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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.

Princess Lilian Suite at Grand Hotel Stockholm


By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, formerly the Grand Hotel Intercontinental Stockholm, opened for the first time in 1874 and has a long and fascinating history. The rooms and interiors are unique, as is the hotel's location in the centre of Stockholm. The luxury hotel just took the wraps off a big refresh of its most impressive suite: the Princess Lilian Suite, which is situated on the top floor of the property. 

First inaugurated in 2006, the 330 square meter suite now has a completely new interior with a lounge area, two bedrooms, a private movie theater (!), a kitchen and two terraces - perfect for looking out over the waterfront or the Royal Palace. The project also added new exercise equipment to the suite's spa section (pictured). 

Bathroom Spa area of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm with exercise equipment.

Interior designer Sanna Nathanson, who has headed up previous room renovation projects at the Grand Hotel Stockholm, spearheaded the project. All of the suite's floors have been replaced with parquet flooring, except for the bedrooms, which got new, hand-woven wall-to-wall carpeting. The new color scheme aims for a light, subdued look, with tones of grey-blue, cream and gold. Several pieces of new furniture were specially designed for the suite, with a large portrait of Princess Lilian by the artist Fabian Edstam serving as a focal point. 

All of the hotel's other rooms and suites in the Burmanska Palace have likewise received renovations, with a Scandinavian design in three color palettes: Royal, Sand and Blood (think marble, white- and black-stained wood, velvet-meets-silk curtains, and leather, wool, and linen elements, with brass details). Fine-art photography serves as accents. 

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Bedroom of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm

Living Room of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm.


Five Star Benefits at the Armani Hotel Milano


By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel Milano ExteriorEnjoy a five star stay with the Five Star Alliance Rate at the Armani Hotel Milano in the heart of Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan's world famous fashion district. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites, where even the smallest is 45 square meters. 

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers the unique amenity of one cocktail per person (per room reservation) at the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar. Overlooking the skylines and terraces of the city, the Armani/Bamboo Bar has a double volume ceiling, louvered window wall and is the perfect place for a business lunch, informal get together, afternoon tea, pre-dinner apertivo, or Sunday brunch. Five Star Alliance guests can enjoy the complimentary cocktail while the rate is available from now until the end of the year. 

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Bamboo Bar at Armani Hotel Milano

The Lounge at the Armani Hotel Milano

 

 

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London's Freshest Suite at the Mondrian


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, Mondrian London uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. The following article was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Emily Goldfischer.

Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London

Beside the Thames and next to the Tate Modern on the Southbank is another relative newcomer, The Mondrian. We wrote about it when it opened at the end of 2014. The hotel has 25 River View Suites, worthy of mention with the Tate's highly anticipated expansion of 60 percent more gallery space on June 17, sure to draw art enthusiast to London. In the former Sea Containers headquarters with nautically inspired bespoke interiors by Brit-it-designer-of-the-moment Tom Dixon (think porthole curves, ship models and a dramatic lobby evoking the side of an ocean liner), suites at The Mondrian offer fabulous views of the Thames and City skyscrapers.

Top two options are the 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments (Nos. 445 and 545), which have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom. Most-requested rooms are the 700-square-foot River View Balcony Suites. These open-plan L-shaped spaces have a dining area, pull-out sofa and a king bed. The best part? There is a private balcony with views of St. Paul's. Slightly smaller 635-square-foot River View Loft Suites have sleeping areas that can be closed off for more privacy but no balcony.

The hotel has really hit its stride; no matter when we visit, there is a palpable energy to the space. The riverside Sea Containers restaurant dishes up some of London's most delicious farm-to-table fare; the cocktail lounge, Dandelyan, hums with an arts-and-media crowd sipping herbally inspired drinks; and the spa is often cited as one of London’s best. 

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Pictured: The Mondrian London's 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments Suites have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom.

Mondrian London River View Apartments Suites


Cool Pools: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista


By: Five Star Alliance

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista offers its guests an ideal setting for relaxation in the humid area of the spa center where they can find a softly illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath, tropical showers. The fitness corner offers professional accessories and Tecnogym fitness equipment, together with herbal teas and fresh mineral water with energizing mineral salts.

Byblos Hotel Villa Amista

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Did You Know? Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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Did You Know? The Serras


By: Five Star Alliance

When you check into The Serras Hotel, you stay in a building dating from 1846. Its facade was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina, the architect who built Barcelona's famous Placa Reial. And as if that weren't enough, Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th centurys most renowned artists, had his first studio in this building in 1896, when he was only 15. Guests can stay in it today by booking the Picasso Suite.

·The Serras

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Image of the day: Alexander House Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Set within 120 acres of glorious Sussex countryside, Alexander House Hotel is a luxury manor house with beautiful vistas, a choice of restaurants, an award-winning Utopia Spa and rooms designed for absolute comfort. The 5 star hotel is located on the borders of Sussex and Surrey, yet convenient to Gatwick Airport and only 55 minutes from London. 

Alexander House Hotel

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond Hotel Splendido


By: Five Star Alliance

La Terrazza, located at Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare, is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Portofino
and one of the most spectacular dining venues in all of Italy.

Seafood, pasta and regional specialities are cooked to perfection by Chef Corrado Corti and his team.

Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare

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Dining al Fresco: Chateau des Vigiers


By: Five Star Alliance

Famed for its superb gastronomy, the Bergerac and the Dordogne regions produce some of the world's finest food including Foie Gras and Truffles as well as red, white and rose A.O.C. Bergerac wines. Located just 20 minutes from the historic town of Bergerac, the restaurants at Chateau des Vigiers serve fresh, seasonal, and local delicacies that will excite and tempt your palate.

Chateau des Vigiers

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The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont


By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by the clubby, sophisticated Grill Rooms that first became popular in New York and London in the 1920s, the Colony Grill at
The Beaumont serves classic dishes from both sides of the Atlantic.

Handsome, comfortable and flatteringly lit, with murals of classic American 1920s sporting venues by San Francisco artist John Mattos, the Colony exudes old-world glamour.

Signature dishes include lobster à la Russe, New York hot dogs, omelette Arnold Bennett, chicken pot pie, red velvet cake and do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes, with an equally eclectic wine list that takes in European classics and a wide selection from the New World. The Colony Grill is open seven days a week.

The Colony Grill at The Beaumont

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