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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.

Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Monteleone


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Monteleone
Thanks to Anne Rice's novels and American Horror Story, vampires are probably more closely associated to New Orleans than ghosts and spirits. But Hotel Monteleone has its share of ghosts and otherwordly sightings.  The historic Hotel Monteleone, founded in 1886 and owned by the fourth generation of the Monteleone family, has often heard ghost stories from guests, especially on the 14th floor (which is actually the 13th floor).

Generations of hotel guests and staff have regularly experienced haunted events at the event. This haunted hotel has an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading a curioues couple down a hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children playing.

In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at the Hotel Monteleone, investigating the hauntings. While at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them were several former employees, a man named William Wildemere who died inside the hotel of natural causes, and a boy who was much older when he died but enjoys returning to Hotel Monteleone as a 10-year-old to play hide-and-seek with another young spirit.

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Grande Colonial La Jolla


By: K. Clare Johnson

Stay in business long enough, and you are bound to pick up a ghost or two. Such is the case with Grande Colonial La Jolla. We explored the alleged hauntings at La Jolla last year, you can find the full report here. The spirit of Groucho Marx, tiny jumping Abe Lincolns, a mysterious hair brushing, and ringing telephone are all de rigeur for the spirit world at this historic beach hotel. 

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Image of the Day: Royal Hotel Sanremo


By: Five Star Alliance

Looking out to the sea, the Royal Hotel Sanremo is located a few meters from the Casino and the elegant shopping district downtown. The large windows offer breathtaking views over the Mediterranean sea and the impressive landscape.

Royal Hotel Sanremo 

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Dining al Fresco: Fresh Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Dining al fresco at Fresh Hotel offers a pretty good view of that old pile of marble known as The Acropolis.

Dining al Fresco Fresh Hotel Athens 

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Image of the Day: Walton Hall


By: Five Star Alliance

Walton Hall is a historic, 16th century country house hotel turned luxury 4-star hotel in a Grade II listed building that sits at the heart of 65 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Walton Hall

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Manet Checks in to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Offering views over Knightsbridge and the royal park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is one of London’s most distinguished hotels. The hotel also recently played host to Edouard Manet's Le Printemps. The 1881 painting is estimated to sell for $25-35 million at Christie's Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale held on 5 November in New York

(Photo courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. 2014)


Image of the Day: G&V Royal Mile Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

G&V Royal Mile Hotel is the only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile, set in the heart of the Scottish capital. The Victoria Suite, pictured below, is approximately 55 square meters. This deluxe space combining supreme form and function issituated on G&V's top floor. Guests enjoy far reaching views across the beautiful Scottish capital.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel 

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Did You Know? Gleneagles Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

This summer, Gleneagles Hotel celebrated its 90th birthday. When the Gleneagles® Hotel opened in 1924 it was described as 'a Riviera in the Highlands' and 'the eighth wonder of the world'. Today, this luxury hotel remains dedicated to excellence, just as it was in its earliest days when "the avowed intention of the management was to create happiness".

The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company, with its own railway station just minutes away, and is now owned by Diageo plc, custodians of iconic brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, and Tanqueray gin.

Gleneagles Hotel

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Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Florida


By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Florida
Gran Hotel la Florida was built in 1924 by Doctor Andreu, who wanted to build the best hotel in Barcelona. It thrived until Spain's civil war, when it was used as a military hospital. It returned to its hotel roots in 1950, and became popular with Barcelona's high society, especially as a summer residence for well-heeled Catalan families. 

In subsequent years, Ernest Hemingway, James Stewart, George Sanders, Rock Hudson, Princess Fabiola and the prince of Belgium stayed at the prestigious hotel. But in 1979, La Florida succumbed to the passing of time and it closed its doors. This boutique hotel of Barcelona was rescued in 2001 thanks to a meticulous renovation that lasted for four years.

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