A gourmet hotel offers its guests something a little extraordinary when it comes to their hotel dining experience. As well as the exceptional cuisine, which is above and beyond what you would normally expect in a ‘bog standard’ hotel. You may be offered – cooking lessons with a ‘celebrity’ chef or be taught how to prepare a Michelin star restaurants signature dish. These are just a few of the things that are offered by some ‘gourmet’ hotels. If you are a world traveller, you are probably already familiar with what this type of hotel has to offer. In fact, there are some travellers who select their hotels based on the type of dining experience they can expect to receive. It is similar to selecting a hotel based on what the hotel spa treatments are on offer.
In today’s ever growing ‘foodie’ culture, it is a matter of convenience and a love of great cuisine and wine that attract people to this type of niche hotel. There is the convenience of not combing the neighbourhood for a restaurant that will impress you or having to order a taxi (at great expense) to take you to the restaurant that has been recommended by the hotel concierge. Simply walk to the designated area of the hotel to begin your dining experience and after you can crawl back to your luxury room after that extra glass of wine! You can always expect something special and unique when you stay at a gourmet hotel, be it a five or seven course meal, a Michelin starred restaurant or dinner at the chef’s table. The options are endless.
In many cases, the gourmet dining experience is inclusive of your hotel stay. Many people appreciate this since they select the hotel based on the dining experience it offers. Don’t be put off by the higher than usual price of your stay, consider all that you will receive for the price. However, if this doesn’t appeal to you, do the maths. You may be surprised to find out that it is actually a better deal than you imagine. While you may find this type of hotel in the U.S., they are mainly found throughout Europe and come in all shapes and sizes. From a country pub that serves homely ‘pub grub’ to a glitzy city hotel decorated with stars and rosettes. There is also the new phenomenon of the “Restaurant with Rooms”, an establishment where the eating arrangements are just as important (if not more so) as the sleeping arrangements.
So if you appreciate good food and don’t want the stress of searching high and low for something decent to eat in the vicinity of your hotel then do yourself a favour and book a gourmet hotel. It has everything under one roof and we are sure you will never look back!