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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? Mar Hall

February 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mar Hall

Mar Hall was designed in the 19th century by Sir Robert Smirke. Smirke was well known for his work on the legendary British Museum in London. Smirke was commissioned by Major General Robert Walter Stuart, the 11th Lord Blantyre, whose family had purchased the grounds and estate some one hundred years previously.

Mar was one of the seven kingdoms in ancient Scotland. Legend has it that both Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce visited the Mar Estate.

A quarry on the estate provided the stone for building, and the oak used was imported from Canada. Construction was not completed until 1845, fifteen years after Lord Blantyre's death. The final cost for the grand hall was a cool £50,000.

The stately hall fell into disrepair over the remainder of the 20th century, but underwent a £15million restoration that was completed in 2004. 

The Edwardian Scottish Mansion has 53 individually designed bedrooms, a championship golf course, Decleor Spa, swimming pool and offers both fine dining and casual dining options.

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Posted in: Glasgow

Image of the Day: Turnberry Resort Scotland

October 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Turnberry Resort Scotland is nestled within 800 acres of estate with views overlooking the Irish Sea and across to the Isle of Arran, Turnberry is the world’s original golf resort with over a century of hospitality and tradition.

Turnberry Resort Scotland 

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Image of the Day: The g Hotel Galway

August 30, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The g Hotel Galway has 18,000 square feet of public areas on the ground floor, including the distinctively pink Pink Salon and the more masculine Blue Lounge.

The g Hotel Galway 

Nightly Fall rates at The g Hotel Galway start at EUR 119 >>

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow Unveils Renovation

June 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Blu Hotel GlasgowWhile checking out one of the coolest cities around, why not check into the newly renovated Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow? The stylish hotel-- the recipient of numerous architectural awards-- just unveiled a refurbishment that sexed up the 250 guest rooms. The makeover means new decor, beds, flooring, and in-room amenities like iPod docking stations. (A brand signature: free wifi Internet access throughout the hotel.) The guest rooms now showcase two distinct styles. Gallery Rooms feature artwork by photographer Brian Sweeny and vintage posters from Glasgow's iconic Sub Club-- alluding to the hotel's proximity to Glasgow's legendary music venues. In contrast, City Club Rooms are light-filled spaces with wood floors and punches of red.

What's Hot: Glasgow's New Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid

June 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Glasgow's Riverside MuseumA happening music scene, farm-to-table cuisine and hot hotels... Glasgow is the place to be. And another tempting reason to jet to Scotland ASAP: This UNESCO City of Music will be opening the Riverside Museum on June 21, a dazzling building by Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Sprawling along the River Clyde, the museum is dedicated to transport and travel, paying homage to Glasgow's history as a shipbuilding capital. The inside is just as dazzling as the outside, showcasing every type of transportation imaginable. (Trust us- we had a peak inside before the official opening date.)

Looking for the best digs in Glasgow? Check out the properties in our Five-Star and Four-Star collection. Tip: We're smitten with the entirely renovated Blythswood Square Hotel, the spa is a destination itself.

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