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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.

Did You Know? Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal

By: Five Star Alliance

The splendid residence that houses Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal was built by the Coccina family. Sold in 1581 to the Florentine family of Luca Antonio Giunta, the palace was inherited by the Foscarini family after two of the brothers married descendents of Giunta. The Foscarini family lived at the palace in the eighteenth century, along with their most illustrious representative, Doge Marco Foscarini, who was responsible for the many rare manuscripts, all bound in red leather and stamped with the emblem of the Foscarini family. In the library of Foscarini Giovanelli Palace, nearly a thousand volumes collected by Marco Foscarini have been conserved for decades. Today, more than 500 of those historic manuscripts can be seen at the prestigious Imperial Library of Vienna. The books were a pledge for payment of taxes in arrears to the Austrian state by the declining Foscarini family.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Metropole Venice

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Overlooking the lagoon, where the view over San Giorgio Island is spectacular, the Hotel Metropole Venice is located few steps from the Biennale d'arte and Piazza San Marco. The building has an impressive history. Famed composer Vivaldi composed many of his major works on the site. Famous hotel guests have included Thomas Mann, Sigmund Freud, and Marcel Proust.

Hotel Metropole Venice

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Connecting Room Options at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Your Questions Answered: Connecting rooms at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice
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: We are a family looking for connecting rooms at the Hotel Gritti Palace Venice, Italy. What would you suggest?

ANSWER: Many room and most suites can be connected at Hotel Gritti Palace. We suggest a Giglio Prestige Room connected to another Giglio Prestige Room. Please make your request as early as possible, to ensure availability.

The Gritti Palace re-opened in early 2013 after an extensive handcrafted restoration. Directly overlooking the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of Venice, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is now one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. Commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, the Gritti Palace was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel "as the best hotel in a city of great hotels." 

Giglio Prestige Rooms offer a south-west location rich in natural light. It offers captivating views of neighboring Santa Maria del Giglio Square and its neo-classical church of the same name. Spacious and luminous Giglio Prestige Rooms are a private haven in which to relax, play, or socialize. Decorated with splendid stuccos and hand-restored Murano glass chandeliers, the room's ceilings sit high over large windows enclosed by silk and velvet drapes and wall fabrics of Lorenzo Rubelli archival design. Oak parquet floors showcase a collection of rare antiques, prints, and oil paintings, and Venetian mirrors from the hotel's private collection. Large en-suite bathrooms in the finest polished marble from Italy and Croatia feature dual vanities, a bath for soaking and separate walk-in shower, plush bathrobes, and signature bath amenities.

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 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."

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin

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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. 

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Image of the Day: Gritti Palace

By: Five Star Alliance

The newly renovated Hotel Gritti Palace was originally commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti. It was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. Guests may enjoy their meals on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal from May or even earlier, weather permitting, until October.

Gritti Palace

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A Romantic Getaway in Venice

By: Elaine Lee


Luna Hotel Baglioni
If you are looking to plan a romantic getaway this summer, what better place to experience romance than in the charming water city of Venice? Luna Hotel Baglioni have sparkling views of the St. Mark’s Basin, Canal Grande, and the San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica. Some rooms even have distant views of The Lido.  What kind of room should you stay in? Here's what you have to choose from:


Superior Rooms
Luna Hotel Baglioni features 28 Superior Rooms, traditionally decorated with period-style furniture and fine draperies. Silk fabrics cover the walls whilst hand blown Venetian chandeliers and stuccos adorn the ceilings. The Superior Double Room has an elegant entrance, an Italian marble bathroom and a pleasant and comfortable bedroom. Superior double rooms are equipped with wireless and internet high speed cable connection, ensuring the most modern services to all Guests.


Deluxe Rooms
Luna Hotel Baglioni offers 39 Deluxe double rooms, beautifully appointed with silk wall coverings, precious objects d’art and Venetian chandeliers. They feature an elegant entrance, a refined Italian marble bathroom and a pleasant and comfortable bedroom with a small ambience for relax and a desk with internet connection. The bathroom is lavishly decorated with precious details and it is equipped with luxury bathroom products.

Guests are immersed in elegance from the silk, antique décor and access to the property’s very own private gondolier! The Luna Baglioni experience, will make you feel like you and your lover are living the life of characters in a classic romance novel.




Luna Hotel Baglioni
The Suites of the Luna Hotel Baglioni, where guests can enjoy a classic style and refined luxury, are characterized by the most modern comfort combined with sophisticated elegance. A large entry welcomes guests in an ambience enriched with precious furniture, with peculiar attention to details: antiques, damasked fabrics, brocades and crystal chandeliers make the room and the parlor the most refined and sophisticated environment. The room also features a convenient wardrobe. The bathroom, spacious and comfortable, is made of fine Italian marble and has double washbasins, makeup mirror, telephone and all the necessary facilities Some have a terrace with a breathtaking view of the Lagoon and San Marco Basin, where during the warmer months romantic candlelight dinners are served. The Suites exist in the Classic, Lagoon View and Grand Lagoon View formats.


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Kim Kardashian Celebrates Her Birthday in Italy in Style

By: Oksana Balytsky

Boyfriend Kanye West whisked reality TV star Kim Kardashian to Italy for a romantic 32nd birthday extravaganza. The couple stayed at the Hotel Cipriani which is located at the tip of the Giudecca Island, a quick boat ride from St. Marks Square. A few key features of the hotel we hope the couple took advantage of include a heated Olympic-sized outdoor pool, red clay tennis courts, and the romantic Casanova Spa where guests can enjoy services ranging from massages to facials.

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Hotel Danieli Tops Our List of Best Canal Hotels in Venice

By: Oksana Balytsky

Overlooking Riva degli Shiavoni, a short walk from Piazza San Marco and St. Mark's Basilica, the Hotel Danieli perfectly captures the beauty and romance of Venice. The hotel consists of three unique interconnecting palaces whose refined interiors create a pleasant ambiance that offers visitors the best in modern comfort and luxury. The main building, the Dandolo Palace, is a gothic landmark featuring pink marble, stained glass, gold leaf decorated ceilings, and stunning chandeliers. The restaurant Terrazza Danieli is on the top floor of the Danielino building and offers breath-taking views of the lagoon and panoramic views of Venice. With a water bus stop located right in front of the hotel, a side entrance for water taxis, and a central location in Venice within walking distance of major attractions, the Hotel Danieli is considered to be one of the top luxury canal hotels in the city!

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Top 5 Romantic Valentine's Day Hotels: #5 Bauer Il Palazzo

By: Christopher Roney

Valentine's Day is coming up, and, as such, it's time to think about where you'd like to spend the day with that special someone.  Whether you're enjoying a cozy night in or an adventure on the town, a night in a luxury hotel can be the perfect gift to the both of you, a chance to escape to another world where no expense will be spared in giving you the night of a lifetime.  What follows is just one in a series of our favorite romantic hotels, and, we think, a great place to take him or her this February the 14th. 

No list of romantic hotels would be complete without an entry from perhaps the most romantic city in the world (although Paris would certainly like to dispute that fact).  The Bauer Il Palazzo is everything you'd imagine from Venice's most intimate boutique hotel.  Overlooking the Grand Canal and just steps from St. Mark's, the Palazzo is the perfect staging point to explore the winding streets and canals.  

Its 76 rooms and suites make liberal use of the finest in Venetian workmanship, including iconic Murano glass chandeliers.  A word of advice:  If you're looking to pick up a piece of this truly unique artwork, it's worth a trip on the ferry to the island of Murano itself, where the glass is made behind the very shop from which you're purchasing it.  When you're ready for a waterfront meal, make sure to return to the Palazzo's very own Settimo Cielo, where you can enjoy views as stunning as the fresh Italian cuisine.  The Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure Award-winning Bauer Il Palazzo represents the pinnacle of the opulent Venetian lifestyle, and there is, in my opinion, no better way to see one of the most romantic and cultured cities in the world.