I currently work at 2 privately owned inns and previously worked at another. Here’s what they do for breakfast:
#1: about $150 a night right now. Static menu that changes every other day, no cooked to order, cereals, muffins, Danish, cinnamon rolls, bagels, egg patties, sausage, Englsh muffins, juice, milk, waffles, pancakes, and a few more I’m probably forgetting.
#2: Up to over $300 per night. Varied menu depending on who went to buy the breakfast stuff. No cooked to order, but do-it-yourself waffles every day, name-brand breakfast pastries, cereal, bagels, muffins, English muffins, oj, milk, etc.
#3: Starting at $450 per night. After the early morning offering (5:30 for early risers, prepared from scratch by 2 pro pastry chefs) a full, off-the-menu breakfast prepared by one of the top chef staffs in the country
And now, my favorite continental breakfast story ever. A friend and I were going to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire many years ago (never got there, by the way–mudslide). We stayed at an inexpensive place in southern Maine the night before, one that offered a continental breakfast in the lobby. We get up and head for breakfast–which (I swear) turned out to be a toaster and a loaf of store-brand bread.