Planning a gluten-free vacation can seem like an impossible feat—whether it’s a couples getaway or a family vacation. The good news is there are hotels that put the time in to truly cater to the needs of the gluten-free community.
Below are three to look for when choosing a gluten-free hotel.
1. Does The Hotel Promote Their Gluten-Free Options?
A sign that a hotel is truly in with the times is whether or not they’re promoting their gluten-free options. You see, to promote the fact that they offer gluten free means that they’re in it. Promoting gluten-free on a hotel website or TripAdvisor puts the hotel into the conversation—and opens the door for others to comment on the hotel’s commitment to gluten free.
Speaking of other people’s comments, READ THEM. If you’re on TripAdvisor and see a review left regarding ill-equipped servers and the gluten-free menu, that’s a red flag. However, if you end up finding a gluten-free blogger’s glowing review of their time at the hotel, you’re golden!
2. Is The Hotel Menu Online? How Many Gluten-Free Options Are There?
So you’ve found a hotel that promotes the fact that they offer gluten-free options—next step is to dig a little deeper. Some hotels post their menus online with those handy dandy GF symbols next to certain items. If you do find a menu online and it doesn’t have GF symbols, don’t be shy—contact the hotel for more information! Send an email, call guest services, send a Facebook message!
There is an important thing to remember. Certain hotels change their menus often due to the freshness they serve. And by freshness I mean they literally catch the food from the sea and grow it in the garden (Arenas del Mar, for example). If the hotel website presents information such as this, contact the hotel to learn which menus they typically serve during the time you plan to travel.
3. Is The Hotel’s Kitchen Trained?
This one is a bit more difficult to find online, but it’s equally important to find. For example, Arenas del Mar’s website states that they’ve become “experts in gluten free cuisine,” but it doesn’t state how. If you read previous posts on my blog, you’ll learn that they’ve been trained by Beyond Celiac’s GREAT Kitchens program. This is a fine example of how blogs and travel sites can have information that is vital to planning a trip, so don’t rely on only the hotel website. Past guests want to help you—let them.
Booking Your Reservation
You’ve done the research and have booked your stay, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to learn about what the hotel has to offer. Head to social media and follow the hotel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—Snapchat, if they’re on it! The more you can get to know a hotel before staying there, the more prepared you’ll be when it comes to dining AND other activities (like the Spa options!).
Hotels are starting to do a great job at telling their stories to their guests. It’s almost as if you can begin to picture yourself on the other side of the Instagram photo or Facebook post. And lets not forget, the more you know about your future stay, the better you can prepare (a.k.a. knowing which clothes to pack, how many pairs of shoes you should really bring and what the backgrounds of your future selfies will look like!).