Hotels Go Gluten-Free

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 | click here to comment

If you like to travel, you know how hard it can be to find gluten-free food when you're out of your element in a new city or country. The best news I've heard in a long time is that some hotels are now diversifying their offerings to now include gluten-free and dairy-free options on menus and in minibars. 

I kind of worry about what the cost of a gluten-free item might be in a hotel minibar considering that the last time I was at a hotel, I think a bottle of SmartWater was somewhere close to $5 if not more and given that the base cost of most gluten-free items starts around $5, you can only imagine what the markup will be. 

Still, it is a big leap forward and I'm sure the prevalance of gluten-free offerings will only continue to grow as time goes on and major corporations realize the value in selling to the gluten-free consumer.

Want to know which hotels are now offering gluten-free products/menus? Check out the list below from USA Today.

  • Kimpton's Hotel Palomar San Francisco this month began offering gluten-free items, such as Glutino pretzel twists, in its minibars. Kimpton's Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore., also has gluten-free items in its minibar.
  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts last year created a Lifestyle Cuisine Plus Menu for guests with diabetes, heart disease, gluten allergies and unique dietary preferences such as macrobiotic diets. This month, the company introduced a new children's menu with lower-calorie versions of favorites such as chicken fingers and kid-size portions of the Lifestyle menu.
  • In September, Omni Hotels & Resorts introduced a gluten-free breakfast buffet section at all its properties after a survey of more than 200 business travelers found that 10% wanted dairy-free or gluten-free choices. 

What gluten-free products or menu items would you love to have hotels offer?

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