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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

Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville is a luxury hotel nestled within an 18th century palazzo. Providing sweeping city views and fine dining at Da Sistina, the property offers an exclusive retreat in the heart of Rome. Learn more about the Canova Suite and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Rooftop Bar at Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville

Featuring a mix of guest rooms, suites, and signature suites, the Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville has an elegant setting for travelers. One of the hotel's top suites is the Canova Suite. Named after the Neoclassical sculptor, Antonio Canova, the sophistated suite blends high art with lavish style. The separate living areas from the sitting room to the bedroom are furnished in a color palette of cool wheat shades accented by a curated collection of objects d'art. The lavish marble bathroom has exclusive Irene Forte Skincare products crafted with Sicilian botanicals, a separate shower, state-of-the-art audio speakers, and double washbasins. While the private walk-in wardrobe is an ideal setting to get ready for a glamorous night out in Rome.

One of the suite's highlights is the beautifully furnished outdoor terrace. Featuring exclusive views, the terrace is an idyllic place to enjoy an aperitivo while soaking in the views of the sunset-lit rooftops of the Eternal City. Discover an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Canova Suite at Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate and "Best Available Rate" will also include breakfast daily, a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay, complimentary WiFi, and a welcome amenity.

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| 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.

Book a stay at Neri Hotel

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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.

Book a stay at InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

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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.

Book a stay at Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

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| By: Rachael Weir

Steps from Madrid's Golden Mile with museums and designer boutiques, Hotel Unico Madrid offers a historic setting infused with contemporary style and modern amenities. Read more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Dining at Hotel Unico Madrid

For travelers seeking the feel of having their own apartment with all the services of a superior category room, the Grand Suite provides a residential retreat within a refurbished palatial town house. The private pied-à-terre has plenty of natural light, a master bedroom with a king bed topped by Egyptian cotton sheets and four pillows, plus a separate living room with a sofa bed, 48-inch TV, Bluetooth sound system, minibar, and Nespresso coffee machine.

While the centerpiece of the suite is the bathroom showcasing a Kaos bathtub with massage jets by the Italian firm Bath Italy, natural paraben-free toiletries by Finca Gayeta of Mallorca, and a separate shower stall with ceiling-mounted Dormbracht rain shower head. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Grand Suite Bath at Hotel Unico Madrid

The hotel's restaurant Ramón Freixa is a recipient of 2 Michelin Stars. With a mission to bring the most creative and innovative cuisine to the table, the restaurant offers guests a Madrid-focused gastronomic experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily full breakfast for two in Ramon Freixa Restaurant and a 4G Pocket WiFi Device for use during the stay. Reservations for a minimum of two (2) nights will also receive a 45 Euro lunch credit once per stay and per person for up to 2 guests (no cash value and excluding alcoholic beverages/taxes/gratuities). Reservations for a minimum of three (3) nights in a Suite or Junior Suite will also enjoy the private use of an iPad during their stay and a 30 Euro laundry services credit.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Blending art, culture, heritage, and creativity, Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo is a luxury hotel set within a former prison, just around the corner from the Grand Palace. Set amidst cobbled streets, the hotel's historic architecture is accented by the latest in modern comforts, providing guests with a range of chic rooms and suites with views of either the Grand Palace or the rooftops of Brussels. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Suite at Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

Offering a central location in the city's Old Town, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring historic and cultural sights, European Parliament, and the financial district. Brussels is a destination for world-class contemporary art, and guests of the hotel can enjoy the property's extensive on-site collection of artwork including original Magritte lithographs, prints of Herge’s enduring classic, Tintin, and pieces by Goossens, Moulinsart, and Broodthaers. Read more below the photo.

Executive Suite at Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

For dining, Ristorante Bocconi provides a menu showcases fine Italian cuisine prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. While the glamorous Bar A serves cocktails in a candlelit atmospere with live music. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the restaurant photo.

Ristorante Bocconi

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Ristorante Bocconi, and an 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing exclusive views of the iconic Grand Canal through a filigreed arched window, the Grand Canal Suite at Aman Venice is a 1,044-square-foot (97-square-meter) luxury space for an ultra-luxe retreat in the capital city of the Veneto region. In the living room, guests will find a writing desk, sofa, and lounge chairs. Plus, a TV, sound system, safe, and armoire with a private bar. Read more about the suite along with exclusive Five Star Alliance Suite Privileges and Perks below the Grand Canal Suite photo.

Grand Canal Suite at Aman Venice

Featuring a private setting, the suite's separate bedroom has a plush king-size bed, sitting area, TV, and large windows overlooking the canal. While the luxurious bathroom has a dressing area. Read more about the hotel and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo of the Grand Canal Suite Bedroom. 

Grand Canal Suite at Aman Venice

Blending the sumptuous and sensous feel of the city with Rococco and Neo-Renaissance architecture, Aman Venice provides a glamorous retreat on the Grand Canal. Wellness services promote calming introspection, private gardens offer a piece of serenity, and guests can partake in authentic cultural encounters curated by local experts. Read about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Library at Aman Venice

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE 2019 SUITE PRIVILEGES: For guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights receive a lunch for up to 2 people per room, excluding alcoholic beverages and gratuities, once during stay (Value $100). This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Grand Canal Suite.

In addition, this hotel offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK that can be combined with Suite Privileges (if requirements are met). 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Aman Venice


| By: Rachael Weir

Set along the Danube, Budapest offers a sophisticated setting steeped in history with a thriving nightlife scene. Featuring Hapsburg architecture throughout the city, visitors can enjoy the grandeur of the Hungarian State Opera house, Royal Palace, and the grand boulevards. 

Travelers will want to visit the Castle District, home to the Royal Palace and the gothic Matthias Church. Heroes Square is a spot known for frescoes and Old Master paintings, and the City Park provides a lake-dotted green respite in the city. 

Due to an array of hot springs, locals and travelers having been "taking to the waters" since the Romans first arrived. Today, travelers can choose from a variety of bathhouses reflecting various styles from art nouveau like Széchenyi to the Turkish-style Rudas. 

While foodies will have plenty to discover in Budapest as well. The flavors of Eastern and Central Europe combine to create a cusine of its own, which pairs well with Hungary's fine wines ranging from Eger's reds to Somló’s crisp whites. 

History enthusiasts will find remnants of the past throughout Budapest including the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, and the House of Terror that is now a museum detailing the stories of the parties that ruled Budapest. While evidence of bullet holes and shrapnel pockmarks remind visitors of the past.

Here are 5 Top Budapest Luxury Hotels:

5. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Featuring a landmark setting along the Danube, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is a luxury hotel blending historic grandeur with a youthful spirit and Four Seasons hospitality. The restored palace has an ornate Preciosa chandelier, dramatic stairways, and two million mosaic tiles. The spa pays homage to Budapest's heritage in wellness, and named after the Hungarian word for collage, Kollazs is a contemporary European brasserie serving contemporary interpretations of European classics. 

Book a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

4. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

Dining at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

Comprised of 351 rooms and suites, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is located a short walk from the Danube River. The property offers culinary attractions within its Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest, including two restaurants, two bars, a coffeehouse, and a deli. Close to the city's main attractions, the hotel has Kempinski The Spa for a variety of treatments, along with ten meeting and event venues. 

Book a stay at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

Blending modern luxury with a touch of tradition, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest is a luxury hotel set within a 20th century heritage building. Located a short stroll from St. Stephen's Basilica, Erzsébet Square, and the River Danube, the hotel offers residential-style accommodations, a European spa, and Hungarian-infused cuisine at Deák St. Kitchen. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used in Kupola Lounge, Kupola Bar, Deak St. Kitchen, or via room service, and one bottle of mineral water daily per person.

Book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

2. Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a grand hotel blending the highest standards of contemporary luxury with the glamour of a bygone age with marble floors, a six-story atrium, glimmering chandeliers, and a ballroom. Plus, The Royal Spa has been fully remodeled with the finest modern treatments and services, as well as a 15-meter swimming pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Brasserie and Atrium Restaurant, a complimentary one-way transfer between the hotel and the Budapest Airport, and a personalized welcome in-room water and fruit amenity.

Book a stay at Corinthia Hotel Budapest

1. Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel Budapest

Blending a lavish palace with the feel of a private residence, Aria Hotel Budapest is a luxury hotel infused with a music theme. The glass-enclosed Music Garden is set within a climate-controlled courtyard with piano key floor tiles, LED imaging screen, and sophisticated atmosphere. Accommodations are located within four wings dedicated to the major genres of Classical, Opera, Contemporary, and Jazz. While the High Note SkyBar is a full-service rooftop garden with landscaping, dining, cocktails, sunbathing, and one-of-a-kind views of the Basilica and historic city. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Music Garden/Stradivari Restaurant, an EUR 80 SPA credit, per room/per stay, and a welcome fruit plate and chocolate amenity.

Book a stay at Aria Hotel Budapest

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a one-of-a-kind retreat in the iconic Hotel Dieu, the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu provides balconies with exclusive views of the dome signed by architect Soufflot. Designed by luxury hotel designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, the unique suite features contemporary styling with 150 square meters of space (1,614 square feet). There's a living room with two large sofas and two chairs, as well as a dining room with seating for six. Plus, a separate bedroom with a luxurious setting. Continue reading about the hotel and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

Built on the banks of the Rhone River between 1741 and 1761 following the plans of architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the Hotel Dieu was once a renowned surgical center. In 1914 the hospital was requisitioned by the French Army as a military hospital. During World War II the Hotel Dieu was severly damaged on many level, and the Grand Dome Soufflot destroyed by fire on September 4, 1944. The reconstruction wouldn't be completed until the 1960s. In 2010, the property closed down permanently as a hospital.

In 2015, the contruction of the Grand Hotel Dieu began, and the hospital was transformed into a grand luxury hotel in the heart of the city of gastronomy. The InterContinental Lyon-Hotel Dieu opened in 2019. Considered one of Lyon's most historic and emblematic landmark buildings, the property offers a contemporary take on design, classic French dishes with a modern twist, and views of the Rhone River. Continue reading below the photo for an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Lobby of InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in the hotel restaurant, a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a with a minimum 3 night stay, a bottle of Champagne.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Designed for couples to enjoy harmony and relaxation, the Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a two-level suite with 71 square meters/764 square feet of space. Featuring contemporary style with views of the countryside, Taormina, and the sea, the first level has a living area with a sofa bed, satellite TV, stereo, and dining table. Along with a bathroom showcasing fire marble, personalized ceramics, and a shower with views of the room. Read more about the suite below the photo.

Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Hotel & Spa

Upstairs the bedroom has a plush bed, selection of pillows, bathroom, and a Jacuzzi hydro-massage tub for two. Continue below the photo of the Marchesa Suite. 

Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

Situated between Etna and the Sicilian coast, Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel amidst olive groves and vineyards. Blending traditional Sicilian living and modern furnishings, guest rooms and suites have contemporary styling infused with local materials such as wood panels and traditional tiles. Guests can unwind poolside, book a soothing spa treatment utilizing natural local ingredients, and go on a sensory dining journey at Le Dodici Fontane showcasing a fresh take on Sicilian cuisine with views of Mount Etna. Read about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Pool at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a welcome drink, complimentary access to the spa, 10% discount on spa treatments, and a welcome bottle of Etna red wine.

Book a stay at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

 

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, the Corner Suites at the Gstaad Palace Hotel provide a luxurious alpine setting during the winter ski season and the summer months. Recently renovated, the suites have 90 square meters of space, including a bedroom with a king size bed, lounge area, and a dining room. Read more below the photo. 

Corner Suite at Gstaad Palace Hotel

For relaxation, each suite has a private balcony, and bathrooms feature steam baths. There are walk-in wardrobes and all Corner Suites can be connected to Deluxe Junior Suites. Continue reading below the photo.

Gstaad Palace Hotel

The Gstaad Palace Hotel is a legendary hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps offering one-of-a-kind views. A favorite of national and international guests since opening in 1913, the hotel has been family owned for three generations. From elegant dinners to casual get togethers, the hotel has an array of dining options including Le Grill, and La Fromagerie serving Swiss specialties. Read more below the photo of Le Grill Restaurant.

Le Grill Restaurant at Gstaad Palace

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily dinner at Le Grand Restaurant (up to CHF110 per person) or CHF50 credit at all other restaurants and a CHF100 spa voucher per stay for spa services.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Classic Suite, Deluxe Suite, Corner Suite, and Tower Suite.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Home of the Original Sacher-Torte, the Hotel Sacher Wien is an iconic destination in the heart of Vienna. Privately owned, the property has been revered for its luxury and service for generations. Located directly across from the State Opera and next to the Albertina gallery, the regal hotel is ideal for exploring the cultural heart of the city. The property's new top floors feature spacious rooms and suites with state-of-the-art bathrooms and terraces with one-of-a-kind views. Read below the Executive Suite photo for a special offer and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Executive Suite at Hotel Sacher Wien

For a limited time, Hotel Sacher Wien is offering a Complimentary Fourth Night For Suite Bookings*

To book:

-- Search for a four night stay in October or November 2019

-- Choose a suite 

-- Look for the offer and book the stay

In addition, this hotel offers exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks (included with the Complimentary Fourth Night for Suite Bookings Offer): Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests served in the Marble Hall, and a one 30-minute "Time-to-Chocolate" experience per room at Sacher Boutique Spa subject to appointment availability. Guests also staying at the Hotel Sacher Salzburg will receive a complimentary one-way train ticket for two guests from/to Vienna to/from Salzburg.

Book a Suite Stay at Hotel Sacher Wien

* Complimentary Fourth Night For Suite Bookings at Hotel Sacher Wien requires a four night minimum stay. Offer only valid for suite bookings. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season. Subject to availability and currency rate fluctuation. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Only applicable for bookings between October and November 2019. Blackout dates and additional terms and conditions may apply.

 


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