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Situated in the ancient city of Verona, Palazzo Victoria provides a quintessential Veronese setting infused with contemporary design and modern amenities. Located directly on the main street of Corso di Porta Borsari, the luxury hotel is steps from the Arena. There are a variety of elegant shops and restaurants to explore nearby, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe. Continue reading below the photo.

Exterior of Palazzo Victoria

Designed in typical Veronese style, the hotel has an inner courtyard and an original Zen garden. Throughout the property there are social spaces designed for guests to gather, such as an area with a pool table and the large contemporary lobby. There are ancient Roman remains that can be seen under the hotel, and within the building there are medieval frescoes and furnishings by renowned Italian designer Gaetano Pesce. Read more below the photo.

Lobby of Palazzo Victoria

The hotel's 74 guest rooms and suites combine modern conveniences with the refined atmosphere of the city's palaces of Verona. Age-old remains, marble, warm colors, and ancient techniques combine with incomparable views of the historic city. Continue reading below the photo.

Guest room at the Palazzo Victoria

For dining, Borsari 36 provides a gastronomic journey with a show kitchen, a window in the floor featuring views of Roman remains below, and air filled with the aromas of olive trees, fresh flowers, rosemary, sage, and basil. The chef-prepared cuisine is a modern interpretation of classic Italian traditions, including fresh grilled meats off an open barbeque, and either homemade pastas or artisinal dried pasta by Verrigna. 

Just outside of Verona begins the Valpolicella wine region which stretches west to Lake Garda. Renowned for classic reds that pair well with the region's hearty cuisine, the area offers a variety of vineyards to visit, as well as rustic osterie and family-run agriturismi. 

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Destination Spotlight: 5 NYC Hotels for the Holidays

From iconic holiday movies to tree lighting ceremonies, New York City offers a magical setting for celebrating the holidays. Whether it's a girls shopping weekend in the city, trip to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, or a family vacation for Christmas, New York City has a variety of luxury hotels for sleeping, celebrating, and relaxing after exciting days of shopping, Broadway Shows, ice skating, viewing window displays at the department stores, and basking in the glow of holiday lights. Here are five of our top picks for holiday trips to Midtown Manhattan. 

1. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza New York

Celebrating 110 years, The Plaza Hotel offers a historic location on Central Park South. This year, the property is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with special room packages, a Kevin Look-A-Like Contest, 90s Throwback Menu to honor Home Alone 2 at Todd English in the Food Hall, as well as a Home Alone 2 Photobooth Experience starting December 1. 

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2. The Lotte New York Palace

Holidays at The Lotte New York Palace

Set at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, The Lotte New York Palace offers an iconic setting steps from Rockefeller Center. Wake up with a view of St. Patrick's Cathedral from the Cathedral Rooms, ice skate under the shadow of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, and see the one-and-only Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and dine at the hotel's recently opened VILLARD Restaurant. 

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3. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Located along the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route on Sixth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers an idyllic Midtown location. From the "Fairytale In the City" packages which includes a renowned themed breakfast at the Saks New York flagship store and a carriage ride through Central Park to decadent Christmas Day and New Years Eve Dinners, this luxury hotel provides an elegant base for celebrating the holidays in NYC. 

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4. Four Seasons New York

Holidays at the Four Seasons New York

Designed by famed architect IM Pei, the Four Seasons New York is a modern-deco landmark. Located along "Billionaire's Row" between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, the hotel is steps from Madison Avenue boutiques and the Central Park skating rink. Festive Holiday Brunches are served on Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Garden, there's an annual tree lighting ceremony to benefit Toys for Tots (November 30, 2017), and a New Year's Eve Soiree at Ty Bar. Offering recently renovated guest rooms and suites infused with natural light and park views, the hotel has a Rolls-Royce house car for short trips within the city, less than 12 rooms per floor for a residential feel, customized in-room technology, and the L. RAPHAEL Beauty Spa. 

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5. The Pierre Hotel New York

Suite Living Room at The Pierre Hotel New York

Overlooking Central Park, The Pierre Hotel New York is across the street from the park, and a short walk to the upscale boutiques and restaurants along Madison and Park Avenues. Offering a signature Afternoon Tea with fresh-baked scones and petit fours created daily by the in-house pastry team, special children's amenities, and Perine, a French-American restaurant, the property has a variety of amenities for guests of all ages.

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Featured Journeys: Europe Christmas Markets

The holiday season is drawing near and the European Christmas Markets are about to open for the season. While Germany is traditionally known for the markets, there's also time-honored markets in France, Switzerland, and Austria. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're featuring three European cities: Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and Salzburg, which can easily be visited as part of a multi-destination European vacation, or choose one for a festive holiday-themed getaway. From traditional decor to handcrafted toys, as well as live Nativity scenes, choir concerts, ice skating, European Christmas Markets provide a one-of-a-kind setting for sipping mulled wine, enjoying gingerbread, and enjoying the local traditions of the season. 


Strasbourg
Stuttgart
Salzburg

 

Strasbourg

Nestled in the Alsace region along the border of France and Germany, the first Christmas Markets in Strasbourg began in 1570. Referred to as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg's markets are considered to be the best in France. Open daily from November 24 to December 30, 2017, visitors to the city can visit multiple markets, including the original which is located in the heart of the city's Grand Ile quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll amidst more than 300 chalets offering local arts and crafts, sip hot wine from boot shaped mugs, and try Flammekeuche - a thin pizza with crème fraîche, onions, and bacon. While at the markets, visitors can watch Nativity plays, listen to carolers, and look for the city's mascot--stuffed white storks in Le Petite France set along a canal in the city center. 

Chateau de l'Ile

Chateau de l'Ile at night

Situated within a historic 19th century castle, Chateau de l'Ile offers 62 guest rooms and suites inspired by the 19th century bourgeois houses. There's traditional Alsatian dining in the Winstub, a spa with an indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, and hammam, as well as bicyles, ping-pong, billiards, and the Heydt bar

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Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Situated in the medieval quarter, Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile offers a recently renovated contemporary setting close to the Cathedral, Opera, and Petite France District. The Terroir & Co. Restaurant serves chef-prepared modern cuisine, there's a compact vineyard on-site, as well as a wine cellar with fine Alsatian wines.

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Stuttgart

Set amidst historic city squares, the sprawling Stuttgart Christmas Market dates back to the 17th century. Featuring more than 280 stalls set between the Gothic cathedral and the city's ivy-clad castle, visitors can find glass creations, wooden toys, handmade nutcrackers, and sheepskin clothing. The Kinderland has a mini steam railway, carousel, and Ferris wheel for children, while there are daily concerts in the castle's courtyard. Open from November 29 to December 23, 2017, there are illuminations, fir branches, and angels hanging between the city's gabled houses, and the smell of Glühpunsch wine infused with vanilla and cinnamon fills the air. For food, visitors can nibble roasted almonds, graze on sheep sausages, or try sweet favorites like waffles, gingerbread, and fruitcake (known as Hutzelbrot). In addition to the the city's market, the Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market and the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market can be reached via a 15-minute ride on the S-Bahn light rail system. 

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Surrounded by castle gardens, the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten offers a city center location close to the Köngistrasse shopping street and the city's cultural mile. There are four restaurants within the hotel, including the Michelin-starred Restaurant Die Zirbelstube, bistro, and an American-style bar. The Weinwirtschaft Franz Keller is bistro and wine shop combined, serving regional cuisine with regional wine tastings. 

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DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

Featuring panoramic city views, DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart offers contemporary accommodations in the heart of Stuttgart. Connected to the SI Center entertainment complex, the property offers easy access to musical theaters and the Stuttgart Casino. The Whitelounge offers 360-degree light and sound shows in the evenings, and there's multiple dining options including Tapas Y Vino, The Dubliner, and Red Black Burger. 

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Salzburg

In the midst of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest in Europe. Open each year from the Thursday preceding the first Sunday in Advent to December 26, the market is held in the Cathedral Square, under avant-garde glass casings with about 100 traditional huts selling traditional decor, local folk customs, and holiday treats like sweet mulled wine, roasted almonds and chestnuts, locally cured sausages, and Lebkuchen. The nearby Schloss Hellbrun features one of the world's largest Advent calendars and a living Nativity. 

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Restaurant Zirbelzimmer at Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Built in 1832, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is located along the banks of the river Salzach. Featuring views of the Old Town and the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the property offers historic elegance with fine dining at the Restaurant Zirbelzimmer with traditional cuisine, and guests can enjoy the Original Sacher-Torte with coffee in the Cafe Sacher Salzburg, a classic Austrian coffee house within the hotel. 

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Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Classic room at Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Set along the Getreidegasse Road in the city's Old Town, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch is a historic hotel that originally opened in 1407. Today, the property mixes original antiques and handcrafted furniture with modern amenities and Austrian traditions. The Restaurant Goldener Hirsch and Restaurant s'Herzel both serve Austrian cuisine in historic settings, and the Bar Goldener Hirsch is located within the hotel's original inner courtyard where horses once waited. Today, it is considered one of the best outfitted Bauernstil rooms with arched entrances, white walls, and stags on the walls. 

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Providing a modern setting, the Roseate House New Delhi is contemporary luxury hotel with multiple restaurants, spa, cinema, and upscale shopping. Set amongst 1.6 sprawling acres, the hotel is adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and about a 30-minute drive to the historical capital of New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub. Designed to offer a respite from the city hustle, the stylish property provides a retreat with cosmopolitan flair. Continue reading below to learn about three of the hotel's top amenities. 

Guest Room at the Roseate House New Delhi

1. The Aheli Spa

The Spa at Roseate House New Delhi

Focused on wellness, the serene sanctuary offers an array of signature treatments including the Aheli Journey and the Coupled Up experiences. Set between two bodies of water, there are outdoor treatment areas, as well as four indoor treatment suites with private verandas, plus a salon. 

2. Luxury Shopping

Sprawled over 1500 meters, the hotel's retail area is designed to provide guests with an experiential shopping environment. Set on the ground floor, the ultra-luxe shops feature high end luxury brands such as Porsche Design, Bally, and Van Laack.

3. The Platinum Lounge Cinema

Platinum Lounge Cinema at Roseate House New Delhi

Designed to offer a best-in-class viewing experience, the hotel's 71-seat theater features an upscale setting for guests to watch movies without leaving the hotel. The Platinum Lounge Cinema can also be rented for private events such as movie screenings, board meetings, and awards nights.

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Situated within a 1930's building in the heart of the fashion district, the Armani Hotel Milano combines Giorgio Armani's style and philosphy into a luxury hotel focused on harmony and privacy. There are two Signature Suites within the hotel. Both of the suites are duplex suites, each with private kitchens, and sweeping circular staircases leading from the elegant living rooms to the en-suite bedrooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Signature Suites. 

Signature Suite at the Armani Hotel Milano

The difference between the choice of the two Signature Suites is the size (2,185 and 2,045 square feet), along with some of the added amenities. One of the suites has a private gym with a shower and bathroom, while the other suite features a private cinema space with an extra-large TV and plush seating. 

The Michelin-starred Armani/Ristorante offers a contemporary and innovative take on Italian cuisine. Including the restaurant's unique addition to the four traditional tastes, with a new, fifth taste: Umami, a word that in the Japanese language means flavorful. Continue reading below the Armani/Ristorante photo.

Armani/Ristorante at the Armani Hotel Milano

There's also the Armani/Bamboo Bar for crafted cocktails and light snacks, plus the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass "hat," providing panoramic views of the city. There's also the 10,763-square-foot Armani/SPA with a relaxation pool (see photo below), refreshment station featuring Armani/SPA herbal infusions, and a blend of exclusive and personalized treatments and services.

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Relaxation pool at the Armani Hotel Milano


Steps from the Opera and Paris' chic department stores, The Chess Hotel is a boutique property with 50 guest rooms and suites. Designed by Giles and Boissier, the luxury hotel combines natural materials such as linen, oak, and marble with signature accents like suspended lamps, curvaceous furniture, and artwork by Cyprien Chabert. There's a daily tea time, and the hotel provides guests with Samsung Dringme smartphones with access to city guides and concierge services. Continue below the photo.

Buffet Breakfast at The Chess Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that make reservations with Five Star Alliance get a welcome drink, and a smartphone to use during their stay with unlimited phone calls and internet access.

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Suite Bathroom at The Chess Hotel


Paris is the ultimate shopper's paradise with shops along the Champs Champs-Élysées, fine department stores, and chic boutiques around every corner. Whether you're seeking a fabulous holiday shopping excursion in the city of lights, or you'd like to give the gift of a memorable vacation this holiday season, here's a list of a few of our favorite Paris hotels offering special perks for Five Star Alliance guests.

1. Nolinski Paris - steps away from the Palais Royal Gardens, this boutique hotel opened earlier this year. Set in a Haussmanian Building, the pet-friendly hotel has a spa and brasserie. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, and a smartphone to use during the stay with unlimited international phone calls and internet. 
Nolinski Paris

2. Victoria Palace Hotel - set in the 6th arrondissement, steps away from Rue de Rennes, this historic hotel has been a Paris landmark since 1913, the hotel offers understated Left Bank luxury, upscale amenities, and a centralized location with easy access to public transportation. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary full breakfast for two, 40 Euro bar credit per room, and welcome chocolates. 
Victoria Palace Hotel

3. Hotel du Louvre - overlooking the famous Louvre Museum, this historic property was built in 1855. There's the reknowned Brasserie du Louvre on-site, and the Bar offers Napoleon III style with jazz evenings. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome cocktail. 
Hotel du Louvre

4. La Tremoille - nestled along a quiet street in the heart of the Golden Triangle, combines a Haussman-era building with contemporary styling, for a modern retreat close to the Champs-Elysees, Georges V Avenue, and Montaigne Avenue. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary box of Laduree Macaroons.
La Tremoille

5. Hotel Pont Royal - in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, close to Cafe de Flore and the Musee d'Orsay, the hotel offers original painintgs by Beaux Arts students, Parisian views, and L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon with new French cuisine. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast for two, WiFi and on-demand video, plus a 30 Euro beverage credit.
Hotel Pont Royal 

Views can make all the difference, and the Eiffel Suites at the Hotel Plaza Athenee take a room with a view to a whole new level. Offering two suite options - one with an Art Deco motif and the other a combination of 18th century glamour meets haute couture, the elegant guest suites provide a luxurious way to enjoy stunning views of Paris. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

From the bedrooms, guests can lie in a plush bed and look out large picture windows with stunning views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by opulent decor with fine furniture, rare woods, silk, and velvet accents, the sitting room has the same spectacular view, topped off with a piano, striking murals, and special touches. When it's time to relax, the elegant bathrooms have spectacular soaking tubs with mosaic-tiled exteriors, separate showers, towel warmers, and incredible views. Continue reading below.

Hotel Plaza Athenee Eiffel Suite Bathroom

The Hotel Plaza Athenee recently underwent a subtle renovation that retained it's Parisian charm while upgrading modern amenities and interiors. Situated along the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the ultra-luxe hotel is in the midst of the finest and most prestigious fashion boutiques and couturiers. Guest rooms and suites are glamorous and elegant, plus there's five restaurants, a chic bar, and The Dior Institute which offers exclusive facials and body treatments. 

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Hotel Plaza Athenee



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Set in the heart of Manhattan, at the crossroads of art, fashion, and design, the Langham Place Hotel, Fifth Avenue offers 157 luxurious guest rooms and 57-ultra luxurious suites. In September, the hotel will unveil new suites designed by French design firm and retailer, Roche Bobois. Read more about the designer suites in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue has partnered with Roche Bobois, a French design firm and retailer, to introduce the new Roche Bobois Suites. The new suites are slated to debut this September, coinciding with both New York Fashion Week and the United Nations General Assembly.

The Roche Bobois suites (#2503 and #2603), have two full bathrooms, an additional half-bath and a combined living and dining area, as well as a full-service kitchen, washer and dryer and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the New York skyline and Empire State Building.

Inspired by the brand’s collaborations with fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Missoni, the new suites also incorporate elements from Roche Bobois' most recent collaboration with Christian Lacroix.

Design elements of the new Roche Bobois Suites at Langham Place, New York include:
- Living room furniture, such as a Presence Sofa, a Profile tufted leather ottoman and an Epoq sofa from the Nouveaux Classique collection
- Aqua dining table, which can seat up to 10 guests
- Courchevel King Size beds in each bedroom
- Artwork using materials from Maison Christian Lacroix
- Mounted TV units by Chicane and Logos in each bedroom - Drapery by men’s fashion designer Paul Smith
- Accent pillows and throws throughout the suites by Maison Lacroix

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Langham Place, New York Exterior View

When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.

What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.

Lounge at the Fendi Luxury Suites

The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.

Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.

We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.

We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.

The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.

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Fendi Suites in Rome

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