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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.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

The Eternal City offers centuries of history from Roman ruins to the Vatican. Featuring showstopping vistas and iconic landmarks at every turn, Rome attracts Christians for its religious sites, art lovers, culture seekers, history buffs, and travelers from around the globe seeking to understand its history while taking in the present pace of Rome via Vespas or romantic strolls. 

With two thousand years of history, the Colosseum is one of the city's top landmarks. Known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the building was home to gladiators taking on each other or fighting wild animals. In 2016, the building completed a massive renovation, making it even better for visitors. The largest, richest, and likely most famous church in all of Italy is St. Peter's Basilica. Completed in 1626, the church is home to significant works of art including Bernini's baldachin over the papal altar as well as Michelangelo's Pieta and awe-inducing dome. While the Vatican Museums showcase one of the world's greatest art collections with a range of masterpieces from Egyptian times to frescoes by Raphael and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The 2,000-year-old Pantheon is now a church, but was originally built as a temple and is one of the Rome's most well-preserved ancient landmarks. 

Of course no trip to Rome would be complete without experiencing the food. From strolling with gelato to sipping a cappuccino, its important to allow time for gastronomic experiences, trattorias, pizza, and wine bars. 

Here are 5 Top Rome Luxury Hotels

5. Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

A favorite of politicians, artists, and celebrities for generations, Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie is an iconic luxury hotel. Situated between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, the hotel offers one of the city's most prestigious address. There's a Mediterranean tiered Secret Garden with orange trees and rose bushes, the open-air Stravinskij Bar with crafted cocktails, and fine Italian dining at Le Jardin de Russie. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast and an 85 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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4. The St. Regis Grand Rome

The St. Regis Grand Rome

Blending history, location, and authentic charm, The St. Regis Grand Rome is a luxury hotel located on one of the city's most iconic palazzos. Following a meticulous renovation, the property has 161 guest rooms and suites, signature St. Regis Butler Service, Lumen Restaurant, and the Kami Spa & Fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and a range of treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Caelum Bar & Lounge, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

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3. Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Spa at Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, Grand Hotel Via Veneto is a luxury hotel with Michelin Star dining, occupying two 19th century historical buildings. The exterior of the buildings is protected by Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Rome, while the interiors have custom-made Murano glass chandeliers, black granite floors, and travertine stairways with cast iron banisters. While the AQVA City Spa has Vichy showers, vitality pool, and exclusive Sisley treatments. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, and 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used at Times Restaurant & Wine Bar (alcoholic beverages excluded), complimentary WiFi, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability. 

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2. Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Dating back to the 16th century, Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome is a short stroll from the Spanish Steps. Guests at the hotel can enjoy Roman cuisine in an al fresco setting at Cafe Romano, a British setting for a classic drink at the Bond Bar, and awake in one of the hotel's 88 rooms and suites, each offering its own style and identity. Located in the heart of the historical center of Rome, the property is steps from Via Condotti, Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate, "Best Available Rate", as well as promotions and package rates with at least a three night stay, will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Café Romano, a 50 Euro Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay, along with a bottle of wine & chef pastries on arrival. 

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1. Palazzo Manfredi

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Directly across from the Colosseum, Palazzo Manfredi is located on the former site of a gladiator training school. The current building was originally built as a villa for the Evangelisti family in the 17th century. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the property was purchased in 2002 and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel by the noble Manfredi family. Commemorating the past while infusing the future, the hotel has a Michelin starred restaurant, AROMA offering Roman cuisine with views of the Colosseum, as well as the American Bar for cocktails with panoramic views, and a mini-gym.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for 2 guests, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a one or two bedroom suite also receive a one way limousine transfer to or from the airport (not applicable to Junior Suite). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Known as the "Home of Golf", Fairmont St. Andrews offers a picturesque setting on 520 acres. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the North Sea, the property offers two championship golf courses, The Kittocks and The Tonnance, as well as exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. The 211 recently renovated guest rooms and suites have Scottish touches and luxurious furnishings, and the Fairmont Spa has a range of locally-infused treatments and relaxation therapies featuring exclusive Aromatherapy Associates products. Continue reading below the photo.

Fairmont St. AndrewsIdeal for couples or families seeking more living space, Executive Suites offer separate living rooms with dining areas, lounge space, and electric fireplaces. There is a spacious bedroom for privacy, and a supreme bathroom with heated floors, walk-in showers, dual vanity units, and separate soaking tubs. Plus, there is an additional half bathroom off the lounge for guests. Learn about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo of an Executive Suite.

Executive Suite at Fairmont St. Andrews

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast daily in The Squire Restaurant, $100 USD Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis is a luxury hotel set within a historic building. Mixing contemporary styling with vintage architectural details, the property offers guests a unique retreat connected to the skyway system of downtown Minneapolis. Reachable via the third floor of the hotel, this 9.5 miles of enclosed pathways connects 80 city blocks within downtown making it easy to reach offices, restaurants, bakeries, banks, theaters, doctors, art exhibits and more without ever stepping foot outside (perfect during the chilly winter months or rainy days). 

One of the highlights of the hotel is the Penthouse Suite. Featuring furnishings designed by an interior designer for a residential-style feel that would be an exclusive setting within the hotel, this two-level suite on the ninth floor, (the top floor of the historic tower) is a contemporary suite where guests enter via a stylish entry with a fully-stocked bar complete with an array of some of the finest bottles of Dom Perignon. Read more below the photo.

Penthouse Suite Bar at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

From there is a spacious living room, guest bathroom, and a large lounge area overlooking the city. Off the living room is the master bedroom with a large king bed with custom furnishings, desk, and master bathroom with dual sinks, in-mirror technology, soaking tub providing city views, and a glass-walled shower. Continue reading below the photos. 

Penthouse Suite Lobby at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Penthouse Suite Master Bedroom at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Penthouse Suite Bathroom at Hotel Ivy Minnepolis

The second floor, reachable via the statement staircase is a chic en-suite lounge space with a long, lounge-like sitting area, bar space, and a statement chandelier designed to accent the building's historic architecture. Read more below the photo. 

Penthouse Suite Lounge at Hotel Ivy

But perhaps the crown of the suite is the balcony. Reachable via the second floor of the suite, the balcony is nestled on the top floor of the historic Ivy Tower with two patio tables ideal for sipping cocktails while soaking in the views of downtown Minneapolis. Continue below the photo.

Penthouse Patio at Hotel Ivy MinneapolisWithin the hotel is the Monello Restaurant serving crafted Italian cuisine, as well as the Constantine Bar. The property's spa is currently undergoing renovations and is set to reopen in summer 2019. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in Monello Restaurant, a $100 Food & Beverage Credit per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 Food & Beverage Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Penthouse, Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite, and Grand Suite. 

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Nestled amidst London's Mayfair borough, the Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel is an ideal base for travelers seeking to explore the fashion houses of Bond Street, the world's top art districts, and five Royal Parks, all of which are steps from the hotel. Since opening on Albemarle Street in 1837, the iconic hotel has welcomed royals, presidents, and distinguished guests from around the world. Guests of the hotel can revel in the property's history, dine on award-winning cuisine, unwind at the spa, or have a nightcap at the Donovan Bar. Continue reading below the photo for a Stay 3, Pay 2 Promotion and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk.

Brown's Hotel London

For a limited time, the property is offering a Stay 3, Pay 2 Promotion. 

The Stay 3, Pay 2 Promotion is valid for travel through April 30, 2019. Guests booking three nights in an Executive Room or above will pay for two nights. 

      - Valid for travel through April 30, 2019

      - Maximum of 2 complimentary nights

      - Must be booked by April 30, 2019

      - Valid for new bookings only, not combinable with other packages or promotions

      - Offer subject to availability, black out dates apply

In addition, the Stay 3, Pay 2 Promotion also includes exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance, other than for a "Classic" room category, receive continental breakfast for two daily, and a 75 GBP Hotel Credit per room/per stay, and welcome card from the General Manager.

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| By: Rachael Weir

On a sunny spring day, I arrived at the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis for a tour. I was greeted by the doorman/valet attendant, and walked into a light-filled lobby with stylish seating areas, soft music playing, and an eye-catching self-playing white grand piano. The recently reinvigorated lobby bar offered plenty of seating to lounge, catch up on emails, or enjoy a cocktail. 

Lobby of Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

From the lobby, we visited the third floor. Designed as the hotel's event floor, there were several meeting rooms, a chic ballroom space in the historic part of the Hotel Ivy Tower with large windows for natural light and downtown views, and a statement wall with white hand-carved tiles from Thailand. Plus a flexible gathering space with stylish furniture, movable bar, and large meeting venue with audio visual equipment. Continue reading below the photo of the hand-carved tiles.

Hand-carved tile statement wall at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

During my visit I had the opportunity to see three room types in the 136 room property. The first was the Classic Room in the new tower. Featuring tall windows and 10-foot floating ceilings, this smartly-designed space had a custom armoire, large desk, a velvet chair by the window to sit and take in the view, as well as a plush king bed and new flat-screen TV. Continue reading below the Superior Guest Room photo.

Classic Room at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

While the four-piece limestone bathroom had a deep soaking tub, glass-enclosed shower, and spacious vanity with spa-inspired bath amenities. Read more below the photo of the Superior Guest Room. 

Classic Room Bathroom at Hotel Ivy

For additional space, the Grand Deluxe Room offers a more residential feel with a larger entry, additional space in the bedroom area, and an open feel with the 10-foot ceilings. Read more below the photo of the room.

Grand Deluxe Room at the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Infused with local touches like the "Minne" Bar providing guests with locally-sourced snacks and beverages (offered in all guest rooms and suites), and walls adorned with local photography, this room had a work desk by the window with downtown views. Plus, a spa-inspired limestone bathroom with plenty of room to relax and rejuvenate after a day of meetings, travel, or adventures. Read more below the photo.

Grand Deluxe Room Bathroom at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Next up was the spectacular Penthouse Suite. Featuring furnishings designed by an interior designer for a residential-style feel that would be an exclusive setting within the hotel, this two-level suite on the ninth floor, (the top floor of the historic tower) is a contemporary suite where guests enter via a stylish entry with a fully-stocked bar complete with an array of some of the finest bottles of Dom Perignon. Read more below the photo.

Penthouse Suite Bar at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

From there is a spacious living room, guest bathroom, and a large lounge area overlooking the city. Off the living room is the master bedroom with a large king bed with custom furnishings, desk, and master bathroom with dual sinks, in-mirror technology, soaking tub providing city views, and a glass-walled shower. Continue reading below the photos. 

Penthouse Suite Lobby at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Penthouse Suite Master Bedroom at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Penthouse Suite Bathroom at Hotel Ivy Minnepolis

The second floor, reachable via the statement staircase is a chic en-suite lounge space with a long, lounge-like sitting area, bar space, and a statement chandelier designed to accent the building's historic architecture. Read more below the photo. 

Penthouse Suite Lounge at Hotel Ivy

But perhaps the crown of the suite is the balcony. Reachable via the second floor of the suite, the balcony is nestled on the top floor of the historic Ivy Tower with two patio tables ideal for sipping cocktails while soaking in the views of downtown Minneapolis. Continue below the photo.

Penthouse Patio at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

I had the opportunity to have lunch at the hotel's Monello Restaurant. Featuring fresh Italian cuisine, pastas are housemade, there's large windows for natural light, and the overall atmosphere is upscale and modern, yet comfortable and approachable. During the warmer months there's an outdoor patio area ideal for cocktails in the heart of the city. There's also the lobby bar, and Constantine with a chic, locally-infused retreat for drinks and small plates. Read more below the photo.

Monello at Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

The property's spa is undergoing a massive renovation and will reopen in summer of 2019. Four-legged friends are welcomed at the property with a pet-amenity bag, and there's a dog park just a few blocks away. 

Plus, the property is connected to the skyway system of downtown Minneapolis. Reachable via the third floor of the hotel, this 9.5 miles of enclosed pathways connects 80 city blocks within downtown Minneapolis, making it easy to reach offices, restaurants, bakeries, banks, theaters, doctors, art exhibits and more without ever stepping foot outside (perfect during the chilly winter months). 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in Monello Restaurant, a $100 Food & Beverage Credit per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled within the priviliged Habsburg district of old Madrid, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Close to the Royal Palace, Opera House, Cathedral, Puerta del Sol, and Gran Via shopping area, the luxury urban resort occupies two historic buildings, a 13th-century convent and the 19th-century Palace of Dukes of Granada de Ega. There's a lush outdoor space for guests, as well as a solarium, garden, and the Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens with contemporary Spanish cuisine and avant-garde decor. Read more about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks & Suite Privileges below the hotel photo.

Rooftop Pool at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Offering a range of guest rooms and suites, one of the property's highlights is the One Bedroom Suite. Featuring a bedroom with a King Bed, these suites have 506 square feet (47 square meters) of space, a separate living room with a sofabed, 55-inch TVs, and Nespresso makers. Read more about the suite below the photo.

One Bedroom Suite at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Luxe spa-inspired bathrooms have bathtubs with rainshowers and Clarins amenities. Plus, guests of the One Bedroom Suites have access to exclusive services inclusind a private reception area, lounge with open bar and TV area, and daily breakfast.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include buffet breakfast for each guest daily in Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens, a 40 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes Dos Cielos Restaurant), and a welcome amenity. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Master Suite, Penthouse Suite, Presidential Suite, and the Royal Suite.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, The Watergate Hotel is an urban resort. The infamous property recently underwent a $200 million renovation, transforming the hotel into a luxury retreat with a full-service spa, wellness center, and accommodations with artful, mid-century styling. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at The Watergate Hotel

As part of the renovation, the property unveiled trendy new dining and nightlife options, including Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine infused with French flavor, this chic restaurant offers a contemporary atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a vibrant bar within the restaurant, as well as seasonally-inspired plates. Continue reading below the Kingbird photo. 

The Watergate Hotel

The Next Whisky Bar serves a high-end, curated selection of scotch and whisky, as well as a selection of cigars. Providing an intimate setting with a soft amber glow, the space features a copper wall with 2,500 illuminated whisky bottles. Learn more about the property below the photo.

The Next Whisky Bar at The Watergate Hotel

On Saturdays and Sundays, The Watergate Hotel serves a contemporary take on classic afternoon tea. For a limited time, the Cherry Blossom Tea is served from March 23 to April 14, 2019. For $55 per person, guests can enjoy fine teas, seasonal sandwiches, signature Cherry Blossom Macarons, homemade scones, cherry-infused confections, and a Kingbird special of Cherry Jam. Reservations are required for this special tea, which can be booked by calling the hotel directly at +1 (833) 304-4830. Continue reading below the photo of the Top of the Gate.

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

In addition to the Kingbird, exclusive afternoon tea options, and The Next Whisky Bar, the hotel's see-and-be-seen Top of the Gate has a sophisticated outdoor rooftop setting with 360-dregree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington Bridges, the Washington Monument, and the rest of the DC skyline. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Irish countryside along the River Liffey, The K Club is a luxury retreat in County Kildare, about 40 minutes from Dublin City and the Dublin International Airport. The five star property offers luxurious accommodations with original paintings and antiques within each room, hand painted murals in the bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, separate bathtubs and showers, Nespresso machines, and aromatherapy toiletries. Learn more about the Barton Suites and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

The K Club in County Kildare

Guests of the resort can choose from an array of guest rooms and suites, including the Barton Suites. Ideal for families seeking additional space, the Barton Suites have views of the River Liffey, a King Bed, and a spacious living room with a pull-out sofa bed upon request. The suites can accommodate up to two adults and three children (12 years of age or younger), and each of the Barton Suites have two bathrooms, headboards with built-in reading lights, air conditioning, and U.S. and European electric sockets. Learn more about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks & Suite Privileges below the photo of the Barton Suite. 

Barton Suite at The K Club

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily breakfast, a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol) and an automatic room category upgrade at the time of booking based on availability. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Barton Suite, Kildare Suite, Presidential Suite, The Viceroy Suite, The Imperial Suite, and the Straffan Manor House.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: 5 Irish Castle Hotels

As St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, Ireland is on everyone's mind. While cities like Dublin, Galway, and Cork have much to offer, Ireland's Castle Hotels offer one-of-a-kind experiences like on-site falconries and clay pigeon shooting. Many of the estates also have formal gardens, world class golf courses, and full-service spas infused with Irish influences. Plus, the fine dining and afternoon teas at castle hotels provide travelers with the opportunity to live like royalty within exclusive settings, sure to create special memories.

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we highlight 5 Top Irish Castle Hotels offering luxe accommodations, gourmet restaurants, spa, golf, and more. 

5. Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle

Once the home of the powerful 14th-century clans of the Donegal and the O'Donnells, Lough Eske Castle  is an award-winning historic hotel with a vital role in the story of County Donegal and Ireland. Set at the lake's edge, the castle hotel provides a range of accommodations options from Castle Suites with traditional elegance, the Garden Suites with contemporary styling to the stables converted into courtyard rooms with country charm. Nestled in the castle's garden, the spa offers a range of pampering, restorative, and natural treatments. 

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4. Waterford Castle

Waterford Castle Hotel

Located on a private island, Waterford Castle offers the finest traditions of Ireland including a falconry where guests can schedule private experiences to fly a trained hawk above the hotel's grounds. There's also clay pigeon shooting and training available for all skill levels, archery, tennis, and croquet. Guests can stroll the Island Trails to see native wildlife such as fox, swan, deer, hare, and pheasant, or arrange for a Waterford Castle picnic basket to dine amidst the property's 310-acre island.

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3. Ashford Castle 

Guest room at Ashford Castle

Dating back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Once the estate of the Guinness family, guests enter the property through grand stone gates. Following an extensive refurbishment, the castle's 83 rooms, suites and the Hideaway Cottage each offer traditional elegance with custom carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, unique works of art, Egyptian Cotton bed linens, and the latest modern luxuries. The spa has a full-length relaxation pool with a "Tree of Life" mural, five treatment rooms, steam room, and a range of services. While the property offers four main dining rooms, afternoon tea in the Connaught Room, private wine tastings and dinners in the wine cellars, and creative Irish cuisine throughout the property. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Bed and Breakfast" rate will also receive full Irish breakfast daily, an 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay, complimentary green fees daily, and complimentary WiFi. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive lunch or dinner for two, once per stay (minimum value US $100). This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Hideaway or Presidential Suite. 

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2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty, Dromoland Castle Hotel blends Old World elegance with contemporary luxuries. Guests arrive with a warm Irish welcome fit for royalty, and once settled in they can stroll the 450-acre estate to visit the walled garden, discover the falconry, row out on the lake for a picnic, or tee off on the world class golf course. There's an intimate spa with a variety of rejuvenating treatments, afternoon tea is served by a warm fireplace, and dining at the castle's flagship Earl of Thomond offers an authentic taste of Ireland amidst sparkling chandeliers, Venetian silk, and estate views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Stay More Winter Rate" or "Midweek Special Rate" will also receive a full Irish Breakfast for each guest daily, complimentary airport transfer from Dromoland Castle to the Shannon Airport, and a guaranteed room upgrade at booking based on availability. 

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1. Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

In the heart of Adare Village, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is a luxe castle hotel with a movie theater, full-service spa, championship golf, falconry, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. Amidst woodlands, walled gardens, and medieval ruins, the 840-acre estate provides guests with a world-class setting and personalized service. Taking its name from the nearby village of Adare, which is known for thatched roof cottages and antique shops, the retreat offers visitors to step back in time within a grand setting filled with the latest luxuries.  

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Minstrels Gallery, and once per stay an afternoon tea for 2 guests in the Minstrels Gallery. Also, the following amenities are provided subject to availability at the time of check-in and check-out: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Inspired by native Charlestonians, the recently opened Hotel Bennett is a luxury hotel located at Marion Square and King Street. Offering an array of elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with locally-inspired artwork and custom furnishings, one of the hotel's finest suites is the Presidential Suite. Featuring a wraparound terrace with expansive views of the Ravenel Bridge, Cooper and Ashley Rivers, and the city skyline, the terrace has an outdoor dining table with chaise lounges. Through the terrace's many French doors, the opulent Presidential Suite has a luxe living room a dining area, private bar, sleeper sofa, and panel TV. The separate master bedroom has a king bed topped with luxury linens, and the large spa-inspired bathroom has a deep-soaking pedestal tub, dual vanities, and a separate glass-enclosed shower. Continue reading about the hotel below the Presidential Suite photo.

Presidential Suite at Hotel Bennett

Occupying two historic buildings which were formerly the Charleston County Library and The Citadel, Hotel Bennett has a two-tiered signature restaurant, rooftop dining and cocktails, a Patisserie, and Camellias Bar with an etched-mirrored ceiling and reclaimed pink marble from the former Charleston Library. The signature spa has five treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure studio, state-of-the-art fitness center, boutique, and a rooftop pool. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Rooftop Pool at Hotel Bennett

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking reservations under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay. 

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