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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.

Spotlight on Babuino 181


By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Did You Know? Hotel Raphael Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

 

The stunning facade of Hotel Raphael Rome is covered in a cascade of woodbine and bouganvillea. Launched as a hotel in 1963 by Spartaco Vannoni (1922-1980), the Hotel Raphael is a real museum of art: paintings, lithographs, sculptures, antiquarian artifacts, a valuable collection of Picasso ceramics and Mayan art may be seen throughout the lobby. Overlooking the roofs, the terrace Bramante is waiting for you to enjoy gastronomic cuisine while contemplating the magnificent view of the eternal city.

The hotel is located just a few steps from Piazza Navona amidst some of the world's most admired monuments: the Pantheon, St. Peter's and the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.
 

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Image of the Day: Rose Garden Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

The rose bush in the external garden at Rose Garden Palace is responsible for the name of the luxury Rome hotel. 

 

Winter Rates at Rose Garden Palace Start at EUR 176 Per Night >>

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Did You Know? Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina


By: Five Star Alliance

The luxury hotel Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is built on the site of a villa that once belonged to a Roman Empress who was the mother of the Emperor Nero. Julia Agrippina was one of the most powerful women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The relics and archaeological remains found during construction of the hotel are displayed in the public spaces of the Hotel by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Gran Melia Villa Agrippiina

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Did You Know? The Inn at the Roman Forum


By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn at Roman Forum is the only luxury hotel in Rome that can boast the presence of a piece of the Roman Forum on the premises.

The Inn at Roman Forum

Fall rates at The Inn at Roman Forum start at $229 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Best Room at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese for a Family of 3?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
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 "our 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 best room option at the Sofitel Rome for a family of 3, child age 9 and 2 adults? 


ANSWER: The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese 
The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers unique accommodation with high standards of service and quality. The hotel has 111 bedrooms, 3 suites with private terrace,a bar with several lounges, and lounge "La Bella Vista," located on the top floor of the hotel with stunning panoramic views of Rome. 

Look for the Luxury Room with sofa or the Dolce Vita Suite with a sofa bed.

-Luxury Room: Peaceful and spacious luxury room measure 355 sq. ft. (33 m²) with double MyBed bed & sofa bed, bathroom with Hermes products, desk, Bose iPod docking station, LCD TV, WIFI (256 KB) & ADSL connection available. Extra bed available on request, subject to charge.

-Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed: The Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed is 904-sq. ft. suite with a modern chic style, balcony, MyBed bed and walk-in closet. There is a spacious white marble bathroom and a second bathroom and a large living area with sofa bed, home theater, Bose iPod docking station, 2 LCD TVs, Nespresso machine, 256-KB WIFI & ADSL.

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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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Eden A Royal Meridien


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Eden-A Royal Meridien has a rooftop restaurant, Il Giardino dell'Eden, which many consider the best place to sip a cocktail while enjoying one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean dishes.

Hotel Eden a Royal Meridien 

Fall rates start at $429 per night >>

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The Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerve


By: Elaine Lee

The Grand Hotel de la Minerve, located in Rome, is considered to be a jewel in the heart of the ancient city. The hotel is ideally located as it central to Rome’s most famous historical landmarks like from the famous Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Due to the property’s prime location, makes their Roof Garden restaurant a hot spot amongst both locals and tourists. 

Grand Hotel de la Minerve

The Roof Garden offers a 360 degree view of Rome's rich historical and artistic treasures. Open for lunch and dinner, the Minerva Roof Garden offers visual and culinary influences both summer and winter, seducing its guests with the beauty of its location and the scents and flavors of a cuisine, but at the same time linked to tradition. Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Rome, it is no wonder why it is a favorite amongst socialites. Open for lunch and dinner, the Minerva Roof Garden also offers a menu of specialized mojitos in multiple different flavors that hotel guests can sip on while they enjoy a beautiful Roman sunset.

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Five Star Eats - Roman Style


By: Five Star Alliance

Regina Hotel Baglioni
The Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, houses the award winning Brunello Lounge & Restaurant. The restaurant is headed by award winning Chef to the stars: Luciano Sarzi Sartori. Sartori has cooked for celebrity A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Veronica Lario and Silvio Berlusconi- just to name a few.  The top Chef sees food as an art of not only the palate but of all of the senses,, so he plates his food the way he makes them, like beautiful works of gastronomical art.

There's a large variety in offerings at Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, from earth and sea menus to traditional Italian dishes, which ensures delicious fare for every dining guest. The Regina Hotel Baglioni restaurant has direct access to the renowned Via Veneto, one of the most famous and expensive streets in Rome. So after you dine, there' a perfect place for a stroll, helping to walk off the delicious eats consumed at Brunello.

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Spotlight On: St Regis Grand Rome


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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