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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.

Prisoners of Luxury

June 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you like your luxury hotels with a criminal background, check out these spots that used to be prisons:

 

Liberty Hotel



Liberty Hotel Boston

Completed in 1851, the original building was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform. The building is thought to be one of the best existing examples of Boston Granite Style. While former prisoners no doubt stayed for free (but check-out was an issue), the accommodations paled in comparison to this revamped luxury property. The jail’s former exercise yard is now a private, beautifully landscaped courtyard, and its granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged. Soaring 90 feet, the jail’s central atrium was beautifully preserved and forms the core of the hotel. The hotel also features the building’s trademark windows and historic catwalks.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Sultanahamet

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Sultanahamet

The 65 luxury hotel rooms and suites are housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. It was known as Sultanahmet Jail,and was built next to the courthouse building. Built in 1918/1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences. 

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Did You Know? King George Palace

June 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The King George Palace

 
The King George Palace
, which dates back to 1930, is named for Greece's King George II, who ruled (intermittently) from 1922-1947. The luxury hotel with views of the Acropolis was originally built as an annex to the former palace (now Greece's parliament building). It was popular with the likes of Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, Maria Callas,  and Frank Sinatra. In Greece between 1924 and 1935 there were 23 changes of government, a dictatorship and 13 coups. During one of his absences from rule (and Greece itself), King George made Brown's Hotel (now Rocco Forte's Brown's Hotel) in London his home away from home. 

 

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Did You Know? Cafe Royal Hotel

June 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Cafe Royal Hotel has a pugilistic history. Some of the early rules of boxing were first written down in the building,
and from 1951 the Café Royal became the home of the National Sporting Club, which held black-tie dinners there
before bouts.

Cafe Royal Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did You Know? Ballyfin

June 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Ballyfin
Ballyfin
, which was built in the 1820s and restored and reopened in 2011, is considered by many to be the grandest hotel in Ireland. But it's also home to one of the grandest collections of art on the Emerald Isle. 

Ballyfin

The house itself was built in the 1820s for another Sir Charles Coote to designs by the great Irish architects Sir Richard and William Morrison.


Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today. Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.

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Did You Know? Thornbury Castle

June 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Thornbury Castle

 

Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor Castle in all of England. Work on Thornbury Castle started in 1511 under the direction of Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham. Unfortunately, the work was halted in 1521 when the Duke was executed on the orders of his distant cousin Henry VIII for alleged treason. But all seemed to have been forgiven and completed by 1535, when King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, stayed at the castle. Princess Mary, later Queen Mary I, also lived here for several years. 

Today, much still remains of the original 16th century building. Everywhere there is fascinating historical detail to enjoy – coats of arms, intricate oriel windows, arrow loops and ornate carved ceilings. Thornbury has also always had a vineyard within the castle walls and Thornbury Castle wine is still produced today.

 

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Did You Know? Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

June 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo




Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
is a beautiful resort on the Italian coast that faces the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west. Surprisingly, it has an extensive history as a site for political treaties.  1917, The Excelsior Palace Hotel was  the location for the Allied summit at Rapallo, where conditions for the conclusion of World War One were thrashed out. The Excelsior was also the setting for the Italo-Yugoslav Treaty of 1920, and the Russo-German agreement of 1922.

 


 

 

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Did You Know? GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

June 4, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

  

GoldenEye


What's the connection between Jamaica, Island Records, James Bond, and GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

GoldenEye

 

 

James Bond is famous for his travels to exotic and luxurious locales. That's no surprise, given that the man who dreamed him up worked for British Naval Intelligence during WWII. It was during his service that Fleming was sent to Jamaica to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. Fleming fell in love with the tropical island and vowed to return as soon as he could. The name of the naval operation he was working on? GoldenEye. Fleming bought property in the village of Oracabessa Bay (which means Golden Head) and built his dream home after the war ended. There was James Bond born out of Fleming's no-doubt brain. 

 

It took Island Records founder Chris Blackwell to turn Fleming's home into a luxury hotel. Blackwell bought the property in 1976. He has since expanded the property into a 52-acre world-class property. 

 

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Did You Know? Dunton Hot Springs

May 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Dunton Hot Springs is now an perfectly restored ghost town turned luxury retreat. The history of the property stretches back to 1885, when the town of Dunton was established. Dunto was a mining camp, with mines located about 1/2 mile from the log structures that comprised the town. After a mining boom and bust, the town was nearly deserted by 1918. The property spent the next 80 or so years as a cattle ranch and then a dude ranch for tourists. It closed down in the mid-1990s, and was bought in 1994 and subsequently renovated.

Dunton Hot Springs

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Luxury Hotel History: The Savoy London

May 30, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Savoy London



The Savoy London
was originally built in 1889 by Richard D’Oyly Carte on land adjacent to his Savoy Theatre. The hotel was built to accommodate the many tourists who came to London to see the Savoy Operas by Gilbert & Sullivan.  In 2007 the legendary hotel closed for the first time in order to undertake a 3-year, £220 million restoration project.

 

 

 

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Polo Lessons at Coworth Park

May 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Coworth Park

 

Summer means polo season! Our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor, has the inside scoop on all the polo perks at Coworth Park. 

Writer Jena Tesse Fox reports that:

Players and fans alike can head up to the Berkshire property to learn and train with Hine and play with members of the world's most famous polo club.

This season, Coworth Park is offering a range of polo lessons and polo days from beginners to more advanced players. An hour-long private lesson can be booked from $203, with a course of five lessons from $952, while group lessons (three people or more) cost from $190. Upon request, the property can arrange for bespoke polo experiences for individual clients and instructional chukkas (polo games) are available for the more serious player. For younger players, Coworth Park offers smaller mallets for children, allowing everyone of all ages to enjoy this noble sport. Preferential rates are offered for guests of Coworth Park and Guards Polo Club members. Guests must be over ten years of age.

 

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