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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.


Completely transformed, the Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel reopened on July 5 after a four-year restoration project. Situated on the Place de la Concorde, the historic property mixes vintage glamour and architectural elements with modern amenities and technology. Read more below the photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Lobby

Opulent objects like amethyst chandelier and Baccarat decanters have been given prominent placement, Karl Lagerfeld designed two of the property's prestigious suites, and there's a new swimming pool featuring a mural by ceramist Peter Lane. Continue below the pool photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Pool

The hotel's guest rooms and suites combine the property's 18th-century heritage with bespoke furnishings, elegant antiques, and carefully selected accents for a sophisticated Parisian residential style. Read more below the photo of the Bernstein Suite. 

Bernstein Suite Bedroom at Hotel de Crillon

There's also revitalized dining options, including L'Ecrin serving a contemporary gastronomic menu by Chef Christopher Hache. Along with Brasserie D'Aumont with timeless French cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients and regional products. For Afternoon Tea and sweets, Jardin d'Hiver is a glamorous residential lounge, and Les Ambassadeurs provides an iconic setting for cocktails and live entertainment. Continue below the Jardin d'Hiver. 

Jardin d'Hiver at Hotel de Crillon

Within the reimagined palace there's the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa along with the Hair Salon by David Lucas and the Barber by La Barbiere de Paris. Need shoes buffed? Shoecare by Devoirdecourt can assist. 

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Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma

Set just off the white sands of Maroma Beach, the new Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma provide a unique escape. Surrounded by turquoise waters, the recently opened luxury bungalows have glass bottom floors, private infinity pools, oversized decks with wooden lounge chairs, snorkeling equipment, and ladders providing direct access to the ocean. Read more below the photo. 

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows Private Pool at El Dorado Maroma

Providing a romantic and private setting within the adults-only resort, the Palafitos have "Aguas del Amor" outdoor showers, and indoor jacuzzis for two. There's also personal Majordomos to cater to guest's specific needs and requests, as well as a premium selection of alcohol and snacks. Plus, visitors staying in Palafito Overwater Bungalows for five or more nights can schedule an exclusive chef-prepared moonlight dinner on their own private terrace. Read more below the photo. 

Palafitos Overwater Bungalow Bedroom at El Dorado Maroma

Within the all-inclusive resort there's also the Overwater Grill & Wine Bar with glass floors and an international grill menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Continue reading below the photo.

Overwater Dining at El Dorado Maroma

El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort by Karisma is an adults-only property with an intimate design, where the beach, pools, restaurants, and spa are a short stroll from one another. There are six dining options, as well as a large beach area with non-motorized water sports, and three freshwater pools with swim-up bars. The resort's spa offers a full menu of services, including Sky Massages performed in thatched-roof oceanfront huts. 

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Set in the heart of Copenhagen, Hotel D'Angleterre provides an ultra-luxe setting adjacent to the Strøget--Europe's longest pedestrian-only shopping street. Recently I had the opportunity to spend two nights in room 405, a Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite. 

Featuring a grand facade and opulent lobby, guests are greeted with the scent of fresh flowers exquisitely arranged at the hotel's Flower Atelier Creations. Next to the reception desk, there's an illuminated Lego replica of the hotel, a gift from the Danish company that provides a whimsical conversation piece. Read more below the photos.

Entrance of the Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

Upon entering the suite, I was wowed by a walk-in closet on the right, elegant powder room on the left, and a spacious living room with a well-appointed seating area, bottle of chilled champagne, exquisite art pieces, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, and windows with views of Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite

Within the living area, there was an executive desk with a control panel to connect laptops and other devices to the 42-inch Bang & Olufsen TV, ideal for in-room meetings or entertainment. There was also a well-stocked in-room minibar with a Nespresso machine, array of wines, beverages, and snacks. 

The suite's bedroom offered a welcoming space with a DUX King Bed furnished with exclusive bed linens (which can be purchased at the D'Angleterre Creations boutique). There was also an additional sitting area with a large TV and plush lounge chair. Read more below the photo. 

Deluxe Suite Bedroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

The suite's master bathroom provided a relaxing retreat with a glass-walled shower, separate soaking tub, lighted makeup mirror, and sumptuous bathrobes. Plus, an array of exclusive organic bath amenities from the hotel's own Amazing Space Spa, perfect for pampering oneself after a day of traveling or exploring. Read more below the bathroom photos. 

Deluxe Suite Bathroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

Amazing Spa Products at Hotel D'Angleterre

Restaurant Marchal (named after the hotel's founder) turns evening meals into one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Awarded one Michelin Star, the elegant space serves Nordic-inspired cuisine infused with French style and preparation techniques, resulting in an artful presentation of flavors. The restaurant also offers a lavish morning breakfast, as well as gourmet lunches. Continue below the Restaurant Marchal photo. 

Restaurant Marchal at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

Throughout the entire hotel the furnishings blend historic fixtures and accents with classic styling and modern design, creating an upscale and welcoming atmosphere. Within the event cooridor there are historical photographs of the hotel, and the Palm Court, Louis XVI, Gallery, and Salons feature exquisite chandeliers and ornamental fixtures demonstrating the hotel's gilded history. 

Not to be missed is the hotel's Amazing Space Spa, with an exclusive line of natural spa products and 15 specially trained therapists for a variety of pampering services. The spa is also home to central Copenhagen's only heated indoor swimming pool, plus locker rooms with saunas, and steam rooms. Continue reading below the Amazing Space photos.

Amazing Space at Hotel D'Angleterre

Across from the spa, the D'Angleterre Creations boutique offers exquisite floral arrangements, and exclusive products such as the DUX beds and fine linens available for guests to purchase as a way to continue the D'Angleterre experience in their own homes. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Creations Boutique

Ready for some champagne? The hotel's Balthazar Champagne Bar offers a fashionable setting for Champagne by the glass as well as Champagne-focused cocktails. And, there's an exclusive entrance for hotel guests. Read more below the Balthazar photo.

Balthazar Champagne Bar at Hotel D'Angleterre

For guests arriving early in the morning or departing late, Hotel D'Angleterre provides a posh lounge for guests. Continue below the lounge photo.

Guest Lounge at Hotel D'Angleterre

The Hotel D'Angleterre offers a centralized location on Kongens Nytorv. Founded in the 1700's by Mr. and Mrs. Marchal, the historic hotel has welcomed presidents, dignitaries, royalty, and celebrities for generations. The regal hotel is close to the Royal Theater, the Royal Palace, the Little Mermaid Statue, and numerous upscale shops and restaurants. 

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Suite Saturdays Canada Day

Welcome to Suite Saturdays: Canada Day Edition! In honor of the country's 150th birthday today, we've gathered a list of some of Canada's best suites. From the East Coast to the West Coast, Canada offers breathtaking natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, cultural festivities, along with contemporary hotels and historic grand railroad properties, many of which are part of the Fairmont Hotels collection. 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Westin Nova Scotian

The Crown Suite at The Westin Nova Scotian

Set on the 11th floor, The Crown Suite (shown above) at the Westin Nova Scotian features sweeping views of Georges Island and the Halifax Harbor. Providing panoramic sunset views, the elegant space has a dining area with space for up to 20 people, separate bar and lounge area, menus created by Executive Chef Mark Marchment, and live music upon request. Located along the city’s harborfront, the hotel has an indoor pool, Sykea Salon and Spa, fitness studio, and Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club. 

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St. Andrews, New Brunswick

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort with One Bedroom Suites and the Algonquin Golf Course

The six One Bedroom Suites (shown above) at The Algonquin Resort offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, with queen or king pillow top beds, plus sofa beds in the living rooms. Recently remodeled, the suites have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, custom artwork, and three-piece bathrooms with stand alone showers. Situated in St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick, the Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 in Canada's first seaside resort town. Featuring maritime hospitality, the iconic building is a year-round destination with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach, spa, seasonal whale watching, and the award-winning Algonquin Golf Course. 

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Quebec City, Quebec

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Exterior and Frontenac Suite

Set within the walls of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a recently renovated atmosphere infused with European elegance. The Frontenac Suites (shown above) have 670 square feet of space, including parlors that seat up to 10 people, and separate master bedrooms. Providing views of the old fortified city and the St. Lawrence River, the iconic hotel offers guided tours of the property, the landmark Champlain Restaurant,1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, Bistro Le Sam, Place Dufferin, Spa du Château, grand event spaces, and an indoor pool. 

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Ottawa, Ontario

Fairmont Château Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Across the canal from Parliament Hill, the Presidential Suites (shown above) at the Fairmont Château Laurier offer a residential style setting overlooking the city with a living room featuring a faux fireplace, large flat-screen TV, work desk, and spacious seating area. Plus, a dining room with seating for eight, and a separate bedroom with a dressing room, armoire, and bureau. Recently revitalized and located in the country's capital city, the historic grand railroad hotel offers award-winning regional cuisine, indoor swimming pool, and grand event venues. The property has welcomed numerous dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities since opening in 1912.

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Winnepeg, Manitoba

Fairmont Winnipeg

Fairmont Winnipeg Royal Alexandra Suite

Featuring contemporary furnishings and original Manitoban art, the Royal Alexandra Suite (shown above) at the Fairmont Winnipeg evokes a residential feel. Set on the 20th floor, the spacious suite has a living room with a baby grand piano, gas fireplace, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and expansive views of the city. The large dining room has seating for six, along with a butler's pantry and half bath. The master bedroom overlooks Portage and Main with a king size bed, and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub. Steps from the city's major attractions including the Forks National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the hotel has upscale dining at the VG Restaurant, fitness club, and an indoor saltwater pool. 

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Lake Louise, Alberta

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Glacier Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Set within Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an grand luxury hotel built in 1890. The two-level Glacier Suite (shown above) has a dining and living area with a sofa bed on the main floor,  and a spiral staircase leading to a secluded bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. There's also a large covered balcony featuring views of the Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and mountains. Originally built as for outdoor enthusiasts, the property offers year-round alpine activities including world-class winter skiing, canoeing in the summer, and guided mountain tours. There's also a kid's camp, luxury spa, and elegant dining options, as well as horse drawn sleigh rides during the winter. 

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Royal Suite

Referred to as the "Castle in the City" the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a historic location in the heart of the city. Since opening in 1939, many members of the British monarchy have visited the Hotel Vancouver, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the grand opening of the hotel. The Royal Suite (shown above) provides an opulent and spacious setting with four bedrooms, large dining room that can seat up to 10 guests, and an elegant living room with a grand hearth. Plus, from May to September 3, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

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Dine under the Italian sky with panoramic views of the Eternal City at Grand Hotel de la Minerve. The Minerva Roof Garden houses the hotel's exclusive restaurant with a strategic location, 360-degree views, and creative cuisine by Naples-born Chef Antonio Falco. Continue reading below the photo of the Minerva Roof Garden.

Minerva Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restauran offers Italian and international cuisine with a traditional menu, tasting menu, and a la carte options, plus an extensive wine list. There are special birthday and first communion menus, and The Bar serves international cocktails in the space that was once the palazzo's winter garden. Read more below the photo.

The Bar at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Once an aristocratic home built in the 1600s, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is a luxury hotel overlooking the Pantheon. Set in the midst of the historic city center, the noble hotel offers 135 guest rooms mixing classic style with the latest amenities including bathrooms with travertine marble and Etro bath products, double glazed windows, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Continue reading below.

Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Steps from the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, the property is ideally situated for exploring Rome.

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Overlooking the Mississippi River on Mud Island, the River Inn of Harbor Town is a boutique hotel near downtown Memphis. Featuring traditional Southern charm, the hotel welcomes guests into an inviting lobby with wood floors from a Virginia textile mill, 1850s New Orleans mantel, sparkling crystal chandelier, candles, and original oil paintings. Continue reading below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town, Memphis

Upon check-in, guests are greeted with a glass of wine or champagne, and in the evenings turndown service includes port wine and chocolate truffles. In the mornings, hotel guests receive a gourmet breakfast, and the library-style sitting area offers morning coffee. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the River Inn of Harbor Town

Providing a warm setting and attentive service, the luxury boutique hotel has multiple dining options. The classic Paulette's Restaurant is a long-time Memphis destination providing a cozy bar and steaks, fish, and Sunday Brunch with hot popovers and strawberry butter. For relaxed dining, Tug's Casual Grill offers river views and an All-American bar atmosphere with happy hour specials. Plus, Terrace at the River Inn is located on the top floor of the hotel, and features panoramic views of the Memphis skyline and Mississippi River. On nice days, windows open to provide gentle river breezes, and the menu features sharable portions of classic Southern-inspired dishes and cocktails. 

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Perched on a hilltop within a 15th century villa with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele provides an exclusive setting within a former Renaissance monastery. Set amidst Italian gardens with lemon trees and fragrant roses, the hotel offers fine Tuscan cuisine at La Loggia Restaurant, a Cookery School, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence. There are walking paths through the surrounding woods, a fitness center with panoramic views, personal training services, and a massage gazebo. There's also a shuttle bus which transports hotel guests to the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence's historic city center. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Villa San Michele

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and VIP status. Plus, a room upgrade based on availability at time of check-in.

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Perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron, the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island is steeped in history. Built in 1887, the elegant property is located between the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan on the car-free Mackinac Island. Providing guests the opportunity to step back in time with horse drawn carriage rides, the 390-room hotel offers more than three dozen themed suites, which offer unique accommodations and one-of-a-kind style including the Lincoln Suite and the Hollywood Suite. Read more below the photo of the hotel.

Exterior view of the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

For an ultra-luxe stay, six of the hotel's themed suites are Two-Bedroom Suites with Parlors. These accommodations include the Presidential Suite, which features an elegant setting with antiques, photos, and paintings of U.S. Presidents, and an elegant parlor with a regal emerald green color palette. There's also the Cupola Suites which debuted in 2015 when the property began restoring the hotel's original dormers from the late 1800s. Work is currently ongoing, and new Cupola Suites will be added in the 2017/18 offseason. Continue reading below the photo of one of the hotel's suites.

Suite at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

In addition to the suites, the hotel's Masco Cottage is a four-bedroom private residence with an exclusive entrance. Guests staying within the cottage can arrange private dinners prepared by a personal chef, relax in an outdoor hot tub, play games on the Wii gaming system, and experience cocktails and hors d'oeuvres within the privacy of the summer cottage. They also receive discounts on ferry boat tickets and charter air services. 

The historic, award-winning property has been family-owned for three generations, and is a National Historic Landmark. Celebrating it's 130th Anniversary Season in 2017, the Grand Hotel offers old world elegance with afternoon tea in the parlor, dressing up for dinner (the hotel has a dress code), and nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra. For those seeking relaxation, the hotel offers the world's longest porch with rocking chairs and panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac. Read more below the porch photo.

The front porch of the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

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Overlooking the Nybroviken in a historic Art Nouveau building, the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm offers a chic, family-owned retreat in the heart of the city. Upon arrival, guests enter the hotel via glass doors that open to reveal a vintage elevator and grand staircase. To the left is the reception desk, which is also the entrance to the restaurant, bar, and sitting area. Continue reading below the entry photos.

Entering the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Deluxe Sea View Room on the fourth floor of the hotel. A short stroll from Djurgarden's museums, the property was an ideal base for exploring the city and offered exceptional views of the Nybroviken to enjoy while relaxing within the room's plush velvet chairs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Sea View Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Originally built as a private residence in 1911, the Hotel Diplomat features a stylish mix of Scandinavian design, vintage, and plush modern amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms with high end bath products. While the interiors of the building are stunning, including a vintage elevator and grand staircase with intricate wood carvings and stained glass windows that evoked the feel of a castle. Read more below the photos.

Interiors of the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Upon entering my room, I was stunned by the lovely view of the harbor! The sun was shining in beautifully, and two velvet chairs were set with a marble table, providing an inviting spot to relax after a long day of traveling. The entire room felt like a private apartment within the city with wood floors, large windows, and an entry that stepped down into the space, giving it a residential feel. Continue reading below the photo.

View of Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The spacious desk offered plenty of space for getting some work done and reviewing maps to plan sightseeing excursions, while the adjacent minibar provided a delightful selection of Swedish snacks. Read more below the photo.

Desk Area at the Hotel Diplomat

Within the marble bathroom there were Diplomat embossed bath mats, and all the bath amenities travelers need including Argan shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. 

Bathroom at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The room also offered a spacious closet area in the entry with additional amenities including a lint brush, shoe shining, and sewing supplies, as well as a blow dryer and adapter for use during one's visit. There's also a charming Hotel Diplomat canvas tote within the closet that is available for purchase--ideal for carrying souvenirs or a picnic lunch. 

Closet amenities at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat was a wonderful way to start the day. There was a beautiful breakfast buffet within the restaurant offering fresh breads, yogurts, smoothies, sliced meats, sausages, bacon, and make-your-own-waffle station. Along with coffee, tea, and fresh juices. Continue reading below the photo.

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat

Since the 1960s, the Hotel Diplomat has been a destination for Afternoon Tea. Set within the restaurant, the tea features the hotel’s exclusive tea blend as well as classic scones, homemade marmalades, and finger sandwiches. In addition to the classic Afternoon Tea, guests can also order “The Afternoon Tea-Tox” with rawbars, nuts, berries, and a “super fruit” salad, and there's an Afternoon Tea Wedding options for wedding guests created by the hotel’s dedicated pastry chef. 

The Hotel Diplomat Restaurant is a Scandinavian Brasserie providing an elegant setting with large windows overlooking the Nybroviken, with an outdoor patio for dining on summer days. There's brunch on weekends, and on Sundays the restaurant serves a traditional Swedish Sunday Roast dinner. Within the restaurant area there's also a chic bar with velvet couches and candles, ideal for enjoying a crafted cocktail with classic Swedish ingredients to toast the end of the day. Read more below the photo of the bar area.

Hotel Diplomat Stockholm Bar

For those seeking a workout, the property's recently revitalized fitness center offers cardio machines and strength training equipment. There's also a sauna that guests can reserve for one hour at a time. Plus, the hotel is steps away from the Strandvagen offering a boardwalk-style setting ideal for strolling to the Djurgården, the city's museum island with the popular Vasa Museum and the recently opened Vikingaliv museum. 

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The Hotel Diplomat Stockholm exterior at dusk


Tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges, Le Pavillon de la Reine is nestled within a 17th century building. Named after Queen Anne of Austria who once stayed in one of the property's wings, the hotel is located in the heart of Le Marais. Designed to offer the understated sophistication of a private home blended with the service and amenities of a grand palace, the hotel has a private, greenery-filled courtyard garden, spa, and the Honesty Bar serving breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, and cocktails. Recently, the luxury hotel unveiled the Suite de la Reine and the Suite Madame de Sévigné. 

Suite de la Reine is one of the property's most spacious suites. Situated at the corner of the building, the suite has large double aspect windows allowing Parisian sunlight to flow in, wooden floors, a handcrafted chandelier, and a decorative fireplace. There's also a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate dressing room, and an elegant marble bathroom with contemporary furnishings and a neutral color pallete. Continue reading below the photos of Suite de la Reine. 

Living Room of the Suite de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sévigné is named after a colorful French aristocrat known throughout France as one of the icons of French literature. Marquise de Sévigné lived around the corner at the Hôtel de Carnavalet from 1677 until her death. Featuring a blend of contemporary furnishings mixed with antiques, the suite is furnished in a neutral color palette with accents of orange. There's a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate bedroom, and a spacious bathroom. Read more below the photos of Suite Madame de Sévigné.

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Living Room at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

The Suite de la Reine and Suite Madame de Sévigné can be interconnected to accommodate up to 8 guests.  

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