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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.

Dining al Fresco: Gallery Hotel Art

November 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gallery Hotel Art has studio galleries located on the top floor. These suites offer stunning views of the Florence Cathedral and San Miniato Church.

Gallery Hotel Art

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Cool Pools: Villa la Vedetta

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Vedetta



Villa la Vedetta
started life as a neo-renaissance romantic villa, today it is a refined 5 star luxury hotel The villa is located close to Piazzale Michelangelo and few steps away from Ponte Vecchio, with a breathtaking view of the city of Florence. 

A reinvigorating dive into the splendid panoramic pool, enjoying one of the most beautiful views in the world, is just one of the most fantastic emotions that Guests can experience during their stay at Villa la Vedetta. The Duomo, The Campanile of Giotto, The Santa Croce Church and the entire Florentine skyline provide a stunning backdrop to the pool. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Florence, Italy?

November 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Portrait Firenze
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 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 4 and looking to stay is Florence, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Portrait Firenze  
Portrait Firenze is a select 34-suite property, including a spectacular rooftop suite and 273 square meter Penthouse Floor. It is owned by the Ferragamo family and listed among the Leading Hotels of the World. Florentine Architect Michele Bonan has given the distinguished, riverside location by the Ponte Vecchio a unique style and heritage. Portrait is inspired by the spirit of haute couture in its lavish style and its every conceivable comfort with exquisite fabrics and hand-crafted furniture. You see it in all the finest portraits. Portrait Firenze
The rippling waters of the Arno and the old-world Ponte Vecchio, framed in your lounge and bedroom window, mirror the sense of past and present in the interior design. Classic and contemporary fuse as warm wood and opaque grays are bathed in the glow of gilded details and shimmering steel. Soft materials and cozy cashmere set an aristocratic yet relaxing tone. Each sumptuous suite has its own identity and many personal flourishes.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

Family Suites- The Portrait Family Suite with courtyard view offers 58 square meters of space for you and your children to revel in the cultural riches of the city. Make yourself at home in the 58 square meter Family Suite or enjoy even more space tucked atmospherically under the roof like a true Florentine in the 110 square meter Family 2 Bedroom Suite.

Whichever one you choose, both have a shared living space during the day and separate sleeping accommodation for invited friends or family at night. To accommodate everyone's needs, both have in-room cooking facilities, two bathrooms and space for all the extra luggage in multiple closets. Toys, films, and a DVD player are available and you'll find a wealth of places to visit with children on the in-room iPad. If staying in touch with the office is a necessity, there is a stylish desk in each suite with power and network connections 

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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.
 


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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Did You Know? Athenaeum Personal Hotel

June 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Athenaeum Personal Hotel
Ideally located for business or leisure visitors, Athenaeum Personal Hotel in Florence is where contemporary design, modern style and classic materials skillfully combine with art and culture. Several art events and exhibitions of emerging artists are held at Hotel Athenaeum in partnership with Florence Academy of Fine Art.

Around the corner from the hotel guests will Galleria dell’Accademia with its best-known treasure, the statue of David by Michelangelo. The hotel is fond of saying that  "David is our most famous neighbor!"

 

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Did You Know? Villa San Michele

May 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence, stretched out before it in all its classic splendour. Dating from the 15th century, the Villa's facade is attributed to Michelangelo. The hotel's largest and most romantic suite, the Michelangelo Suite, stretches the whole length of the façade of the hotel. Once the monastery library, it also served as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's headquarters in Florence.

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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Villa La Massa Re-Opens

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa La Massa Immersed in the heart of Tuscany and just few miles from the historic centre of Florence, Villa La Massa is set on the bank of the Arno River with over 20 acres of lush gardens full of lemon trees and olive groves. The 37 accommodations are divided in three ochre and pink coloured villas overlooking the romantic Chianti hills and a magnificent countryside landscape. The hotel's shuttle service runs daily to and from Ponte Vecchio, allowing the guests to enjoy the serenity of the Villa and unwind after a long day of touring or shopping in Florence.

The hotel is re-opening March 20th, 2014, with a brand new fitness center located in the Noble Villa. Equipped with state of the art exercise machines and audio/visual, it has also a treatment room offering a wide selection of massages, among which the famous Wine Therapy treatment. The Wine Treatment Massage uses a custom blended massage oil of Chianti grapes blended with lavender honey and wine to envelop your senses, release stress, and lull the body into a state of ultimate rest. Villa La Massa can also organize yoga classes and massages in the garden upon request. The Hotel is at guests' disposal for any further information. 

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Did You Know? Villa la Massa

November 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Massa is a fascinating Medici dwelling of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence. It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. After a complete renovation by the Villa d'Este Group in 1998 it reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in every nook. It is the sister property to the stunning Villa d'Este.  The two properties were built in 1525. During the Renaissance in Tuscany many noble families built new homes. Among these are the wealthy Landinis, successful publishers, who decided to commission the construction of two houses on the banks of the Arno.

Villa la Massa 

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Posted in: Florence

The Perfect Proposal at Il Salviatino

October 20, 2013
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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