Could luxury hotel brands be using stiff drinks to deal with stiff competition? With an expanding global economy, it’s no wonder that luxury hotels seem to be pulling out all the stops for their most frequent flyer guests. With celebrity mixologists, reputable head chefs and a loyal following, hotel bars are easily making a name for themselves. No longer are these bars packed with weary corporate execs who can’t wait to get home; instead they have become trendy well-appointed gathering places that will have you fighting the locals for the last seat at the bar.
Whiskey Blue at the W New York Hotel
Having lived in New York City most of my life, I was privy to a sea of hotel bars and lounges. One of my favorite hotel bars to visit in “the city that never sleeps” is Whiskey Blue at the W New York Hotel. Located in midtown, Whisky Blue is known for hosting an after work crowd eager to kick off their shoes and wind down. Its moody atmosphere is enhanced by elegant dark brown tufted banquette seating (because who doesn’t love a banquette?), backlit bar shelves and an expensive cocktail selection that appeals to a luxury clientele.
The Punch Room in Charlotte
Moving from a large city like New York to a much smaller one like Charlotte means that it is virtually impossible to impress me. While I love Charlotte and all it has to offer, it pales in comparison to New York City when it comes to venues, especially nightlife venues. Fortunately, one visit to the 15th floor of the Ritz Carlton hotel in Charlotte is enough to impress anyone.
The Punch Room is a quaint and glamorous bar that sits high above the city. Wingback chairs, Chesterfield sofas, herringbone wood floors and classy dark colored furnishings set the tone for a sophisticated evening with friends or a date. The renowned mixologist, Bob Peters, delivers delicious herb infused drinks that are perfect for shaking off a bad day at the office.
Carousel hotel bar at Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter
One of my favorite cities in the world is New Orleans. While visiting this tourist hotspot, I had the privilege of going to the Carousel hotel bar at Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. Surrounded by odes to traditional design like wainscoting, crown molding and gold leafing, this bar is as unique as it gets. At the center is a fun, ornate and colorful merry go round that seats 25 patrons and actually revolves. Open to the public, the Carousel bar and lounge has been impressing guests for over 65 years.
Whether you are a local popping in for a favorite cocktail or a hotel guest enjoying your stay, hotel bars add to the luxury experience of a 5 star hotel. Will the demand for hospitality nightlife continue to surge? We will just have to wait and see.
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