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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

January 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it features paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures, and carvings that transport guests to the greatness of the time. Its elegant rooms, equipped with intelligent oxygen systems, gardens, and sophisticated spa are complemented by friendly service.

Nightly rates at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel currently start at $225 >>

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New to Five Star Alliance: Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites

January 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites
Perched in the cliffs of Oia lies the luxurious Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites. Most of the 39 beautifully renovated suites were originally 17th century caved houses. The name of the hotel, Canaves, means exactly that, Caved Houses.

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Did You Know? The Quin Hotel

January 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel

The Quin Hotel, which in November 2013, is a peaceful retreat alongside Central Park. In another life, The Quin Hotel was known as The Buckingham hotel. Opened in 1929, the Buckingham's location near many theaters made it extremely popular with artists visiting and performing in New York City. Famous artistic guests of the hotel include pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski, artist Georgia O'Keefe, and painter Marc Chagall. In honor of the artists, The Quin Hotel has the Paderewski and O’Keeffe Specialty Suites.

-The Paderewski Suite is a bohemian 1-bedroom suite inspired by the Polish pianist. The 600 sq. ft. suite features city views and distinctive finishes, including a marble shower and bath, separate living room, and dry bar. This room comfortably accommodates up to 2 guests.

-The O'Keefe Suite The spirit of Georgia O‘Keeffe is captured in this picturesque 600 sq. ft. 1-bedroom Specialty Suite. Inspired by O'Keeffe’s harmonic use of line and color, the suite is designed with earth tones and boasts city views, a separate living room, marble shower and bath, a dining area, and dry bar. This room comfortably accommodates up to 2 guests.

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Did You Know? Pavillon de la Reine

January 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pavillon de la Reine




Established in the Place des Vosges, in the heart of Le Marais, one of the most famous and historic districts of Paris, the Pavillon de la Reine perpetuates an elegant atmosphere combined with discreet luxury to attract the most stylish globetrotters in the world in their quest for a quiet and discreet place to relax.

Inaugurated in 1612 under the name of Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built on Henri IV’s initiative, who died before it was completed. It quickly became popular with with the likes of Mme de Sevigne, Racine, La Fontaine, and Moliere. The hotel, slightly set back from the famous Place, was named after Anne of Austria, who once stayed in the hotel.

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Image of the Day: Aranwa Sacred Valley

January 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

For religious events, Aranwa Sacred Valley offers the temple San Pedro and San Pablo", which maintains the architectural style of the seventeenth century. The chapel has an altarpiece done in gold leaf paintings of the Cusco School and a pipe organ brought from Berlin. There is capacity for 100 people.

Aranwa Sacred Valley

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Did You Know? No.11 Cadogan Gardens

January 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

No 11 Cadogan Gardens

Originally four separate Victorian townhouses, No.11 Cadogan Gardens was built by Lord Chelsea in
the late 19th Century. The desirable Knightsbridge location and elegant design of the hotel meant it
became a home away from home for Victorian aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities. At the time, the
borough had a reputation for being London’s bohemian quarter, and was the haunt of radicals, artists,
and poets. A portrait of Hans Sloane, the namesake of Sloane Square, hangs at the foot of the grand staircase.

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Dining al Fresco: L'Albereta

December 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

L'Albereta is situated in the centre of Lombardy, a half-an-hour drive from Brescia and Bergamo and less
than an hour from Milan and other major cities of art in North Italy.

L'Albereta

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Did You Know? Winter Haven

December 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Winter Haven was designed by acclaimed architect Albert Anis, and its glamorous facade was first unveiled on Ocean Drive in 1939. Originally crafted as a simple yet sophisticated ocean front hotel, much of the hotel's historic soul and the elegance of the Art Deco design remains today.

Winter Haven

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Did You Know? The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

December 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Windsor Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was the dream of shipping magnate George Nipper. He commissioned architect Charles Webb to design the hotel and it opened its doors in December 1883. The Hotel Windsor predates many of the grand hotels of the Victorian era, including The Savoy London, The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria New York, the Hotel Ritz Paris,  and The Raffles, Singapore.

George Nipper sold the "Grand", as it was then known, to James Munro who embarked on a massive expansion program. This doubled the size of the hotel, and saw the addition of the renowned Grand Ballroom, the Grand Staircase, and the twin cupola-capped towers.

At this point the hotel was known as the Grand Coffee Palace and for a brief period, under the influence of the Temperance Movement, banned liquor from its premises. By 1897, however, the hotel once again changed hands, welcomed back its original name, and regained its liquor license. From then on and for the better part of the 20th century, The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was a pivotal centre in the city and, indeed, Australia, for the political and social milieu. Australia's constitution was drafted at The Hotel Windsor between February and March 1898. 

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Did You Know? Inn and Spa at Loretto

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto sits at the end of the historical Old Santa Fe Trail. Built on the site of the Sister's of Inn and Spa at LorettoLoretto girls' school, the Inn shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel. The chapel is home to the spiral staircase known as the Miraculous Staircase. Why is it a miracle? Because no one knows who built it, or how they built it. 

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to reach the choir loft. The sisters consulted carpenters, but the craftsmen agreed that the only solution was a ladder. Since the chapel is small, the ladder would take up too much space. 

Legend has it that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth day of prayer, a man appeared looking for work. He was hired, completed the circular staircase, and then disappeared. The Sisters searched fruitlessly for the carpenter. Unable to find him, some concluded that the man was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

In addition to the mystery of who built it, the staircase is a construction mystery as well. The stunning staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without any nails. 

It's a mystery. 

 

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