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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.

Did You Know? Fisher Island Hotel And Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Fisher Island Resort and Spa
Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.

In 1936,  Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.

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Did You Know? Gleneagles Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

This summer, Gleneagles Hotel celebrated its 90th birthday. When the Gleneagles® Hotel opened in 1924 it was described as 'a Riviera in the Highlands' and 'the eighth wonder of the world'. Today, this luxury hotel remains dedicated to excellence, just as it was in its earliest days when "the avowed intention of the management was to create happiness".

The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company, with its own railway station just minutes away, and is now owned by Diageo plc, custodians of iconic brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, and Tanqueray gin.

Gleneagles Hotel

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Did You Know? Archer Hotel New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Archer Hotel New York evokes the creative soul of its New York City Garment District neighborhood. In a city full of amazing museums, the hotel has also carefully curated a collection of house art. The pieces range from photography, digital installations, and nostalgic cutouts, and are curated by Manhattan-based art advisor Deborah Goodman Davis.

Archer Hotel New York

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Did You Know? Andaz Amsterdam


By: Five Star Alliance

Andaz Amsterdam is this is the first and only hotel in the world showcasing a video art collection.  Explore a total of 40 unique works, ranging from young talents and established names to a few carefully selected international masters, such as Ryan Gander, Erwin Olaf and Mark Titchner.

Andaz Amsterdam

Depending on the work’s level of intensity and outspokenness, selections from the video art collection are showcased in different areas of the hotel — in the public areas of the ground floor, in the hallways throughout the various floors, or through a special video channel available on the televisions in the guestrooms. The largest display screen for the presentation of video footage is located in the Lounge and compromises nine 60-inch televisions.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Hotel in Amsterdam Suitable for a Family of Four?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel VondelWe 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 Amsterdam. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Hotel Vondel 

Nestled among Amsterdam's lively center, you will find Hotel Vondel, a boutique hotel offering outstanding accommodations at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide the utmost comfort for everyone’s taste. You may choose from various different room types, ensuring everyone will find just what they're looking for. Start your day with the restaurants extensive breakfast buffet, or just stay in and enjoy it in your room. The trendy bar extends into a charming for guests to relax during the summer months. The hotels exclusive and intimate size doesn't prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter and fashion district.Hotel Vondel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two-Bedroom Loft Suite

Take luxury to new heights! This one-of-a-kind split level loft suite is a stunning city loft located on the top floor. Soothe your soul in this spacious loft with two separate bedrooms, a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchen. Sleep like a King or Queen in the comfortable king size beds. The master bedroom with king size bed, bathroom with bath and walk-in rain dance shower are located on the same floor as the kitchen and living room. The second bedroom and bathroom with shower are located on the top floor of the hotel. Enjoy wifi and extensive amenities from Spa Collection. The Loft Suite is a perfect hidden sanctuary for a long weekend with family or for extensive business trip.

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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.

 


Did You Know? Gran Hotel la Perla


By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel la Perla

Gran Hotel la Perla
 
is the most famous and oldest hotel in Pamplona. One side of the hotel is on Estafeta Street, one of the main routes in the Running of the Bulls. Notable guests include Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin. 

The room of Ernest Hemingway remains the same as when he stayed there. There are three other special rooms dedicated to historical figures that have stayed at the hote: Pablo Sarasate, Don Juan de Borbon and the Royal Family.

The Estafeta Historical Rooms are dedicated to prominent Spanish cultural or social figures, and other famous guests. These include Federico Moreno Torroba, Torrente Ballester, the bullfighters Cayetano Ordonez and Juan Belmonte, Orson Welles and the Muslim leader Aga Khan.

The hotel was totally renovated in 2007.  

 

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Did You Know? FCC Angkor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

FCC Angkor Hotel is renovated from the French former governor's mansion. The building itself is a monument to provincial fortunes.

FCC Angkor 

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Did You Know? Ksar Char-Bagh


By: Five Star Alliance

Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.

Ksar Cher-Bagh 

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Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace


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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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Did You Know? Ojai Valley Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa 

Guests at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa can come home with more than bathrobes and memories. The resort's Artist Cottage offers a number of creative classes for all ages. One unique offering is Apothecary, a custom scent blending class. The class will rely on your unconscious to create a personalized scent. The scent can then be used as a perfume or the apothecary specialist can blend it into a product line for future enjoyment. 

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