8 Hotels for Coffee Lovers

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8 Hotels for Coffee Lovers
Hotel coffee is traditionally . . . not great. Those papery filter bags that we’re supposed to stuff into in-room coffeemakers rarely produce a satisfying cuppa, which, for weary travelers, forecasts a long, hard day ahead. But there are a few stays out there that view java as more than just a dose of morning caffeine; they view it as an art form, meant to be experienced from the ground(s) up. From antioxidant-rich facials to bean-to-cup plantation tours, these eight hotels around the world are destinations to add to any coffee lover’s list.
By Alina Polishuk, AFAR Contributor
Courtesy of the Fairmont Orchid
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    1. Fairmont Orchid

    Just an hour from the famed source of Kona coffee, the Fairmont Orchid uses the island’s offerings in more ways than one. Kona is the natural brew of choice for most of the hotel’s cafés and restaurants, but it also makes an appearance at the Spa Without Walls. Coffee doesn’t just wake up the mind, after all— the caffeine and antioxidants in coffee grounds supposedly fight signs of aging, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and promote overall circulation. Guests can select a Kona coffee–based exfoliation during a number of manicures, pedicures, and full-body treatments.
    Courtesy of the Fairmont Orchid
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    2. Ace Hotel
    New Orleans

    As the designated cool kid of the hospitality industry, it comes as no surprise that the Ace Hotel has a coffee program to match its reputation. Stumptown (arguably the cool kid of the coffee industry) has in-house cafés at both the Ace Portland and New York, but it’s the Ace New Orleans location that truly takes the cake. To pay homage to the city’s iced coffee culture, Stumptown developed a menu and a theme that centers around the company’s signature Cold Brew. From the nitro-dispensing brass taps behind the counter to the custom gold-embossed glasses, the café is a paradise for caffeine aficionados, guests of the Ace or not.
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    3. The Tremont House

    At the Tremont House, a Wyndham Grand Hotel in Galveston, Texas, you could order some sugary, energy-drink based cocktail to get your night started. Or you could head to the Toujouse bar for Brew Parlor. Chef Stephanie Izard (of Girl and the Goat fame), and mixologist Ivy Mix teamed up with Wyndham to develop a signature cold brew–centric menu served from 4-6 p.m. every day. Those who are just in search of caffeine have plenty of options—from a cocoa-and-chili-infused café olé to a five-spice iced coffee—as do those who are looking for something a little stronger. The Initial Ascent, for example, involves a dizzying combination of cold brew, bourbon, creme de cacao, and lambic framboise.
    Courtesy of The Tremont House, a Wyndham Grand Hotel
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    4. Finca Rosa Blanca
    Costa Rica

    At the Finca Rosa Blanca near San Jose, coffee is an immersive experience. The hotel is situated on 30 acres of an organic coffee bean plantation, so the opportunities to learn about the stuff from start to finish are abundant. On daily tours, guests hike through the grounds with local experts who explain the roasting, picking, and brewing process. For those less inclined to hike, the hotel spa offers a Pura Vida Coffee Detox treatment, which involves a lymphatic draining massage and a full-body mask of coffee, almond milk, and chocolate.
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    5. Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne

    Although Miami locals know that Panther reigns supreme as everyone’s favorite specialty coffee, visitors to the city might not. That’s why the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne established a Panther Coffee Shop as a focal point in its Key Pantry, an open market café where guests can shop for snacks and souvenirs. Small batches of Panther beans are roasted on the premises with a specialized technique known as “cupping,” which gives each cup a naturally sweeter taste.
    Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
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    6. Andaz Papagayo
    Costa Rica

    Taking a class isn’t the first activity that comes to mind when there’s a beach to lie on or a pool to dive into, but the Barista Class at the Andaz Papagayo is not one to miss. Taught by an expert barista, students learn how to brew coffee six different ways: by Chemex, Hario, Aeropress, french press, a traditional Costa Rican chorreador, and in Italian espresso style.
    Photo by Jessica Wright of Bon Traveler
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    7. Intercontinental

    In a city famously fueled by flat whites, the InterContinental Melbourne Rialto offers a unique twist on high tea: High Coffee. The bites remain relatively traditional (three-tiered pastry plate and dessert buffet included), but the drinks are anything but. To begin the afternoon of indulgence, bartenders greet each guest with an espresso-infused martini, and arabica coffee takes the place of tea.
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    8. Arusha Coffee Lodge

    While most travelers are headed to Tanzania for its renowned safari adventures, the Arusha Coffee Lodge at the base of Mount Meru offers coffee as its main attraction. The ultra-lush property gives guests the chance to tour its vast plantation (from Bean to Cup, as they call it) or simply enjoy the view from one of its 30 cottages.
    Courtesy of Arusha Coffee Lodge
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