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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.

Champagne and Chocolate: The Madison Washington DC Offers Romantic Getaway

By: Christopher Roney

Madison Hotel Washington DC

The Madison Washington DC is offering a romantic getaway escape that's perfect for enjoying the capital's sophisticated dining and historic landmarks with that special someone. Whether you want to explore the sights of D.C. or spend an intimate evening rekindling the flame, The Madison is prepared to accommodate your every wish. Clichés exist for a reason, and the Madison realizes that they come together to make the recipe for a perfect evening. What could be more indulgent than beginning your romantic stay with a bottle of champagne and some heavenly strawberries smothered in the finest chocolate? It may be a feature of every romantic dinner scene in the last ten years, but who wouldn’t want the movie-star treatment?

And after a long night, nothing says relaxing like waking up to a fresh and delicious breakfast, right at the foot of your bed.  The Madison is prepared to make your romantic getaway as relaxing or adventurous as you like.  Don’t move an inch except to don your bathrobe and wander down to the 24-hour Spa, or put on your traveling boots and head out to explore the history of a nation.  And regardless of whether you’re stretching your legs for the first time or winding down from an exciting day, there’s no better cap to a wonderful evening than a stroll through a gorgeous twilight cityscape – complimentary, of course. 

The package includes

• Two night stay in a guest room, with complimentary upgrade to a suite based on availability 
• Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival
• Breakfast in bed each morning
• An unforgettable experience in one of the most storied, and historic, cities in America

$96 Per Night: 96-Hour Sale at RockResorts Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareWhether you're looking to tear it up on the slopes in Colorado, lounge by the beach on St. Lucia, go snorkeling in Jamaica, or savor some Southwestern flavor in Santa Fe, RockResorts is giving you the chance. Score lavish accommodations at affordable prices with a 96-hour sale with rooms starting from just $96 a night. Available for travel seven days a week through April 8, 2012, this offer must be booked by Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Midnight MDT. Check out some of these fab destinations: The Osprey at Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Landings St. Lucia in the West Indies, Half Moon in Jamaica, Snake River Lodge & Spa in Wyoming, Tempo in Miami, and La Posada de Santa Fe.

Photo Contest: Win a $1000 Four Seasons Gift Card

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons London at Park LaneFour Seasons Hotels & Resorts is currently running a photo contest and the prize sounds too good to be true. Simply share a picture on the Four Seasons Summer Memories Photo Contest Flickr page with the tag "FSSummerPics" by August 15 and you could win a $1000 USD Four Seasons Gift Card for use at any Four Seasons hotel worldwide. (We've got our eye on Beirut, the brand spanking new hotel on Park Lane in London (pictured), or the glam resort in Marrakech...) They're looking for the shot that "best captures that unforgettable summer moment." The full contest rules can be found here.

Hotel Trends: Unplug with a "Digital Detox"

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Placid LodgeCan't stop checking your email while on vacation? You're not the only one. When it comes to detaching from their cellphones, tablets, and other digital devices, some 79% of travelers expect to stay connected on their next vacay-- according to a recent survey by American Express. To help these folks help themselves, a growing number of hotels are offering "unplugged" and "digital detox" packages- reports The Wall Street Journal. From Washington D.C. to Teton Village, Wyoming, hotels are rolling out the discounts and stress-reducing amenities like spa treatments. To quote the WSJ: "Starting this month, guests at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel can book "Zen and the Art of Detox" on some summer weekends. The Hotel Monaco Chicago offers anyone who reserves its "tranquility suite" the option to add a "Technology Break." The Lake Placid Lodge (pictured) also offers a similar package.

Last Minute Hotels for the Fourth of July Weekend

By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hilton, Los AngelesStill don't have plans for the long weekend? It's not too late to organize a staycation for July 4th- fireworks and all kinds of good American grub included. A quick search on Five Star Alliance shows some stellar hotels with weekend availability including the Andaz Wall Street (Saturday check-in; from $225), the Hilton Scottsdale (from $85), the Westin in Columbus, OH (from $129), the Hyatt Regency Sarasota (from $199), The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah ($199), and The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles (pictured, from $239). Happy birthday, U.S. of A.!

20 Years in LA: Happy Birthday to The Peninsula Beverly Hills

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Beverly HillsIn a star-studded hotel scene, The Peninsula Beverly Hills stands out for its exemplary service and rockstar enticements. Take, for example, the "Red Carpet Ready" experience- where guests are dolled up with glam jewelry and designer threads, then photographed by an award-winning Hollywood photographer after getting their hair and make-up done by a stylist. Sure, this AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Five-Star hotel has the luxury spa, exceptional restaurant, and rooftop pool terrace that's so important for L.A.'s well-heeled clientele. But the hotel's "enticements" really distinguish it from the rest. We also like the chauffeured shopping experience, piano classes with local celebrity pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala, and in-room Yoga classes. When you pay a visit to The Peninsula Beverly Hills this year, take Afternoon Tea to celebrate the landmark hotel's 20th anniversary. Each of the specially designed teas is designed to give back to the local community, with a portion of the proceeds going to nonprofits each quarter.

The Weirdest, Wackiest Hotels in the US

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Liberty Hotel BostonWe're constantly scouring the globe for interesting and unusual hotels- whether they be underwater hang-outs or galactic spaceships. But sometimes the weirdest are in your own backyard. Like the 1968 Sikorsky Sea King helicopter at Winvian, the Connecticut resort comprised of different concept cottages (like said helicopter). Now The Los Angeles Times has come out with a nifty slide-show of some of the "Cool and Unusual Hotels in the U.S."- whether you're looking to sleep in "a bed-and-breakfast in a beagle or an entire ghost town." They also single out New York's Library Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Indianapolis. One of our favorites? Liberty Hotel in Boston, formerly the Charles Street Jail (pictured at left). To check out the slide-show, click here.