The restaurants that turn hotels into destinations. From the Maldives to Paris, in-room dining to personalised menus from a three Michelin-starred chef. These hotel restaurants are not an add on, they are your reason to travel.
We’re not going to get you all hungry with dreamy food pics. Trust us on the food offering and we’ll give you a glimpse of the hotels and restaurants with the photos.
In-Room Dining, Shangri-La Paris
The Shangri-La Paris is justifiably famous for uninterrupted Eiffel Tower views from your room, terrace and bathtub. It was also a key filming location for Emily in Paris and is probably the most romantic hotel in one of the most romantic of all cities, Paris.
So don’t share your dining room with anybody else. Both the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurants deliver signature dishes to the rooms. Order up French delicacies and fresh seasonal dishes from La Bauhinia. After you’ve dined on Hong Kong style blue lobster from Shang Palace.
Il Ristorante Niko Romito, Bulgari Hotel Milano
A must for fashionistas, style-conscious travellers and those who want to revel in the glamour of Milan’s most stylish hotel.
This is the view of Tomas Safarik, our private consultant. And this hotel is a must for foodies too, because Niko Romito’s restaurant creates a very opulent and updated version of traditional Italian cuisine. Of course the restaurant decor is fabulous. Good to know – Il Ristorante by Niko Romito at Bulgari Dubai was just awarded two Michelin stars.
Restaurants of Soneva Fushi (Maldives)
Not all Maldives resorts have great gastronomy and only a select few offer an abundance of outstanding choices. We love Soneva Fushi for its sustainability. And the remarkable gastronomy.
Dine amid the trees at Flying Sauces, a restaurant only accessible by zip line. Or above the gardens at the open kitchen of Mads Refslund’s Fresh in the Garden. So Hands On is an intimate five-seater sushi joint and Shades of Green offers tasting menus of organic and vegan Maldivian cuisine. Then there are decorated chefs doing two-week restaurant popups throughout the year at Soneva Fushi.
Akelaree Relais & Chateaux, San Sebastian (Spain)
Akelarre is unique on this list because it was a restaurant that became a hotel, not a hotel with a restaurant. Since 1970 it’s been a fine purveyor of Basque cuisine. Like hake in seawood steam with plankton and oyster leaves. And one of Spain’s best wine cellars.
Very few world restaurants have kept three Michelin stars for so long, yet the hotel is not a reflection of history, but a bright, design-led vision of modern Basque culture.
In-Room Dining, The Alpina Gstaad (Switzerland)
Almost all top hotels now have more to their in-room dining than the club sandwich. The Alpina Gstaad takes the menu a lot further, with Martin Goschel’s Michelin-starred Sommet available as room service.
It’s a local, seasonal menu with Swiss wine pairings. Perfect for a quiet evening, after a day on the slopes and some downtime in the hotel’s excellent Six Senses spa.
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Celeste, The Lanesborough, London
Michelin dining with complimentary champagne, beneath crystal chandeliers in a glass dome. This is a fine English gourmet experience, full of regal pomp, just like The Lanesborough hotel rooms.
We recommend you dine here twice. Once for the three-course lunch, then again for one of the best high tea experiences in London.
Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse, L’Hotel de Paris, Monaco
What list of best hotel restaurants wouldn’t include one from Alain Ducasse, like The Dorchester London or Plaza Athenee Paris. Le Louis XV takes our vote because it showed the world that a restaurant can be the reason to visit a hotel.
Opened in 1987 it remains Ducasse’s flagship. It can initially feel a little stiff and pretentious, but that’s just a facade for the tastes that await. Combine your stay with a visit to the hotel’s legendary wine cellar, home of 400,000 bottles. Just don’t drop a bottle of Château Gruad Larose 1865.
STAY by Yannick Alleno, One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Yannick Alleno’s signature restaurant is the hottest table in Dubai right now. The four- and six-course tasting menus are divine, worth a visit wherever you’re staying in Dubai.
But the real exclusivity comes when staying at One&Only The Palm. Three Michelin-starred Alleno curated and leads all three of the hotel’s restaurants. So his menus can be served under candlelight at a private poolside cabana, or in your suite. Even better, Alleno will specially curate a menu just for you.
Do you Travel for Food?
This list of the world’s best hotel restaurants could run on and on. We’re certain you have your own favourites, hotel restaurants you will never forget, for their flavours, decor or just a very special moment with friends and family.
At EliteVoyage we don’t just book hotels. We personalise every detail of a holiday, from restaurant recommendations and reservations to having your favourite breakfast delivered on arrival, after an overnight flight.
So where will you explore? And what do you dream of eating?