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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.

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Debuts Renovated Royal and Fashion Suites


By: Five Star Alliance

Got a flair for fashion? Want to feel like royalty? Here are two updated suites that should fit the bill: The Four Seasons Hotel Milano recently renovated its Fashion and Royal Suites, and we think they're worth a peek. (Click on images to view larger versions).

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Royal Suite in Milan

Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (who also redesigned hotels like the Goring and the Savoy in London) recreated the spaces, both located in the Hotel's casa ringhiera wing and arranged around open balconies that overlook a glass-covered atrium.

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Fashion Suite in MilanAs the Hotel's top accommodation, the Royal Suite occupies the entire fifth floor of Four Seasons Hotel Milano. Rochon gave the space a home-like atmosphere by adding a library and using different styles of furniture- "like people do in private apartments," Rochon said.

A white leather partition divides the bedroom area from the lounge space. The bed is now positioned to face the suite's step-out balcony (top views across the rooftops of Milan, we hear). The suite's sitting and reading room has a fireplace that overlooks a private terrace and garden manicured with iconic Mediterranean plants. The kitchenette is equipped with temperature-controlled wine refrigerators and modern tools for preparing meals. The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Royal Suite in MilanAccessible by a dedicated elevator, the Royal Suite can be connected via a private internal staircase to a Premium Room and an Executive Suite on the floor below to become either a two- or three-bedroom residence.

With a decidedly contemporary look, the Fashion Suite (Suite 444) on the fourth floor of the Hotel evokes the 1950s and 60s with furniture pieces by Saarinen and a color scheme of bright kelly green with black and white accents.

The suite has a long terrace bordered with hedges and a Knoll table and chairs fitted with cushions for a relaxing afternoon in the fresh air.

Both the Royal Suite and the Fashion Suite were restyled as part of the Hotel's ongoing room refurbishment project.

A dramatically reborn 15th-century convent with a mere 118 rooms and suites, the intimate Four Seasons is steps from Milan's couture houses and financial district on the exclusive Via Gesu between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.

More information, plus rates and availability, at the Four Seasons Milano Hotel in Milan >>


Image of the Day: Relais San Lorenzo


By: Five Star Alliance

Relais San Lorenzo is located in in Bergamo Alta, the upper city of Bergamo, in the foothills of the Alps.

Relais San Lorenzo 

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Your Questions Answered: What is a Connecting Room Option for Family of Four at the Park Hyatt Milan?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

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.

Park Hyatt MilanQUESTION: What is a connecting room option for family of four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

ANSWER: Park Hyatt Milan is an elegant boutique hotel, set in a palatial classical building dating back to 1870. The hotel features exclusive interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. The hotel is home to restaurants VUN and La Cupola, treasured for their refined atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. Located on the lower ground floor of Park Hyatt Milan, The Spa is an oasis of pure relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa is comforting and intimate, with clean lines and mellow lighting, travertine and a pastel Venetian stucco finish showcasing elegance and professionalism while offering an escape from the hectic outside world. The Spa includes a new fully geared Fitness Centre of 60 square metres.Park Hyatt Milan

For your needs, we'd recommend the Diplomatic Suite connected to the Park Deluxe King Room. The Deluxe Room (42 sqm, 452 sq ft) offers a king size bed, an elegant sitting area, and a generous workstation. The stylish decor is accented by Venetian stucco and an  Italian marble bath with soaking tub and oversized rain shower. A connecting Park Deluxe Twin is available upon request. The Diplomatic Suite (115 sqm, 1238 sq ft) offers panoramic views of Milan, a living room with a collection of unique Chinese vases, dining for six, furnished outdoor terrace, kitchenette, marble bath, whirlpool tub, and rain shower. Venetian stucco, hardwood floors and Italian marble accent the stylish decor. Enjoy incomparable views over the Galleria's glass dome from a magnificent furnished terrace suitable for outdoor dining and entertaining.

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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Dining at Carlton Hotel Baglioni


By: Elaine Lee

 

Carlton Hotel Baglioni

 

Carlton Hotel Baglioni, the luxurious five star hotel located in the heart of Milan,  is well-known for its refined and elegant atmosphere that has attracted luxury travelers. Everything about this hotel property screams luxury from its  exterior, mix of nearby historical and modern landmarks, to its interior decor to renowned Milanese restaurant: Il Baretto al Baglioni. Il Baretto al Baglioni is one of the most famous restaurants in Milan, due to its historical ties holding the reputation of being a Milan dining institution, and delicious epicurean menu of salads, cutlets, and specialty risottos. With international politicians, journalists, fashion icons and other VIP celebrity types being frequent diners in this restaurant, it's a reservation worthy place to stop by when visiting Milan to dine with the Milan elite.

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Milan


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milan is accented with wood, cream and grey design elements to embrace you in warmth and comfort. This sleek Milan spa retreat offers a delectable range of massage, facial, nail and body treatments in seven luxurious treatment rooms, including a spa suite.

 

 

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #16 The Armani Hotel Milano


By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #18 spot is the Armani Hotel Milano which is situated in the prestigious Manzoni 31 building in Milano, Italy, anchoring the world-famous fashion district known as the Quadrilatero della Moda (the “quadrilateral of fashion”). Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- The new Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project

- Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests

- Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide you with classic and authentic culinary delights

- Armani Hotel Milano’s fitness centre features a Kinesis Wall as well as a wide range of cardiovascular equipment and modular resistance machines

- Indoor relaxation pool

- It’s only a few minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, the famous La Scala theatre and the spectacular Piazza del Duomo

Explore photos, availability, and rates at this stunning hotel here >> 


Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #23 Principe Di Savoia


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Gliding on to our list at #23 is the always elegant Principe Di Savoia. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

 -The 301 among spacious guest rooms and suites are decorated to blend the warm and elegant atmosphere of 19th-century Lombard interior design with the unobtrusive integration of modern technology.

 -Located on the top floor of the hotel, with a roof terrace overlooking the city, Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Centre is the most exclusive health club in Milan.

-Hotel Principe di Savoia's central location in the heart of Milan means the hotel is perfectly placed for visitors to discover all its intriguingly different aspects.

-The Acanto Restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine and its veranda overlooks the hotel’s tranquil Italian garden with a delightful 18th century fountain.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Principe Di Savoia>>

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Be In the Know, Now: New Armani and Bulgari Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Back in April 2010, the first Armani Hotel made its debut in Dubai, and then another one popped up in Milan. We hear the next city to get an Armani upgrade is Paris and that we should expect at least eight more hotels from this designer/hotelier. (Photo of the Armani Hotel Milano)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another hotel brand to watch is Bulgari, with a luxury hotel in Milan and another one that had its grand opening in London just in time for the Olympics. We certainly admire the elegant and contemporary design of the Bulgari hotels, and we recommend folks who appreciate a sleek design and a modern feel to check them out. (Photo of the Bulgari Hotel and Residences)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore these hip and trendy hotel options, and let us know what you think!


Now Open: The Armani Hotel Milan Makes a Splash in Italy


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Armani Hotel MilanFor his first eponymous hotel, Giorgio Armani didn't exactly go about it quietly. He chose the tallest building in the world-- the towering Burj Khalifa-- as the setting for the sleek Armani Hotel Dubai, which embodies the fashion mogul's sophisticated style even in the tiniest of details. Now Armani has done it again-- this time with a brand new "palazzo" hotel in his home town of Milan. Situated on via Manzoni in the city's designer shopping district, the Armani Hotel Milan recently held a star-studded opening gala where celebs like Jessica Alba donned their finest Armani apparel.

Conde Nast Traveller says: "Giorgio Armani has created a home from home, or casa della casa, for suitably stylish guests in Milan. Interiors are perfectly in keeping with Armani/Casa's sleek style and his clothing line; a continuation of his ocean-inspired Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection - think silver and sophisticated gold." Luxury Travel Advisor is smitten with the suites that come with private gyms and personal kitchens. "Each guest is assigned his or her personal "lifestyle manager," (think 24/7 butler). There is a rooftop spa with Japanese onsen-style Jacuzzi and gym overlooking the Duomo and La Scala (posh indeed!)."

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