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Have You Seen This Restaurant? 5 Hidden Hotel Dining Experiences

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Photo courtesy of Visit Lex, The Safe At 21c Museum Hotel Lexington

We’re rounded up unique “hidden” hotel dining experiences that you may not know about.

From a secret chocolate room and a dining room in a former bank vault to an intimate six-seat Japanese restaurant, explore unique and delicious hidden hotel dining experiences.

SECRET CHOCOLATE ROOM AT CLUB MED MICHÈS PLAYA ESMERALDA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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Club Med Michés Playa Esmeralda is an environmentally friendly all-inclusive resort that offers family fun for children of all ages from arts and crafts to watersports. Kids and adults alike will love the secret chocolate room featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally sourced cocoa, including three chocolate fountains, cake and ice cream. Throughout dinner at the resort’s family-friendly restaurant Cacao & Co., children receive clues to crack the code needed to enter the hidden room. Once they find the room’s secret location after dinner and type in the code, magical doors will open to sounds, lights and sweets galore. Adults can also get in on the fun.

NOH AT HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH, SCOTTSDALE, AZ

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The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch offers a sand beach, relaxing spa and several restaurants including Noh. Named for a form of Japanese theater, the restaurant has an intimate six-seat counter where guests can enjoy a private omakase-style dining experience. Chefs prepare fresh contemporary Japanese cuisine with flair, including poke, seaweed salad, and various sushi and sashimi selections.  

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TACO ALLEY AT THE  AMWAY GRAND PLAZA, GRAND RAPIDS, MI 

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Taco Alley at the historic Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Michigan is tucked away in Woodrow’s Duckpin bowling alley on the historic hotel’s first floor. Taco Alley is a casual food window serving a selection of Mexican fare for diners to bring to the bowling lanes or take to go while exploring the city. Menu items include queso, guacamole, quesadilla, and a variety of tacos from carne asada to black bean.    

THE SAFE AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL LEXINGTON, LEXINGTON, KY 

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Photo courtesy of Visit Lex

The 21C Museum Hotel Lexington is an 88-room hotel, contemporary art museum, restaurant and cultural center all in one. Woven into the fabric of downtown Lexington, 21C transformed the historic First National Bank Building built in 1913 into a luxury boutique hotel in 2016. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the signature Lockbox restaurant provides an intimate setting for private dining for groups up to 12 in the original bank vault, The Safe, with regional fare and a wide selection of craft cocktails, beer, wine and spirits including bourbon, of course. 

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HIDDEN WINE CELLAR AT THE DEER PATH INN, LAKE FOREST, IL

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Photo courtesy of Deer Path Inn

Deer Path Inn, a luxurious English-inspired boutique hotel, offers guests an intimate dining experience in its wine cellar. An ideal setting for small, private gatherings and exclusive wine and bourbon tastings, the room is only available upon request and typically books out months in advance.  

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