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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Puppy-Friendly Hotel in Dallas?

October 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The JouleWe 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: What is a pet friendly resorts in Dallas for a family of 2, and our puppy of course?


ANSWER: The Joule, a Luxury Collection Hotel 

The Joule, Dallas is the first true designer hotel in Dallas. The Joule embodies a new sense of energy sweeping through the revitalized historic center. The restoration of the 1920s Neo-Gothic facade is further enhanced by a new 10-story tower and striking lobby. The hotel also features 2,374 square feet of event space and a 1,500-sq.-ft. deluxe gym. Nearby attractions include Victory Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as shopping at the flagship original Neiman Marcus location, dining and entertainment in the West End historic district and the West Village.

Destined to delight vacationing visitors and business travelers alike, the Deluxe hotel rooms offer up to 350 square feet of vibrant space for the most relaxing stay. With a combination of style, art and originality, the deluxe accommodations feature imported Italian woodwork, Black Merbau floors, dark grey ceramic tile, custom bathroom fixtures and more.The Joule Wrap yourself in ultimate comfort with The Joule's premier bedding. From the premium down comforter and pillows to the 300-thread-count sheets, guests will never want to leave the bedroom. For entertaining, the room features an iPod docking station and a 47" flat-screen Apple Smart TV.

The hotel is pet-friendly. There is no fee for furry family-members of no more than 50 lbs. You will need to kennel while in room for maid, and animals are not permitted in food prep or serving areas.

Book your stay at The Joule >>


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.
 


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Brown Palace Hotel

October 27, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Brown Palace Hotel
One of the ghosts at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel is said to be Louise Crawford Hill, a socialite who lived in the hotel in the 1930s. Crawford lived in room 904, and after her death, the switchboard starting receiving calls from the room, which was undergoing renovations and had no telephone. 

Guided historical tours recounting interesting anecdotes about the general history of The Brown Palace Hotel are offered every Wednesday and Saturday, and in October, the tours focus on the hotel's ghostly past. This popular tour highlights tales of unexplained phenomena and spirits who appear to have chosen to spend eternity at the hotel.

Among the other otherworldly sounds and spirits here are:

- A formally-dressed string quartet is said to live in the hotel's main dining room and has been allegedly heard to be practicing thier music. The room was formerly known as the San Marco Room, where big bands played. 

- A man dressed in an old-fashioned train conductor's uniform was seen at the site where the hotel's railroad ticket office used to be. 

- A baby's cries emanating from the boiler room

- Ghostly children playing and running in the hallways

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Galvez and Spa

October 26, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel GalvezHotel Galvez & Spa, built in 1911 on Galveston Island, is a renowned upscale hotel, with guest rooms that boast an island or ocean view. Legend has it a seaman's fiancé was staying in room 501 when she heard his ship had sunk, and took her own life. Now she haunts the halls, especially during October Ghost Tours. Throughout October, the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel is offering its annual public ghost tour accompanied by a three-course dinner. During the one-hour tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the historic hotel's ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. 

Want more ghost stories? Check out more haunted hotels on Pinterest and Facebook.

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Monteleone

October 25, 2014
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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Want more ghost stories? Check out more haunted hotels on Pinterest and Facebook.


New to Five Star Alliance: Palihouse Holloway

October 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Holloway is a boutique urban lodge offering 36 studio, one-and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences, a roof deck for private entertaining, Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie and the Lobby Lounge, which brings guests, residents, and neighbors together for signature cocktails, food, and more. Palihouse is located in the heart of West Hollywood, a vibrant, dynamic city known as one of Los Angeles' most popular destinations for its entertainment venues and unparalleled nightlife and shopping.

Palihouse Holloway

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New to Five Star Alliance: Raffles Istanbul

October 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Raffles Istanbul sits at the intersection of the city's most important arteries, connected to the Bazaars of old and linked to the new retail experience of the Zorlu Center. Contemporary design provides a sumptuous, world class space. Restaurants and bars bring the very best of the world. Rooms and suites are perfectly to take advantage of the location and the panoramic views it offers across the city. 

Raffles Istanbul

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Dining al Fresco: Fresh Hotel

October 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dining al fresco at Fresh Hotel offers a pretty good view of that old pile of marble known as The Acropolis.

Dining al Fresco Fresh Hotel Athens 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New York City Hotel That Offers Rooms with a Full Kitchens?

October 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Lowell
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 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 looking to stay in New York City. What hotel offers the a full kitchen in the room for us?

ANSWER: The Lowell  

Located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell is in the heart of New York's most exclusive and fashionable Upper East Side. With only 49 individually decorated suites and 23 deluxe rooms, the hotel lavishes its guests with truly personalized service and great attention to detail. Among the many thoughtful touches are complimentary beverages upon arrival, Fiji water at turndown and a selection of Bulgari amenities. Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and almost all have fully equipped kitchens.

For Your Needs We Recommend:

One Bedroom Suite
Spanning over 800 square feet in size, the suites are truly residential with a separate living room, all with wood burning fireplaces and a full service kitchen. The spacious marble bathrooms have a bathtub and shower combination.

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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.


Image of the Day: Warwick Barsey Hotel Brussels

October 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Warwick Barsey Hotel Brussels strikes the right balance between contemporary chic and traditional charm. A recent refurbishment brings together classic architecture with modern interiors to create a glamorous and ultra-comfortable home-away-from-home.

Warwick Barsey Hotel Brussels

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Manet Checks in to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

October 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Offering views over Knightsbridge and the royal park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is one of London’s most distinguished hotels. The hotel also recently played host to Edouard Manet's Le Printemps. The 1881 painting is estimated to sell for $25-35 million at Christie's Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale held on 5 November in New York

(Photo courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd. 2014)