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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Love art, history, food, and sea breezes? In our latest Featured Journeys we are heading to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Our adventure begins in Barcelona where artists have created awe-inspiring spires and works of art. Then we venture to Provence to the port city of Marseille for history and waterside culture. Last but not least, we finish our multi-destination itinerary in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where the glitterati venture for the Grand Prix. 

Barcelona, Spain

An intersection of cultures for more than 2,000 years, Barcelona is the autonomous capital of Catalunya. While it is located in Spain, the city is Catalonian in every way from its beachside cafes to the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. Visionary artists have influenced the style of the city from Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia to the Picasso Museum. Foodies and gourmands flock to La Boqueria Market for goat chees, seafood bars, olives, and Iberian ham. Park Guell is a sprawling outdoor green space filled with sculpted greenery, and the tree-lined La Rambla leads down charming alleyways to the Santa Maria del Mar church. Ready to relax? Barceloneta Beach is the destination for locals and tourists alike. 

Neri Hotel

Lobby of the Neri Hotel

Situated right beside the city's Cathedral, the Neri Hotel is a chic and exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. A member of the Relais & Chateaux, the property occupies two historic buildings, including a Medieval Palace from the XII century. Featuring sophisticated design throughout, the property blends music and sensual aromas to create a one-of-a-kind retreat in this ancient area of central Barcelona, steps from Las Ramblas, la Boqueria market, and the Picasso Museum. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.

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Marseille, France

Dating back to classical Greece, Marseille is a multicultural port city where grandeur and grit blend together. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2013, the city has welcomed world-class museums in recent years. Vieux Port (old port) is the heart of the city where yachts and pleasure boats set the scene. The Cathedrale de Marseille Notre Dame de la Major is the center of the Joliette neighborhood, and the Republique quarter is the destination for Haussmannian architecture and stylish boutiques. 

InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

Terrace at InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

The historic InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu is an iconic landmark property offering commanding views of the city of Marseille, Vieux-Port, and the iconic Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Designed by Mansart's nephew, the property is ideally situated at the gateway to Provence with 194 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, grand outdoor terrace, and a 10,000-square foot Spa by Clarins. Guests of the hotel can bear witness to the property's impressive historic via its majestic staircases, vaulted passages, French gardens, and terraces. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Les Fenetres, a 50 EUR food and beverage credit in Les Fenetres per room/per stay, (or for stays in 2020, an 85 Euro or $100 USD hotel credit per person/per stay – not valid for Alcyone Michelin Star Restaurant, Spa by Clarins and Conciergerie), complimentary WiFi, access to the Clarins Spa facilities and an automatic room category upgrade to a Seaview room at booking, based on availability. With a stay of three (3) nights or more, guests also receive a bottle of Champagne.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Surrounded by France on three sides and the Mediterranean on the fourth, the city-state of Monaco is home to the world's greatest number of billionaires per capita. A haven for celebrities and high-rollers for centuries, most of Monaco's revenue comes from banking, tourism, and gambling. The world's second-smallest country is just 200 hectares, and it is home to the annual Formula One Grand Prix. Monte Carlo is dominated by glass and concrete, with high-rise hotels and super yachts along its meandering streets.

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Situated a stone's throw from the famous Casino Square, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo provides carefree elegance. Located in the heart of Monaco, this historic palace hotel combines tradition with contemporary comforts and offers guests extravagance at its finest. There are three restaurants and bars, including  one-starred Michelin Le Vistamar restaurant, to experience “la dolce vita à la Rivera” with Grand Cru wines, plus a wellness center with a heated seawater pool and fitness center with panoramic views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily buffet breakfast for two at Eiffel Mezzanine, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding the minibar), the Cercle Monte Carlo Card with added special privileges, complimentary WiFi, and a VIP welcome.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Spanish Experience

Our newest Featured Journeys highlights three of Spain's top destinations: Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona. From Mediterranean breezes to bodegas buzzing with locals and tourists, Spain offers adventures for culinary and enthusiasts, as well as one-of-a-kind nightlife options. Learn more about top luxury hotels in these Spanish cities below. 

Malaga

Set along Spain's "Gold Coast", Malaga is an Andalusian destination for Mediterranean sunlight, beaches, buzzing tapas bars, and palm-lined promenades. Picasso's original hometown offers art enthusiasts the Picasso Museum. Nestled in a 16th century palace, the museum showcases Picasso's late 1970s paintings. The city's Renaissance cathedral is an ornate masterpiece, and the Moorish Alcazaba are two of the city's iconic architectural highlights. 

La Malagueta beach and the coves at El Palo are the must-visit spots for sunshine. The Paseo del Parque promenade is an ideal place to meander and cool down under the shade of palms, and La Concepcion Botanical Gardens is brimming with tropical flowers. 

Dining in this region is all about tapas. Malaga is home to 1,001 tascas (tapas bars), and these bars are an ideal spot to mingle with the outgoing locals while having fresh anchovies, Serrano ham, and calamari. Pedralejo and La Caleta are popular destinations for beach cafes, fried fish, and cocktails at sunset. While the Old Town is a nightlife destination with live music bars, clubs, and bodegas.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa 

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa

About 50 minutes southwest of Malaga in Marbella, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa offers a traditional Andalusian retreat along the "Golden Coast". From Afternoon Tea on the terrace to a round of golf or relaxing poolside, the luxurious property provides a relaxing setting for travelers looking to soak in the sun and local culture. There's 14 different restaurants on-site, an open-air courtyard ideal for cocktails, spa & wellness facilities, tennis courts, and botanical gardens. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Alhambra Restaurant and a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay.

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Madrid

Modern Madrid is a diverse destination where cobbled lanes and historic chapels meet contemporary boulevards lined with skyscrapers. Locals and tourists alike can revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting at the city's largest bullring--Plaza de Toros, or browse the Prado's extensive collection of art from around the world as well as Spanish masters like Goya and Velazquez, and every Wednesday and Saturday, the Changing of the Guard happens at the Royal Palace.

Madrid offers an eclectic food scene along Ventura de la Vega, Plaza de Santa Ana, and the Plaza de Santa Barbara where Madrilenos begin the evening at tapas bars serving manchego cheese, stuffed peppers, chorizo, and Spanish wine, then dine on dinners highlighting Spanish flavors like Valencian paella, Andalusian gapacho, and the Cocido--Madrid's own lamb and vegetable stew. 

For shopping, Rastro has been the destination for locals and bargain hunters for 500 years. While the Gran Via is the city's trendy shopping neighborhood with Art Deco shops selling the latest styles including handbags made from Spanish leather. To get a panoramic view of the city, Faro de Moncloa is a former transmission tower that has been reimagined into an observation deck 92 meters above the city. 

Looking for a night on the town? Madrid's biggest clubs are set along Calle Arenal, while the bars of Chucca and Huertas are popular after Midnight.

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Premium King Guest Room at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Inspired by the paintings of Velazquez, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques is located in the heart of Madrid. Nestled within a 19th century palace, the hotel has a historic garden, and guest rooms and suites are infused with touches on the Velazquez masterpiece, Las Meninas. Situated in the former palace stables, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Dos Cielos Madrid by Hermanos Torres with a locally-inspired menu and exclusive location. There's also a seasonal rooftop pool and Thai Room Wellness Center. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for each guest daily in Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens, a 40 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes Dos Cielos Restaurant), and a welcome amenity.

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Barcelona

Offering a cosmopolitan destination on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a vibrant city with Gothic and Modernist architecture. Effortlessly cool, the city is known for the turrets of Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria Market's Iberian ham, olives, and goat cheese, El Born's clubs where partiers dance 'til dawn, and hidden courtyards. 

La Sagrada Familia cathedral is one of the city's top destinations. Gaudi's masterpiece is full of symbolism. Started in 1882, the church has iconic turrets, stone carvings, and grand facades. The tree-lined La Rambla is ideal for a walk to the maze-like alleyways in Barri Gotic that lead to Santa Maria del Mar Church, and Montjuic's gardens are an ideal spot for those seeking some shade. At the Picasso Museum, visitors can see some of the artist's finest works from early sketches to Blue Period works.

For beaches and no-frills fish restaurants, Barcelonta is the place to go. Barri Gotic serves up Catalan fare including Los Caracoles (the snails), salted cod salad known as esqueixada, and pan tomaquet (tomato bread). For Michelin-starred restaurants that put the city on the gastro map, Eixample and El Born offers a variety of gastronomic experiences. In the evening, head to the jazz clubs and tapas bars of Placa Real.  

Seeking some retail therapy? Passieg de Gracia is known for designer lables, El Corte Ingles is one of Barcelona's top department stores, and boutiques in Barri Gotic, El Born, and El Raval sell unique finds and art.

Neri Hotel

Suite Bat at Neri Hotel

Situated on Sant Felip Neri Square, the Neri Hotel is a Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the city's Gothic Quarter. Next to the church where Gaudi prayed daily, the boutique hotel has the Neri Restaurant with a creative Mediterranean menu as well as outdoor seating on San Felip Neri Square. For a unique outdoor setting, the Roba Estesa has a rooftop setting for casual cuisine and cocktails overlooking the Gothic Quarter. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guest booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

When you check into The Serras Hotel, you stay in a building dating from 1846. Its facade was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina, the architect who built Barcelona's famous Placa Reial. And as if that weren't enough, Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th centurys most renowned artists, had his first studio in this building in 1896, when he was only 15. Guests can stay in it today by booking the Picasso Suite.

·The Serras

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Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Five Star Alliance has terrific offersfor luxury travelers. Here are three current offers, all in Barcelona, Spain.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in Barcelona.  Finished to a level of luxury synonymous with Mandarin Oriental, this property gives every guest a supremely comfortable home in the city.

The Fall in Love in Barcelona Rate Includes:

-Complimentary upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability)

-A Chilled Bottle of Cava The Catalan Champagne With A Selection of Seasonal Berries.

-Continental In Room Breakfast

-Complimentary Late Checkout until 2pm 

-Butler Service

 

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over the area of Las Ramblas, this luxury hotel in Barcelona combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design. 

The Romantic Promotion Rate Includes:Great Rates in Barcelona

-Buffet breakfast

-Romantic Bath with Petals

-Bottle Of Cava

-Free WiFi

-Access to Hotel Spa & Swimming pools

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The Ohla HotelThe Ohla Hotel is a new five-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, an ideal setting for tourists, shoppers and business people offering a world of experience, service and wellbeing. The calmness and serenity of the hotel combined with the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Barcelona offers a unique blend. 

The Fall in Love Suite Includes:

-Breakfast included In Room

-A La Carte Bath Service

-Bottle of Cava

-Sensual Kit

-Chocolate Sins

-Late check out until 2pm

-Free WiFi

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Overlooking either the Passeig de Gràcia or the peaceful landscaped garden, spacious suites at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona 
have been designed in the manner of a private apartment with the key feature of a luxuriously large terrace for al fresco dining.
Additionally, the suites feature a bathroom, a bedroom and study separate from the living areas. Adjacent to the large bedroom
lies a walk-in dressing area, while suites also feature a separate living area with dining table. In addition, a glass-walled master
bathroom acts as a stunning sanctuary with beautiful features including a freestanding circular bathtub, stand-alone shower and
mirrored vanity unit.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

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Originally constructed in 1908 and completely restored in 2004, Casa Fuster Hotel is an emblematic
modernist building designed by the famous Catalan architect Lluís Domenech i Montaner. Mr. Mariano Fuster, 
a gentleman from Mallorca’s upper class, met and fell in love with Ms. Consuelo Fabra i Puig, the daughter of the
Marquis of Alella, in Barcelona. The building was a gift from the Senor Fuster to his wife. Mariano Fuster put the
house in his wife's name and dedicated a rose window to her with the initials CF. At the time it was the most expensive
house in the Catalan capital, due to the high quality marble and other materials used in construction. 

Casa Fuster Hotel

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The private infinity pool at W Barcelona is a peaceful retreat that’s just steps from the
gym and spa so you can lounge to the sounds of the Barcelona breeze, and nothing else. 

W Barcelona

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The Petit Palace Museum is located next to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in a parallel
street of Paseo de Gracia and very near from the Cataluna Square, Ramblas, Barrio Gotico,
and the main historic and cultural old city center. 

Petit Palace Musuem

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Grand Hotel Central Barcelona's spectacular rooftop pool has panoramic views out over the city. A sheet of water merges in with the rooftops in Born district; comfortable loungers, a variety of fruit, salads, salads, juice and cocktails, gentle chill-out music, all making this area a privileged spot reserved for hotel guests.

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona 

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On the rooftop of Neri Hotel, guest will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs.

Roba estesa is an amazing space with a small outdoor urban garden, where you can contemplate the skies of Barcelonas. It's a corner to take a cocktail or snack in a setting based on feng-shui and the five elements.

Neri Hotel

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