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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.

Image of the Stay: Excelsior Hotel Gallia


By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Hotel Gallia  was first opened in 1932. It has been fully renovated by renowned Milanese architect Marco Piva. Behind this sparkling hotel’s iconic Art Deco facade are elegant restaurants and lounges, an expansive spa, and stunning meeting venues.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia

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Enjoy Lake Como Luxury at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in Italy. Set in the splendid surroundings of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. Lake Como, part of the northern Italian Lakes District,  is Italy's deepest and most popular lake. It is surrounded by mountains and is known for it's world renowned romantic atmosphere. It is conveniently located between Milan and the border of Switzerland.

For the past 100 years or more, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake: sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. Owing to its delightful setting, Bellagio, an oasis of peace on the shores of the lake, has been a holiday destination for centuries and it was here that, in around 1850, construction work started on a luxurious holiday villa on the banks of the lake for an aristocratic family from Milan.Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni offers a plethora of amenities and activities designed to take full advantage of its spectacular location. 

Activities include:

Take a boat ride from the hotel's private dock.

Stroll in the historic gardens. 

Mountain bike on the Bellagio promontory

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

 

Enjoy a massage in the spa

Listen to live music in the lounge

Lounge on the beach

Sup on a meal prepared by a Michelin starred chef

 
Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniTake a dip in the swimming pool overlooking the lake

Play a match on the tennis courts

Work up a sweat in the gym

Take a hike in the mountains

Mingle with the hotel's famous guests

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Did you know? Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Dum u Jeziska, aka House at the Jesus Child, houses the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa. The oldest preserved part of the Dum u Jeziska is the rear portion facing the courtyard, which was built after 1591. The lower part of the original tower structure, with its perimeter masonry supported by steel bars, dates from the fortification of the Lesser Town in 1257, the oldest Premyslid fortification.

Alchymist Hotel and Spa
The Dum u Jeziska is also linked with several legends. One of them is that a convent once stood there and a nun seriously violated the rules of her order. As punishment for her transgression, she was bricked alive. Legend claims that her unhappy soul has been wandering the property since; however, the legend also suggests that the nun will be freed only when the house built on the former convent foundations is demolished and the nun's remains are buried.

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Dining al fresco: Hotel Du Louvre


By: Five Star Alliance

The restaurant at Hotel du Louvre, the Brasserie du Louvre, is renowned
for its typically Parisian cuisine and atmosphere. The terrace provides a
spectacular view over the Louvre Museum. Guests canjoy the generous
buffet breakfast on the terrace during the summer season. 

Hotel du Louvre

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Image of the day: Don Cesar Beach Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort has everything
from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services.
Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort 
is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining,
rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby
tennis and golf, and award-winning meeting facilities. 

Don CeSar Beach Resort

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Did You Know? Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

If a passer-by had stopped to look at the Dunraven family home in the 1830s he would have seen a typical Georgian house. Returning twenty years later, he would have found that modest structure had disappeared and been replaced by the exceptional Neo-Gothic Manor that stands to this day as Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort. The house is initially reminiscent of a chateau, but many of its features are shared by great residences of the era in Britain and Ireland. Mysteriously, the Manor is 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. 

Adare Manor

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Dining al Fresco: The Rome Cavalieri


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rome Cavalieri hosts the 3 starred Michelin restaurant La Pergola. Whether
you are wanting to enjoy a nice romantic dinner on your room terrace or sit by
the pool and enjoy the spoils of La Pergola all this becomes in your reach at Cavalieri.

Rome Cavalieri

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Best Bathrooms: Hotel Sacher Wien


By: Five Star Alliance

The Executive Suites feature at Hotel Sacher Wien feature separate living rooms and bedrooms
in a spacious overall room size of 50 to 70 square metres (538 to 750 square feet). The suites are
equipped to the highest standards to meet your every need. The luxurious marble bathrooms are equipped
with double sinks, separate showers and bathtubs. The bathrooms have under-floor heating, separate
showers and bathtubs.

Hotel Sacher Wien

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian


By: Five Star Alliance

Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian is a heritage building located on the former Imperial Palace grounds and within Xian's Ancient City Walls. Opened as a State Guesthouse in 1953, this iconic building provides a unique sense of place and time in a city that was China's capital throughout 13 dynasties. The architecture is a harmonious blend of French and Sino-Russian inspiration plus local style. Sensitive renovation makes the most of its spacious rooms, lofty ceilings, elegant moldings, and Art Deco features. Personalized service is the keynote and all guests enjoy individual butler service from the moment of arrival at the hotel.

Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Room for Three in Stockholm?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Stockholm SwedenYou have questions, we have answers! 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 looking to stay in Stockhom and need a room for 3, what do you recommend? 

Answer: Hotel Rival Stockholm is the epitome of cool. Hip, lively, colorful, and chic, the city's first boutique hotel is a modern masterpiece of design. With its on-site bakery and cinema, stylish lobby, and gorgeous bar, the Hotel Rival is the kind of friendly and exciting boutique that every city should wish for. The hotel belongs to Benny Andersson, the ABBA legend. The gorgeous cinema -renovated to retain its original historical touches- is now the scene of fashion shows, parties, concerts, and film screenings. The cinema motif is dominant in the hotel's design- the comfortable bistro features wall paneling with a mosaic of 924 film star images, and each guestroom is adorned with a scene from a vintage Swedish film, the glass-covered canvas suspended above the beds.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Balcony Room. The guestrooms embrace a sleek modern minimalism which hasn't abandoned function over form. They are perfectly comfortable and highly sophisticated. The DUX beds are heavenly, with luscious linens, Egyptian cotton sheets, a special pillow menu, and the signature teddy bear from Debenhams. Some rooms feature a windowed wall between the bathroom and bedroom, allowing guests to soak in the tub while gazing out into the room. Of course the guestrooms and suites are loaded with technology,from plasma screen TVs, DVD/CD players (and plenty of DVD rentals), PS2's, and wireless internet access.  

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