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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.

San Francisco's Iconic Palace Hotel Completes a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

By: Five Star Alliance

Palace HotelEverything old is new again. Elegantly so, in the case of San Francisco's iconic Palace Hotel. Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Expect new looks in the guest rooms, the indoor pool, fitness center, lobby, promenade, The Garden Court, and GC Lounge.

 The fresh design approach at this historic hotel captures timeless warmth and elegance beautifully married with chic, contemporary elements. Modern amenities and historic touches are complemented by superior service.

For over a century, The Garden Court has been known as one of the world's most beautiful dining rooms. The renovation now reveals two beautiful venues– The Garden Court and GC Lounge. GC Lounge is located at the front of the room. Stylish, comfortable chairs and couches create private vignettes.  A communal table offers a perfect place for a gathering. The GC Lounge experience is contemporary, savvy, and social. Garden Court at Palace Hotel The entrance to the Garden Court has been completely transformed. Guests are escorted to the dining room via private marble entrance. The 120 seat dining room celebrates tradition with a modern twist. The dining experience in The Garden Court offers locally sourced cuisine, refined service, and unforgettable surroundings.

Palace Hotel Guestroom Corridor

The 556 newly renovated guest rooms are a seamless blend of yesterday and today. Keeping true to the integrity of the hotel, guests will open the solid oak doors adorned with brass monogrammed knobs – both have graced the Palace since 1909. Crossing the threshold, an entry flows in to a room washed in a palette of midnight blue, charcoal, dove grey, and plum. The 11 foot ceilings and expansive windows create a naturally well-lit room filled with warmth. The artwork, topographical inspired carpeting, retro trunks, and suitcase handles incorporated into fixtures and furnishings pay tribute to time and travel.  Every item in the room has been custom created exclusively for the Palace.  

Palace Suites

The Palace Suites (pictured right) showcase a spacious living room with soaring windows. The rooms offer modern furnishings, a coffee table, desk, and 48” LED television. Historic architecture is accented with artistic lighting, blending vintage with new. Teal and navy are used to punctuate the grey and neutral palette that is rich and welcoming. Original hardwood floors are finished in dark brown and polished to high shine. Plush area rugs complete the interior of the Palace suites for a beautiful and comfortable home away from home. 

The Deluxe Suites with high ceilings, light filled windows, and authentic elements are the perfect place for a San Francisco escape. The focal point of the bedroom is a tufted, black leather headboard that frames the pillow top bed for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Unique, curated photography adds retro charm to the contemporary design.

The corner Royal Suite displays curved windows and architectural details including an intricately carved marble fireplace. Beautifully finished hardwood floors are layered with custom-made area rugs. At 970 square feet, the spacious, light filled room offers two televisions, a large living room, formal dining table, luxurious four post king size bed, and a city chic bathroom.

Palace Hotel State SuiteThe Square State Suite (pictured left) is a beautiful, light-filled space. Pale blue, plum and ivory set the tone for the interior that feels like an elegant San Francisco apartment.  A large living room with hand carved marble encased fireplace, formal dining table, comfortable seating, and 42" television add to the residential feel. A luxurious king bedroom with pillow top four post bed, a second television, and serene spa-like bath complete this city retreat.

The Chancellor Suite features a large entry leading to an open living room with intricate wood work, original fireplace, and a view of Market Street. The dining room seats eight. This suite features a beautifully designed seating area with upholstered furnishings, modern chandeliers, chic coffee table, large desk, 48” LED television, and Keurig coffee maker.  The inviting bedroom is spacious and beautifully appointed with a four post bed, chaise lounge, dark wood, and mixed metals.  A large bath with rain shower and spa tub offer the perfect place to relax and retreat.

The Presidential Suite is a grand six room suite, lined with expansive windows, that wraps around the corner of the hotel overlooking Market Street. A luxurious bedroom adorned in neutral tones and ocean blues invite the calm of sand and shore. The large marble bath features a glass enclosed rain shower, spa tub, and exquisite amenities.  Indoor Pool at the Palace San FranciscoA spacious living room and formal dining room – each with original carved fireplaces, authentic architectural detail, and vintage chandeliers are beautifully appointed with classically inspired, contemporary furnishings.  A baby grand piano sits in the corner of the living room. The media room features two plush sofas and a large plasma television.  A kitchen and guest bath completes the feeling of a private residence in a cosmopolitan city setting. The Palace Presidential Suite is perfect for a private escape or an elegant party for up to 20.

The newly renovated Palace Hotel pool and fitness center invite wellness and retreat. The restored, soaring sky lit ceiling opens the space to natural light and showcases the San Francisco cityscape. The Palace pool is ready for an aquatic workout or a leisurely swim. The new, spacious fitness center’s floor to ceiling windows look out to the swimming pool for an inspiring workout view.  The men’s and women’s changing rooms have all been updated. Features include luxurious marble bath areas, spa showers, fresh design elements and large back lit mirrors. 

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Cool Pools: Badrutts Palace Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

The crystal lakes and majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps inspired the 2009 renovation of the Palace Wellness Spa at Badrutts Palace Hotel. Local artisans helped craft spaces from cembran pine and San Bernadino silver into an eco-friendly space with ten treatment rooms, including a hair spa, pedicure area, solarium, body treatment wing and private spa suites, as well as saunas, steam baths, and an indoor and outdoor heated pool. In addition to Anika Organic Luxury, Intraceuticals, Shodeea and La Biosthetique products, the spa also uses organic botanicals in treatments focused on mind-body balance. Many treatments draw inspiration from Ayurvedic, Thai massage and shiatsu traditions.

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Image of the day: Aleph Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Refined with just a touch of rambunctious style to keep things interesting, Aleph Hotel features 96 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an inviting full-service restaurant, and an elegant bar where late afternoon aperitifs lead seamlessly into lively evenings with friends. Style is found in Aleph Hotel's pretty and poetic details. The 96 luxury rooms, including four Exclusive Rooms with large private terraces, two Junior Suites, three Executive Suites and one Grand Suite, are studies in Italian design dating from the 1930s and 40s. Large black and white prints by New York street photographer Bram Tihany grace the walls, capturing the everyday beauty of daily life in Rome, while Italian touches like Murano Liberty glassware and Deco furnishings create unconventional spaces that sparkle with originality. All guest rooms and suites have large closets, desks, dressers and minibars, while bathrooms feature a rich line of bath amenities.

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Eden Roc at Cap Cana's Pink Inspiration Package Commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Eden Roc at Cap Cana
has gone pink for a good cause. The luxury Dominican Republic resort has created a Pink Inspiration Package to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This incredible package includes private luxury accommodations in one of the resort's hot pink free-standing suites, which each feature private courtyards, personal pool, outdoor rain shower, an exclusive golf cart plus the following: 

-Transportation to and from Punta Cana International Airport

-Pink welcome roses and a handcrafted souvenir in the suite Eden Roc at Cap Cana

-Daily breakfast served at Mediterraneo Restaurant 

-Special themed spa treatments including paraffin and a Flamenco Pink gel manicure

Guests may imbibe and give back at the same time when ordering the Pink Situation cocktail served at the resort's oceanfront La Palapa restaurant. During the entire month of October the Mediterraneo Restaurant will present special dishes designed by the Chefs, incorporating organic cancer fighting ingredients. 

A portion of the proceeds from the Pink Inspiration Package and Pink Situation Cocktail will be donated to a cancer institution in the Dominican Republic. 

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Nightly rates starting at USD 795, subject to tax and service charges. the offer requires a minimum 2-night stay in double occupancy. This package is valid for travel through October 31st, applies to new bookings and cannot be used with any other promotions. Additional terms and conditions apply. 

Win a stay at Belmond Charleston Place

By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston Place
Contemplating booking a luxury hotel stay through Five Star Alliance? You could be enjoying a stay at Belmond Charleston Place on us just for booking.

Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to lush personal suites. The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to entertaining its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.

Located in the heart of the historic district on renowned King Street, Belmond Charleston Place is accessible to all that the city has to offer including shopping, dining, historic homes, and tours.

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Luxury Hotel Stays on Us-Book to Win

By: Five Star Alliance


Luxury Hotel Stays on Us-Book to Win!

Have a luxury hotel getaway, on us! Between September 15 to October 16, 2015, when you book a stay via Five Star Alliance at any of our 4,000+ luxury hotels, you will automatically be entered to win a 3-night stay at a participating hotel. 

Prizes include:

- A 3-night stay at Baccarat Hotel in New York, NY
- A 3-night stay at Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SC
- A 3-night stay at Grande Colonial La Jolla in San Diego, CA
- A 3-night stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles, FL
- A 3-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA

Five Star Alliance will award one prize per week for four weeks. Entering the sweepstakes is as easy as booking a hotel stay through Five Star Alliance. A winner will be picked at random from all eligible entrants. Please note that airfare and other transportation costs are not included. 

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Hulu Hoop on the Rooftop at The Berkeley

By: K. Clare Johnson

The Berkeley

For all those who are yoga'd out, can't bear another step class, and who think Krav Maga is a type of sandwich, The Berkeley has an exercise plan for you. Introduced earlier this summer and running through the end of October, the hotel's health club and spa is offering London's first rooftop hula-hooping classes. 

The classes are lead by hula-hoop fitness experts HulaFit®. The exercise craze is a favorite among celebrities like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Liv Tyler, and can burn up to 600 calories an hour. 

Classes are taught every Wednesday from 12-1pm. The £65 fee includes a pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool, and a one of a kind souvenir Berkeley hula-hoop. HulaFit® targets core muscles for a great ab  and cardio workout while keeping things playful. Participants will learn a variety of hooping styles such as the basic Waist Hooping progressing to Turning & Pirouettes, The Limbo, The Vortex, Body Wraps and the Booty Bump. Following each class, guests get a dip in the pool and a well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park and bustling Knightsbridge.

£65 per person include pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool and a one of a kind Berkeley hula-hoop, which can be taken home to continue the fun). The class can be booked through the hotel's spa. 

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Destination Hotels Has Welcome Credits That Are Worth the Trip

By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Rock Miami Beach

This summer, challenge yourself to explore more, do more, and live more by vacationing at a Destination Hotels property. Need a little R&R in the mountains a chance to glam it up for a weekend in the city?  Destination Hotels offers the perfect location for your next great summer getaway.  Additionally, for a limited time, book a stay and receive Welcome Credits based on the length of your stay.

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining, sipping bubbly cocktails poolside, pampering yourself at the spa, teeing up for a round or two, or settling in for a movie and snack in your luxurious guest room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. 

Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination promotion and receive:

2-night stay= $50 in Welcome Credits
3-night stay= $100 in Welcome Credits
4 night stay =  $200 in Welcome Credits
5 night stay =  $300 in Welcome Credits

Offer valid through September 24, 2015. Additional terms and conditions should apply, and there may be limited availability and/or blackout dates. Book early to avoid disappointment and read the rate policy carefully.

Kids Free Month in San Diego This October

By: Five Star Alliance

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla​October is a great month to bring the family to La Jolla, California.  Throughout the entire month of October, kids play and eat free at over 100 different restaurants, museums and attractions all over San Diego!  This is a fantastic opportunity for families to save a little money while enjoying an absolutely memorable trip.

And kids always stay free at the 4-Diamond Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla.  And we have some great deals and special packages for families of all sizes!  Situated in the seaside Village of La Jolla, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel.  Commanding views of the California coastline, this landmark hotel overlooks the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is ideally located just steps away from miles of beautiful beaches and 15 minutes north of downtown.    Within walking distance are world-class shopping, dining and entertainment and within a short drive are an abundance of golf, recreation and visitor attractions. Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

The hotel features 93 air-conditioned, non-smoking guest rooms and suites (some with fully-equipped kitchens, ideal for traveling families).  Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in each of the guest rooms and suites and throughout all public spaces.  A heated outdoor pool, valet parking, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes and evening turndown service are just a few of the luxuries guests will enjoy.

NINE-TEN Restaurant, providing catering for all group functions, boasts nationally acclaimed chefs, an “extraordinary to perfection” ZAGAT rating and a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list.  Our Evolving California Cuisine is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

With its ideal location, gracious service and environment of extraordinary comfort, the Grande Colonial hotel provides the ideal destination for those traveling to enjoy Kid’s Free Month in San Diego this October.

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Take a Look at a Few of our Favorite Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

There's a Destination Hotel no matter what your interest. Here's a few of our favorites:Eden Roc Miami Beach

Eden Roc Miami Beach
- Miami Beach, FL, USAEden Roc Resort & Spa features 535 posh guest rooms and 96 suites, many with unparalleled ocean and pool views and coming in the fall of 2015, 210 Nobu inspired guest rooms which include 15th floor Penthouse suites with panoramic views. Spacious accommodations offer sophisticated design and elegant amenities to create an exceptional boutique Miami hotel experience. Guests choose from stylish deluxe guest rooms, bi-level bungalow lofts and stunning suites with over-sized or wraparound balconies overlooking the Atlantic. Amenities include luxurious bedding, jetted tubs, flat-screen HDTVs, iPod stations, high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, and large desks and ergonomic chairs. ADA accessible rooms are available to guests upon request.

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Inn and Spa at Loretto - Santa Fe, NM, USA
Reflecting the rich culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Inn and Spa at Loretto effortlessly blends old-world charm with world‐class splendor. One of the state's most photographed buildings, this urban Destination Luxury resort is reminiscent of the famed Taos Pueblo. Situated adjacent to the famed Loretto Chapel the Inn features 136 guest rooms, including Santa Fe's only Penthouse suite, casual fine dining, full‐service spa, year‐round heated pool and cozy lounge, as well as multiple onsite shops and galleries – all centrally located just steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road. The stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains completes the picture of this truly authentic Santa Fe hotel.

The Marker Hotel Union Square
The Marker Hotel Union Square - San Francisco, CA, USA
A boutique hotel located in San Francisco's Theatre District and just a few blocks from Union Square, The Marker offers easy access to world class shopping, dining, and entertainment in the heart of The Golden Gate City.

La Cantera Hill Country Resort

La Cantera Hill Country Resort - San Antonio, TX, USA
Ta San Antonio adventure. Centrally located to the finest attractions and with it relaxed sophistication the resort offers authentic experiences, whether it’s relaxing in an exclusive pool cabana or discovering the hidden wonders of the Texas Hill Country

The Gant

The Gant
- Aspen, CO, USALocated in a secluded five-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain in downtown Aspen, The Gant offers guests the service of a Colorado ski resort with the flexibility of a condominium vacation rental. Each of the resort's 120 condo rentals offers convenient access to Aspen, signature Gant Van service, and easy access to the slopes. The Gant's condominiums feature floor plans with one to four bedrooms, each of which are fully furnished – ideal for group and family vacations.



Check out all the Destination Hotels and Resorts and for a limited time, receive Welcome Credits when you book a stay >>