Hotel Lobby Food is a Fun Foodie Experience Guests Can Enjoy at Many Resorts
A number of hotels are now offering hotel lobby food, an innovative and unique foodie option in their lobbies (think a raw bar in Bimini, ceviche & tequila bar in Mexico, or complimentary wine and cheese happy hour in Miami.) Check out the hotels below and see what they have in store for your lobby dining pleasure.
Learn How to Make Pastries at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. Upon arrival to the property, guests can grab a bite or enjoy local home-made snacks like fried sage leaves at Nour Lounge, located right in the lobby. In addition, every Thursday in the lobby, guests can enjoy a pastry making demonstration presented by the resort’s pastisseur and every Friday, guests can start off their weekend with a wine tasting presented by local vintner Gabriele Da Prato.
Corks, Crackers and Cheese at The Julia
Built from the foundation of the third oldest hotel in Miami Beach, The Julia pays homage to Miami’s heralded founder, Julia Tuttle, both through its name and its lobby design. The eclectic lobby was designed to motivate guests to mingle and interact with one another throughout the day with its family-style seating and complimentary wine and cheese happy hour, offered daily to guests. From 5 – 7 pm, guests can delight in a selection of Manchego, Gouda, and Brie cheese, grapes, crackers and olive bread, served along side a selection of Spanish wines, including Dibon NV Brut Reserve Cava, and Burgáns 2014 Albariño, among others for the remainder of 2017. Since the wines will rotate each quarter to highlight a different region, guests checking in during the first quarter of 2018 will be able to delight in wines from France.
On the Sea to Tasting the Sea at Playa Largo Resort & Spa
Just an hour’s drive from Miami along US-1’s sun-soaked highways, Playa Largo Resort & Spa welcomes guests in style – from pulling up in the breezy port cochere, to docking their yacht at the resort’s private marina. Upon entering Key Largo’s newest property, Playa Largo greets guests with gorgeous panoramic views of the Florida Bay. Designed to resemble a compass, the semi-circular lobby invites guests to stay a while offering the perfect swinging chairs for added comfort. The lobby is home to Las Olas Ceviche Bar, a lively Peruvian restaurant where travelers can enjoy fresh flounder, local grouper, tender octopus and Key West pink shrimp all cured in tropical citrus juices derived from nearby Homestead-grown fruits. Top off the experience by pairing the fresh ceviche with one of Playa Largo’s house-crafted cocktails, including a Lychee Sakerinha, Coconut Batida or a signature SUN-Gria.
A Mexican Fiesta at W Punta de Mita, Mexico
When travelers arrive at the new 119-room W Punta de Mita on Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, a fleet of Tuk Tuks decorated with images iconic to Mexican culture, such as luchador masks and candy skulls, transports them through layers of lush, tropical vegetation to the resort’s Welcome Area. Upon entering, guests step into a traditional Mexican fiesta, with whimsical sayings such as ‘Mexico es Amor’ etched walls made of tin ‘papel picado,’ and a collection of ‘munny’ statues — mythical creatures of the area’s indigenous Huichol natives, who traditionally used Peyote to inspire their art. Right at the center of the action, The Living Room bar hosts a weekly Mezcal Lab that includes sampling of selection of the resort’s 40+ signature cocktails, many of which use tequilas, mezcals and local ingredients such as worm salt. From here, a vibrant walkway made of more than 700,000 individual mosaic tiles with designs inspired by the Huichol tribe extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean, symbolizing the journey of life with waves crashing against the shore, surfers in the distance, and the glowing orange sunset setting the perfect backdrop.
Sip and Savor at Marriott Puerto Vallarta’s New Lobby Ceviche & Tequila Bar
Guests at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, located between Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, can enjoy a whole new culinary experience at the recently opened Ceviche & Tequila Bar. The focal point of the restaurant in the breezy open-air lobby is a stunning wall featuring 180 different bottles of tequila. Visitors can choose one to sip or can order a signature cocktail such as the Agave Breeze made with tequila, pineapple, basil and agave, to pair with freshly prepared ceviche, such as the Hamachi & Coconut or the traditional Puerto Vallarta-style Huachinango ceviche. There are also 12 draft beers available, many of them local. Whether winding down after a busy day exploring or spending quality time with family, the lobby offers a fun, vibrant setting to enjoy some local flavor.
A Taste of Spain at AC Hotel Columbus Dublin’s Lounge
In the lobby of the newly opened AC Hotel Columbus Dublin in Ohio, guests will find the brand’s signature AC Lounge. Guests can make selections from the AC Lounge’s fully stocked bar, wine on tap and local beers, as well as a menu of small plates and snacks, while enjoying the soothing natural light brought in by floor-to-ceiling windows. Cocktail highlights include the Gintonic, the ACGT, and the Oloroso Old Fashioned, while among the small plates on offer are Manchego & quince paste, roasted salmon with spiced lentil stew and morel & fava bean risotto. Designed with the entrepreneurial spirit in mind, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is located in the center of Bridge Park, the area’s newest, upscale residential and entertainment development. Just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio and walking distance to charming, historic Dublin, this 150-room hotel welcomes both business and leisure travelers. Guests are invited to celebrate the hotel’s opening by booking the Dublin Debut offer, including a $50 F&B credit with two-night minimum stays from now through December 29, 2017. Rates start at $159 per night.
Seafood, Views and Piano Tunes at The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
When you check in at the brand new Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, located on the Bahamian Out Island of North Bimini just 50 nautical miles off the coast of South Florida, you won’t be in any hurry to get to your room. The opposite side of the check-in desk is a raw bar, so you won’t waste any time kicking off your stay with a selection of Bimini’s freshest conch, lobster, oysters and other Caribbean treats. With wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the lobby offers panoramic island views, and is home to a piano bar where you can sip your Bahama Mama with live entertainment daily. Bravo’s Top Chef Season 3 winner, Chef Hung Hunyh, has also made his mark in the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini lobby. The Top Chef curated F&B for both the Sushi Bar, where you can dine on craveworthy sushi rolls, noodles, and other Asian-inspired favorites, and The Tides — home to Mediterranean plates and decadent seafood dishes.