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July 10, 2009

According to market analysts Allegra Strategies, hotel dining is dead. A report on the Big Hospitality site has Allegra’s MD Jeffrey Young saying that too many hotel dining rooms are ‘sterile’ and that many hotels have ‘dropped their game’.

It’s an interesting idea but recent experience suggests that a lot of hoteliers around these parts must have missed that particular meeting. In the last year or so, there has been a number of hotels which have opened with go-ahead restaurants that are anything but sterile.

The Rutland, Hotel Du Vin and La Cucina at Hotel Missoni all spring to mind while more established operations include Michael Caine at Abode, the Brasserie at Menzies and Malmaison. A quick visit to any of them should convince Mr Young that reports of the death of hotel dining have been greatly exaggerated.