Hotel location - a curse for restaurants?
One of the restaurants I remember from the 90's which was particularly excellent never "made it big time". Have you ever heard of chef Ken Frank?
Come to think of it, Fenix was a hotel rooftop restaurant. (An a-ha moment.) Not the kind of place you normally find the very best fine dining.
Now, a beautiful hotel like the Claremont in Berkeley has an awful restaurant, Jordan's, and I would be hard-pressed to come up with a handful of good hotel restaurants. Which ones are they?
Great restaurants and terrible restaurants at top-tier hotels. Examples please.
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I have found that star ratings have little do do with food quality and everything to do with how fancy schmancy the place is. I think that hotel restaurants in towns with a high level of tourism will generally have better restaurants at hotels. I'm in Phoenix, and know that a good number of the top restaurants in town are located in hotels. The same was true when I lived down in Tucson.
In Paris, two of the *** are in hotels
- Le Cinq (in the Four Seasons)
- Alain Ducasse (in Hotel Athenee)
The Post (outside Lake Louise has terrific food, probably the best in the area)
Weirdly, some of the best Italian food I have had was in at Ritz in Alcapoca (sp?)
And doesn't the Ritz in Atlanta have a terrific restaurant?