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Top 10 Brunch Hotels 2004


Need a reason to sneak away for the weekend? We have a great one. Sunday brunch. What better way to unwind than with a night in a luxury hotel, followed by a lavish, all-inclusive mid-morning meal. Here are some of our favorite places to while away a leisurely Sunday morning.

BOSTON, MA
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LANGHAM HOTEL BOSTON: Café Fleuri


If there was a competition for gourmet Sunday brunches, Café Fleuri at the Langham Hotel Boston would surely be in the running. Dishes range from brown-sugar- and mustard-glazed country ham to Atlantic seafood bouillabaisse. Among the eight buffet stations there’s even a kid’s buffet with chicken fingers and mac and cheese. A jazz trio adds to the already festive mood.




CORAL GABLES, FL

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THE BILTMORE HOTEL: 1200 Restaurant & Courtyard

The 1920s brought European elegance and style to Miami’s tropical, joie de vivre style. The 1200 Restaurant & Courtyard at The Biltmore Hotel is a nostalgic walk down memory lane with its lovely French doors, al fresco indoor courtyard and abundance of potted palms. It’s an idyllic setting for Sunday Champagne Brunch, where nine food stations include crêpes, fresh seafood and dessert. The open-air show kitchen is a treat.


DALLAS
, TX
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FOUR SEASONS RESORT & CLUB, DALLAS AT LAS COLINAS:
Café on the Green


When it comes to atmospheric settings for languorous Sunday brunches, Four Seasons hotels are a no-brainer of a choice. The decor is always elegant, the food is always lavish, and there are inevitably fresh flowers everywhere. Café on the Green at the Four Seasons Resort & Club, Dallas at Las Colinas is no exception. Outstanding seafood (crab, shrimp and sushi) and carved Prime Rib take their place with breakfast favorites such as crêpes, omelets and the like. As for the surroundings: the hotel is tucked into the rolling Texas hills.


DENVER, CO

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THE BROWN PALACE:
Ellyngton’s

The Brown Palace Hotel’s Ellyngton’s restaurant takes the Champagne Sunday brunch to a whole new level. They call it the Dom Perignon Sunday Brunch, but in fact you have your choice: Domaine Chandon, Moët et Chandon and Dom Perignon, depending on your wallet capacity. All the favorites are offered (eggs benedict, waffles and the like), as well as selections from the carver and treats from the hotel’s own bakery. The setting is formal and clubby, befitting this landmark property.


HONOLULU
, HI
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THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT: Hoku’s

Come to the islands and brunch in style—there is no finer setting than the The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s Hoku’s, with its open kitchen, multi-level dining room and views of the Pacific from every table. Enjoy a buffet that may include dim sum, a king crab omelet, a Sunday roast and, of course, Champagne, (as well as regional ingredients such as macadamia nuts) and then take a stroll along the beach, or visit the lagoon to watch frolicking dolphins.


NEW ORLEANS, LA

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ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL NEW ORLEANS: Begué’s

Around the country, Sunday jazz brunches are all the rage. But nowhere does this theme seem more fitting than in New Orleans, home of great food and excellent, homegrown music. At Begué’s in the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, said to be one of the most photographed hotels in the city, forget about your typical omelet station—French/Creole flavors reign here. The setting is notable, with its pretty courtyard backdrop.



NEW YORK
, NY
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RIHGA ROYAL, A JW MARRIOTT HOTEL: Halcyon


In a city like New York, sometimes it’s hard to escape the maddening crowds and enjoy a quiet, laid-back Sunday morning. This is where the Rihga Royal comes in. It is home to Halcyon restaurant, an oasis of potted palms sheltered by a lovely, arched glass, atrium roof. Brunch here follows the seasons and includes executive chef selections such as carved meats, fresh seafood and international cheeses.



SANTA BARBARA, CA

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT SANTA BARBARA:
The Patio

Even though Santa Barbara is a two-hour drive north of L.A., The Patio at the Four Seasons Resort is a perfect Sunday brunch spot for Angelenos. The last time we lingered in this relaxing, casual California setting, brunching on selections from the Seafood, Tapas, Wild Mushroom and Asian stations, Jeff Bridges and his family were enjoying a leisurely meal at the next table. Stargazing and sea views without traffic and smog: divine!


SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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THE RITZ-CARLTON SAN FRANCISCO: The Terrace

Villeroy & Boch china, Frette linens, fountains and fresh Bay air set the stage for the superlative Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The outdoor courtyard setting is to die for (this is said to be the city’s only hotel al fresco brunch), and the food is equally divine. There’s a caviar station, freshly prepared blinis, a sushi bar, rack of lamb, mouth-watering desserts and more.


SCOTTSDALE, AZ

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THE PHOENICIAN: The Terrace Dining Room

The name of this hotel restaurant says it all—if you’re looking for an al fresco setting in this city that begs you to dine outdoors, this is the place. The Phoenician’s The Terrace Dining Room overlooks a croquet lawn, flowering gardens and swimming pools. Better yet is the live entertainment and free pours of Mumm Cuvée Napa. The entrées change weekly, but you can count on salads, pasta, sushi, carvings, omelets and desserts.


Current Top 10 Brunch Hotels in the U.S.

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