury hotel rooms and suites are housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. It was known as Sultanahmet Jail,and was built next to the courthouse building. Built in 1918/1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences. 

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Did You Know? King George Palace

June 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The King George Palace

 
The King George Palace
, which dates back to 1930, is named for Greece's King George II, who ruled (intermittently) from 1922-1947. The luxury hotel with views of the Acropolis was originally built as an annex to the former palace (now Greece's parliament building). It was popular with the likes of Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, Maria Callas,  and Frank Sinatra. In Greece between 1924 and 1935 there were 23 changes of government, a dictatorship and 13 coups. During one of his absences from rule (and Greece itself), King George made Brown's Hotel (now Rocco Forte's Brown's Hotel) in London his home away from home. 

 

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Did You Know? Cafe Royal Hotel

June 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Cafe Royal Hotel has a pugilistic history. Some of the early rules of boxing were first written down in the building,
and from 1951 the Café Royal became the home of the National Sporting Club, which held black-tie dinners there
before bouts.

Cafe Royal Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did You Know? Ballyfin

June 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Ballyfin
Ballyfin
, which was built in the 1820s and restored and reopened in 2011, is considered by many to be the grandest hotel in Ireland. But it's also home to one of the grandest collections of art on the Emerald Isle. 

Ballyfin

The house itself was built in the 1820s for another Sir Charles Coote to designs by the great Irish architects Sir Richard and William Morrison.


Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today. Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.

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