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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.

The Long Night of the Museums in Berlin: 33 Percent Discount at the Hotel de Rome

December 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Rome, BerlinTwice a year Berlin plays host to a cultural event called The Long Night of the Museums. Over 100 museums keep their doors open to visitors til the wee hours (try 2 a.m.) The event has been so wildly successful, in fact, that it's seen a copy-cat trend in other major metropolises worldwide. Visitors get to partake in drawing workshops, attend readings, and check out multiple exhibitions. One ticket allows entry to all the participating museums and special events. Looking for a place to bunk down while in Berlin? Stay at the historic Hotel de Rome on the Bebelplatz in the heart of Berlin, and you'll retire in luxury after a fun-filled night on the town. A member of the Rocco Forte Collection, the hotel is housed in the former headquarters of the Dresdner Bank and features a spa with a swimming pool. Take advantage of a special winter offer and get 33% off a three-night stay until March 1, 2009.


Magical Winter Days in Florence with Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy

December 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rocco Forte Hotel SavoyIf you're lucky enough to pass through Florence during the holiday season, you'll be treated to endless yuletide delights: the city's sites decked in colorful lights, ice-skating on Piazza della Liberta, a festive market on Piazza Santa Croce brimming with handmade gifts, concerts and performances, and the huge, illuminated tree on Piazza della Republicca. But after New Year's Eve is just as fine a time to visit Florence. The winter sales start on January 7 so you can pick up some fashionable bargains; February's Artisan Chocolate Fair means all of Tuscany's finest chocolatiers descend on Piazza Santa Croce; and new exhibitions include a celebration of trompe l'oeil at the Palazzo Strozzi. Best of all: When you take a winter break in Florence, you can explore the magnificent Renaissance city without the crowds.

Rocco Forte Hotel SavoyBook a winter stay at the Hotel Savoy, the stylish luxury hotel that's part of the Rocco Forte Collection, and you'll find the Duomo just around the corner and the Uffizi just a short walk away. Several packages look enticing:

Festive Florence Package, available from December 19-29, from 420 euros: overnight accommodation, daily Buffet Breakfast, Christmas delights in room upon arrival, and a spending credit of 50 euros per room, per stay, applicable towards Restaurant charges.

Winter Days Package, available til February 28, 2010, from 420 euros: 2 nights accommodation, daily Buffet Breakfast, a hot chocolate and cake served at L'Incontro Bar, and a seasonal dinner at L'Incontro Restaurant.

European Winter Offer, available til March 1, 2010: Book 3 nights or more and receive up to a 33% reduction on the Bed and Breakfast Rate.


Weekend in Frankfurt: Rates from €169 at Le Meridien Parkhotel

December 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien Parkhotel FrankfurtFrankfurt is not just an exciting financial capital, it's also a haven for the arts on the banks of the river Main. On your next business trip to "Mainhattan," explore the cultural highlights and historic sites offered by this vibrant metropolis. Spend the weekend in Frankfurt at Le Meridien Parkhotel-- the historic luxury hotel in the heart of the city-- and check out the Cathedral where 10 German emperors were crowned, and Goethe's birthplace, within easy reach of the hotel. Plus, Frankfurt boasts a hopping cultural scene with world-class museums and galleries; Le Meridien has partnered with the Schirn Art Exhibition Hall Frankfurt so when you show your room key card, you get to visit the gallery for free. Priced from € 169 per room, per night, the "Weekend in Frankfurt" package includes elegant accommodations (bookable from Friday to Sunday inclusive), a rich breakfast buffet in the restaurant "Le Parc," and late check-out til 3:00 pm.


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim with the Loews Regency Hotel

November 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Regency HotelNew York's Guggenheim Museum is celebrating the big 5-0 this year. To mark its 50th anniversary, the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building on Fifth Avenue has welcomed visitors to a yearlong celebration of art, architecture, and innovation with groundbreaking exhibitions. To fete this special event, Loews Regency Hotel is offering a special Guggenheim Package for guests. Check into true Park Avenue luxury and experience plush guest rooms, personalized service, and great nightlife at Feinstein's at the Regency. The package includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Guggenheim Museum, two welcome cocktails at the Library, full American breakfast for two, and complimentary valet parking. Priced from $389, the package is available through December 31, 2009.


Yuletide at Winterthur and a Champagne Dinner at Hotel du Pont

November 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel du Pont, WilmingtonA landmark in Wilmington, the historic Hotel du Pont is celebrating the yuletide season in style, inviting you to visit Winterthur, the great American country estate nestled in Delaware's Brandywine Valley. With 60 acres of gardens and a marvelous collection of American antiques, Winterthur is a delight to visit anytime of year, but Christmas is especially magical. 15 rooms are decorated to portray festive feasts from the 1800s through today with a special focus on du Pont family traditions and entertaining. Book the "Yuletide at Winterthur" package and the hotel will include admission to Winterthur, daily breakfast, and valet parking with your accommodations.

Mark your calendars. Don't miss Hotel du Pont's first Champagne Dinner of the year. Enjoy an exceptional 6-course dinner perfectly paired with selected Möet & Chandon Champagnes. The evening will start at 6:30pm with hors d'oeuvres and a little Yellow Label Veuve Cliquot. Guest Speaker Steve Sliger of United Distributors will be on-hand to provide information about Champagne. The Champagne Dinner Package is priced from $396.90 and includes dinner for two on December 11th, restaurant gratuities, valet parking, and overnight accommodations.


The Madison, a Loews Hotel, and National Geographic Team Up with Terra Cotta Warriors

November 12, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Madison, A Loews HotelJust a reminder about a very cool event in Washington D.C. The Madison, a Loews Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Washington DC's National Geographic Museum, which makes sense given their relative proximity to each other. From November 19, 2009 through March 31, 2010, The Madison, a Loews Hotel will be offering the National Geographic Museum Terra Cotta Warriors package that features two "anytime" tickets to the museums exhibition, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor. The package includes:

• One-night deluxe accommodations

• Two premium "any-day, any-time" tickets to Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor at the National Geographic Museum, located two blocks from the hotel

• A 20 percent discount coupon for purchases in the National Geographic Store

Nearly 2,000 years ago, thousands of life-size clay figures – generals, soldiers, archers, charioteers, acrobats - were buried in massive underground pits to accompany China's first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, in the afterlife. Their discovery outside the city of Xi'an in 1974 is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. The National Geographic Terra Cotta Warriors package rate starts at $149 and is available November 19, 2009 through March 31, 2010. The rate is subject to availability and change and is per room, per night and does not include tax.

The 353-room The Madison, a Loews Hotel, is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. at the corner of 15th and M Streets, just off Massachusetts Avenue. The hotel is home to Palette restaurant and Postscript, a bar and lounge that evokes an insider's ambience.

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Art Lovers Rejoice! The Prado Expands

November 11, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hesperia MadridMadrid's Prado Museum has opened 12 new galleries and is exhibiting 176 newly-acquired works. For the first time, visitors to the Prado will see an uninterrupted overview of the development of Spanish art from the 12th century Romanesque painting of San Baudelio de Berlanga up through the early 20th century work of Sorolla which runs parallel to the century's earliest avant-garde movements. Today the Museum has the world's foremost collection of Spanish paintings – some 4,600 – dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century including outstanding masterpieces by Berruguete, El Greco, Goya, Murillo, Ribera, Sorolla, Velázquez and Zurbarán. In 2007, an extensive expansion designed by Rafael Moneo increased the museum's space by 50 percent. Luxuriate in all the art and stay in a one of Five Star Alliance's luxury Madrid properties, such as the Hesperia Madrid. It's a work of art unto itself. Follow Five Star Alliance on Twitter!


Abu Dhabi on the Map: Book Your Stay at Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers

November 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beach Rotana Hotel and TowersMove over, Dubai. The UAE's capital city of Abu Dhabi is making headlines as both a cultural mecca and an environmentally-friendly metropolis. The dramatic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum is slated for the Saadiyat Island development which also includes the first branch of the Louvre outside of Paris. And Abu Dhabi has ambitions to create the world's first carbon neutral city. Currently under construction, Masdar City will run entirely on renewable energy, and boast car-free streets. The two Emirates cities couldn't be any more different; one is a symbol of glitzy development and excess, the other, of culture and intellectualized projects. Eager to check out Abu Dhabi? Check into the Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers, right on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Venture out from your luxurious, sea-facing room and you'll find 10 (count em, 10!) restaurants and a private beach. Home to the Abu Dhabi Trade Center complex, the Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi is directly linked to the 1 million square foot Abu Dhabi Mall, the most prestigious mall in the capital, via an exclusive passageway.


Exploring Beijing: Tips from the Concierge of The Peninsula Hotel

October 29, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula BeijingTraveling to bustling Beijing? Overwhelmed by your restaurant options? (The city could have more restos per square mile than any other metropolis.) With so much to do and so many places to go, some expert guidance is in order. Look no further than The Peninsula Beijing's concierge team for the answers. Led by Head Concierge Leigh Li, one of the first women concierges to be awarded the Clefs d'Or, The Peninsula concierge team has some great tips.

Top Sites/ Must-Sees in Beijing:

The Forbidden City, The Great Wall (drive out to Badaling to climb it), The Commune by The Great Wall (a private collection of contemporary architectural projects designed by 12 Asian artists, first exhibited at the 2002 Venice Biennale), The China National Museum of Fine Arts (one of the first architectural feats after the founding of the People's Republic of China), Factory 798 Art Area, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square...

Restaurants:

The Courtyard (near the Forbidden City), Xi He Ya Ju, Beijing Da Dong, Huang Ting....

Nightlife:

Bar Blu, LAN Club (designed by Philippe Starck), La Baie des Anges, Face...


Vienna Wine and Design Competition: Stay at the Ambassador Hotel

October 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ambassador Hotel ViennaFall in the Austrian capital means it's time for wine and design. With 700 hectares of land dedicated to wine growing, Vienna is the only city in the world with extensive vineyards inside its metropolitan limits. These days Viennese wine is winning wine-tasting contests and wooing more and more visitors to Austria. Another reason to head to Vienna this fall: Art Week which boasts a packed program of exhibitions and guided tours, running from November 16 to 22. Though Vienna Design Week just finished (alas), you can still check out the city's "groovy designers" and register to win in the Vienna Wine and Design Competition, sponsored by the Vienna tourist office. You could score a bottle of premium Viennese wine, a piece from a local designer, or an instant win. Running from October 1 - November 30, 2009.

Art lovers will want to grab a room at the Ambassador Hotel, the city-center pad which has made its motto "Arts and Delights." Part of the city's cultural fabric for more than 100 years, the luxury hotel  offers "arts and delights, recreation and pure pleasure."