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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis has reopened in Minnesota's largest city following an extensive $22 million top-to-bottom total transformation. Situated along the tree-lined streets of Nicollet Mall, this downtown Minneapolis hotel is minutes from the theater, museums and cultural centers; and is directly connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center by enclosed skyway.

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis 

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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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Image of the Day: The Villas at Snowmass Club

December 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas at Snowmass Club is a 19,000 square foot mountain club paired with spacious villas offering guests premier amenities to enjoy during a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. It is situated in Snowmass Village overlook Mt. Daly and the Elk Mountains, and is minutes from the Two Creeks chairlift. 

The Villas at Snowmass

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Bostonian Hotel

December 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Bostonian Hotel has undergone a $24 million renovation, offering a contemporary and comfortable haven amidst the bustle of downtown Boston. Guests are welcome to unwind in front of the lobby's fireplace, admire original art installations and make the most of the quiet reading area. Guests will also be delighted with the hotel's spacious, clean rooms and suites, complete with an array of high-quality finishes. Details such as pillow-top beds, Frette linens and 40-inch high-definition televisions will enhance your experience and make your stay extra special.

Millennium Bostonian Hotel 

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Image of the Day: The Edgewater Hotel Seattle

December 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Resting atop Pier 67 on Seattle's sparking Elliott Bay, the four story 223-room The Edgewater Hotel Seattle is Seattle’s original waterfront hotel. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Edgewater Hotel remains as Seattle's only waterfront hotel and has become a beloved local landmark.

Edgewater Hotel Seattle

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Image of the Day: Barcelo Huatulco Beach

December 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Huatulco Beach is on the bay of Tangolunda, one of the largest among the 9 bays of Huatulco. The resort is situated right on the beach front. Guests can enjoy the sea, the swimming pool or go for a stroll on the beach, as they are all just a few steps from the rooms.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

December 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the gateway to Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions. Just steps away from renowned Rush Street, this four-diamond Chicago hotel offers stylish accommodations with luxury amenities, modern event facilities, irresistible dining options and gracious service.

 Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel


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Studio Living at The James New York

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
The James New York
is a 114-room luxury boutique hotel designed as a locally inspired, community focused, and environmentally thoughtful hotel. Outdoor spaces throughout the hotel include a seasonal Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck and bar. The James New York also features the award-winning David Burke Kitchen and curated art exhibits throughout the hotel.

For those who would like to experience the quintessential New York studio apartment living experience, you can do so at The James New York. Of course, you won't have to walk up five flights of stairs, schelp your laundry to the laundromat, or deal with faulty heat, noisy neighbors, and brick wall views, since these studios are of the luxury variety. 

Corner queen and king studios feature city views with a prime corner location offering two walls of windows with an abundance of natural light. Contemporary studios offer an open layout and upscale residential design complemented by a palette of warm tones and natural, artisan fabrics. Designed with the modern day traveler in mind, the layout offers artful balance of form and function - from the spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms to the flat screen TVs and WiFi. All handcrafted studios are intelligently appointed with intuitive amenities such as eco-friendly Keetsa pillows, triple distilled water refreshed twice daily, separate seating areas for work or dining, and fully stocked pantries with locally curated offerings. A "peek-a-boo" motorized screen separates the bedroom from the glass-enclosed bathroom, which features a rain shower and natural bath amenities provided by Intelligent Nutrients.

Corner Queen measures 340 sq. ft (32 sq. m) of space and Corner King measures 380 sq. ft. (35 sq. m) of space. There is an accessible Corner King Studio features lowered shelving and lowered door viewer and latches. Bathrooms are equipped with roll-in showers and grab bars.

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Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Best for Rest and Recovery?

December 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mutiny 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 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: My Mother and I are traveling to Miami, I will be recovering from surgery can you recommend a hotel that has a kitchen and offers quiet for my recovery?

ANSWER: The Mutiny Hotel 

The Mutiny Hotel is located approximately 17 miles from Miami International Airport on Sailboat Bay in Coconut Grove, approximately nine miles from South Beach. Local attractions include the Streets of Mayfair, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Key Biscayne, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and downtown Miami which are all within five miles of the hotel.
Hotel amenities include on-site car rental, wireless Internet, concierge, fax/photocopy services, laundry/valet services, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, sauna, and steam room. Atchana's East/West Kitchen is a sophisticated hideaway located on the ground level of The Mutiny Hotel and serves an array of fresh, authentic Asian dishes, along with American Classics such as New York Strip Steak and Snapper Filets. Patrons can dine in the intimate wood-paneled 45-seat indoor dining room or outdoors, next to the poolside waterfall. In addition to full bar service,. Full service dining is also available at The Pirates Bar & Grill serving contemporary American and International cuisine. Private parties available in the restaurant or poolside. 
The Mutiny Hotel
Guest suites are decorated in a British Colonial motif and feature fully equipped kitchens, two TVs, VCRs, A/C, desks, dial-up Internet access, dual-line telephones, voicemail, hairdryers, bathroom telephones, coffeemakers with premium coffees, and bathrobes. The minimum age for check-in is 21 and that all accommodations at The Mutiny Hotel are now non-smoking. Guest suites are an average of 750 sq ft, overlooking Biscayne Bay, and have fully equipped kitchen, sleeper couch in Living area, many with private balcony for some quiet space.

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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.


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New to Five Star Alliance: ONE UN New York

December 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Set against a spectacular New York City backdrop, ONE UN New York, formerly Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, is a quiet haven nestled on the eastern edge of Manhattan’s fashionable Midtown neighborhood. Located directly across from one of the world’s great landmarks, the headquarters of the United Nations, the luxury hotel is just steps from Grand Central Terminal; close to the Theater District, renowned restaurants and world-class shopping; and within easy access to the three major airports serving New York City.

One UN New York 


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