Top Hotels for Wine Lovers

Top Hotels for Wine Lovers
Hotel Mazarin

Today’s wine lovers want more than a well-stocked minibar when they travel—and high-end hotels across the country are taking the hint. Whether they offer a wine bar or 24/7 wine service, these five hot hotels prove that oenophiles don’t have to make a trip to wine country to taste excellent wines.

Stay: Hotel Mazarin, New Orleans

Sip: Patrick’s Bar Vin

Located in the heart of New Orleans, this boutique luxury hotel offers 102 elegant guest rooms, but the centerpiece is Patrick’s Bar Vin. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the hot spot is hosted by the vivacious, Belgian-born Patrick Van Hoorebeek—who’s also the King of the Krewe of Cork, the city’s beloved wine-themed Mardi Gras organization. The intimate space offers more than 24 wines by the glass and an extensive list of global selections, as well as creative cocktails and beer. Wine specials include “Patrick’s Best Kept Secret”: a $5 glass offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Stay: Hotel Iroquois, New York City

Sip: Triomphe and Lantern’s Keep

Situated just a stone’s throw from Bryant Park, these two bars have unique wine selections that beckon oenophiles out of their luxury rooms—though guests can stay in and select from the 24/7 room service list. At Triomphe’s 7-seat bar, a streamlined wine list of 55 bottles focuses on American and French producers—and for those looking for some local flair, pick a pour from the North Fork of Long Island. Lantern’s Keep, which serves up stellar craft cocktails under the direction of Rene Hidalgo (formerly of Gramercy Tavern), offers a small but spectacular wine selection that tempts adventurous drinkers, including lesser-known sips from Austria and Argentina.

Stay: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Sip: D.O.C.G.

Named after the Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita wine destination, this high-quality Italian wine-focused bar in Las Vegas is perched on the third floor of the sleek Cosmopolitan hotel. More than 500 Italian bottlings from various regions are available, and more than 20 selections can be ordered by the glass, quartino or mezzo. Celebrity chef Scott Conant (of Food Network’s Chopped fame) lends his name to the project, so expect tasty, fresh ingredient-focused Italian fare, like pizza, pasta, pastries, artisanal cheese and chocolate, to match the pours.

Stay: Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe, California

Sip: The Pony Room

Serving up some of the first sparkling wine on draft in California—and now offering a seasonal selection of red, white and sparkling wines on tap—the chic Pony Room supplies an indoor-outdoor setting for wine lovers at this elegant California resort. Along with eight wines available via Enomatic machine, the hotel’s extensive list boasts 11 wines by the glass and more than 450 bottles, highlighting microproducers from California, France, Italy and Spain, along with unusual selections from Canada, Mexico, Tasmania and Turkey. For a more intimate experience, Sommelier Justin Wilson leads guests though tastings in the private Wine Room, which shows off a selection of rare oversized bottles, like a Melchior (18-liter) of Silver Oak Winery’s 1994 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Stay: The Surrey, New York City

Sip: Café Boulud and Bar Pleiades

Nestled on a tree-lined street near Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, this swanky Manhattan hotel offers high-end perks like in-room mixology lessons featuring local spirits—and guests will also adore having access to two on-premise places to sip excellent wines: Bar Pleiades and Café Boulud. Both share an extensive bottle list of some 950 selections at every price point, ranging from $35 for a dry white Bergerac to $12,000 for a bottle of Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Though imbibers can sample wines from 15 countries and a myriad of regions, Sommelier Edouard Bourgeois focuses on Burgundy. But when it comes to bubbly, he has a soft spot for Champagne (which is where he grew up).

Published on August 1, 2013