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Happy National Coffee Day! Specialty coffee sales are inceasing around the world at a rate of about 20% per year. In the U.S., the average person drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day, yet the U.S. is not in the top 10 for coffee consuption in the world. If you love coffee as much as we do, here's a list of five hotels in top cities for coffee that we love a latte (sorry, we couldn't resist). 

1. Thompson Seattle

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle

Home of Starbucks and known for chilly and rainy weather, Seattle is a haven for coffee lovers. The Thompson Seattle is perched above Pike's Place Market, making it a quick walk to the original Starbucks. Featuring contemporary design and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Puget Sound, Pike's Place Market, and the Olympic Mountains, the Thompson Seattle has a rooftop bar and the signature Scout restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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2. Hotel Continental Oslo

Bar at Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Norway is in the top 10 countries for coffee consuption, and Kaffe is typically served at breakfast and after dinner with dessert, while Turkaffe is traditional Norwegian hiking coffee. At the Hotel Continental Oslo, guests can begin their day with a fresh-brewed pot of coffee at Caroline's, then explore the walkable Nordic city, and finish up their day with a gourmet dinner at Theatercafeen complete with dessert and coffee. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room as well as VIP status.

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3. The Nines, Portland

The Nines Portland

Portland, Oregon is known for a unique coffee culture with a mix of independent roasters and coffee cafes brewing espressos and lattes topped with artful foam. At The Nines, guests can stay in the heart of the city in the historic Meier & Frank Building, formerly a department store. The LEED Silver Certified Hotel is steps from Pioneer Square and the trendy Pearl District, plus there's two gourmet restaurants on-site specializing in local Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

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4. Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

Cafe Sacher Wien at Hotel Sacher Wien

Viennese coffee houses are an institution in Vienna, typically with marble tables, newspapers, pastry creations, and of course, coffee drinks. At the Hotel Sacher Wien, guests can experience a Viennese coffee house within the hotel. The Cafe Sacher Wien is a traditional Viennese coffeehouse with a refined setting featuring red interiors, chandeliers, pastries, coffee specialties, and teas, as well as local dishes like fried chicken salad, Wiener Schnitzel, or Tafelspitz.

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5. Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

Known for coffee houses where espresso is served at a bar, and guests drink the coffee quickly while standing, Rome offers a coffee culture of its own. At the Palazzo Manfredi, guests stay in the heart of Rome, steps from the Colosseum and the city's coffee houses. There's also the rooftop Aroma restaurant with Michelin Star cuisine, as well as the American Bar on-site. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for two, and tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. 

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Exploring a city during Christmas and New Years provides visitors with a new perspective on traditions, flavors, and holiday celebrations. At the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, guests can experience traditional Italian holiday flavors at the property's on-site restaurants. From Friday, December 8, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018, the hotel's Osteria della Pagliazza in addition to its regular menu, will offer traditional Christmas dishes like Stuffed Pig's Trotter with Lentils, Ricotta and Spinach Gnudi, Meat-filled Pasta Parcels in Capon Broth, Traditional Panforte Vin Santo Sauce, Beef Wellington with Sauteed Vegetables, and Beef Cheek Braised in Chianti with Black Cabbage Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of Osteria della Pagliazza. 

Osteria della Pagliazza

The hotel's Christmas Eve Dinner will be prepared by chef Rocco de Santis and served the evening of Sunday, December 24 in the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower. The dinner will feature a welcome toast with the chef, Crisp Octopus with Guacamole, Garlic, and Almond Mousse, traditional Sardinian Fregola Pasta, Roast Salmon with Parsnip and Capers, as well as a slice of Panettone with Orange Sauce, and Cinnamon-flavored Meringue with Coffee Sauce, plus wine and coffee pairings.

On Christmas Day, the hotel will offer a Florentine Christmas Lunch. Set in the Salone delle Feste, the chef-created lunch by Rocco de Santis will feature a traditional menu with Rolled Roast Rabbit and a Parmesan Mousse with a hint of Truffle Gravy with Wild Herbs, Homemade Pasta Stuffed with Lampredotto, Capon Broth, and Orange Zest, plus the Slow-cooked Saddle of Suckling Pig, Cream of Chickpeas and Carmelized Apples, as well as Mille-feuille with Ricotta and Candied Fruite Mousse, Pears with Moscato and Red Berry Sauce, and traditional Panettone and Pandoro with sauces. Complimented by paired wines and coffee options.

In addition to special Christmas dining options, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is offering a variety of New Years options, including special packages with accommodations and gourmet meals. As well as two New Year's Eve Dinner choices, one dinner will be held in the Saloni delle Feste with Salted Beef Roll, Red Cow Parmesan Risotto, Handmade Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, and Panettone Semifreddo. While the New Year's Dinner Luxury Edition will feature wine pairings by the maitre and a menu with Blinis with Asetra Iranian Caviar, White Prawns with Parsley, Baby Squid filled with Provola Cheese and Lime Bechamel, Breaded Scampi, Burrata and Green Olive Sauce, Lobster Marinated in Citrus Fruit, San Miniato White Truffle, Porcini Mushrooms and Almonds, Ravioli Stuffed with Turnip Tops and Red Shrimp, Baked Wild Sea Bass with Chestnuts, Venus Clams, and Lemon Sauce, and completed with Nougat Semifreddo, Clementine Sauce, Cinnamon Crumble, Panettone by Master Baker Alfonso Pepe with traditional Pandoro with Vanilla Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, as well as dried fruit, Petits Fours, mineral water, and espresso. Read more below the photo of Saloni delle Feste. 

Saloni delle Feste

On New Years Day, the hotel will host a brunch in the Saloni delle Feste, featuring dishes like Marinated Salmon, Quiches, Tuscan Cold Cuts and Cheeses, Recco-style Focaccia, Warm Seafood Salad with Vegetables and Saffron Potatoes, Marinated Meat Rolls, and traditional Pandoro and Panettone with Vanilla Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of the Bargello Suite. 

Bargello Suite at Hotel Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

The Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is situated in the heart of the city, in the shadows of Il Duomo. Steps from Signoria Square, major attractions, shops, and restaurants, the boutique hotel occupies two historic buildings, with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and VIP Status.

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Set on the shores of Lago di Garda, the Grand Hotel Fasano offers guests a luxurious retreat with an emphasis on service, fine cuisine, and wellness. Originally the hunting lodge of the Austrian royal family, the property has a comfortable climate year-round, as well as the recently opened AQVA PARC, which is an open-air wellness area connected to the AQVA Spa with a heated infinity pool, cooler sport pool, and a children's area with a waterslide. Continue reading below the photo.

AQVA PARC Pool at Grand Hotel Fasano

Providing an ideal retreat for gourmands, the Grand Hotel Fasano has four gourmet restaurants as well as Bar La Terrazza, led by Chef de cuisine Matteo Felter, a young and talented chef from the Lake Garda region. His cuisine combines the traditional Italian dishes from northern Italy with creative and innovative twists, providing a unique dining experience that is both classic and modern. The property's Restaurant Il Fagiano features a romantic setting with a lake shore location and candlelit terrace. Read more below the photo of Restaurant Il Fagiano. 

Ristorante Il Fagiano at Grand Hotel Fasano

Ristorante Magnolia is named after the two ancient magnolia trees outside, and serves a lunch menu of homemade pastas, starters, and grilled main courses in fine Italian tradition with locally-sourced ingredients. Trattoria Il Pescatore specializes in Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on fresh fish, and La Darsena is located in a restored old house a short drive from the property with a lakeside, modern setting, as well as moorings for arrivals by boat. Continue reading below the photo of La Darsena.

La Darsena at Grand Hotel Fasano

The lakeside Bar La Terrazza serves lunchtime meals including light dishes such as salads, along with homemade pastas, and barbecued fish and meats. Continue below the photo of Bar La Terrazza. 

Bar La Terrazza at Grand Hotel Fasano

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Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Castello Banfi - Il Borgo is an idyllic Tuscan retreat with a winery, outdoor pool, cooking classes, museum, and massages. Featuring guest rooms and suites designed by reknowned architect Federico Forquet, accommodations are set within homes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue reading below the photo. 

Junior Suite at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

There are two authentic restaurants within the resort, including La Taverna with traditional lunches and an ancient vaulted ceiling. For dinner, Sala dei Grappoli has an elegant atmosphere and authentic Tuscan cuisine, along with a selection of the property's Castello Banfi wines. Read more below the restaurant photo.

La Taverna at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

Castello Banfi's state-of-the-art on-site winery offers daily tours, there's the Museum of Wine and the Bottle within a historic building, and L'Enoteca is a wine bar with a Tuscan wine shop featuring the estate's wines, local olive oils, artisan crafts, and cheeses. Read more below the photo. 

L'Enoteca at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive breakfast daily,  a two course lunch paired with Castello Banfi wine at La Taverna (or at the Pool Bar during summer months) once during their stay, and a welcome bottle of Cuvée Aurora Rosé in the room upon arrival. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Providing panoramic sea views, the Junior Executive Suites at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea offer exclusive settings with luxurious marble bathrooms, sitting areas, and balconies ideal for watching Mediterranean sunsets. Living areas have comfortable lounge spaces with satellite TVs, Bluetooth speakers, and Nespresso machines. Bedrooms have king or twin beds, and some of the Executive Junior Suites close to the swimming pool can be connected with two or more Executive Junior Suites, providing guests with a private floor at their disposal. Read more below the photo.

Executive Junior Suite Patio at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

The luxe marble bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs, along with incomparable views and Mediterranean-inspired furnishings. Read more below the bathroom photo. 

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Built in 1830 by an aristocratic family as a private residence, the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea provides a secluded retreat overlooking the Bay of Mazzaro with subtropical gardens, and a romantic setting. The town center is reachable via a three-minute cable car ride, there's a private beach with cabanas, heated infinity swimming pool, children's club, and family-friendly amenities including a welcome kit and organized adventures. Plus, there are seasonal water sports and complimentary daily boat excursions during the summer months. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive one complimentary lunch for two at Oliviero Restaurant (excluding beverages), welcome fruit and flower, and subject to availability at the time of check-in, a room upgrade.

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Planning a family vacation to the Eternal City? The Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi offers an idyllic base for a family vacation. Featuring two adjoining rooms, the Family Suite has king-sized beds, views of the Colosseum, and two marble bathrooms with glass showers, separate soaking bathtubs, and Acqua di Parma amenities. There's a Sky Digital TV with a Parrot by Philippe Starck surround audio system, Nespresso machine, and complimentary minibar. Continue reading below the photo. 

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Furnished with baroque-inspired decor, the suite has a color palette of velvets and golds, infused with a mix of contemporary accents. The marble of the Domus Aurea can be seen from the suite's windows, as well as views of ancient Rome. Read more below the photo. 

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

The Family Suite also includes breakfast at the AROMA restaurant, limousine transfer from the airport, and complimentary entrance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Plus, a Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink. 

Palazzo Manfredi is a 14-room boutique hotel directly across from the Colloseum. Set within a historic villa, the luxury hotel offers the rooftop AROMA Restaurant, recipient of a Michelin Star, as well as a mini-gym for hotel guests. 

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Dine under the Italian sky with panoramic views of the Eternal City at Grand Hotel de la Minerve. The Minerva Roof Garden houses the hotel's exclusive restaurant with a strategic location, 360-degree views, and creative cuisine by Naples-born Chef Antonio Falco. Continue reading below the photo of the Minerva Roof Garden.

Minerva Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restauran offers Italian and international cuisine with a traditional menu, tasting menu, and a la carte options, plus an extensive wine list. There are special birthday and first communion menus, and The Bar serves international cocktails in the space that was once the palazzo's winter garden. Read more below the photo.

The Bar at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Once an aristocratic home built in the 1600s, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is a luxury hotel overlooking the Pantheon. Set in the midst of the historic city center, the noble hotel offers 135 guest rooms mixing classic style with the latest amenities including bathrooms with travertine marble and Etro bath products, double glazed windows, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Continue reading below.

Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Steps from the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, the property is ideally situated for exploring Rome.

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Perched on a hilltop within a 15th century villa with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele provides an exclusive setting within a former Renaissance monastery. Set amidst Italian gardens with lemon trees and fragrant roses, the hotel offers fine Tuscan cuisine at La Loggia Restaurant, a Cookery School, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence. There are walking paths through the surrounding woods, a fitness center with panoramic views, personal training services, and a massage gazebo. There's also a shuttle bus which transports hotel guests to the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence's historic city center. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Villa San Michele

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and VIP status. Plus, a room upgrade based on availability at time of check-in.

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Set along the shores of Lake Garda, Grand Hotel Fasano is a historic luxury hotel offering scenic mountain and lake views. Originally built in 1888 as a hunting lodge for the Austrian imperial family, the hotel provides a picturesque lakeside location with centuries old grounds, and ornate architectural details, infused with modern comforts. 

The Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's opulent guest rooms and suites have an elegant color palette of creams and golds with gilded accents and large windows providing views of the lake. There's also minibars, LCD TVs, safes, and balconies and select rooms. The Suites have larger spaces, along with separate lounge areas. Read more below the image.

Superior Room at the Grand Hotel Fasano

For dining, Il Fagiano Ristorante features the creative cuisine of Chef Matteo Felter, a Lake Garda native. Serving a modern take on the lake region's traditional cuisine, there's a contemporary mix of flavors and textures. During the summer months, the restaurant has a terrace, providing an exclusive setting with fragrant flowers and lake views. Continue reading below the photos.

Il Fagiano Ristorante at Grand Hotel Fasano

Il Fagiano Ristorante Exterior at Grand Hotel Fasano

Ristorante Magnolia is set on the hotel's grounds and features two ancient magnolia trees, with a menu of traditional Italian salads, pastas, and grilled main courses prepared using fresh ingredients. Read more below. 

Ristorante Magnolia at Grand Hotel Fasano

Set on a terrace, Trattoria Il Pescatore specializes in Mediterranean-inspired fresh fish dishes, while La Darsena Shore Club & Restaurants is located in a restored old house on the lake serving chef prepared Lake Garda classics. Continue reading below the photos. 

La Darsena at Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's Aveda spa offers a variety of services and treatments designed to maintain balance of the body and mind. There's also a wellness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment. Nearby, guests have access to exclusive skippered rental services of Frauscher boats, explore Lake Garda's cycling trails on rented mountain bikes, or golf at the Gardagolf Country Club and Arzaga Golf Club. 

Visit the Grand Hotel Fasano website to check rates and availability

 

 


Romantic Retreat at Hotel Brunelleschi Giveaway

We have exciting news to share! Thank you to everyone who entered the Romantic Retreat at Hotel Brunelleschi Giveaway. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner.

Congratulations to Dana F. of Washington, D.C.!

Courtesy of the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, Dana and a guest will enjoy a three night stay and daily buffet breakfast at the chic hotel in the heart of Florence. Continue reading below the photo.

Breakfast at the Hotel Brunelleschi

Amenities include: 

- Restaurant Santa Elisabetta offers an elegant dining atmosphere with just 7 tables and chef-prepared Florentine cuisine

- Osteria della Pagliazza with traditional Tuscan recipes

- The Tower Bar with a historic setting, finger foods, and aperitifs

- Daily breakfast

- Wedding feasts

- Prime location next to Il Duomo

- Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit, bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 

 

Enjoy your stay Dana, and take lots of photos!

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