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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

Set within a two-story circular building, the two Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn offer one-of-a-kind Pacific Ocean views, along with private entrances, custom-built furniture, wood-burning fireplaces, and radiant-heated floors. The curved interiors open up to ocean views, which can be enjoyed from the living room, bedroom, shower, and large soaking tub. While the curved outdoor private decks of each suite have stainless steel outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo of the Pacific Suite. 

Pacific Suites at the Post Ranch Inn

Within each of the Pacific Suites, is a bedroom with a king bed featuring an organic mattress and linens, wood-burning fireplaces, stereos with digital music systems, minibars, and iPod docking stations. While the luxe bathrooms have indoor spa tubs, organic bath products, terry cloth robes, and slippers. Plus, each suite is equipped with binoculars and walking sticks for taking in the natural surroundings. 

Reservations in the Pacific Suites including a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, a minibar with snacks and non-alcholic beverages, WiFi, valet parking, and complimentary activities including daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, and garden tours, as well as access to the infinity and swimming pools. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Pool at the Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is an adults only property, situated high atop the cliffs of Big Sur. Rising 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a secluded and romantic retreat providing rustic elegance with panoramic mountain and ocean views. At the Wine Spectator Award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, guests can experience a menu that changes daily, as well as an extensive wine list. For relaxation and rejuvenation, the award-winning spa provides a variety of services including body treatments, shamanic sessions, facials, and massages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol, taxes, and gratuities). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring an opulent setting in the heart of Louisville, The Brown Hotel is a historic property with Georgian-Revival style and Southern charm. Situated about four miles from the famous Churchill Downs, the luxury hotel offers a variety of guest rooms and suites, including the exclusive 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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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: The Hawaiian Islands

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, these volcano-created islands offer blissful beaches, one-of-a-kind sunsets, and luxury hotels with an array of amenities and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Plus, each of the island's offers its own unique attractions, cuisine, and adventures from exploring tunnels created by ancient lava flows to kayaking to picturesque waterfalls. 

The "Big Island", The Island of Hawaii

Twice as big as the other Hawaiian Islands giving it the nickname the "Big Island", the Island of Hawaii is the youngest of all the islands, and a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Visitors to the island can travel through all but four of the world's different climate zones, ranging from Polar Tundra to Wet Tundra. The island's vast climates are a result of the variying elevations and geological formations created by the massive Maunakea and Maunaloa volcanoes. Travelers to the island will want to visit the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the black sands of Punaluu Beach. 

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Set along a white sand beach, Mauna Kea Beach Resort is a luxury retreat with world-class golfing at Mauna Kea and Hapuna, 11 seaside tennis courts, and Bocce Ball courts. Offering an array of cultural experiences, guests can partake in nighttime glow-canoe and manta snorkel adventures, art tours, and tropical spa treatments. For children, the Keiki Club Adventures provides supervised programs, and there is a variety of ocean sports and activities for visitors of all ages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at Manta Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 resort credit per stay when booking a room or a $200 resort credit per stay when booking a suite.

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Discover more Big Island Luxury Hotels

 

OAHU

Home to Honolulu, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Sometimes called "The Gathering Place", the island is diverse with a fusion of East and West cultures blending with native Hawaiian traditions. Mixing ancient and modern, visitors to this island can dine at an eclectic array of restaurants, partake in a variety of activities, and spend the day in the bustling city of Honolulu, or venture to a laid back surf town. 

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikik Beach

Adjacent to the shopping at Luxury Row, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is a luxury tower hotel celebrating the spirit of the island in a modern way. The all-suite property offers residential-style accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, living rooms, furnished balconies, and bathrooms with walk-in showers, state-of-the-art toilets, soaking tubs, and dual vanities. The spa offers treatments inspired by Hawaiian traditions, dining options include the first Hawaii locations of Dean & DeLuca and Sushi Sho, and the BLT Market with Hawaiian-infused cuisine. While the eighth floor infinity pool has private cabanas, and the fitness center was designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in BLT Market (subject to maximum credits per accommodation type)  and a  $100 USD resort credit per Studio, $200 per One Bedroom Suite, $300 per Two or Three Bedroom Suites and $400 per Four Bedroom Suites (not valid on room rate and no cash value). 

Check availability at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

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KAUAI

Hawaii's "Island of Discovery" is filled with natural wonders to explore. From the Waimea Canyon to native fishponds with 1,000 years of forward-thinking history, visitors can breathe in the oxygen-rich air of the island's Wailua River while kayaking to a cascading waterfall. Be transported back in time along the Napoli Coast to a laid-back island lifestyle, and explore the small coastal towns like Hanapepe and Old Koloa Town. Ideal for travelers seeking a relaxed pace to explore natural wonders, the island also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Ukelele concerts, Hula Shows, and the Princeville Night Market.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Oceanfront Guest Room at Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Set on Poi'pu Beach, Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is an intimate luxury boutique resort. Offering the island's closest accommodations to the beach, the award-winning property has a saltwater lava-inspired pool, and award-winning Red Salt restaurant serving a modern take on island cuisine showcasing locally-sourced Hawaiian ingredients. While the Spa at Ko'a Kea provides Hawaiian-inspired treatments infused with natural and indigenous ingredients, as well as a romantic couple's suite, outdoor seaside cabana treatment area, and candlelit treatment rooms.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Red Salt, a $50 resort credit, per room/per stay (if not already included in the rate), and a welcome amenity. 

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| 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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Ready for a getaway overlooking a wildlife sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean? Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, & Spa offers an idyllic location just north of San Diego. Amidst 200 acres of rolling valleys and lush hills, the property offers five restaurants, six-court lighted tennis center, all-inclusive wellness retreats, and the area's only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. There is a 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa with a variety of treatments, as well as a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor recreation center, and Camp Hyatt Aviara Kids Academy, making it a perfect destination for multi-generational getaways. Discover a special 4th or 5th Night FREE offer below the photo.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Pool

For a limited time, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, & Spa is offering a 4th or 5th Night FREE this spring & summer!

In 2019, get a 4th Night Free for stays April 1 to June 13, or a 5th Night Free for stays June 14 to September 2. 

Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily in California Bistro, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, complimentary access to Aviara Spa (whirlpool, steam, sauna, and solarium lounge), and a seasonal culinary welcome amenity. 

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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

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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Top Luxury Hotels Near Golf Courses in Salt Lake City

By: Jonathan Stuart, guest blogger

Nestled between the Great Salt Lake and the majestic Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City has some of the most scenic places to visit in the country. In addition to Fifth Water Hot Springs and City Creek Canyon, guests will find many must-play golf courses. Flying in for a weekend of golf is a common practice. It all started with the emergence of luxury hotels situated minutes from the greens.

Here are 5 Top Salt Lake City Luxury Hotels Near Golf Courses: 

The Grand America Hotel

The Grand America Hotel

Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Grand America Hotel is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the city. Here, guests will step back in time via the gleaming chandeliers, marble work, and solid wood furniture that accent the lobby and main floor.

Guests feel transported to a different country when dining on the terrace of Garden Café. There’s nothing quite like dining outside and watching the sunset after a day on the course. Afternoon Tea is available from 2pm-5pm every afternoon in the lobby. The Gibson Lounge is the perfect spot to grab a cold one and watch the big game as well.

The Grand America Hotel sits in the middle of downtown, four miles from Bonneville, one of the premier golf courses in Salt Lake City. Wingpointe, one of the city’s municipal courses in 5 miles away. Guests are only eight minutes away from the Glendale Golf Course. After a day of golf, come back to the hotel for a dip in either the indoor, or outdoor pool or you can enjoy a massage at the full-service spa.

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Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Dramatic and modern accommodations welcome guests at the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City. This trendy hotel offers a unique style with vivid colors, geometric carpet patterns, and sultry furniture. There are 225 distinctive guest rooms available, all featuring modern colors, shapes, and textures. Best of all, it’s only four miles away from the course at Bonneville and 5 miles from Wingpointe and Glendale. Gather with friends after a day on the course in the unique communal spaces or enjoy fine dining in the Bambara restaurant. The Hotel Monaco, located in downtown Salt Lake City, makes it a prime spot to take in the other activities that the city has to offer.

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St. Regis Deer Valley

The St. Regis Deer Valley

Tucked away in a private and gated community, the St. Regis Deer Valley sits on the edge of the Wasatch Mountains. 181 custom-designed guest rooms await those travelers looking for the beauty and class that only a 5-star hotel will bring. Skiing is popular during the winter months with easy access to golf courses all over Park City during the summer. Some golf courses, like the Park City Golf Course located a quick 10 minutes away, offer cross country skiing during the winter, and the Canyons Golf Course is a quick 20-minute drive as well. Guests will enjoy the heated infinity swimming pool that features a split-level as well as over 13,000 square feet of spa service areas. St. Regis Deer Valley is the perfect place to unwind after a long day out on the course.

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Hotel Park City

Hotel Park City

Many of Utah’s most scenic Golf courses are only a few minutes outside of the city. Canyons Golf Course on Sundial Court offers some of the best views and a challenging course full of hills. It’s just three miles away from Hotel Park City. This hotel gets kudos from Tripadvisor for its consistent luxury with 100 guest suites. All suites feature jacuzzi bathtubs and private balconies with excellent view of the mountains and golf course. Guests also enjoy the King-size beds in each of the suites as well as the cozy fireplace. Many travelers looking for a romantic getaway choose Hotel Park City for its charm and romantic atmosphere.

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Montage Deer Valley

Montage Deer Valley

Guests looking for a high-quality mountain lodge resort should look no further than the Montage Deer Valley. This classic 5-star hotel, perched at the top of the Empire Canyons, gives guests gorgeous and unparalleled views. A luxurious stay starts with the stunning Great Room that features vaulted ceilings and iron chandeliers. Artwork featured throughout the mountain lodge spark conversation in the small and large gathering areas for guests to chat with friends. Guests return to the Montage Deer Valley for its uncrowded and civilized demeanor despite its overall lodge aesthetics. Elegance flanks all aspects of the lodge that expertly weaves together upscale service mingled with a cozy mountain resort. Play a round of golf at nearby courses like the Park City Golf Course that is a 12-minute drive or the Painted Valley Golf Course that is about a  drive from the hotel.

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People visit here for the golf and skiing, but many end up staying because of views. Consider booking a room at any one of these top luxury hotels near golf courses in Salt Lake City on your next visit.

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Jonathan Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for hiking, hunting, rock climbing and golf. You’ll often find him camping near one of Colorado’s many 14ers getting ready for his next big adventure.


| 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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