Ten Great Hotels for Food Lovers

In December 2013, a new culinary themed establishment named The Epicurean Hotel opened in Tampa. The hotel’s foodie guests can take cooking classes, munch on gourmet snacks from their rooms’ pantries, and enjoy wine on the rooftop bar.

Other hotels also cater to people who love to eat and drink. (See our list of the best accommodations for chocoholics.) Here are a few of our favorite hotels around the world for foodies who love to travel.

Ballymaloe, County Cork, Ireland

Ballymaloe restaurantLocated in an elegant country home, this hotel offers “simple and elegant” rooms as well as an exceptional restaurant. “Our restaurant serves locally sourced and home grown food from our walled garden and farm,” says Ballymaloe’s website. The hotel also has wine events and a well-known cooking school, which is two miles from Ballymaloe House.

Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL

South Florida’s Biltmore Hotel has several dining options including Palme d’Or, where guests can savor French cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred and James Beard “Rising Star” nominee Chef Gregory Pugin. The establishment is also home to the Biltmore Culinary Academy, which opened in 2009. According to the hotel’s website , “the academy has a dedicated learning area and a fully equipped professional kitchen offering a variety of classes, workshops, team-building events, for both adults and children.”

Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Blackberry FarmThe luxurious retreat is renowned for what is it describes as Foothills Cuisine, “borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to Blackberry’s Smoky Mountain heritage.”The dining venue, The Barn, has been featured in publications including Food & Wine, Gourmet and Bon Appétit. Joseph Lenn, Executive Chef of the Barn, was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2013. Blackberry Farm also has a wine cellar, a cooking school and epicurean events.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia

Four Season Bali kids culinaryThis Balinese luxury resort offers a variety of dining experiences ranging from a café on the pool terrace to Sundara, which dishes up everything from pizza to Indonesian specialties. One of the hotel’s “epic dining experiences” is a lobster dinner served in an oceanfront gazebo. The hotel also has an on-site cooking school, where guests can learn the secrets of Balinese, Indonesian, and Asian cuisine.

Hotel Grano del Oro, San José, Costa Rica

This luxury boutique hotel is home to one of Costa Rica’s best restaurants. The establishment’s French chef, Francis Canal, merges Costa Rican and European cuisines. The Grano de Oro restaurant has an extensive wine list, and it is a favorite of locals as well as international visitors. Get a glimpse of the restaurant in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUW6X3zGCNI

Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is known for amazing food, and travelers to the Big Easy can enjoy Creole cuisine at Café Adelaide at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. Local and regional food writers have recognized the restaurant as one of the city’s best. The hotel also offers a “Precocious Plates” menu, a special menu the chef composed that introduces adult flavors to kids in smaller portions.

Sarnic Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

Sarnic hotel in IstanbulThe Sarnic Hotel in Istanbul offers a four-hour cooking class in the hotel’s kitchen. During the course, which features a local chef as instructor, participants prepare a five-course meal of traditional dishes. Afterwards, they head to the rooftop restaurant to eat the meal they’ve created.

Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy

Belmond Villa San Michele restaurantThe Belmond Villa San Michele’s restaurants include La Loggia, with exceptional Tuscan cuisine and a 16th-century setting. The hotel also has a cookery school, where renowned chefs give hands-on cooking lessons, and an academy where children ages 6 to 14 can learn about Italian food.

Zero George Hotel, Charleston, SC

Zero George foodCharleston’s Zero George Hotel was distinguished as a 2014 Best New Food Hotel by Condé Nast Traveler. The seasonal menu at the Kitchen Carriage House features locally grown ingredients. The hotel is also home to the Zero George Cooking School, recently recognized by FOOD + WINE as one of the best new cooking classes. A Create + Savor package combines luxury accommodations and an intimate cooking class with the hotel’s chef.

Le Mas De Pierre, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Le Mas de PierreSituated at the foot of the Saint-Paul-de-Vence fortress, Le Mas de Pierre and its seven country houses have a Mediterranean garden with hundred-year-old olive trees. Chefs Michel Rostang and Emmanuel Lehrer have created new menus for the two Mas de Pierre restaurants. Guests on the postlude for Academic Arrangement’s Abroad’s September 2014 Barcelona to Nice cruise will stay at this lovely property and enjoy dinner at the hotel.



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