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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.

Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Minerva Florence

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence has a sixth floor terrace that is the perfect place to enjoy one of the world's most famous views. The facade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, and the Palazzo Vecchio are all visible from the terrace.

In addition to the stunning views, the hotel's rooftop swimming pool is open from May to September. Circled by comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas, soak up some sun while enjoying the rooftop panorama of Florence. There is also a bar serving refreshing drinks, ice cream, aperitifs, snacks, salads, fruit or vegetable smoothies, and cold dishes.

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence 

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Image of the Day: First Hotel Skt Petri

June 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

First Hotel Skt Petri is named after Saint Peter, who holds the keys to Paradise. Only 20 minutes away from the Airport by metro, Skt. Petri is located at the very heart of Copenhagen’s lively Latin Quarter.

First Hotel Copenhagen

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Four Seasons Philadelphia Takes Guests Behind the Scenes at the Barnes Foundation

June 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Art lovers will want to plan a trip to Philadelphia. There are numerous renowned museums and historic landmarks withing walking distance of the AAA Five Diamond hotel, and now the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is taking advantage of its location with a special insider tour of the Barnes Museum. 

The Barnes has a world-class collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Featured artists include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, and Amedeo Modigliani. It also displays examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings, and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean and Asia. 

Four Seasons Philadelphia

Now you can get your Degas on without battling all the crowds. The hotel has paired up with the museum to offer a few special guests a private after-hours tour of the Barnes. Through an exclusive partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, guests will get unprecedented access to view the masterpieces, accompanied by an expert Barnes Foundation conservationist who will offer insights, explain Dr. Barnes' distinctive and meticulous display style, and deepen your knowledge of art. After your private two-hour tour, spend the evening relaxing in a luxury room overlooking the Parkway Museums District.

All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract and do not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, vary by arrival date and/or length of stay, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, levies, resort fees, gratuities or surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply. Rates are subject to change.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Dusit Devarana New Delhi

June 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dusit Devarana New Delh

Dusit Devarana New Delhi offers a transcendental leisure experience blending modern technology, tranquil natural settings, and a touch of gracious Thai hospitality. Perfectly located between the historical attractions of New Delhi and corporate hub of Gurgaon, the hotel provides business and leisure travelers a luxurious urban retreat in the heart of India. The hotel also has a live temple within the premises for performing religious rituals for guests.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

June 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel is housed in a palace which has been classified as a National Monument since 1910, was by architect David Sinclair and decorated by architect James Mitchell. The building is located on the banks of the Douro River, named after the famous Wine Region in Portugal, which dates back to Roman times. In the main building of the Pousada - the old Palace - you can find the restaurant, bar, and social rooms. In the other building, the old Harmony grinding mills, you can find the bedrooms, some of which hold a magnificent view over the river.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul Suitable for a Family of Five?

June 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ritz Carlton Istanbul
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Istanbul. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 5 . There are 2 adults and 3 children 15, 10, and 8.

ANSWER: Ritz Carlton Istanbul 

This luxury hotel, set in the heart of the city and overlooking the Bosphorus, beautifully blends modern sophistication with historic Ottoman touches, found everywhere from the spa's traditional hammam to the exceptional accommodations. A 16th-century door offers passage from the energetic city into this Istanbul hotel, where the graceful lobby is adorned in Turkish carpets, antique furniture and an oversized oil painting from contemporary artist Timur Kerim Incedayi. The location of this luxury hotel invites the beauty of the Bosphorus into spaces throughout the property. At Cintemani Restaurant and Bleu Lounge & Grill, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with spectacular views, while meeting and wedding venues such as the Cam room also draw upon its charm. Guests can easily explore this historical city with its most famous attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, only 15 minutes away.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Ritz Carlton Istanbul
-Bosphorus Suite connected to a standard Partial Bosphorus king or twin rolloway. Guest rooms and suites at this Istanbul hotel offer impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

The Partial Bosphorus View Deluxe Room is 450 square feet with Turkish-inspired style and decor. Choose from one King or two Twin beds. The oversized marble bathroom is decorated with Iznik tiles, and has a separate shower and bathtub. Amenities include multi-lingual interactive flat screen TV, Internet access, computer and fax hook ups, multi-line telephones with voice mail, honor bar, coffee machine, electronic in-room safe, and twice daily maid service.

 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

 


Contemporary Designs of The G Hotel Galway

June 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Michael Wurm of www.InspiredByCharm.com recently shared the photo below from the lobby of The G Hotel in Galway that we absolutely love.

Now THAT is a light fixture!


Did You Know? The Savoy London

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Savoy LondonIrish actor Richard Harris is famously known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie series. But did you know that he spent the last 12 years of his life living in Room 758 at London's ultra-luxurious Savoy Hotel

Harris reportedly liked the suite life for several reasons. Chief among them was that, unlike at home, he could order up a pint or a sandwich at 4am, if he so desired. For the privilege of late-night sandwiches, Harris paid approximately 6,000 pounds per month. 

Shortly before his death from cancer, Harris was taken out of the hotel on a stretcher. According to an article in London's Daily Mail, as he went past the lobby, he shouted to the hotel guests found there that "It was the food! Don't touch the food!"

The hotel, far from taking offense at the legendary prankster's last joke, instead has named one of its Personality Suites after him. These suites are among the most spacious in the hotel and each suite has been furnished with special pieces, artwork and antiques associated with their namesake. The Art Deco style suites offer a separate sitting room, large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate dressing area, marble entrance foyer ,and guest cloakroom. Every Suite features a sofa, 2 armchairs and writing desk in the sitting room, a dressing table and armchair in the bedroom, personal bar, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings. The well-appointed marble bathrooms all feature a freestanding, claw foot bath, separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, a double vanity, large chrome fittings and Le Labo amenities.

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Rooms with a View: The Waterhouse at South Bund

June 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The guest rooms at The Waterhouse at South Bund have magnificent views of the Pudong skyline, an area where the city's quaint low-rise architectural heritage is still largely intact.

The Waterhouse at South Bund

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Image of the Day: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

June 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers this stunning view of Rome. The hotel is situated on the edge of the Borghese Gardens and is close to Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

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