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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: Hotel Des Indes


By: Five Star Alliance

Built in 1858 as a city palace and a hotel since 1881, Hotel Des Indes pays tribute to the rich history of The Hague. Completely renovated by interior designer Jacques Garcia in 2006, the 92 guest rooms and suites blend contemporary amenities with traditional architectural statements.

Hotel Des Indes 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Strand Yangon


By: Five Star Alliance

Declared "the finest hostelry East of Suez" by John Murray in his Handbook for Travelers written in the early 20th century, the 1901-built three story The Strand Yangon remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels and one of its most awe-inspiring.

The Strand Yangon 

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Did You Know? Hotel Caesar Augustus


By: Five Star Alliance

The role played by Capri in Roman times was remarkable. The turning point that marked the history of the island occurred in 29 BC, when Octavian Caesar, returning from the East, landed in Capri where, according to the narration of Suetonius, a very old oak tree began to show signs of life. Augustus, interpreting this as a favorable sign, removed Capri from the dependence of Naples, in exchange he granted the largest and most fertile island of Ischia, and Capri became the dominion of Rome.

The subject of any number of picture postcards, the statue of Ceasar Augustus at Hotel Caesar Augustus has become a symbol of Capri, and of the history of one of Italy's finest five stars.

Russia's Prince Emmanuel Bulhak, one of the first owners of the villa and the man responsible for transforming the cliff edge property into a center of art and culture, had the statue placed on the corner of the terrace over a century ago.

Hotel Caeser Augustus 

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Did You Know? Hotel Lord Byron


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lord Byron, named for the Romantic poet, has an impressive collection of art by Art Deco painters such as Maurice Paul Joron and Nihcolas Granger Taylor. All 32 rooms and suites are exquisitely restored to uniquely portray the eclectic Thirties Art-Déco style of design with original masterpieces inspired by the period’s luminary; Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

Hotel Lord Byron

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Your Questions Answered: Does the Hotel Francois 1er Offer Rooms with 2 Separate Beds?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Francois 1er Paris
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 couple traveling together and looking for a room with 2 beds. Does the Hotel Francois 1er offer rooms with 2 separate beds?


ANSWER: After a complete renovation, Hotel Francois 1er Paris has provided an informal atmosphere in sumptuous surroundings. Spacious rooms and suites are decorated with plush furnishings, handmade cornices, and luxurious fabrics. Laid out more like a comfortable home than the typical hotel room, the guestrooms at the Francois 1er are the ultimate home away from home.

Rooms are equipped with all modern conveniences. The lavishly decorated rooms are sumptuously furnished and offer all modern services and luxe bedding. The beautiful fabrics and hand crafted furniture give comfort and warmth even after the busiest of days.


The Executive Room offers 2 twin beds. The rich fabrics and the French charm summon you to comfort and ease. These spacious rooms are ideal for couples.  Amenities include hairdryer, newspaper, 2 Twin Beds, garden view, and air conditioning.

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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: 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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