The latest trend in hotels? Bees on the roof

Beehives atop the Waldorf Astoria
Beehives atop the Waldorf Astoria

Hipsters aren’t the only rooftop beekeepers in town anymore! Luxury hotels around the world, including New York’s very own Waldorf Astoria, are buzzing with the sounds of honey makers. St. Ermin’s hotel in London, the W in Taipei, Taiwan, the Fairmont Waterfront hotel in Vancouver and the Mandarin Oriental in Paris also feature rooftop honey combs.

At the Waldorf, they use the honey for cocktails and to sweeten other dishes for the restaurant; at St. Ermin’s hotel, bees have access to all the beautiful parks in the city and they do double-duty since apparently “it has also been proved that keeping bees can help staff morale,” (not sure who’s doing that study), and so “St. Ermin’s’ staff will be even more friendly and welcoming, than they were before.”

Really, though, we think it’s all just a plot by fancy hotels to get some of that money Obama freed up last year to save the bees (which is totally fine with us). Next thing you know, they’ll be plastered on the side of the Empire State Building.