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If you’re jet-lagged, have sore feet from pavement pounding or simply want to relish in the luxury of being in a hotel, room service is one eating suggestion that everyone tends to agree on (soggy croque monsieurs notwithstanding).
Whether it’s dialling down for a late-night feast in your LA loft or ordering breakfast in bed in the English countryside, order two main meals for yourself plus a bottle of something deliciously alcoholic because no one is watching – and if they are, those extra fries are the least of your worries.
Nibble away from the comfort of your bed at this 52-storey hotel overlooking Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. When dinner is lunchtime in your usual time zone, a late-night order of home comforts are heaven sent. The Tavern – Grill & Lounge’s hearty soups and substantial salads are our go-tos for when we’re in the mood for something rustic and homely – chirashi sushi and sake are always on speed dial if you change your mind.
Admire the still waters of Palma Bay from your private terrace while you devour wicker baskets full of fresh fruit, pastries and your chosen morning paper. If you’re feeling flush and plump for the El Cabo suite with its private pool, you will have little reason to leave at all – their in-room lunch menu is arguably even better than breakfast.
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If you’re not sipping a Midnight Margarita by the pool or bottomless brunching at the Commissary, order room service at this Koreatown-based hotel. The rooms at The Line feel like you’re in your very own LA loft, so make yourself at home and order in. We’re thinking vegan pizza and a veggie burger – New York this is not.
Half the fun of a countryside escape to the Cotswolds is the prospect of breakfast in bed. Wake ups at Artists Residence should include: a full English or scrambled hen’s eggs in bed (served on a rustic-chic wooden tray), a PJ-only policy and BBC Radio 2 humming in the background. Follow with a brisk country walk before returning for more grub in their downstairs pub.
Setting itself apart from the rest, Le Bristol was the city’s first hotel to be designated a “Palace” (a class above five star). We’ll drink (and eat) to that. Late night croque-monsieurs and languishing over breakfast in bed may not sound very chic but it’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday – especially as everything in Paris is closed anyway. With no pressure to leave your room, camp out in your suite for the day, savouring supper over views of L’Opera and the Eiffel Tower.
Those who think food flair is reserved for the restaurant floor should book a room at the Hôtel Le Toiny. Order the truffle-parmesan pasta, which comes complete with a giant wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a chef-cum-cheese-sculptor who carves it into the shape of a bowl. Once your cheese bowl has been created, the chef adds spaghetti and black truffles for a decadent feast. Best to skip lunch before this one.
Lap up magnificent rose- and gold-hued sunset views and watch the dust settle over the Utah desert from your suite at the rectangular space-agey Amangiri pavilion. The space age structure almost disappears completely in the rocky landscape. While you’re at it, why not make a meal out of it as you watch the stars come out from your terrace? Each suite has an outdoor lounge and fireplace – the high desert flatbread is a game changer.
With around-the-clock room service – and rooms as luxurious as these – it’s easy to cave to an early night at The Middle House, particularly if jetlag has taken hold. While the city buzzes below, we’re dialling down to reception and ordering another serving of dim sum and a side of fries. We’re very east meets west us. (*Full disclosure: there are far more captivating culinary options available to order but when even the most basic dishes are served on square platters in meticulous patterns, why be adventurous.)
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