Do you look for more than a great bedroom when you’re travelling? Are you the kind of people who enjoy sitting at a good restaurant? Your idea of visiting a place includes tasting its gastronomy? I think you’re looking for Michelin starred restaurant in hotels. There are few, because you know Michelin Guide is not an easy-to-convince kind of publication. They need more than others to give their precious stars (no more than 3). And Michelin inspectors are like shadows, no one knows who they are!
If you travel to France, specifically to Paris, you have more chances of having a unforgettable meal in one of those “star” restaurants, 118 have one, two or three of them. The ones related to, or within hotel premises are Le Meurice (Le Meurice Hotel), Epicure (Hotel Le Bristol), Alain Ducasse (Hotel Plaza Athénée), all of them have 3 stars. In the “second” starred level are L’Espadon (Ritz Hotel), L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Hotel Pont Royal) and Le Cinq (Four Seasons Hotel). Single stars belong to Les Ambassadeurs (Hotel du Crillon), Table du Lancaster (Lancaster Hotel), Carpaccio and Jardin (both in Royal Monceau Hotel, good for it!), Montparnasse ’25 (Hotel Le Méridien), Le Table du Baltimore (Sofitel Baltimore) and Le Ralais du Parc (Sofitel Le Parc, didn’t I mention “Sofitel” before?). That’s what we find in Paris, year 2012, you know next year, when the guide comes to the light some places are/can be elevated to the top, or at least one step up, and others lose their rank, fall down a little, and that’s considered a disaster!
Other cities follow Paris by far, let’s keep in mind that it has 118 stars counting all restaurants rated in the Michelin Guide, and the second on the podium is London with 66 stars (who said English can’t cook?), Sorrento area in Italy have 22 stars, Brussels 21 stars, and Barcelona 20 stars.
Pick one of those starred restaurants downstairs of your room, and you’ll see heaven isn’t above, but in a hotel.