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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family and Pet-Friendly Santa Barbara Hotel?

March 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
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: We are a family of 6 looking for a pet friendly place in Santa Barbara, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Delight in the rich amenities and extensive array of activities - perfect for any age. Lounge by the pool. Walk along the soft-sand beach Dine on delicious cuisine at one of four restaurants. Relax in your restful guest room or suite. Take pleasure in the down-to-earth setting of this enchanting Santa Barbara beach hotel. 

Fess Parker's Doubletree ResortFess Parker's Doubletree Resort is the perfect locale for a truly unique Santa Barbara family vacation. Encircled by mountains and set along the Pacific Ocean, the resort is near an array of activities for all ages. Year-round, explore the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Learn about sea life at the Ty Warner Sea Center. Go whale watching. This impressive Santa Barbara family resort is an idyllic destination, offering entertaining pursuits for both children and adults. The luxurious Santa Barbara pet-friendly accommodations comprise 360 guest rooms on 24 beautifully landscaped acres. Each room includes a furnished patio or balcony, high speed internet access, mini bar and personal coffee maker.

Pet Policy:
Pets of all sizes are welcome. Step outside your door of this Santa Barbara pet-friendly hotel, where you both can enjoy miles of landscaped walking paths along the beachfront and parks. Want to go for a swim? Take your dogs with you. There are dog-friendly beaches a short drive away. The concierge can assist with directions to dog-friendly beaches and off-leash parks as well as hiking trails in the local mountains.  In addition to the spacious rooms and a special treat bag, pets enjoy acres of landscaped grounds and pet menus for in-room dining.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
-Ocean View 1 King Bed connecting to an Ocean View 2 Queen Beds: These spacious accommodations offer striking views of the Pacific Ocean from a own private patio or balcony.
Or
-Resort View 1 King Bed connecting to a Resort View 2 Queen Beds: 

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a London Hotel for a Family of Four?

March 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Jumeirah Carlton Tower
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.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower



QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11, and looking for a recommendation in London for our stay?


ANSWER: Jumeirah Carlton Tower  

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the essence of Knightsbridge, is only moments from Harvey Nichols, Harrods and the exclusive boutiques on Sloane Street. The hotel features 220 rooms, including 58 suites and a Presidential Suite with stunning panoramic views. It offers three restaurants serving a wide range of mouth-watering cuisine, including the renowned Rib Room. Alternatively, visit the GILT Champagne Lounge for the ultimate in sophistication and glamour.Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Jumeirah Carlton Tower also features the luxurious Peak Health Club & Spa, offering a fully equipped gymnasium, state-of-the-art golf simulator, and a 20 meter heated indoor pool.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
-Deluxe King Room connected to a Superior Twin Room Twin or any Suite connected to a Superior Twin-Bedded Room.

The Superior Twin Room is a smart urban choice for business or leisure. Comfortable and intimate with custom made furnishings that evoke simplicity and modernity. Guests will enjoy the sophisticated entertainment system, ready to play your own music with a simple wireless connection. The Deluxe Room offers privileged moments with added space. Ideal when traveling with a child, it features an extra rollaway bed to conveniently preserve your precious space. Spend leisure time your way, especially on the sofa, with the possibility of connecting any of your devices to the entertainment system.

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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.

 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Napa Valley Luxury Hotel?

March 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay is Napa, CA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa NapaNestled on the banks of the Napa River, in the heart of North America's premiere wine growing region, The Westin Verasa Napa is a serene, relaxing haven seamlessly blended with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Explore Napa's beautifully restored architectural gems, attend outstanding performances in the renowned Napa Valley Opera House, frequent fine art exhibitions, drop in on jam sessions, and sample world famous cuisine.
At The Westin Verasa Napa, each of the stylish suites encourages you to unwind with soft Heavenly® Beds and inspiring views of historic downtown or the Napa River. Channel your energy in the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility or dive into the calming essences of the heated outdoor pool. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at La Toque or savor a nightcap at our newly designed wine bar—Bank Cafe and Bar.

For Your Familys Needs, We Recommend

2 Bedroom Suite Non-smoking
-The two Bedroom King Suites feature deluxe living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and luxurious bedroom accommodations. Each kitchen features oak slab cabinets with stainless steel finished pulls on lower cabinets, and solid granite slab countertops and granite tile backsplashes complete the kitchen's sleek look and feel. All of the kitchens boast stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, electric range, and microwave, making it easy for each guest to recharge at their leisure. The functional breakfast bar includes stools, making for plenty of space for family or friends.
Westin Verasa NapaThe modern living room is flanked with comfortable custom built furniture, accented in a dark walnut finish, while the upholstered sofa bed provides pleasingly aesthetic colors inspired by the Napa landscape. Sip your favorite glass of wine as you spend each evening unwinding on the expansive balcony found in every Two Bedroom Suite. Each of the two bedrooms features legendary Heavenly Beds® and luxurious white bed linens, while two signature Heavenly Baths® leave you well-rested and restored at the beginning of each day.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Hotel in Lyon That Offers In-room Showers and Bathtubs?

March 15, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Villa FlorentineWe 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: We are a traveling to Lyon and would like a hotel that has a separate bathtub and shower in the room, What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Villa Florentine

This splendid villa, offering sublime panoramic views of Lyon, certainly lives up to its name. Everything from its elegant facade to its sunny rooms, furnished with a mixture of Renaissance refinement and contemporary Italian design, has a sumptuous Florentine feel to it. Savour refined cuisine and superb Rhone vintages at the restaurant Les Terrasses de Lyon, while contemplating the city lights twinkling below. This 15th century building, has several different room categories with separate shower and tub. We recommend putting in a special request for 15th C Bldg. We also suggest a stay in one of the hotel's Junior Suites. All are equipped with comfortable bedding, LED screen with Canal +, and a seating area to relax. Some also feature a mezzanine bedroom or balcony.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: What Brazilian Beach Property Would You Recommend for a Honeymoon?

March 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive ResorWe 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 Brazilian beach property would you recommend for our honeymoon?


ANSWER: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort 

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the exuberant Emerald Coast. Known as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, the property enjoys direct flights from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of colour and light. Twenty-five sophisticated and charming bungalows lay in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery.
Ponta dos Ganchos offers a state-of-the-art fitness centre, cinema, business centre, restaurant, bar, lounge, games room, oceanfront ocean-front tennis court, heated swimming pool, massage gazebos, spa, and nature trails. In close proximity to the resort, guest can also experince Arvoredo Island, the best site for scuba diving in South Brazil. Additional boat trips include Anhatomirim Island and the Baía dos Golfinhos (Bay of Dophins).

The paradisiacal nature and the feeling of being special combine the romanticism of the most exclusive places in Brazil, designing the perfect setting for as unique as the Honeymoon time. More than a romantic destination, the tip of the hooks is a natural refuge that surprises at every turn. Besides all the surprises during their stay, honeymooners are met with champagne and flowers in the bungalow, plus a memorable and unique dining experience on the island.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4?

March 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hilton Marco Island
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 Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4? 

ANSWER: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa 

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is perfectly situated off the Southwest coast of Florida, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Naples. The resort is minutes from the Florida Everglades National Park, Caribbean Gardens, historic downtown Naples, and many of the finest golf courses in Southwest Florida. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is only 55 minutes from Southwest Florida Regional International Airport and 90 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Florida International Airport.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
Guest rooms at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort include amenities such as sofa bed, private furnished balcony, 32 inch LCD television, high-speed internet access, mini refrigerator and are offered in a garden/tennis, partial Gulf view or full Gulf of Mexico views. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is an ideal choice for vacationing guests.

This Hilton hotel offers resort guests an array of dining, recreational, and entertainment choices great for the entire family. Enjoy casual, poolside, or elegant formal dining in the hotels two restaurants or watch the sun go down from the Beach Bar and Grille. Watersport activities include sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, or wave runners. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel has beach volleyball or poolside sunning if something more relaxed is a priority.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel boasts of warm Gulf Stream water, an array of activities making this Hilton hotel an ideal vacation spot.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa features 22 one-bedroom suites. These spacious suites are perfect for families and offer a bedroom and living room area with dining table and sofa bed. All suites offer comfortable accommodations with a soothing contemporary theme. Amenities in the one-bedroom suites include a luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed, 32" LCD flat panel TVs, Cuisinart coffeemaker, sofa bed, in-room safe, refrigerator, work desk, private furnished balcony, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers.

-Two Queen Bed Junior Suite Deluxe Golf View
Take in views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and hotel pool from the balcony of this suite with queen beds. Stretch out on the sofa and watch an on-demand movie on the 32-inch TV, or read a book by the bedside LED lighting.

The Family Fun package includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. This deal will be available until May 16, 2015.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Downtown Dallas Luxury Hotel?

February 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Crescent Court
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: Can You Recommend a Downtown Dallas Luxury Hotel? 

ANSWER: Hotel Crescent Court


As culturally vibrant as the neighborhood in which it sits, Rosewood Crescent Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Uptown Dallas. Offering chic, contemporary styling, a serene spa and dining options ranging from Nobu to Starbucks, Rosewood Crescent Hotel offers discreet, professional service with Texas charm.
Offering some of the finest luxury accommodations in Dallas, the hotel's 191 rooms range from 380 to 625 square feet, and include a living area and bath. Each beautifully decorated and knowingly outfitted guestroom features a large closet with an automatic light, vanity with cosmetic lights, full-length mirror, individually controlled air-conditioning, desk, and comfortable seating area.
The 29 one- and two-story suites range from 770 to 3,035 square feet, and some offer private kitchens. All suites are individually designed and have a residential feel that complements the warm Texas hospitality. It will feel like you have found your home away from home. A variety of additional luxuries such as spiral staircases, hardwood floors, dining rooms, original works of art, antique porcelains and Bose sound systems are found in individual suites.

Deluxe Rooms include a generous sitting area with sofa, chair, coffee table, and desk, as well as a 32-inch flat screen television. This stylish Dallas hotel room features a private French balcony, a traditional bath in Italian marble and brass with a lighted marble vanity and special make-up mirror, all in 460 square feet of private space.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can Your Recommend a Miami Beachfront Hotel That's Close to Nightlife?

February 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Beach Hotel
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: We are looking for a Miami Florida South Beach property that beachfront, within walking distance to the night life and dining, and has a pool. What resort offers the best accommodations for our trip?



ANSWER: Grand Beach Hotel 

The Grand Beach Hotel is on the doorstep of South Beach with its night life and restaurants, while still offering just enough privacy and relaxation. The hotel offers ocean front location, two beach front pools and hot tubs, tranquility pool, Chez Gaston restaurant, three lounges and bars, 24-hour fitness center, nearly 20,000 square feet of event and meeting space, business center, comfortable library, massage and spa services, beach chair and umbrella rental for all guests. This is a pet-friendly hotel.

The Grand Beach Hotel features 430 luxurious and oversized guest room suites at their  Miami Beach ocean front hotel. Suites start on the 7th floor guaranteeing unobstructed views of the ocean or Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline. Oceanfront suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and white beach. Suites also include one-bedroom suites and two bedroom Corner Suites, which offer even more spacious accommodations. The Grand Beach Hotel in Miami also offers a large number of connecting rooms for Miami family vacations.
Grand Beach Hotel
Most suites offer two luxurious marble bathrooms and a King bed plus sleeper sofa or two double beds plus sleeper sofa. Suites have two 42-inch flat-screen TV with premium television channels, balcony with water views, WiFi, interconnecting suites, iPod cradle plug-in, ample luggage storage, and panoramic floor.

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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Your Questions Answered: Where Can Our Family of Three Stay in London?

February 23, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

Blakes HotelANSWER: Blakes Hotel

Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is famous for its stunning design, elegance, and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning it a reputation as The "Couture" Hotel. Carefully converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
The stunning design, both elegant and romantic, of each room was individually created by Anouska Hempel, displaying her immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Blakes Hotel

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Directors Doubles: Ask for a Luxury Double to Luxury Double (with twin beds) or a Deluxe double/Directors Double to a Luxury Suite. These options all sleep three, and range in size from 25-35 square meters. Furnishings and amenities include European King-Sized beds, Antique Biedermeier furniture with stenciled wooden floors and gold accents, pale grey Venetian rooms, and state of the art splendor. Rooms have Complimentary Wi-Fi & local calls, Bang&Olufsen TV, Bang&Olufsen iPod docking station, Bang&Olufsen cordless phones, and SKY satellite.   

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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.

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

February 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Principe di Piemonte Turin

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 resorts in Italy for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?
ANSWER: Principi di Piemonte Turin

The Principi di Piemonte in Turin is an elegant 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city. The building that houses Principi di Piemonte Hotel is imposing and quite high, able to provide exciting views of the most suggestive panoramas of Turin. This is a luxury hotel immersed in a charming atmosphere where class and style greet sophisticated and demanding guests. The building has 99 rooms, divided into rooms and suites, ideal for congressionalist and business men, but also for tourists who want to discover the beauty of the Savoy capital, residing in a high-class hotel.

Located near the Porta Nuova train station, and easily reached from Turin's Caselle Airport using public transportation, Principi di Piemonte is the ideal location for visiting the city, reaching the fashionable boutiques in Via Roma, and visiting the monuments and buildings that are most representative of Turin. The hotel offers the refined and exclusive restaurant with soft, private ambiance, the luminous breakfast room, the American bar with outdoor seating, and a variety of areas available for the guests to satisfy any need during their stay. The Health Center at Principi Piemonte joins elegance and class with traditional and the newest wellness and beauty treatments. From crystalline water to colors for maximum sensorial relaxation, from different types of massages to the Turkish bath for rediscovering beauty and charm, the spa and wellness center of the Principi di Piemonte is able to provide magical moments for wellness and relaxation to reinvigorate you from the stress of modern society.
Principe di Piemonte Turin


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
• Deluxe room connecting to Junior Suite or a Junior Suite connecting to a Suite. These are modern, roomy, luminous rooms with panoramic views of Turin, offering spacious and comfortable bathrooms, a working desk with ergonomic chair, and high speed Wi-Fi Internet connection. The hotel features an extravagant room-service menu. All rooms are non-smoking. Rooms are available for handicapped guests. There are also room featuring non-allergenic furnishings  or pet friendly rooms.

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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