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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? Fairmont Palliser


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Fairmont Palliser

Before the Canadian Pacific Railway steamed into town around 1883, there was little in Calgary other than a mounted police post and a trading center. But with the train came tourists, many on their way to visit to a stay at Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, which is now the Fairmont Banff Springs. Looking to lure these tourists to stop over for a few days, the Fairmont Palliser was built.

The luxury hotel opened as The Palliser on June 1, 1914. It was built in the Edwardian Commercial style. Architect Lawrence Gotch adopted a Chicago look, with straight geometric lines resembling the prairie grain elevators found in Alberta and other prairie provinces. The E-shape of the service floors was designed to provide all rooms with outside lighting and created the appearance of three adjacent towers. The public areas were fitted with oak paneling, candelabras, marble columns and floors, handmade rugs and public art. Ice water, along with hot and cold running water, was available in the 350 guest rooms, which featured mahogany doors, brass beds and windows. Named after Captain John Palliser, who explored the area in the 1850s, the eight-floor building was enlarged in 1929, with another $30 million in renovations and restoration recently made.

Pictured is the the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, built to preserve and showcase Canadian Pacific's history, which is a partnership between the hotel and the railway company. The glass rotunda was inspired by late 19th century railway station design and provides a home for Canadian Pacific's vintage train cars. Catered by the hotel's restaurant, the Pavilion and heritage cars can be rented for private functions and events.

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Did You Know? Dean Street Townhouse


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Dean Street Townhouse 

Located in the heart of London's fashionable Soho neighborhood, Dean Street Townhouse consists of a pair of Georgian residences built by carpenter John Meard in 1732-1735. Home to aristocratic families and, at one point, King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne, the houses were located in Soho Fields, which gradually became a cosmopolitan centre, attracting sculptors, architects and artists, the painter William Hogarth among them.

In 1928, socialite aristocrat David Tennant founded the Gargoyle Club on the top floors of number 69, It was a well-known hangout of politicians, intellectuals, artists and entertainment royalty, including Noël Coward, Tallulah Bankhead and Fred Astaire.

The decadent and lavishly decorated club, which had Henri Matisse’s L’Atelier Rouge on one wall, went into decline by the mid 1950s, although it survived as a drinking den frequented by artists such as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. It enjoyed a last hurrah in 1979, when the Comedy Store took over the club, while in the basement Billy’s – then renamed Gossip’s – became a hangout for a new generation of British music stars.

Soho House took possession of the keys to numbers 69 and 70 Dean Street in 2008 and opened Dean Street Townhouse the following year.

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Did You Know: Cap Rocat


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 Cap Rocat 

The luxury resort Cap Rocat was once a military fortress located in the most secluded area of the bay of Palma de Mallorca. The fortress has been renovated to modern standards but hasn't lost its unique look and feel. 

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Did You Know? Meritage Resort at Napa


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Meritage Resort at Napa opened along with the Vino Bello Resort in 2006, creating the ultimate Wine Country destination. Situated across nine acres of vineyards, The Meritage Resort  feature 504 luxury guest rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, two swimming pools, and premier meeting and event space.

Meritage Resort

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort


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Barnsley Gardens Resort has a long and storied history. It was build by one of the wealthiest men in the south, Godfrey Barnsley, for his wife Julia. Construction began on the Italian-style villa in the 1840s, on land that was once inhabited by Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Sadly, Julia passed away before the home was completed. 

Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Did You Know? Inn At Depot Hill


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A landmark in Capitola history, Inn At Depot Hill is located in the heart of this seaside community on the California central coast. It started life as a Southern Pacific Railroad rail station. In 1990 the station was converted into a inn of 12 rooms, each decorated and named after a train destination. 

Inn at Depot Hill

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Did You Know? Cheeca Lodge


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Cheeca Lodge has a history that stretches over half a century. It was opened as the Olney Inn in 1946, and its first guest was none other than President Harry Truman. President Trumen spent his vacation around the pool taking walks amidst the 1,000 palm trees that graced the landscape. Another famous guest was legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. Due to Murrow's influence, the inn became a popular spot for DC's elite to vacation. 

Cheeca Lodge

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Did You Know? Ritz Paris


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Ritz Paris
In the early '30s, fashion icon Coco Chanel moved into the Hotel Ritz Paris. She not only brought her luggage, she also brought her own furniture, including a beige suite settee and a chinoiserie folding screen. The suite where she lived for more than 35 years still exists. The 1,670-square-foot Coco Chanel Suite has two bedrooms and a living room and features Coromandel lacquers, Chinese furniture, baroque mirrors, and over-sized sofas with quilting created by Chanel. 

But Madame Coco wasn't the only celebrity of the time to call the hotel home. Ernest Hemingway also lived there, and one of the bars is fittingly named in his honor.  

The hotel is currently closed for extensive renovations, but is expected to re-open in late 2014 or early 2015. 

 

 

 

 


Did You Know? Belmond Hotel das Cataratas


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Located right beside the Iguassu Falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is surrounded by nature and the Atlantic rainforest. It is the only hotel located within Iguassu National Park.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas 

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Did You Know? Auberge De Cassagne


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Auberge de Cassagne

A former Provencal farmhouse built in 1850 on the lands of the estate belonging to Cassagne Castle, the present-day Auberge de Cassagne & Spa became a small hotel-restaurant with six rooms in 1969. The hotel grew quickly and the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 1985. Now, 35 rooms and 8 suites occupy the U-shaped buildings which frame three delightful, flower-covered interior courtyards. These ordered places with their stylish terraces and abundant plant life, create a true natural haven.

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