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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe 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.

A Blast From The Past: Hotel del Coronado in San Diego


By: Five Star Alliance

This year is Hotel del Coronado's 125th Anniversary. Rising from water's edge on the quaint island of Coronado in San Diego, The Del is a classic historic hotel built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Hotel del Coronado in 1888

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Your Questions Answered: Interconnecting Rooms in San Diego


By: Oksana Balytsky

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.

Question: I was looking to stay at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa in San Diego with my family with check in 12/26/2012 and check out 12/30/2012 and would like to know if you have an offer for 2 rooms with bay view with breakfast included? Also, can the rooms be interconnecting? One room will have 1 king bed and the other room will have 2 double beds.

Answer: The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa does not have breakfast inclusive rates for your dates of travel, but it does have interconnecting room options available. A Luxury King can interconnect with a Luxury 2 Double beds room. These room types are 450 square feet and have a partial bay view. A Deluxe King can interconnect with a Deluxe 2 double beds room, and this room type has a pool/marina view. To view rates, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. To make a reservation for two rooms, complete one after the other, filling in the Special Request field for each stating 'request this room to interconnect with other reservation.' Please be advised that interconnecting rooms cannot be guaranteed and are based on availability.


New Ownership for the Grove Park Inn, Hotel Del Coronado Renovations


By: Christopher Roney

KSL Resorts have made a couple of new additions to their collection in 2012, and a change in ownership is always an exciting time for guests of a hotel. New ownership means a new philosophy, and often most importantly, an infusion of investment that allows for extensive renovations. KSL has taken over the iconic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, and invested in renovating the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA.

The Grove Park Inn is a huge attraction for locals and travelers alike, a perfect getaway for a weekend of relaxation for anyone on the East Coast or even just visiting the area. Its spa is top-notch, and it has a real down-home authentic feel to both the rooms and the hospitality. We're excited to see what KSL is doing with their newest addition.

While the Grove Park Inn epitomizes southern luxury, Hotel del Coronado has its feet firmly planted in west coast culture. The 368 have also been completely redesigned and purposed for rejuvenation. The resort itself rests on Coronado Island, sunning itself on the picturesque California beaches. With a distinctly Victorian atmosphere coupled with California's standard of relaxation, its no wonder that the Travel Channel has rated it the number one wedding destination in America. The Hotel Del Coronado is already a great resort, and we're looking forward to trying out the redesigned rooms.

 


Art Gallery Opens at the Hotel Palomar San Diego


By: Oksana Balytsky

According to our friends at HotelChatter, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the first Kimpton hotel to have a dedicated art gallery space! This luxury downtown hotel provides guests with the ultimate urban retreat within easy reach of San Diego’s phenomenal attractions. The Hotel Palomar San Diego is a luxurious and sophisticated boutique hotel surrounded by award-winning theatres, a lively nightlife, and within walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter. This is certainly the hotel where Art in Motion is alive in every regard, and with the new Art Gallery addition, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the place to be to experience art, culture, and luxury, all without needing to leave the hotel property! A small section of the lobby has been converted into Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits which will feature art work of local artists. The art display will rotate roughly once a month and the profits will be donated to a children’s charity that supports the arts. Be sure to explore this incredible hotel and its newly opened art gallery on your next trip to the beautiful San Diego!


Luxury Hotels near the San Diego Convention Center


By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury. The San Diego Convention Center is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than a twenty minute walk away from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, starting with the hotels located a 10 minute walk away to hotels a 16 minute walk away from the Convention Center.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – located 0.5 miles from the Convention Center.

W San Diego – located 0.5 miles from the Convention Center.

Andaz San Diego – located 0.6 miles from the Convention Center.

U.S. Grand Hotel – located 0.6 miles from the Convention Center.

The Westgate Hotel – located 0.6 miles from the Convention Center.

Hotel Palomar San Diego – located 0.7 miles from the Convention Center.

Traveling somewhere else? Keep up with our blog series and check out the luxury hotels located near the Convention Center in the following cities: Boston, Montreal, and Washington D.C.


Special $159 Opening Rates at Hotel Palomar San Diego, Formerly the Sè Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Palomar San DiegoKimpton has snatched up a fine piece of real estate in San Diego- the former Sè Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. Just this week, the property reopened as the Hotel Palomar San Diego with a rooftop bar and pool deck, destination spa, and a two-story "gastro-lounge" called Saltbox Dining and Drinking. Kimpton's latest hotel joins sister property, Hotel Solamar, which is located eight blocks away. Say hello to the shiny new hotel with a special introductory offer of $159, plus a complimentary glass of Champagne for two while dining at Saltbox. Subject to availability, through December 30, 2011.

For more history on this sleek, design-led hotel, and who owned it even before it was called the Sè Hotel, check out this article.


Summer Sun and Shopping Spree: Macy's Gift Cards at Westin Gaslamp Quarter


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San DiegoBlue skies, 70 miles of beaches, and a year-round Mediterranean climate... San Diego makes for a sunny summer getaway. The newly renovated Westin Gaslamp Quarter is inviting guests to stay and play with a number of enticing packages. Until September 5, 2011, you can get a third night free. Or if you book the "Summer Sun and Shopping Spree" package, you'll get a $100 Macy’s gift card for each night of your stay! The Washington Post points out that regular rates start at $169, so the package rates of $199 (plus $25 per night in taxes), translates to $70 you get for retail therapy. Another hot deal: AAA members and California residents can score $99 room rates! Located next to San Diego's historic and vibrand Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel offers a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, WestinWORKOUT Gym, and 450 guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and Heavenly Beds.

 


Mint Juleps & Horse-Races with San Diego's Grand Del Mar Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Grand Del Mar, San DiegoThe historic Del Mar racetrack-- where the turf meets the surf-- recently opened for its 2011 season. Looking for a little equine fun in the sun? Mint juleps included? The Grand Del Mar resort, San Diego's newest AAA Five Diamond resort, is celebrating the opening of the Del Mar horse-racing season with a fun accommodations package. The Los Angeles Times Daily Deal blog investigated the special and found it to be a good value when you add up all the extras: "two Stretch Run reserved seats at the racetrack (worth $10); a racing form and racing digest ($14); transportation to and from the track (based on availability); two mint juleps in the lobby lounge (worth $30); and valet parking ($25)." Starting from $475, available every day except Tuesdays through September 7, 2011.


Act Fast: Summer Sale at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel del Coronado, San DiegoThere's a lot to love at the Hotel del Coronado. Perched on the sand, The Del is a San Diego icon and a National Historic Landmark. The beachfront resort has a sumptuous spa, fab coastal cuisine, two sparkling pools, an abundance of recreational activities... not to mention an enviable climate (and lots of year-round sunshine). Hot rates: The hotel is currently running a 3-Day Summer Sale with reduced room rates of just $229 per night. The rate is good for stays through December. Hurry, grab this while you can! The deal must booked by Friday. Note: The Los Angeles Times points out that the rate applies to the older, Victorian-style rooms that have one queen bed and no ocean view. With this summer sale, you also get a reduced parking rate of $10 instead of $25 per night, and 25% off the price of a second room. Subject to availability.