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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: The Westin Dublin


By: Five Star Alliance

Located on its own city block in downtown Dublin opposite Trinity College, The Westin Dublin is in the perfect location to explore Ireland’s capital city. Formerly the Allied Irish Bank, this historic building has been transformed into a luxury 5-star hotel.

The Westin Dublin

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at The Wellesley Hotel London?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Wellesley Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What is the smoking policy for The Wellesley Hotel London? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Wellesley Hotel is a 1920's Knightsbridge townhouse with a famous musical heritage. The building has been beautifully restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and now offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour, and uncompromising service in one of London's most prestigious locations.
Centered around the Hotel's wide colonnades is the Cigar Lounge and Terrace, The Crystal Bar, and the Oval Restaurant. The Cigar Lounge with its private heated cigar terrace aims to offer one of the world's largest collections of cigars sold on a stick-by-stick basis, whilst the Crystal Bar features a specialist Whiskey and Cognac Wall alongside and extensive menu of fine wines, spirits, and cocktails.

Please be advised that all rooms are non-smoking however it is the only 5-star hotel in London which offers two Cigar Terraces with outdoor heating where guests are welcome to smoke.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
 


Did You Know? The Stafford London


By: Five Star Alliance

The American Bar at The Stafford is an institution in its own right. This lively gathering spot has, over the years, developed into a complete history of the hotel itself, decorated with thousands of items of customer-donated memorabilia from around the globe.

During the 1930s most West End hotels in London renamed their bar "The American Bar" in an attempt to attract the business of the increasing numbers of North American visitors. These intrepid travellers brought with them such exotic drinks such as Manhattans, Sidecars, and Martinis, which the bar is famous for.

Most hotels have renamed their bars yet The Stafford remains one of only two in London that have kept the name.

The Stafford London

The American Bar's collection of memorabilia was started when an American guest gave Charles Guano – the hotel's late, beloved Head Barman of 42 years – a small wooden carving of an American eagle. Shortly after, a Canadian guest gave him a small model of an Eskimo. Then an Australian presented a model of a kangaroo, and so the collection grew and grew.

Today, every available wall and surface is crammed with an intriguing collection of artefacts, knick-knacks and signed celebrity photographs. Even the ceiling is hung with a colourful collection of club ties, sporting mementoes and baseball caps.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at the Haymarket Hotel in London?


By: Five Star Alliance

Haymarket Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What is the smoking policy at the Haymarket Hotel in London?

ANSWER: Haymarket Hotel is situated on the corner of Haymarket and Suffolk Place in the heart of London's theatre district. The hotel's ground floor is a stunning series of spacious rooms each with an individual look and style. The lobby is designed in black, white and yellow with a stunning sculpture by Tony Cragg and a dramatic London landscape by John Virtue. The conservatory and library have a distinctive look and feel, with more original artwork sitting alongside an eclectic collection of contemporary and antique furniture and accessories.
The hotel has 50 spacious and sumptuous bedrooms and suites as well as an exclusive townhouse, each individually designed and decorated in a contemporary English style. All are equipped with the facilities expected of a luxury hotel including high speed wireless internet access, flat screen LCD TV and DVD/CD player.

Smoking is not allowed in the public areas at Haymarket Hotel, and smoking rooms are not available. 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 


Did You Know? Hotel La Belle Juliette Paris


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel La Belle Juliette


Hotel La Belle Juliette Paris
 
is named for Jeanne Francoise Julie Adelaide Bernard, otherwise known as Juliette. She was 17th Century celebrity known throughout Europe, famous for her beauty and virtue. Daughter of sollicitor Jean Bernard, she was born in Lyon in 1777. At fifteen she married the well known banker Jacques Rose Récamier.

Juliette was also intelligent, well read and affectionate. A good dancer, she also sang and could play both the harp and the piano. Her beauty and kindness helped build her reputation as an exceptional woman. It was said that she was able to charm, entertain or dispense with the over ardent without making enemies.

At the Abbaye-aux-Bois, where she held her salons for over thirty years, her influence on literature and politics was well known.

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Art is Appreciated at Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


By: Five Star Alliance

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
 
is housed in St Kilda's infamous Tolarno building. The hallway and room walls are highlighted by original local artwork reminiscent of the days when it was owned renowned artist, Mirka Mora and her husband George, who lived and operated The Tolarno Gallery from this building.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

Set in the heart of St Kilda's cafe, bar and club precinct, the hotel is a short stroll to the beach, Acland Street galleries and the Sunday Esplanade Market. Right outside the hotel are trams offering direct access to Melbourne's CBD, the Casino, Southbank, National Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Over the years, the hotel has firmly cemented itself as a cultural institution and played host to some of Australia's most-loved artists, including works from the likes of Sidney Nolan and Howard Arkley.

Today it lies at the heart of bringing Melbourne's most exciting, up-and-coming artistic talents to the world. Namely students from VCA, RMIT and Monash, as well as a number of local artists.

The premise is simple: each room is specifically designed around select works from a particular artist and the winners of each annual prize are exhibited in the hotel foyer. The upshot is that guests are afforded a unique opportunity to purchase works from the artists directly.

At the heart of Tolarno Hotel's present-day incarnation are co-owners James Fagan and Bernard Corser. Their friendship dates back to the early-Nineties and is one that shares the love of art.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


After purchasing the hotel in 1996, James and Bernard sought to retain the essence of the hotel's flamboyant, idiosyncratic personality. From the outset, they wanted to retain the building's heritage and eclectic ambiance while creating something truly unique. The pair established the Tolarno Hotel's first annual art prize with RMIT in 2002. The success, of which, led them to set up a similar prize with VCA the following year. Monash University then followed suit in 2005. The upshot being that many students exhibited in the hotel have gone on to gain considerable kudos in the art world.
 

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Did You Know? Hotel Icon


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Icon

Originally constructed to house one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time, the Union National Bank, the 

Hotel Icon Houson

The building soon became a magnet for an impressive list of illustrious tenants, including Jesse H. Jones, architect John Staub, international construction firm Brown and Root, and law firm Fulbright & Jaworksi. For 35 years, it was also home to the first investment banking firm in Texas, Neuhaus & Co.

In 2004, this historic landmark was restored and transformed into Hotel ICON. The building retained its distinguished Bedford limestone and brick facade while sporting a lustrous new interior created by the San Francisco-based design firm, Candra Scott and Anderson. In 2012, the interior was refreshed and revitalized to capture the contemporary energy of Houston’s invigorating modern urban atmosphere, and provide an even more genuine Texas experience.

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Did You Know? Hotel Blackhawk


By: Five Star Alliance

Since its opening in 1915, the historic Hotel Blackhawk has been the luxury hotel of choice for presidents, movie stars and athletes. Hotel Blackhawk was built at a cost of $1 million by local businessman W. F. Miller and featured seven floors and 225 guestrooms. Designed by local architectural firm Temple & Burrows, the hotel blends elements of Italian Renaissance and Art Deco styles highlighted by the terra cotta pilasters, stonework, and decorative details. 

Upon its 2010 re-opening, Hotel Blackhawk includes 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 130 guestrooms, nine extended-stay rooms and banquet and meeting facilities that include a renovated Gold Room. A bowling alley was re-created in the basement level and shops were incorporated into the main level along with a restaurant and lounge. A new fitness center and a swimming pool as well as a business center were also created.

 

Hotel Blackhawk

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New to Five Star Alliance: Le Meridien Tampa


By: Five Star Alliance

Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Meridien Tampa . The hotel's 130 exquisite guest rooms and suites blend historic feaures with inviting comforts and state-of-the-art technology to ensure memorable experiences. Wood window trim and beautiful doors evoke the rooms’ past as judges' chambers. Contemporary facilities include a business center and a 24-hour fitness centre. Bizou Brasserie serves signature French comfort food, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Courtrooms have been re-purposed as elegant meeting rooms.

Le Meridien Tampa 

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Did You Know? Hotel Elephant


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Elephant
 With history dating back to the early 16th century, Hotel Elephant hotel has served as a rendezvous for international poets, artists, intellectuals, and statesmen ranging from Goethe to Schiller to Bach. Goethe was known to sip wine in the basement, and there is a secret tunnel dating back to World War II. 

Works of contemporary artists such as Elvira Bach, Markus Lupertz, and Hans Peter Adamski decorate the walls of guest rooms and suites.

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