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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly San Francisco Hotel?

March 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Palomar San FranciscoWe 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 are some family friendly hotels in San Francisco for a family of 5, children ages 9,12,and 14?
 

ANSWER: Hotel Palomar San Francisco

Hotel Palomar is just one block from Union Square and Moscone Center. The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is a sophisticated urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This luxury hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in quiet seclusion, five floors above the traffic of nearby bustling Union Square. Centrally located in San Francisco's SOMA district at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, the hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square. At once fun and sophisticated, the hip Hotel Palomar offers guest rooms and suites located five floors above the bustling downtown streets. Simple elegance and playful variety characterize yhr 195 guestrooms and suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking: Hotel Palomar San Francisco
-A Deluxe Suite connected to a King Deluxe or Executive King or a Deluxe King room to a Deluxe Room with double beds. Suites at Hotel Palomar San Francisco are beautifully realized compositions of cosmopolitan comfort. The hotel offers 11 Deluxe Suites for the ultimate San Francisco stay. Each of the 625-square-foot suites feature a king-sized bed, a sitting area or parlor with sleeper sofa and an oversized bathroom with a Fuji soaking tub and separate shower. Each Deluxe room offers 300 square feet designed exclusively around both your comfort and style featuring a plush king-sized bed or two double beds. Some Deluxe guestrooms have interior views of our Zen Garden. Request in advance is recommended. The spacious Executive King guestrooms each feature 350 square feet of Hotel Palomar alluring style, a luxurious king-sized bed and exterior views of downtown San Francisco.

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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.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa

March 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Meet Casa Madrona Hotel and SpaThe story of this historic boutique hotel dates back to 1885, when William Barrett, Secretary-Treasurer for the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company and his wife Clara built a lavish "casa" on a hillside overlooking Sausalito. The location provided a wide-angle view of San Francisco Bay Area, teeming with powerful freight ships, elegant yachts and side-wheeler ferryboats. In 1980 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a treasured landmark. In November 2003, the historic hotel saw the addition of Poggio, an increase in the number of hotel rooms from 34 to 63, and the addition of a spectacular, 3,000-square-foot spa, a boardroom, a private dining room, and three new function rooms.

Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa 

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Your Questions Answered: What hotel in the San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?

July 13, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

4 Seasons Resort Palo Alto
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 hotel in San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?


ANSWER: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto – East Palo Alto, California

Four Seasons brings the high-touch appeal of its legendary service and luxury to the capital of high tech. At the hub of Silicon Valley, five minutes from Stanford University, this intimate, 200-room hotel is the centrepiece of the prestigious University Circle complex. Offering the area's most luxurious accommodations, the Hotel's guest rooms - including 27 suites - reflect a harmonious blend of relaxed California style and high-tech. Their contemporary design incorporates natural woods with warm colours and comfortable furnishings. The rooms are light and airy, and most feature floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have a king-sized bed or two double beds and offer a flat-screen television and up-to-the minute technology, allowing guests to remain productive and focused. The extra-spacious marble bathrooms are light and inviting, incorporating Four Seasons signature features: deep soaking tubs, separate glass-walled showers,WCs with telephone in a separate alcove and flat screen television.

For your stay, we recommend one of the Silicon Valley Suites, which have a King Bed with a sofa bed and crib available. The suites are 500 sq ft in size and have 1 full marble bathroom and 1 guest powder room. The full marble bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower. The living area offers ample seating and a dining table that seats four guests. A guest powder room is located off the foyer. This spacious one-bedroom suite can be configured as a two-bedroom suite with the addition of a connecting king-bedded room. The bedroom features a flat screen television., The living area offers a separate work area with high-speed Internet access Additional features include an in-room safe, private bar, flat screen television, and DVD/CD player. Additional amenities include a private bar, in-room safe, 42-inch (107-centimetre) plasma screen television, Bose radio and high-speed wired and Wi-Fi Internet access.

 

Four Seasons Palo Alto Silicon Valley

Another option is the Deluxe-View Rooms, whichshowcase stunning views of the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, the courtyard, or San Francisco Bay. These rooms feature King beds and are located on the 7th to 10th floors. Measuring 420 sq ft, an extra crib can easily be accommodated. The full marble bathroom features a deep soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a flat-screen television. 

To book, choose the choose the Silicon Valley Suite or the Deluxe king Courtyard and ask for connection in special request box (Details: in Special request box 1: 1 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm, 3 child 13, 9, 3. In Special request box 2 2 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm)

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: Where to Stay in San Francisco When You Need an Extra Bathroom

July 7, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Zetta San Francisco
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 will be coming to San Francisco and are considering staying in a hotel. Do any hotels have a room with one and half bathrooms? We will be 2 adults, 2 kids and 1 infant who would like to stay in one room, but minimum one and a half bathroom is required.
 

ANSWER: Hotel Zetta San Francisco


In a city of exquisitely edgy contrasts, Hotel Zetta offers a high level of sophistication and service without taking itself too seriously. The vibrant decor and sustainable architecture lend an innovative, creative vibe, while the high-tech conveniences, oversized guestrooms and plush pillow top beds keep things modern and always relaxed. Located in the heart of San Francisco's famously tech-savvy SoMa district and walking distance to Union Square, Hotel Zetta invites style-seeking travelers and local professionals to work, connect, play and get inspired.
Hotel Zetta offers 116 contemporary, oversized guestrooms and suites that are located in a 100% non-smoking hotel, featuring an interactive lobby and social hub with Macs and Pinko game wall. There is a full service bar, mezzanine game room and lounge featuring pool table, shuffleboard and multiple game consoles. 24 hour in-room dining is available and there will be an exclusive, destination restaurant opening in 2013. Complimentary high-speed WiFI Internet access is offered property wide. Sign in privileges are available at Burke Williams, a full service spa located in the adjacent Westfield Shopping Center. A state-of-the-art wellness center with Technogym equipment, ARKE wall and TRX station is featured. BART and other public transportation options are steps away. Hotel Zetta is one block from the historic cable car turnaround and just a few blocks to the Moscone Convention Center and Union Square. 24 hour valet parking for a fee is available as well as laundry services. Hotel Zetta is a pet friendly hotel without weight limitation
We recommend the Zetta Suite, an 800 sq ft, 1 bedroom that is the most spacious room the hotel offers, featuring a dining table, wet bat with Illy expresso machine and 1 and ½ baths. The Zetta Suite provides high speed internet access, a G-Link station for mobile devices and wireless streaming onto smart TVs. A large butcher-block desk can be used wither seated or standing and provides ample space for working, socializing, or competing over a lo-tech board game. The suite also includes a sectional sofa that opens into a queen sleeper and can be connected to a Deluxe Guestroom to create a 2 bedroom suite. You have a choice of a king bed or 2 queen bed that come fully equipped with imported linens and down comforter.

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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Five Star Alliance Welcomes Hotel Zetta San Francisco

May 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Hotel Zetta San Francisco

 

 

We are delighted to welcome Hotel Zetta San Francisco to the Five Star Alliance collection. Centered within the convergence of San Francisco’s SoMa district, Mid-Market and Union Square, Hotel Zetta offers immediate access to the city’s iconic attractions, shops and restaurants. Hotel Zetta’s enviable downtown address allows guests with unprecedented local amenities, with the Westfield Shopping Centre next door, the historic cable-car turnaround just one block away, and Union Square and the Moscone Center only minutes further.

 

 

This super-stylish boutique luxury hotel  offers a high level of sophistication and service without taking itself too seriously. 

 

The vibrant décor and sustainable architecture lend an innovative, creative vibe, while the high-tech conveniences, oversized guestrooms and plush pillow top beds keep things modernand always relaxed.

 

 

 

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Your Questions Answered: What are the best rooms for families at the Omni San Francisco

March 26, 2013
By: Shannon Sullivan

Your Questions Answered: What Are the Best Rooms for Families at the Omni San Francisco.The Omni San Francisco

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 are the best rooms for families at the Omni San Francisco?
 
ANSWER:   Kids Fantasy Suite: The colorful suite features bunk beds, beanbag chairs and is stocked with books, games and toys. Parents can relax in an adjoining Deluxe King bedroom. Deluxe Rooms offer 385 square feet of space and come with either one king or two double beds with courtyard or city facing views.
 
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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Sponsored Article: Hotel Vitale

March 4, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

All 200 guestrooms at Hotel Vitale feature limestone covered bathrooms, luxurious sheets, and a soft and subtle color scheme designed to promote vitality.  But we'd like to draw your attention to the rooms that showcase Hotel Vitale's prime location on the revitalized Embarcadero Waterfront. After all, who doesn't want to wake up to a view of the bay? Here are the rooms you want to book if you want waterviews.

-The Landmark Terrace Suite is located on the top floor of the Hotel Vitale.  663 square feet of indoor living space includes a bedroom with a king bed and a living room with sliding glass doors leading to a private terrace. The terrace overlooks the famous landmarks of the historic Ferry Building, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco Bay, the Ferry Building, and the Bay Bridge. 

-The Panoramic Suite is a corner suite designed in a 180 degree circular style. It has dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay, Ferry Building, and Bay Bridge. The living room features a soaking tub for two. Other amenities include a wet bar, king-size bed, entertainment center, and spa-style limeston bathroom with dual rainforest showerhead. 

-Waterfront Rooms are located on floors three through eight and feature San Francisco Bay, Ferry Building, Treasure Island and Bay Bridge views. Each room has a seating area, bay windows, and spa-style limestone bathroom with rainforest showerhead.  Ranging in size in 370-390 square feet, rooms have either a one King bed or two Queen beds. 

-Superior Water View Rooms offer partial water views and partial views of the Bay Bridge or Ferry Building. The rooms with two queen beds have a large window that offers partial water views and views of the Ferry Building or Treasure Island. Included in each room is a limestone bath and tub and shower combination. Square footage of the superior water view guestrooms ranges from 310 to 395 square feet. 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Monaco San Francisco

February 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Hotel Monaco is located just footsteps from the Union Square, Moscone Convention Center, the downtown Financial District, and the Theatre District.

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Image of the Day: Ritz Carlton San Francisco

January 29, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Check out the stunning exterior of Ritz Carlton San Francisco

 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: #9 Clift

December 23, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 
San Francisco's Clift is the #9 hotel on our list!  Steps from Union Square shopping and the legendary Nob Hill, Clift is perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing. Here's a few fun facts about Clift:

-363 guest rooms are generously proportioned and elegantly decorated with luxurious fabrics- silks, leathers and velvets, all in tranquil shades- ivories, greys and lavenders.

-Digital art exhibitions located in its celebrated and legendary Redwood Room.

-Designed by Philippe Starck, the soaring lobby contains one of the most eclectic furniture collections in all of California, with chairs from Ray and Charles Eames, a coffee table by Salvador Dali, a surreal stool by Renee Marguerite, and a sculpture custom made by William Sawaya.

-The Private Apartment is Clift Hotel in San Francisco's most sumptuously appointed guest accommodation, boasting the original wood paneled walls and fireplace, as well as beautiful custom Starck-designed furnishings.
- An inspired fusion of old-world hotel elegance with distinctly contemporary energy and glamour.

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