Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? It definitely is for major hotel chains across the country!
Many economy and midscale hotels nationwide have been improving their complimentary breakfasts recently because customers are demanding a fresh and healthy start to their day.
Top U.S. hotel chains that offer free breakfast
Think about it this way: It can easily cost $40 for a family of four on vacation to get a traditional American breakfast at a Denny’s or IHOP. By including breakfast in the room rate, hotel guests on a budget can save money.
Although what’s on the menu will vary by hotel, we’ve noticed a few trends:
- First, the days of just setting out hot coffee and a few pastries are mostly over. Many of the hotels that offer complimentary breakfast are serving hot items, from eggs and bacon to waffles and pancakes.
- There’s also a push to add more nutritious items to the breakfast buffet, including fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and oatmeal.
- Finally, some hotel chains are increasing the number of breakfast choices for people on restricted diets by adding gluten-free and non-dairy milk options.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a high-protein Paleo diet or counting points on Weight Watchers, the best hotel breakfast spreads will have something for everyone.
Read on to learn about more than 30 U.S. hotel chains that offer free breakfast…
Most of the 12 brands from Choice Hotels, including Comfort Hotels, offer free breakfast.
The most notable thing about Comfort’s breakfast is probably the waffles, which may include flavors like blueberry, chocolate and cinnamon. In addition to traditional eggs and bacon, Comfort also has a number of healthy options.
Here are the other Choice brands that offer some type of free breakfast:
- Sleep Inn: Full hot breakfast
- Quality Inn: Full hot breakfast
- Clarion: Complimentary breakfast at many locations
- Clarion Pointe: Better-for-you breakfast with fresh and nutritious items
- MainStay Suites: Continental breakfast with oatmeal station
- Econo Lodge: Continental breakfast
“Savor a reimagined breakfast featuring regionally inspired recipes and premium ingredients, including whole fresh fruit, cage-free eggs, all-natural bacon, and more.”
Also part of the Hyatt family, the Hyatt House brand introduced an “Omelet of the Day” to enhance its made-to-order omelet bar. Fresh fruit, steel-cut oatmeal and Greek yogurt round out the free breakfast offering.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Most hotels serve their breakfast on disposable plates, but Country Inns & Suites uses classic dining ware. The chain features two hot entrees that rotate every day, plus a selection of pastries, cereals, oatmeal and fruit.
Here are some of the hot entrees that are on the rotating menu:
- Create your own omelet
- Biscuits and gravy
- French toast
- Eggs Benedict
- Bacon, eggs and toast
- Breakfast burrito
InterContinental Hotels Group
Holiday Inn Express guests wake up to the Express Start Breakfast Bar every morning. Some of the items available include egg white omelets, breakfast meats, yogurt, cinnamon rolls and pancakes from its one-touch pancake machine.
Another IHG brand, Staybridge Suites, also has a complimentary hot breakfast buffet with a variety of fresh and healthy items.
Avid Hotels, a new brand from IHG, offers complimentary grab-and-go breakfast featuring a variety of items including Chobani yogurt, Belvita bars, fresh fruit and premium bean-to-cup coffee.
Additionally, the hotel will serve grab-and-go hot items (a breakfast sandwich and an egg scramble bowl) on rotation.
A handful of Hilton’s brands serve complimentary breakfast for all guests. Tru by Hilton’s “Top It” breakfast is one of the more unique concepts. It features 35 toppings — from granola to marshmallows — to help you create a morning masterpiece.
Here are Hilton’s free breakfast highlights:
Home2 Suites by Hilton: There are over 400 breakfast combinations to mix and match! Options include a variety of cereals, artisan breakfast sandwiches, waffles, oatmeal, grits, yogurt and plenty of toppings.
Tru by Hilton: Breakfast items include hot scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, waffles and a variety of toppings.
Hampton by Hilton: Enjoy a hot breakfast every day with fresh-baked waffles and hearty oatmeal with toppings. For guests in a rush, Hampton by Hilton offers free breakfast bags for a healthy meal to-go.
Homewood Suites by Hilton: Breakfast includes something new each day, from hot meals like eggs, bacon and potatoes, to quick grab-and-go snacks like fruits and pastries.
Canopy by Hilton: This delicious artisanal breakfast is made with fresh ingredients and local produce. It’s served in the hotel cafe or can be delivered directly to your room.
Embassy Suites by Hilton: Guests can enjoy omelets made the way they like them with their favorite fillings, an assortment of pastries and fruits and other breakfast staples like bacon, potatoes, eggs and oatmeal.
Breakfast is available at no charge at most Best Western hotels. The menu will vary by location, but selections may include French toast, omelets and hot breakfast sandwiches.
Best Western also provides healthy choices, plus gluten-friendly and non-dairy milk options.
Wyndham Hotel Group
The La Quinta Inn & Suites and La Quinta Inn brands have joined the Wyndham Hotel Group. Both start your day with a free breakfast that includes eggs, waffles, cereals, fresh fruit and more.
Wyndham’s other brands provide at least a continental breakfast, with some offering hot breakfast buffets:
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- Days Inn
- Super 8
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
- Howard Johnson
- Wingate by Wyndham
- Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
“The extras aren’t extra” is the slogan at family-owned and operated Drury Hotels. Its free breakfast features scrambled eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit, make-your-own Belgian waffles, potatoes, sausage and pastries.
Marriott’s website lists a collection of 30 hotel brands, but only a handful of them highlight complimentary breakfast as one of the featured amenities. They include:
The best hotel breakfast in America is…
An informal USA Today survey found that its travel panel liked Embassy Suites’ breakfast the most. Hampton by Hilton, Holiday Inn Express and Marriott’s Residence Inn were also highly-rated.