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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

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

The Eternal City offers centuries of history from Roman ruins to the Vatican. Featuring showstopping vistas and iconic landmarks at every turn, Rome attracts Christians for its religious sites, art lovers, culture seekers, history buffs, and travelers from around the globe seeking to understand its history while taking in the present pace of Rome via Vespas or romantic strolls. 

With two thousand years of history, the Colosseum is one of the city's top landmarks. Known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the building was home to gladiators taking on each other or fighting wild animals. In 2016, the building completed a massive renovation, making it even better for visitors. The largest, richest, and likely most famous church in all of Italy is St. Peter's Basilica. Completed in 1626, the church is home to significant works of art including Bernini's baldachin over the papal altar as well as Michelangelo's Pieta and awe-inducing dome. While the Vatican Museums showcase one of the world's greatest art collections with a range of masterpieces from Egyptian times to frescoes by Raphael and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The 2,000-year-old Pantheon is now a church, but was originally built as a temple and is one of the Rome's most well-preserved ancient landmarks. 

Of course no trip to Rome would be complete without experiencing the food. From strolling with gelato to sipping a cappuccino, its important to allow time for gastronomic experiences, trattorias, pizza, and wine bars. 

Here are 5 Top Rome Luxury Hotels

5. Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

A favorite of politicians, artists, and celebrities for generations, Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie is an iconic luxury hotel. Situated between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, the hotel offers one of the city's most prestigious address. There's a Mediterranean tiered Secret Garden with orange trees and rose bushes, the open-air Stravinskij Bar with crafted cocktails, and fine Italian dining at Le Jardin de Russie. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast and an 85 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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4. The St. Regis Grand Rome

The St. Regis Grand Rome

Blending history, location, and authentic charm, The St. Regis Grand Rome is a luxury hotel located on one of the city's most iconic palazzos. Following a meticulous renovation, the property has 161 guest rooms and suites, signature St. Regis Butler Service, Lumen Restaurant, and the Kami Spa & Fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and a range of treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Caelum Bar & Lounge, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

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3. Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Spa at Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, Grand Hotel Via Veneto is a luxury hotel with Michelin Star dining, occupying two 19th century historical buildings. The exterior of the buildings is protected by Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Rome, while the interiors have custom-made Murano glass chandeliers, black granite floors, and travertine stairways with cast iron banisters. While the AQVA City Spa has Vichy showers, vitality pool, and exclusive Sisley treatments. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, and 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used at Times Restaurant & Wine Bar (alcoholic beverages excluded), complimentary WiFi, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability. 

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2. Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Dating back to the 16th century, Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome is a short stroll from the Spanish Steps. Guests at the hotel can enjoy Roman cuisine in an al fresco setting at Cafe Romano, a British setting for a classic drink at the Bond Bar, and awake in one of the hotel's 88 rooms and suites, each offering its own style and identity. Located in the heart of the historical center of Rome, the property is steps from Via Condotti, Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate, "Best Available Rate", as well as promotions and package rates with at least a three night stay, will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Café Romano, a 50 Euro Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay, along with a bottle of wine & chef pastries on arrival. 

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1. Palazzo Manfredi

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Directly across from the Colosseum, Palazzo Manfredi is located on the former site of a gladiator training school. The current building was originally built as a villa for the Evangelisti family in the 17th century. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the property was purchased in 2002 and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel by the noble Manfredi family. Commemorating the past while infusing the future, the hotel has a Michelin starred restaurant, AROMA offering Roman cuisine with views of the Colosseum, as well as the American Bar for cocktails with panoramic views, and a mini-gym.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for 2 guests, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a one or two bedroom suite also receive a one way limousine transfer to or from the airport (not applicable to Junior Suite). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated within the new state-of-the-art Porta Volta neighborhood, Hotel VIU Milan is a design-focused luxury boutique hotel steps from the world class shopping of Corso Como. To meet the needs of a variety of traveler types, the property offers 10 room categories, each mixing contemporary styling with classic elegance and the latest technology. All rooms have marble bathrooms with Malin + Goetz amenities, smart TVs, plush beds, and bespoke Molten & C furniture. Learn more about the property & exclusive perks below the photo. 

Bathroom at Hotel VIU Milan

One of the highlights of the hotel is the rooftop pool. Set within the exclusive VIU Terrace, Milan's only rooftop pool features 360-degree views of the city where guests can relax from breakfast until aperitif time. At 6:30 pm, Aperitivo opens for poolside cocktails, light snacks, and creative dishes. There's also select times with DJ sets as well. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the pool photo. 

Hotel VIU Milan Rooftop Pool

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations witih Five Star Alliance will receive a voucher for 1 aperitivo (cocktail and hors d'oeuvres) per guest/per stay on the hotel's rooftop terrace.


| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, The Watergate Hotel is an urban resort. The infamous property recently underwent a $200 million renovation, transforming the hotel into a luxury retreat with a full-service spa, wellness center, and accommodations with artful, mid-century styling. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at The Watergate Hotel

As part of the renovation, the property unveiled trendy new dining and nightlife options, including Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine infused with French flavor, this chic restaurant offers a contemporary atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a vibrant bar within the restaurant, as well as seasonally-inspired plates. Continue reading below the Kingbird photo. 

The Watergate Hotel

The Next Whisky Bar serves a high-end, curated selection of scotch and whisky, as well as a selection of cigars. Providing an intimate setting with a soft amber glow, the space features a copper wall with 2,500 illuminated whisky bottles. Learn more about the property below the photo.

The Next Whisky Bar at The Watergate Hotel

On Saturdays and Sundays, The Watergate Hotel serves a contemporary take on classic afternoon tea. For a limited time, the Cherry Blossom Tea is served from March 23 to April 14, 2019. For $55 per person, guests can enjoy fine teas, seasonal sandwiches, signature Cherry Blossom Macarons, homemade scones, cherry-infused confections, and a Kingbird special of Cherry Jam. Reservations are required for this special tea, which can be booked by calling the hotel directly at +1 (833) 304-4830. Continue reading below the photo of the Top of the Gate.

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

In addition to the Kingbird, exclusive afternoon tea options, and The Next Whisky Bar, the hotel's see-and-be-seen Top of the Gate has a sophisticated outdoor rooftop setting with 360-dregree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington Bridges, the Washington Monument, and the rest of the DC skyline. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Antigua

Situated in the Northern part of the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua is the larger of the two islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly a British colony, the now independent nation offers a sunny destination with enough beaches to visit a different one every day of the year. Rich in history, the southern coast is home to historic harbors showcasing the island's importance as a strategic naval port, including Nelson Dockyard's National Park. English traditions are woven into the island's culture, and the capital of St. John's is home to wooden houses with louvered verandas and corrugated iron roof.

Throughout the island, dramatic scenery and sugar-white sand beaches protected by coral reefs draw visitors seeking beach vacations. In the northwest, Dickenson Bay offers tranquil turquoise waters, ideal for families with small children. While Johnson's Point provides schools of tropical fish and stark white sands. Carved over time by lashing of breakers, Devil's Bridge is a natural bridge and popular attraction within Indian Town National Park. Bird enthusiasts will want to visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary to see the large nesting colonies of frigates, or man-o'-war birds. 

Here are 5 Top Antigua Luxury Hotels:

5. Sandals Grande Antigua

Pool at Sandals Grande Antigua

Along the famous beach of Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua is an adult couples-only all-inclusive resort with six pools, nine restaurants, and eight bars, including an English Pub. Providing beachfront luxury, the property has a variety of water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, plus PADI Certified Scuba Diving, croquet, pool tables, tennis, beach parties, and casino nights. 

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4. Carlisle Bay

Private dining at Carlisle Bay

Featuring a backdrop of rolling hills and rainforest, Carlisle Bay is the sister hotel to the award-winning One Aldwych in London. Set on the island's south coast, the all-suite boutique property is on a secluded bay with all 87 suites offering beachfront suite-to-sand access. There's also four restaurants, four bars, kids club, and spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa voucher per suite, per stay.

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3. Jumby Bay Island

Pool at Jumby Bay Island

Accessible only by boat from Antigua, Jumby Bay Island is a tropical Caribbean hideaway. Fresh off a multi-million dollar restoration, dining options include the Estate House, Verandah Restaurant & Bar, Pool Grille, and Beach Shack. Set along white sands and turquoise Caribbean waters, the property is a luxurious hideaway with an array of recreational amenities like cooking classes, sunset cocktail cruises, rum tastings, seasonal turtle watches, and yoga. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa services credit per accommodation/per stay (not valid on products) and culinary welcome amenity.

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2. Hermitage Bay

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

Consisting of 30 freestanding suites with contemporary styling, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique retreat with a romantic setting. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the eco-chic property is situated on the west coast of Antigua along a 1,250-foot beach with a mix of white sands and seashells that have washed ashore from the coral reef. Amidst 16 acres of tropical gardens, the gourmet all-inclusive features menus that change daily (no buffets), and made-to-order foods prepared with the finest ingredients. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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1. Curtain Bluff 

Patio Terrace at Curtain Bluff

Positioned between two picturesque bays and the only rainforest in Antigua, Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive resort. The 15-acre property has 72 rooms and suites scattered up the bluff. Ideal for couples and families, there is a variety of on-site activities including yoga, stand up paddleboarding, Pilates, four floodlit tennis courts, two beaches with a beach bar, and two restaurants. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

In June 2018, the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas unveiled a new two bedroom villa.

Nestled amidst the Bill Bensley gardens, the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is an ultra-luxe villa steps from Mai Khao's white-sand beaches with a private pool, traditional Thai sala over the lagoon, and a sundeck. Inspired by the villa's natural surroundings and fashion connoisseur Jim Thompson's silk designs from the 1950s and 60s, the exclusive sanctuary highlights multiple Thai silks throughout. Natural Thai Makha hardwood flooring provides a unique patina throughout the villa, there's Thai artwork and carvings, as well as classic Thai Pikul flower designs. In the living room, Thompson's fabrics mingle with woods and sandy hues to create a nautical feel. Read more below the living room photo.

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Living Room

In the master bedroom, Thompson's Heliconia Dreamin' provides a vibrant and whimsical style that extends to the swimming pool and sala. The design was inspired by the Heliconia flower that continues to flourish today at Jim Thompson's former home. Overlooking the pool and gardens, the twin bedroom showcases the Floriential print, highlighting whimsical birds and butterflies frolicking amidst peonies. Continue reading below the photo of the twin bedroom. 

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Twin Bedroom

“We have a passion for enhancing our pool villas so that guests can enjoy the full beauty of Anantara Mai Khao, inside and out,” explains Nikolaus Priesnitz General Manager of Anantara Mai Khao. “The Two-Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson offers a secluded retreat with luxury amenities and is ideal for families, while highlighting the gorgeous designs of a truly beloved Thai treasure.” Read more below the photo of the exterior of the villa. 

Exterior of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson

Guests of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson are welcomed with fresh flowers and fruit juices upon arrival, as well as personalized Villa Host service, Anantara Spa products, and a complimentary set of the Bvlgari Guest Collection. The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is located on the island's secluded northwest coast. Along the Andaman Sea, the property offers locally-inspired architecture, indigenous gardens, and excursions to Sirinath National Park's tropical mangroves, dives to coral reefs, and strolls through local villages. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

As two world leaders meet this week, it seems like all eyes are on Singapore, and we're taking a closer look at the three Singapore luxury hotels where the two leaders will be meeting and staying.

Today, President Donald Trump of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting at the Capella Singapore. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

The historic resort is known for a colonial facade and contemporary Asian design. Located on Sentosa Island, the luxe island resort is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Singapore, and is set amidst 30 acres of land offering lush landscaping with roaming peacocks, spa, golf course, and stylish pools. The conference rooms overlook the South China sea, and the property offers four restaurants including a luxurious Chef's Table, Cassia with modern Cantonese cuisine, The Knolls with a gourmet Mediterranean menu, and Bob's Bar offering a setting reminiscent of Cuban island bars in the 1950s and 60s. 

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While in Singapore, President Donald Trump is staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Providing a resort-style setting, the property is nestled amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, steps from the designer shopping malls, quaint noodle stalls, and antique shops along Orchard Road. Read more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Guests can meander through landscaped gardens, experience luxurious pampering treatments at CHI, The Spa, or relax poolside. While dining options include Waterfall Ristorante Italiano with authentic cuisine, NAMI featuring fine Japanese dining, and Shang Palace with traditional Cantonese cuisine. 

Learn more about the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Nearby, The St. Regis Singapore is hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Known for its timeless elegance and legendary St. Regis Butler Service, the five star hotel is located steps from the infamous Orchard Road and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Read more about the property below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The St. Regis Singapore

The coveted location is located in the heart of the city's shopping and diplomatic districts, with bespoke amenities such as Signature Bentley Transfers, a tropical spa pool, and St. Regis Concierges. The hotel is home to one of the world's premier art collections, as well as the exclusive Remede Spa. Plus, the property offers an array of epicurian experiences including Brasserie Les Saveurs with contemporary French cuisine, Yan Ting with authentic Chinese dishes, and Shinji by Kanesaka providing a Japanese culinary experience. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Nashville

Known as "Music City, U.S.A." Nashville is the home of Country Music. The famous honky-tonks along Broadway are known for live music from morning until late at night by talented performers with big dreams, along with surprise appearances of some of the music industry's biggest names. The Ryman Auditorium, known as the "Mother Church of Country Music" is an iconic red building just off Broadway that originally opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. Later, it was the original home of the "Grand Ole Opry" and today it is a destination for intimate performance in a one-of-a-kind setting known for out-of-this-world acoustics. Throughout the city there's a number of museums and attractions dedicated to preserving the history of the city's music industry including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, RCA's Studio B, The Johnny Cash Museum, and the Patsy Cline Museum. 

But there's much more to Nashville beyond the music industry. History enthusiasts can explore a variety of sites including Belle Meade Plantation (complete with a winery), Civil War Battlefields near Franklin, and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage provides guests the experience to go back in time to visit the former president's entire estate. Love wine? There's vineyards and tasting rooms nearby. Interested in seeing a full-size replica of the Parthenon? There's one right in the Nashville city limits.

And of course there's the food scene in Nashville. As the city expands, so does the choice of restaurants. From long-time local favorites like the Loveless Cafe and Puckett's serving classic Southern dishes, to new Southern cuisine at The Southern, to fusion dining options and culinary experiences, Nashville offers foodies a one-of-a-kind destination.

When visiting Nashville, there's a variety of luxury hotels throughout the city. For those attending events at the Bridgestone or Music City Center, or looking to take in live music at Broadway's honky-tonks, downtown and SoBro hotels offer ideal locations. If the food scene and luxury boutiques is of interest, The Gulch is a prime location situated right between downtown and Music Row. While the Vanderbilt area is close to Music Row's publishing houses and recording studios, as well as multiple universities and Vanderbilt Hospital.

Here are 5 Top Nashville Luxury Hotels:

1. Thompson Nashville

Suite 701 at Thompson Nashville

Located in "The Gulch", the trendy and upscale neighborhood set between downtown and Music Row, Thompson Nashville is a modern boutique hotel. Offering guestrooms and suites that mix contemporary, industrial, and classic design, the hotel provides a residential feel. Steps from some of the city's top restaurants, boutiques, and condominiums, the chic retreat is around the corner from the iconic Station Inn. The Marsh House Restaurant serves Southern-infused seafood specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus the rooftop L.A. Jackson has small plates, crafted cocktails, indoor and outdoor seating, and a see-and-be-seen environment.

For an insider's perspective, checkout our Content Manager's article Residential Retreat at Thompson Nashville

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2. Omni Nashville

Suite at the Omni Nashville

Situated in SoBro, the Omni Nashville is connected via an indoor walkway to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Throughout the hotel there is an array of locally-produced artwork, guestrooms and suites have Nashville-infused decor, and the heated outdoor pool is open year-round with stunning skyline views. There's three on-site dining options ranging from the casual Kitchen Notes with modern Southern cuisine, Bob's Steak and Chop House with a music-infused classic steakhouse setting, and Barlines with live music, gourmet bar foods, and a cocktail menu highlighting Tennessee libations. 

For an insider's perspective, checkout our Content Manager's article Music City Views at Omni Nashville

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3. The Hermitage

The Hermitage Nashville

Since opening in 1910, The Hermitage (named in honor of Andrew Jackson's estate) has been an iconic destination in downtown Nashville for traditions, weddings, political, and social events. Offering elegant Southern style, guestrooms and suites have an average of 500 square feet, as well as traditional furnishings with dark woods and gold accents. The hotel's Capitol Grille is a destination restaurant known for creative interpretations of Southern specialties, while the adjacent Oak Bar has Nashville's largest collection of bourbons. 

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4. Hutton Hotel

Hutton Hotel Analog Music & Cocktail Lounge

Offering fully-equipped Writer's Rooms and creative spaces, Hutton Hotel is a boutique hotel in Nashville's West End neighborhood. Close too Music Row and Vanderbilt University, the property provides guests with an immersive journey into the city's music industry with the 5,000-square-foot Analog music and cocktail lounge (shown above). For dining, the WestEnd bar and restaurant serves innovative Southern cuisine, and recently redesigned guestrooms and suites have residential styling, granite bathrooms, and Triumph & Disaster bath amenities. 

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5. 21c Museum Hotel Nashville

21c Museum Hotel Nashville

Situated within the historic Gray & Dudley building, 21c Museum Hotel Nashville offers reimagined spaces with contemporary guestrooms and suites, including rooftop suites with outdoor terraces. Located along 2nd Avenue in downtown, the property is set amidst dining and nightlife destinations, including Broadway's honky-tonks. There's a contemporary art museum within the common areas of the hotel, providing more than 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event space, plus the Gray & Dudley restaurant and bar by executive chef Levon Wallace. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set within a former church, The LINE DC is a luxury boutique hotel with a community radio station broadcasting live from the lobby, two unique bars with eclectic nightlife experiences, and three restaurants serving dishes infused with flavors from around the world. Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, guestrooms and suites have sweeping views of Washington, D.C., while the hotel's rooftop has panoramas of the Washington National Cathedral and Washington Monument. Continue reading below the photo.

Guestroom at The LINE DC

Providing an ideal destination for foodies, The LINE DC's restaurants are led by two James Beard-recognized chefs, Spike Gjerde of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen and Erik-Bruner-Yang of Maketto. At A Rake's Progress, guests can experience Spike Gjerde's mix of Southern cuisine paired with locally-sourced Chesapeake ingredients. While just off the lobby at Brothers and Sisters, visitors can select from an all-day menu of Erik Bruner-Yang's American classics prepared with Taiwanese and Japanese style, or try a reimagined high tea experience in the East Parlour Tea. For an intimate exprience, Spoken English by Erik Bruner-Yang is a 10-seat venue with an Asian-inspired tasting menu served family style. Read more below the photo.

Guest lounge at The LINE DC

For entertainment the community radio station, Full Service Radio (created by Jack Inslee the world's pioneer food radio station) broadcasts live from the lobby. Covering a range of topics including politics, food, comedy, art, and music, the radio station has about three dozen local hosts. In the evenings the hotel offers live music nightly, and guests have two bar options within the hotel: A Rake's Bar serves cocktails infused innovative with ingredients curated from innovative distillers, and Brothers and Sisters Bar is led by a celebrated bartender and sommelier with a menu of classic American and International cocktails. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Munich

Bavaria's capital city, Munich or München (pronounced Mewn-shin, in German) may be known for its beer halls like the iconic Hofbräuhaus, and Oktoberfest (September 16, 2017 to October 3, 2017) but the city also offers a plethora of outdoor cafes, upscale shops, boutiques, and department stores, as well as large outdoor markets like the Viktualienmarkt where visitors can stroll amidst food booths, try some local fare, or relax in the bier garden. It's also a historically Catholic city, where guests can explore ornately decorated baroque and rococo-style churches.

The city is a cultural and sophisticated destination with world-class museums like the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), the Deutches Museum showcasing science and technology exhibits, Schloss Nymphenburg the Italian-inspired summer home for Bavarian monarchs, Pinakothek der Moderne with modern works of art, and the Alte Pinakothek with symmetrical architecture, wraparound garden, and an assortment of paintings from every era. For automotive enthusiasts, Munich is where BMWs are made, and guests can tour the BMW Welt, the BMW Museum, and the BMW Group Plant to see where the famous vehicles are produced. 

In addition to the sites in Munich, the city makes an ideal base for exploring nearby attractions including the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Newschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, and Salzburg, Austria, which are easily reachable via trains and public transportation. 

To compliment Munich's array of attractions and activities, Five Star Alliance offers a variety of luxury hotels including Historic Properties, Classic Hotels, and Modern Retreats, which are highlighted below. 

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Historic Properties

Bayerischer Hof

Bird's Nest View at the Bayerischer Hof

Situated in the city center, Bayerischer Hof opened in 1841 on the wishes of King Ludwig I. Offering a historic setting and the Blue Spa Lounge with a winter garden and terrace, the property has multiple dining options including Atelier, a recipient of 2 Michelin stars, Garden providing a modern Brasserie menu, Palais Keller with Bavarian specialties and pretzels from its own bakery, as well as Trader Vic's with Polynesian specialties. Close to Frauenkirche, the Viktualienmarkt (outdoor food market), the Opera, the Residenz, and the Hofgarten, the property has a central location for exploring the city.

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Hotel Konigshof

Hotel Konigshof

Providing an ideal location close to Marienplatz and Karlzplatz squares, Hotel Konigshof has Michelin-starred modern German cuisine, famous wine cellar with more than 1,200 vintages, and Geisel's Weingalerie--an on-site wine shop. Originally built as a Victorian style private residence, the property has been part of the Geisel hotelier family since 1938. Providing an elegant and historic setting in the heart of the city, there's an opulent lobby with a piano, and a wellness oasis.

Learn more about Hotel Konigshof

 

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Guest Room at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich is a grand European hotel built in 1858. Offering a luxury day spa, guests can enjoy beauty treatments, or swim in a swimming pool with panoramic views over the Munich rooftops. For dining, the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant has a menu with modern variations of Bavarian classics, and the Jahreszeiten Bar provides and English-inspired setting with dark woods, open fireplace, and crafted international cocktails.

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Classic Hotels

The Charles Hotel

Sophia's Bar at The Charles Hotel Munich

Featuring a tranquil setting in the city's old botanical gardens, The Charles Hotel opened in 2007. Designed by Olga Polizzi, the chic property has The Charles Spa offering an urban spa experience with an indoor pool, beauty salon, steam room with color therapy and aromatherapy, foot baths with a heated bench, Finnish sauna, and state-of-the-art fitness center. There's also Sophia's Restaurant and Bar with a modern Italian menu overlooking the gardens, and The Library serving traditional Afternoon Tea. 

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Hotel Muenchen Palace

Hotel Muenchen Palace

Family-run and personally-managed, Hotel Muenchen Palace is a luxury boutique hotel in the noble Bogenhausen quarter. Mixing classical style with contemporary elements, accommodations have minibars, satellite TVs, and evening turndown service. There's a garden for outdoor dining during the summer months, as well as the newly opened Palace Wintergarten with large windows and natural light, plus the Palace Restaurant with chef-prepared international dishes, and the Palace Bar with Afternoon Tea and evening cocktails. 

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Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Corner Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Set along the famed Maximilianstrasse in the city's Old Town, the Mandarin Oriental, Munich is set within a charming Neo-Renaisssance building that has been completely renovated. Guest rooms and suites incorporate the building's architectural style with state-of-the-art amenities like Bang and Olufsen entertainment systems, and incomparble views of Munich's red roofs and spires. Memorable dining experiences include Matsuhisa Munich with Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, The Lounge with Afternoon Tea and international cuisine, and the China Moon Roof Terrace with panoramic views. 

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Modern Retreats

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Guest Room

Situated within Munich's historical post office with curved lines and arches, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost transports guests into the modern era. Featuring contemporary interiors with one-of-a-kind modern works of art, glass-roofed lobby, and a wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and fitness center. While the Schwarz & Weiz restaurant serves artisian cuisine in a creative environment. 

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Louis Hotel

Guest Room at the Louis Hotel Munich

Offering a design-focused setting, the Louis Hotel is located next to the famous Viktualienmarkt. Featuring panoramic views and a style reminiscent of the Parisian Metro, guest rooms and suites have handcrafted nut and oak wood furnishings, natural stone, elegant tiling, and handmade queen beds with natural rubber mattresses. There is a seasonal rooftop terrace, and the Emiko restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine. 

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Hilton Munich Airport 

Hilton Munich Airport Exterior

Featuring a distinctive glass-domed trium, the Hilton Munich Airport offers a relaxed setting between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Munich Airport. The Fit&Fly Spa has a heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center, and there's a signature restaurant and bar on-site. Providing convenient access to the airport, the property also has transport links to the city center and Munich attractions, plus a business center and meeting rooms.

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The properties mentioned above are just a few of the Five Star Alliance luxury hotels in Munich. 

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Providing a host of amenities and exclusive services, The Broadmoor is the grand dame of Colorado Springs. Built in 1891, the historic property is filled with the spirit of the West, giving adventurers endless opportunities for four seasons of activities for all ages, including zip lining, fly fishing, horseback riding, and rejuvenating at the spa. Recently, the property unveiled Cloud Camp, set atop Cheyenne Mountain, it's a private retreat that will open during the winter holiday season for one family at a time. Learn more about this unique offering in the article below the Cloud Camp photo (courtesy of The Broadmoor) from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs is introducing its brand new Cloud Camp for this upcoming holiday season – for only one family or group at a time.

Cloud Camp sits 9,200 feet above sea level atop Cheyenne Mountain – 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor. Introducing its two new holiday packages, Christmas at Cloud Camp and Thanksgiving at Cloud Camp, visitors can experience a completely exclusive three- or four-night stay that includes use of the entire main lodge and its seven bedrooms. 

Days at Cloud Camp will include relaxing by the fire, joining chefs in the kitchen for “cooking clubs” involving holiday dishes and cookie making, wine tastings, strolling outside among the clouds, and taking in the 360-degree views of nearby Pikes Peak and the city of Colorado Springs below, among other wintry activities. 

All meals, beverages and alcohol are included in the visitors’ stay at the mountaintop resort, where they are also able to customize their stay based on personal preference. 

Aside from Cloud Camp, The Broadmoor is also offering private stays at the Estate House this year. This historic mansion was designed in the 1920s and only recently re-opened in late 2016 with new Broadmoor style. The Estate House offers five bedrooms, a grand parlor, a dining room with seating for up to 16 as well as manicured gardens. 

The resort announced these two new holiday offers at Cloud Camp and the Estate House during its Christmas in July promotion, where it also announced more holiday exclusives including the Labor Day and Spooktacular Halloween packages. 

The Broadmoor is home to Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, the Penrose Room. It also includes three golf courses, an award-winning spa and fitness center, as well as a nationally recognized tennis staff and program, among other amenities. The resort’s three Wilderness Experience properties – The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and Fly Fishing Camp – are all-inclusive boutique facilities. 

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