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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
Nestled amongst its own park overlooking the lake, the Baur au Lac is a historic hotel steeped in 170 years of tradition, enhanced with modern styling and state-of-the-art technical amenities. Luxurious guest rooms have modern styling, and marble bathrooms have heated floors and high end amenities. Learn more below the image. 

Exterior view of Baur au Lac Zurich

Showcasing the finest of Swiss traditions, the hotel's on-site 1844 Chocolat offers exclusive Swiss chocolate creations using a selection of handpicked cocoa varieties. A short stroll from the Paradeplatz financial district and the celebrated shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse, the elegant property is close to Zurich's landmark destinations, yet removed enough to offer an upscale retreat with views of the Alps. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at Baur au Lac Zurich

The hotel's Le Hall offers a celebrated traditional afternoon tea from October to April, and the Christmas season is particularly festive with a Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, Chalet au Lac with fire tongs punch and mulled wine with Swiss dishes, and the New Year's Eve Ball ends with a fireworks display over the lake.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary breakfast for two at Pavillon, $100 food and beverage credit, fruit amenity, and homemade chocolate from 1844 Chocolat.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

The view from the Penthouse Balcony Suite at Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz is is of the mountains in Switzerland's Heidiland holiday region.

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz

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| By: Five Star Alliance

The Rive Gauche Terrasse at Baur au Lac is the most exclusive place in Zurich to while away those hot summer days and lazy, hazy evenings. Refreshing cocktails and ice-cold champagne are served as aperitifs in the decidedly chic lounges. Small snacks and light meals are served till midnight by a friendly, outgoing team. Soak up the distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere of grandeur and extravagance.


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| By: Five Star Alliance

The name "ALDEN" is derived from the old English word "Aldwyn," which roughly translates to "old friend."
Built in 1895, the listed property is located very close to the charming old town, the financial district and
the famous Bahnhofstrasse.

Alden hotel

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz is renowned for its spa and wellness facilities. The sports pool and the garden pool are open from May to September complete the water world. The spacious sauna landscape.

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz

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Posted in: Zurich

| By: K. Clare Johnson

The Dolder Grand

The historical Zurich luxury hotel, The Dolder Grand, has entered the digital age. The Dolder Grand is renowned for its world-class art collection, a collection that would make most museums green with envy.  There are over 124 pieces of art work set around the property, work by such art world luminaries as Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Camille Pissarro, Damien Hirst, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst.  Now, guests can guide themselves through the astounding collection via a just-launched iPad application.

Guests can borrow an iPad from the reception desk and use a the app to see the hotel’s collection. The works have been sorted by location and guests can access a map showing them positions of the works throughout the hotel. There's also additional information about each artist. 

Guests can have a museum experience without ever leaving the hotel.  

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| By: Betsy LeTourneau

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that's why we're here. Be sure to explore our new blog series 'Your Questions Answered' to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

The Dolder Grand ZurichQUESTION: What rooms are available at the Dolder Grand in Zurich Switzerland for a family of 4?

ANSWER: All of the rooms at The Dolder Grand have a maximum occupancy of 2 adults and 1 child. However, for families or groups with more than 3 occupants, connecting rooms can easily be arranged between varieties of room types. Examples would be as follows:

- Double Room Superior can connect to the Double Room Deluxe

- Junior Suite connecting to Double Room Deluxe

- Junior Room Supreme can connect to the Double Room Supreme

- The Suites Grand can be connected with double rooms superior

- The Suites Superior can be connected with double rooms superior

- The Suites Deluxe can be connected with up to three double rooms deluxe

All rooms at the Dolder Grand are equipped with luxurious white-marble bathrooms with separate bath and shower areas. The historic balconies give the rooms a turn-of-the-century zeitgeist. Double rooms and suites are furnished with king-size beds, single rooms with queen-size beds.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel's policies.

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| By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Baur au Lac, ZurichThe Zurich Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and the largest city in Switzerland will be welcoming filmmakers, critics, and movie enthusiasts from around the world to a beautiful setting on Lake Zurich with the Alps as a backdrop. The annual Zurich Film Festival will run until October 2, 2011, and this year's guest of honor is actor and director Sean Penn. If you're lucky, you might still be able to grab a room at the inn. The Baur au Lac, the award-winning hotel which dates back to 1844, is offering a "Film Festival" pacage that includes accommodations, fresh fruit and chocolates in-room, a daily buffet breakfast or in-room Continental breakfast, two tickets to the film festival, a five-course dinner in the newly renovated Pavillon restaurant, and unlimited use of the rooftop fitness club. Valid through October 2, 2011, priced priced from CHF 1,042, subject to availability.