6 Hot Hotel Restaurants
After a long day of touring it can be difficult to drag yourself out of your hotel room to locate a restaurant. And the truth is, in the past, when you chose luxurious accommodations you had to settle for a mediocre dining experience. But happily, this is no longer the case. Thanks to innovative chefs collaborating with reputable hoteliers you can now have your cake and eat it too. Whether you're looking to dine by the sea, eat locally, or munch on a little bit of everything, we have the restaurant for you. Located in hotels spanning across Latin America and into Mexico, we have a wide range of options for every dining experience under the sun. Check in, relax, and grab a table: these hotel restaurants are worth traveling for.
Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, Buenos Aires
You know your culinary needs are in good food hands when you are staying at a hotel with the tagline, “Hotel for the Gourmand.” Inside the Palermo Hollywood's boutique Fierro Hotel in Buenos Aires, there's no need to fear drab and depressing hotel dining thanks to the Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. A destination for gourmet travelers and locals alike, rising star chef Hernán Gipponi pays homage to locally sourced Argentine ingredients, while the wine selection is chosen by one of the country’s top sommeliers, Andrés Rosberg. One Table, the chef's table on Monday nights, is a must visit -- an exclusive dining experience where Gipponi pulls up to the 18-person communal table to prepare an elaborate tasting menu that gives the ultimate behind-the-scenes look into his Argentine kitchen. - Allie Lazar
Emperador at Hotel Montiboli, Villajoyosa, Spain
Perched at the top of a cliff with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean, Hotel Montiboli is not to be missed. Located in Villajoyosa, Spain, sandwiched between two beaches and a fishing village, this is the go to resort to get away from it all. Better yet, you won't have to leave in search of good, authentic food. Montiboli’s restaurant, Emperador, takes your taste buds on a true vacation with locally sourced regional products and a focus on the seafood fished near by. And the main dining room, constructed with floor to ceiling glass windows, allows guests to gaze into the crystal clear waters as if suspended in the air. - Ariela Brody
Roca Moo at Hotel Omm, Barcelona
This minimalist hotel, renowned for its unusual architectural design with a touch of Zen, stands out for more than its decor. Originally restaurateurs, the hotel's proprietors conceived of the hotel's restaurant, Roca Moo, as a place to socialize among friends while sampling some of Barcelona’s finest food. The atmosphere is both chic yet informal and boasts an original take on Catalan cuisine. Don't miss the restaurants accompanying Roca Bar, which serves street style food including tapas, sandwiches, and hearty entrees, all to share. - Ariela Brody
Ramona at Nizuc Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico
Ramona at Nizuc is, in a word, divine. Serene décor, soft lighting, and stunning ocean views provide a peacefully luxurious backdrop for Chef Bladimir Garcia’s modern regional cuisine. To start, try the Artichoke Salad with ashed goat cheese, spicy apricot jam, and tomato confit paired with a bone dry Palomino Fino. For seconds, don’t miss the Green Bean Soup infused with Papantla Vanilla. Rich, dense, and dessert-like, its unexpected flavor and texture delight.
Among Ramona’s main courses, seafood – not surprisingly given its location on a white sand beach overlooking the second largest coral reef in the world – is the real standout. The Chilean Sea Bass with green mole emulsion is light, fresh, and topped with spiky frisee that tickles the cheeks and contrasts perfectly with the melt-in-your-mouth butteriness of the fish. Finish your meal with a Corn Muffin in eggnog sauce. Topped with Mexican crema, it's simultaneously airy and moist. - Amanda Cargill
Pousada Portal do Vento, Northeast Brazil
Breakfast is a reason in itself to spend the night here. What can beat homemade, whole-wheat bread and cakes, homemade peanut butter, jellies, and fresh fruit juices? Dinner is unusual as it is a communal meal with a set menu: Chef Marcel serves dishes that vary from sea food caught that day by a local fisherman and beef or chicken on skewers, to lasagna or a Thai stir-fried vegetable dish. Tip: ask him to make a crème brûlée – your dinner companions will be grateful. - Karin-Marijke Vis
Anatol at Las Alcobas, Mexico City
Las Alcobas, is a tasteful boutique hotel located in Mexico City’s fashionable Polanco neighborhood. On its ground floor is Anatol, a dining spot that hits all the right marks. Chef Justin Ermini has brought considerable skill to his kitchen. The eclectic menu features a number of Mexican, American, and Italian dishes (the chef is Italian/American, working in Mexico after all). “I make what I, myself, like to eat…” he explained. “I don’t want to be pretentious.” He's not, and neither is his food--it's chic comfort food. The smartly done dining room is sleek, but warm--a fugue of muted wood colors. - Nicholas Gilman