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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.

Did You Know? Fairmont Palliser

September 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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

September 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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

September 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 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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Image of the Day: Brufani Palace

September 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Brufani Palace displays its art al fresco. Why not?

Brufani Palace

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort

August 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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? Art Deco Hotel Montana

August 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Art Deco Hotel Montana, perched on the hillside above the Palace Hotel, was opened in 1910. At the same time, an electric funicular railway was also built to take guests from the lakeside promenade directly to the hotel lobby, in just one minute.

Art Deco Hotel Montana

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Did You Know? Inn At Depot Hill

August 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Les Sources de Caudalie

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Les Sources de Caudalie, located among the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves great growth, was established in 1999. The concept behind Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the French Paradox, discovered over 20 years ago. It refers to a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest France, is conducive to good health. Between vineyards and forests, at only 20 minutes from Bordeaux center, the architect Yves Collet created from scratch contemporary buildings from recycled local materials in tune with the surroundings.

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The Rubens at the Palace Means Family Fun in the Heart of London

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the Palace
When it comes to exceptional family facilities and a location in the heart of London's main tourist attractions, it's hard to beat The Rubens at the Palace located in Victoria, neighbouring London’s most prestigious address, Buckingham Palace. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many popular London sites including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the London Aquarium, and the London Eye as well as the leafy green open spaces of the Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

The Rubens offers a number of extra special touches that ensure every family is kept entertained and well looked after. Children are made to feel like mini VIP's with access to their own Kids Concierge also known as the Director of Fun and Adventure, John Goncalves. John is fully abreast on London’s hottest openings and attractions and will happily offer advice to help each family make the most out of their trip to the capital. Many of the bedrooms offer views over the Royal Mews and the Director of Fun & Adventure will talk each child through traditional royal ceremony, such as the changing of the guard, and explain exactly what is happening and why. John has years of experience in keeping the most demanding of children amused both in and out of the hotel leaving parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

The Rubens is well known for its outstanding afternoon tea and youngsters are catered for with a Prince and Princess version. Treats include bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink. There is also a special kids menu including tasty “mocktails”. Children can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel including a trip to the kitchen, where the Pastry Chef will help the kids decorate their own cupcakes. The Rubens at the Palace
Each family bedroom is fully equipped with a host of games and activities to keep everyone entertained. A special turndown treat is offered to all children, with cookies, hot milk, a bubble bath full of toys and their own mini bathrobes and slippers are supplied. For kids of all ages, there is a full library of DVDs and computer games to borrow, free of charge.

The Rubens offers flexible accommodation with ten interconnecting room combinations catering for families of up to six and family wing options that cater for extended families of up to eleven guests.

Enjoy London luxury for less with three nights for the price of two on suites at The Rubens At The Palace >>