We’re not breakfast eaters so we never look for a free breakfast buffet.
I did stay at a place in Napa called The Vintage Inn in Yountville. The spread they put out every morning was spectacular. All the juices were FRESHLY squeezed, there was lox, bagels, fresh apricot scones, fresh muffins and on and on. AND bottles of champagne in ice buckets. Fix a plate, a glass of champagne and go sit out and eat next to the pool. Very classy.
I just returned from a trip where I stayed in a different hotel for nine straight nights. The closest I came to eating breakfast at the hotel was once grabbing a small cup of orange juice on the way out.
We like to walk a city, starting out in the morning, so we need simple fuel. We usually get a bowl of cereal, some fruit, an English muffin and a cup of coffee before we hit the streets. The fact that these things are readily available at the hotel saves us some time. We frequently stay at Hampton Inns and the breakfast there works for us. Also, the Hampton Inn serves a "robust" blend of coffee is pretty good.
===In a place like New Orleans, it’s pointless when you have Mother’s, Croissant D’Or, Bluebird, or Cafe Du Monde nearby.===
That is so funny. I recently applied for a job at one restaraunt. While talking to the owner/chef, the head cook came out to look at my resume. I described some of the places I did work at.
I think he was trying to top me by saying that he worked at a very good chain hotel. In the back of my head was the same thought "What is your point?" Nobody would eat at this place if it wasn’t for the free breakfast. Not in NOLA. No-one eats at a hotel.
baybay, I think you’re on safe ethical ground, must have caught her on a bad day. Heck, places like Waffle House will offer you a to-go cup of coffee!
I’m someone who could easily be mistaken as a thief. Often my husband and I will eat (in peace)while our family is still in the room sleeping. We will load up and bring them their breakfast.
Also, we recently stayed at a Jameson Inn. We brought our travel mugs with us to the breakfast to fill with hot water for tea (with one tea bag!). We were spoken to by the hostess about this. "You know, you’re not supposed to do that!" she said loudly, in front of a roomful of people. We pointed out that it was hot water for tea, and she went on about people who fill up their travel mugs full of coffee. What if someone sits in the breakfast area and drinks a few cups of coffee? Isn’t this the same as filling a travel mug? Just wondering.
In a place like New Orleans, it’s pointless when you have Mother’s, Croissant D’Or, Bluebird, or Cafe Du Monde nearby.
The real problem with most free hotel breakfasts, I think, is that the coffee sucks. At the very least, you want to be able to grab and go with a good cup of coffee, but most places, you dump it out before you get to your car.
Embassy Suites has the best hotel breakfast as it is cooked to order and always very good.
Paul E. Smith
If you like chain fast food restaurants, you’ll love the free breakfasts. Otherwise, avoid them, especially the coffee. If you must partake, eat the yoghurt, fresh fruit and any sugarless cereal. And good luck.
I’m a member of Hilton Honors so I stay in their hotels (in addition to their own hotels Hilton owns Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, DoubleTree and Hampton Inns). Embassy Suites’ breakfast is very good, but surprisingly so is Hampton Inn’s.
I stay at the Marriott almost exclusively. This year I have been with them better than 80 nights.
their breakfast is almost the same everywhere but they do eggs the way you wish. They have waffles every morning and most have sausage links, bacon and almost everything else associated with breakfast including pastries, gravy with sausage and toast, cereal, salsa and lots of greenry.
Courtyard charges about $10, Fairfield it is free, Residence Inn it is free, Spring Hill Suites, it is free and the rest, I do not stay there.
Paul E. Smith
In the summer of ’04 I stayed at a Country Inn & Suites in Champaign IL and the "free" breakfast was actually quite good. When I went to make the same trip in ’05 I learned that the hotel had eliminated the eggs and meats; not sure why but a lot can happen in a year.
I fall into the "it’s a great convenience when traveling with the family" group, and we generally find Drury Inns to be a decent value when everything including the breakfast is factored in. When I travel alone I find that 4 or 5 White Castles with cheese are a far better breakfast than any hotel can offer…[;)]
My goodness! Out of thirty years of working, I have spent at least 6 years in hotels. Some good some bad. Everywhere from Kennebunck, Me. to Socorro, NM. Have I ever had a good breakfast in a hotel free or not? Yes. But very few and far between. The best "free" breakfasts to my mind are at Embassy Suites. The worst almost anyplace else. I did though have a good "free" breakfast at the Hampton Inn in Wooster, Ohio last month at my daughter’s graduation. Normally what I do when I check in is ask the desk clerk or the manager where the best place for breakfast in town is. They usually know. There is of course a huge difference between staying at The Grand Hyatt in NYC and the Super 8 in Socorro, NM. However, I can walk out of the Grand Hyatt and get a bagel with cream cheese and a coffee for three bucks. I can also walk out of the Motel 8 and get a breakfast burrito and coffee for the same three bucks. On extended stays I have even negotiated with the managers for a lower rate if I do not want to have the "free" breakfast. Sometimes it works sometimes not but it never hurts to ask.
Free breakfast is of no concern to me.If If a buffet is available,and I want a hot breakfast, I still opt to go elsewhere.If the hotel as the continental style with yogurts,cereals and such,I will grab something there to tide me over til lunch.As long as there is good, strong coffee available, I am happy.
As much as I travel, I can’t remember the last time I ate breakfast at the hotel. I always have a place picked out ahead of time of where I want to eat breakfast. Now, if I was on a schedule and traveling for business, it might be different.
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