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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.

Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Baglioni

August 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The artwork displayed at the Grand Hotel Baglioni tells 100 years of Florence's history.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

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Image of the Day: Hotel Gritti Palace

August 20, 2013
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."

Hotel Gritti Palace

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Image of the Day: Borei Angkor Resort and Spa

August 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Borei Angkor Resort and Spa is named after a territory of Angkor in Cambodia. It is set right in the center of Siem Reap, where privacy and connectivity blend together to form a perfect base for exploring the Kingdom of Wonder.

Borei Angkor Resort and Spa

Fall rates at Borei Angkor Resort and Spa start at $57 per night>> 

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Image of the Day: Regent Bali

August 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Bali is located the exclusive Sanur District; where the spectacular coral reef is complemented by palm trees, white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters.

Regent Bali

Fall rates at Regent Bali start from $357 per night >>

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Spotlight On: The Martha Jefferson Suite at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC

August 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A top to bottom renovation in 2009 transformed this 99-room Beaux Arts gem into Washington's best small luxury hotel. The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC is just blocks from the White House and within walking distance of museums, monuments and embassies, the dining and nightlife of Georgetown and Penn Quarter, the downtown business district, and Dupont Circle. Both European and distinctly Washingtonian in style, it is rich in historical details and Jeffersonian influences, including the Martha Jefferson Suite.

This top-floor suite (#812) at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC affords romance with city and skylight views accented by three Juliet balconies which open to allow an abundance of fresh air into the suite. Also known as the Bridal Suite, pale, Tiffany-inspired blue accents the suite's soft palette of creams and grays, which is carried throughout its living room (featuring a gas fireplace), intimate dining room for two or four, and bedroom with a canopied King bed.

The Martha Jefferson Suite's bathroom features a soaking tub for two and intricate mosaic tiling. An additional powder room is found in the suite and a second king bedroom can be connected to create a two-bedroom luxury accommodation.

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Rates for September start at $800 per night. Check rates and availability now >>

 


Spotlight On: St Regis Grand Rome

August 2, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis Grand RomeRome is one of the most popular travel destinations, with upwards of 10 million visitors pouring into the ancient city each year. But where to stay? We suggest St Regis Grand Rome. The luxury hotel has been named to the Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List on several occasions. 

The luxury property is ideally located in the heart of Rome, and is within walking distance of popular tourist destinations such as the Spanish Steps, Via Veneto, and Trevi Fountain. Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Tourists may recognize it from Fellini's La Dolce Vita. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, and the shopping on Via Condotti are also located nearby.

Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites at the hotel feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles. St. Regis Butler Service is available for our suite guests.

After a day of sightseeing, indulge in a signature massage at kamiSpa. All kamiSpa services are also available within the comfort of your room. The professionally trained kamiSpa & fitness staff provides a full range of treatments for a fabulous journey of indulgence and relaxation.

St Regis Grand RomeAfter a relaxing spa treatment or working up a sweat in the fitness center, dine at The St. Regis Rome. Vivendo restaurant has been twice nominated as the best in Europe by Zagat. Intimate dinners can also be arranged in di...Vino Private Wine Cellar.  Choose from 600 different wines, while surrounded by stones from Diocletian's Baths. Finish off with a nightcap at Le Grand Bar, which Newsweek has named the best bar in Rome.

Familes are celebrated at St Regis Grand Rome. Child-sized robe, slippers, and step stools will make kids feel right at home. Throughout the stay, the hotel staff will recommend and arrange a selection of recreational activities, dining options, childcare services ,and other conveniences for families and children of all ages.

It's La Dolce Vita for the whole family!

 

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Image of the Day: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

July 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The newly-opened Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, dubbed the "Doughnut Hotel," has a spectacular wedding island.

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Pre-Packaged Florence Experiences At Your Fingertips!

July 23, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Hotel Il Salviatino
If you are planning on visiting Florence, Italy and tired of surfing the Internet on places to go and things to do in order to maximize your experience in the area, look no further than Il Salviatino! With the property being just as beautiful as the views it provides, also takes the guess work out of planning your trip with their pre-packaged experiences that cater to different types of guests. Their Dine Around package is ideal for foodies on the hunt for a Tuscan gastronomical experience. The package comes complete with hand-picked restaurants to help tourists discover the best of Florence through the best Italian fare.

For those looking for a romantic way to propose, look no further than the Perfect Proposal package Il Salviatino provides. It even comes up with a backup plan option, providing guests with an all-night open-bar if their proposal is rejected.

Hotel Il Salviatino

Not ready to get engaged? Il Salviatino has a Romantic Getaway package for you, complete with romantic activities for you and your loved one to participate in while enjoying Florence and each other. If you are looking to vacation in the more relaxed side of things, try the Relax and Enjoy Florence package, ideal for spa enthusiasts.

 

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel de Sers

July 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel de Sers is a 19th century mansion that has been artfully restored to offer its guests small chateau charm with star quality. The hotel features an impressive portrait gallery, a charming wood-panelled lounge, an imaginative restaurant, and a lovely courtyard garden.

Hotel de Sers

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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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