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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


Your Questions Answered: What Barcelona Hotel Do You Recommend for a Family of 4?

June 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work hard to 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, 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: What are some family resorts in Barcelona for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Book for a Standard Room that connects to a Junior suite, and ask for a rollaway bed. 



Standard Deluxe Room Details:
43m2
Queen-size double bedCasa Fuster Hotel Balcony
Double doors
Reception area
Dreessing room
Complete Bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

 

Junior Suite Details:
40m2
2 single beds or king size double bed
Double doors
Reception area
Dressing room
Sitting room
Complete bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Did You Know? Athenaeum Personal Hotel

June 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Athenaeum Personal Hotel
Ideally located for business or leisure visitors, Athenaeum Personal Hotel in Florence is where contemporary design, modern style and classic materials skillfully combine with art and culture. Several art events and exhibitions of emerging artists are held at Hotel Athenaeum in partnership with Florence Academy of Fine Art.

Around the corner from the hotel guests will Galleria dell’Accademia with its best-known treasure, the statue of David by Michelangelo. The hotel is fond of saying that  "David is our most famous neighbor!"

 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Roman Hotel?

May 30, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Duke Hotel Rome
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: What hotel in Rome for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: The Duke Hotel Rome 

The Duke Hotel lies in the heart of the splendid and highly exclusive residential area of Parioli in the centre of Rome. Situated between the urban garden parks of Villa Borghese and Villa Glori (by one urban train stop from Piazza del Popolo) the hotel has the feel of a splendid private English club. It offers attentive, personalized service for travellers who always expect the best. The Hotel is a quiet and private place to return to after a day of exploring the city's many attractions or doing business. With the hotel's shuttle you will reach the Parioli markets in few minutes or enjoy the Dolce Vita at Via Veneto.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room. The Family Rooms are perfect for a family visit to Rome. All rooms at the 4-star Duke Hotel in Rome near Villa Borghese are tastefully decorated and offer optimum comfort. Reserve two interconnecting rooms, which will provide you with all the space and privacy you need for a relaxing stay. 2 connecting rooms: The Superior Room + Classic Room are 50 square meters, bathrooms with marble washbasins , Wi-Fi internet connection, writing desk, air-conditioning, satellite TV, soundproofing, well-stocked in-room bar and snack basket, large storage space, and a safety deposit box. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Rosewood London Wants to Take You to Wimbledon

May 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rosewood London Wimbledon Package
There's nothing quite like London during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Rosewood London wants its guests to experience the world-class sporting event while staying in world-class accommodations. The luxury hotel has put together an exclusive package that not only celebrates this exciting time of the British social calendar, but also celebrates the architecturally exhilarating design and style of London’s newest ultra-luxury hotel.


The package, priced at Rate at £12,885, includes:

-Three nights in a Grand Premier Suite. For a £400 per night supplement, guests can upgrade to one of the signature suites. (Subject to availability)

-Two center court tickets to the men's finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014

-Pick up from airport or train station

-Transfer to and from Wimbledon in Jaguar

-£600 food & beverage credit to be enjoyed in the Mirror Room, Holborn Dining Room, and Scarfes Bar during the stay

-Personally-tailored luxury picnic hamper from Holborn Delicatessen

-Sense of Self spa treatment for two

The offer is valid for three-night stays on 5th, 6th and 7th July 2014. Additional terms and conditions may apply, so please book carefully to avoid disappointment.

To book this exciting package, contact us here

http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotel-experts/contact-us

or call us at

+1 888-5 STAR-11 (+1 888-578-2711)
+1-703-836-0692 (International)

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Le Littre

May 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally nestled between the Montparnasse Tower (the best view of the city) and the mythical Saint-Germain-des-Pres arty neighborhood on the left bank of Paris, Hotel Le Littre welcomes guests for family vacations, honeymoon, business trips, or weekend gateways. Everything is at hand: from restaurants, shops, monuments, exhibitions, museums, bars, and other entertaining places. There is direct metro and bus access to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, and other sites of interest.

Hotel le Littre

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly London Hotel for a Family of Five?

May 27, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Metropolitan London
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: What are some family friendly Hotels in London for a family of 5, children ages 3, 6, and 8? 

ANSWER: The Metropolitan London 

The Metropolitan in London is a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset, putting it squarely on the map of travellers seeking to be at the centre of the action. From floor-to-ceiling windows, look out over a glittering skyline, comfortable in the knowledge you are standing right where it matters - on Park Lane, with the city's best bar and restaurant in the very same building. The hotel's sleek yet serene urban image combines soft whites, pear-wood panelling, suede upholstery, and pure Egyptian cottons. Colours are subtle, featuring cosseting mauves and warm plum. Carefully selected pieces of antique Asian furniture introduce soft, Eastern accents.The Metropolitan London

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Metropolitan Room connected to a Park Suite. Natural light fills all 144 rooms and suites—each a cool, pared-back space perfect for business or leisure travel. 

Metropolitan Rooms are oversized rooms and have some of the most memorable views of the Royal Parks offered by any modern hotel in London. A well-placed, amply-sized desk makes working more enjoyable, while a cozy banquette sitting area provides calm respite from the city. The room measure 33 square meters. Amenities include Nespresso machine, interactive TV with over 70 international channels, extensive on demand music jukebox and movies, UK and US modem points, printers and fax machines on request, and DVD & CD players on request.

Park Suites are oversized light-filled accommodations commanding some of the most stunning views of Hyde Park. Both the bedroom and sitting areas feature full-length windows and a small balcony. All Park Suites can easily connect to Metropolitan Rooms. They measure 47 square meters. Amenities include WiFi and high speed internet access, Nespresso machine, interactive TV with over 70 international channels, extensive on demand music jukebox and movies, Bose iPod docking station in Studios and Suites, UK and US modem points, printers and fax machines on request, DVD & CD players on request, and print share.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Four Seasons' Spas Strike Gold

May 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Washington DC
Gold isn't just for wearing at Four Seasons Spas around the world. Gold has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the luxury hotel group has started adding the precious metal to its spa offerings.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has a Four Seasons Gold and Diamond Facial that utilizes the ultimate in anti-ageing technology to provide instant results. This facial combines several cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve maximum skin health while promoting cellular renewal. Following a complete ultrasonic exfoliation, micro-current therapy is administered to lift and tone sagging muscles. A specialty serum is then infused for smoother, firmer and more hydrated skin. The treatment is finished with LED therapy to calm any redness and stimulate collagen production. The cost ranges from $460-470. 

Four Seasons Chicago features the Sjal Skincare Signature Gemstone and Crystal Facial. This one-of-a-kind, holistic facial incorporates the healing power of precious minerals and gemstones such as rose quartz, platinum, copper, and nano-gold as well as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and pearls with Eastern healing techniques of shiatsu Ayurveda and reflexology. This facial rejuvenates mind and body while visibly restoring skin nutrition for a smooth and radiant look. The cost ranges from $170-220, depending on appointment time and length. 

Get the heavy metal treatment with gold and copper with the Pinnacle Facial at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This decadent treatment indulges both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. A Copper Peel concludes the treatment. The cost is $300 for 100 minutes.

At Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, guests can enjoy the Gold Perfection Facial. This sensational treatment combines innovative technology with the rich, natural healing properties of gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin. Umo's 24 Karat Gold Facial mask creates immediate and long-lasting lifting, firming, and lightening results. The cost is EUR 550 for 100 minutes.

Go for the gold!
 

 


Image of the Day: Chateau De La Messardiere

May 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Chateau De La Messardiere

Chateau De La Messardiere's name actually goes back to the era of Charles Martel and numerous marriages related the family to the Royal, Carolingian and Capetian dynasties from 640 onwards. Built in the 19th century, the Chateau was donated to officer and excellent horseman Henry Brisson de la Messardiere and young artist and musician Louise Dupuy Angeac, at the time of their wedding.

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Where to Sleep at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

May 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.

Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.

All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Here are the room choices available to guests:

Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters

Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.

Here are the suite choices available to guests:

Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.

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