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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.

Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


The Eiffel Tower is turning 125 years old! On March 31, 1889, the tower was officially opened to the public.  The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was  held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. 


 

Hotel Lutetia

Only intended to last 20 years, it was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions. The Eiffel Tower has played host to 250 milliion visitors since its opening. It served as a military radio post in 1903; it transmitted the first public radio programme in 1925, and more recently it has played a part in broadcasting like TNT. 

At left is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Four Seasons Hotel George V. At right is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Hotel Lutetia.

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Image of the Day: The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

March 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is also adjacent to the retail utopia of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Shanghai’s underground rail network is nearby, and foreign consulates, must-see museums, and the key business district are all within close proximity.

The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

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Cool Pools: Villa Florentine

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Florentine has a pool for all seasons. With a breath-taking view over the rooftops of Lyon's Old Town, the heated pool and jacuzzi with magnificent view are perfect for relaxing. In summer, guests can lie quietly by the water's edge, or hide away in one of the secluded alcoves close to the pool. In winter, two heated marble loungers will keep guests cozy whilst they contemplate the city lights or the snow-covered rooftops of Lyon's Old Town.

Villa Florentine

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Did You Know? Hotel Due Torri

March 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Due Torri
Hotel Due Torri
 
has been known as Dell'Aquila Palace since the 14th century and was formerly owned by the prestigious Scaligeri family. In another life, the building was a residence for cardinals, bishops and famous noble Roman families. It also was home to the renowned Campana's Inn. The Hotel Due Torri is close to the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre renowned for opera, and the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet-a meeting point for lovers of culture, arts, music, and delicious food. 

The classic and elegant style of the hotel is mirrored in the antique surrounding palaces: for example Palazzo Altemps, that dates back to the XVI century and now houses the Museo Nazionale Romano, or the Museo Napoleonico, rich of friezes and recently restored. The Hotel Due Torri has 26 rooms, designed with refined and plain style, in harmony with the Renaissance elegance of the palace. The cozy accommodations are decorated with Italian cloths in warm and restful colors. Guests can choose among single rooms, double rooms and 4 little apartments.

 

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Did You Know? Hotel la Perouse

March 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel la PerouseI A Hotel La Perouse was given its name as a tribute to the great French navigator, Jean-Francois Galaup, Count of La Perouse (1741-1788). Louis XVI ordered La Perouse to lead a scientific mission that set sail from Brest on August 1, 1785, on two ships: the Astrolabe and the Boussole, which were filled with treasures. There were 213 men on board, including some of the era's great researchers. Their goal was to sail around the world and discover new lands and unknown civilizations.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Miramar Barcelona

March 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over Las Ramblas. This luxury hotel combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design.

Hotel Miramar Barcelona 

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The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

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Did You Know? Hamilton Turner Inn

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hamilton Turner InnHamilton Turner Inn was built  in 1873 for Savannah alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family. In 1883, the Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah  to have electricity installed.  The entire house was fitted with electric lights by 1886, around the time Hamilton became president of the Brush Electric Light & Power Company.

Dr. Francis Turner purchased the house from the Hamilton estate in 1915 and lived there with his family until 1926. The mansion was opened for boarding and became a home for the Marine Hospital nurses in 1928. The Turner family moved back into the home in the 1940s, and the courtyard level was Turner's medical office.

The Turner family sold the house in 1965 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The plan was to knock the building down and turn the lot into a school playground. The Historic Savannah Foundation intervened, and the mansion was spared from the wrecking ball.

Over the next 30 years, the Hamilton-Turner house changed hands several times, at one point even being converted into apartments. The Inn even appears in John Berendt’s best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In 1997, The Hamilton-Turner mansion was converted into an inn.

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Did You Know? Hotel El Convento

March 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel El Convento
A landmark monument to the Conquistador Age, Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico showcases a timeless aura of Old World charm and splendor. As the first Carmelite Convent in the Americas, it housed nuns for 252 years until closing a few days before Christmas in 1903. Vacant for a decade, the abandoned building served as a retail store, a dance hall, and, for the next 40 years, a flophouse without running water, sanitary facilities, or electricity.

Opened on Jan. 27, 1962 as El Convento Hotel, it offered a tranquil, European-style alternative to the glitzy hotels lining the Condado strip. 

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