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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.

Image of the day: 21C Museum Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Born out of a desire to integrate contemporary art into everyday life, 21c Museum Hotel launched in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in 2006. 21c Museum Hotel is the first of its kind-- a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality, and contemporary art from living artists. Nestled in the heart of Museum Row and downtown Louisville, 21c is an epicenter for culture, activity, and artistic expression. 

21c Museum Hotel

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Image of the Day: Petit Palace Museum Barcelona

By: Five Star Alliance

The Petit Palace Museum is located next to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in a parallel
street of Paseo de Gracia and very near from the Cataluna Square, Ramblas, Barrio Gotico,
and the main historic and cultural old city center. 

Petit Palace Musuem

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Art is Appreciated at Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

By: Five Star Alliance

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
is housed in St Kilda's infamous Tolarno building. The hallway and room walls are highlighted by original local artwork reminiscent of the days when it was owned renowned artist, Mirka Mora and her husband George, who lived and operated The Tolarno Gallery from this building.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

Set in the heart of St Kilda's cafe, bar and club precinct, the hotel is a short stroll to the beach, Acland Street galleries and the Sunday Esplanade Market. Right outside the hotel are trams offering direct access to Melbourne's CBD, the Casino, Southbank, National Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Over the years, the hotel has firmly cemented itself as a cultural institution and played host to some of Australia's most-loved artists, including works from the likes of Sidney Nolan and Howard Arkley.

Today it lies at the heart of bringing Melbourne's most exciting, up-and-coming artistic talents to the world. Namely students from VCA, RMIT and Monash, as well as a number of local artists.

The premise is simple: each room is specifically designed around select works from a particular artist and the winners of each annual prize are exhibited in the hotel foyer. The upshot is that guests are afforded a unique opportunity to purchase works from the artists directly.

At the heart of Tolarno Hotel's present-day incarnation are co-owners James Fagan and Bernard Corser. Their friendship dates back to the early-Nineties and is one that shares the love of art.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

After purchasing the hotel in 1996, James and Bernard sought to retain the essence of the hotel's flamboyant, idiosyncratic personality. From the outset, they wanted to retain the building's heritage and eclectic ambiance while creating something truly unique. The pair established the Tolarno Hotel's first annual art prize with RMIT in 2002. The success, of which, led them to set up a similar prize with VCA the following year. Monash University then followed suit in 2005. The upshot being that many students exhibited in the hotel have gone on to gain considerable kudos in the art world.

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Explore Italy in Style at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma

By: Five Star Alliance

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma
Against the splendid backdrop of Rome, there is The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma. At the very heart of the city, this 5-star luxury hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, and Piazza di Spagna. It is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Capital while enjoying top-notch accommodations: a truly one of a kind experience.

A thoughtful restoration has turned this 19th century nobleman’s palace into an elegant and refined hotel; the noble lines - that look of aristocratic home - have been preserved, yet at the same time it is welcoming and comfortable. This is the central feature of this art hotel: being aesthetically luxurious while at the same time giving you the delightful sensation of feeling completely at home.

There are impressive pieces of artwork and designer furnishings throughout the common areas and suites: with its permanent and temporary exhibits, each room becomes a small private gallery, yours for a few days.

Now Guests can Book an Italy in Style Offer:

Book a minimum of 3 nights and receive complimentary buffet breakfast, free wifi, and 3 hours private tour to incredible Borghese Gallery and gardens. Entrance tickets for two are included, transfer excluded.

The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to Cardinal Scipione's collection, the son of Ortensia Borghese - Paolo V's sister - and of Francesco Caffarelli, though subsequent events over the next three centuries entailing both losses and acquisition have left their mark.

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.

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Did You Know? Art Series Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Located throughout Australia's cultural and major event capital, Art Series Hotels in Melbourne are set in the city's hottest locations. With hotels encompassing the vibrant CBD, including the country's best restaurants, Art Series Hotels can be found in the stylish shopping precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra, uber cool Commercial Road in Prahan, and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. 

Art Series the Cullen


Daring and unique, Art Series the Cullen (seen right) is inspired by and features lashings of original artwork and prints by Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. Sleep soundly in an Art Series Signature bed, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. Prepare breakfast using in-room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium, and two exciting restaurants.

Art Series the OlsenSet on Melbourne's prestigious Chapel Street, Art Series the Olsen (seen left) offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants. At The Olsen Hotel, one can plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access, and complete kitchenettes. For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Art Series the Blackman


With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, Art Series the Blackman (seen right) will inspire Melbourne's imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space. Experience two of Melbourne's hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with a state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. 

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Dining al Fresco: Gallery Hotel Art

By: Five Star Alliance

Gallery Hotel Art has studio galleries located on the top floor. These suites offer stunning views of the Florence Cathedral and San Miniato Church.

Gallery Hotel Art

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Meet The Henry Jones Art Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

The Henry Jones Art HotelThe Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia's first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.

Located on Hobart's waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australia's most successful companies—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL. Art and design are woven into the fabric of the Henry Jones. The hotel partners with a diverse range of Tasmanian artists to present a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 artworks. 

The hotel’s 56 individually designed rooms and suites reflect Henry Jones’ characteristic fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. Sleek modernity complements untouched heritage features, nineteenth century sandstone walls frame contemporary artworks, and original windows reveal views of Hobart's harbour, city, mountains ,and built history.

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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)

Ziggy Stardust Hits Thompson Chicago

By: Five Star Alliance

Thompson Chicago
David Bowie fan? You'll want to head to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The hotel is hosting the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades—are brought together for the first time.

So, where should you stay? Try Thompson Chicago. Located in the heart of Chicago's exclusive Gold Coast , it offers luxurious accommodations and sophisticated guest services. Right now, if you book the Five Star Alliance rate, you'll receive a complimentary upgrade based on availability.

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Did You Know? Andaz Amsterdam

By: Five Star Alliance

Andaz Amsterdam is this is the first and only hotel in the world showcasing a video art collection.  Explore a total of 40 unique works, ranging from young talents and established names to a few carefully selected international masters, such as Ryan Gander, Erwin Olaf and Mark Titchner.

Andaz Amsterdam

Depending on the work’s level of intensity and outspokenness, selections from the video art collection are showcased in different areas of the hotel — in the public areas of the ground floor, in the hallways throughout the various floors, or through a special video channel available on the televisions in the guestrooms. The largest display screen for the presentation of video footage is located in the Lounge and compromises nine 60-inch televisions.

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