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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Suite Should We Pick at Windsor Court Hotel?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Windsor Court HotelYou have questions, we have answers! 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 traveling to New Orleans and want a suite at Windsor Court Hotel that has river views.  What do you recommend?

Answer: Try a Premium Suite. They feature:

Classic English/French Vogue decor
New furnishings and amenities
800 square feet of living and working space
King size or two queen beds in the bedroom
Separate, large living room with couch, work desk and chairs, and French doors for privacy from the bedroom
Butler's pantry
Many suites with private balconies
Large dressing and vanity area
Genuine Italian marble bath
Complimentary high-speed internet, wired and wireless
iHome docking stations
Customizable voicemail
Coffee and coffee maker
Two bedroom suite configurations available

For those river views, book a suite on the Club Level. They are located on the top four floors of the hotel, with panoramic views of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Club Level accommodations also offer exclusive access to the private Club lounge, and the services of a dedicated concierge. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?

ANSWER: The Cornstalk Hotel 
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa. The Cornstalk features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.

The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

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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.


Hotel Mazarin Offers a Host of Complimentary Amenities

By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Mazarin

Hotel Mazarin takes its name from the famous European diplomat and Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th century Italian-born statesman, gambler, aide-de camp to French royalty, Machiavellian scholar, chief financial minister to Queen Anne, and a longtime Regent of France on behalf of Louis the XIV. A Renaissance man and collector of fine wines and wealth, he designed the Mazarin Diamond, one of the first forms of the brilliant cut.

At the historic luxury hotel, the guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed to cater to the modern traveler while preserving New Orleans' signature charm. Hotel guests will enjoy a private courtyard setting with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center.

Guests need only to step outside and enjoy the jazz resonating in the streets and galleries and shops just a half block away on Royal Street. The lively nightlife and music New Orleans is known for is on Bourbon Street, also just a half block away. Enjoy a nightcap at the only French Quarter wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin or at the hotel's Prohibition-era inspired bar 21st Amendment at La Louisiane. 

Guests enjoy the following amenities included in the room rate:

Wireless Internet access
Daily deluxe breakfast
Welcome cocktail at our 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
In-room bottled artesian water and coffee
Daily newspaper
Local calls

Additional amenities include:

Fitness center
Concierge service
Business center
Patrick’s Bar Vin Wine Bar
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane
Valet parking (additional fee)
Special pricing is available to guests of the Hotel Mazarin for New Orleans airport transportation service

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Monteleone

By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Monteleone
Thanks to Anne Rice's novels and American Horror Story, vampires are probably more closely associated to New Orleans than ghosts and spirits. But Hotel Monteleone has its share of ghosts and otherwordly sightings.  The historic Hotel Monteleone, founded in 1886 and owned by the fourth generation of the Monteleone family, has often heard ghost stories from guests, especially on the 14th floor (which is actually the 13th floor).

Generations of hotel guests and staff have regularly experienced haunted events at the event. This haunted hotel has an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading a curioues couple down a hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children playing.

In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at the Hotel Monteleone, investigating the hauntings. While at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them were several former employees, a man named William Wildemere who died inside the hotel of natural causes, and a boy who was much older when he died but enjoys returning to Hotel Monteleone as a 10-year-old to play hide-and-seek with another young spirit.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Cornstalk Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

The Cornstalk Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa.

The Cornstalk Hotel

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Hotel Monteleone Aims to Break Records

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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Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans

By: Five Star Alliance

Omni Royal Orleans

Inside the luxury hotel that is now Omni Royal Orleans is the historic Rib Room. The steak-heavy restaurant, unusual in a town known for Po'Boys and seafood, has served dinner to a galaxy of stars, including  Luciano Pavarotti, Muhamad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Louis Armstrong, Richard Nixon, Paul Newman, and Harry Connick, Jr. But that's not the hotel's only claim to fame. The ideas for the Superdome and the Louisiana Jazz Festival were developed in one of Rib Room's private dining areas. 

The culinary team at the Rib Room strives to incorporate unique and locally sourced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. 


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Did You Know? Soniat House

By: Five Star Alliance

Soniat House

Between 1829-1833 French sugar plantation owner Joseph Soniat Duffossat and his eldest son Robert built three French Quarter townhouses. The custom of the day, for those with means and social standing, was to have a residence in town. Such homes were built both for their convenience, and most importantly, to entertain and receive guests.  In 1982 the townhouses began their new life as Soniat House. The 31 guest rooms are furnished and decorated with French and English antiques and custom European fabrics. Hotel guests are especially fond of sitting in one of the two courtyards and soaking up the atmosphere. 

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Cool Pools: Windsor Court Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel's pool is an expansive 18 x 65 outdoor pool with a large Jacuzzi whirlpool. Both have a bird's-eye view of New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel
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It's Fat Tuesday at Hotel Monteleone!

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monteleon

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Hotel Monteleone is the perfect Mardi Gras hotel in New Orleans, just steps from the Uptown parade route on Canal Street. This New Orleans hotel that has been a French Quarter icon for more than a century. Hotel Monteleone boasts 600 luxurious guest rooms, including 55 luxury suites and literary author suites. The new Criollo Restaurant and famous Carousel Bar & Lounge offer our guests the best in New Orleans dining and nightlife. Hotel Monteleone provides the best luxury hotel amenities, including a heated rooftop pool, 24/7 fitness center, and valet parking. Hotel Monteleone also offers 24/7 In-Room Dining and a Grab-n-Go Breakfast in the Lobby Lounge.


After catching the parade and merriment on Canal Street, retreat to the world-famous Carousel Bar for a Sazerac, Vieux Carre, De La Louisane, or other historic Big Easy libations. 

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