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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.

Peninsula Shanghai Celebrates Aviation

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Shanghai
The Peninsula Shanghai
opened in 2009 and is The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels flagship hotel in Mainland China. Occupying a prime location with direct frontage on Shanghai's historic Bund, The Peninsula is the first new building on the Bund in the last few decades. The Peninsula Shanghai is also one of many Peninsula hotels that feature aviation history-themed lounges.  

The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai celebrates the fascinating history of aviation in China, and it has an impressive collection of antiques and memorabilia. It is named after Xianyi Rosamonde, the first aircraft designed and built in China. It is also referred to as the Dashatou Rosamonde, after the location where it was built, or as Aircraft 1. for On display at the entrance to the lounge is a life-size replica of a 1928 Leoning, Asia's first sea plane. Perched on the 14th floor of the hotel, the glass-encased Rosamonde Aviation Lounge boasts spectacular views of the glittering city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge sets a truly unique scene for any occasion.

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Interactive Art at The Quin

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel
The Quin
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the newest luxury hotel in Manhattan, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The legendary hotel has long been a home away from home for countless painters, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, and conductors. Doubtless, this is due to both The Quin's elegant beaux-arts architecture and its proximity to Broadway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Thanks to the hotel's Quin Arts initiative, the tradition continues today. Quin Arts is an interactive arts program that celebrates the property's rich heritage and produces exciting new spaces for contemporary artists. Quin Arts seeks to inspire suspended moments of reflection amid the bustle of urban life with engaging and immersive new work in New York City. The Quin invites progressive contemporary artists to make their mark through its residency program.

The Quin Hotel

The artistic  and cultural legacy of The Quin was laid by such art world luminaries Georgia O’Keeffe, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Marc Chagall. Quin Arts presents an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program; grand displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, which are specifically created for the hotel; and intimate salons with participating artists.

The Quin currently houses 18 original pieces by artists from around the world. The collection includes works by Blek le Rat, the Paris-based "Godfather of Street Art;” YZ; Eric Zener; Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat;" and renowned Irish painter Patrick Graham. This collection now includes 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker, and will continue to grow with original works commissioned through the Quin Arts' artist-in-residence program.

Current exhibits and artistic endeavors include:

-Heritage, an immersive photography exhibit presented in conjunction with Magnum Photos. It celebrates what Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson calls "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually." Heritage features the work of Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt and was co-curated by Darren Johnston and Gary Hoenig.

-Quin Artist in Residence Rosemary Siemens. Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados.

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New to Five Star Alliance: El Palauet Living Barcelona

March 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

El Palauet Living Barcelona

Meet El Palauet Living Barcelona. Located on Barcelona’s most exclusive boulevard at Passeig de Gracia 113, this five-story palatial mansion, built in 1906, is an extraordinary example of Modernisme (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau). Its architect, Pere Falques, is also known for his ornate lampposts jutting from ceramic tile benches that are sidewalk landmarks at the Passeig de Gracia. He was a contemporary of Antoni Gaudi, whose acclaimed buildings are nearby. The facade of El Palauet reflects the great prosperity, creative genius, and unbridled imagination of the era. Palauet, in the Catalan language, is a small palau or palace.

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Image of the Day: 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

November 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and home to Arkansas native chef Matthew McClure's restaurant, The Hive.

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Image of the Day: Faena Hotel and Universe

September 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

El Porteno Building, home of Faena Hotel and Universe, is an historic building where guests may experience the comfortable feeling of being at home in a modern, luxurious environment. El Porteno Building marks the beginning of the Porteno Art District: the first open, cultural neighborhood in Latin America; a singular atmosphere dedicated to art and fine living.

Faena Hotel and Univese

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Did You Know? The Henry Jones Art Hotel

September 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


The Henry Jones Art Hotel

The Henry Jones Art Hotel is located on Hobart’s waterfront and is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel. The site in which it is located dates back to 1804 and the former jam factory has been transformed into an enthralling first class hotel designed by award-winning architects, Morris-Nunn & Associates.


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The hotel houses 56 rooms and suites all uniquely different and furnished with the hotel’s history and contemporary art as the forefront of each space. 

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Spotlight On: St Regis Grand Rome

August 2, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis Grand RomeRome is one of the most popular travel destinations, with upwards of 10 million visitors pouring into the ancient city each year. But where to stay? We suggest St Regis Grand Rome. The luxury hotel has been named to the Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List on several occasions. 

The luxury property is ideally located in the heart of Rome, and is within walking distance of popular tourist destinations such as the Spanish Steps, Via Veneto, and Trevi Fountain. Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Tourists may recognize it from Fellini's La Dolce Vita. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, and the shopping on Via Condotti are also located nearby.

Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites at the hotel feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles. St. Regis Butler Service is available for our suite guests.

After a day of sightseeing, indulge in a signature massage at kamiSpa. All kamiSpa services are also available within the comfort of your room. The professionally trained kamiSpa & fitness staff provides a full range of treatments for a fabulous journey of indulgence and relaxation.

St Regis Grand RomeAfter a relaxing spa treatment or working up a sweat in the fitness center, dine at The St. Regis Rome. Vivendo restaurant has been twice nominated as the best in Europe by Zagat. Intimate dinners can also be arranged in di...Vino Private Wine Cellar.  Choose from 600 different wines, while surrounded by stones from Diocletian's Baths. Finish off with a nightcap at Le Grand Bar, which Newsweek has named the best bar in Rome.

Familes are celebrated at St Regis Grand Rome. Child-sized robe, slippers, and step stools will make kids feel right at home. Throughout the stay, the hotel staff will recommend and arrange a selection of recreational activities, dining options, childcare services ,and other conveniences for families and children of all ages.

It's La Dolce Vita for the whole family!

 

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Did You Know? InterContinental Marseille

June 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Intercontinental Marseille

 

 

InterContinental Marseille is housed in the former Hotel Dieu, a listed historical monument dating back to the 18th century, originally serving as a hostel for pilgrims to the nearby Basilica. It overlooks the Vieux Port, right beside the oldest district in Marseille known as the Panier. The renovations took 2 years, during which various archaeological sites were discovered. Guests can see some of the artifacts that were excavated in the dedicated cultural area of the InterContinental Marseille.

 

 

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The Red Penguin is All Over 21C Museum Hotel

May 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

21C Museum Hotel21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky is the first of its kind-a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality and contemporary art from living artists. 

21C Museum Hotel

The unofficial mascot of the hotel is the Red Penguin. 

The Penguins are part of an art installation by Cracking Art Group and fittingly, there are 90 penguins. The penguins have been exhibited widely throughout Europe and have nested at 21C Museum Hotel since 2005. The penguins were originally commissioned for a public art project at the 2005 Venice Biennale. 

 

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Art and iPads at The Dolder Grand

May 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Dolder Grand


The historical Zurich luxury hotel, The Dolder Grand, has entered the digital age. The Dolder Grand is renowned for its world-class art collection, a collection that would make most museums green with envy.  There are over 124 pieces of art work set around the property, work by such art world luminaries as Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Camille Pissarro, Damien Hirst, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst.  Now, guests can guide themselves through the astounding collection via a just-launched iPad application.

Guests can borrow an iPad from the reception desk and use a the app to see the hotel’s collection. The works have been sorted by location and guests can access a map showing them positions of the works throughout the hotel. There's also additional information about each artist. 

Guests can have a museum experience without ever leaving the hotel.  

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