In the past, hotel restaurants in America were merely a place to fill up after a long day of sightseeing or a late flight into the destination. Even the most luxury hotels weren’t renowned for their eateries – they provided decent enough fare for hungry guests, but outside customers could rarely be tempted in and the food was certainly not a reason for making a booking.
Now, however, things have changed dramatically and they have really pushed the boat out – some of the most elegant and exclusive restaurants in America can be found within the walls of luxury hotels. Here’s the lowdown on the latest hotel dining spots to be voted into the top five.
1. French Room – The Adolphus Hotel, Texas
A gorgeous grand dame of a hotel in downtown Texas, The Adolphus tops the bill with French Room for its menu but also its décor and service. The atmosphere is pure old-world romance with subtle lighting and hand-painted ceilings – and the food is an unpretentious yet fabulous fusion of French and American cuisine.
2. Fountain Restaurant – The Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia
The Four Seasons is an American institution and a byword for superb luxury. Here in Philadelphia, the Fountain continues to be a firm favourite in the city and beyond thanks to the classic dishes served up by chef Martin Hamann in the New French-Continental style.
3. Dining Room – Little Palm Island Resort, Florida
This romantic getaway hotel is a boat ride away from the keys, set on its own private island. Both the hotel and restaurant promise a magical setting and they don’t disappoint. The food is just as exceptional; the French-Caribbean themed menu adds to the exotic vibe of the location.
4. The Inn at Little Washington, Washington
A luxurious Virginia inn, the prestige of the hotel spills over into the dining room where chef Patrick O’Connell uses only the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce for a New American menu. With its romantic décor, the experience of the out of town hideaway is complete.
5. Maestro – Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, Virginia
This elegant restaurant has all the impeccable style you would expect from the exclusive Ritz-Carlton hotels, but with a modern twist – an open kitchen to watch the master Fabio Trabocchi at work. The wine list (put together by sommelier Vincent Feraud) is something any restaurant in Italy would be proud of, whilst the flavours and dishes bring the kind of depth and subtlety that reflects their Italian heritage to perfection.