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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Referred to as the "Mile High City" due to its elevation at a mile above sea level, Denver is a city where the historic American West meets modernity. The capital city of Colorado was founded as a gold mining town in 1858. The city's roots are infused in places like Larimer Square with an array of locally-owned restaurants shops set within 19th century buildings. The Denver Mint opened in 1906 and helped to establish the city as a banking and financial center. Today, the Denver Mint is a museum, revealing the process behind the creation of coins. The recently revitalized Union Station welcomes travelers taking the University of Colorado A Line from Denver International Airport with a grand space with a Tattered Cover Bookstore (a local favorite), flower stand, restaurants, ice cream shop, and travelers departing on local and Amtrak trains. 

While there's a nod to history throughout the city, Denver is a bustling cosmopolitan destination with skyscrapers and modern architecture. The theater and arts district welcomes touring shows, the Denver Art Museum showcases world-class art exhibits, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has more than 115,000 dinosaur, plant, and mammal fossils in its collection, many of which were found in the region. The city's multicultural routes are celebrated with a thriving food scene, along with an array of microbreweries and a growing number of regional wineries. While sports enthusiasts can take in a variety of games from baseball at Coors Field in the heart of downtown to football at Broncos Stadium at Mile High (formerly known as Invesco Field at Mile High from 2001–2010 and Sports Authority Field at Mile High from 2011–2017), and basketball, hockey, and Lacrosse at Pepsi Center. 

5. The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Nestled in the heart of the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver offers a modern retreat with reimagined indoor and outdoor spaces. The revitalized spa menu includes new immersive treatments powered by oxygen, virtual reality, and CBD Oil. Residential-style suites are some of the most spacious in the city, and ELWAY'S Downtown is an upscale steakhouse and brunch destination.

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4. Four Seasons Denver

Guestroom at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver

Occupying a 45-storey tower at 14th and Arapahoe with rooms and residences, Four Seasons Denver offers laid-back luxury in the heart of downtown. Across the street from the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the hotel has a rooftop pool and rejuvenating spa. Rooms and suites are furnished in warm earth tones with accents of richly grained wood and Shabui stone, while oversized windows frame views of the city or mountains (from the upper floors). The Edge Restaurant is the property's signature steakhouse with a menu highlighting Colorado-ranched beef, locally sourced ingredients, and an extensive wine selection.

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3. Brown Palace Hotel

Brown Palace Hotel

Opened in 1892, the iconic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has been welcoming guests to the Mile High City since its early Silver Rush days. Offering 241 rooms and suites, each with historical details, classic style, twice daily made service, and artesian water, accommodations seemlessly blend historic elegance with modern amenities. Guests can go on guided tours to learn more about the history of the hotel, enjoy proper afternoon tea in the nine-story atrium, or wind down at the salon and spa with a special soak in natural artesian water drawn from 750 feet below the Brown Palace Hotel. 

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2. Grand Hyatt Denver

Suite at Grand Hyatt Denver

Located one block from the 16th Street Mall, Grand Hyatt Denver offers the city's most spacious rooms and suites in the heart of downtown's entertainment, business, and theater districts. Inspired by Denver's oldest newspaper, the Courier Kitchen serves reinvented local dishes and inventive cocktails in a newsrooom-themed setting. Within the property there are 516 high-tech rooms and suites with contemporary design, an indoor pool, StayFit gym, and an outdoor rooftop lounge. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full buffet breakfast for two daily, an automatic room upgrade upon booking based on availability, and complimentary premium level high speed internet access. 

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1. Hotel Teatro

The Study at Hotel Teatro

Providing a centralized location in "LoDo", Hotel Teatro is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Set within the former Denver Tramway Building - a 20th century Renaissance Revival Building, the National Registered Landmark is across from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, steps from Larimer Square, and a short distance from Pepsi Center and Coors Field. The Nickel restaurant is an award-winning retreat focused on local and seasonal ingredients, as well as crafted cocktails and charcuterie boards. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily in The Study (maximum $20 credit per person/per day), a welcome amenity, valet parking for one vehicle per night, and complimentary 2 pm late check-out. 

Learn about our stay at Hotel Teatro in our Travel Blog

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Hotel Teatro. Situated in downtown Denver, the luxury boutique hotel is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019. Originally the Denver Tramway Station, the historic Renaissance Revival-style property was built in 1911, by the same architect as Denver's 16th Street Clock Tower. Continue reading below the photo of the hotel.

Hotel Teatro Denver

My experience at the hotel actually began at Union Station. After arriving from the airport via train, I called the Hotel Teatro. The hotel dispatched the complimentary town car over to Union Station and we were on our way to the hotel in just minutes. Continue reading about the hotel below the photo of the Hotel Teatro's courtesy transportation service. 

Hotel Teatro's Courtesy Car

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly check-in process and promptly in our corner room in just minutes. 

Located on the 4th floor, my Deluxe Corner Room with One King Bed offered a spacious urban retreat. Large windows provided natural light as well as views of city. The plush sitting area included a chic couch (with a pull-out sofa bed), chair, and Keurig coffeemaker complete with Hotel Teatro mugs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room Sitting Area at Hotel Teatro

The spacious desk with multiple outlets was an ideal spot to charge phones and cameras, as well as jot down notes about my stay, check out my maps, and plan my stay. 

And the bed is certainly not to be overlooked! From its chic headboard to the ultra-comfortable Simmons Beautyrest Black Beverly Hills Edition 15-inch mattress, it was an idyllic haven after a long day of traveling or sightseeing. Plus, the nightstands were well-equipped with plug-ins to recharge devices. Continue below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room Bed at Hotel Teatro

But perhaps one of the room’s showstoppers was the bathroom. What a beautiful space! The dual vanity provided plenty of space to make ourselves at home, the soaking tub was ideal for some in-room relaxation time, and the rainfall shower was rejuvenating. Learn more about the hotel below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room at Hotel Teatro Bathroom

During my tour of the property I learned about the history of the hotel. Originally designed by William E and Arthur A. Fisher in 1911, the building was created as an eight-story office tower with an adjacent three-story car barn for the Denver Tramway Company. The Denver Tramway trolley service ended in 1950, and the elegant building soon became part of the University of Colorado at Denver. Following a significant rehabilitation, the National Registered Landmark building opened as the Hotel Teatro in 1999. 

Today, the historic hotel pays homage to its past throughout the property. Original marble and crown moldings can be seen throughout, there is an original mail slot from the first to the eighth floor, and the Chancellor’s Parlor (once the office of the University’s Chancellor) is now an 840-square-foot meeting space with a kitchenette, boardroom, historic details, and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Read more below the Chancellor's Parlor photo.

Deluxe Corner Room at Hotel Teatro Bathroom

Additional meeting spaces like the Stage Left and Center Stage honor the hotel’s proximity to the city’s theater district, and the Wine Cellar is a unique space that feels like you’ve been transported to Italy, complete with an original bank vault door at its entrance.

In the lobby, the history of the hotel is intertwined within the functionality of its spaces. Guests are greeted by original marble in the entry, The Study has grand ceilings, bookcases, a fireplace and plenty of cozy spots to enjoy breakfast, or a cup of local coffee in the morning, or regional wines in the evening. Read more below The Study photo.

The Study at Hotel Teatro

The Nickel Restaurant pays tribute to the history of the space, as it is located in the area that was once used to collect fares from customers riding on the Denver Tramway. The cost back then was 5 cents, or a nickel. Focusing on locally-sourced seasonal ingredients from the area’s top farmers, ranchers, distillers, and craft producers, visitors can take a look at the map on the menu to see where the food producers are located. Continue below the photo.

The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

While at the award-winning restaurant, I tried one of the restaurant’s specialty charcuterie boards, where I was able to choose from a list of meats, cheeses and accompaniments. I also paired it with a cocktail from The Barrel Bar, which has an inventive new cocktail program highlighting house barrel-aged cocktails with local twists (as well as ice featuring a 5 in honor of the restaurant’s name). Highly recommend both! Read more below the photos.

Charcuterie at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

Drink at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

Situated in Denver’s Center Business District, the hotel is right across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It’s also steps from Larimer Squares’ shops and restaurants, as well as the “LoDo” Historic District, 16th Street Mall, and the Colorado Convention Center. While Coors Field and the Pepsi Center are an easy stroll or quick ride in the hotel’s house car away. 

During my stay at the Hotel Teatro I found it to be a convenient location for exploring the city. Breakfast at The Nickel on the weekend (it’s in The Study on weekdays) was a great way to start the day, and my room was surprisingly spacious for being in a historic building in the heart of downtown. Plus, the courtesy car was quick and convenient, and the drivers were friendly and helpful with insider recommendations. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily in The Study (maximum $20 credit per person/per day), a welcome amenity, valet parking for one vehicle per night, and complimentary 2 pm late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

It's National Pet Day! Today we are honoring our four-legged friends by creating a list of our top places to getaway with our pets. Why leave furry friends home when they can travel with you at these top luxury hotels? 

5 Top Pet-Friendly Hotels in the USA

1. Hotel Teatro

Hotel Teatro Denver Lobby

Set in the heart of downtown Denver, Hotel Teatro welcomes dogs. Located in one of the country's most pet-friendly cities, the hotel goes above and beyond with dog-friendly services and amenities. Dogs stay free with their owners, and the hotel can assist with arranging a "Pawdicure" at a nearby pet spa, or therapeutic massages with a certified canine massage therapist. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily in The Study (maximum $20 credit per person/per day), a welcome amenity, valet parking for one vehicle per night, and complimentary 2 pm late check-out. 

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2. The Iron Horse Hotel

Iron Horse Hotel

When clients and their dogs check in at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, dogs of all sizes are greeting in the lobby with their name on the welcome chalkboard, as well as water and treats in the lobby. There's also a "Doggy-in-Room" door hanger and in-room doggy dining menu, as well as complimentary treats at the front desk. In addition, the hotel's staff can assist guests with recommendations for pet-friendly dining options, dog parks, and local pet stores. 

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3. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado dog photo

The Hotel Del Coronado's "Del Dogs & Cats" program welcomes pets with special amenities including placemats with water and food dishes as well as Del-ightful Dog and Cat Treats by the hotel's pastry chef. There are paw-friendly events like Yappy Hours on the Sun Deck, and gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs prepared by the property's talented chefs. Plus, pet-walking, pet-sitting, and dog grooming services can be arranged, and the hotel has a pet-friendly guide to exploring Coronado Island. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay. 

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4. The Hermitage Hotel

Pets at The Hermitage Hotel Nashville

Offering a historic setting in the heart of Music City, The Hermitage Hotel offers a specialty pet program with a welcome letter, nightly pet turndown service complete with pet treats, spring water, rolled towels, and an in-room dining menu for pets. In the rooms, pets are welcomed with specialty pet bedding, organic welcome treats, bottled spring water, personal-sized packs of organic pet food, and in-room water and food bowls. Plus, there's optional pet-walking services, leashes, and and on-call pet masseuse. 

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5. Liberty Hotel 

Pets at the Liberty Hotel in Boston

From seasonal "Yappier Hours" where guests can mix-and-mingle with canines and cocktails in The Yard to dog-friendly amenities, the Liberty Hotel in Boston is an ideal choice for dog owners. Plus, there are Saturday Yoga classes for humans, bicycle rentals, and Liberty Affairs. 

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Happy travels with your furry travel partners!


| By: Rachael Weir

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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| By: Rachael Weir
With four beautiful seasons of scenery and activities, Denver makes a great weekend getaway at any time of the year. But autumn at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is top on our list. Offering an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the Mile-High City, in the scenic Larimer Square, the luxury hotel is close to the Denver Convention Center, as well as boutique shops and upscale restaurants. Blending modern design with natural materials, the lobby has a breathtaking glass-blown chandelier, and guest rooms have plush interiors and spacious bathrooms with marble bathtubs. In addition to the city's natural beauty, and visiting must-see attractions like the U.S. Mint, here are two can't miss autumnal experiences at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. Read more below the photo.

Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Denver

1. Dining at ELWAY'S
Named after legendary Denver Bronco's hall of famer, John Elway, the hotel's signature restaurant is a six-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Part of downtown Denver's innovative dining scene, the menu features the finest meats including ahi tuna and tender Buffalo ribeye, in an elegant dining room inspired by the American West with supple leather furnishings, wood accents, and an impressive wine wall. During football season the restaurant offers the "Game Day" Brunch Buffet with a home team-inspired spread that includes USDA prime steak & potatoes, breakfast burritos, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Mary or Mimosa options. Continue below the photo.

ELWAY'S at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

2. The "Flavors of Fall" package at The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Love all things pumpkin spice? Get ready to take it to the max with this pampering package. The session begins with a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, followed by a 50-minute Pumpkin Enzyme Facial. Then it's time for a Pumpkin Spice Pedicure that begins with an apple cider soak, followed by a honey sugar scrub and pumpkin spice mask for the toes. To top it off, guests are given a warm "Pumpkin Spice" cocktail to sip and savor during the experience. Read more below the photo.

Flavors of Fall Spa Package at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

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| By: K. Clare Johnson

Brown Palace Hotel
One of the ghosts at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel is said to be Louise Crawford Hill, a socialite who lived in the hotel in the 1930s. Crawford lived in room 904, and after her death, the switchboard starting receiving calls from the room, which was undergoing renovations and had no telephone. 

Guided historical tours recounting interesting anecdotes about the general history of The Brown Palace Hotel are offered every Wednesday and Saturday, and in October, the tours focus on the hotel's ghostly past. This popular tour highlights tales of unexplained phenomena and spirits who appear to have chosen to spend eternity at the hotel.

Among the other otherworldly sounds and spirits here are:

- A formally-dressed string quartet is said to live in the hotel's main dining room and has been allegedly heard to be practicing thier music. The room was formerly known as the San Marco Room, where big bands played. 

- A man dressed in an old-fashioned train conductor's uniform was seen at the site where the hotel's railroad ticket office used to be. 

- A baby's cries emanating from the boiler room

- Ghostly children playing and running in the hallways

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