Nothing beats a luxurious night at a hotel—except not having to leave it just to search for an incredible dinner. Thankfully, you don't often have to; more and more, hotels are teaming with noted chefs to develop innovative dining options to appeal to every kind of guest. We figured the people who could identify the best ones would be other chefs, since they travel regularly and know food.
We spoke to 17 accomplished toques about which hotels have given them the best and most memorable meal, and the results range from places everywhere from Korea Town in Los Angeles to Stockholm, Sweden—and everything in between.
Some chefs enjoy the classics. More than one cited the prestigious Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo for providing them with the best hotel meal they've ever had. It seems that when pairing luxury accommodations with fine dining, French cuisine is a natural fit.
Others opted for something simple and convenient for their family—like Gabrielle Hamilton, who enjoys a weekend brunch buffet with her sons. Some chefs get the most out of a meal because of a rich cultural experience, like Marcus Samuelsson, who enjoys dinner at The Line in Korea Town, Los Angeles and the Swedish-Canadian fusion cuisine of Mathias Dahlgren the Grand Hotel in Sweden.
Whether it's a lavish, multiple-course meal at a romantic French hotel, or a laid back gnosh with loved ones in a hometown, finding the perfect hotel dinner is critical for a seamless trip. Let these chefs' choices help guide you on your next trip—whether you're ready to plan where to stay, or where you'll eat.