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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.

Memorial Day Savings in Amsterdam: The College Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amsterdam Tulips A luxury hotel, run by students, housed in a converted 19th century school building. The College Hotel is aptly named! Welcome to Amsterdam's chic and elegant boutique hotel, founded as a training hotel for the exceptional students of the Amsterdam Hotel Management School, Bakery and Tourism. (Never fear-- no wild keg parties for these students-- they are under the supervision of world-class professionals.) The College Hotel's 40 rooms and suites are each individually designed with luxurious details, beautiful bathrooms, and state-of-the-art technology. Head to Amsterdam to check out the springtime tulips and enjoy spectacular savings. The Spring Special is an absolute steal at just EUR 235 a night in a Superior Double Room, breakfast included. Valid until June 30, 2007.

Via Sherman's Travel Magazine


Mad about Madrid: The Rooftop Pool and Lounge at Hotel Urban


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Urban, Madrid Sexy and sophisticated, Hotel Urban boasts much more than a fantastic location (within walking distance to the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, and the Puerta del Sol). The most stylish hotel in the city also showcases the coolest terrace in the city, where hipsters imbibe cocktails under the stars overlooking the urban center of Madrid. La Terraza del Urban is located at the highest point of the hotel and, like the hotel itself, is a wonder of modern design. The swimming pool and solarium are added draws. This place is simply hopping.


Off the Beaten Path in Europe: Bruges, Belgium and Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bruges Often described as the "Venice of the North" or "another Amsterdam," the magical city of Bruges is an untouristed delight. As recently featured in a NYT article about Affordable Europe/Second-Tier Cities, Bruges is a less-pricey alternative for a European holiday:

Bruges, a medieval city in the Flemish region of Belgium, has fairy-tale streets, gingerbread houses and winding canals that lead to old windmills.

The city itself is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its 50 picturesque canals and charming medieval buildings. The newly-refurbished Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo has put together a special package for visitors to enjoy both Bruges and the lively capital city of Brussels. Superbly located in the very heart of the capital, adjacent to the Grand Palace, Hotel Amigo now provides the best luxury digs in Brussels. The "Bruges Your Way" package, starting at EUR 511 for two nights, includes accommodations in a Classic room, full buffet breakfast at the Ristorante Bocconi, one first-class return train ticket (Brussels-Bruges) per person, guide and map of Bruges, map of Brussels, and a box of Pierre Marcolini chocolates in your room upon arrival.


LINLEY Designer Suites at Claridge’s


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Claridge's Linley SuitesClaridge's in London enlisted the British furniture and design company LINLEY to create new interior schemes for eleven of its sixty-three suites. Each of the one- or two-bedroom suites will be individually appointed; guests will enjoy both 'traditional' and 'art deco' themed suites.

One-bedroom Linley suites are 105 square metres/1,130 square feet (approximately) with one King size bed. The entrance hall leads to a large sitting room and the marble bathrooms are bright and spacious. Some of the one-bedroom suites offer a large walk-in wardrobe and a guest bathroom. The Two-Bedroom Linley suites offer King size beds. The entrance hall leads to a large sitting-room and the marble bathroom-- accessed via a striking dressing-room-- is sumptuously spacious. Rates for the Linley suites start at £2,500 for one-bedroom and £3,250 for a two-bedroom.

You can view more images of the new LINLEY suite designs from Claridge's.


Suite Extremes: Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa La Cupola, Westin Rome La Dolce Vita, indeed. The largest suite in Europe can be found on Via Veneto in Rome-- sprawling over two full floors beneath the frescoed cupola of the Westin Excelsior. Here's the breakdown. After a $7 million renovation, the signature suite continues to outshine most hotel accommodations worldwide. Sumptuous furnishings? You betcha. Tapestries and magnificent artwork adorn the place. The suite boasts six bedrooms, a rich paneled dining room that seats ten, private fitness room, boardroom and private eight-seat theater, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi. Relax on the sundeck with your choice of 160 imported wines and take in the fabulous views of the Eternal City. Price tag on this one? Rumor has it that it's close to $40,000 a night.


Chateau du Champ de Bataille: Jacques Garcia’s Paradise in Normandy


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau du Champ de BatailleThe designer behind the glorious interiors of the Hotel Victor in South Beach, Hotel Costes and Hotel Fouquet's Barrière, the fabulous new palace on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, has big plans for his personal château. Jacques Garcia, the world-renowned interior designer, has decided to open his home, the regal Château du Champ de Bataille, to visitors with the debut of a new restaurant and glamorous 18-room hotel. Surrounded by expansive private gardens and the beautiful countryside of Normandy, the 17th century château was built by one of the principle architects of Versailles. Garcia has begun an elaborate restoration. As opulent as Garcia's other masterpieces, the public rooms have been completely restored in period style and filled with objets d'art. Garcia will unveil the boutique hotel-- a luxurious oasis within his magnificent château-- in 2008.

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Mandarin Oriental’s Sublime Spa in Prague


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental Prague Spa "Your body is a temple for your spirit; appropriately our spa is a chapel." It's hard to argue with that one. The setting for the new Mandarin Oriental's delicious spa is-- quite literally-- a 14th century Renaissance chapel. Opened in February 2007, the 99-room hotel occupies a former monastery in Prague's oldest quarter. Luxury Spa Finder magazine recently featured this luxury spa as buzzworthy:

The spa's seven treatment rooms, including two couple's suites, have vaulted ceilings, and even its more modern-looking public spaces (including a light-humidity sauna and vitality pool) have a meditative atmosphere that's divinely calming.

The reception area (pictured) is spectacular. The floor's glass panels display the foundations of a 13th century Gothic church. Above, a glass bridge joins the two wings of the second floor.


Suite Luxury: The Dome Suite at One Aldwych


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

One Aldwych Dome SuiteName: The Dome Suite at the contemporary One Aldwych London

Size: 74 square metres / 797 square feet

Location: Top Floor

Features: Located on the top floor, the Dome Suite has a large sitting room with a unique circular dining room for 10 guests (see below for image), guest cloakroom and large double bedroom. The Suite is available with either one or two bedrooms. The main/master bedroom has a King-size Bed with crisp white frette bed linen and duvet.

Note Bene: Named as one of the London Evening Standard's '10 Don't Miss Destinations'.

Rates: With 1 bedroom only (not two) the nightly rate begins around £1095 for single occupancy, inclusive of service but exclusive of the 17.5% VAT.

The Dome Suite One Aldwych


Dispatch from Paris: Hotel Le Bristol Gets Bigger and Better


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le Bristol Here's the scoop from one of the finest luxury hotels in the City of Light, "the intimate palace" located on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. After closing in January 2007 for work on a new extension, Hotel Le Bristol has recently debuted a lavish makeover. Guests have long adored the hotel's glass enclosed roof-top swimming pool and expansive, beautiful garden. What's new? 22 redecorated rooms (including the Penthouse and Panoramic Suites), new welcome desks for Concierge and Reception, more spacious fitness room, brand new Hammam, and a new 460 square meter kitchen for Chef Éric Fréchon to continue to dazzle diners. And it only gets better. The hotel has acquired an adjoining building which will open in November 2007 with 23 new rooms and four new suites and a restaurant and grill room accessible directly from the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.

PS. With the new VIP Welcome for Children, Hotel Le Bristol is paradise for the kiddies. Since April 1, 2007, children receive a special welcome at Hotel Le Bristol with a personalized book at reception, and the Hippolyte bunny (named after the hotel founder) along with a selection of complimentary bunny-shaped cakes waiting in-room. A hotel scavenger hunt and special activities can also be arranged. Not to mention the take-home goodies.


What’s Hot: J.K. Place Capri


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

J.K. Place Capri Now open. The chic island's latest gem is located directly on the sea, a rare commodity on an island adored since Roman times for its stunning Mediterranean views. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, J.K. Place Capri offers only 22 spacious guest rooms overlooking the manicured gardens and sparkling azure sea. Book the Penthouse and enjoy an enormous private terrace with panoramic views. Dine al fresco or soak up the rays at the beautiful pool. Capri's renowned shopping street, Via Camerelle, is just a short walk away.

Via Sherman's Travel Magazine