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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.

Cool Pools: Four Seasons Milan


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Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano is accented with wood, cream and grey design elements to embrace you in warmth and comfort.  Take a swim in the elegant lap pool, measuring 14 metres (45 feet) long and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) deep.

Four Seasons Milano

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Armani Hotel Milano Gets a Star


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Congratulations to Armani Hotel Milano! Armani/Ristorante Milano with its Chef Filippo Gozzoli, has been recently rewarded with its first Michelin Star. The award-winning restaurant draws on Italy's rich culinary heritage and focuses on using fresh ingredients to produce classic Italian cuisine. Adventurous gourmands will want to try the seasonal truffle menu, which includes fois gras, potato foam, veal, and a powdered chocolate mousse. 

Armani Hotel Milan

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Dining al Fresco: Mandarin Oriental Milan


By: Five Star Alliance

Boasting exquisite fine Italian dining alongside delicious dishes and bespoke cocktails Mandarin Oriental Milan caters to both hotel guests and the city's discerning style crowd.

Mandarin Oriental Milan

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Image of the Day: Excelsior Hotel Gallia


By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Hotel Gallia  was first opened in 1932. It has been fully renovated by renowned Milanese architect Marco Piva. Behind this sparkling hotel’s iconic Art Deco facade are elegant restaurants and lounges, an expansive spa, and stunning meeting venues.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia

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New to Five Star Alliance: Mandarin Oriental Milan


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Mandarin Oriental Milan is accepting reservations as of July 1, 2015. Fusing chic Italian design with timeless Oriental luxury, Mandarin Oriental, Milan lies in the heart of the glamorous city. Only steps away from La Scala, Mandarin Oriental, Milan enjoys an exceptional location in one of the world's most fashionable cities. Occupying four elegant 19th century buildings and with just 104 rooms and suites, a fine-dining restaurants and the most comprehensive spa in the city, it offers a beguiling mix of style and luxury.

Mandarin Oriental Milan

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Did You Know? Grand Hotel Et De Milan


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Grand Hotel Et De Milan had its entire fourth floor destroyed in 1943, following a terrible bombing (which also hit La Scala). Subsequently, the Military Staff of the 5th American Brigade took charge of the hotel. The “Milan” became a place for holiday rewards for ally soldiers. At some point, the hotel even had its own Military Chief. Parties, balls and concerts were held in the luxurious and exclusive restaurant. On June 24th 1946, the hotel finally found peace. Work was started by architect Giovanni Muzio (main representative of the Modern Movement) immediately after the war to restore the oldest and most prestigious Milan hotel to its former glory.

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Armani Hotel Milano's Armani/Ristorante Concept


By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel MilanoThe dining venues within Armani Hotel Milano, with their floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give a breathtaking panoramic view on the rooftops and the terraces of Milan. Overlooking the Duomo Cathedral and the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, the Armani/Ristorante (on the 7th floor of the Armani Hotel Milano) is the ideal place for a business lunch, for a hearty meal over several courses and for a relaxed and light dinner with a glass of wine … and for a special Sunday brunch too.

Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic Italian traditions, providing Guests with classic and authentic culinary delights. The dishes make use of fresh produce and are served amid an elegant ambiance, with expert, attentive, and impeccable service.


Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca with an exclusive and wide selection of more than 300 wines. Each wine label is chosen for its ability to let guests live a unique sensory experience. Armani/Ristorante also features an intimate Private Dining Room and a magnificent Chef’s Table located within the kitchen.
Armani Hotel Milan
On the same floor is the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar, with an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a memorable aperitivo and for a vibrant after-dinner, accompanied by very good music.

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Your Questions Answered: Which Guest Rooms at the Armani Hotel Milan Have the Biggest Closets?


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.

Armani Hotel MilanQUESTION: What guest room has the largest closet space at the Armani Hotel, Milan? Also can you tell me more on the fitness center?


ANSWER: Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project, following the success of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm, and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort.


Armani Hotel Milano promises a “home-away-from-home” experience in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy. The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering a new level of service under the care of the lifestyle service department, with an innovative Lifestyle Manager concept. Armani Hotel Milano’s Lifestyle Managers are key representatives of the hotel and are assigned to guests as hosts. Their role is to anticipate guests’ needs and to ensure that you get the most out of your stay, and your visit to Milano. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites of Armani Hotel Milano. Each element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and has been chosen for its sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities.

Here's details on the Guest Room Closets:

-Armani Premiere Room. These rooms measure 70 square meters, and provide a comfortable living space with a bar and workstation. Rooms offer walk-in wardrobes, and guests can request rooms with the largest closets.

-Executive Suites. These suites are located on floors 3-5, and are 95 square meters. They have a vestibule, fully equipped Living Room, and walk-in closets.  

Here's details on the Fitness Center: 
-The fitness center has 4 treadmills, free weights, weight-lifting equipment, 8 different machines, forerunners, and a stationary bike. The center is 100 square meters. Personal trainers are available. The fitness center, which is part of the spa, also includes a relaxation pool overlooking the city, Finnish sauna, steam bath, heat experiences, relaxation areas, and and ice cascade.

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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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Your Questions Answered: What is the Fitness Center Like at the Four Seasons Milan?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Milan
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 fitness center like at the Four Seasons Milan?

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

The Fitness Center is located inside the Spa. Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano offers a delectable range of massage, facial, nail and body treatments in seven luxurious treatment rooms, including a spa suite. The 160 square-meter (1,722-square-feet) fitness area offers the very latest equipment, including state-of-the-art machines from Technogym's Excite line, and weight-lifting and stretching areas. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day. Personal training sessions on request for 60 minutes for an additional fee. Private yoga sessions are also available on request for an additional fee. 

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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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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.

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