The best hotels with Michelin-starred restaurants in the US

With our dogeared Michelin Guide to lead us, we’ve combed the length and breadth of the US to pick out the very best foodie hotels the nation has to offer. From the seafood-centred treats of the West Coast to the international fusion fare of the East Coast’s cultural capital, eating in the US is always an incredible experience. In some cases, you can even get the Michelin-approved dishes delivered right to the door of your hotel suite! For those who want a next-level breakfast buffet or a celebrated gourmet dinner while remaining in the comfort of the hotel, why not book a stay at one of the top Michelin star restaurant hotels in the US below…

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The Harbor House Inn | Photo: Brendan McGuigan

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Hotel property planted on a secluded bluff overlooking California’s Mendocino coastline, a 20-minute drive from the historic village itself

1. The Harbor House Inn - Elk, California

We can’t imagine a place better to begin than the Harbor House Inn, an experiential hotel property planted on a secluded bluff overlooking California’s Mendocino coastline, a 20-minute drive from the historic village itself. The hotel’s chief restauranteur, chef Matthew Kammerer, takes an artful approach to local cuisine, laying on an eight- or twelve-course tasting menu using the freshest ingredients, such as abalone and sea vegetables, caught from the inn’s cove. Under the leadership of Kammerer, the 25-seat Harbor House restaurant certainly earns its Michelin star, but making the site all the more special is the ocean view dining room, where breath-taking Pacific landscapes complete the experience.

Matthew Kammerer | Photo: Bonjwing Lee Kammerer

The Harbor House Inn | Photo: Brendan McGuigan

2. Auberge du Soleil - Rutherford, California

Going French in Napa Valley, the adults-only Auberge du Soleil is a boutique resort centred among the rolling hills of North America’s most famous wine region. Upon 33 acres of olive groves, Auberge du Soleil’s suites come fitted with terrace hot tubs, fireplaces and exposed wood features, while shared facilities include the spa and yoga pavilion. Just one of a handful of Michelin star restaurants Napa has to offer, the Auberge du Soleil wins out for its Mediterranean-inspired menu and a 15,000-strong wine list curated by wine director Kris Margerum. Found out how to steal his job on advanced-level wine tastings and winery tours, taking a break to appreciate the property’s pool and 7,000-square-foot luxury spa.

Auberge du Soleil | Photo: Trinette + Chris

Auberge du Soleil | Photo: Trinette + Chris

3. The Jefferson - Washington, DC

Based in a 1920s building just a 10-minute walk from the White House, The Jefferson showcases its stately ambitions throughout its library, cocktail bar and upscale spa. As well as having the latest president as your neighbour, guests staying at The Jefferson can pick from a range of classic rooms all fitted with smart devices, in-mirror televisions and soaking tubs. The hotel’s Michelin-starred Plume restaurant is also a major reason to stay, to sample New American fine dining inspired by Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello. Enjoy scallop appetisers and cacao-nib ice cream to finish alongside a classic wine experience for when you’re feeling presidential. For something more casual meanwhile, The Greenhouse offers breakfast and weekend brunch while waiting for Quill piano bar and lounge to open in the evening.

4. The Inn at Little Washington - Washington, Virginia

On the outskirts of DC, the small town of Washington, Virginia, deserves to be distinguished from its bigger, outspoken neighbour. The Inn at Little Washington helps do this, 5 star Michelin chef and owner Patrick O’ Connell at the helm. Backed by the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, this Victorian inn is the perfect base for exploration in Shenandoah National Park, though the 24-acre grounds also host a farm and private hiking trails. With as many as three Michelin stars to its name and a Green Star for sustainability, the hotel’s restaurant is a high point, with O’Connell drawing on classical French influences to create an intimate dinner party to remember… if it wasn’t for the award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar, chock full of local Virginia wines.

The Harbor House Inn | Photo: Brendan McGuigan

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SingleThread goes from countryside farm to Japanese kitchen in a moment, serving up authentic kaiseki-inspired cuisine using seasonal produce from the farm down the road

5. SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn – Healdsburg, California

Book early to secure one of the five farmhouse rooms at SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn, another of California’s most fancy restaurants worth visiting, in downtown Healdsburg (Sonoma County). Keeping you guessing until dinner, SingleThread goes from countryside farm to Japanese kitchen in a moment, serving up authentic kaiseki-inspired cuisine using seasonal produce from the farm down the road. The restaurant’s three Michelin stars are awarded in no small part for inventive dishes such as smoked Ōra King salmon topped with arctic char roe and myoga ginger (in spring) and pumpkin tartare served with Dungeness crab topped with miso-makrut lime foam (in fall and winter), just two examples of the 11 courses that may be presented alongside the highest quality Sonoma wines.

Photo: SingleThread

SingleThread Inn | Photo: Kassie Borreson

6. The Langham’s Ai Fiori - New York City, New York

High up on the bucket list for foodies is a visit to New York City, specifically, today, it’s to the glamorous Langham Place Hotel on Fifth Avenue, where Michelin-star restaurant Ai Fiori cooks up a storm. A stone’s throw from the Empire State Building, this top hotel ensures five-star luxury all the way, from its understated collection of multi-million-dollar artwork to its Mediterranean Riviera-inspired cuisine served on tables overlooking the city below. Past guests include heads of state and NBA players, showing that sophistication doesn’t have to have a strict dress code.

7. Taj Campton Hotel - San Francisco, California

Keeping things camp in the gay haven of San Francisco, the Taj Campton Hotel makes luxury pampering look effortless. Just one block from Union Square, the hotel may lie amongst all the action but, within this South Asian-inspired institution, there lies an oasis of calm. The building itself is a century old, yet, inside, modern luxuries take centre stage, including an open-air fitness terrace and the two-Michelin-star Campton Place restaurant. Headed by chef Srijith Gopinathan, the restaurant melds authentic Indian flavours with American grill methodology to create something deliciously unexpected. All that, coupled with the wine cellar of a fanatic, make for a rosy-cheeked time in the Golden City. Although Taj Campton Place is temporarily closed as of early 2022, they will reopen soon!

San Francisco | Photo: Ninjason

8. Park Hyatt Washington DC

Elevating chain hotels to a whole new level, the Park Hyatt Washington DC brings everything you would expect from the Hyatt brand – exemplary hospitality, modern amenities, chic yet muted design – and then some, by way of its one-Michelin-star restaurant, the Blue Duck Tavern. A cosy spot for the community as well as travellers, the Blue Duck Tavern keeps things casual with slow-roasted American dishes, hot out of the wood-burning Molteni oven. All the food served by head chef, Troy Knapp, is sourced locally, as are many of the wines from the cellar, poured with brunch or dinner inside or out on the terrace overlooking DC’s West End.

9. The New York Edition, New York City, New York

Hidden way up in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company building, The New York Edition hotel is one for those in the know. Some 41 storeys tall with its own clocktower, the hotel’s new restaurant comes complete with 360-degree views over Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building, though primarily you’ll be wowed by chef Jason Atherton’s British influenced menu. Expect modern twists on classic dishes such as the scotch egg with walnut ketchup or the Berkshire pork chop with bubble and squeak cake, saving room for a dessert Michelin star approved – namely, the banoffee baked Alaska for two.

SingleThread Restaurant | Photo: Garrett Rowland

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