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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.

Did You Know? The Merrion

March 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Merrion


One of the most recognizable features of Dublin luxury hotel The Merrion is its two landscaped period gardens. They were designed by Jim Reynolds, a noted Irish landscape artist.

The smaller of the two, known as "Lady Mornington's Garden," links The Main House to the Garden Wing. This contemporary wing completes the enclosure of the garden, so that many of the guestrooms enjoy views over the large central garden. Both gardens re-create the feel of an 18th century garden with box hedges, water features, pathways, statuary and obelisks.

In summer, the large garden becomes an extension of the drawing rooms in The Main House, with waiter service so that guests can dine al fresco.

In 2004, to celebrate the fifth successful year of operation for The Merrion, the board of directors commissioned a rose to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Working with the Amateur Rose Growers Association’s David Kenny, an Irish rose grower from Co Carlow, The Merrion Rose was planted in the extensive gardens of the hotel. A patio style rose, The Merrion Rose, growing to a height of around 75 cms, is of a deep rose pink hue with a yellow, white eye.

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Posted in: Dublin

Image of the Day: Fitzwilliam Hotel

January 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fitzwilliam Hotel overlooks St Stephen's Green in the city centre of Dublin. Meticulously designed by Sir Terence Conran, this contemporary hotel enjoys superb facilities throughout and offers guests a haven of peace within a bustling capital city.

Fitzwilliam Hotel

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Did You Know? The K Club

October 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The K Club

The K Club has, as part of its impressive art collection, a Yeats Room that is dedicated to Ireland’s greatest painter, Jack B Yeats (1871-1957). The room is hung with some of the finest masterpieces ever painted on the Emerald Isle, and is it widely regarded as the most complete collection of works by Yeats in private ownership in Ireland. Jack B Yeats was also the brother of the famous poet William Butler Yeats. 

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Did You Know? Ballyfin

June 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Ballyfin
Ballyfin
, which was built in the 1820s and restored and reopened in 2011, is considered by many to be the grandest hotel in Ireland. But it's also home to one of the grandest collections of art on the Emerald Isle. 

Ballyfin

The house itself was built in the 1820s for another Sir Charles Coote to designs by the great Irish architects Sir Richard and William Morrison.


Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today. Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.

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Image of the Day: The Gibson Hotel Dublin

November 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

For those who think Ireland is all bogs and castles, meet The Gibson Hotel Dublin.  

Posted in: Dublin, Hot Spots

A Boutique Critique: Ballyfin

May 30, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I have a special place in my heart for tiny boutique hotels. It may be a little smaller than some of the other chambers, and there aren't enough spots for everybody, but that just makes the few who do make their way into my good graces all the more special. I can give each and every one the loving care and attention they deserve. And thus began my new segment on boutique hotels that I just adore.

There are few places in the world as storied as Ireland, and people travel there specifically for the romance of the countryside. Why then would one stay in a large city hotel when your accommodations can be as magical as the views? Ballyfin, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, was restored in an eight year process that just finished in 2011 to allow it to open as a 5-star country house hotel with the pure Gaelic soul of the rolling hills. 600 acres of land hold just fifteen rooms, so you'll experience the greenery in perfect quiet. 

Open to children 14 and over, the all-inclusive resort maintains the original 1820s design, full of antiques and gorgeous art. Row boats are available on a nearby lake, and you can even go ice skating in the wintertime. This small boutique hotel is the perfect destination for a wedding or retreat, and, listed as a Forbes Top Life Hotel, it has the accolades to back up its reputation. If you want to experience Ireland as she's meant to be, then you should think about staying at Ballyfin.


Deals and Steals at the Four Seasons Dublin, Ireland

April 30, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Today's big opportunity comes at the Four Seasons Dublin, a wonderful place to stay and see one of the UK's most storied cities. The Four Seasons is close enough to the heart of Dublin to feel the city's heartbeat, but you'll also find yourself looking out over over Ireland's natural beauty. A great mainstay for a trip to Ireland.

Stay A While and Listen

What's the big deal at the Four Seasons Dublin? Stay for at least three nights, and the third will be on the house while you're in the house. That means you can get 3 nights for 2 or 4 for 3, or even 11 for 10 if you're feeling extra intrepid. In any case, check out the upcoming months for availability on this great deal at the Four Seasons Dublin.


November in Dublin: Indian Summer in The Spa at the Four Seasons

November 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel DublinThe Indian Summer may be long gone (the holidays are right around the corner!), but the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is bringing you a little summer sunshine with some new spa treatments. Throughout the month of November, when you're not getting cozy in a Dublin pub, retreat to the spa sanctuary at the Four Seasons, the only hotel in town with a full-service spa. The "Ultimate Indian Summer" treatment package draws on traditional Indian ingredients and techniques to ward away the winter blues. You'll start off with the Aromatic Lulur Sayan Body Scrub, which incorporates sandalwood, ginger, cumin seed and yogurt to increase blood circulation and smooth the skin’s appearance. Next, a stress-relieving back massage eases muscle tension, and a pampering facial does wonders to your skin. To finish up: You'll tuck into a two-course lunch served poolside so you can relax and make use of the spa's facilities. Make sure to indulge in the sauna and steam room, soak in the whirlpool, and go for a swim in the sunlit indoor pool. The "Ultimate Indian Summer" package is priced at 185 euros, available Monday to Friday until November 30, 2011.


The Merrion: The Obamas' Hotel Choice in Dublin

May 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Merrion, DublinWe get why the Obamas booked The Merrion on their recent trip to Ireland. The five-star hotel in Dublin is home to Ireland's only Michelin two-star restaurant and the country's largest collection of private art outside the National Gallery. Not only that- the hotel lets guests raid the pantry (so they can take home all the hand-crafted goodies they've tasted on the premises.) Housed in four restored Georgian townhouses, The Merrion also features the Tethra Spa and an in-house pool. A recent article in The Guardian UK posits that the "all-too-brief stay by Barack Obama could position the Merrion Hotel in Dublin at the heart of the map for American tourists." Why brief, you ask? Because after renting out the entire property, the Pres had to leave early-- after a light lunch-- to avoid getting stranded due to a "possible lock down of air space because of the Icelandic volcano."