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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.

The Gray Hotel Opens In Chicago


By: Five Star Alliance

There's a new adaptive reuse hotel in Chicago. Kimpton's latest property, The Gray, is located along La Salle Street, 5 blocks from Millenium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Guest rooms offer sophisticated styling in a color palette of mostly gray and white. Baleo, the rooftop bar is a South American-inspired retreat on the 15th floor of the hotel, serving Argentinian and Peruvian street food. Steadfast is a chef-driven, ultra-seasonal restaurant with a zinc bar, stately dark wood chairs, plush banquets, and gold accents. For cocktails, Vol. 39 offers an opulent setting with gilded silver carts with caviar and charcuterie, and leather-bound legal books left behind from the previous tenants of the office building before it was transformed into the new hotel. Read more about the new property (below the photo) from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

Guest room at The Gray

Revamped New York Life Insurance Building opens as The Gray

Kimpton opened its latest property, The Gray, in Chicago’s former New York Life Insurance Building that was originally designed by William Le Baron Jenney, and is located on Monroe Street.

Involved in the historic revamp was Los Angeles-based studio Beleco, which worked with Kimpton’s global senior vice president of design and creative director Ave Bradley for the decor and interiors. Meanwhile, Gensler led the overall design duties for the building’s renovation.

Each of the 293 guestrooms now have blue accent colors inspired by the city’s flag; locally sourced artwork; and custom materials such as bathroom wall art reading “Relax, It’s Just Garlic”, a nod to Chicago’s namesake native garlic chicagoua plant. Continue reading below the photo.

Bathroom in Kimpton The Gray Hotel

For events, the property has almost 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

For dining, The Gray has two onsite dining options. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, South American venue Boleo has a restaurant, bar, and 4,000-square-foot rooftop under an open-air, retractable glass roof. Meanwhile, the ground-floor eatery Steadfast has a woodfire rotisserie, shaved ice crudo bar and charcuterie room.

The lobby also has a bar, Vol. 39, which has a vintage encyclopedia collection discovered inside the property during renovations.
Petrosino’s Parlor salon is located on the second floor.

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Colosseum Suite & Perks at Palazzo Manfredi


By: Five Star Alliance

Across from the Colosseum in Rome, Palazzo Manfredi is set within the archaeological remains of a gladiator arena, the luxury boutique hotel occupies a historic Italian villa. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant, Aroma, with a rooftop terrace featuring exquisite views of the Colosseum and Rome. 

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast for two, and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. 

Currently, the property has 14 opulent guest accommodations with incomparable city views. The Relais & Chateaux property is planning an expansion. Read more about it along with details about the hotel's suites below, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Sharri Whiting De Masi.  Continue reading below the photo.

Palazzo Manfredi

For those who love all things Roman and want to stay in proximity to the great historic sites, the Palazzo Manfredi offers not only the most sublime and surreal view of the Colosseum, but the Michelin-starred Aroma restaurant from which to enjoy it. The 18th-century townhouse, which is adjacent to the ruins of the old Roman gladiator school, will be enlarged with several additional rooms and suites in a more modern building behind the palazzo. At present there are 14 rooms and two suites in this Relais & Chateaux property. Continue reading below the image.

View from Aroma at the Palazzo Manfredi

The Colosseum Suite on the first floor contains a large whirlpool bath and small private gym separated from the bedroom and the living room by glass walls, but the real focal point is the ever-present view of the Colosseum from four windows. There is a living room decorated in tones of silver and black, with parquet floors. The suite is about 650 square feet.

The ground-floor Ludus Magnus Suite is about 550 square feet, and has two full baths with walk-in showers, a large king bedroom and a living room with parquet floors. Again, there is the ever-fascinating view of the Colosseum.

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Suite at the Palazzo Manfredi


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Five Star Perks at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate


By: Rachael Weir

Close to Buckingham Palace and Mayfair, the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is an all-suite property set within three Victorian townhouses with private gardens and one-of-a-kind styling. There are three well-respected restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Quilon, and the new Western European Restaurant Kona. The Wellness Centre has two treatment rooms, along with a fitness center, saunas, and steam rooms. Just a short stroll from many of London's top destinations such as Westminster Abbey, St. James's Park, theaters, and historic sites. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a full English breakfast daily, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, complimentary WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Based on availabilty, a room upgrade, early check-in or late checkout. Guests staying four or more nights also receive a one-way airport transfer.

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The Jaguar Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate


InDELible Moments at the Hotel del Coronado


By: Five Star Alliance

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With its soaring red turrets and sprawling Victorian architecture, the Hotel del Coronado is an iconic California gem on America’s most beloved beach. We welcome families and beach lovers from near and far to make inDELible memories on our glittering sands. From surf camps, clambakes, and concerts in the sand to kid camps, painting by the sea, private chef dinners, and beach s’more roasts under the stars, our expansive seaside playground has something for every member of the family. The Del offers endless magical beachfront experiences unrivaled on the West Coast.

Experience the legend.

Designated a National Historic Landmark, The Del celebrates its rich 128-year history as the proud host to celebrities, royalty and beach loving families through timeless experiences that resonate with modern-day guests. Guests can select from 757 guest rooms, 28 suites, and 70 junior suites in the historic Victorian Building, the contemporary Ocean Towers and California Cabanas, or the luxurious Beach Village at The Del. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado at Sunset

Rated one of the top 10 hotels in the world by USA Today, The Del offers a contemporary beachfront experience, ocean view dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, and endless recreational activities. Continue reading.

Surfing at the Hotel del Coronado

Recapturing its spirit as a premier health destination, Spa at The Del is a coastal sanctuary where rhythmic ocean waves lead the way to inner tranquility. Reawaken the senses with premium, ocean-inspired spa treatments that will leave an indelible imprint on your mind, body and soul. Retreat to a terrace with its own infinity pool overlooking the Pacific or share a soothing side-by-side massage for two.

Hotel del Coronado Infinity Pool

Shops at The Del offers seventeen unique shops under one roof with rare finds and nostalgic treasures - a shopping experience unparalleled in San Diego.

There's no shortage of inDELible culinary experiences at The Del’s seven restaurants and five lively lounges. With fresh seafood, the best locally sourced produce and herbs from the property’s own garden as inspiration, you can indulge your senses without ever leaving its famous sands. Indulge in epicurean adventures from fine dining at 1500 OCEAN, The Del’s signature restaurant, to al fresco dining on the umbrella-dotted patio of Shearwater to sipping boutique wines paired with wood-fired pizza at ENO. Every dining experience comes with a generous serving of beachside ambiance and ocean views. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado 1500 Ocean Restaurant

An island onto itself, Hotel del Coronado awaits with seaside charm, majestic architecture, and an unrivaled beachfront location perfect for your next inDELible experience. Start making memories today.

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Pool at the Hotel del Coronado

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Five Star Perks at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence


By: Rachael Weir

Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.

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Suite at the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence
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Five Star Benefits at the Hotel del Coronado


By: Rachael Weir

Experience a five star stay with Five Star Alliance Rates at the Hotel del Coronado. Featuring an oceanfront setting on California's famed Coronado Island, the iconic property is located less than 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers a unique amenity of a commemorative book (one per room reservation) celebrating the history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado has been welcoming celebrities, dignitaries and guests since 1888. The National Historic Landmark provides an upscale oceanfront resort setting with elegant restaurants, spa, beachfront pool, and boutiques. Guests can choose to stay within the historic Victorian Building with its signature red-shingled roof, or within the residential-style Beach Village.

One of San Diego's premier properties, all guests of the hotel enjoy:

  • Beachfront location
  • Keurig coffeemakers
  • Signature personal care and bath products
  • Access to the "My Hotel Del" app with exclusive features and benefits

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Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary commemorative book celebrating the iconic history of the Hotel del Coronado.

Hotel del Coronado at sunset.


3 Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Experiences


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched between the mountains and the lake, The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a luxurious retreat. Originally built as a private estate in the 1850s, the historic hotel has been popular with royalty and celebrities from around the world for more than 100 years. Featuring a prime setting in Bellagio, the resort has an indoor and outdoor pool, fine dining, full-service spa, lavish gardens, and ornate interiors.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Here are three of our favorite experiences at the property:

  1. Spa Serbelloni: open from April to October, the spa is located within a historic villa. Adjacent to the indoor pool, guests can enjoy a variety of treatments designed to create harmony between the mind and body, including the Beauty Day program which includes a remineralizing body treatment, massage, facial, and light lunch. Plus, there are integrative options that combine Pilates and Fitness Center sessions with spa treatments.  
  2. The Mistral Restaurant offers the ultimate dining with a view experience. Featuring cuisine by Michelin Star Chef Etorre Bocchia, the restaurant has a terrace with stunning views of Lake Como, plus live music.
  3. Taxi Boat excursions are the perfect way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the area. The hotel offers a variety of options including transfers from the property's private dock to Villa D'Este and Centro Lago, or guests can choose rides around the lake for a specific amount of time.

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Docks


Complimentary Cocktails in Paris at Hotel du Louvre


By: Five Star Alliance

At Hotel du Louvre in Paris, even with 177 guest rooms, including 43 suites, each one with its own distinguished style, most of the rooms overlook the Louvre Museum, the Comedie Francaise Theatre, or the Avenue de l'Opera. As clear from the name, the hotels is across from the Louvre in the 1st arr.

The luxury property built in 1855 features a brasserie with terrace seting offering views of the Louvre, as well as a refined jazz bar serving cocktails and light fare. Guests that make their room reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary welcome cocktails, ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

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Hotel du Louvre Paris Bar


Palais Sheherazade is a World's Best Spa Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Palais Sheherazade and Spa, in the heart of the heights of Fez Medina, is a XIXth Century Palace composed of two Riads. In April 2015, the Palais opened an exceptional 700 m2 Spa by Anne Sémonin. 

The Anne Sémonin Spa Fez features a covered aquatonic pool with chromothreapy, massage station, cascade and hydromassing seats. The exterior pool is surrounded by a luxurious XIXth century Andalousian garden with century old palms, orange threes, jasmin flowers and a stunning giant vegetable wall. The 10 spa treatment rooms offer the following: Balneotherapy with chromotherapy; Experience shower with chromotherapy; Affusion shower; Jacuzzi with chromotherapy; Traditional moroccan Hammam with chromotherapy, steam generator and starry sky; Massage room; Private VIP Spa Suite with jacuzzi, massage tables et traditional moroccan hammam; and Esthetic and body wrap cabin. There is also a hairdressing salon and fitness center.

Is it any surprise that the Palais Sheherazade & Spa is one of the World's Best Spa Hotels for 2016?

Spa at the Palais Sheherazade Hotel in Fez

Palais Sheherazade Spa

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Renovations Continue at the Adare Manor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is set on a magnificent 840 acre estate in the heart of the picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick featuring sweeping parklands, formal French gardens, magnificent mature trees and the River Maigue, one of Ireland's finest trout rivers. As of January 2016, the hotel closed their doors for approximately 18 months to undergo an extensive refurbishment and development project. As you can see from these photos posted today on Twitter by Adare Manor, the Manor House is slowly being encapsulated in a white wrap as the exterior conservation work continues.

Adare Manor Renovations 2016 Adare Manor Renovations 2016

Adare Manor offered the following details about the planned renovation:

This major refurbishment will enhance all areas of the resort including upgrading and restoring internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing the external stonework and windows. New designs by acclaimed architects Reardon Smith and interior designers Richmond will enhance all guest bedrooms and public areas. These renovations will honour the building's architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel's signature style, whilst incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury and technological innovations.

Subject to planning permission, the construction of an additional bedroom wing will add extra bedrooms bringing the total room count to 104 bedrooms, while the addition of a splendid new ballroom will have the capacity of 350 people catering for events and international conferences; both will be clad in limestone, complimenting the architectural detail of the original Manor House. The enhancements in the Manor House will also include a new state of the art spa, pool and relaxation area, boardroom and cinema.

Plans are also in place for a complete transformation of the golf clubhouse with local architects, Michael Healy and Partners. While on the golf course, world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio will assist with improvements to make the course one of the finest Parkland courses in Europe.

The 800 acres of Adare Manor's beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails will be enhanced and improved. It is planned to provide an activity centre which will add an extensive range of pursuits available to guests during their stay, including falconry, archery and a children’s activity zone.