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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? The Shelbourne Dublin


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The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
The Shelbourne Hotel
was founded in 1824 by Tipperary man Martin Burke, when he acquired three adjoining townhouses overlooking Dublin's St Stephen's Green - Europe's largest garden square. Burke named his grand new hotel The Shelbourne, after William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne.

In May 1922, The Shelbourne played host to its most historic meeting – the drafting of the Irish Constitution. Bunreacht na hÉireann was drawn up in room 112, under the leadership of Michael Collins. This room is now The Constitution Room.

 

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Did You Know? The Hotel of South Beach


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The Hotel of South Beach was designed by innovative fashion designer Todd Oldham. The rooftop pool and sundeck features Oldham's signature style and casual elegance. Canvas-covered, overstuffed sofas and chairs are solid white, accented with handmade orange and pink woven ribbon pillows. Sheer white fabric, stirred by the ocean breezes, hangs from the rooftop's main wall. The flooring consists of planks of wood, painted vibrant red, orange and white. The circular Spire Bar surrounds the original Art Deco era Tiffany spire. Guests can partake of the free yoga classes held every Saturday morning that are held by the pool.

The Hotel of South Beach

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Dinner and a Movie at Crosby Street Hotel


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Crosby Street Hotel's state-of-the-art screening room has 99 seats,advanced sound and projection technology, and the latest digital capabilities including 3D. On Sunday evenings the hotel hosts a Film Club, which is open to hotel guests and members of the public. Film buffs can make an evening of it by having dinner or drinks at the The Crosby Bar before the 8pm screening. A 3-course dinner and a movie is $55. A cocktail, bar plate, and movie is $35. Upcoming screenings include Chef, starring Jon Favreau, and Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

Crosby Street Hotel

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Did You Know? Wildflower Hall


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Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall started life as a country escape for Viceroys and high-ranking officials. It was well-loved and visited often by Lord Kitchener, who many call "the greatest Commander-in-Chief that India has ever possessed." In addition to the comforts of the residence, he also enjoyed camping and shooting in the area. 

Kitchener took command of the gardens, planning, planting, and even paying for them. He also had a snow-pit built, which created ice that was used in Wildflower Hall's kitchens throughout the year.  

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Did You Know? Wynn Macau


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Wynn Macau

Gamblers at Wynn Macau are aided by the resort's Tree of Prosperity. Designed to thrill and excite guests, the Tree of Prosperity is a choreographic masterpiece of music, video and light. Rays of light illuminate the tree and change into vibrant colors to represent different seasons of the year. The sparkling chandelier, composed of 21,000 crystals, adds glitter and glamour. 

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Did You Know? The Beverly Hills Hotel


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The Beverly Hills Hotel



Legendary billionaire heir, Hollywood producer, and recluse Howard Hughes spent a good chunk of his life in a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Hughes famously became a recluse after an aviation accident that nearly killed him. In 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, where he subsisted on a diet of chocolate, chicken, and milk. After he emerged, Hughes took up residence in Bungalow 4 at the legendary Pink Palace. He allegedly left his Cadillac outside and unused for so long that the tires went flat and plants began to grow in the car's interior. His wife and key staff members also took up residence in the hotel, albeit in different rooms. 

Hughes spent time living in other luxury hotels. In the early 1940s, he lived in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hughes and his entourage occupied the entire top floor and the 14th floor as well. He also spent time at Eden Rock Hotel on St. Barth's. The luxury resort has a suite named after him. The Howard Hughes loft is situated on top of the iconic main house, and has three terraces and a stunning 360° view of the bay. The suite also has a King size bed, kitchenette, dining area, spacious living area, and 2 copper clad bathrooms. 

 


Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans


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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? The Adolphus


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The Adolphus

The Adolphus, a baroque masterpiece, has been a legend among Dallas historic hotels since 1912, when St. Louis beer baron Adolphus Busch was approached by city founders to erect a luxury palace worthy of the Lone Star State. Style, elegance and grandeur came together in 21 stories of historic beaux arts splendor that critics named "the most beautiful building west of Venice."

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Did You Know? Avila Hotel


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Avila Hotel
The heart of the Avila Hotel is a Dutch Colonial style mansion. It is believed to have been built at the end of the 18th century. During the British rule at the beginning of the 19th century, it became the residence of the British Governors and later on that of the Dutch.  The he sisters of the Venezuelan liberator Simon Bolivar lived at the Octagon, a seaside cupola on the property, during their years of exile from the Venezuelan independence war against Spain. 

Avila has lived many differnt lives. It has been a country house or residence of English and Dutch Governors, a boys' boarding school, a private school, a private dwelling, a private hospital and as Curacao's oldest hotel.
 

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Did You Know? The Cellars-Hohenort


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The Cellars-Hohenort
In 1693, The Cellars-Hohenort, then known as Klaasenbosch Farm, was the house of Hendrik ten Damme, Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company. The farmhouse is positioned against the wooded knoll of the eastern slope of Table Mountain. During the 1750's it became part of the flourishing farming and wine producing area. The Cellars was the wine cellar of Klaasenbosch Farm.

After numerous owners, Arnold Spilhaus bought the farm in 1906 and replaced the old thatched farmhouse with the magnificent manor in the German style with square gables, designed by architect Seeliger. It was named Hohenort, meaning "high place" in old German. 

 

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