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Hotel Trend: Hightea, Lunch, Drinks & Dinner

Sun 18 December 2011

, Nicole Bader, Charming Travel Choices


In many European countries it starts to be perfectly normal for a local or a foreigner to go for lunch or dinner in hotel restaurants, enjoy exotic cocktails on amazing hotelrooftops and beautiful inner gardens, or treat yourself to a traditional high tea in the lounge of a hotel.


London hotels such as the Browns Hotel and the Ritz are famous for their traditional English high tea. The sophisticated and stylish hotel interiors, the endless choice of teas along with a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, freshly baked cakes, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry together with the relaxing live music makes it an absolute treat on a rainy day.


The capital of coffee and cake is Vienna. No other city in the world can rival Vienna in terms of the sheer number of historically significant coffee houses. The most important being the Sacher Café of Hotel Sacher in the center of the city. An afternoon or evening with a traditional Viennese ‘Mélange’ (milky coffee) and an original Sacher Torte is one of the best ways to enjoy the elegance and timeless luxury of a forgotten world. The Sacher Torte has been the most famous cake in the world since 1832 and the original recipe a well-kept secret of this traditional hotel.



The Rooftop Terrace and Lounge Bar of the Continental Hotel in Florence is the place to be for early afternoon and late night drinks. Nothing quite says summer in the city like an alfresco lounge on high. The sky is the limit and provides the perfect background for a fabulous cocktail in a contemporary space of sheer elegance. The extraordinary open air lounge of the Continental Hotel in Florence can be found on top of the medieval Consorti Tower, boasting some of the finest views of the masterpieces of Florence, such as Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower and the famous and colorful Ponte Vecchio. But also the hidden rooftop terrace of the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon is worth the mention. The terrace is located on the sixth floor of the hotel and is the ideal place for people who just want to unwind, drink amazing cocktails, enjoy little snacks and have a great view over the city, the river Tagus, the famous 25th. of April bridge and the impressive Cristo Rei monument.



Many European Hotels have great restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dine without being a hotel guest. I have already mentioned in previous blogs that when I go to Paris, I always pass by Hotel Costes for a lunch treat in their very charming inner courtyard and reserve a table in the superb garden restaurant of Hotel Pershing Hall for dinner. But there is more of course….
Let’s not forget Hotel Nimb in Copenhagen with it’s bar & grill, brasserie and restaurant Herman which is declared one of the cities finest restaurants and has obtained a Michelin star. At Herman, the classic Danish culinary traditions both inspire and integrate with the chef's thoroughly international cuisine. And I would like to conclude with the restaurants of master chef Matthias Dahlgren in the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. These restaurants are a gastronomic event for those interested in exclusive simplicity in a relaxed, comfortable environment with a friendly atmosphere. You can dine in the exclusive dining room Matsalen or in the more simple but still very stylish foodbar called Matbaren.



And I would like to conclude with the restaurants of master chef Matthias Dahlgren in the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. These restaurants are a gastronomic event for those interested in exclusive simplicity in a relaxed, comfortable environment with a friendly atmosphere. You can dine in the exclusive dining room Matsalen or in the more simple but still very stylish foodbar called Matbaren.




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