Published Date:  Monday, July 23, 2018

Honey Hotels

Some overnight accommodations have serious buzz: They keep bees.

In San Francisco, California, The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel keeps 10 hives on its roof with over 10,000 honeybees. Since the initiative was launched in 2015, the honey produced has been used in the hotel’s craft cocktails as well as dishes such as the compressed watermelon salad with lavender-infused honey and goat cheese, honeycake, honey-roasted maitake mushrooms served with Mary’s organic crispy-skin chicken breast, as well as drizzled or puddled onto charcuterie boards.

The hotel was one of the first in San Francisco to keep bees. The hives are arranged to mimic San Francisco’s skyline and are tended by local beekeeper Roger Garrison. Guests can visit the rooftop apiary and garden by request.