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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? Eichardts Private Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Eichardts Private Hotel  

Eichardts Private Hotel was born as a result of the rich vein of gold, which drew many prospectors, opportunists and downright optimists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The quest for pastoral land brought William Gilbert Rees to the shores of Lake Wakatipu in 1859 when he built a homestead on the lakefront and erected a woolshed on the site now occupied by Eichardt's Hotel. When gold was discovered in the nearby Shotover River, Rees found himself at the centre of a gold rush - his homestead declared an official goldfield and the main business area developed around the station. The entrepreneurial Rees quickly turned to the hotel keeping business, the woolshed was given a wooden facade and turned into a hotel and named the Queen's Arms. In early 1866, Rees entered into partnership with Albert Eichardt who went on to become the sole proprietor of the hotel by 1869. Eichardt renamed the hotel Eichardt's Queen's Arms Hotel, but during his time there, it came to be known simply as Eichardt's Hotel where he catered mostly for tourists as the tenor of the town evolved from a mining settlement to something more permanent.

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An Insider Look at Carolina Inn


By: Lucy LeTourneau

Carolina Inn Exterior
A member of the Five Star Alliance staff recently stayed at Raleigh's Carolina Inn. The Inn is not only a beautiful and unique downtown Chapel Hill icon, but architecturally represents the history of the south. Blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical characteristics often found in the northeast, the Inn was originally designed after the Potomac River front of George Washington's Mt. Vernon.


Built in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill - distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee - the Inn's original concept was "to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni... and University visitors". In 1935, Hill donated the Inn to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the stipulation that after meeting expenses, profits from the Inn were to be used for "the maintenance and support of the University library, and especially for the support of the collection of books and papers known as the North Carolina Collection." Mr. Hill's wishes are still carried out today as the Inn returns its profits to the University to support the University library.

Carolina Inn Guest Room

Here's the insider's report of her visit:

 

The hotel has a long history and dates to the 20’s and was part of University of North Carolina for many years. The updates they've made in recent years are really nice and keep the historic feel of the hotel along with tons of decorations detailing various faculty and sports memorabilia from the school. I found one placard explaining how Andy Griffith, a UNC alumni, was discovered at the hotel doing a comedy routine while he was a student.


The Inn was larger than I expected and had a huge living room style lobby and a lot of nice meeting space.



The
Carolina Crossroads bar was small but cozy. They seem to use the front porch for outdoor "tailgate" events. We didn’t eat at the restaurant but it gets a lot of accolades.

Carolina Inn


The room had two queen beds and was relatively spacious. The bathroom was small and there was no tub but it was nicely decorated. Because it's essentially part of the UNC campus, it's close to everything we needed to see at UNC and was also within walking distance of the downtown area for restaurants, etc. The free coffee in the am was a little bit of a walk from our room, but I managed. 

 

Rates at Carolina Inn currently start at $169 per night. 

 

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Did You Know? The St Regis New York


By: Five Star Alliance

When John Jacob Astor commissioned The St Regis New York in 1904, he spent a full million dollars on one staircase.

The St Regis New York Million Dollar Staircase 

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Did You Know? Thorngrove Manor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Thorngrove Manor Hotel may look like Cinderella's castle, or something that a knight of the Round Table might own, but in reality it was built in 1994 on a vineyard and offers such modern amenities as air conditioning and WiFi. 

Thorngrove Manor 

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Did You Know? Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina


By: Five Star Alliance

The luxury hotel Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is built on the site of a villa that once belonged to a Roman Empress who was the mother of the Emperor Nero. Julia Agrippina was one of the most powerful women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The relics and archaeological remains found during construction of the hotel are displayed in the public spaces of the Hotel by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Gran Melia Villa Agrippiina

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Did You Know? The Xara Palace


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The Xara Palace is inextricably linked to that of Mdina, as its walls form part of the bastion walls that surround the hilltop city. Upon their arrival in Malta, the Knights of St John were granted Citta Notabile, (Noble City) as Mdina was then known. The Xara Palace was built in the 17th Century as a residence for the noble family Moscati Parisio. During their 268 year stay in Malta the Knights embellished, fortified and rebuilt Mdina, making it the city it is today.

The Xara Palace

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The Perfect Proposal at Il Salviatino


By: Five Star Alliance

Il Salviatino
Is it time to pop the question? There's no better location than the multi-award winning 15th Century Florentine Villa Il Salviatino. 

From now until December 28th, 2013, the historica villa is offering a Perfect Proposal package.  

The package includes:

-Two nights' accommodation in a room of your choice

-Daily full a la carte breakfast

-One complimentary night in the occasion of your first wedding anniversary (on request, upon availability)

-A one hour couples massage during the stay

-Romantic candlelight dinner at our restaurant (3 courses, drinks not included)

-A three hour tour with a personal shopper, to escort you to the best to the best jewellers on the Ponte Vecchio and Via Tornabuoni or for some original fashion findings

On the very slight chance that your beloved says no, the package also includes an open bar all night if your proposal is rejected.
 

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Did You Know? The Huka Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1920s, Irishman Alan Pye, discovered the incredible fly fishing on the reaches of the Waikato River and realised his dream to build a fishing lodge. Before long, the fame of The Huka Lodge had spread to every corner of the fly fishing world. As its reputation spread the Lodge attracted such famous anglers as HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Charles Lindbergh; James A. Mitchener (who wrote part of Return to Paradise there) as well as many famous film stars and public figures of the time.

The Huka Lodge 

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Did You Know? Pinehurst Resort


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James Tufts purchased what is now Pinehurst Resort for $1/acre in 1895, as a health-centered winter retreat. He purchased the name Pinehurst from an individual entering the name in a contest to tag a real estate development in Martha’s Vineyard. The physical plan for the Village of Pinehurst was prepared by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape designer acclaimed for creating New York City’s Central Park.

 Pinehurst Resort

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Did You Know? Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort is mysteriously laid out as a Calendar House. 365 stained windows and 52 chimneys mark the annual tally of days and weeks. Sleuthing visitors may be able to spot references to the 7 days of the week and 12 months of the year on the property. Although there are other examples of such buildings, they are rare, and no one is certain why the Earl of Dunraven determined on this symbolism.

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

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