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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

On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, a young woman checked in at the Hotel del Coronado, but never checked out. Estranged from her husband, 24-year-old Kate Morgan is said to have taken her own life five days after checking in (although some say her husband or lover may have pulled the trigger). 

Since her untimely death, guests and employees have shared stories of ghostly-encounters, mostly involving Kate's original third-floor guestroom. There have been stories of breezes coming from nowhere, inexplicable sounds, doors randomly opening and closing, as well as a TV that turns itself on and off. Independent paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity in Kate's room, as well as Kate sightings in the hotel hallways, seashore, and the gift shop where items have mysteriously flown off the shelves. To date, her room, now 3327 is one of the hotel's most requested rooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Hotel del Coronado's a Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado. 

Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado

In addition to ghost stories, the Hotel del Coronado offers guests a variety of Halloween-themed activities including a Ghost Roast with ghost stories and s'mores on the beach, a Kate Morgan Painting by the Sea where guests can paint a piece of art to take home, a Kids Halloween Party, and the adults-only Hallo-wine & Spirits with a reception on the Garden Patio followed by deserts, drinks, and dancing in the Crown Room. Read more below the photo of the Crown Room.

The Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Since opening in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a popular destination for presidents, celebrities, and politicians. In 1958, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon filmed "Some Like It Hot" within the hotel. Under the hotel's signature red turret lies the Ballroom with Pacific Ocean views, the Crown Room has a renowned brunch, and the Spa at the Del provides an array of signature treatments. Learn about a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado at dusk

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Soaring 30 stories over the city, Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers a modern downtown retreat with a sun and sea-inspired design. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, the luxury hotel is across the street from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Providing a convenient location in the heart of the city, the hotel is located on 4.3 acres of land with bay and skyline views. Within walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter's dining and entertainment venues, the property has six on-site dining venues ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. Continue reading below the photo of the Pool Club Lounge. 

Pool Club at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Providing a convenient setting for business travelers, the property has meeting rooms, Notary Public, office rentals, and The UPS Store. In addition, the property has an array of amenities focused on leisure travel needs including children's activities, cribs, and family packages. While there's a variety of fitness and recreation options such as an outdoor pool with bay views, fitness room, and a walking and jogging track. Plus, the hotel has the full-service Eforea Spa with a focus on providing services and treatments focused on wellness and balance. Read more below the pool photo.

Waterfront pool at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Overlooking San Diego Bay and downtown, the hotel's guestrooms feature coastal chic furnishings, Serenity beds, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, and work spaces. While suites have both bay and city views, separate bedrooms, and living rooms with 65-inch flat-panel TVs. 

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Friends, Massages, Bubbles + More at the Hotel del Coronado


When it's time to escape the holiday madness, Hotel del Coronado's seaside spa sanctuary awaits. Gather your friends to relax and unwind at Spa at The Del's exclusive After Hours party and tap into ocean tranquility. Whether you desire an organic facial, hydrating body wrap, scintillating scrub, hydrotherapy soak, or muscle-melting massage, our cozy spa has the perfect pampering remedy for you.

Spa Jacuzzi at the Hotel del Coronado
Designed for groups of 5-15, experiences can be customized based on guest preferences and may include customized culinary experiences, salon and spa treatments, mini-makeovers and more.

Let The Del's oceanfront spa setting provide the perfect atmosphere for your holiday treat, including:
-- Hot tub, steam, relaxation lounge, locker room, showers and Spa Terrace access
-- One 50-minute service of choice for each participant
-- Spa Reception
-- Light fare
-- Champagne
-- 10% discount in the spa retail shop
-- Three hours complimentary self parking

Call 619-522-8824 to plan your party!

Visit the Spa at the Hotel del Coronado website to learn more 
 

*The information in the article above was provided by the Hotel del Coronado. Offers, rates, and packages are subject to change. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Love a good ghost story? So do we. This Halloween we've gathered a list of five luxury hotels known for eery experiences and legendary ghost stories. From London to Vancouver, here are five of our favorites. 

1. The Langham London

The Langham London

Built in 1865, this luxe hotel with a world-reknowned Afternoon Tea is also known for sightings of the paranormal kind. From a German prince in a military jacket that jumped to his untimely death, to a Victorian-era doctor who killed his bride and himself while on their honeymoon, the majority of the paranormal activity happens in Room 333.

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2. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

In 1892, a young woman arrived on Thanksgiving alone and never checked out. After five lonely days, Kate Morgan took her own life. To this day, the Ghost of Kate Morgan continues with stories of lights flickering, objects mysteriously moving, along with unexplained voices and footsteps. Paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity from Kate's room on the third floor, and there have been Kate sightings along the seashore and in the hotel hallways. 

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3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Known as the "Castle in the City" the legendary Canadian National Railway hotel that first opened as a hotel in 1939, is also home to the Lady in Red, a friendly ghost. Often spotted on the 14th floor in an elegant red evening gown, she's also been seen on the first floor and gliding through the hallways. Security cameras have picked up strange sounds and disembodied footsteps, guests have reported sightings over the years, and a special cocktail is served at the lobby lounge in her honor. 

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4. Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Hotel

Next to the Alamo, the hotel was originally constructed as the Medical Arts Building on the Alamo Plaza. Featuring a copper roof with wood ribs, the building is lined by an array of gargoyles, each depicting a medical ailment. Believed to be one of the most haunted hotels west of the Mississippi, there have been stories of guests' phones ringing in the middle, lights and TVs turning on mysteriously, bathtubs being filled on their own, and sightings of women dressed in white. The most common sightings have seemed to occur on floors 12 and 14, which were once surgery and crematorium floors. 

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5. Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Featuring old world grace and charm, W. A. Chambers was one of the designers behind the opulent hotel. He left for a trip to England once the blueprints were completed, and returned to discover the design was not being carried out as planned. According to legend, he jumped to his death from the fifth floor, and stories have told he's been spotted roaming the halls of the hotel to this day. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

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Celebrate the holidays as America's beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright colors at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, Hotel del Coronado is truly a sight to behold with carolers singing joyful tunes, whimsical polar bears striking a pose, lavish feasts and festive parties. Continue reading below the photo of Skating by the Sea.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Gather your friends and family for holiday favorites like housemade gingerbread and cookies, mulled cider and spiked coffee drinks or roast s'mores on the beach under the stars. Step back in time with an elegant Victorian Tea or explore the magnificent holiday lights around Coronado on a decked out surrey. Read more below the photo Victorian Tea photo.

Victorian Tea at the Hotel del Coronado

Whimsical trees are trimmed and glisten with pretty packages underneath. Saint Nick appears at Sunday Brunch and friendly elves read holiday tales to children. The holiday season at our seaside retreat is filled with both nostalgia and new traditions. Read more below the photo. 

Holiday Lights at the Hotel del Coronado

It's a time for magical adventures and creating memories with the ones you love, surrounded by the warm glow of The Del. Celebrate a winter of whimsy, wonder and wishes. Only at The Del.

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*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Hotel del Coronado. Offers and packages are subject to change.


| By: Rachael Weir

An iconic destination since 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has welcomed celebrities, dignitaries, and royalty from around the world. For a luxurious setting within the hotel's original Victorian Building, the Victorian Junior Suites have a spacious sitting area along with one king or two queen-sized beds, or the larger Ocean View Victorian Signature Suites offer a king-sized bed, plus a separate living room with a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed. Due to the historical nature of the property, each of the Signature Suites varies in size and layout, which also lends a unique charm to the coastal chic furnishings of the suites. To top it off, the suites feature private balconies with panoramic views of the hotel's beach and the Pacific Ocean. Read more below the photo of the Victorian Junior Suite. 

Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado

For families looking for additional space, the hotel's Two-Bedroom Victorian Blue Octopus Family Suite offers spacious accommodations, including a separate bedroom for the kids with ocean-inspired whimsical decor and bunk beds. Plus, there are two bathrooms and a living room with a sofa bed. Read more below the photo of the Hotel del Coronado swimming pool. 

Main Pool at the Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark with the Victorian Building, contemporary Ocean Towers, California Cabanas, and oceanfront cottages and villas within the Beach Village. The iconic property combines Southern California seaside charm with fine dining at 1500 Ocean, a legendary Crown Room Brunch, spa, and the Sunset Bar with a firepit, seaside location, and seasonal cocktails. Continue reading below the Crown Room photo for a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a commemorative book celebrating the history of the Hotel del Coronado. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, The Westgate Hotel recently opened the AquaView Spa & Wellness Center. The new facility is accessible to hotel guests and members. Learn more about this addition in the article below the photo from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Rooftop Pool at The Westgate Hotel

A new spa and fitness center is coming to downtown San Diego that is not just open to hotel guests, it’s open for memberships as well. AquaVie Spa & Wellness Center is open now to guests of the Westgate Hotel and patrons who wish to become members. The contemporary full-service Spa at AquaVie will open within the center in February 2017.

The $14 million, four level, 40,000 square foot facility is located at 239 Broadway Avenue, adjacent to the Westgate Hotel. The new facility features more than 200 units of the latest fitness equipment, exclusive amenities and services to its members and hotel guests.

Designed by Hollander Design Group, AquaVie was designed to reflect an urban amenity for health and serenity. Signature details include a silver travertine and glass stairway, custom and contemporary furnishings and cabinetry and a three-story water wall serving as the center of each level of AquaVie.

The first level of the facility hosts a reception area where a wellness concierge greets and welcomes members and guests. On both sides of the main level two modern, expansive studios feature strength training provided by IRONGRIP and Technogym. 

The second floor is home to a spacious, full-service locker room and refreshing area. A ladies locker room includes a steam room, large dry sauna, glass enclosed showers, hydrotherapy circuits for pain relief and treatments, along with a number of vanity stations. The men’s locker room features a hot tub, steam room and sauna. Each space includes individual upscale lockers and inset TVS with full length mirrors for when you need a break from pumping iron.

On the third level, guests will find stations dedicated to physical fitness training with a wide array of cardio equipment, including the Excite line by Technogym and Precor’s Experience Series 880. For strength training, there’s Technogym’s Element. Two extensive group exercise studios are also within the third floor to host daily fitness and wellness classes. Bonus: personal and group training equipment will be provided by both Technogym and IRONGRIP.

The fourth floor is a 15,000 square foot rooftop, featuring a Junior Olympic-sized lap pool, a hot tub and a lounge area. The outdoor setting is well-suited for members who want to work out, unwind and just relax in the San Diego sunshine. The rooftop houses three private studios and wellness equipment, along with a 1/10th mile running track. A living wall serves as the rooftops centerpiece, connecting guests and members with serenity and the natural environment.

If you’re not into working out, The Spa at AquaVie will offer five treatment rooms beginning February 2017. Services of the spa will include body therapy, massages, skin care, waxing and nail care options provided by trained experts. A lounge area will feature organic tea and spa water, and all skin care, body care and wellness products will also be available to purchase.

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An exclusive haven for life’s perfect moments.

For those seeking a more intimate private experience, Beach Village at The Del is an exclusive enclave of cottages and villas, a resort within the resort, and portal to Southern California oceanfront luxury living. While the architecture nods to the iconic beauty of Hotel del Coronado, the 78 breezy-and-bright cottages and villas echo the beach setting and greet the modern with lavish amenities and high design. Continue reading below the photo.

The Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado

A recent refresh of all guestrooms brings the warmth, hue, and magic of the outdoors inside. Neutral tones like cream, beige and sand are accented with bursts of teal to reflect the sand and sea. Swirling patterns, paisley and geometrics pay homage to the movement of light and motion of the water. Circles of abalone shells trim the window shades, sparkling and mimicking the sunlight dancing across the sea. In addition to plush beds, divine linens, the finest appliances, sunken tubs, ocean view terraces, and more, some suites feature outdoor fire pits or soaking tubs for dipping. And every villa and cottage has a full or partial ocean view of one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Continue reading below the photo.

The Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado

The Beach Village Experience:
- Unparalleled oceanfront living
- Unscripted genuine service
- 3 private pools and 3 secluded spas
- Hi-tech cabanas with full service
- A private section of Del Beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas
- Underwater music at the main family pool
- Dedicated hosts who will choreograph your stay
- Exclusive access to Windsor Cottage for gourmet meals, socializing, sunset views, and fireside cocktails away from the energy of the main resort

Sophisticated Hosts
“Dream it up and we will make it happen.” That’s the Beach Village mantra. Beach Village has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities, multi-generational families, distinguished guests and more; and the staff knows a thing or two about creating memorable moments and heart-stirring adventures—everything from a multi-generational, clambake and lobster feast on the beach or sunset sailing trip on a sleek yacht, to a private wine tasting with a top sommelier or romantic moonlit dinner for two prepared by a private chef. The Beach Village Host Concierges are committed to exceeding the expectations of every esteemed guest. Once a reservation is made, a host contacts the party (weeks ahead of their arrival) to create a custom itinerary for the guests, and fulfill any requests like stocking the villa with personal amenities and luxuries, or adding any special touches to the guestrooms or suites.

Poolside Privacy
The private main pool at Beach Village is dotted with six luxurious cabanas, colorful shaded oases with lounge furniture, flat screens, refrigerators, and full service. The team from Breezes restaurant will happily deliver gourmet poolside bites like surf-n-turf nachos with carne asada and shrimp; smoked chicken and pesto flatbreads with goat cheese and arugula; or local seabass fish tacos with smoked tomato salsa and guacamole. The bartenders are schooled in the art of the cocktail and whip up tasty refreshers like watermelon pisco sours, muddled mint mojitos or coconut coolers. Continue reading below.

Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado at sunset

Windsor Cottage
Once the Coronado home of socialite Wallis Spencer Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward of England abdicated his throne, Windsor Cottage is now a part of The Del legacy. Saved from demolition and placed next to the Windsor Lawn in 2000, the charming 1905 California bungalow serves as a private oceanfront retreat for Beach Village guests exclusively and a nod to the main hotel. Beach Village guests can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, gourmet fireside dining or classic cocktails during a fiery Coronado sunset on the sprawling deck. Or when it’s time to relax, grab and book and tuck inside this cozy cottage where the Duchess of Windsor (and frequent Del guest) once lived.

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*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Hotel del Coronado. Offers and packages are subject to change.

| By: Five Star Alliance
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THE GRAND AMERICAN BEACH VACATION

With its soaring red turrets and sprawling Victorian architecture, the Hotel del Coronado is an iconic California gem on America’s most beloved beach. We welcome families and beach lovers from near and far to make inDELible memories on our glittering sands. From surf camps, clambakes, and concerts in the sand to kid camps, painting by the sea, private chef dinners, and beach s’more roasts under the stars, our expansive seaside playground has something for every member of the family. The Del offers endless magical beachfront experiences unrivaled on the West Coast.

Experience the legend.

Designated a National Historic Landmark, The Del celebrates its rich 128-year history as the proud host to celebrities, royalty and beach loving families through timeless experiences that resonate with modern-day guests. Guests can select from 757 guest rooms, 28 suites, and 70 junior suites in the historic Victorian Building, the contemporary Ocean Towers and California Cabanas, or the luxurious Beach Village at The Del. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado at Sunset

Rated one of the top 10 hotels in the world by USA Today, The Del offers a contemporary beachfront experience, ocean view dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, and endless recreational activities. Continue reading.

Surfing at the Hotel del Coronado

Recapturing its spirit as a premier health destination, Spa at The Del is a coastal sanctuary where rhythmic ocean waves lead the way to inner tranquility. Reawaken the senses with premium, ocean-inspired spa treatments that will leave an indelible imprint on your mind, body and soul. Retreat to a terrace with its own infinity pool overlooking the Pacific or share a soothing side-by-side massage for two.

Hotel del Coronado Infinity Pool

Shops at The Del offers seventeen unique shops under one roof with rare finds and nostalgic treasures - a shopping experience unparalleled in San Diego.

There's no shortage of inDELible culinary experiences at The Del’s seven restaurants and five lively lounges. With fresh seafood, the best locally sourced produce and herbs from the property’s own garden as inspiration, you can indulge your senses without ever leaving its famous sands. Indulge in epicurean adventures from fine dining at 1500 OCEAN, The Del’s signature restaurant, to al fresco dining on the umbrella-dotted patio of Shearwater to sipping boutique wines paired with wood-fired pizza at ENO. Every dining experience comes with a generous serving of beachside ambiance and ocean views. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado 1500 Ocean Restaurant

An island onto itself, Hotel del Coronado awaits with seaside charm, majestic architecture, and an unrivaled beachfront location perfect for your next inDELible experience. Start making memories today.

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Pool at the Hotel del Coronado

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| By: Rachael Weir
In honor of #NationalDogDay, we put together a list of three of our favorite dog-friendly hotels in the U.S. Check out the pet-friendly guest rooms and amenities below at Boston's Liberty Hotel, the Delano Las Vegas, and the historic Hotel del Coronado. Pick a destination and head off for an adventure with your favorite four-legged best friend.

Liberty Hotel - Boston
Liberty Hotel Boston Pet Amenities
Situated at the foot of Beacon Hill in a former prison, the Liberty Hotel offers pet-friendly amenities with dog beds, dishes, and in-room comforts. Plus, there are dog-friendly happy hours hosted during the warmer months in The Yard, an outdoor social space.

Pups and their owners will love strolling the nearby neighborhood, which includes Boston Common, Charles River Esplanade, Newbury Street shops and restaurants, along with Beacon Hill boutiques and eateries. Guest accommodations feature Boston-inspired styling with warm wood accents, crown molding, and views of the historic city.

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Delano - Las Vegas
Pet-Friendly Suites at the Delano Las Vegas
Right on the strip, the Delano Las Vegas is a luxury boutique hotel is set within the Mandalay Bay resort complex. The hotel offers dog-friendly signature suites with a tastefully crafted doggie room service menu which offers Canine Scramble, Bow Wow Burgers, and Chow Hound Chicken Hash. The Doggie Butler Service offers check-ins on pets throughout the day, fast breaks, and daily walks finished with treats. Plush and Pampered options include feeding and changing the water, brushing, and spending time with pets in the room.

Dogs (and their humans) will love the separate living area with seating for five, floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views, bedside stereo systems with docking and charging outlets, and wet bars with stocked minibars.

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Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
Pet-Friendly Hotel del Coronado
Set on Coronado Island in the San Diego Bay, the Hotel del Coronado’s Del Dogs and Cats program offers a range of pet amenities including gourmet room service, Del-ightful dog and cat treats upon arrival, and gourmet room service for dogs and cats. There’s also in-room water and food bowls, pet beds, kitty scratching pads, and waste bags or litter boxes. The hotel provides specialized bedding, crates, collars, and leashes for use during their stay, and there are Yappy Hours every Sunday with complimentary Evian for dogs and pet-inspired drinks for their owners. There’s a dog beach less than 1 mile from the historic hotel, and pet-walking, pet-sitting, dog grooming and veterinary services are available.

The Hotel del Coronado offers luxury beachfront accommodations within the historic Victorian building built in 1888, as well as the contemporary Ocean Towers, California Cabanas, and the Beach Village at The Del. There are multiple dining options from casual to upscale, including the famous brunch in the Crown Room.

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