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Checking into a hotel just to check out the food – TODAYonline


Posted on July 2nd, by Google News Archive in Niseko News. Comments Off on Checking into a hotel just to check out the food – TODAYonline

We used to pick a hotel for its central location, the size of its room, sweet view or sexy pool. Not any more.

These days, travellers are deciding where to sleep based on their stomachs — that is, how awesome the hotel restaurants and bars are. Take lawyer Lim Hui Nan, for example. She checked into Portland’s Hotel Monaco just so she could dine at the Red Star Tavern & Roast House; London’s Town Hall Hotel for its renowned Corner Room; Penang’s Macalister Mansion for the offerings at the whisky bar The Den; and Kuala Lumpur’s Majestic for The Smoke House, which claims to serve “exceptional vintage cocktails and a connoisseur’s collection of single malt whiskies”.

Similarly, analyst Leonard Foo once stayed in three different hotels in Thailand on a week-long holiday just because he wanted to try “these famous places”, namely, Nahm at Metropolitan Hotel (which was recently voted Asia’s best restaurant), the open-air rooftop eatery Sirocco (as seen in The Hangover 2) at Lebua State Tower, and Dining on the Rocks at Six Senses Samui.

LOCAL FACTOR

It’s no coincidence these types of globetrotters have become much more common in the current cultural landscape, where there is an obsession with food — as well as with hip, boutique accommodation. Thanks to trail-blazing hoteliers such as Ian Schrager, Andre Balazs and our very own Christina Ong and Loh Lik Peng, the rise of boutique hotels has popularised the trend of having a standout restaurant or bar on the premises. These hoteliers made SkyBar at Los Angeles’ Mondrian, Bar Marmont at Chateau Marmont, Nahm at The Halkin and Ember at Hotel 1929 — they are the places to see and be seen, and have subsequently become must-visit destinations among travellers.

“When I first opened Hotel 1929 in Keong Saik back in 2002, Keong Saik was still a rough neighbourhood. I figured since we’re going to be here, it was not going to be easy to get diners to eat at our restaurant unless we did something interesting. And with a 32-room hotel, we wouldn’t be able to survive on hotel guests alone. We needed a really cool restaurant,” said Loh on his decision to invite Chef Sebastian Teo to open Ember. Needless to say, the restaurant has become a hit among local diners and tourists alike.

Loh said more than 50 per cent of his hotel guests check into his properties mainly for their F&B options such as Table No 1 at Shanghai’s Waterhouse. Loh’s Town Hall in London recently unveiled a new restaurant, Typing Room (which took over from the popular Viajante), and a bar called the Peg & Patriot. Both have quickly earned a reputation of being London’s hottest tables.

“Boutique hotels like Ace, Thompson and ourselves try to be part of a city’s community,” explained Loh. “My philosophy is what makes a hotel interesting is the flow of locals through it; once you have a successful flow of locals, guests feel much more a part of the local community.”

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Annupuri Oasis Lodge

Annupuri Oasis Lodge

A bed ‘n breakfast style accommodation option located in Annupuri Village, part of the wider Niseko area. Only 5 minute walk away from the main gondola and sitting within its own virgin forest, Annupuri Oasis Lodge offers the best value for your money.

Australia House

Australia House

Has 12 nicely furnished bedrooms and each with their own programmable gas heater, for the coziest of sleeping conditions. Other features are Free WiFi internet access, tunning bench, Common Lonnge area with large Screen TV, seperate kitchen for customers use.
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