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Ridiculous Hotel Breakfasts

I love a good hotel breakfast. But what I love more is when the hotel breakfast is included in the room rate. But it's so hard to search for on the internet. Hotels, especially the nice ones, are not very clear about if their breakfast is included or not.

Anyone out there have any recommendations of hotels with super awesome breakfast spreads that are included? I'm talkin' real spreads, not this silly continental shmontinental stuff. I'm looking for hotels in Europe, Asia or the west coast in particular.


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  1. We've stayed in several hotels in California-- lots of times the hotel will include breakfast if you call up and ask.

    1. Embassy Suites usually has a hot breakfast buffet. Some of the "budget" chains have a hot make-your-own waffle option. I have visited hotels within the same chain and had different breakfast experiences. You need to call in advance if this is your primary criteria.

      1. Four Seasons Maui has a ginormous spread. I mean it must be 50 feet long, with some cooked to order stations. Also, it caters both to Westerners as well as Asians given the location.

        Some rates have breakfast included.

        1. Europe's a big place and , of course, in many of our countries a "continental" is usual (although, of course, they won't call it that, it's just breakfast).

          Most chain hotels will not generally include breakfasts but are likely to offer it as a chargeable extra. In the UK, places away from the cities are more likely to offer an inclusive breakfast - although then it would be more usual for the "continental" sort of items to be offered as a buffet and the cooked items, toast and so on served plated. Would you not be better deciding where you're intending to visit in Europe and then searching for what you need, rather than asking the vague question about what may be on on offer in 30+ countries, many with diverse cultures which can impact on their breakfast offerings?

          1. I understand what you're looking for. We haven't found a chain that consistently offers a reliably fresh but not overcooked breakfast, unless you're talking about cereal and milk. Great hotel breakfasts exist but they aren't included with rooms unless you've got a package deal that includes them, and they're not at the price point of the average traveler. The Best Western Independence Park in Philadelphia has a waffle iron that makes waffles with the liberty bell on them, and they're decent enough, but that's about the only standout we' ve found.

            Mostly it's stale, refrigerated bagels, stale, soggy Danish and weak coffee. Sometimes there are rubberry eggs. Biscuits and gravy, if that's your thing, don't fare much better. I'd rather have an Egg McMuffin and pay for it. (Or a White Castle breakfast sandwich, in which the egg is cooked when you order it!)

            1. Jagdschloss Niederwald Hotel in Rudesheim on the Rhine River has a very impressive breakfast buffet. However, in Germany, extensive breakfast buffets are usually included in the price of the room. They are a good deal, by (expensive) European standards. You are not usually going to get a spread like this without paying a fortune outside the hotel.

              On the other hand, I found the standard German menu of potatoes, sausages, cheese, fish, eggs, and bread/rolls to be a bit heavy for eight o'clock in the morning, especially about a week into the trip. You hate not to take advantage of something that is included in the price of the room rental (which is pretty darn high in Germany) and is not allowed to be removed from the room rental charge. However, it gets old in a hurry.

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              1. re: gfr1111

                When we traveled in mainland China, most hotels (no matter what the price range) included breakfast of some sort. Hotels that catered to business folk or foreigners usually had more elaborate spreads. We found the same was true in Bangkok. Mid-range hotels in India often offered breakfast in the rate, as did many of the hotels in Turkey and Iceland. I did not find this to be common at all in central America or Peru. In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, I stayed in a 2-star small hotel that had an attached restaurant. Continental breakfast (toast and tea or coffee) was included, but any upgrades were extra. In Europe it varies, but certainly in budget places you must fend for yourself.

                1. re: 1sweetpea

                  In PDC, more hotels offer good breakfast service. Were you at Mosquito Blue, maybe?

              2. On the West coast, if you are a Marriott Rewards Club member, you get a fabulous dining room buffet breakfast any day of the week for free.

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                1. re: sedimental

                  Ditto for the Doubletree family of hotels.

                2. As a general rule, Bed & Breakfast inns have wonderful, homemade breakfasts.

                  1. Hyatt Cleveland had order off the menu free breakfast included along with tickets for the rock n roll hall of fame. Two people, two nights, two breakfasts and two tickets $400. Yes it was cleveland but fun. The Homewood suites and Hampton Inns serve breakfast. Not outstanding but worked.

                    1. The Hotel Zach in Innsbruck, Austria is a sweet little family-run place that is owned by the same people who own the deli/butcher shop next door. Consequently, the buffet breakfast includes all kinds of meats including cold sliced roast beef. Also, apple strudel as well as Danish pastry. It's still a Continental breakfast, but in flashing neon lights.

                      1. Love hotel breakfast. Even the same chain can vary in quality. Unless you have specific cities and hotel, one rule of thumb is that hotels in the south serve better breakfasts buffets.

                        1. All I've got to say is that hotels should offer the included breakfasts until 11am. If I'm on vacation there's no way I'm in the lobby before 9.

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                          1. re: mojoeater

                            Heh, same here. That's because they're mainly for the business travelers that pay the higher rates than what tourists usually pay, and are usually more loyal/obliged by company or location to stay at that particular hotel than a tourist is. Same with the frequent flier clubs and other loyalty programs.

                            Most Hiltons also have the full buffet-type breakfast spread early in the mornings.

                          2. The Comfort Suite I stayed in in RI this summer had a "decent" breakfast but nothing like a real buffet or sit down and order breakfast kind of place. It had scrambled eggs, bacon, cold cereals and juice and you could make your own waffle and toast bread and bagels and english muffins..

                            But really, if it wasn't included in the price and if I wasn't so cheap, I'd much rather have got to a nice breakfast place.