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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? La Casa Que Canta

January 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

La Casa Que Canta appeared in the movie "When A Man Loves A Woman." The 1994 film starred Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

A unique Mexican architectural concept, the luxury resort is perched on a cliff surrounded by the Sea of Zihuatanejo Bay, with a magnificent panoramic view. It features ten pool suites, eleven grand suites, and three terrace suites facing the ocean, all inspired by the beauty of Mexican Art.

La Casa Que Canta

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Did You Know? Lake Placid Lodge

January 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid Lodge
was built by hand in the Arts and Crafts tradition. There are thirteen sumptuous rooms and seventeen luxurious cabins at the water’s edge. The woods and water enfold the Lodge; the sun warms its wide stone porches. Each room has a fireplace at its heart and wilderness visible through its diamond paned windows. 

Lake Placid Lodge’s superb accommodations, idyllic setting and unmatched service have made it a legend among hotels.

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Did You Know? Pavillon de la Reine

January 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pavillon de la Reine




Established in the Place des Vosges, in the heart of Le Marais, one of the most famous and historic districts of Paris, the Pavillon de la Reine perpetuates an elegant atmosphere combined with discreet luxury to attract the most stylish globetrotters in the world in their quest for a quiet and discreet place to relax.

Inaugurated in 1612 under the name of Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built on Henri IV’s initiative, who died before it was completed. It quickly became popular with with the likes of Mme de Sevigne, Racine, La Fontaine, and Moliere. The hotel, slightly set back from the famous Place, was named after Anne of Austria, who once stayed in the hotel.

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Did You Know? No.11 Cadogan Gardens

January 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

No 11 Cadogan Gardens

Originally four separate Victorian townhouses, No.11 Cadogan Gardens was built by Lord Chelsea in
the late 19th Century. The desirable Knightsbridge location and elegant design of the hotel meant it
became a home away from home for Victorian aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities. At the time, the
borough had a reputation for being London’s bohemian quarter, and was the haunt of radicals, artists,
and poets. A portrait of Hans Sloane, the namesake of Sloane Square, hangs at the foot of the grand staircase.

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Did You Know? The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

December 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Windsor Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was the dream of shipping magnate George Nipper. He commissioned architect Charles Webb to design the hotel and it opened its doors in December 1883. The Hotel Windsor predates many of the grand hotels of the Victorian era, including The Savoy London, The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria New York, the Hotel Ritz Paris,  and The Raffles, Singapore.

George Nipper sold the "Grand", as it was then known, to James Munro who embarked on a massive expansion program. This doubled the size of the hotel, and saw the addition of the renowned Grand Ballroom, the Grand Staircase, and the twin cupola-capped towers.

At this point the hotel was known as the Grand Coffee Palace and for a brief period, under the influence of the Temperance Movement, banned liquor from its premises. By 1897, however, the hotel once again changed hands, welcomed back its original name, and regained its liquor license. From then on and for the better part of the 20th century, The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was a pivotal centre in the city and, indeed, Australia, for the political and social milieu. Australia's constitution was drafted at The Hotel Windsor between February and March 1898. 

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Did You Know? Ashford Castle

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle
in Mayo is founded by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family following their defeat of the native O'Connors of Connaught. The de Burgo's would build several such castles throughout the province, but Ashford in Ireland would remain the principal stronghold. The native O'Connors also leave a legacy in the form of the nearby 12th century Augustinian abbey of Cong, Co.Mayo, built on the site of a 6th century monastery.

After more than three and a half centuries under the de Burgo's, Ashford passes into the hands of a new owner. following a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgo's and those of the English Lord Bingham, governor of Connaught, a truce is agreed and the castle falls to Bingham who adds a fortified enclave within its precincts.

 

 

 

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Did You Know? Hastings House

December 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hastings House
In 1937, Warren Hastings, an English naval architect with a gift for story-telling, moved to Salt Spring Island from Sussex, England with his new bride Barbara. According to Hastings, he and Barbara "decided to build on Salt Spring Island because we love the sea and we think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a lovely climate." Hastings built the Manor House in 1940 to resemble his 11th century Sussex-style family home because their "furniture was suitable for a house of this type."
 

 

 

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Did You Know? Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

November 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Farimont le chateau Montebello

In February of 1930, the site where Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello hotel now stands was a clearing in the woods. Just four months later, the massive cedar chaeau was complete: a building feat which captured the popular imagination of the time, inspiring newspaper features across North America and attracting crowds of onlookers.

This Outaouais resort project was the dream of a Swiss-American named Hubert Saddlemire, who was inspired by the châteaux of the Swiss Alps, and dubbed the project "Lucerne-in-Québec." A Finnish master-builder named Victor Nymark supervised the construction and woodworking teams, who worked in overlapping shifts around the clock, using electric lighting at night. 

 

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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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