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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.

Exploring the English Countryside at Stapleford Park

August 24, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Stapleford Park

Originally built in 1402, Stapleford Park was recently renovated into a luxurious boutique hotel. Situated in 500 acres of woods, pastures, and beautiful gardens, and with a heritage stretching back to the 15th century, the setting is magical. A brand new member of Small Luxury Hotels, Stapleford Park is steeped in history and surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. This is a place where the hospitality and elegance of a bygone era come alive, and country pursuits—like clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, tennis, golf, and falconry—are enjoyed at leisure. The hotel features 55 uniquely designed guest rooms, styled and named after their creators (Crabtree and Evelyn, Mulberry, Savoir Beds…) Modern comforts abound, from the Clarins Spa to the state-of-the-art Technogym. The welcoming, attentive staff attends to every detail to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. It's easy to see why Andrew Harper lists the hotel in his Hideaway Report as "One of the Best Country House Hotels in the World."


Fine Dining in Hamburg, Germany: the New Jahreszeiten Terrace at the Raffles Hotel

August 24, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Raffles Hamburg

At the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten—conveniently located on the western side of the Inner Alster Lake shore, in the heart of the city's retail and commercial district—visitors find peerless service, a distinguished and elegant ambience, and some of the best restaurants in Hamburg. In addition to the Jahreszeiten Grill, Doc Cheng's, and the Michelin-star awarded Haerlin Restaurant, the hotel recently opened an al fresco cafe on the Binnenalster. The charming Jahreszeiten Terrace was created on the new pier, which had been constructed for passengers to embark and disembark directly in front of the hotel. While dining outside in the sunshine, guests enjoy gastronomic highlights from the patisserie, Jahreszeiten Grill, Doc Cheng's and Cafe Condi. The terrace offers seating for 80 guests and operates daily from 10 am to 10 pm.


Spotlight On: The New Vaclav Nijinsky Suite at the Hotel de Russie, Rome

August 23, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Russie

Located in the heart of the eternal city, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, the stunning Hotel de Russie is unique among luxury hotels in Rome because of its extensive, terraced gardens which provide a peaceful refuge in the center of the bustling city. The Hotel de Russie has recently opened a Butterfly Oasis, created in collaboration with WWF International, in the hotel's ancient Secret Garden, where visitors can observe rare butterflies while strolling or dining alfresco. The hotel also has one of Rome's best health clubs and spa with a hydropool, jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, beauty treatments and gym. In mid September, the Hotel de Russie will inaugurate the new Vaclav Nijinsky Suite, named after the great Russian ballet dancer. The ultra-spacious suite will feature a 250 sq meter terrace, two bedrooms, dining room, living room with a piano and a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a bar, walk-in wardrobe and a large bathroom with separate shower, steam bath and television. In addition, in September and October 2006, The Stravinskij Bar invites resident and non-resident guests to experience a special "aperitivo" moment. Offer consists of half-bottle of Krug and tapas for two at EUR 90.


Picture-Perfect Prague: Third Night Free at the Hotel Palace Praha

August 22, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Palace Praha

Located in the city center of Prague, within walking distance of the city's historical tourist attractions, the Hotel Palace Praha has been a distinguished center of social and cultural life since 1909. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the luxurious hotel blends traditional style and modern comfort in its 124 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Guests enjoy the state-of-the-art technology and an exquisite dining experience at the Gourmet Club Restaurant, one of the top restaurants in Prague's city center. For a limited time, take advantage of the 3 for 2 package: a luxurious three-night stay for the price of two! Includes buffet breakfast, free sauna and business center access, and welcome amenity in-room upon arrival. Starting from EUR 242. Valid until October 31, 2006.


Tour de France for Wimps

August 17, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cycling in France

Brought to you by Breakaway Adventures, a South Carolina-based tour company specializing in walking and cycling tours in Europe. Discover the delights of the French countryside along the same route as the Tour de France race participants, but at a much more human pace. (Try 86 miles over the course of a nine-day cycling holiday, instead of 115 miles a day.) Enjoy vineyards, cherry orchards, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance squares, and charming villages. Cycle through country lanes, stop for wine-tasting every day, dine at Michelin-recognized restaurants, and stay in exceptional accommodations. The trip begins in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region of northeastern France, continues to Germany, and then returns to France. The tour costs $1759-$1855 per person, until September 23.

Via Associated Press


Destination London: The Baglioni Hotel

August 17, 2006
By: Guest Writer

Baglioni Hotel

By Alex Rose

The Baglioni is a very stylish, intimate, and sophisticated hotel that balances both luxe elegance and discreet personal service. And it's absolutely first-rate where it matters-- in accommodations and service. The hotel resides in a Victorian building in the heart of Kensington, with sweeping views of Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens and Palace, and Hyde Park (which is close enough for a leisurely stroll), while some of west London's best-known shops and boutiques are only few moments away. The rooms are spacious, with welcoming hues, and for those amorous couples looking for an intimate weekend, the bedrooms are very comfortable and made for play. One nice touch is the lit candles in the bedroom and bathroom every night, compliments of the hotel. The bathrooms are decadently ornate with marble floors, elegant fixtures, and rich colors throughout. There are many complimentary "perks" available to guests such as high-speed internet (WiFi available in the lobby), flat-screen interactive plasma televisions, an expresso machine in each room, a large selection of on-demand music and movies available, and a personal butler for each floor. Unique services such as a baby-sitter and personal shopper are available to guests for a fee. Honorable mentions go to the spa for a full-range of health-and-beauty treatments, the Brunello restaurant for excellent Italian cuisine, and the swank private hotel bar, Boutique 60. Enjoy your stay!


Mapping London

August 16, 2006
By: Guest Writer

Going to London? Check out the Google maps at UKSeries.com, which allows you to quickly and conveniently pinpoint your luxury hotel and the museums, restaurants, department stores (aka Harrods), and tourist attractions you may want to visit. For further info, check out A Luxury Travel Blog.


Strawberries and Cream Pedicure, Footjito, and Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, London

August 16, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Browns Hotel

A recent Washington Post article has nothing but praise for Brown's Hotel in London, the city's oldest hotel which has recently undergone a $36 million, 18-month renovation:

Unlike some other opulent places, there is nothing big or brash about Brown's. There are no grand ballrooms fit for conventions or large weddings. Instead, the furniture and lighting fixtures are low-key, so the library, bar and restaurant lend themselves to intimate conversation. It's a place where ladies have afternoon tea in the English Tea Room and gentlemen meet for a drink at the bar -- although today's clientele is more likely to be venture capitalists from around the corner than nobility getting a fitting on nearby Saville Row.

This charming historic hotel, designed with the utmost style and sophistication, has long boasted a reputation of elegance. The Afternoon Tea, served daily from 3 to 6 pm. in the library where Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book," is a London institution. The seasonal pedicures in the Spa are a must. After the success of the Strawberries and Cream Pedicure at the Spa this summer, the autumn will see the launch of the Footjito treatment, based on the famous Cuban cocktail (available September 1-November 30). Following the treatment, guests are offered a complimentary mojito in the Donovan Bar or mint tea in the English Tea Room.


The Newest Hotel in Venice, Italy: The Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa

August 14, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bauer Palladio

The media's abuzz about the latest five-star hotel in Venice. Opened in June, Bauer's magnificent Palladio Hotel and Spa joins the ranks of Il Palazzo and the Bauer Hotel. Housed in a Renaissance building designed in the year 1500, the former convent was converted into a luxury hotel by the world-renowned Bauer Hotels. Located on its own private island across the basin from the other Bauer hotels, the Palladio boasts breathtaking lagoon views. The 50 elegant guestrooms are beautifully detailed with the finest paint decoration and tapestries. The spa is slated to open in September, and will offer a variety of wellness therapies, specialized massages and facials. Beauty treatments will incorporate the Daniela Steiner Skin Care System. This luxury hotel is a rare jewel in Venice, with its secluded location amidst private gardens on Giudecca island.


Destination London: The Dorchester Hotel

August 14, 2006
By: Guest Writer

The Dorchester Hotel

By Alex Rose

Art deco style. Opulent and lavish suites. The nicest bedrooms in London. Slab marble in the bathrooms. All the trappings of luxury. The Dorchester Hotel is London's premier "traditional" hotel. Since 1931, it has a history with world leaders, celebrities, musicians, cultural luminaries, royalty, and the cream of society. But don't let that stop you. If you can get one of the first-class suites, you'll understand why: The Dorchester is striving to be the "perfect" hotel. Once you walk into the hotel, you"ll be treated like an A-lister. And you'll feel like you're at home, only with a staff that's at your beck and call, and a room service that's available 24 hours a day. The hotel itself is located close to Hyde Park, but book some time at the hotel's spa and the gym, and then go shopping and sightseeing. Or maybe take your time at the hotel, and you'll spot one of the current celebrities who stay at the hotel. For dinner, get a group together and reserve The Dorchester's private kitchen room, which allows you to see Executive Chef Henry Brosi and chefs preparing the evening's masterpieces. During your stay, have the Concierge point you to Sadie Coles HQ, The Serpentine Gallery, or the Interim Art galleries. And for your naughty side, Coco de Mer's Erotic Emporium in Covent Garden is the place for couples.