Once last resorts, hotel restaurants are making a comeback

Long a punch line, the hotel restaurant is back, transforming from last resort to destination dining. Luxury hotels in particular are adding high-concept, high-quality restaurants under noteworthy chefs in response to guest expectations, new competition, and the need to diversify their revenues beyond guest rooms.

“These are experiential brands,” Kowalski said, gesturing around his hotel, which is one of only 10 that Pendry runs. “If you stand here in the lobby and look at