Honey bees are permanent guests of the Waldorf Astoria
The historic Manhattan property, known as the inn of choice for heads of state, has installed six beehives in a rooftop space on the 20th floor that also serves as a chef’s garden.
The Waldorf Astoria’s director of culinary operations, David Garcelon, spearheaded the initiative and has incorporated the honey produced by his bees into dishes served at the hotel’s restaurants.
The Waldorf is only one of a long string of hotels taking in bees. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, for instance, has more than a dozen properties with beehives on-site.
Hotels are increasingly adding locally sourced food to their menus, and beekeeping allows them to produce organic honey for food and cocktails. The hotels also say they are helping to save the species.