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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: Brufani Palace

September 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Brufani Palace displays its art al fresco. Why not?

Brufani Palace

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort

August 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barnsley Gardens Resort has a long and storied history. It was build by one of the wealthiest men in the south, Godfrey Barnsley, for his wife Julia. Construction began on the Italian-style villa in the 1840s, on land that was once inhabited by Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Sadly, Julia passed away before the home was completed. 

Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Did You Know? Art Deco Hotel Montana

August 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Art Deco Hotel Montana, perched on the hillside above the Palace Hotel, was opened in 1910. At the same time, an electric funicular railway was also built to take guests from the lakeside promenade directly to the hotel lobby, in just one minute.

Art Deco Hotel Montana

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Did You Know? Inn At Depot Hill

August 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

A landmark in Capitola history, Inn At Depot Hill is located in the heart of this seaside community on the California central coast. It started life as a Southern Pacific Railroad rail station. In 1990 the station was converted into a inn of 12 rooms, each decorated and named after a train destination. 

Inn at Depot Hill

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Did You Know? Cheeca Lodge

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheeca Lodge has a history that stretches over half a century. It was opened as the Olney Inn in 1946, and its first guest was none other than President Harry Truman. President Trumen spent his vacation around the pool taking walks amidst the 1,000 palm trees that graced the landscape. Another famous guest was legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. Due to Murrow's influence, the inn became a popular spot for DC's elite to vacation. 

Cheeca Lodge

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New to Five Star Alliance: Les Sources de Caudalie

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Les Sources de Caudalie, located among the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves great growth, was established in 1999. The concept behind Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the French Paradox, discovered over 20 years ago. It refers to a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest France, is conducive to good health. Between vineyards and forests, at only 20 minutes from Bordeaux center, the architect Yves Collet created from scratch contemporary buildings from recycled local materials in tune with the surroundings.

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The Rubens at the Palace Means Family Fun in the Heart of London

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the Palace
When it comes to exceptional family facilities and a location in the heart of London's main tourist attractions, it's hard to beat The Rubens at the Palace located in Victoria, neighbouring London’s most prestigious address, Buckingham Palace. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many popular London sites including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the London Aquarium, and the London Eye as well as the leafy green open spaces of the Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

The Rubens offers a number of extra special touches that ensure every family is kept entertained and well looked after. Children are made to feel like mini VIP's with access to their own Kids Concierge also known as the Director of Fun and Adventure, John Goncalves. John is fully abreast on London’s hottest openings and attractions and will happily offer advice to help each family make the most out of their trip to the capital. Many of the bedrooms offer views over the Royal Mews and the Director of Fun & Adventure will talk each child through traditional royal ceremony, such as the changing of the guard, and explain exactly what is happening and why. John has years of experience in keeping the most demanding of children amused both in and out of the hotel leaving parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

The Rubens is well known for its outstanding afternoon tea and youngsters are catered for with a Prince and Princess version. Treats include bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink. There is also a special kids menu including tasty “mocktails”. Children can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel including a trip to the kitchen, where the Pastry Chef will help the kids decorate their own cupcakes. The Rubens at the Palace
Each family bedroom is fully equipped with a host of games and activities to keep everyone entertained. A special turndown treat is offered to all children, with cookies, hot milk, a bubble bath full of toys and their own mini bathrobes and slippers are supplied. For kids of all ages, there is a full library of DVDs and computer games to borrow, free of charge.

The Rubens offers flexible accommodation with ten interconnecting room combinations catering for families of up to six and family wing options that cater for extended families of up to eleven guests.

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Hotel Monteleone Aims to Break Records

August 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monteleone
Hotel Monteleone
, the quintessential New Orleans hotel, is looking to make history in a whole different way. Fittingly, the piece will be made out of Mardi Gras beads, bottle caps, and wine corks. It will depict Life in the French Quarter. Over the next year, Wanger will be traveling with the piece to schools and community centers statewide to work with volunteers on placing more than four million Mardi Gras beads on the art work. The piece will return to the Hotel Monteleone in summer 2015. 

The massive art piece titled “Life in the French Quarter” is the latest project of local bead artist Stephan Wanger’s Bead Town initiative. The inspiration behind “Life in the French Quarter” is to translate everything that makes New Orleans great into art. Wanger’s vision of the piece features a background of iconic New Orleans scenery and a second line of famous local movers and shakers from the past and present including Lena and Louis Prima, Robin Barnes, Tennessee Williams and many more. The free standing 16-panel plywood canvas measures 96 feet wide by 8 feet tall and will be made entirely out of Mardi Gras Beads along with bottle caps and wine corks. Wanger started to prep the canvas by sketching out his vision for the piece in July 2014 and he projects it will take a year to add over four million Mardi Gras beads to complete the project by August 2015.

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Dining al Fresco: Le Pigonnet

August 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Pigonnet is a Provencal manor house from the XVIIIth century combines tradition and modernity. This 5-star hotel with 44 rooms and suites is a stone’s throw away from Aix-en-Provence city centre and offers guests relaxing moments in a luxury and timeless atmosphere.

Le Pigonnet 

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Did You Know? Ritz Paris

August 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Paris
In the early '30s, fashion icon Coco Chanel moved into the Hotel Ritz Paris. She not only brought her luggage, she also brought her own furniture, including a beige suite settee and a chinoiserie folding screen. The suite where she lived for more than 35 years still exists. The 1,670-square-foot Coco Chanel Suite has two bedrooms and a living room and features Coromandel lacquers, Chinese furniture, baroque mirrors, and over-sized sofas with quilting created by Chanel. 

But Madame Coco wasn't the only celebrity of the time to call the hotel home. Ernest Hemingway also lived there, and one of the bars is fittingly named in his honor.  

The hotel is currently closed for extensive renovations, but is expected to re-open in late 2014 or early 2015.