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Featuring a prime downtown location, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver blends modern design with natural materials, and views of the Rocky Mountains. The hotel's Club Level has dedicated concierge services, and the spa recently added a new hair and nail salon. For dining, ELWAY'S Downtown, owned by NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, provides a signature steakhouse menu infused with the spirit of the mountain city. Continue reading below the restaurant photo.

Elway's at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Convenient to major attractions like the Denver Zoo, Larimer Square shopping, and Coors Field, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver offers a central location for families to explore the Mile High City, while enjoying a variety of on-site amenities. Read more about three of the top family-friendly amenities at the hotel below the photo. 

Double Queen Club Guestroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

1. Ritz Kids City Camper Experience

This Ritz Kids program brings the outdoors inside with an in-room indoor tent for sleeping and playing, as well as a Colorado wildlife story book, plush lion stuffed animal, coloring activity, and choice of a S'mores cupcake or sliced apples, nuts, and hot caramel sauce. Please note: Ritz Kids City Camper packages available in One Bedroom Suites and Deluxe Suites, and can be arranged via the hotel's guest relations team.

2. Ritz Kids Very Important Kids Program

Young travelers are greeted with a welcome gift at check-in, that includes an activities book and scavenger hunt. There's also a children's menu with kid-friendly choices at Elway's Restaurant. 

3. Mommy-To-Be & Children's Spa Services

Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Planning a getaway with the children before new baby arrives? The hotel's spa offers a variety of Mommy-To-Be Services for pre-baby pampering, as well as snacks. Plus, the spa offers Ritz Kids Spa treatments with age-appropriate pedicures, facials, or hair styling for special Mommy-and-Me time at the spa. 

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Celebrate the holidays as America's beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright colors at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, Hotel del Coronado is truly a sight to behold with carolers singing joyful tunes, whimsical polar bears striking a pose, lavish feasts and festive parties. Continue reading below the photo of Skating by the Sea.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Gather your friends and family for holiday favorites like housemade gingerbread and cookies, mulled cider and spiked coffee drinks or roast s'mores on the beach under the stars. Step back in time with an elegant Victorian Tea or explore the magnificent holiday lights around Coronado on a decked out surrey. Read more below the photo Victorian Tea photo.

Victorian Tea at the Hotel del Coronado

Whimsical trees are trimmed and glisten with pretty packages underneath. Saint Nick appears at Sunday Brunch and friendly elves read holiday tales to children. The holiday season at our seaside retreat is filled with both nostalgia and new traditions. Read more below the photo. 

Holiday Lights at the Hotel del Coronado

It's a time for magical adventures and creating memories with the ones you love, surrounded by the warm glow of The Del. Celebrate a winter of whimsy, wonder and wishes. Only at The Del.

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Featured Journeys: Canadian Ski Adventure

As the leaves begin to fall in the Northern Hemisphere, we're starting to think about winter vacation plans. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Canadian Ski Adventure. Our expedition begins in the chic city of Vancouver, where visitors can go from the heart of the city to the slopes of Cypress and Grouse Mountains in 30 minutes or less. Then it's off to Whistler-Blackcomb with quintessential mountain charm and more than 200 marked runs. Finally, we end our experience in Banff & Lake Louise with opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice skating. 

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Whistler
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Vancouver

Home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the city of Vancouver is 15 minutes from Grouse Mountain with four seasons of outdoor activities, including a wildlife habitat and the Grouse Mountain Super Skyride providing panoramic views of the city and beyond. While Cypress Mountain is about 30 minutes from downtown and was the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Offering 52 downhill winter skiing and riding runs, a magic carpet surface for the kids camp, a snowtubing park, 19 kilometers of Cross Country Ski trails, and snowshoeing tours around the historic Hollyburn Lodge, Cypress Mountain offers a range of activities. 

Four Seasons Vancouver

Four Seasons Vancouver

Offering a relaxed urban luxury experience, Four Seasons Vancouver towers 30 storeys above the Pacific Centre. The hotel's Health Club has the city's only resort-style indoor/outdoor pool, which also features men's and women's saunas and hot tubs. For dining, YEW seafood + bar serves sustainable Pacific Northwest seafood, wines, and innovative cocktails. Plus, guests can schedule massage services in the Red Cedar Massage Suite.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Providing panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbor, the Fairmont Pacific Rim has a recently unveiled collection of Owner's Suites that incorporate the city's sense of fashion, art, and music. The Willow Stream Spa provides an urban oasis with meditation pods, fitness center, and outdoor terrace. Botanist is a new restaurant concept with four diverse spaces: Cocktail Bar and Lab, Garden, Dining Room, and Champagne Lounge, all inspired by the Pacific Northwest. There's also the giovane cafe + eatery + market with Italian fare, and the Lobby Lounge with sushi and cocktails.

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Within walking distance of Stanley Park as well as Robson Street's high fashion boutiques, Rosewood Hotel Georgia first opened in 1927. Set within a Georgian Revival building, the iconic property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries for decades. Following a major renovation in 2011, the property combines 1920s glamour with contemporary design. There's a Rosewood Spa with an indoor pool, Hawksworth Restaurant with contemporary Canadian cuisine, Bel Cafe Patisserie, and Prohibition Cocktail Bar for on-site dining.

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Whistler

Located less than two hours via car from Vancouver via the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the world-class Whistler-Blackcomb Resort area consists of Whistler and Blackcomb, two side-by-side mountains, with Whistler Village set in the middle of the two mountains. Offering a range of activities for all seasons including lift accessed alpine hiking and mountain biking, Whistler Blackcomb has one of North America's longest ski and ride seasons. Receiving an average of 458 inches of snow annually, there are three glaciers, 16 alpine bowls, and more than 200 marked runs. As one of North America's most varied terrains, there's vertical runs and lifts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, plus backcountry, heli-skiing, sleigh rides, and snoeshoeing. Whistler Village is home to a community of hotels, boutiques, and restaurants, providing a walkable town to explore. 

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Featuring a modern alpine setting, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a ski-in/ski-out hotel and golf resort with a par 72, 18-hole Audubon-certified championship course. The property has Whistler Experience Guides to provide guests with exclusive excursions and scheduled tours, as well as special events like the Women's Weekend Retreat and Holiday festivities. There are multiple on-site dining options including The Chalet--a winter dining destination with fondue and alpine cuisine, plus the Grille Room with exceptional chops, steaks, and seafood, as well as the Wildflower restaurant for gourmands. The Vida Spa provides treatments focused on health and healing, and the Health Club has an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor 60-foot heated lap pool, tennis courts, saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. 

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Four Seasons Whistler

Four Seasons Whistler

Set in the heart of Whistler Village, the Four Seasons Whistler has a Ski Concierge that can assist with everything from lessons to equipment needs. Guests can partake in Wilderness Wellness programs including helicopter flights over ice caps to tour the areas ice caves (or Glacier Golf during warmer months), and the heated outdoor pool and whirlpools are open year round, ideal for post-ski or hiking relaxation. There are daily wine tastings, and the SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar provides a modern alpine setting with views of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. 

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The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

Offering 400 residentially-styled suites, The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler has an elevated, slopeside location that served as the host resort for downhill events during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Accommodations feature fireplaces, soaking tubs, kitchenettes, mountain views and indigenous materials. The acclaimed Grill & Vine Restaurant serves regionally-inspired Canadian cuisine with an innovative twist and a modern atmosphere inspired by the surrounding landscape. Plus, the Avello Spa & Health Club provides rejuvenating treatments design to sooth after a day on the slopes.

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Banff

Set within Banff National Park (Canada's oldest national Park), Banff offers a dramatic setting with high moraine lakes, flowing rivers, and mountain landscapes. There's plenty of professional guides and outfitters to help guests explore the great outdoors via raft, bicycle or horse during the warmer months, or visitors during the winter can explore the landscape while cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or via the slopes. Banff townsite has a historic main street with quaint buildings, and it is also home to the Banff Springs Hotel, which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888. While Lake Louise offers a picturesque lakeside location with a variety of year round activities. 

Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs

Referred to as Canada's "Castle in the Rockies", the Fairmont Banff Springs was built in 1888 as one of the grand Canadian Railroad Hotels. Set where the Bow and Spray Rivers converge, the hotel is located within Banff National Park, and offers year-round luxury with a championship golf course for the summer months and world-class skiing during the winter. There's the European-style Willow Stream Spa for rejuvenating treatments, as well as multiple dining options including the 1888 Chop House with a classic menu, and the Waldhaus Restaurant with authentic alpine cuisine.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

In the midst of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by soaring mountains, with views of the Victoria Glacier, and the emerald-hued Lake Louise. Recognized for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, the resort offers an array of outdoor recreational activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing, plus horse drawn sleigh rides. There are wellness retreats held throughout the year, as well as a kid's camp, and luxury spa. 

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The Post Hotel 

The Post Hotel

Featuring one of Canada's most extensive wine cellars, with more than 25,000 bottles and over 2,200 labels, the Post Hotel serves award-winning chef-prepared cuisine at the Post Hotel Dining Room, plus fondue at the adjacent Fondue Stubli. Opened in the 1940s, the hotel is nestled in the Bow River Valley, offering suites with wood-burning fireplaces, and views of the surrounding wilderness teaming with wildlife. Five minutes from the Lake Louise Ski Resort with downhill skiing and snowboarding, guests can enjoy an array of winter activities, including cross country ski lessons and heli-skiing. 

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Happy National Coffee Day! Specialty coffee sales are inceasing around the world at a rate of about 20% per year. In the U.S., the average person drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day, yet the U.S. is not in the top 10 for coffee consuption in the world. If you love coffee as much as we do, here's a list of five hotels in top cities for coffee that we love a latte (sorry, we couldn't resist). 

1. Thompson Seattle

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle

Home of Starbucks and known for chilly and rainy weather, Seattle is a haven for coffee lovers. The Thompson Seattle is perched above Pike's Place Market, making it a quick walk to the original Starbucks. Featuring contemporary design and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Puget Sound, Pike's Place Market, and the Olympic Mountains, the Thompson Seattle has a rooftop bar and the signature Scout restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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2. Hotel Continental Oslo

Bar at Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Norway is in the top 10 countries for coffee consuption, and Kaffe is typically served at breakfast and after dinner with dessert, while Turkaffe is traditional Norwegian hiking coffee. At the Hotel Continental Oslo, guests can begin their day with a fresh-brewed pot of coffee at Caroline's, then explore the walkable Nordic city, and finish up their day with a gourmet dinner at Theatercafeen complete with dessert and coffee. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room as well as VIP status.

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3. The Nines, Portland

The Nines Portland

Portland, Oregon is known for a unique coffee culture with a mix of independent roasters and coffee cafes brewing espressos and lattes topped with artful foam. At The Nines, guests can stay in the heart of the city in the historic Meier & Frank Building, formerly a department store. The LEED Silver Certified Hotel is steps from Pioneer Square and the trendy Pearl District, plus there's two gourmet restaurants on-site specializing in local Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

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4. Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

Cafe Sacher Wien at Hotel Sacher Wien

Viennese coffee houses are an institution in Vienna, typically with marble tables, newspapers, pastry creations, and of course, coffee drinks. At the Hotel Sacher Wien, guests can experience a Viennese coffee house within the hotel. The Cafe Sacher Wien is a traditional Viennese coffeehouse with a refined setting featuring red interiors, chandeliers, pastries, coffee specialties, and teas, as well as local dishes like fried chicken salad, Wiener Schnitzel, or Tafelspitz.

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5. Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

Known for coffee houses where espresso is served at a bar, and guests drink the coffee quickly while standing, Rome offers a coffee culture of its own. At the Palazzo Manfredi, guests stay in the heart of Rome, steps from the Colosseum and the city's coffee houses. There's also the rooftop Aroma restaurant with Michelin Star cuisine, as well as the American Bar on-site. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for two, and tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. 

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This past year, Peninsula Chicago revealed its reimagined rooms and suites, which introduced The Peninsula Hotels' signature technology to the United States. The new rooms now offer all essential functions, entertainment, and guest services in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Continue reading below the photo.

In-room technology at the Peninsula Chicago

Rooms are designed so that every control is located precisely where it is required without guests having to think or search. The tablet technology allows guests to adjust lighting and temperature controls, as well as browse restaurant menus, hotel services, city information, attractions, and TV channels, while LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details and privacy options. In addition to the recently launched 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a new Mobile Concierge provides instant guest service support by text message, directly to mobile devices. An added benefit for domestic and international travelers alike, all domestic and international calls made from the guest room phone are complimentary via VOIP, and bedside charging stations store and charge several types of mobile devices. Read more below the photo of the bedside charging station.

Bedside charging station at the Peninsula Chicago

All of this pioneering technology has been developed by The Peninsula Hotels’ Research and Technology Department. Based in Hong Kong, the group has been responsible for some of the most advanced, yet intuitive innovations in the global hotel industry since 1985. The team flew more than 250,000 miles during the installation of the new system to ensure a truly seamless experience for guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Water Tower Suite at the Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is steps from the boutiques and restaurants along the Magnificent Mile. Offering a prestigious location and a host of accolades, the property has three on-site restaurants, legendary Afternoon Tea, two-story spa facility, and elegant event spaces. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as classical styling with Pratesi linens, 55-inch TVs with sound bars, and marble bathrooms with 19-inch inset TVs and soaking tubs.

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Overlooking the golf course, the Master Suite at Keswick Hall at Monticello is the resort's largest suite and offers a living room ideal for entertaining, spacious bathroom with a separate soaking tub and shower, plus a large terrace. Within the suite's master bedroom, there is a luxurious handmande king bed by Hypnos with premium bedding and Frette linens. In the master bathroom, there's an oversized soaking tub, heated towel racks, luxe bathrobes, and Molton Brown bath amenities. Continue reading below the photo of the bedroom in the Master Suite. 

Master Suite Bedroom at Keswick Hall at Monticello

The spacious living room has a sitting area with a sofa and chairs, as well as a flat-screen TV with a DVD/CD player (movies available at the reception desk). There's also a dining table with seating, desk, minibar with locally-sourced snacks and beverages, Nespresso machine, and a laptop-size safe. Read more about the property below the photo of the living room in the Master Suite. 

Master Suite Living Room at Keswick Hall at Monticello

Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick Hall at Monticello is minutes from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia. The historic 48-room property is nestled amongst 600 acres with a variety of outdoor recreation options such as archery with three on-site regulation targets, three outdoor pools, including one infinity pool with a waterfall feature, croquet, badminton, bocce, hot air balloon rides, and garden tours. There's also the Keswick Hunt Club and Kenswick's Tennis and Aquatic Center, which was ranked as the #5 Mid-Atlantic Resort by Tennis Magazine. Plus, the Keswick Golf Club with Pete Dye's award-winning Full Cry Golf Course. Nearby the property, there are more than 25 wineries, breweries, and cideries nearby. 

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Hounds on the grounds of Keswick Hall at Monticello


Planning a trip to the U.S. Open? The Hotel Plaza Athenee New York has limited availability for the event which runs through September 10, 2017. Providing an ideal Manhattan location, the property resides at 37 East 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Featuring a discreet setting, the 143-room hotel with bright red-domed awnings is popular with celebrities, travelers, and industry titans seeking elegance and bespoke style. Read more below the photo of a Penthouse Balcony Breakfast. 

Penthouse Balcony Breakfast at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York offers two on-site dining options, as well as private dining, room service, and tea service upon request. For fine dining, Arabelle serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. While Bar Seine has an intimate cocktail bar setting with a leather floor, velvet furnishings, and sophisticated atmosphere for afternoon tea or evening cocktails. Continue reading below the photo of Bar Seine.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York 

The hotel is home to the only Spa Valmont location within the U.S. Showcasing a strong Swiss heritage, the V35 Spa offers four Asian-inspired treatment suites with private bathrooms, steam showers, and relaxation areas. Guests can choose from signature treatments designed exclusively by Spa Valmont, as well as makeup application, manicures, pedicures, and hair blowout services. 

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Offering an on-site vineyard and a private label wine, Calistoga Ranch is a luxury nature resort with an award-winning Napa Spa and fitness programs. Featuring sustainable practices throughout the resort, guests can explore acres of scenic hiking trails, participate in painting and photography classes, play bocce ball, do yoga, or take a beekeeping course. In addition to a variety of on-site amenities, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks at the resort. Learn more below the photo of a wine cave dinner. 

Wine Cave Dinner at Calistoga Ranch

The nature resort's accommodations are set within 50 free-standing guest lodges, including Deluxe Lodges, One- and Two-Bedroom Lodges, as well as the Estate Lodge. Providing a refined environment for rustic relaxation, the lodges have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to natural surroundings, wood floors, and furnishings with clean lines inspired by nature. Plus there are outdoor showers and bath gardens, cedar sun decks with gas fireplaces, and some lodges have private outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo the outdoor shower photo. 

Outdoor Shower at the Calistoga Ranch

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary access for two people to the Auberge Spa facility with a watsu soaking pool, steam room, and Jacuzzi. 

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Overlooking the Teton Range, the 676-square-foot Grand Teton Suite at Amangani is the resort's largest suite. Featuring contemporary Western decor, the luxurious suite has a living room with a metal gas-lit fireplace, flat-screen TV with a sound system, personal bar, woven cowhide chairs with faux-wolf fabric, and a window-side daybed. There's also a king bed with plush linens, and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub with a large window, twin vanities, and dressing room. Continue reading below the photo.

Amangani Grand Teton Suite Living Area

In addition to the lavish indoor living space, the Grand Teton Suite features a wraparound balcony with panoramic pool and Teton Mountain views, as well as an outdoor dining area. Read more below the photo. 

Amangani Balcony View

The Amangani (meaning peaceful home) is a year-round luxury resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Featuring a design that compliments the surrounding Teton landscape, the resort has regionally-inspired furnishings like cowhide chairs, pine-stump tables, Pacific redwood beams, and Oklahoma sandstone columns, accented by local artwork. Read more below the grand staircase photo.

Amangani Grand Staircase

There's a heated outdoor pool with Grand Teton views, and a variety of adventure activities like hot-air ballooning, 4x4 wildlife safaris, horse riding, hunting, and golf. There's also guided treks to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and more than 2,471 acres of slopes for beginner and expert skiers. Plus, Amangani's private lodge can plan snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides. 

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Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

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