I LOVE THIS PLACE! the breakfast served at the hotel is better than most choices I’ve seen around Cambria.
Goodness no! It is Pelican Suites in Cambria, Ca. Gorgeous little place along the ocean with some stunning deals if you are clever. You can get an ocean view suite if you time it right for around 99 dollars… this includes the aforementioned breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, and dessert assortment in the evening. This place is a gem. I’ve enjoyed eggs with spinach and roasted red peppers, sausage with potatoes and onions, and crepes with asparagus and cheese. In the afternoon they offer two white wines, two reds, and sparkling cider along with an assortment of crackers, cheese, and fresh fruit. Nightly dessert includes severals kinds of cookies, bars, and cheesecake. All day in the lobby is assorted coffees, teas, and cocoa. With all that included one hardly needs to eat out.
There are a number of Free breakfast places on my way to work. I stop into one of them once a week and rotate my stops so I don’t frequent any one of them too often. Helps my budget![:I][:I][;)] (JUST KIDDING!)
I travel about 2 or 3 times a month, the only place I usually eat breakfast at is at the Embassy Suites. Although, I noticed some are much better than others.
The one in Brunswick, GA attached to the mall is by far the worst.
The two best so far I have encountered were the ones in Denver and San Antonio.
Plus they have the 5-7 ‘Managers Reception’ which basically equates to all the cocktails you can persuade the bartender to serve you.
It’s only important if it’s a luxury hotel. Our favorite hotel in Atlanta often offers a package that includes free breakfast for two (and free parking as well). That pakcage often makes the difference as to whether we’ll book there as I love eating breakfast out and that freebie makes this particular hotel much more of a bargain.
As I posted earlier, my spouse and I will usually eat together first, then load up and bring food back to the room for our family. Once there was no tray in my room to bring. I had no choice but to use my hand bag to carry whatever I couldn’t fit in my hands. I felt strange doing it, but I decided it was easier than making multiple trips!
I think it is quite obvious when someone is stealing food (think plastic baggies, backpacks, purses, and gallon thermos jugs) and when someone is taking food back to their room to eat. [:D]
I’m curious how many times people thought that we were taking "extra" food. Many times we will sleep in a little bit from being out so late and whoever is up first goes down and gets a tray of food for our family and takes it back up to the room for us to eat. Cereal, bagels, milk, juice and jellies. It is much easier to eat in the room sometimes instead of dragging everyone down and having a hard time to find a place to eat. [;)]
Milt, I probably need to recalibrate my thinking, but I’m like you. In fact, I have $100 or less as the ideal hotel price in my head, even in cities. Not always possible, but that’s what I shoot for.
We travel for pleasure only. Our practice is to drive until we get tired and then look for a motel at the next exit. We choose where to stay by looking at brand, price, and general appearances. Free breakfasts are frequently included where we stay – almost always. We eat from whatever is available and look for restaurants recommended by various posts for lunch and dinner – when possible. We have never gotten sick. We haven’t always gotten full. We haven’t always enjoyed what we have eaten. Some of the offerings are laughingly modest. Seldom are they impressive. The Hampton Inn in Rogers, Arkansas is the most impressive buffet I have encountered – but we don’t spent $150 and up for a room. A clean room with a comfortable bed is what is ultimately important to us. When breakfast is included, we partake because we have paid for it and it is quick. After we eat, we return to the room to brush out teeth – then we are back on the road.
In a city like Boston, I like the quick, fresh option of Au Bon Pain, which is usually right across the street from a hotel. I know it ain’t real Europe, but it’s as cheap as you want it to be with a lot to pick from. I guess with a hotel I’m more interested in what’s around it than what’s free in it.
BTWQ, I forgot to mention as someone else did, the folks in Europe *really* know how to do breakfast. Different fruits, breads, meats, condiments, cereals, excellent drink choices, you name it. I also noticed that European hotels were more prone to mix up the choices on a regular basis.
I would say my breakfast experiences in Europe (and I did travel widely over a long period in Europe), is that breakfast is more like a B&B in the US, but with more choices.
A number of factors need to be considered.
1) How long are you going to be there? Maybe a room with a kitchenette would be appropriate?2) Is it business or please, and what is your personal costs, and what can you afford?
3) If a work trip, what time do you need to be on-site? Usually for me that is 7 ~ 8am (no time to hunt for local road food).
4) How much do you need breakfast? Some grab and go, some go without, some use it as their largest meal of the day.
5) Is the area you are traveling in competitive for hotels, or do they depend on the guests to "get by"?
6) Are there a lot of hotel choices?
7) Any family members traveling with you? I once had a week trip to Orlando, FL., that I gave the DW enough time to plot for, and then that made the hotel / breakfast thing a bit more important as of course she needed to bring the boys.
What I wanted to point out is that I don’t think anyone makes the decision that breakfast either makes/breaks the hotel choice, but may have influence.
Plus, the Drury Inn has a pretty nice happy hour that they throw in for free as well!
We’re accompanied on all of our road trips by the dog, so the "free" breakfast buffet helps us get out earlier in the morning. Mr. W. goes downstairs once he’s ready and brings the plates upstairs. We prefer to eat first thing and don’t bother with lunch. We’ll stop and take the dog for a walk instead. We stay at Drury Inns/Suites whenever possible. The scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits with gravy and fruit don’t get high marks but it suffices. We like the other services they offer.
Sounds like a real breaking of the fast to me. The Marriott is never like that but again, they are not Napa quality. Marriott facilities that I stay at are generally very much the same. Some are much better than others. For instance I stayed at the Courtyard in Portland at the airport last week and everything they served from potatoes, gravy, waffles was much better. I have no idea why?
Paul E. Smith
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