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Want to stay at a luxury hotel? Two websites give you all the insider tips on getting the best deal

Want to stay at a luxury hotel? Two websites give you all the insider tips on getting the best deal
Want a bit of help with your next luxury hotel booking? Two websites help travelers sort out their selections and offer exclusive prices and extras too. (Scott Garrett / For The Times)

These websites may change the way you book your next luxury hotel. Far from the crowd-sourcing crowd, Mr & Mrs Smith and TLSelectHotels.com do their own vetting of hotels they list at good rates, and offer travelers some nice extras too.

TLSelectHotels.com launched Monday as a website out to "tempt savvy travelers" with four- and five-star hotel options. To make a reservation, you must use a travel agent, your own or one the website will provide for you.

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It's run by Travel Leaders Group, one of the big dogs in the travel agency business. Travelers can browse the 850 properties by answering questions: Where you'd like to go, when you'd like to go, and what you'd like to do.

When I tried out the website and said I'd like to go "near to home," I received options to inspire me to take a trip to the Caribbean and Central America. I also received links under "places we adore" to several California hotels, including the Montage Laguna Beach.

With this offer at the Montage Laguna Beach, I would receive a $60 breakfast credit for two on each day of my stay, a $100 spa credit, early check-in, late check-out and an upgrade, if a nicer room is available.

No prices are listed; travelers contact a travel agent to seal the deal.

Mr & Mrs Smith was founded not by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt but a different real-life couple: James and Tamara Lohan based in Britain. It began in 2003 as a guidebook to boutique travel experiences and grew into a digital travel company that specializes in bespoke travel.

The company, which recently opened an office in L.A., uses pedigree "tastemakers" -- actors, chefs, etc. -- to vet the properties they list, and to add insider tips too. You have the option of consulting with a travel expert anytime 24/7.

Join the BlackSmith travel club for free (premium memberships come with a cash-back option) and receive extras such as a bottle of wine, a picnic or a spa treatment.

There's a traditional search feature as well as "collections," such as On the offbeat, Historic is hip and East Coast escapes.

One example of an offbeat option: The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in St. Michaels, Md., in late August shows rooms that come with a 15% discount, daily breakfast for two, a $50 resort credit and two tickets to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Prices start at $336 per night, excluding tax.

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