Travel TrendsHotels are turning suites into private pop-up restaurants to revive a sleepy dining scene.

Want a nice dinner out? Check into your hotel room

The Athenee Hotel is now serving Dine-cations packages, inclusive of a private butler, in the privacy of a suite.
The Athenee Hotel is now serving Dine-cations packages, inclusive of a private butler, in the privacy of a suite.

Hotels are discovering a new place to feed customers: rooms that stay unused during the pandemic.

Amid recurrent Covid waves, hotels from Bangkok to Taipei are turning rooms and suites into private dining rooms for staycationers, working professionals and small groups.

The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok's general manager Choo Leng Goh saw an opportunity to create private in-room gourmet packages as many people miss the experience of dining out during tightened restrictions.

"Many hotels turned to the traditional staycation packages, but from speaking to our guests, we understood that food became so important to many people, from new skills cooking to trying new flavours. We all like to be social and long for personal interactions and conversations over dinner, so we created Dine-cation last year at the peak of the restrictions."

Available all day from 11:30am to 9:00pm, The Athenee Hotel's Dine-cation Package allows hotel guests to order the full a la carte selection of food and beverages from any of its four restaurants. A private butler stays at hand to serve the meals.

According to Goh, the demand for the hotels' Dine-cation Package is so high that more rooms have been converted into private dining spaces.

These are not the only new initiatives The Athenee Hotel is serving. It has also paired up the use of Executive Office Suites in addition to private dining rooms for guests. For long-stay guests, there's also the new Residents Kitchen, allowing long-stay guests the option to cook, making the hotel a true home away from home.

Elsewhere in the region, Regent Taipei has also launched a new Gourmet Foodie Workation, which allows executives to enjoy a 12-hour workation over urban city views at the Superior Room.

When work is done, room service delivery will send up a tender 16-ounce Thick Cut US Rib Eye Roast Beef & Lobster Set Menu for two pax to enjoy the gourmet feast in the room.

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