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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.

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #21 Babuino 181

By: K. Clare Johnson


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!


Rome's Babuino 181 is #21 on our list of Top Hotels in 2012. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

-A boutique hotel that is a three story renovated Palazzo, and is located in Rome’s high-end fashion avenue, Via del Babuino.
-Guests can enjoy breakfast or drinks on the beautiful rooftop terrace, or recharge with an espresso or tea in the private lounge.
-Located a stone’s throw from the famous Spanish Steps.
-Babuino 181's luxury suites have king size beds with Frette sheets, a pillow menu, silk duvets, marble bathrooms, and all the amenities and comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel.
Explore photos, availability, and rates at Babuino 181>>

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Your Questions Answered: Two Bedroom Suite in Rome

By: Oksana Balytsky

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 ‘Your 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: We would like to book a two bedroom suite in Rome with a balcony. Can you let us know what is available?

Answer: Hotel Splendide Royal Rome has a 2 bedroom suite located on the top floor with a large terrace overlooking Rome available starting from 1950 Euros per night. I was not able to find any two bedroom options with a balcony. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Cool New Addition: Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

By: K. Clare Johnson

Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is one of the latest addition to Five Star Alliance.

The villa once belonged to the Roman Empress, mother of the Emperor Nero.

A 5-minute walk from the Vatican, the hotel has impressive pools and gardens, a complete YHI Wellness area, a
select range of fine dining options and a Business and Convention Center with 3 meeting rooms.

Sponsored Feature: Why the Villa Spalletti Trivelli's Small Size Is Just What You Want

By: Christopher Roney

When the national title association was handing out the allotment of letters to the Villa Spalletti Trivelli, there must've been a 2-for-1 deal on ls. Either that or it is secretly run by a pack of llamas. In any case, the Villa Spalletti could certainly be described as lilliputian. The tiny hotel rests in the heart of Rome and has but 12 rooms and suites to its name. Many hotels champion their large inventories as a great strength, singing the praises of the customizability that the options deliver. I find that such an experience doesn't necessarily guarantee my perfect satisfaction though. By the same token, size can lead to a kind of standardization, where while you can pick between a number of five-star restaurants all the on the property, you still succumb to a feeling of sameness. You lose a sense of the specific charm of the city you've come to see.

In this regard, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli's small stature is precisely its strength. The hotel simply feels like Rome. You're nestled downtown, just moments from the Fontana di Trevi, Quirinale, and the Spanish Steps, and the rooms and public spaces are filled with genuine antiques. Private gardens allow for you to experience a genuine moment of quietude away from the bustle of the city; and, with only a few other guests, that silence won't be interrupted. The on-site Health Center is a source of rejuvenating and relaxing wellness therapies. Elegant dining is available at the Papier Peint Dining Room, and it is just that, an intimate experience closer to a private meal than a night out, only with the freshest traditional Italian ingredients that you could only get at the finest restaurants. The next time you're headed to Rome, think about foregoing some of the bigger brand names for the authentic experience at the Villa Spalletti Trivelli.

Deals and Steals at the St. Regis Grand Rome in Italy

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

The St. Regis Grand Rome is perfectly located in the heart of Rome within walking distance of many historic sites including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and Via Veneto. The Colosseum and the Piazza Navona are also located nearby, and each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are beautifully decorated in Empire, Regency, and Louis XV styles.

Taste of Luxury Package

This package is available for a Superior room with 1 king bed, Deluxe room with 1 king bed, or an Imperial room with 1 king bed. It includes breakfast for 2, and the 4th night is free for travel between November 2011 and March 2013. The free night is applied upon check in. (This special package must be selected to receive the 4th night free.)

Luxury Romance Package

This package is available for a Superior room, Deluxe room, or Imperial room option with 1 king bed, and it includes daily room service breakfast for 2, beautiful flowers, and champagne upon arrival. Dive into a romantic escape with this package that’s perfect for an anniversary, birthday, or just a weekend away.

Vivendo Dinner Package

This package is perfect for the food connoisseur and it is available for either a Superior or Deluxe room. Included in this package is a buffet breakfast and a phenomenal 3 course dinner from the Grand menu at Vivendo Restaurant.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in Rome!

The Best Romantic Getaway Hotels: Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie in Rome, Italy

By: Oksana Balytsky

Certain hotels have a beautiful romance to them, an elegant charm that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you feeling like you’re floating on a cloud. Whether you’re planning an anniversary, a birthday, or simply hoping to have a romantic weekend with your significant other, we certainly have the perfect hotel in your city of choice. Check in with us often as we will be featuring our favorite hotels for a romantic getaway all over the world!

Our first feature is the Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie. This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Rome on the fashionable Via del Babuino, next to the Piazza del Popolo and near the Spanish Steps. This 122 bedroom property is a favorite amongst the Hollywood A list and it has gained fame for its beautiful terrace gardens. These so called “Secret Gardens” are hidden behind the building and offer guests the perfect place to enjoy each other’s company in tranquility, away from the bustle of Rome. Enjoy al fresco dining at ‘Le Jardin de Russie’ restaurant and take advantage of the hotel’s health club and spa with a hydro pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, and much more. Make your reservations at this romantic gem in Rome and get ready for a phenomenal time with your loved one!

Take the Family to Rome: Homemade Gelato and More at Hotel Hassler

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Hassler RomaLeave it to the Hotel Hassler, recently voted the No. 1 hotel in Rome in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, to pull out all the stops to delight even its pint-size guests. A new "Family Escape Package," available from November 1, 2011- October 31, 2012, spoils the kids with homemade ice cream, milk and cookies before bedtime, and a special gift at check-in (a Bukowsky stuffed bunny). The Hassler's concierge can arrange all manner of family-friendly activities- like a private lunch in an ancient alley or Roman piazza, a trip to the Museo dei Bambini (Children's Museum of Rome), or a carriage or helicopter ride. Of course if you're in need of some alone time in the Eternal City, babysitters are on call to keep your kids happily entertained at the Hassler. Set atop the Spanish Steps in a postcard-perfect setting, the Hotel Hassler has dazzling views. These panoramas can also be gaped at from the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Imàgo. Based on double occupancy for a family of four and priced from €614 - €934 per night (approximately US$845-US$1,285), the package includes:

* Three nights' accommodation in two Deluxe or Grand Deluxe rooms

* Private check-in for children with a special gift (a Bukowsky stuffed bunny)

* Daily buffet breakfast

* Milk and cookies before bedtime

* 'Ice Cream Pleasure' - a selection of the Hassler's home-made ice cream

* In-room movie for the entire family

* Optional babysitter for four hours per day

Eat, Pray, Love in Italy at the St. Regis Grand Rome

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Grand RomeSmitten with the book "Eat, Pray, Love" and looking to recreate author Elizabeth Gilbert's pasta-filled trip to Italy? Follow in her footsteps to Rome for some feasting and frolicking-- exploring the ancient streets on the back of a Vespa. The St. Regis Grand Rome has put together an "Eat, Pray, Love" package that includes lavish accommodations in a double room, a three-course Mediterranean dinner at Vivendo restaurant or Le Grand Bar for two (excluding beverages), and a four-hour tour of Rome on a vintage Vespa for each guest, including driver and pick up/drop off at the hotel. (Minimum three-night stay required. Rates from 545 euros per room per night.) The hotel is positively sumptuous-- the perfect place to sip a Negroni in style. Did we mention the signature St. Regis butlers who attend to guests' every whim?

Sponsored Article: A Real Luxury Experience in Rome in Hotel Hassler's Renovated Penthouse Suite

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Hassler RomaPerched atop the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Hotel Hassler has long been a favorite destination for visiting dignitaries and A-list celebrities for its glorious views over the Eternal City. The Hassler Roma is indeed one of the best hotels in all of Europe. From the third-floor spa, you can marvel at the historic sites across the city, while also reveling in the luxurious touches found inside the hotel itself: original paintings by Titian and Tintoretto Schools, bathrooms finished in precious Italian marble and 23-carat gold plated faucets, walls covered in frescoes.

As if that's not enough, guests looking for an incredibly luxurious hotel experience (think Roman holiday-style honeymoon!) can now check into the hotel's Presidential Suite Penthouse, entirely renovated and reopened in May 2011. Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, the Penthouse offers breathtaking views from its private 160-square-meter terrace. The new interiors reflect a modern style embued with Classical accents. The sitting room features a large plasma-screen TV and a lovely alcove looking out to the terrace. The dining room has mirrored walls and a floor-to-ceiling window.

A sliding door separates the dining area from the bedroom. The room is done up in soft white, beige, and grey hues, accented with red decor, and the floors are made of beige-toned Botticino marble, which also lines the walls of the master and guest bathrooms. Not forgetting the walk-in closet and master bathroom with a Jacuzzi and Amorvero bath products!

A fireplace with a large TV placed above it in the gazebo dining-area provides an ideal space for relaxing and al-fresco dining.

The starting price of the Penthouse Suite is 3,800 euros per night. Enjoy a real experience of elegance, style, at the highest level of service and hospitality.

Sponsored Article: An Oasis in Rome at Villa Spalletti Trivelli

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli, RomeIn the heart of the Eternal City, just a quick stroll from Trevi Fountain, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli offers guests their very own palazzo. Decked out with rare antiques and art from the private collection of the Spalletti Trivelli family, the villa hotel is the place to stay in Rome. A place of refinement, culture, and pure luxury. (The former Italian president lives just across the leafy park.) In these sumptuous surroundings, guests are treated like royalty. The Neoclassical villa even has a beautiful garden- complete with its own gazebo and fountains. No wonder the Villa Spalletti Trivelli has been recognized with so many accolades! The 12 guest rooms and suites have sumptuous king-size beds covered with Fiandra linen sheets, Internet access, and 42-inch plasma televisions.

And while Rome offers some of the best cuisine in the world, the Villa provides a compelling case for not going out for every meal. In the Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Romemornings, guests savor a rich buffet breakfast in the Sala da Pranzo, all to be enjoyed with fine Italian coffee. Afternoon tea is the perfect way to recharge after a day of sightseeing or meetings.

The staff at the 24-hour reception guest can help with any manner of request- whether you want to take in a performance of Verdi at the Teatro dell'Opera; tour Rome by night and see the Coliseum lit by moonlight; share a picnic on the banks of the River Tiber; or check out all the city's best art galleries and museums. A truly magnificent home base for exploring the best that Rome has to offer!