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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? Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

pennyhill park hotel and the spa 
The earliest reference to Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, is found in the Tithe Land Registry of 1609. It was known as Pennyhill field and thought to have been common land used as a beacon-warning site aiding a national system, warning the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

James Hodges, a civil engineer, who had been born in Queensborough in Kent in 1814, began to build the first house on the site in 1849 and was completed in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition.

James Hodges died in 1879 and the next occupant of Pennyhill was Louis Schott, a banker born in Frankfurt but with British Nationalisation. He added the Orangery in 1881 – the site of the current 45,000 sqft Spa. Louis died in 1901 and the house was then occupied until 1922 by his nephew, Louis Floershim, also born in Frankfurt and a naturalised British subject. He extended the house in 1903 in neo-Tudor style using Bath stone. For a period during the 1st World War the house reputedly served as a rest house for officers.

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Did You Know? Cliveden House


By: Five Star Alliance

Cliveden House was first built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created Cliveden as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress.

Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before. The house has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales, who created a happy family home here until his death in 1751.

Clivden House

Queen Victoria, a frequent guest was not amused when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America's richest citizen. When in 1906 he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?


By: Betsy LeTourneau


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.

QUESTION: We are a family of 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?


ANSWER: The Cornstalk Hotel 
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa. The Cornstalk features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.


The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

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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.

 


Image of the Day: Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor is one of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds, with a heritage dating back to the 13th Century. The Manor is located in a breathtaking setting next to the church with ten acres of gardens rolling into the surrounding countryside and based in the tiny village of Buckland.

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New to Five Star Alliance: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Set on its own private island in Venice, Isola delle Rose, just a 15-minute ride across the Lagoon to St. Mark's Square by boat shuttle service, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat for romantic breaks and family escapes. Opening in March 2015, the Resort features 266 contemporary-styled rooms and suites designed by the architect Matteo Thun. Five distinct accommodation experiences will be at guests' disposal, located in secluded corners of the Island: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and La Villa.

JW Venice Resort and Spa 

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Image of the Day: Waldorf Hilton London


By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Hilton London
A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf Hilton London is steeped in Edwardian tradition. Built in 1908, this Grade II listed hotel offers a central location with proximity to the attractions and delights of London.  Located in the vibrant West End district, there are plenty of attractions around this London hotel, including Theatreland, Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, or one of the many museums and galleries this capital city has to offer.

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Did You Know? InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

With floodlit views of the Opera House, the superbly renovated InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel is at the heart of Parisian society. Opened in 1862, it defines historical grandeur, from Cafe. de la Paix to La Verriere Restaurant, set in an 800 square meter winter garden. Elegantly appointed, the hotel's boutique-style suites overlook stunning landmarks. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre, and banking districts, this luxury Paris hotel is an icon in the City of Light.

InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel

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Did You Know? Grand Hotel Et De Milan


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Et De Milan had its entire fourth floor destroyed in 1943, following a terrible bombing (which also hit La Scala). Subsequently, the Military Staff of the 5th American Brigade took charge of the hotel. The “Milan” became a place for holiday rewards for ally soldiers. At some point, the hotel even had its own Military Chief. Parties, balls and concerts were held in the luxurious and exclusive restaurant. On June 24th 1946, the hotel finally found peace. Work was started by architect Giovanni Muzio (main representative of the Modern Movement) immediately after the war to restore the oldest and most prestigious Milan hotel to its former glory.

Grand Hotel et de Milan

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Did You Know? The Montague on the Gardens


By: Five Star Alliance

The Montague on the Gardens is named for the dissolute Ralph, Duke of Montagu, who came by this land in a very devious manner. The Duchess of Albemarle was a unscrupulous woman who enjoyedthe fruits of her late husband's scheme to discover buried treasure. The Duchess swore that unless the Prince of Tartary himself were to come to her door and beg her to be his wife by throwing himself at her feet, she would never remarry. Hearing of this, the unscrupulous Duke of Montagu dressed up as the Prince, and thus acquired both her hand and her fortune. He appropriated his wife’s money to construct for himself a vast mansion, Montagu House, in Great Russell Street. The land of Montague Street formed part of its ten-acre garden, thus confirming that the Montague on the Garden is well-named. Six years after it was finished, Montagu House burned down in just five hours. His Grace promptly had it rebuilt and lived on here until his death in 1709. 

The Montague on the Gardens

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The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer.