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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.

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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Did You Know? Trump Turnberry Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Trump Turnberry
The first official record of golf at Trump Turnberry Resort is a letter dated 30th July 1892 from William Murray, a banker in Girvan, to Thomas Smith, the Lord Ailsas factor. The letter was "a proposal to form a golf club for Girvan, Maybole and Kirkoswald on suitable links which could be got at Turnberry."

A public meeting of interest was called by Mr. Murray on Saturday 27th August 1892 to discuss the possibility of forming a Golf Club at Turnberry.

The 6th July 1901 saw the opening of the first course at Turnberry. The links course was an immediate success. Designed by the great Willie Fernie, it was the longest in the west of Scotland, with a total distance of 6248 yards.Turnberry Resort

On Saturday 30th August 1902, a formal ceremony marked Turnberry Golf Club's inaugural gathering, followed by a match between two teams headed by the Club Captain and Vice Captain.

Today, the resort is home to the iconic Ailsa, an Open Championship course four times over, Watson, Norman, and Price have all won the famous Claret Jug here at Turnberry. And, in 2009, Stewart Cink added his name to that exclusive list following his play-off triumph over Tom Watson at the 138th Open - or better known as the British Open to American duffers.

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Image of the Day: Millennium Baileys Hotel London


By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Baileys Hotel London is a magnificently restored Victorian townhouse situated in the heart of Kensington. From the moment you enter the stately hall, the authentic Victorian decor envelops you and it also retains much of its Victorian heritage with its sweeping staircases and real fireplaces. Located adjacent to the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, opposite Gloucester Road Underground Station, the hotel is well-situated for visiting many of London’s greatest attractions, including Hyde Park, Natural History, Science, and Victoria & Albert Museums.

Image of the Day: Millennium Baileys Hotel London 

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Did You Know? Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal


By: Five Star Alliance

Back at the beginning of the last century, Fernand Halphen bought the 12 acres of land close to Chantilly, land which would eventually become Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal. The location was covered with ponds and meadows. His vision was to build a wonderful countryside residence on the highest wooded hillock. He and his wife were both enchanted by the breathtaking view.Tiara Chateau

Halphen was a noted composer, in his time. He called upon architect Guillaume Tronchet and the best builders to construct a chateau that celebrated music on the inside and hunting, his other passion, on the outside. The chateaus drawing rooms were dedicated to music, while the bas-reliefs on the facade conjured up the world of hunting.

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Parking Arrangements at London's Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments
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 new 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.

Your Questions Answered: What are the parking arrangements at London's Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments? 

ANSWER: The fabulous Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments overlooks leafy Green Park, Buckingham Palace and is a short stroll to chic shops and West End theatres. It's contemporary, creative and friendly, a home away from home in London. The Athenaeum is a family-owned hotel with 156 rooms, suites, and apartments.

Enjoy opening floor to ceiling windows and, as standard, Bose speakers for an iPod or MP3, flat screen TV and pay per view movies, mini bar, soft drinks and snacks, and use of the spa. The all-day restaurant looks as gorgeous as the food; the cosy Whisky Bar serves up everything; and don't miss the award-winning Afternoon Tea.Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

The gorgeous townhouse apartments offer you a very spacious alternative to the hotel rooms. They're perfect for short breaks and business trips, offering luxury accommodation in central London. Yet guest still have all the five star delights and support of the Athenaeum hotel next door, including a twice daily maid service and 24 hour room service. The apartments are beautifully bright and thoughtfully designed to a contemporary chic standard with your comfort in mind. Step out through a private front door onto a Victorian Mayfair street and you're in the ideal location for seeing all the London sights. And if you're here for work, if it's not within walking distance it will be just a short tube or taxi ride away.

Parking Arrangements

Valet parking service available from 8am-8pm. The hotel does not have its own car park, but it can use the Sheraton Park Lane hotel's parking facilities which are next door to the Athenaeum. As of this writing, Valet parking is £38 for 24 hours and all guest will need to do is pull up to the front of the hotel, make themselves known to the door,men and he will do the rest. The fee will be charged to guest room.

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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.