BOSTON, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jetsetter, the world's go-to brand for travelers with discerning taste, today announced its first annual Hotel Food Awards, which pay respect to the best restaurants, minibars, room service menus and turndown traditions at hotels worldwide.
In an effort to provide better direction to its members who value food as part of their travel, Jetsetter contributors ate their way from St. Martin to Southeast Asia, sampling cuisine poolside, in the African wild, inside a private cave and in their hotel rooms - among other notable experiences.
Behind the Awards
The Jetsetter editorial team sent categories to more than 200 travel correspondents globally, then compiled their suggestions along with the Jetsetter team's. A final committee of senior-level editors selected the final winners in each category based on each category's criteria. The Jetsetter Hotel Food Awards celebrates hotels and resorts that make food an essential and integral part of their guest experience.
And the Awards Go To...
- Most romantic dinner for two: The private cave at Belmond La Samanna, St Martin
La Cave, the wine cellar and private tasting room at Belmond La Samanna, is next-level romantic. The 12,000-bottle selection spans New World Carmenere and Beaune Premier Crus Clos des Mouches. Read In Full
- Most Instagram-worthy hotel restaurant: The G Hotel, Ireland
Celebrity milliner Philip Treacy combined sleek chrome, curved banquettes and brightly colored velvet to create the mod world at gigi's, the chic restaurant at Galway's g Hotel. Read In Full
- Hotel restaurants with food as pretty as the people: Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
It's a supper club. It's an avant-garde performance venue. The Cosmopolitan's hippest hot spot defies categorization and expectations, combining an experimental floorshow with killer eats, stiff libations and a catwalk-ready crowd. Read In Full
- Hotel restaurant where locals outnumber tourists: The Breslin, Ace Hotel, New York
The six-year-old Breslin at the city's original Ace Hotel remains one of the hottest tables in town – and not just with tourists. Locals crowd the front bar, sipping cocktails named for punk songs, while the dimly lit dining room is filled with well-heeled downtowners tucking into April Bloomfield's Michelin-starred menu. Read In Full
- Hotel breakfast worth waking up for: Le Royal Monceau, Paris
Each weekend, the Philippe Starck-designed La Cuisine restaurant is abuzz with comely hotel guests and chic Parisians. Complement your bakery feast with seasonal cheeses, Lebanese meze platters and air-dried sausages from Auvergne. Read In Full
- Favorite minibar to raid: Solage Calistoga, Calistoga, CA
Refreshed daily and completely complimentary, this elegant Napa Valley resort does in-room snacking right with its selection of organic yogurt, Kind bars and Cracker Jacks, all of which are included in your nightly rate - plus carefully sourced goods from area purveyors. Read In Full
- The hottest hotel chef (or The godfather of hotel restaurants): Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
With nearly 30 restaurants worldwide, the Alsatian sensation began his career at the Mandarin Hong Kong and Le Meridien Singapore, and revolutionized ho-hum hotel dining stateside with the 1997 opening of his three-Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant in Manhattan's Trump International Hotel and Tower. Read In Full
- Favorite place to brush up on your cooking skills: The Belmond de Casa Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Sazon is the cooking school acquired by the 16th century Belmond de Casa Sierra Nevada in 2006. Coursework spans regional recipes and seasonal sopes. Instructors include local chefs as well as Michelin-starred toques from international restaurants and Belmond hotels. Read In Full
- Room Service that delivers on the cool factor: The Line Hotel, L.A.
Mobile maestro Roy Choi and The Line deliver such freewheeling fare as pork fried rice and thermoses filled with instant ramen to guestrooms via hand-pulled wagon. Read In Full
More Award Winners (full list here):
- The all-inclusive that makes us reconsider the all-inclusive: Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
- Favorite poolside menu: The traditional snackettes at Six Senses Yao Noi, Phuket
- Hotel restaurants where the food is as stunning as the view: Club del Doge Restaurant, The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
- Best food-themed spa treatment: The chocolate-infused treatments at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia
- Favorite meal in the wild: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort, South Africa
- Favorite turndown treats: S'mores at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Sonoma
- Best welcome treats: The Thai fruit basket at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
- Favorite place to fish or forage your own meal: Oyster digging at Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia
- Favorite food ritual that keeps us coming back: Oysters on the lawn Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island
View the full awards here.
From the Editor-in-Chief
Jetsetter Editor-in-Chief Sean Murphy commented, "Memorable food is a growing and essential part of the hotel experience and often a prime reason why people travel. With our first annual Hotel Food Awards, we wanted to celebrate those hotels that are doing it right and guide our members toward those experiences that are exceptional. The awards were issued to hotels that we feel go above and beyond with food, provide culinary experiences that exceed expectations and that champion the qualities of adventure, discovery and enjoyment that are inherent in travel."
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