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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 Day: The Augustine

June 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Behold the aptly named Freco Suite at The Augustine. In addition to walls that are a work of art, the signature suite has a breathtaking 360° view of Prague.

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Did You Know? Mandarin Oriental Prague

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Prague


Mandarin Oriental Prague
 
is situated in a former monastery. It also has the only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel. It is hidden in the cobbled streets of picturesque Mala Strana on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mala Strana is the oldest and most picturesque district on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mandarin Oriental, Prague has many iconic sights within easy reach – the 14th-century Charles Bridge, the Baroque St Nicholas Cathedral and Prague Castle which towers overhead.

The hotel's 79 room and 20 suites offer charming views of cobbled streets, private garden, or Prague Castle.  The hotel was named The Best Hotel in the Czech Republic on the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. It also received the Conde Nast Traveler Platinum Circle Award, 2014.

 

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Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous 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. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


Hit Charleston Place by Land or by Sea

May 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Charleston Place


Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

The historic hotel is now offering a special package with either aquatic or dry-land tours of the city.

 

By Land and by Sea Package Includes:

-Luxury accommodations

-A complimentary meal from the children’s menu per paid adult meal, excluding in-room dining, for children under 12

-A choice of (one per night):
*Bulldog walking tour
*Charleston Harbour tour
*Palmetto Carriage ride
*Admission to the South Carolina Aquarium

The package is valid for travel from June 1 to September 7, 2014, and additional terms and restrictions may apply.

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Rosewood London Wants to Take You to Wimbledon

May 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rosewood London Wimbledon Package
There's nothing quite like London during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Rosewood London wants its guests to experience the world-class sporting event while staying in world-class accommodations. The luxury hotel has put together an exclusive package that not only celebrates this exciting time of the British social calendar, but also celebrates the architecturally exhilarating design and style of London’s newest ultra-luxury hotel.


The package, priced at Rate at £12,885, includes:

-Three nights in a Grand Premier Suite. For a £400 per night supplement, guests can upgrade to one of the signature suites. (Subject to availability)

-Two center court tickets to the men's finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014

-Pick up from airport or train station

-Transfer to and from Wimbledon in Jaguar

-£600 food & beverage credit to be enjoyed in the Mirror Room, Holborn Dining Room, and Scarfes Bar during the stay

-Personally-tailored luxury picnic hamper from Holborn Delicatessen

-Sense of Self spa treatment for two

The offer is valid for three-night stays on 5th, 6th and 7th July 2014. Additional terms and conditions may apply, so please book carefully to avoid disappointment.

To book this exciting package, contact us here

http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotel-experts/contact-us

or call us at

+1 888-5 STAR-11 (+1 888-578-2711)
+1-703-836-0692 (International)

 


Image of the Day: Chateau De La Messardiere

May 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Chateau De La Messardiere

Chateau De La Messardiere's name actually goes back to the era of Charles Martel and numerous marriages related the family to the Royal, Carolingian and Capetian dynasties from 640 onwards. Built in the 19th century, the Chateau was donated to officer and excellent horseman Henry Brisson de la Messardiere and young artist and musician Louise Dupuy Angeac, at the time of their wedding.

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Where to Sleep at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

May 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.

Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.

All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Here are the room choices available to guests:

Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters

Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.

Here are the suite choices available to guests:

Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.

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Did You Know? Wentworth Mansion

May 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wentworth Mansion


Wentworth Mansion, in Charleston, SC, was originally the private residence of Francis Silas Rodgers, his wife Marie Elizabeth Evans Cochran, and their 13 children. It was built in the mid-19th Centuryand designed by the noted architect Daniel G. Waynes, . In 1920, members of the Rodgers' family sold the home to the Scottish Rite Cathedral Association for $100,000. The Scottish Rite Masons kept the home until 1940 when they sold it to The Atlantic Coast Insurance Company who used it as their office headquarters until 1996. 1997, current proprietor Richard Widman purchased The Wentworth Mansion and began an extensive $7 million renovation that preserved historic features including the inlaid floors, original staircase, and Tiffany glass. He also added modern conveniences and luxurious bathrooms transforming the home into a one-of-a-kind historic hotel experience.

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Victoria Palace Hotel

May 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Victoria Palace Hotel

Since 1913 Victoria Palace Hotel has been a landmark of the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Located on a quiet street off the bustling Rue de Rennes, the hotel truly is an expression of the Rive gauche. It combines a very Left Bank sense of understated and un-self-conscious luxury with the obvious advantages of a centrally located, residential neighbourhood.

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Did You Know? Hotel Balzac

May 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Balzac


In 1853, Hotel Balzac was built for the director of the Paris Opera. It was home to its namesake, the 19th century French writer Honore de Balzac. The hotel is reminiscent of town houses of that period.

In 1846 Balzac acquired the property to give to Countess Ewelina Hanska, who he married in May 1850. He spent his last days in the house and died a few months later without ever having paid the purchase price.

His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Marie Corelli, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino as well as philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. 

Balzac's spirit lives on in the luxury hotel where collections of antique books as well as lithographs depicting the writer, and scenes from his work can be found.

 

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