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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Santorini?

August 9, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

On the Rocks Hotel
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: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is Santorini, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: On the Rocks Hotel  
On The Rocks, an acclaimed member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, stands proudly at 200 meters above the Caldera basin. Situated in the famous village of Imerovigli, On the Rocks has Caldera views and is 10 minutes away from the island's capital Fira. Due to its privileged location is the perfect starting point to explore the magnificent island of Santorini. Boasting one of the finest scenic locations in Imerovigli, this Cycladic-inspired luxury hotel features 24 stylish Caldera view rooms and Volcano view suites.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend
Superior Double Room with Caldera View - The captivating romantic rooms with Caldera view in Imerovigli are traditionally decorated and uniquely furnished with unusual artifacts and fine quality linen. The superior double hotel rooms in Santorini feature an area of of 25 square meters, a private terrace with a breakfast table and chairs.

Superior Rooms can accommodate 2 adults in 1 double bed and 1 child in an extra bed. There is an extra charge per night for the extra person.

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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.

 

 


The Talbott Hotel Chicago Loves American Girls

August 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

American Girl Place
If you've got a kid obsessed with American Girl dolls, you'll want to check out the American Girl Packages at The Talbott Hotel Chicago. The hotel blends the charms of a gracious bygone era with opulent accommodations, impeccable service, and unexpected delights. The Talbott Hotel is located walking distance from Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile. Built in 1927 and recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond, European-style Talbott Hotel provides everything one expects from large, world-class brands along with everything desirable about an independent boutique hotel—streamlined check-in and check-out, top-of-the-line amenities, a welcoming staff that takes personal pride in delivering unequaled service and behind-the-scenes hotel technologies that ensure guest security and comfort. 

Located at the nearby Water Tower Place, the Chicago American Girl Place features specialty shops, private dining, and more. The in-house cafe offers brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and parties.  Children can pose for a picture at the Photo Studio and take home a souvenir issue of American Girl® magazine with their face on the cover. Dolls can even get a makeover at the Doll Hair Salon. 

The Talbott Hotel has three different American Girl packages to choose from. 

American Girl Dream Package
With the American Girl Place Dream Package, guests wake up to breakfast in bed for two. After a long day of shopping at the Water Tower Place, children come back to the hotel and receive a personalized pink twin sized blanket. There's also guaranteed late check-out of 3pm.

American Girl Spirit Package
This package embodies everything that American Girl Place has to offer. Amenities include a personalized welcome letter, keepsake American Girl Place fold-out doll bed, access to the girl blog @ the talbott, a $15 Breakfast Credit per person at Little Market Brasserie for a maximum of two people, and one entry into the American Girl Place quarterly drawing for a doll. The two Sprinkles cupcakes and milk at turndown provides a perfect ending to a perfect stay at The Talbott Hotel. 

American Girl Imagine Package
Imagine an American Girl Place experience that will last a lifetime. The Imagine package offers everything from the Spirit package, but also includes personalized Talbott Hotel stationary,
personalized guest room keycard, six personalized photo postcards by the fireplace, and a personalized room service menu.

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Your Questions Answered: What Orlando Family-Friendly Luxury Resort Would You Recommend?

August 4, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
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: What Orlando family-friendly luxury resort would you recommend for a family of four, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Omni Orlando Resort At Championsgate 

The four-diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is located within 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, and just 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. Surrounded by 36 holes of Greg Norman designed golf, the resort is also home to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters. Five unique dining options on-site include PanAsian, Italian and American cuisine. In addition to superb golf, guests enjoy 15 acres of recreation and relaxation. Guests may grab a tube and ride the long and winding lazy river, splash in the zero entry family pool with pool slide and nearby water playground, or relax by the quiet formal pool in their own private cabana. Fitness options include tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts, a lighted, nine-hole par three golf course, walking and jogging trails, and a state-of-the-art fitness center that is available for guests to access 24 hours a day. A full service European-style Spa rounds out the amenities with the highest level of personalized attention. 
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
All 720 guest rooms are beautifully furnished and feature luxury linens, bathrobes, executive work chair and desk, wired and wireless internet access, dual line telephones with voicemail (one cordless), flat screen TV with on-demand movies, coffeemakers, safes (accommodates laptop), hairdryer, lighted makeup mirror, iron, and ironing board. Spacious two and three bedroom villas feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble clad baths with Roman tubs and spectacular golf and pool views. Master bedrooms feature king size beds, and master baths. Each villa offers a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room for six, spacious living room, and den with sleeper sofa.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
2 Bedroom Villa - 1 King Bed And 2 Double Beds. Two-bedroom villas will accommodate up to eight guests comfortably. These spacious accommodations feature a master bedroom and bath with a king bed and a second bedroom with one or two beds. Each villa includes a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, a dining room with a wet bar, a separate den, and a private terrace or balcony. Maximum Occupancy 10. 1,543-1,620 square feet.

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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.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Greece?

July 30, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Elounda Bay Palace
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: What's a family friendly resort in Greece for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Elounda Bay Palace

Located on the island of Crete is the Elounda Beach Palace, a capitivating luxury resort. The 245 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated and provide all the modern amenities. For more privacy, the suites offer private swimming pools in a secluded garden or on the waterfront. In the perfect setting, guests can enjoy a long drink or a cocktail at the Veghera Jetty Bar or dine in one of the multi-cuisine restaurants. For the energetic person, a number of leisure activities are offered by the hotel, including all kind of water sports and a certified PADI diving center. The Thalaspa Chenot Elounda Beach offers blissful signature treatments and pampering techniques. Guests can relax on secluded white sandy beaches, with umbrellas and sun beds.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:Elounda Bay Palace Family Suite
Family Suite Garden View - This spacious accommodation (approx. 55 sq.m) ideal for families is composed of two bedrooms with a Queen & twin sized beds, two marble – lined bathrooms with a TV. The comfort of the suites pours onto an exquisite private balcony which is offering Mountain View. There is also the option of adding a single sofa bed.

Amenities and Activities Include: 
A bottle of wine, fresh fruit, flowers upon arrival
Use of gym
Use of tennis courts
Use of sauna & hamam
€50,00 spa gift voucher per person
Childrens facilities
Daily supervised children's program (for ages 4-12)
Baby sitting – hourly charge applicable
Children's meals available in restaurants

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend Family-Friendly Accommodations at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa San Diego?

July 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa in San Diego. What are the best accommodations for our family? 


ANSWER:

Centered between the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort epitomizes the true Southern California lifestyle. Taking full advantage of the resort's waterfront location, the resort artfully combines San Diego's sun and surf with the casual charm of southern California.

Loews Coronado Bay

The 439 rooms include 37 suites and are all designed to fit specific needs, whether those needs be spacious rooms perfect for families or flexible work areas ideal for business travelers looking to get work done while traveling. For casual dining guests can savor the cuisine at the re-designed and re-concepted Market restaurant or satisfy a need for a coffee craving or sweet tooth at Market to Go featuring Starbucks Coffee.  The newly redesigned lobby bar, Cays Lounge, features in-door out door seating, cozy fire features and a 9 foot media wall.  The fine dining restaurant, Mistral, offers global fusion cuisine served with sweeping views of Coronado Bay, Pacific sunsets, and the San Diego skyline stretching out beyond Mistral's floor-to-ceiling windows.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers activities as varied as its guests. Relax by one of three pools, stroll down the pristine Silver Strand State Beach, get pampered at Sea Spa, sail or boat on the bay, or just enjoy a glass of wine sitting at an outdoor fire feature watching the sunset. Other resort recreation include three tennis courts, a full service marina, bike rentals, and a fleet of gondolas.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Coronado Bay View King Suite - A spacious, separate bedroom offers a little privacy on a family vacation, while the large living room comes complete with a queen-size sofa bed. Each suite is uniquely decorated in soft, soothing colors and the finest linens. At the end of your day, you can wash away your stress in the Japanese-style deep soaking tub, then step onto the fully-furnished balcony and delight in the sweeping views of San Diego Bay and the sparkling city skyline. Abundant space, incomparable amenities and impeccable service combine to make a Coronado Bay View King Suite at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel the key to comfort on your stay in San Diego. Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee. 

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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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Barcelona?

July 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay is Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
Standard Room connected to a Junior Suite, with a rollaway bed.

- Standard Room is 25 square meters, has twin beds or double bed, has a double door and full bathroom.
- Junior Suite is 40 square meters and has either two beds or ing bed, Double door, Receiver, Dresser, Lounge, Full bathroom, Hot Tub and Shower.

Hotel Casa Fuster's Barcelona accommodation offers 105 rooms that are decorated with natural tones to reflect a peacefully harmonious and comfortable environment - it's exclusive and noble materials such as wood combine both modern and classic design. Its unique style combines contemporary elements along with modernist character. It's large windows fill all the rooms with plenty of natural light. All rooms contain a minibar, telephone, free internet connection, 30" Flat screen LCD TV, Satellite channels, complete bathroom with hair dryer, surround sound, heating, air conditioning and safe.
 

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic and Family-Friendly Resort in The Maldives?

July 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


We at Five Star Alliance work hard 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: What romantic resort in the Maldives can accommodate a family of three?


ANSWER:
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


Experience the charm of a Maldivian island village surrounded by crystal waters at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Just a half-hour speedboat ride from Male, discover an enchanting garden island where everything is close at hand. Find your perfect wave with the Surf School, sail to the mesmerizing Island Spa or embark on thrilling shark snorkel safaris and dolphin cruises. Explore the Maldives further by visiting the island of Landaa Giraavaru in the unspoiled Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to exotic marine life and remarkable diving opportunities. An island spa offers soothing Asian secrets. Sunrise, sunshine and sunset paint the endless sky

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Families can be accommodated in a two-bedroom suite or in adjacent bungalows. (Due to their unique location and nature, Water Bungalows are not recommended for children under eight years of age.) Daybeds and cribs are available in some accommodations upon request.

Get Away, Get More Package-Use your USD 100 Resort credit to sample world-class cuisine in the restaurants, indulge in a soothing spa treatment, and more. This package includes daily breakfast for two, USD 100 Resort credit per stay, and luxurious villa accommodations.

Summer Family Escapes-Experience the Maldives family vacation of a lifetime. From May 11 to September 30, 2014, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is offering a package created especially for families. This package includes 50% off a second guest room, daily buffet breakfast for two adults per room, Shark Snorkel Safari, and luxurious accommodations.

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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.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Los Angeles Hotel?

July 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Terranea Resort
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: We are a family of 6 and looking to stay in Los Angeles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Terranea Resort

Terranea is a land unto itself. When you step onto this 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world - minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its architecture. Terranea Resort

The luxury eco resort offers well-appointed rooms and suites and includes a collection of residential Bungalows, Casitas, and Villas. An award-winning nine-hole, par-three golf course, the soothing oceanfront Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools, and a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges welcomes you with open arms. 

Surrounding Terranea are countless adventures in and around the Palos Verdes peninsula and in the South Bay beach cities. Explore the resort's Aqua-Terra Adventures and make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling, and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride, or a trip to the falconry program. Within a reasonable driving distance are Disneyland, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and major sporting venues.

Terranea Resort
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Ocean View Vacation Casita
Situated on Terranea Resort's East and West bluffs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Vacation Casitas have private entrances and a luxurious, residential feel. Boasting expansive views, suite amenities include a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. These southern California vacation rentals are the perfect option for a family vacation or summertime getaway with plenty of room for entertaining.

Details and Amenities
-Two oversized bedrooms with pillow-top beds and luxurious linens
-Bedroom One: King bed
-Bedroom Two: Two double beds
-Two bathrooms
-One 5-fixture stone master bathroom
-One 4-fixture stone bathroom
-Comfortable living room with a 42-inch flat screen television
-Kitchen with full-size refrigerator, four stove top burners and a convection/microwave oven
-Indoor fireplace with shared outdoor fireplace
-Washer and dryer
-Three dual-line telephones with voicemail
-In-room safe
-Available wireless Internet
-Oversized private balcony or patio for each bedroom

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hawaiian Resort?

June 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa
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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Hawaii What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Your family's ultimate Hawaii getaway begins at the Grand Wailea Resort, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award 14 consecutive years. Feel the sands of Wailea Beach between your toes. Unwind in the whirlpools of Spa Grande. Indulge in the cuisine of Alan Wong's Amasia. There's no shortage of unique activities to explore at the Grand Wailea.

Surrounded by the rising slopes of Haleakala and the expansive azure blue of the Pacific Ocean, the design of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort captivates and delights the senses. Enjoy the lush, Polynesian beauty of an elegant Maui hideaway, providing an incomparable destination for relaxation and playful adventure.

Grand WaileaFor Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Deluxe Ocean View 2 Queen connects Deluxe Ocean View. There is an additional per night fee to guarantee connecting rooms. Deluxe Ocean view rooms offer the best views in the Grand Wailea. Located on the upper floors of the Haleakala, Wailea and Molokini wings, these luxury accommodations provide ocean views from your lanai, perfect for enjoying Maui’s memorable sunsets. With beautiful ocean views, King bed or two Queen beds. Appointed with feather duvets and pillows and with spacious with a private lanai that is perfect for enjoying brilliant Maui sunsets.

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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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Luxury Resort in Fort Lauderdale?

June 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin Beach Resort and Spa Fort Lauderdale
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 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: What's a family friendly resort in Ft Lauderdale for a family of 5, children 4 months, 8 and 11?

ANSWER: The Westin Beach Resort & Spa Fort Lauderdale

Guests can experience the golden sands and blue waters of Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches, just a few steps away from the The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale. The hotel amenities include air-conditioning, wireless high-speed Internet access, 24-hour business center, outdoor pool, 24-hour front desk, and elevator access. The hotel is wheelchair accessible. The room amenities include hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, coffeemakers with Starbucks Coffee, dual-line telephones, and high-speed Internet access

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: Westin Fort Lauderdale
You will need 2 rooms- same view and category to connect -1 King to 2 Doubles with the addition of a crib. Choose the Premium Deluxe Ocean View Room, Imagine awakening each morning to full views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean right outside your window. That pleasure—and more—is in store for you in the Premium Ocean Front rooms. Slide open the elegant, ceiling-height glass doors and take in the sea views while you sip your morning coffee. Facing back inside, you'll rediscover our ocean locale in a color palette of jewel-like blues and golden browns. Natural light streams in through the glass to illuminate the clean lines and warm mahogany accents of the room’s contemporary decor.

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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.