Hotels for Food Lovers
Revel, Atlantic City
This new resort and casino has an impressive 1,898 rooms and 14 restaurants from top East Coast chefs like DC's Michel Richard, Philadelphia's Jose Garces, and NYC's Marc Forgione. There are approximately 1,000 staffers employed at the hotel's restaurants, shops and spa. revelresorts.com.
Hotel Indigo, Atlanta
Guests use their room keys to buy drinks from the midtown hotel's self-service Enomatic wine bar with selections like Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling from Washington state's Columbia Valley. hotelindigo.com.
Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore
The year-round heated infinity pool has great views of the city's harborfront and the hotel has two restaurants by chef Michael Mina: Wit & Wisdom, an upscale tavern that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Pabu, a Japanese izakaya-style pub specializing in robata grilled foods. Mina also consults for the hotel's café, an outpost of L.A.'s Lamill Coffee, which fries beignets to order. fourseasons.com/baltimore.
Celeb hotelier Ian Schrager tones down his usual over-the-top style at his first Midwestern hotel. At night, the Pump Room restaurant becomes a 1930s-style supper club with small plates from superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The lobby minibar sells local snacks like Garrett Popcorn and Cora Lee Candies. publichotels.com.
Hotel Modern, New Orleans
The lounge at this new hotel features cocktails created by star mixologists from NOLA's renowned bar Cure, like the Cobbler, a fortified wine-based drink poured over crushed ice. The bar's name, Bellocq, refers to the photographer whose shots of scantily clad ladies inspired the ceiling mural. thehotelmodern.com.
Andaz Wall Street, New York
The new Scotch Trolley at the hotel's restaurant offers 20 choices of the spirit. The Andaz also hosts a farmers' market on its plaza where local purveyors like Migliorelli Farm and Down Home Acres (a community-supported farm) sell seasonal produce every Saturday and Wednesday from June through November. andaz.hyatt.com.
The Saguaro, Scottsdale, Arizona
Mexican architecture and desert wildflowers both helped inspire this total renovation of the former Hotel Theodore. Philadelphia star chef Jose Garces serves Mexican street food at Distrito and custom-roasts beans for the coffee bar. thesaguaro.com.
Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens, Arenal, Costa Rica
A vending machine in the hotel's lounge has eight vodkas in shot-size pours. arenalnayara.com.
The NoMad, New York City
This new hotel is the first US project from designer Jacques Garcia of Paris's Hotel Costes, and has a food-and-beverage program from the team behind NYC's renowned Eleven Madison Park. Chef Daniel Humm's menu focuses on family-style dishes cooked over an open hearth while mixologist Leo Robitschek creates cocktails with names like Hot Lips, a spicy drink made with pineapple, vanilla, mezcal and jalapeño-infused blanco tequila. thenomadhotel.com.
Mandarin Oriental, New York City
Central Park picnics just got fancier: Alice Waters is now customizing baskets for Mandarin Oriental guests. A few foods she's selected include local artisan salumi, eco-chic bamboo cutlery, French radishes, rustic pizza Bianca and thyme-grilled quail. A portion of the proceeds supports her Edible Schoolyard program. mandarinoriental.com.
Le Rêve, Santiago, Chile
Guests keep their own tabs when raiding the "honesty bar" that's stocked with tequila, gin and local spirits like pisco. The hotel also offers complimentary midnight snacks including homemade cookies, fresh seasonal fruit and locally grown almonds and walnuts. lerevehotel.cl.
45 Park Lane, London
At this new hotel, L.A. chef Wolfgang Puck operates the restaurant and bar and guests can summon a bartender to prepare drinks in their rooms like the Pepino's Revenge, a refreshing tequila cocktail that perfectly blends cool slices of cucumber with summery basil and tangy fresh lime juice. 45parklane.com.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
At his first London restaurant, chef Heston Blumenthal of the Fat Duck re-creates dishes like "meat fruit"—chicken liver disguised as a tangerine—from a 16th-century recipe. "The food is inspired by the past, but it's not ye olde English cooking," he says. mandarinoriental.com/London.
Four Seasons, Toronto
Superstar New York chef Daniel Boulud exports his signature French flavors to the latest outpost of Café Boulud. fourseasons.com/toronto.
Le Meurice, Paris
Chef Yannick Alléno opened six hotel restaurants worldwide in 2011. Now he returns to his opulent flagship, to launch the 12-seat table d'Yquem. lemeurice.com.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver
This 1927 hotel has hosted celebrities ranging from Errol Flynn to Elvis Presley. Now under new owner Rosewood, it has a celebrity chef, David Hawksworth, who shows his rigorous European training at Hawksworth Restaurant. The chef serves an array of vegetable crostini at the bar of his namesake restaurant. For his incredible glazed-beet-and-burrata toasts, to intensify the flavor of boiled beets and form a rich glaze, he cooks them a second time in sherry vinegar and sugar. rosewoodhotels.com.
Encantado, Santa Fe, NM
Charles Dale (an F&W Best New Chef 1995) brings a yogic calm to the kitchen at the hotel's signature restaurant. "It has nothing to do with asanas and everything to do with focus and intention," explains Dale, who happens to be a fan of the Bikram yoga classes at Encantado's 10,000-square-foot spa. Dale cooks Southwestern-style farm-to-table food at the AvroKO-designed restaurant, Terra, from a slow-cooked and superindulgent suckling pig to a healthy barbecued-salmon sandwich. encantadoresort.com.
Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden, Copenhagen
This boutique hotel has zen (if smallish) rooms and comfy beds, but the real draw is breakfast: a mostly organic spread featuring whipped homemade yogurt with vanilla and chestnut, nutty rye-bread-crouton granola, farm eggs, danish (of course) and attractive staff baking fresh loaves of banana bread and blending smoothies in the open kitchen. hotelguldsmeden.dk