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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: 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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Did You Know? Carlsbad Plaza

April 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza

Carlsbad Plaza's original building dates back to the late 19th century. At the time it was four separate buildings named Rudolfshof, Quirinal, Neapol, and Moskau. All buildings but the Quirinal were Spa residences. Among the Spa guests were Sigmund Freud in 1915 in the Spa residence Rudolfshof. 

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Did You Know? Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

Beau Rivage Hotel Et Plage, built in 1860, was one of the first Nicois hotels located in continuation of the famous Promenade des Anglais on the sea shore. Artists and intellectuals of that time such as Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Friedrich Nietzsche were frequent guests of the luxury hotel. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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Did You Know? Banke Hotel

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banke Hotel

The Hotel Banke’s facade dates to the twentieth century. It was one of the first buildings constructed on Rue Pillet Will. The hotel occupies the premises of a former bank headquarters which was remodeled as a hotel in 2009. The expansive lobby, topped by an impressive glass dome a full 19 meters from the ground, has preserved the large mosaic of old bank counters that separates the lobby from the hotel’s bar and restaurant.

On each floor the Hotel Banke showcases a collection of ethnic jewelry, sculptures, and art  from different continents and civilizations, including Papua New Guinea, India, and Tibet.

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Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


The Eiffel Tower is turning 125 years old! On March 31, 1889, the tower was officially opened to the public.  The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was  held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. 


 

Hotel Lutetia

Only intended to last 20 years, it was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions. The Eiffel Tower has played host to 250 milliion visitors since its opening. It served as a military radio post in 1903; it transmitted the first public radio programme in 1925, and more recently it has played a part in broadcasting like TNT. 

At left is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Four Seasons Hotel George V. At right is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Hotel Lutetia.

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Image of the Day: The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

March 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is also adjacent to the retail utopia of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Shanghai’s underground rail network is nearby, and foreign consulates, must-see museums, and the key business district are all within close proximity.

The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

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Cool Pools: Villa Florentine

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Florentine has a pool for all seasons. With a breath-taking view over the rooftops of Lyon's Old Town, the heated pool and jacuzzi with magnificent view are perfect for relaxing. In summer, guests can lie quietly by the water's edge, or hide away in one of the secluded alcoves close to the pool. In winter, two heated marble loungers will keep guests cozy whilst they contemplate the city lights or the snow-covered rooftops of Lyon's Old Town.

Villa Florentine

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Did You Know? Hotel Due Torri

March 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Due Torri
Hotel Due Torri
 
has been known as Dell'Aquila Palace since the 14th century and was formerly owned by the prestigious Scaligeri family. In another life, the building was a residence for cardinals, bishops and famous noble Roman families. It also was home to the renowned Campana's Inn. The Hotel Due Torri is close to the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre renowned for opera, and the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet-a meeting point for lovers of culture, arts, music, and delicious food. 

The classic and elegant style of the hotel is mirrored in the antique surrounding palaces: for example Palazzo Altemps, that dates back to the XVI century and now houses the Museo Nazionale Romano, or the Museo Napoleonico, rich of friezes and recently restored. The Hotel Due Torri has 26 rooms, designed with refined and plain style, in harmony with the Renaissance elegance of the palace. The cozy accommodations are decorated with Italian cloths in warm and restful colors. Guests can choose among single rooms, double rooms and 4 little apartments.

 

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