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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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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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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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Featured Journeys: Romantic Trip Through Italy

Italy, known for food, art, and culture, it seems as if there's something new to discover at every turn. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Romantic Trip Through Italy. While there's so much to explore, this journey will feature three of the major cities, along with a stop in Tuscany for wine and enjoying la dolce vita. 

Rome
Siena
Florence
Venice

Rome

The journey begins in Rome. Founded around 753 B.C., the city is a haven for history lovers. Three of our favorite hotels below provide ideal locations to explore all the Eternal City has to offer, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain. Thanks to Italy's fashion houses, many of the city's major landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain have recently been refurbished, making it an ideal time to visit. 

Here are a few of our top Rome hotels:

Palazzo Manfredi

Palazzo Manfredi

Directly opposite the Colosseum, the Palazzo Manfredi is a boutique hotel set within a 17th century villa. Offering the Michelin star Aroma Restaurant, guests can dine on award-winning cuisine while enjoying views of the iconic Colosseum. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive daily breakfast for 2, complimentary welcome drink, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.

Palazzo Montemartini

Palazzo Montemartini

Situated in central Rome, Palazzo Montemartini offers a modern, yet romantic setting. The only hotel in the city crossed by the Servian Walls, the luxury hotel is set within a stately former palazzo with a spa, Turkish bath, and indoor lap pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a bottle of wine, plus a 10% discount at the Senses restaurant and spa treatments. 

Fendi Private Suites

Fendi Private Suites

Why only shop at the Fendi flagship boutique when you can spend the night in the Fendi Private Suites? Offering seven chic and creative suites within the Palazzo Fendi, the innovative designs incorporate the brand's classical visual language in the heart of Rome.

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Siena

Offering a medieval setting, the city of Siena makes for a great base for exploring Tuscany. While the town itself is charming, we recommend spending a few nights (or why not an entire week if timing allows?) at one of the area's vineyard hotels where you can relax, sip some wine, and take in the beauty of the Italian countryside. 

Here are a few of our top Siena hotels:

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

This majestic estate has an 800-year history. Set in Val d'Orcia just north of Montalcino, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany's largest contiguous estates. Completely restored, the property offers a focus on the land, wine, and history. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive $100 USD resort credit, and a welcome bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine. 

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero

Set amongst the Chianti vines, Castel Monastero is situated within a medieval village from the 11th century. About 30 minutes from Siena, this country resort offers a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, an intimate church for weddings, wine cellar with Tuscan wine tastings, and spa with wellness programs and medical anti-aging treatments. Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a three course lunch for two with wine, and $100 spa credit. 

Castel Porrona Relais

Castel Porrona Relais

Nestled amongst vineyards, cypress trees, and olive groves, the Castel Porrona Relais is a historic village resort with an outdoor swimming pool, fine Tuscan cuisine at Il Chiostro Restaurant, and suites with personal butler service. The Agua Spa offers wine therapy baths, Moroccan-inspired hammam, and treatments incorporating Tuscan wine and olive oils. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 15% discount on spa services. 

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Florence

Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a must-see for art lovers. Yes, Michelangelo's "David" is here, but there's so much more to see. Il Duomo, the Florence Cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and was built on the site of 7th century Church of Santa Reparata, where visitors can see the remains of the foundation in the crypt. On the piazza outside of the cathedral is the Baptistery of St. John, considered the oldest religious site in all of Florence. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the "newest" part of the city for shopping, and be sure to try the iconic Florentine Steak for one of your meals. 

Here are a few of our top Florence hotels:

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is in the heart of historic city center. Set within a 6th century byzantine tower and medieval church from 1400, the luxury boutique hotel has an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Note: you may recognize the property, as it is where Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks' character) stays while in Florence in the DaVinci Code and Inferno. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, along with a welcome amenity. 

Hotel Il Salviatino

Hotel Il Salviatino

Perched on the hillside of Fiesole, Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa. Overlooking Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, the unique property has outdoor pools set immersed in the green hills. There's a spa with aroma's of Dr Vranjes, an exclusive Florence perfume house, along with La Cucina serving Tuscan cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on the property. 

Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele

Surrounded by gardens with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele is set within a former monastery. Minutes way from the center of Florence, the building was expertly restored with the assistance of the Florence Fine Arts Authority. There's an Italian Cookery School with hands-on cooking classes, La Loggia Restaurant, and a hilltop pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers, and fruit upon arrival. 

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Venice

The final stop on the journey is Venice. The City of Canals offers a romantic setting with ornate palaces lining the Grand Canal, narrow mysterious streets, and arched marble bridges crossing over canals with gondalas. Popular with artists and writers for centuries, the city is an ideal place to roam and wander with the one you love. Designed to approach from the water, Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square is a must-see, but can get crowded. We recommend visiting in the early morning.

Here are a few of our top Venice hotels:

Boscolo Venezia

Guest room at the Boscolo Venezia

Overlooking the lagoon, Boscolo Venezia is tucked inside a 16th century villa with a hidden garden. Providing a classic Venetian setting, the hotel's Giardino Segreto Restaurant provides a Boscolo Food Experience with themed islands, open kitchens, and an emphasis on food presentation. The Serenissima spa draws inspiration from the city's wellness traditions, and the hotel has a private boat offering transportation to St. Mark's Square. 

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

Tucked on the private island of Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa is a 15-minute boat ride across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square. There is a Wine & Cooking Academy providing guests with the opportunity to learn the art of Venetian cuisine, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family activities. There is a romantic church, four restaurants, water sports, and a rooftop lounge with a pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive VIP status, Venetian sweets, and a bottle of prosecco. 

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Overlooking the Grand Canal, guests typically arrive by boat to the Aman Canal Grande Venice. Evoking the feeling of bygone era with sweeping staircases, soaring ceilings, and historic frescoes, the luxury hotel has private gardens, and a boutique specializing in Venetian glassware. There's a roof terrace, along with the Dining Room serving Italian and Asian cuisines, and guests have walking access to San Polo. 

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Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence provides a romantic setting in the heart of the historic city center with Santa Elisabetta restaurant serving chef-prepared Florentine cuisine, Osteria della Pagliazza offering a traditional Tuscan trattoria setting, and the Tower Bar specializing in aperitifs. Given the property's location and ambiance, the hotel is an ideal getaway for couples. Learn more about a special package at the hotel below the photo.

Osteria della Pagliazza at the the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

For a limited time, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is offering a special "Love Escape City" package that includes:

- Two nights in a recently renovated Executive Room

- In-room breakfast

- Generous welcome aperitif in the Tower Bar

- Complimentary bottle of Metodo Classico, a superior white wine served with fruit

- Late checkout at 6 pm (subject to availability)

- Complimentary High Speed WiFi and access to the fitness area

Learn more about the package at Hotel Brunelleschi website

 


This Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate your love than a romantic getaway? Throughout the month of love, hotels around the world are offering special packages designed to inspire romantic memories. Here are five luxury getaways, ideal for surprising your sweetheart. 

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

The Royal Palm Hotel GalapagosFor an exotic retreat, book the Valentine's 3-Night/4-Day Romantic Package at the Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos. The package includes three nights in a Casita or Highland Villa, a special Valentine's five-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, complimentary bottle of house wine, in-room chocolates, and a choice of land tours and sea excursions. Valid for arrival February 1-28, 2017.

Visit the Royal Palm Galapagos for more details

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is set within the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. The private estate adjoins with the Galapagos National Park, and features fine dining, outdoor pool, and gardens with fountains.  Luxurious guest rooms, villas, and casitas feature custom furnishings, and the entire property is designed to be harmonious with the natural environment. 

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Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi FlorenceThe Hotel Brunelleschi is offering a Valentine's Day special that includes accommodations and a romantic dinner at the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Steps from Il Duomo (Florence Cathedral), the hotel was featured in both the DaVinci Code and Inferno. 

The Hotel Brunelleschi Valentine's Day offer includes:
• One night in one of the hotel's luxurious rooms or suites
• A rich buffet breakfast
• A sweet inroom welcome: a selection of fine delicious chocolate
• A tasting dinner on February 14th, served in the ancient halls on the first floor (drinks included)
• 2 soft bathrobes to cuddle yourself during your stay
• Ambiance music composed by various artists
• Personalized room set-up: choose your favorite ambient fragrance and fresh flowers
• High speed internet Wi-Fi unlimited service
• Health Club access 

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The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula ParisThe "From Peninsula with Love" package at the Peninsula Paris provides an elegant setting ideal for creating moments to remember. Daily breakfast is included, along with a "Love Cake." During the month of February, the hotel is offering guests a special Van Cleef & Arpels experience, based on availability.

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COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan LondonThe COMO Metropolitan London is offering a variety of Valentine's Day options, including a Valentine's Day cocktail masterclass in the Park Lane Met Bar where couples can learn how to craft drinks from expert mixologists. There's also special couples spa treatments offered from February 11 to 18.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Castlemartyr IrelandFor those that love Irish Castles, the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork is offering a variety of ways to celebrate February, the month of love. The Lady Fitzergerald's Afternoon Tea is served in the Bell Tower Restaurant, and evokes the romance and spirit of the Downton Abbey era, there are special menu offerings at Franchini's, golf packages, and spa offerings with aromatherapy massages, prosecco, and chocolate strawberries. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic getaway.

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Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.

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Guests of Belmond Villa San Michele enjoy magnificent views across the Arno Valley and Florence
from the panoramic heated swimming pool. It is situated on a grassy plateau above the gardens,
reached by a winding path, with a pool snack bar.

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Grand Hotel Villa Cora earned its reputation by hosting international guests of great importance, such as Princess Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III, and the French musician Claude Debussy. 
Grand Hotel Villa Cora

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The Grand Hotel Villa Medici's two restaurants are an incomparable blend of the finest gastronomic traditions and culinary inspiration.
The Lorenzo de' Medici is perfect for fine dining evenings, and the cosy atmosphere in the Conservatory is an ideal choice for intimate lunches.

Grand Hotel Villa Medici 

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