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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.

Five Star Eats - Roman Style

August 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regina Hotel Baglioni
The Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, houses the award winning Brunello Lounge & Restaurant. The restaurant is headed by award winning Chef to the stars: Luciano Sarzi Sartori. Sartori has cooked for celebrity A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Veronica Lario and Silvio Berlusconi- just to name a few.  The top Chef sees food as an art of not only the palate but of all of the senses,, so he plates his food the way he makes them, like beautiful works of gastronomical art.

There's a large variety in offerings at Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, from earth and sea menus to traditional Italian dishes, which ensures delicious fare for every dining guest. The Regina Hotel Baglioni restaurant has direct access to the renowned Via Veneto, one of the most famous and expensive streets in Rome. So after you dine, there' a perfect place for a stroll, helping to walk off the delicious eats consumed at Brunello.

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Image of the Day: Gritti Palace

July 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The newly renovated Hotel Gritti Palace was originally commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti. It was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. Guests may enjoy their meals on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal from May or even earlier, weather permitting, until October.

Gritti Palace

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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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Image of the Day: Patios de Cafayete

July 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Patios de Cafayate Hotel and Spa embraces its spectacular views of the Calchaqui Valley vineyards.
Patios de Cafayate Hotel and Spa

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Dining Al Fresco: Hotel Plaza Athenee

June 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

As part of an occasional series of posts at Five Star Alliance, we feature luxury hotels that offer al fresco dining.
At Hotel Plaza Athenee, your croissant comes with a side of Eiffel Tower. Bon Appetit!

Hotel Plaza Athenee

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Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay Opens New Restaurant

June 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor has the latest news on the new beachfront restaurant at Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay:

Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay

 
 

Sundara – the new beachfront restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – has opened, offering three private dining rooms on the mezzanine level. These distinctively Balinese venues are ideal for birthday parties, anniversaries and other special occasions. They are also offered for destination wedding celebrations – from rehearsal dinners to post-wedding receptions, brunches, lunches and dinners.

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Rooftop Bars for Everyone!

June 1, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

 

Four Seasons Beirut

 

There are few summer pleasures that top rooftop dining. The fresh breeze, the blue sky. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the scoop on the many rooftop spaces that are part of the Four Seasons collection.

 

Drinks just taste better outside, don't you agree? Now that rooftop season is officially in swing (yay!), Four Seasons has revealed some of its hottest spots to sip and savor amid the skylines.

The dec Rooftop Bar + Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) sits 12 stories above Magnificent Mile. Hand-crafted cocktails and small bites rule the menu here, while a color-changing LED waved wall puts the final notes on the outdoor experience.

Four Seasons Hotel Beirut has opened The Roof, Lebanon's highest rooftop lounge at 390 feet above the sea. Guests can enjoy tapas and drinks poolside, with wraparound views of Beirut's downtown skyline, mountains and the Med.

 

 

 

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Savor the Sights of Florence at Hotel Continentale's Rooftop Bar

May 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Continentale

The only thing better than being in Florence? Being on a rooftop in Florence.  Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has a peek at Hotel Continentale's rooftop bar, La Terazza. Jena Tessa Fox writes:

 

Perched on top of a 13th century medieval tower, Florentine architect Michele Bonan reinterpreted the glamour of the 1950s Italian film and fashion scene in his re-design of La Terazza. With the addition of an open fireplace and heated benches the Continentale’s rooftop terrace La Terrazza will be open to welcome guests all year round.

To coincide with the re-launch of La Terrazza, the Continentale has been working with some of Florence’s best mixologists to develop a new drinks menu. Featuring signature Italian cocktails such as the Negroni – a blend of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari – and new interpretations of the Vesper Martini (made famous by fictional spy James Bond), La Terrazza has something for everyone.

 

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Summer in New Orleans

May 27, 2013
By: Ruthanne Terrero

 

New Orleans Luxury Travel Advisor

 

Always wanted to visit New Orleans? Why not plan a trip for this summer. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has a round-up of the best places to stay in the Big Easy.

 

Let’s start in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, on Royal Street, where the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar has received a major refresh. This would be that bar you’ve passed by every time you’re in the French Quarter, where the people inside look like they’re having a lot more fun than everyone out on the street. It’s the place you go to for a pre-dinner drink and that you return to for a nightcap. Well now, the Carousel Bar, which really does move around in a circular motion, has more space, high ceilings and even additional bar space. It has a new sibling restaurant, Criollo, which serves “Louisiana Fusion” cuisine. We recommend the chilled gulf shrimp, blue crab & avocado appetizer. Want the best seat in the house? Grab one of the over-sized chairs looking out onto Iberville Street. If you want to reserve ahead of time and need some TLC, contact Richard Vitale (rvitale@hotelmonteleone.com; 504-681-4112), director of the restaurant and bar.

 

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Delectable Dining: The Westbury London

May 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Alyn Williams at The Westbury London is a Michelin Star fine dining restaurant. Modern European cooking with meticulous but friendly service. The main dining room seats up to 45 guests. For private dining, the Aspen Room is available for up to 16 guests. There's also the unique Wine Salon, where up to eight guests can dine, whilst surrounded by some of the world’s finest wines.

 

 

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