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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.


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


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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Featured Journeys: All-American Patriotic Road Trip

This edition of Featured Journeys: All-American Patriotic Road Trip takes us on a journey along the East Coast of the U.S.A. The journey begins in Boston to explore historic sites and iconic attractions, then it's on to New York City for the Statue of Liberty, Broadway Shows, and famous pizza. Next up, Philadelphia, home of the new Museum of the American Revolution and the Liberty Bell. The road trip wraps up in the capital city of Washington, D.C. Whether you choose to travel via car, rail, or air, this journey offers an itinerary filled with history and must-see attractions, along with top luxury hotel choices to start and end each day in pure comfort. 

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New York City
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.

Boston

One of the country's oldest cities, Boston is a walkable city known for history and seafood. Begin your trip with a walk along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, where you'll visit 16 iconic landmarks while walking along a red-lined trail. Explore museums, churches, meeting houses, and burying grounds with historical significance, including King's Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Paul Revere House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Bunker Hill Monument. While you're here, be sure to try some local seafood, perhaps at the city's oldest restaurant, Ye Old Union Oyster House, a National Historic Landmark. You'll also want to try a cup of clam chowder, and maybe some Boston Cream Pie. If it's summer, head to Fenway Park for a one-of-a-kind baseball viewing experience at the national's oldest Major League Baseball Stadium or visit Boston Common and go for a swan boat ride. Those who love to shop will want to visit the boutiques along Newbury Street. 

Here are a few of our top Boston Luxury Hotels:

Liberty Hotel

Lobby of the Liberty Hotel

Spend the night in a former jail at the Liberty Hotel. Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the property is considered one of the best examples of "Boston Granite Style" from the mid-19th century. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 2007, The Liberty has 298 guest rooms and suites featuring playful nods to the building's past, the Clink restaurant serving seafood and New England fare, Alibi serving cocktails and late night snacks, and the Liberty Bar. Editor's note: this is an extremely pet-friendly hotel with "yappy hours" and special amenities for four-legged friends. 

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Fifteen Beacon

Fifteen Beacon

Reigning over the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Fifteen Beacon is luxury boutique hotel set within a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts Building. Focused on discreet service and bespoke amenities, the property mixes modern with an original caged-glass elevator, grand marble staircase, and mahogany paneling. The property's Mooo...restaurant offers a modern take on a steakhouse menu with regional influences, warm lighting, and sleek furnishings. 

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Fairmont Copley Plaza

Signature Interior Courtyard King

Since opening in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has been an iconic Boston landmark. Situated in Boston's historic Back Bay, the property is located along the Freedom Trail, steps from the Boston Public Library, Newbury Street boutiques, and Copley Place Mall. Carley Copley--the resident canine welcomes guests, and the hotel's 383 lavish guest rooms and suites are furnished in classic style infused with Boston influences. There's a rooftop health club overlooking the city, and the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is an American brasserie serving locally-sourced cuisine. 

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New York City

After exploring the historic city of Boston, it's time to head south to New York City. From Times Square and the Broadway Theaters, to Fifth Avenue's shopping, NYC is an iconic destination in itself. Central Park offers a retreat from the hussle and bustle, the Empire State Building features one-of-a-kind views of the metropolis, and a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island provides visitors with a look at what life was like for the immigrants arriving in the 1800s. While you're here, be sure to a slice (or two) of New York Pizza, see a Broadway Show, and perhaps check out a baseball game at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. 

Here are a few of our top New York City Luxury Hotels:

The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

For a room with a view of the Statue of Liberty, The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park provides an ideal setting. In the heart of the city's financial district in Lower Manhtattan, the hotel offers luxury accommodations with a waterfront setting. There's a full-service spa and fitness center, along with Ritz Kids programming and amenities, and the 2West modern American bistro. Steps from Battery Park and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the hotel is perfect for business and leisure travelers. 

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The Plaza Hotel

Dining at The Plaza New York

An iconic NYC landmark, The Plaza Hotel recently completed a major restoration transforming the property into a historic luxury hotel infused with a contemporary spirit for the modern traveler. Guest rooms and suites feature in-room iPads for visitors to control their entire experience, and suite guests receive 24 hour butler service. The Palm Court serves a legendary Afternoon Tea, and new offerings include the Champagne Bar, stylish Rose Club, The Todd English Food Hall, and The Plaza Food Hall.

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The NoMad Hotel

Guest room at The NoMad Hotel

Close to the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park, The NoMad Hotel is nestled within a turn of the century Beaux Arts building. Featuring a boutique style setting by renowned French Designer Jacques Garcia, the chic guest rooms have custom-designed furnishings and original artwork. Public spaces are designed as gathering spaces, and the hotel's restaurant serves casually-elegant food and beverages by acclaimed Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidara, founders of the critically acclaimed Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park.  

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Philadelphia

Next stop, the City of Brotherly Love. On the Five Star Alliance's List of "17 Places to go in 2017", and founded by William Penn in 1682, Philadelphia is a must-see for history enthusiasts. The Independence National Historic Park is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where visitors can stand in the room where the Declaration of Independence was drafted. Two blocks away, the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution, provides guests with an in-depth look at how the country gained its freedom with interactive exhibits and historic artifacts like George Washington's tent.

Here are a few of our top Philadelphia Luxury Hotels:

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Situated within an Art Deco-style building, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia provides a city center location in the popular Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The eco-friendly property features a variety of art infused with political and historical figures, including three brightly-colored Ben Franklin effigies, the Square 1682 restaurant with chef-prepared new American cuisine, and daily hosted wine hours. 

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Rittenhouse Hotel

The Rittenhouse Hotel

Almost as iconic as the city itself, the Rittenhouse Hotel towers nine stories above Philadelphia. Guest rooms and suites are spacious, and the hotel offers family travel amenities such as welcome gifts, children's bathrobes, baby bathtubs, in-room movies and popcorn, and a copy of the book, "Goodnight Philadelphia". There's also Afternoon Tea, brunch, and fine dining at LaCroix, and the Rittenhouse Spa and Club with Hair by Paul Labrecque. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is set beneath the marble dome of a former bank building. Originally built as a reconstruction of the Pantheon in 1908 by the Girard Trust Company, the hotel recently completed a $25 million redesign. The refreshed property offers reimagined modern guest rooms and suites, Club Lounge,  and a revitalized lobby with Aqimero--a new restaurant, bar, and lounge. 

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Washington, D.C.

The final stop of this Featured Journey takes us to the nation's capital city. From the White House to the National Mall, the city offers iconic landmarks and sites to see. The Smithsonian Museums provide free admission, giving visitors the opportunity to explore as many of the museums as time allows. During the summer months, take in a Nationals Game or go kayaking along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. To learn more about the country's government, visit the Capital's Senate and House Chambers, then be sure to stop and enjoy the views of the memorials along the National Mall. For shopping, head to Georgetown with an array of international and local boutiques, and check out one of the city's rooftop bars for a nightcap with one-of-a-kind vistas. 

Here are a few of our top Washington, D.C. Luxury Hotels:

The Hay-Adams Hotel

White House View Room at The Hay-Adams Hotel

Overlooking the White House, The Hay-Adams Hotel offers accommodations with iconic views, including the White House View Room (shown above). Built in 1928, the iconic hotel housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion features original details like high ceilings, ornate plaster moldings, and a walnut-paneled lobby. Close to the city's top attractions, the hotel's Lafayette Restaurant has fine dining with views of Lafayette Park, the Off the Record Bar is popular with politicos and visitors, and children receive nightly turn-down service with milk and cookies.

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The Watergate Hotel

One Bedroom Suite at The Watergate Hotel

Fresh off a $200 million renovation, The Watergate Hotel provides an urban retreat in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The infamous hotel features the Top of the Gate--a rooftop bar and lounge with panoramic Potomac views, Kingbird restaurant, and The Next Whisky Bar. Plus, the Argentta Spa with the hotel's original indoor pool, along with a fitness center and barre studio. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 hotel credit to use during their stay.

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The Dupont Circle Hotel

LEVEL NINE Suite at The Dupont Circle Hotel

Perched above one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Dupont Circle Hotel offers spacious and contemporary accommodations. Rooms on the hotel's LEVEL NINE provide elevated luxuries, private glass-walled balconies, and memorable city views. Cafe Dupont serves an American menu wtih French influences, and Bar Dupont has a happy hour popular with the cosmopolitan after-work crowd. 

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Overlooking the Mississippi River on Mud Island, the River Inn of Harbor Town is a boutique hotel near downtown Memphis. Featuring traditional Southern charm, the hotel welcomes guests into an inviting lobby with wood floors from a Virginia textile mill, 1850s New Orleans mantel, sparkling crystal chandelier, candles, and original oil paintings. Continue reading below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town, Memphis

Upon check-in, guests are greeted with a glass of wine or champagne, and in the evenings turndown service includes port wine and chocolate truffles. In the mornings, hotel guests receive a gourmet breakfast, and the library-style sitting area offers morning coffee. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the River Inn of Harbor Town

Providing a warm setting and attentive service, the luxury boutique hotel has multiple dining options. The classic Paulette's Restaurant is a long-time Memphis destination providing a cozy bar and steaks, fish, and Sunday Brunch with hot popovers and strawberry butter. For relaxed dining, Tug's Casual Grill offers river views and an All-American bar atmosphere with happy hour specials. Plus, Terrace at the River Inn is located on the top floor of the hotel, and features panoramic views of the Memphis skyline and Mississippi River. On nice days, windows open to provide gentle river breezes, and the menu features sharable portions of classic Southern-inspired dishes and cocktails. 

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Providing a chic setting overlooking one of the world's most famous beaches, COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district. Set along the beach, the property offers an urban retreat with modern guest rooms and suites infused with art deco styling, playful tones of pink and green, geometric silhouettes, marble, and chrome accents, plus the latest in-room technology and large windows offering natural sunlight. 

Balcony Guest Room at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

For dining, Traymore serves a modern menu with classic Floridian seafood dishes and American favorites created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga. During breakfast the restaurant offers homemade juices, pastries, and healthy choices. At night, the restaurant transforms into a vibrant setting that spills from the lobby onto the terrace. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

The adjacent Traymore Gin Bar has a bright and contemporary space with more than 30 artisanal gins and signature cocktails. There's also poolside dining and cocktails, and the COMO Shambhala Cuisine concept provides guests with healthy menu options prepared using fresh Floridian ingredients from the land and sea. 

Featuring a relaxing and rejuvenating setting in the heart of Miami Beach, the property's COMO Shambhala Concept features a holistic wellness experience with an energizing dining and juice menu, spa treatments, and wellness area. Continue reading below the Hydrotherapy pool photo.

Rooftop Hydrotherapy Pool at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Set on the eighth floor of the hotel, the wellness facilities offer an urban retreat-like setting with an outdoor rooftop Hydrotherapy pool, relaxation terrace, four treatment rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center on the roof, co-ed steam room, and experience showers. 

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Overlooking Texas Hill Country, the 17,000-square-foot Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio is a secluded sanctuary set at one of the area's highest points. Surrounded by nature, the spa features panoramic views of the Texas sky, along with Hill Country and Texas-infused services and treatments. Continue reading below the photo of Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness.

Loma de Vida Spa and Wellness at La Cantera Resort

Designed with intentional spaces that inspire wellness, peace, relaxation, and empowerment, the spa has 15 treatment rooms, along with saline pools, private garden terraces, and serene alcoves. Read more below the photo.

Loma de Vida Spa Cabana at La Cantera Resort

Providing an array of exclusive treatments and classic services, guests can select from signature rituals, including the Absolute Texas which includes a special treatment within a Spa Skyloft (shown below) with local beeswax, honey, and lavender, along with a soak in an outdoor cowboy tub. 

Loma de Vida Spa Skyloft at La Cantera Resort

In addition to treatments and services such as facials and manicures, Loma de Vida also offers wellness classes such as movement classes, suspension training, spinning, and yoga. Plus, the Quenche Juicery with thoughtfully designed juices, boosting breakfast preparations, and ideally-proportioned lunches. Continue reading below the photo of the men's solarium.

Loma de Vida Men's Solarium

The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center is located within La Cantera Resort. Perfectly situated overlooking Texas Hill Country, the full-service luxury resort offers two championship golf courses, five pools, children's programs, and nine on-site dining options. Located about 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio, the resort is less than 2 miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. 

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Topaz Poolside Grill at La Cantera Resort

 


Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, D.C. is an especially patriotic time in the nation's capital city with parades and special celebrations honoring the men and women who've served in the United States' military. For an exclusive viewpoint, the Lafayette Park Junior Suite at The Hay-Adams Hotel offers 540 square feet of living space along with views of the park and the White House. Furnished with traditional decor in hues of espresso and sage, the one bedroom suite has a spacious sitting area with a sofa bed. There's also elegant lighting, ornate ceiling details, and fine hardwood furniture. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Lafayette Park Suite at The Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hay-Adams Hotel is a historic hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, the property offers the feel of a private mansion, steps from some of the city's top sites including The White House, St. John's Church, and the National Mall. The Lafayette offers a famed setting with upscale contemporary American cuisine, and the Off the Record Bar is a popular spot for politicos, visitors, and Washingtonians to gather for cocktails.

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Featuring a family-friendly atmosphere steps away from the historic sites of downtown, the Belmond Charleston Place is ideal for family vacations. For a limited time, the hotel is offering the Rooftop Relaxation Package, which includes luxurious accommodations, complimentary breakfast for children 12 and under in The Palmetto Cafe when accompanied by a paid adult meal, and a 25% discount at the Clock Tower Terrace, which is located next to the hotel's rooftop pool. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Rooftop Clocktower Bar at the Belmond Charleston Place

From the Belmond Charleston Place, families can explore the city on foot or bicycle, or enjoy strolling the streets in a horse-drawn carriage. The South Carolina Aquarium and Waterfront Park are nearby, and historic attractions such as Middleton Plantation with a petting zoo are a short drive away. Continue reading below the photo.

Charleston Carriage Ride at Belmond Charleston Place

The recently remodeled Belmond Charleston Place provides a luxurious setting in the historic district close to the Charleston City Market. Overlooking King Street and downtown, the heated rooftop saltwater pool has a retractable roof as well as the Clock Tower Terrace for outdoor dining. There's also the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place with upscale boutiques, the award-winning Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe for casual dining, and a health club. 

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Perched on the 14th and 15th floors overlooking the harbor, the spacious Admiral Suites at the Four Seasons Baltimore feature floor-to-ceiling windows with waterfront views. Furnished in chic earth tones, the suites have American black-walnut woodwork, hardwood floors, contemporary artwork, mingled with accents of blue and gold. There are stone-clad built-in fireplaces within each suite, and the living rooms have large LCD TVs with Bose home theater systems.  Plus, there are expansive outdoor patios with seating areas, and in-suite powder rooms for guests. Read more below the photo.

The Admiral Suite Living Room at the Four Seasons Baltimore

Ideal for entertaining, the Admiral Suites have separate dining rooms with custom-designed dining tables with seating for eight people. There are fully-equipped pantries with stainless Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as wet bars.  Continue reading below the photo.

Admiral Suite Dining Room at the Four Seasons Baltimore

Within each Admiral Suite, there is a secluded bedroom with plush amenities and an en suite marble bath with heated tile floors. There's also glass-walled showers, large soaking tubs, and dual sinks. For additional space, the suites can be connected to an additional guest room.

Admiral Suite Master Bath at Four Seasons Baltimore

The Four Seasons Baltimore provides a resort-like retreat in the heart of Harbor East. Surrounded by a strollable waterfront neighborhood with shopping, upscale dining, and entertainment, the hotel offers a variety of amenities including an outdoor splash terrace with a lap pool and restaurant, full-service spa, 24-hour business services, and a house car. 

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Featuring an opulent setting in the heart of Louisville, The Brown Hotel is a historic property with Georgian-Revival style and Southern charm. Within the luxury hotel is the Muhammad Ali Suite. Named after the city's famous son, and dedicated in 2001 by "The Greatest" himself, this suite provides an elegant setting in shades of gold and black. Showcased throughout the suite are signed pieces of Ali memorabilia, photos, and boxing gloves. There's a dining room with wood floors and a crystal chandelier, plus a separate living room with wet bar. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Living Room at The Brown Hotel

Available as a one or two bedroom suite, the master suite features a mahogany four-poster king bed. Within the adjacent master bathroom, guests will find a grand space with a marble Jacuzzi tub. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Master Bedroom at The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel is a landmark building in downtown Louisville, situated at the corners of Fourth and Broadway. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel recently completed a $12 million renovation, restoring the grand hotel and elevating the property with contemporary luxuries, new furniture, lighting, and carpet. Across from the Brown Theater, the property is close to the Palace Theater, Kentucky International Convention Center, and about 4 miles from Churchill Downs.

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