When you travel, do you find it difficult to get a decent cup of coffee at the hotel you are staying at? Most hotels have in-room coffee makers that have been around since the 1980’s, or typical chain coffee shops in the lobby, offering dirty dishwater they call coffee. When you travel, you don’t think often think of gourmet coffee at your hotel…unless you visit the new coffee bar, Stir Coffee Bar at Four Seasons Westlake Village! On our recent visit to Four Seasons Westlake Village, we discovered how Stir Coffee Bar is not your typical hotel lobby coffee shop.
Not Your Typical Lobby Coffee Shop
Stir Coffee Bar is located just off the lobby of the Four Seasons Westlake Village, but the comparison to other lobby coffee shops ends here. Stir has a fun modern look, with marble counters and shiny silver shelving, inviting guests to grab a cup of coffee and sit for awhile. The chalkboard signs and bright lighting add a warmth to the ambiance. Colorful pastries fill the glass cases and jars, and silver coffee tampers are lined like soldiers, ready for the next helping of fresh-ground coffee.
The Coffee…Oh The Coffee!
Stir features famous Portland beanery Stumptown Coffee Roasters, it’s fragrant smell of gourmet coffee enticing coffee connoisseurs to the counter. I don’t want to over-dramatize, but the coffee at Stir Coffee Bar is, hands-down, the best coffee I have ever had. Ever. The coffee beans were roasted to delicate perfection, yielding a rich nutty-caramel flavor, finished with a creamy smoothness. It was heaven in a cup!
As delightful as the coffee is, Stir Coffee Bar is more than a coffee shop. Gourmet menu selections include fresh squeezed juices, house-made breakfast wraps, lunch sandwiches and paninis, salads, fresh fruit, pastries, snacks, and even gelato. You should see the size of the macarons!
One important thing to note. You know that old phrase “good things come to those who wait.” Stir is a busy place, often with a line that wraps around the room, and the baristas take their craft very seriously, so if you are looking for a quick cup to-go, look elsewhere. Each coffee is fresh brewed, each sandwich hand made, and specialty beverages (such as cappuccinos) take more time. It took about 20 minutes for my family of four to grab coffee and a breakfast sandwich, but one sip of that ambrosia was worth the wait.
Stir Coffee Bar is open Sunday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.