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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? Hotel Prince de Galles

September 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


Hotel Prince de Galles
 
was built in 1928 and was inspired by the style of the Decorative Arts exhibition of 1925. With a classical yet modern frontage and a magnificent patio in mosaic, the hotel Prince de Galles owes its name to its original aim: to welcome to Paris during his annual stays, the Prince of Wales, future Edward VIII, son of the king of England George V. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Lord Chamberlain, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Presley, Lana Turner, and Gina Lollobrigida. Composer Frederic Chopin lived in the building that was the precursor to the hotel.

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Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace

September 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the PalaceBuckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.

The Rubens at the PalaceBy 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.

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Cool Pools: American Colony Hotel

September 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The pool at American Colony Hotel is constructed from Jerusalem stone, lined with Italian glass tiles and landscaped with cascading water features. The pool uses the latest energy, filtration and water saving technology available. It is heated and open from May to October.

American Colony Hotel

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Boston Hotel That is Family-Friendly and has Balconies?

September 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Revere 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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay is Boston, MA. What hotel with rooms with balconies offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Revere Hotel Boston Common  

Inspired by Boston’s revolutionary spirit, Revere Hotel Boston Common breathes new life into the space formally inhabited by The Radisson Boston. With Northwood Hospitality at the helm, the property has undergone a theatrical transformation of its own, emerging a completely new and re-imagined luxury hotel. Inspired by the city and encouraging the spontaneous, the hotel offers all the warmth of home in an eclectic setting. From high-octane to easy-going, the experiences at Revere Hotel are nothing less than intoxicating. Explore Boston at your own pace and discover something new on every street. Borrow a Kindle and kick back on the houndstooth chaise lounge in your room – feel free to admire the twinkling city below in between chapters. Find yourself surrounded by the fabric of the city with a carefully-curated collection of Boston-centric products.

Epitomes of livable glamour, the guestrooms are the perfect hub for any Boston experience. Echoing the stunning skyline views out the window, the details in each room are thoughtful and carefully curated. From hardwood entryways to easy-to-reach outlets, the elements of the guestrooms seamlessly blend form and function. Harnessing the true spirit of the city, these Downtown Boston hotel rooms are ideal for anyone with a passion for experiencing the good things in life.

Revere Hotel


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
-Superior 2 Queen Room with Private Balcony
-353 square feet of space
-Oversized workspace with easy-to-access outlets
-37” LG HDTV
-skoah bath amenities | personal training for your skin
-Coffee & tea in each room
-Iron and ironing board
-Ice Bucket
-Complimentary wireless Internet
-Access to 24-hour Fitness Center
-Two sets of Frette robes and slippers
-Balconies with impressive city-scape views
-JBL iPod Speaker System
-Complimentary and priority access to Emerald Lounge
-Champagne toast at check-in
Cribs available with accompanying infant baths, Johnson and Johnson Baby Soap and Moisturizer, Sheets and Infant towels washed in High Temp water and Dreft
-Inflatable bed rails for toddlers available

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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Intercontinental Suites Cleveland Offers a Safe Haven for Allergy Sufferers

September 17, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Intercontinental suites cleveland
Cleveland Clinic bound? The world-renowned medical facility is known for cutting edge research, patient care, and education, and patients come from all over for treatment.  InterContinental Suites Hotel Cleveland, a wellness focused luxury all-suite hotel, is conveniently located right on the Cleveland Clinic campus. 

One of the many amenities for the healthy-conscious are Pure Allergy Friendly Suites. The 13 suites feature:

-Mattresses and pillows are encased in soft and breathable hypoallergenic coverings to protect guests from dust mite allergens

-Virtually allergy-free filters protect guests from irritants such as mold, viruses, bacteria, pollen, and yeast. The rigorus seven-step US pattented removal process removes 99% of pollutants from the air

-Room surfaces are specially cleaned and treated to remove allergens

-Specially treated water to remove allergens

-Carpets and upholstery are re-cleaned every few months to keep them pure

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New to Five Star Alliance: Casa San Agustin

September 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Casa San Agustin is located within Cartagena's walled Old Town, and features 24 guest rooms and 6 suites, each taking its color cue from the nearby Caribbean Sea. From original frescoes in the library to centuries-old wood-beamed ceilings in the guest rooms, Casa San Agustín's art and architecture evoke the city's rich history as 17th century Spanish stronghold.

Casa San Agustin

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Did You Know? Ruzzini Palace

September 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ruzzini Palace was built during the late XVI century and early XVII century, and known as Palazzo Loredan Ruzzini Priuli. It is renowned for its frescoes and paintings, which were created by Gregorio Lazzarini (1655 – 1730). The teacher of Giambattista Tiepolo, Lazzarini's frescoes depicting mythological scenes, "Juno’s Chariot" and "Zephyr and Flora" that today grace the hotel's Royal Suite, were commissioned by Carlo Ruzzini, the 113th Doge of Venice.

Ruzzini Palace

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Did You Know? Fairmont Palliser

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Palliser

Before the Canadian Pacific Railway steamed into town around 1883, there was little in Calgary other than a mounted police post and a trading center. But with the train came tourists, many on their way to visit to a stay at Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, which is now the Fairmont Banff Springs. Looking to lure these tourists to stop over for a few days, the Fairmont Palliser was built.

The luxury hotel opened as The Palliser on June 1, 1914. It was built in the Edwardian Commercial style. Architect Lawrence Gotch adopted a Chicago look, with straight geometric lines resembling the prairie grain elevators found in Alberta and other prairie provinces. The E-shape of the service floors was designed to provide all rooms with outside lighting and created the appearance of three adjacent towers. The public areas were fitted with oak paneling, candelabras, marble columns and floors, handmade rugs and public art. Ice water, along with hot and cold running water, was available in the 350 guest rooms, which featured mahogany doors, brass beds and windows. Named after Captain John Palliser, who explored the area in the 1850s, the eight-floor building was enlarged in 1929, with another $30 million in renovations and restoration recently made.

Pictured is the the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, built to preserve and showcase Canadian Pacific's history, which is a partnership between the hotel and the railway company. The glass rotunda was inspired by late 19th century railway station design and provides a home for Canadian Pacific's vintage train cars. Catered by the hotel's restaurant, the Pavilion and heritage cars can be rented for private functions and events.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej offers redecorated rooms, top-level meeting rooms, the largest presidential suite in Latin America, heated outdoor swimming pool, an Elements SPA by Banyan Tree, and for lovers of fine food, the luxury Arola-Vintetres.

Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej 

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Did You Know? Dean Street Townhouse

September 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dean Street Townhouse 

Located in the heart of London's fashionable Soho neighborhood, Dean Street Townhouse consists of a pair of Georgian residences built by carpenter John Meard in 1732-1735. Home to aristocratic families and, at one point, King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne, the houses were located in Soho Fields, which gradually became a cosmopolitan centre, attracting sculptors, architects and artists, the painter William Hogarth among them.

In 1928, socialite aristocrat David Tennant founded the Gargoyle Club on the top floors of number 69, It was a well-known hangout of politicians, intellectuals, artists and entertainment royalty, including Noël Coward, Tallulah Bankhead and Fred Astaire.

The decadent and lavishly decorated club, which had Henri Matisse’s L’Atelier Rouge on one wall, went into decline by the mid 1950s, although it survived as a drinking den frequented by artists such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. It enjoyed a last hurrah in 1979, when the Comedy Store took over the club, while in the basement Billy’s – then renamed Gossip’s – became a hangout for a new generation of British music stars.

Soho House took possession of the keys to numbers 69 and 70 Dean Street in 2008 and opened Dean Street Townhouse the following year.

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