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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: The American Club

September 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The American Club's Hole #1 - Outward Bound Straits course at Whistling Straits.

The American Club 

Fall rates at The American Club start at $204 per night >>

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Image of the Day: The Westin La Cantera Resort

September 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin La Cantera Resort offers breathtaking views of downtown and the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Built on the site of an abandoned limestone rock quarry, "la cantera" in Spanish, the resort's intimate setting seems like it's a world away from the city, yet the famous River Walk and the Alamo, two of San Antonio's most-visited attractions, are just 20 minutes away.

The Westin La Cantera Resort

Fall Rates at Westin La Cantera Resort start at $213 per night >>

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Is Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla Haunted?

September 25, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grande Colonial Hotel La JollaGrande Colonial Hotel La Jolla recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Everyone knows you don't get to that age without a few skeletons in the closet. Or in the case of the luxury hotel, ghosts in the guest rooms. For years, tales of ghost sightings and paranormal happenings have been reported by guests and staff alike. The good news is that the otherwordly happenings have always been about people having fun.

One room in the hotel is popular with those craving privacy, as it has a private entrance. Late night phone calls have been known to come from this room when it is unoccupied. There's never anyone on the other end, and when employees go to check the room, the phone is off the hook and the room is empty and the windows are locked. Some have speculated that the activity is the spirit of regular visitor Groucho Marx returning for a visit. The legendary comedian was known for late night hijinks at the hotel. Other sightings include a couple in formal attire seen in the hallway, a young woman in a guest room, several small Abraham Lincolns jumping around in a room, and a woman in white who brushed a young guest's hair. 

Many supernatural stories take place in the hotel's kitchen. Activities include stoves that turn on spontaneously, cabinets that open and close by themselves, and frying pans that move around. During remodeling the reports increased, but the new restaurant Nine-Ten seems to have sent most of the ghosts elsewhere. Guests of the North Annex, which is above the bakery, have reported loud voices, heavy footsteps, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and closed for no reason—all after the bakery has closed. The noises have been attributed to two young women who used to live in the apartment that is now the bakery.

Interested in reading more Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla ghost stories. Here's a full report

Fall rates at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla start at $199 per night >>

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Did You Know? Twin Farms

September 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Twin Farms has an impressive art collection, with works by Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Sean Scully, Cy Twombly, Nam June Paik, and Donald Sultan. The entire property feels like an unpredictable gallery exhibit. Also fused into each arrangement is a remarkable collection of utilitarian pottery and decorative ceramics.

Twin Farms

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Image of the Day: Las Alamandas

September 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Las Alamandas is an exclusive beachfront hideaway situated on over 1,500 acres of unspoilt tropical Paradise with only seven villas accommodating a maximum of 42 guests.

Las Alamandas

Fall Rates as Las Alamandas start at $185 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Simpson House Inn

September 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Simpson House Inn is the only five diamond bed and breakfast in North America.

Simpson House Inn 

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American Girl Checks in to The New York Palace Hotel

September 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The New York Palace
Parents of little girls are familiar with the American Girl doll empire. At American Girl Place in New York City, kids and their mini-mes can have tea, shop, see a show, and even visit the doll hospital to fix boo-boos.

The New York Palace, conveniently located just one block from the flagship Fifth Avenue store, has a package just for American Girl fans big and small.  The New York Palace Hotel is known for spectacular views, attention to detail, and impeccable service. The hotel boasts 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features.

American Girl New York Palace

 

 

 


The hotel's American Girl Place Package includes:

-Choice of Superior or Tower accommodations (ranging from floors 9 to 54)

-A special sweet treat

-A complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (your gift to take home)

Activities and amenities at the hotel include on-site dining at GILT, Istana and the Madison Room and a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. It is conveniently located within blocks of New York's Theatre District and Times Square.

Fall American Girl Rates at The New York Palace Hotel start at $549 per night >>

 

 

 

 


Image of the Day: Pelican Grand Beach Resort

September 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Pelican Grand Beach Resort, located in Ft Lauderdale, offers breathtaking ocean views overlooking the sand in Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Fall rates at Pelican Grand Beach Resort start at $179 per night >>

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Did You Know? The Chesterfield Palm Beach

September 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Designed in the manner of a European bed and breakfast, The Chesterfield Palm Beach was built as The Lido-Venice in 1926 and renamed The Vineta in 1928. The hotel was renovated in 1937 by Palm Beach architect John L. Volk. Named The Chesterfield Palm Beach in 1989, the hotel today is a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Fall rates at The Chesterfield Palm Beach start at $205 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Beachfront and Close to Nightlife?

September 5, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The James Royal Palm
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: We are a looking for a hotel right on the beach with walking distance to nightlife and fine dining and breakfast option in South Beach Florida- What can you recommend?


ANSWER: The James Royal Palm – Miami Beach, FL

Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hotel is located within the coveted and culturally rich area of South Beach, Miami. Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine's "Hot Hotels of 2013" and now a AAA Four Diamond rated beachfront retreat, The James Royal Palm is an inspiring oceanfront beach retreat. Night or day, a distinct energy is in the air, sparked by travelers, trendsetters, and creative personalities at the forefront of defining what's next.
The hotel serves as a modern tribute to the Royal Palm Hotel’s rich history, keeping intact many signature elements of the original architect's Art Deco design. The compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, artistically-inspired, green glass front desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge has been preserved and restored.
Just outside the hotel, you’ll find yourself immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and a host of opportunities. Located near amed Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the destination is an unmatched shopping experience.
The hotel features two swimming pools, two dining options, poolside bar, lobby lounge, full-service spa, Lil' James offerings for children, retail shop and a gym.

Fall rates at The James Royal Palm start at $262 per night >>


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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