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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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St. Regis Rome Introduces E-Butler Service

By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis Grand Rome
Have you ever been in Rome and thought to yourself, "You know, the only thing that would make this vacation better is if I had a butler to attend to my every need."

You are in luck, The St. Regis Grand Rome has introduced a E-Butler service. The butler will attend to every detail of comfort. In keeping with the times, each will carry a wireless handheld device so you can e-mail your wishes straight to your personal butler from any location. Sumptuously luxurious, The St. Regis Rome was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Gold List due to its unsurpassed setting and amenities. Opulent interiors and an austere façade add to the seductive atmosphere of this landmark hotel. 

St Regis Rome

Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles. Your butler can help you find sanctuary and pampering in the elegant kamiSpa, sip on a Negroni in Le Grand Bar, or dine on perfectly prepared traditional dishes at Vivendo. 

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It's a Roman Penthouse Holiday at Regina Hotel Baglioni

By: Five Star Alliance

Regina Hotel Baglioni
Regina Hotel Baglioni has debuted the most exclusive apartment in Rome. The stunning new Roman Penthouse suite on the top floor of Regina Hotel Baglioni is 560m², including 290m² of private outdoor terraces with 360° panoramic 
views overlooking the Eternal City, stretching from the Sistine Chapel to the Colosseum and beyond.


The penthouse has one master bedroom, two additional bedrooms, a dining room, a living area, a private kitchen and bar, and an outdoor Jacuzzi, The penthouse suite offers an incredible level of service, including a dedicated concierge, butler service, private chef , private barman, and private limo service. 


Designed by the Milanese Architects Rebosio+Spagnulo, the Roman Penthouse combines modern design with traditional Italian style. The design is enhanced by Regina Hotel Baglionihandmade craftsmanship and beautiful detailing, 
such as the stunning Murano glass chandeliers by Venetian Masters Vistosi and LU Murano, and design pieces from the project "Luxury is not a waste" by Italian design consultant and publisher, Vincenzo Basile.


How much will all this Italian luxury set you back? The Roman Penthouse Suite is sold at 14.000 Euros (VAT excluded). 

Regina Hotel Baglioni


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Rome Cavalieri Turns the Big 5-0!

By: K. Clare Johnson


Rome Cavalieri

Rome Cavalieri , Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts opened its doors to international travellers a half-century ago, and has gained an enviable reputation as one of the Eternal City's leading hotels. To celebrate its big birthday, the luxury hotel is throwing a party, and guests get all the gifts.  Though only minutes from the city's historic sites, the Rome Cavalieri is enclosed in fifteen acres of lush Mediterranean parklands. The luxury hotel has an art collection that outshines many museums, a spectacular grand spa, the only 3 Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, and unique experiences like gladiator training and private tours of Rome's palaces. 


Special Anniversary Packages include:


Roman Shopping HolidayRome Cavalieri
The Rome Cavalieri Hotel provides guest with a Personal Shopper for a genuine Roman Shopping Holiday. The package includes a luxury transfer from the Hotel to the city centre, visits to the finest 1960s haute couture ateliers (including Valentino, Fausto Sarli and Gattinoni) and a stop at the showrooms of upcoming fashion designers. Then there's lunch at a trendy downtown spot followed by private appointments with art gallerists, antique dealers and interior designers. 


The Dolce Vita
Experience Federico Fellini's finest cinematic moments. First you'll get a guided electric car powered tour for two of the Eternal City. While you ride around the city, you'll be snapped by the paps just like the characters in La Dolce Vita.  Rome Cavalieri suggests you finish off your starry experience with a Dolce Vita inspired lunch at a famous city-centre restaurant.


Cruising Dolce Vita Style
If you'd rather see the city yourself, the hotel is offering a "do-it-yourself version of the Dolce Vita experience. You and your fellow travelerwill get to enjoy the sights and sounds of Rome from the viewpoint of an electric car. To further your appreciation of the Eternal City, the tour itinerary can be read at your leisure from a personal iPad. As you'll need some time to unwind after the tour, taste a La Dolce Vita inspired lunch at a famous city-centre restaurant. 


Kids Sweet Life
Pint-size guests don't have to miss out on La Dolce Vita? Kids will receive a welcome gift upon arrival, followed by a sweet breakfast delivered to their guest room. After the breakfast, the family can pay a visit to Rome's unique Museo Explora, an interactive space designed exclusively for children. This is followed by lunch at a typical Roman trattoria. After lunch, the whole family will enjoy a visit to an artisanal ice-cream shop, where you can sample the finest examples of one of Italy's favourite desserts.

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Tour Around St. Regis Grand Rome

By: Five Star Alliance

Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, and is also home the Colosseum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Romans are known to be a sophisticated bunch, complete with one of the world’s largest and impressive collection of art and the breeding ground of great philosophers of our time. If art, culture and sophistication are your main drivers in choosing destinations and hotels, The St. Regis Grand Rome should be your first stop! The Romans claim to fame in the art world was back in the 16th century when they gave birth to one of the most well-known styles/themes of art to date. The Baroque and Rococo artistic styling and architecture was a period of exuberant elegance and grandeur opulence, a form of art that defined the Renaissance.

The St. Regis Grand Rome is the epitome and holds the essence of all things Renaissance from the architecture, the art work, the furniture to etiquette of the service they provide, and is a landmark in its own right. The very first 5-star hotel in Rome, The St Regis Grand Rome’s hotel design theory of mixing traditional with splashes of lux modernity can be seen through all the things they provide in their hotel. Guests can view the hotel’s private collection of curated art and antiques or indulge in private concierge service in their Bottega Veneta designed suite. The Renaissance heritage runs deep at The St. Regis Grand Rome, as they are known for their amazing butler service and prompt response times. This makes it no surprise to know that the hotel has naturally become the unofficial meeting grounds of the Italian and international political, diplomatic, economic and socialite elite. As the saying goes, “When in Rome..”, do as the Romans do and experience all the amazing things they have to offer by staying at The St. Regis Grand Rome.

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel de la Minerve

By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel de la Minerve has been completely renovated to better meet the needs of its modern and sophisticated clientele.


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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #8 Rome

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!



As of today, Five Star Alliance features 37 luxury hotels, in Rome, Italy.  Often known as The Eternal City thanks to its 3,000 years of rich history, Rome is also Europe’s greenest city. Traditionally, Rome was built on seven hills: Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline and Caelian.

What Makes Our Guests Love Rome?

-The Trevi Fountain and other landmarks such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and The Pantheon are just a few of the ancient treasures to be explored. There's also the Vatican museum, which is the largest museum complex in the world of over 1000 museums and galleries.

-The food. A city that has an entire museum devoted to pasta takes its food seriously. Italian food is regional, so the dishes you find in Rome may be a delicious new discovery.

-Rome is easy to get to, thanks to the plethora of flights in and out of the city daily.  There's also world-class shopping, entertainment, and did we mention the food?

Where to Stay?

-As of this writing,  there is select availability for New Year's Eve in Rome. Ripa Hotel is offering nightly rates starting at EUR157,  Boscolo Aleph Hotel has nightly rates starting at EUR267,  and for those wanting to splurge, Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli (pictured) has nightly rates from  EUR1375.

-Plan now for your springtime in Rome. Nightly rates for late March-Early April range from EUR192 at Hotel Lord Byron to Grand Hotel de la Minerve at EUR289 to EUR361 at St Regis Grand Rome (pictured below).

Did You Know?

-Vatican City, which is located inside the city limits of Rome, is its own sovereign state, and is the smallest state in the world.

-The abbreviation SPQR can be found on many Roman statues, buildings, and military standards. It stands for “senatus populusque romanus.” meaning “The senate and people of Rome

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #20 St Regis Grand Rome

By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #20 spot is the St Regis Grand Rome which is located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many historic sites including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Via Veneto. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- 24-hour butler service ensures all needs are met quickly and effectively

- Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles

- Luxurious bath amenities and extraordinarily comfortable beds assure complete relaxation

- The hotel’s restaurant has been twice nominated as the best in Europe by Zagat

- Inspired by the traditional Asian spa concept where body, soul, and mind meet, kamiSpa, the first oriental urban spa in Europe, is now exclusively available on the fifth floor of the Hotel

- Private wine cellar attracting guests and locals alike

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