Any vacation provides a multitude of dining options, but nothing beats a hot, fresh meal delivered (with white gloves) to your door -- especially when it's slathered in black truffles. Room service may get a bad name for inflated prices and long wait times, but it your hotel room is one of the few places you can have a gourmet dining experience while wearing a robe or nothing at all. Eat dessert first, no one is watching.
Here are the hotels offering the world's most memorable meals on wheels.
-- Rachel Jacoby, Oyster.com
Arguably New York City’s most iconic hotel, everything about the Waldorf-Astoria is fancy – from the décor down to the white-glove service. The hotel was the first ever to offer room service after opening in 1931, and despite sky high prices (just a bagel will you cost you nearly $25), the food is nothing short of divine. Oyster’s Menu Pick: Oscar’s Spicy Asian Chicken Salad
Besides being one of the sleekest hotels in the steamy city’s business district, the Mandarin Oriental also has some of the most delicious eats to offer up in Miami, many of them prepared in the on-site restaurant, Azul (pictured above). Since it caters to travelers on the go, its room service menu does too: The hotel offers “Ready to Fly Meals” that are packed in boxes and ready to stow in your briefcase. Oyster’s Menu Pick: Roasted Turkey Sandwich
Nestled near Columbus Circle (and its fabulous shopping), the Dream is decidedly New York: The hotel is stylish, cramped, and within minutes of several subway lines. But its best Big Apple feature would be the room service from New York City chain, Serafina, which serves up top-notch Italian cuisine, even for breakfast, too. Oyster’s Menu Pick: It's a tie: This amazing tomato and mozzarella salad; or I Carciofi Al Ferro Rovente, a shrimp and artichoke secret Italian recipe.
Although the lobby can be packed and a tad unorganized, the room service at the Peninsula Hong Kong is most certainly not. Available 24 hours a day, room service at the Peninsula is so decadent that your meal is delivered with a candelabra, amongst other bells and whistles. Whether you’re craving breakfast at dinner time or just in the mood to mug down in private, the menu’s got something for the most discerning of palettes. Oyster’s Menu Pick: The Wagyu Beef Burger. It’ll set you back $53, but it’s served with black truffles, truffled onions and melted brie in a sun-dried tomato bolue with truffle butter.
Like everything else in Sin City, the Cosmopolitan’s room service is available 24/7 (as is the gelato from the on-site Wicked Spoon Cafe, pictured above), catering specifically to the party crowd. A separate “Crowd Pleasers” snack plate is available for both the “Guys” and the “Girls,” but what really sets the Cosmopolitan apart is its DIY Cocktail Packages. Bottoms up! Oyster’s Menu Pick: The Mojito Cubano Kit, which includes a seriously authentic recipe, straight from Havana.
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