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Fall Into Your Favorite City

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Rise to the occasion and fall into your favorite city this September!

The world has a plethora of cities that are perfect for the autumn season! Some of the best destinations for the fall are located throughout the northern hemisphere. Classic Travel has some exciting recommendations for your fall trip!

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Spend your autumn in the United States this September. A visitor favorite is definitely the Big Apple. Easily stroll through New York’s famous Central Park when you unwind in the Plaza Hotel. Enjoy New York’s beauty with the breezy fall foliage all around you and all the best stores available at your fingertips. Not to be outdone, Chicago boasts one of the best experiences for any visitor’s fall vacation. The Four Seasons Chicago sports gorgeous views of Lake Michigan or the Chicago Skyline, which is the perfect way to enjoy the city in the autumn.

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The United States is not the only place to access the enjoyable fall weather. Take a trip across the pond and unwind in the European autumn.

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Elevate your fall vacation with a stay at London’s Café Royal Hotel. Combine the splendor of the hotel with the proximity to some of the world’s best red, orange, and golden leafed parks this autumn for an unforgettable fall experience. Over in the mainland, slip into the beautiful Viennese autumn with the DO & CO Hotel Vienna. Right outside your door is the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral, available to remind you that you are spending a glorious fall day in Vienna.

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Take a trip down south of Austria and spend an Italian autumn with the Hotel Brunelleschi. Immerse yourself in the crisp air with the beauty of Florence’s city center from your elegant room to really fall in love with the Florentine autumn. photogallery-hotel-florencerooms463_8

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a Legend

untitled2What becomes a legend? Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Italy on Lake Como has recently been chosen to be part of the new Legend Collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Preferred represents over 650 properties in 85 countries so choosing which ones deserve this new status could not have been an easy task. I’m honored to be on their advisory board and when I arrived there last October for our annual meeting, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be one of the chosen few. Grand Hotel Tremezzo; an hour from Milan’s Malpensa airport, sits directly on Lake Como with breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains not unlike the views of the Long Island Sound that I grew up with. NOT!

untitled8The hotel was first opened in 1910 and was on the circuit for the elite of Europe until the outbreak of World War I. Then it was quickly turned into a clinic for the army. After the war the hotel re-opened but not with the same cache until in the 30’s when it was purchased by the Sampietro family. They refurbished and soon it was chic once more. The film Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo was filmed there. There’s even a Greto Garbo suite today.

untitled9Fast forward to present and under the present ownership of the DeSantis family with Valentina De Santis at the helm it is once again one of “the” places to stay. Like the hotel, Valentina is charmingly grand but also like the hotel she is not the least bit stuffy. Her easy and approachable persona is attracting a younger generation of luxury travelers.

untitled6The rooms are all different and most have views of the lake with the others having lush green garden views with one of the swimming pools in the background. If you can’t snag a lake view room in season don’t be dissuaded as you’ll not be unhappy in these garden view rooms. I slept like a baby on eco-friendly linens that are created from processed wood. You would never know as they are soft and luxurious.

untitled3Dining at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an experience on its own. A meal here and you’ll lose desire to dine anywhere else in the area. There are three restaurants and all offer extensive menus that focus on local and original dishes from the Lombardy region. My personal favorite was La Terrazza. The first day I was there I had lunch preceded by the best “aperitivo” selection I have ever tasted. Of course, when in Italy, you have to have Pizza. The poolside T-Bar hosts candlelit pizza dining every Monday night that is so popular that even locals come. Always a good sign!!! For a very cool and more intimate setting L’Escale; their cave-like restaurant may actually be the finest Fondue & Wine Bar on Lake Como.

untitled7When to go? Anytime from May to October is perfect. Reserve early and naturally with a Virtuoso agency or right here at Classictravel.com. Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a Preferred Legend Hotel and has what it takes to create sublime lifetime memories.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• 25 minutes of ESPA experience at our TSpa ( equivalent to 60 Euro SPA credit)
• Complimentary WiFi for entire stay
• Free entrance to Villa Carlotta and its Botanical Gardens
• Italian wine tasting at L’Escale Fondue & Wine Bar (3 flights of wine)
• With minimum of 5-nights stay 30 minutes Boat Tour on board the Water Limo RUY, the Grand Hotel’s very own period lancia boat to discover the Lake’s magic in exclusive style
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

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Our new addition to Florence…Hotel Brunelleschi!

Classic Travel is pleased to announce the addition of the exquisite Hotel Brunelleschi to our luxury collection! Hotel Brunelleschi is one of Florence’s top tier luxury hotels and is one of the best known hotels in town!

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Hotel Brunelleschi is truly an Italian born hotel. The Pagliazza tower, which is part of the hotel, has been a part of the Florence cityscape since the Byzantine era. The rest of the hotel’s different architectural styles show the heritage of ancient Italy and the sophistication of contemporary times. The gorgeous wood flooring and some of the rooms’ featured stone walls serve to highlight the wonderful blend of Italian craftsmanship within the property3_Deluxe Room Direct View of Duomo and Campanile

The welcoming yet sophisticated atmosphere of Hotel Brunelleschi invites all guests to appreciate the ambience of this luxury hotel. The 96 rooms are made with superior relaxation and comfort in mind and the two suites are just divine. The pool suite, which features a four-poster bed and an outdoor hot tub on the terrace, is perfect for a romantic evening gazing across the center of Florence’s historical district. The Pagliazza Tower Suite has been prepared in the Byzantine style to recall the origins of the tower. All of the rooms are made to the delight of the guests who stay here.

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Hotel Brunelleschi, a staple in Florence’s historical center, is in a fantastic location in the heart of town. Only a few minutes away from the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and from the main museums and shopping area.

As part of Classic Travel Luxury Collection, Hotel Brunelleschi features exclusive Classic Travel rates and amenities, as seen on our website. Our Classic Travel rate for Hotel Brunelleschi includes the following:

  • Room upgrade if available upon arrival
  • $50 credit once during stay at F&B outlets
  • Full American breakfast buffet included
  • GM/Hotel Manager meets clients at check in to make sure that the clients are happy with the accommodations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check in / late check out subject to availability

For more information, please do not hesitate to click here at Hotel Brunelleschi or to contact one of our Luxury Travel advisors.

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Portofino & Florence in the hands of the Spectacular Orient Express!

Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Let’s begin in Portofino, where the narrow roads give you just enough time to prepare to see the romantic getaway of Italian designers  and politicians! This journey along the cost ends with a short drive to the top of a cliff where the magnificent Hotel Splendido is located.

A warm welcome in charming Italian accents captures you right away. The view from your room will take your breath away and you will want to make sure your beloved is next to you as you take in the beautiful scenery and take advantage of this special moment.

From  your arrival onward, what you will encounter is beyond your wildest dreams. Words are not enough to express the genuine care extended by the staff under the leadership of Ermes De Megni, GeneralManager. There is no doubt you will see him often, always in very good mood and running around full of energy. You will feel he has welcomed you into his home more than you have merely checked into a hotel.

The food is almost too good to be true…to the point it will be troubling when you return home!  Dinner at the Chuflay Bar located on the port by Splendido Mare is an experience not to be missed. It is not only the food but the classic Italian music performed by an incredible pianist and singer, that has been turning simple meals into once in a lifetime experiences for 15 years.

A walk along the posh shopping streets of Santa Margherita, tasting the  fresh goods from local bakeries and of course a private boat ride to beautiful Port Comogli will form lasting memories.

Although I felt I never wanted to leave Portofino, after one last look at the gorgeous scenery and a promise to myself that I would return, I had to get on the van and head toward Florence.

After just a two and a half hour’s drive thought the picturesque mountains, the land of the Renaissance is reached. Another dream was about to come true at Villa San Michele. A dream in a Michelangelo designed Italian Villa! But here at San Michele what captures you as much as the hotel itself is its surroundings and the way the Villa is tucked away, hidden by the rolling hills and breathtaking nature, and the spectacular view of Firenze from very top.

It is nothing like being in a touristic and busy city center. Viewing Florence from this peaceful paradise gives you the sense that a Renaissance poet is whispering in your ear. And Dante’s home and the Duomo are only 20 minutes away, easily reached by Villa provided shuttles. Florence has the spirit to inspire you like no other place, and will make you want to reread the “Divine Comedy” inspired by Dante’s love for Beatrice.

The restaurant and the food is as delicate and special asSplendido. And the wine cellar offers an amazing selection from the very best of Tuscany. And to make everything even better, the most kind and helpful concierge team I ever met are found here at the San Michele under the careful leadership of Marco Novella.

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