Almost 40 hotel brands offer free breakfast to all guests; 27 brands offer a free hot full breakfast, and 12 brands offer a free continental breakfast.
Check out our table for free breakfast information at 130+ hotel chains and brands, including:
- whether or not elite status is required, and
- whether or not the complimentary breakfast is continental or full.
In addition, upper-tier elite status members at Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott will net you at least a free continental breakfast at most of the brands affiliated with those groups. Complimentary breakfast, whether it be hot or continental, tends to be a scarce amenity at most Accor and IHG brands.
Free Hotel Breakfast Table
Full Breakfast vs. Continental Breakfast
A full breakfast is defined as a breakfast featuring at least one hot egg offering (e.g., scrambled eggs) and one hot meat offering (e.g., bacon or sausage). Typical offerings include bacon, sausage, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, omelettes, potatoes, hash browns, oatmeal, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy as well as bread, bagels, muffins, cereals, fruits, yogurt, and juices. Hot egg dishes may be made from reconstituted/liquefied eggs. Hyatt Place skates by on this definition, since most of their other hot breakfast dishes incur an additional charge.
A continental breakfast is any kind of breakfast other than a full breakfast. Typical offerings include bread, bagels, muffins, cereals, fruits, yogurt, and juices. A sandwich with both hot (scrambled) eggs and meat meets the definition of a full breakfast for the purposes of this article.
The table lists the minimum brand standard with regards to continental versus full breakfast offerings. While a brand may only require free continental breakfast for guests, some individual properties may go above and beyond and offer a hot full breakfast to guests, too, especially guests with elite status.
What About Free Dinner?
Most hotel brands don’t offer free dinner, but there are nine that do!