The History (and Future) of In-Room Dining

[fa icon="calendar"] 7/15/20 2:00 PM / by BauscherHepp


In-Room dining is a popular option with high-end hotels, and may present new opportunities in a post-Covid era.

In-Room Dining, also known as Room Service, has existed in some way or another for a few centuries now, but its first official record is from the 1931 reopening of The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. The Waldorf was already famous for its glamorous and luxurious style. When it was relocated to its present location in Midtown Manhattan this reputation only grew with the addition of modern innovations such as full electric wiring, a telephone in every room, restaurant reservations, and of course room service. This premiere service allowed guests to enjoy meals in the comfort of their own rooms.

Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1931

Since then, in-room dining has become a fixture of high-end hotels around the world. For guests, it represents luxury and saves time. For the hotel, it means an additional revenue generator. In a post-Covid era, In-Room dining provides another opportunity. Guests wary of eating in a crowded dining room may feel more at ease eating in the comfort of their own room.  

This alternative does present a few questions. How can you make sure food stays warm on a journey up from the kitchen to the highest floor? How do you protect the meal from airborne germs? Luckily, we have some answers to these questions. Our new In-Room Dining Guide pairs the best quality German-made porcelain with matching lids that can help retain heat and ensure nothing harmful comes in contact with the food. Since its inception, in-room dining has remained largely unchanged, until now. If you’re looking to improve or expand in-room dining for your own business, you may want to start with our new In-Room Dining Guide by clicking the cover below!

In Room Guide

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