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Ever heard of New York Coffee Fest? Well, it's coming up on Friday March 8, and to celebrate the hoards of baristas, latte artists and bean roasters that will be pouring into Manhattan, we thought we'd take a minute to round up the city's best spots for hotel coffee. Even if you don't consider yourself a coffee nerd, after sampling these places, you'll soon be saying, 'Starbucks who?'
One recent Yelp reviewer called her mocha latte at Birch Coffee "just perfect," and we think that applies to pretty much the whole place. Located inside the Gershwin Hotel, Birch is essentially a neighborhood coffeeshop that's developed a cult following through its commitment to buying coffee from sustainable farms—and then turning that coffee into beautiful (and delicious) lattes, cappuccinos and the like.
We're also fans because of the friendly servers, reliable WiFi, and the fact that we always manage to find a seat in the tranquil, hidden upstairs library.
Two more of the city's top hotel coffeeshops after the jump!
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Where can you find good Italian food in St. Louis? Well, probably lots of places. But what about authentic hand-made Italian doughnuts—known as bomboloni—fresh out of the fryer?
That's what Fabrizio Schenardi, Executive Chef at Four Seasons St. Louis, is working on at the hotel's new eighth-floor doughnut bar, which will also be serving muffins, croissants, fresh-baked breads, juice and Lavazza espresso. And the best part? It opens tomorrow!
Guests dining at the Knave Cafe at the Le Parker Meridien this morning were given quite a show when liquid concrete began pouring into the cafe.
Witnesses told The NY Post that the mixture was a foot deep and that it even moved chairs and tables. Apparently, a construction site next door to the hotel was pouring concrete when somehow the mixture went astray.
No one was injured and the hotel tweeted that the damage was contained in the cafe and did not spread to any other parts of the hotel. And the hotel's official statement reads pretty much the same:
...and book an appointment at the spa or play some golf!
When we checked into the Rancho Bernardo Inn outside of San Diego the other week, we thought that housekeeping had forgotten to remove a stickie note from the TV. But upon closer inspection we saw that it was a faux handwritten note encouraging us to book a tee time on the golf course. We don't play golf so we tossed it aside.
But then we found another stickie note in the bathroom, saying "Everything looks better after a trip to the spa." And we found yet one more stickie note above the mini-bar encouraging us to hit up the hotel's Cafe Granada for some coffee in the morning. Hee! What a clever technique to get us out of the rooms and explore the property (and spend some money.)
Looking for a new hangout spot on the East side of Manhattan? The Pod Hotel might be a good place to start. Ever since the hotel debuted its new cafe last month, the crowds (comprised of both hotel guests and local "drop-bys") haven't dwindled. To size up the situation, we scoped the Pod Cafe's menu, expanded outdoor seating (with film projector!), and wall-mounted touchscreen computers.
The latter, unsurprisingly, has proven most popular with the hotel's myriad young-ish, backpacking visitors. Almost constantly in use, the screens are helpful for sending emails back home and updating Facebook statuses. Since the cafe is so public, this becomes a much more social activity than you would otherwise think. And this is exactly how Managing Director David Bernstein wants it.
The US Open is just a week away and hotels are prepping for the onslaught of tennis fans. Many hotels are putting together US Open packages but wherever you stay (even if it's with a friend), you can always pick up some cute picnic baskets to take with you to the matches from The Grand Hyatt's new Market cafe at Grand Central Staion.
There are three options for the "Tennis Take-Out" packs starting with the Match Point Picnic at $20 which includes seasonal fruits, a choice of hot or cold sandwiches, mustard potato salad or southwestern bean salad, Cape Cod potato chips and either a Pepsi or Aquafina.