Sleep It OffHe’s not the first chef to open a hotel — Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse each operate inns — but Nobu Matsuhisa’s boutique Nobu Hotel opening at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas may be the profession’s splashiest switch from restaurants to rooms. The 181-key hotel will feature minimalist rooms with wood, rice paper, and stone accents, Japanese artwork, and room service sushi from the first Nobu restaurant on the Strip, located at the base of the hotel. Rooms from $300. nobuhotelcaesarspalace.com
Travelers are accustomed to winemakers running inns, but what sort of hotel would a brewmaster create?
“A community center and an environment where people spend time, have fun, and relax,” said Mike McMenamin, co-founder, with his brother Brian, of Oregon-based McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries (mcmenamins.com).
Craft beer makers since 1985, the McMenamins are also known for rehabilitating historic buildings into inns. They just opened their ninth, the Gearhart Hotel, in a Cape Cod-style former inn on Oregon’s north coast. Its 18 rooms feature knotty pine paneling and colorful art.
Downstairs, the popular Sand Trap pub (pictured below) pours house ales. “We try to keep things simple and down to earth,” Mike says. “That’s our philosophy with beer too. Beer is simple but alive with that yeast. You’d better sing to it and have good things around it or things will go bad, fast.”
Board and BedThe stylish Thompson Hotels group opens its first across the Atlantic with the new Belgraves in London. Vintage accents meet modern furnishings in the 85-room Belgravia neighborhood hotel, featuring a hideaway bar in the library and, off the lobby, the bustling Hix Belgravia, inspired by chef Mark Hix’s travels from around the world spanning Spanish ham and Orkney scallops. thompsonhotels.com
Where to Eat and Sleep Now
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten checks into The st. Regis Mexico City with his new J&G Grill, featuring grilled meats paired with bold condiments — think New York strip topped by corn, jalapeno, and lime. The 189-room hotel is located in a 31-story high-rise by architect Cesar Pelli on fashionable Paseo de la Reforma. stregis.com/mexicocity
Guided FlavorA small luxury hotel in southern Vermont, the Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant newly offers an “epicurean indulgence,” including guided tours and tastings at local farms, dairies, and markets. slh.com
Seasonal TreatmentsThe influence of farm-to-table fare has infiltrated the well-being world with the rise of farm-to-spa treatments. The Farmhouse Inn (farmhouseinn.com) in Sonoma County regularly updates its spa menu to incorporate locally grown produce used in body treatments. Pamper yourself with a warming ginger honey massage.
Salish Lodge & Spa (salishlodge.com) near Seattle raises its own honey, chamomile, rosemary, lavender, and other plants in its new herb and honey scrub bar from which clients choose their own ingredients.
You don’t have to be rural to get homegrown therapies. The Ritz-Carlton Spa at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live (lalivemarriott.com) cuts its herbs from a rooftop garden. The luxury hotel’s farm-to-fabulous services incorporate herbs, fruits, and vegetables into its personalized treatments.