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They may be convenient, but overall, it’s rare that hotel dining rooms qualify as destination-worthy affairs. There are, however, exceptions. These crave-worthy culinary spots from around the globe are among the crèmede la crème.

At the Trump International Hotel in New York City, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s eponymous Jean Georges serves as a creative counterpart to his sister spots, one where you can revel in the likes of a soft-poached, caviar-topped egg.

If you’re in Nice and feeling flush, swing by the luxurious Hotel Le Meurice for a posh, seasonally inspired meal at Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel Le Meurice. Its dramatic dining room serves as an opulent gilded and marble-laden backdrop for Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s culinary masterpieces, including a John Dory fish served atop a puree of turnip tops.

When in Chicago — especially if the weather is warm — head to Hotel Lincoln’s J. Parker, which offers stunning Lake Michigan views from the comfort of a rooftop patio. Pickled-centric, locally driven fare from lauded chef Paul Virant rules the menu.

Harkening back to the supper club era, the Blue Room at New OrleansRoosevelt Hotel is mighty hard to beat. Having hosted luminaries from Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, the restaurant continues to host live performances and events. For something more contemporary, though, there’s neighboring Domenica, a smart spot for pizza topped with Gorgonzola, Chilton County apples, speck and pecans.

But if all-out extravagance is what you seek, a trip to Cip’s Club on Venice’s Giudecca Island is a must. Just board the private speedboat to the Cipriani Hotel for gracious waterside views and an expertly prepared plate of chile-flecked spaghetti with clams and green and white asparagus.

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Jennifer Olvera

Jennifer Olvera

Jennifer Olvera is a culinary travel writer, recipe developer and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago. Find her on Twitter at @olverajennifer.
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