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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: Taleon Imperial Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Taleon Imperial Hotel is a 120-room hotel with 27,000 square metres of grand halls, stairways, atriums and hallways. Taleon Imperial Hotel is the only modern luxury hotel created from the XVIIIth century palace in Saint-Petersburg.

Taleon Imperial Hotel

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Image of the Day: Hotel Gritti Palace

By: Five Star Alliance

Looking at the entrance hall of Hotel Gritti Palace, you can understand why Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel "as the best hotel in a city of great hotels."

Hotel Gritti Palace

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin

By: Five Star Alliance

Located at the tip of the Giudecca Island, Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin is just a short, spectacular boat ride from St. Marks Square. The hotel offers 95 luxurious rooms and suites spread between the main hotel building and Palazzo Vendramin, a 15th-century building linked to the Hotel Cipriani through an ancient courtyard and flowered passage-way. Most of the rooms in the Palazzo boast magnificent views overlooking the lagoon and Piazza San Marco. 

Hotel Cipriani 

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Image of the Day: Parker Palm Springs

By: K. Clare Johnson


Parker Palm Springs has spectacular interiors that were designed by famous designer Jonathan Adler. 

Parker Palm Springs

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Did You Know? The Caledonian

By: Five Star Alliance

The Caledonian Hotel is a grand railway hotel that was built in 1903 above the three main archway entrances of the Princes Street Station (It was originally opened as Princes Street Station Hotel). The Caledonian Railway Company even developed a system in which steam from trains at the adjoining station was recycled to heat the hotel's water supply. 

The Caledonian 

The Caledonian has Fall rates starting from GPB $143>> 

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Did You Know? Certosa di Maggiano

By: Five Star Alliance

Certosa di Maggiano is a former Carthusian monastery that was built in 1314. It was paid for by a donation by Cardinal Riccardo Petroni as a place designed for meditation and prayer. In in the XVI century involved in a harsh war between Carl V Emperor of Spain and Henry II King of France. It was first restored as a private home and then became a luxury hotel in 1978.  

Certosa di Maggiano

Fall rates at Centosa di Maggiano start at EUR 315>> 

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is located on the gorgeous shores of Lake Como. 

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has nightly rates starting at 370 Euros >>

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Smoking Policy at the Le Palais de la Mediterranee

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Palais de la Mediterranee
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 new 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: What is the smoking policy for the rooms/suites at the Le Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France?

ANSWER: Le Palais de la Mediterranee has 1 floor, the 9th, that is set aside for smoking. If you wish to smoke and did not obtain a room on the 9th floor, most rooms have a balcony on which to smoke. Le Palais de la MediterraneeLe Palais de la Mediterranee, now a Hyatt Regency Hotel, is a landmark in Nice. It features luxurious and spacious accommodation including 176 guestrooms and 11 superb suites. Contemporary guestrooms range in size from 25 to 117 square meters with balconies or terraces offering guests spectacular views overlooking either the Mediterranean Sea or the city of Nice.  

Towering over the Bay of Angels and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the charming Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee is ideally located on the prestigious Promenade des Anglais. Not only does this striking luxury hotel enjoy seafront views, it is also located within a short walk of the key attractions like the city of Nice.

The third floor is the heart of the hotel with a beautifully conceived indoor/outdoor pool, gastronomic restaurant, fitness rooms, cozy lounge and a sun terrace with stunning views.

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.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich was built in 1858 and is close to all the cultural attractions and to the major offices in the city center. 

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich's nightly rates startat 376 Euros >>

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Spotlight On: The Martha Jefferson Suite at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC

By: Five Star Alliance

A top to bottom renovation in 2009 transformed this 99-room Beaux Arts gem into Washington's best small luxury hotel. The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC is just blocks from the White House and within walking distance of museums, monuments and embassies, the dining and nightlife of Georgetown and Penn Quarter, the downtown business district, and Dupont Circle. Both European and distinctly Washingtonian in style, it is rich in historical details and Jeffersonian influences, including the Martha Jefferson Suite.

This top-floor suite (#812) at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC affords romance with city and skylight views accented by three Juliet balconies which open to allow an abundance of fresh air into the suite. Also known as the Bridal Suite, pale, Tiffany-inspired blue accents the suite's soft palette of creams and grays, which is carried throughout its living room (featuring a gas fireplace), intimate dining room for two or four, and bedroom with a canopied King bed.

The Martha Jefferson Suite's bathroom features a soaking tub for two and intricate mosaic tiling. An additional powder room is found in the suite and a second king bedroom can be connected to create a two-bedroom luxury accommodation.

The floorplan and layout is available here >>

Rates for September start at $800 per night. Check rates and availability now >>