Beautiful Beehives Of The Day – Waldorf Astoria

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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.

15 thoughts on “Beautiful Beehives Of The Day – Waldorf Astoria

  1. Emily Heath says:

    “The hotels also say they are helping to save the species.”

    This doesn’t make any sense – honey bees as a species are not endangered. It’s the solitary and bumble bee species that are threatened. The hives are very pretty but look at all that wasted concrete space that they could have filled with flowers. The bees will use up a lot of energy flying down to find forage and then all the way up again. If these businesses really wanted to help bees, they should be sponsoring flower planting (sorry for the rant!).

  2. Reblogged this on The Garden Diaries and commented:
    I love this series of how different beehives are customized to fit the place. Fortnum and Mason’s were also unique!

  3. Sundry says:

    Love this post. And great response, Emily. Let’s write to them and encourage rooftop food flowers.

  4. Sundry says:

    Waldorf Astoria 301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022
    Snail mail still counts. Maybe more than ever.

  5. My letter will be in the mail! 🙂

  6. cindy knoke says:

    We satyed here in May 2012! Wonderful place and the beehives are fantastic!

  7. The bees are feeding them. What are they giving to the bees for food? No flowers or trees up there. ???? You already know my thoughts on this.

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