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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 St Regis New York Dining

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In 1906, Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, owner of The St. Regis New York, commissioned a mural from American artist Maxfield Parrish for his 42nd Street hotel, The Knickerbocker.  

St Regis New York 

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Did You Know? The Heathman Hotel

November 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Heathman Hotel


In 1984, The Heathman Hotel was the first luxury, art dedicated, boutique hotel to open in Portland. The Heathman has an outstanding collection that features a well-balanced and beautiful mix of historic, modern and contemporary art. Personally curated by Elizabeth Leach, from the Pearl District distinct gallery of the same name, the Heathman’s Fine Art Suite exhibits the most influential and stunning art in the collection. These works include a phenomenal light installation by Portland born Hap Tivey, a sensational abstract relief painting by local artists Joe Thurston and two unique pieces by internationally renowned artist and film maker Gus Van Sant. Your support, as a portion of your room revenue will be donated, assists the multitude of non-profit organizations across the city of Portland.

 

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Did You Know? King David Hotel Jerusalem

November 13, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

King David Hotel Jerusalem
Built in 1929, the King David Hotel Jerusalem has played an important role in the history of Israel and Jerusalem. It was founded by Ezra Mosseri, a wealthy Egyptian Jewish banker. It was the site of a bombing in 1946, by the right-wing Zionist underground organization the Irgun, on the British administrative headquarters for Palestine, which was housed in hotel. It has long been popular among visiting dignitaries, politicians, government officials, and celebrities. Famous guests include Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Barack Obama, and Richard Gere. 

 

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Did You Know? Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

November 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Sure, Las Vegas is land-locked. But that doesn't mean you can't hang out with sharks. And we don't mean the ones at the poker table. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has a Shark Reef where you can see all kinds of aquatic wonders — sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile, to name a few. In all, there are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water.

 

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Did You Know? The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

November 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort has courses designed by leading golf architect Kyle Phillips, renowned for his championship courses at Kingsbarns in Scotland and The Grove in England. His courses at The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort is designed to complement the gorgeous Italian landscape. There are two championship 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course, all set amid olive and orange groves and with spellbinding views of the azure Mediterranean Sea. These are free of any buildings, allowing players to enjoy golf at its purest.

The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort 

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Dining al Fresco: The Mark New York

November 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges in NYC features a masterful design by Jacques Grange and an innovative restaurant menu specially crafted by NYC's pre-eminent chef, the award-winning Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Guests of The Mark New York can also enjoy a bicycle ride and a picnic arranged by the hotel.

The Mark New York

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Did You Know? The St Regis New York

October 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

When John Jacob Astor commissioned The St Regis New York in 1904, he spent a full million dollars on one staircase.

The St Regis New York Million Dollar Staircase 

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Did You Know? Thorngrove Manor Hotel

October 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Thorngrove Manor Hotel may look like Cinderella's castle, or something that a knight of the Round Table might own, but in reality it was built in 1994 on a vineyard and offers such modern amenities as air conditioning and WiFi. 

Thorngrove Manor 

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Did You Know? Winvian

October 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Winvian's signature feature of the resort is eighteen individually architecturally designed cottages. Pictured below is the Artist Cottage. Based on a 1920's artist's bungalow with an overall feel of wood, stained glass and gingerbread, this cottage has many artistic details such as ceramic shard sculpted mirrors and custom art tile inserts in the bathroom. The bedroom boasts a custom made four poster bed with a barrel vaulted wooden canopy. The living room has an adjoining artist's studio with open canvases that feature various mediums (water colors, acrylics and oils) that encourage guests to be artistic.

Winvian

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Did You Know? Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

October 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The luxury hotel Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is built on the site of a villa that once belonged to a Roman Empress who was the mother of the Emperor Nero. Julia Agrippina was one of the most powerful women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The relics and archaeological remains found during construction of the hotel are displayed in the public spaces of the Hotel by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Gran Melia Villa Agrippiina

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