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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

Amidst a 330-acre wildlife nature preserve on Captiva Island, South Seas Island Resort offers a luxurious setting with an array of activities on Florida's Gulf Coast. From world-class shelling on two-and-a-half miles of pristine white-sand beaches to embarking on a fishing adventure with dolphins swimming in the boat's wake, the resort is an island paradise. Plus, the property offers exclusive perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

Overview of South Seas Island Resort

For families, the resort's Camp Skullywags offers programs designed for children ages 3 to 11 years old, led by knowledgeable activities coordinators. The ScoutAbout program encourages families to grab a ScoutAbout map and their camera to go on an island adventure to discover manatees, dolphins, and sunsets. While the Sanibel Sea School has learning programs for children to learn snorkeling, surfing, and net fishing. Plus, families can relax in private cabanas at one of three pools with H2Whoa! Water Slides and a nearby waterfront tiki bar. Want to capture the special moments? The resort also offers family portrait sessions (must be scheduled in advance). Continue reading below the pool photo.

Pool at South Seas Island Resort

Golfers can play a round on the Captiva Course, a 9-hole, par-27 executive course, named on the "Top Five Short Courses" in the world with palm trees and views of the Gulf. While the Blackwood Tennis Academy at South Seas Island Resort offers world-class professional training and instruction for tennis players of all levels. 

The property's gulfside location provides an array of water-related activities such as paddleboarding, jet skiing, and kayaking, as well as sunset cruises, private charters aboard a catamaran, or partaking in sailing lessons at the Colgate Offshore Sailing School. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive two full American Breakfast per bedroom per day and a daily $25 resort credit per accommodation.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing views of the Old City of Jerusalem from its own private balcony, the Royal Suite at The David Citadel Hotel provides an exclusive setting for visiting Jerusalem. Designed for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the suite provides an exceptional level of luxury, craftsmanship, and classical elegance within a climate-controlled environment. 

Within the Royal Rabin Suite (named after former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin), there is a spacious bedroom with a king sized bed, luxe Carrara marble bathroom with a separate bathtub, shower, and bidet, as well as a study area with a work desk. Continue reading about the suite below the photo.

Royal Suite at David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem

The spacious living room has a dining room, kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave oven, espresso machine, and a separate entry for hotel servers. Plus an elegant living area with vintage artwork, plush seating, and oak parquet flooring. Learn about a Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Royal Suite Living Room at David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Seasons (also available through room service), a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding mini bar, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome fruit and water amenity. 

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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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| By: Rachael Weir

Taj Lake Palace

Offering a contrast of cultures, religions, and history, India provides a range of experiences for travelers. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're highlighting royal palace hotels on this multi-destination trip to India. We begin in Hyderabad at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, next we head to a palace in the middle of a lake at the Taj Lake Palace (shown above), and we end our journey in Mumbai, the Gateway to India. 

Hyderabad, India

One of India's former princely states, Hyderabad was once one of the country's largest and wealthiest states. More than 400 years old, the city built its fortune on pearls, gold, steel, fabric, and diamonds. At one time, the city and the Golconda Fort was the most famous dining mining area in the world, as Golconda is where the Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were excavated. Today, the city is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, and it is known for thriving information technology and biotech research industries. There's a vibrant culture here with luxury hotels and regional cuisine. 

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Green palace bedroom at Taj Falaknuma Palae

Formerly the palace of the Nizam, Taj Falaknuma Palace was built in 1894. Perched 2,000 feet above the City of Pearls, the grand palace offers guests a royal experience. Visitors arrive via a horse-drawn carriage, and butlers attend to their needs while staying at the palace. Spread over 32 acres, the palace hotel has 60 guest rooms and suites where opulence, excess, and historical details are honored and revered. Adaa provides a gastronomic experience with fine Indian cuisine, the Jiva Spa has an array of treatments rooted in traditional Indian practices, and afternoon tea is served on the Jade Terrace. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily and one dinner at Adaa per person, per stay. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Udaipur, India

This picturesque area in Rajasthan is set around Lake Pichola with the purple-hued Aravalli Range of mountains in surrounding the city in every direction. Here travelers can visit colorful bazaars to shop for local goods, take in a lively arts scene, go for a boat ride, and explore city's palaces, temples, and traditional decorated residences called havelis

Taj Lake Palace

Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace

Built as a pleasure palace by the the young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur in 1746, Taj Lake Palace is a heritage hotel situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. Restored to its pristine and elegant glory, the hotel's 65 luxe guest rooms and 18 grand suites feature views of the lake, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills, and Jag Mandir. The site of a variety of movies including the Bond film "Octopussy", this regal property is popular for weddings and honeymoons, as well as travelers seeking a royal experience at the Jiva Spa (including the spa boat shown above) or authentic Rajasthani at Neel Kamal. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive lunch or dinner for two once during stay, a Heritage Walk of the property followed by a glass of sparkling wine, a 15% discount on spa services, Butler Service, daily a la carte breakfast for two in Jharokha Restaurant, and a traditional welcome amenity. 

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Mumbai, India

Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is a fusion of cultures and time periods. Reminders of its colonial past are never far away, and new malls mix with historic sites like the UNESCO-protected Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The fast-growing city has been the Gateway to India for centuries due to its strong port location, and it continues to evolve while maintaining its spiritual roots. Babulnath Temple is a serene destination for Hindu pilgrims, and Muslims walk to the white marble Haji Ali shrine via the seafront causeway.

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Within walking distance of the Colaba Causeway, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai was recently trademarked. Built in 1903, the property has been a landmark in the city's harbour, welcoming kings, dignitaries, and prominent figures from around the world since its opening. Overlooking the Gateway of India, the hotel is strategically located in the city's historic and commercial hub. Close to the financial hub, parliament, stadium, shopping, and office districts, as well as museums, churches, and synagogues, the palace hotel harkens the glamour of a bygone era. Golden Keys Concierge can assist guests with exclusive experiences, authentic cuisine is served at Masala Kraft, and Golden Dragon offers Chinese specialties. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Sea Lounge and a one way airport to hotel transfer in a Mercedes car on a sharing basis. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Meant to be a backdrop for art, The Loft at The DOUGLAS offers a modern retreat with a quirky personality. As guests enter on the first floor of the space they are greeted by a Grand Piano and a dramatic curved staircase. While plush leather chairs and a fireplace provide a chic and welcoming sitting area. The TVs in the suite are Netflix connected, and the hyper local minibar provides an array of refreshments. Continue reading about the suite below the photo.

The Loft at The DOUGLAS VANCOUVER

The second level of The Loft is reachable via the curved staircase or in-suite elevator. On this floor, there is a large living room with expansive windows, and an indoor dining area with leather chairs to seat six guests, as well as a wet bar. Premium Illy Coffee brands are available in-suite, as well as bespoke locally-distilled DOUGLAS Fir-infused Gin, and detoxifying house-made Charcoal Water. Read more below the photo.

The Loft at The DOUGLAS Vancouver

At the end of the hall on the second floor of The Loft is the modern bedroom showcasing a wall of windows for panoramic view overlooking BC Place. Guests of The Loft receive a range of dedicated services and conveniences during their stay including locally-sourced refreshments, a VIP amenity with a welcome card from the General Manager, a fresh flower presentation and whole fruit bowl, as well as access to the JW Marriott Executive Lounge. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a Classic Breakfast for two daily through in-dining, a $100 CAD spa treatment credit, per room/per stay, complimentary Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability. 

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 One-Way airport transfer, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Luxury Suite: The Den, Luxury Suite: The Loft, and Luxury Suite: Apartment 108. 

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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 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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