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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.

New in San Francisco: Trace Restaurant at the W Hotel

September 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel San FranciscoThere's no shortage of excellent restaurants in SF. And now we're hearing about a new, farm-to-table eatery that could give them all a run for the money. Located in the posh W Hotel, Trace restaurant opened on September 5 to much fanfare. Its mission? To quote the official website: "TRACE is committed to fusing the vibrant, local personality of the Bay Area with a dedication to socially responsible food prepared from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, led by Executive Chef Paul Piscopo and Executive Sous Chef Alaun Grimaud." Daily Candy sings its praises: "Upscale food styling elevates already-satisfying small plates and entrees like homemade ravioli with summer squash and grilled rib-eye with pillowy gnocchi and lobster mushrooms." And Eater SF has some swell photos of Stanley Saitowitz’s interior architectural design. This being the W, there's a happening bar and lounge scene, to boot.


Suite San Francisco: Savings at Taj Campton Place

May 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj Campton Place, San FranciscoHere's your chance to live the suite life in San Francisco. (Just check out the pic of the Executive Suite at Taj Campton Place.) Just off Union Square, the hotel offers a sophisticated haven (and a healthy dose of world-famous Taj hospitality) just a stone's throw from the financial district, art galleries, museums, and the city’s best known stores and restaurants. The 110-room Taj Campton Place is inviting you to stay in style this summer with the "Suite Celebration" offer. Book a suite for a night at the Best Available Rate and enjoy the next night at half price. Valid through August 31, 2011, the package is subject to availability and certain blackout dates.


A New Look for Kimpton’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco

April 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

The beloved icon in San Fran’s Union Square was looking a little worn around the edges. Now loyal Sir Francis Drake fans are toasting their good luck; the hotel is undergoing a glamorous makeover to be revealed in early summer. And some of the rooms have already been done up. From the website: “The fresh new design is a take on a contemporary interpretation of the classic attitude and elegance of the era of Sir Francis Drake– the Elizabethan period of English history – woven into a modern vision that honors Kimpton’s grand boutique roots.” Expect elegant art, custom wool carpets, and regal lounge chairs in the 417 guest rooms. Public spaces, including Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, will also be getting dolled up.

Traveling to San Francisco? Best available rates can be found at the Sir Francis Drake for $149 per night.