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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 San Francisco


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont San Francisco was finished and furnished but not yet open when the great 1906 earthquake shook the city. The hotel only suffered some structural damage from the earthquake, but it was severely damaged during the subsequent fire.

Exactly a year after the earthquake, a grand banquet celebrating the opening was held at The Fairmont, with 600 pounds of turtle, 13,000 oysters and $5,000 worth of California and French wines. At precisely 9:00 PM, fireworks began, illuminating the beautiful new Fairmont, the thousand ships at anchor in the Bay, City Hall and all the buildings that had risen up, phoenix-like, in defiance of nature's wrath.

Pictured below is the hotel's rooftop honeybee and herb garden.

Fairmont San Francisco

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Cool Pools: Theoxenia Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Theoxenia Palace is located in Kefalari, the most exclusive area of the Northern Suburbs of Athens. Relax by the swimming pool and enjoy a refreshing swim during those warm summer days. Open from early May till late September (depending on the weather) the Theoxenia Palace outdoor pool in Kifissia is the idea place to spend your day enjoying cool cocktails while lying on your sunbed and under the hot summer sun.

Theoxenia Palace

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Did You Know? Hotel De Orangerie


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel De Orangerie makes it home in a former 15th-century convent. It was converted into a romantic luxury boutique hotel which overlooks the picturesque Den Dyver canal in the historic and cultural heart of Bruges.

Hotel de Orangerie

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Did You Know? Hotel DeBrett


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel DeBrett was built as The Commercial Hotel in 1841, and wasone of Auckland's first hotels. It survived two fires, and two rebuilds, before the current building was erected in 1925.

Hotel DeBrett

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Did You Know? Alexander House Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The oldest part of the building that is now Alexander House Hotel dates back to the 17th Century, with a stone dating back to 1608 in the boundary wall.

The house is famed for its grandeur and connections to luminary poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the Oxley family who had connections with the city of London and the former Governor of the Bank of England who purchased the estate in 1909. In 1984 the mansion was meticulously restored and re-named Alexander House.

In 2002 Utopia Leisure purchased Alexander House and an 18-month redecoration process transformed Alexander House into the elegant, stylish, luxury hotel it is today.

Alexander House Hotel 

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Happy 150th Birthday to Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains!


By: Five Star Alliance

Happy Birthday to Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains! The historical ski resort had its first winter season in 1814-15. 

Today, St. Moritz is one of the world's most famous holiday resorts. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance, it is located 1,856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Upper Engadin lake landscape. But in September 1864 Swiss hotelier Johannes Badrutt was wondering how to fill his rooms during the winter. He made a bet with four English guests that if they came back at Christmas and didn't like it, he'd pay their travel costs.  

The guests liked their winter stay, and the area fast became a favorite playground for the rich and famous.

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains 

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Room with a View: Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome is in the very heart of the historic and fashion district of Rome. The Colosseum, Pantheon and awe-inspiring Roman Forum are all within walking distance or for a more relaxed stroll, the delights of Villa Borghese's green spaces are also close by. 

Hotel d"Inghilterra Rome

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Did You Know? Esplanade Zagreb


By: Five Star Alliance

Esplanade Zagreb was opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the famous Orient Express train.

Esplanade Zagreb

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Image of the Day: Hotel Des Indes


By: Five Star Alliance

Built in 1858 as a city palace and a hotel since 1881, Hotel Des Indes pays tribute to the rich history of The Hague. Completely renovated by interior designer Jacques Garcia in 2006, the 92 guest rooms and suites blend contemporary amenities with traditional architectural statements.

Hotel Des Indes 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Strand Yangon


By: Five Star Alliance

Declared "the finest hostelry East of Suez" by John Murray in his Handbook for Travelers written in the early 20th century, the 1901-built three story The Strand Yangon remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels and one of its most awe-inspiring.

The Strand Yangon 

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