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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.

Explore Insider’s Tuscany with the Exclusive Villa La Massa in Florence


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa La Massa

Leave it to the Villa La Massa-- the darling of celebrities, and sister property to the celebrated Villa d'Este on Lake Como-- to provide guests with exclusive access to the cultural riches of Tuscany, the living expression of the Italian Renaissance. Florence is one of the world's most coveted destinations (for good eats, the best shopping, and Michelangelo's David, need we say more?), and Villa La Masa arguably has the town's best accommodations. Just a stone's throw from Florence, nestled in the Tuscan countryside along the famed Arno River, Villa La Massa dates from the 16th century: a marvel of ancient frescoes, gorgeous art, and the most luxurious furnishings. It's a given that the Villa La Massa can hook you up with guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia di Belle Arti, or shopping excursions to pick up the best handicrafts and fashion. But what's more: Villa La Massa can arrange private tours of the countryside so that guests can discover Tuscany's secrets, delighting in authentic cuisine and gaining access to Florentine Palaces. Tip: The hotel opens for the season on March 26, 2009.


Hotel Molina Lario Offers a Date with Picasso


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Molina LarioHotel Molina Lario, located in Malaga, the capital city of Costa del Sol, wants to get you up close and personal with Pablo Picasso. The luxury hotel's "Picasso Package" includes a 2 night stay, buffet breakfast, welcome gift, and tickets to the nearby Picasso Museum. The hotel, inaugurated in August 2006, has two completely refurbished buildings, keeping the original 19th Century façade, and the third absolutely new, together comprising a unique hotel set in the heart of the city.


Celebrate Easter at The Duke Hotel Rome


By: K. Clare Johnson

Duke Hotel RomeValentine's Day is thankfully over, St. Patrick's Day is on the horizon, but don't forget about Easter! Make it a holiday to remember by spending it in Rome. From April 10-13, 2009, spend your holiday in the Eternal City for a great price. The Duke Hotel Rome is offering a two-night stay package starting from € 360. The package includes fruit upon arrival, two tickets for the Giotto exhibition at Vittoriano Museum, American breakfast in room, Mercedes van to and from Via Veneto, daily newspaper, parking, Wi-Fi, and taxes. Certain terms and restrictions apply, subject to availability.


Destination Milan: Exclusive City Secrets at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Carlton Hotel BaglioniWhen traveling to Milan, fashionistas, business execs, and world leaders check into the Carlton Baglioni, the creme de la creme of luxury hotels in this cosmopolitan city. Situated in the heart of Milan's fashion area, a stone's throw from Via Senato and Via della Spiga, the classy hotel is a five-star favorite not only because of its opulent ambience (extraordinary art and antiques galore), but also because of the exclusive treats it offers its refined clientele. Case in point: With the "La Scala Theatre- Private Rehearsal" package, lucky guests can sit in on a private rehearsal of the philharmonic orchestra behind closed doors. Experience the thrill of sitting solo in the audience, as the orchestra plays exclusively for your enjoyment, and then meet the director and his musicians, before learning the secrets of the most famous theatre in the world on a tour of La Scala with a private guide. The package also includes a 1-hour beauty treatment at the spa, and a culinary extravaganza at the famous restaurant, Il Baretto al Baglioni. What's more? The Carlton Baglioni arranges private limousines to greet guests at the Milan airport, and private viewings of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper." After a stay at the Carlton Baglioni, you'll see why Baglioni Hotels are famous around the world for their service and high style.


Opera, Museums, and Sushi Cooking Classes in Vienna at the Grand Hotel Wien


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel WienOne of the best spots to experience the historic spendor of Vienna and the majestic age of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is the Grand Hotel Wien. Its rooms are positively decadent, and the service is fit for a king. From the hotel's perfect location on the Ringstrasse, just minutes from the Opera and St. Stephen's Cathedral, guests have the city at their doorstep. And the Grand Hotel Wien makes it easy to take in an opera performance, waltz the night away, and check out the city's many museums. Indulge in award-winning Viennese cuisine at Le Ciel, located on the 7th floor, or take a cooking class at the hotel's authentic Japanese restaurant, Unkai. Back by popular command, the hands-on courses teach the preparation of sushi, maki, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes under the direction of Chef de cuisine Hiroshi Sakai. You'll also get tips on ingredients and where to shop. Classes take place once a month, starting February 16, 2009.


Washington D.C.’s Madison, A Loews Hotel, Offers Lincoln Bedroom to Guests


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lincoln BedroomYou can stay in a replica of Lincoln's bedroom in Washington D.C., and even take home a nifty t-shirt towel set to show to all your friends. (The keepsake towels are personalized with "I slept in The Lincoln Bedroom" with the Loews Madison hotel logo.) The Madison has decided to commemorate Lincoln's bicentennial by styling a version of the Lincoln Bedroom, replete with a rocking chair, bed with decorative headboard, and other nods to the prez's illustrious past. One of the capital's most distinguished hotels, The Madison has hosted its share of presidents. And with the country just getting over inauguration fever, your family may feel inspired to explore Washington D.C. and celebrate presidents past and present with a stay in the Madison's Lincoln bedroom. The package includes luxurious accommodations, the keepsake towels (mentioned above), a copy of the Gettysburg Address, Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," breakfast in bed for two, and two passes to Madame Tussauds DC to see President Lincoln sitting in his box at Fords Theatre.

Image Via White House Museum


Get Cultured with Hotel Palace Praha


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Palace PrahaArt and culture lovers will adore the latest deal from Hotel Palace Praha. The package includes free entrance to the following exhibitions: Sternberg Palace (European Art from the Classical Era to the close of the Baroque), Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia (medieval art in Bohemia and Central Europe), Veletrzni Palace (art of the 19th, 20th and the 21st centuries), Kinsky Palace (landscape in Czech art), Zbraslav Chateau (Asian art) and the House of the Black Madonna (museum of Czech cubism). Plus, you'll stay in luxury accommodation for a minimum of 2 nights in one of the Deluxe or Executive rooms. Enjoy a daily full buffet breakfast in the restaurant L'Epoque, home-made chocolate pralines in the room, welcome treat served in your room, complimentary coffee & tea making facilities in the room, 3-course dinner in awarded Gourmet Club Restaurant, free access to the hotel sauna and business center, and a voucher to a nearby fitness centre (use of fitness area, swimming pool, whirlpool and steam bath). Offer is available until December 22, 2009. A minimum stay of two nights is required, and other terms and conditions apply.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance:. Five Star Alliance guests at the Hotel Palace Praha will receive a welcome drink and welcome VIP treatment.


The Curtain Rises at Dubai’s Mina A’Salam at Madinat Jumeirah


By: K. Clare Johnson

Theatre...in Dubai? Yep, live performances are no longer just for Broadway. Mina A' Salam at Madinat Jumeirah has in-house theatre, and the offerings are diverse. Currently playing is mystery "The Woman in Black." Next up is children's favorite "The Gruffalos Child," and everyone's favorite orphan "Annie" pays a visit in April. Mina A'Salam at Madinat Jumeirah In-House guests receive a special discount on selected shows (subject to availability). Present your room key when buying your ticket at the Box Office to redeem this special offer.

The Madinat Theatre is the first purpose-built theatre in Dubai. Since opening in September 2004, a broad range of events including drama, opera, film screenings, magic and musicals have been staged. The seating capacity is 442 in total comprising 358 in the stalls and 84 in the gallery, including 6 wheelchair spaces. There are two foyers (both lobby level and gallery), housing bars for guests to enjoy pre-show and interval drinks. There is also a private Majilis on the gallery level with a private entrance via elevator and waiter service for VIP parties.


Presidential Perks Package at the InterContinental Chicago


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental ChicagoWe couldn't resist writing up one more Inauguration Package (last one, we promise). After all, this one is in Obama's own Chitown, and the Windy City beckons with lots of fun to do on a winter getaway (even with the current Arctic temperatures). Check into the InterContinental Chicago, billed as the only hotel with a front entrance on the famous Magnificent Mile, and "salute the good old U.S. of A." The patriotic Presidential weekend is priced at $209 per night, per couple, and is available January 1 through March 31, 2009:

In addition to luxury accommodations for two, you and your "VP" will get a front row seat to learn about our nation's history with two tickets to the fun and educational Freedom Museum. Sate your presidential appetite with a full American breakfast buffet for two, and enjoy complimentary valet parking for your motorcade and free access to the fitness club and the hotel's historic indoor swimming pool. That's change you can believe in.


Edgar Alan Poe Bicentennial in Richmond; January Getaway at The Jefferson Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond2009 is the bicentennial of the birth of one of America's most popular writers. Edgar Allan Poe spent more than a third of his life in Richmond, and the city's Edgar Allan Poe Museum has the world's finest collection of letters, first editions, and personal items. Though exhibitions and performances will be happening across the East Coast (Baltimore competes with Richmond to claim this literary great as its own), Richmond is the place to go this year. Book a room at the city's grandest hotel, the AAA-Five-Diamond Jefferson, and you'll delight in the elegant décor and flawless service. Take advantage of the January Getaway Package and you'll get full American buffet breakfast and valet parking included in your room rates. Starting from $195 in a Superior Room; available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the end of the month.