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Hotels With Free Breakfast: Everything You Need to Know (Including How to Get It at ALL Hilton Hotels!)

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INSIDER SECRET: Having the right credit card will give you elite status, which in turn (at some hotels) will provide you with free breakfast.

Staying at a hotel that offers free breakfast is a terrific way to save money and time because you don’t need to run around looking for your morning meal or spend a fortune.

Some hotels offer free breakfast to everyone, but you can often get a fancier, more substantial meal when you have hotel elite status.

And you might be surprised to find out you can earn status which gets you free breakfast with a single credit card, like the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® CardThe Hilton Honors American Express Business CardHilton Honors Aspire Card from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express, or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. You don’t need to be a frequent traveler or spend tons of money to get in on this perk.

Let’s take a look at all the major hotels with free breakfast. We’ll show you the best chains to look for and how you can do even better by earning elite status with credit cards.

Getting free breakfast can make a hotel stay feel all the more luxurious. (Photo by rocharibeiro/Shutterstock)

Hotels With Free Breakfast

Most hotels charge extra for breakfast, but there are moderately priced chains that offer free breakfast for all guests, making a stay at their hotels an even better deal.

Upscale hotel chains tend to require elite status for free breakfast, but we, of course, found which ones stand out in this category too.

Hilton

Hilton offers free breakfast across many of its value-based brands, while their more premium brands require elite status to earn free breakfast.

These are the Hilton hotel brands that offer free breakfast for everyone:

Other Hilton brands will have breakfast available for an additional cost, but folks who have Gold or Diamond Hilton status earn free breakfast at all Hilton hotels.

If you’ve got the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card or The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, you’ll earn complimentary Hilton Gold elite status just by keeping the card active. With the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express card, you’ll get complimentary Hilton Diamond status by keeping the card active.

Even if you stay at Hilton hotels occasionally, the cost savings of getting free breakfast can easily offset the annual fee on these cards.

Team member Jasmin and her three kids stayed at the Conrad Tokyo, where they have an incredible breakfast buffet. Had they paid cash, it would have cost $140 for the four of them, but it was free with her Hilton status.

Team member Jasmin and her kids enjoyed a fancy (and free!) breakfast worth $140 at the Conrad Tokyo just from having Hilton Gold status. (Photo by Jasmin Baron/Million Mile Secrets)

You’ll also earn Hilton Gold status when you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. It’s one of many outstanding, money-saving perks you’ll get with these cards. Check out our review of the Amex Platinum and review of the Amex Business Platinum to find out more.

Hyatt

Hyatt offers free breakfast for all guests at these hotel brands:

One big caveat with the free breakfast at Hyatt Place is that they require you to be a World of Hyatt member and to book your room directly with Hyatt. You don’t need to have elite status with Hyatt – just being signed up as a member will be enough to satisfy the requirement.

Hyatt offers a ton of premium options that are well presented, which might make breakfast your favorite meal of the day. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Hyatt offers free breakfast at all of its hotels for Hyatt Globalist elite status members, including:

Unfortunately, you can’t earn Hyatt Globalist status directly from a credit card, like The World of Hyatt Credit Card, which comes with Discoverist status only. But folks with a lot of Hyatt stays might consider the card to put them over the threshold for earning Globalist status, because you’ll earn five qualifying elite night credits each year, and an additional two qualifying night credits for every $5,000 you spend on the card.

The good news is that Hyatt breakfasts tend to be very good quality, so earning free breakfast here can really be worth it.

IHG

IHG offers many different hotel brands targeted at all types of travelers. Only two IHG brands offer free breakfast for all guests.

I actually think that Holiday Inn Express offers quite a lot of value and options for free breakfast, especially at their price point. Their cinnamon rolls are delicious!

Holiday Inn Express offers free breakfast for all guests and the options are pretty extensive. (Photo courtesy of IHG)

Million Mile Secrets team members are big fans of Staybridge Suites hotels. Scott, in particular, enjoys the free breakfast buffet and evening socials with complimentary food, wine and beer at some locations!

Unfortunately, other IHG brands offer no means of getting free breakfast – even for elite status members. Hopefully, IHG will up their game with this in the future.

Marriott

It’s easy to find a Marriott brand just about anywhere you go and Marriott offers free breakfast at five of its hotel brands for all hotel guests:

To enjoy free breakfast at one of Marriott’s other brands you will need to have high Marriott Bonvoy elite status. Marriott Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador status members can get free breakfast at most other Marriott hotels, although at some hotels you may receive points or a different amenity.

Residence Inn Offers An Exceptional Breakfast For All Guests. Many Selections of Food From Warm to Cold and Sweet to Salty
Residence Inn offers an exceptional breakfast for all guests including plenty of hot food options. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Free breakfast for Marriott Platinum Elites include these brands:

Keep in mind that this isn’t every Marriott brand. There are a few hotel brands that do not offer breakfast for even Platinum elites. These include:

As for the rest, Platinum Elite members or higher are the only ones who earn free breakfast. These tiers require at least 50 nights per year at a Marriott hotel, which reserves it for the true road warriors among us. 😉

Best Western

As a rule of thumb, Best Western hotels are proud to offer free breakfast to all guests. They offer this at any Best Western, Best Western Plus or Best Western Premier hotel.

You usually find:

  • An assortment of fresh breakfast breads, muffins and pastries
  • A selection of popular cereals and oatmeal
  • A variety of hot breakfast options including French toast, waffles or pancakes
  • Many hotels serve hot eggs as well as a selection of breakfast meats

There are also some options for travelers on the run, like fruit and granola bars. This makes Best Western a good choice for budget-minded folks, especially families.

Choice Hotels

Choice hotels are great value options, and really good for road trips — you can find them even in smaller towns and spots off the beaten path. They offer free breakfast at many of their hotel brands.

This Breakfast From The Comfort Inn in Sunnyvale, CA Offers a Good Assortment of Options To Start Your Day.
The breakfast at many Choice hotels offers a good assortment of options during your stay. (Photo courtesy of Choice Hotels)

You can enjoy free breakfast at these hotel brands:

Some other Choice hotel brands like Rodeway Inn or Clarion will often have breakfast at specific locations, but don’t offer it as a brand-wide perk. Check the location’s page before booking to see if it is offered for that location.

Radisson

Earning breakfast at Radisson hotels is a bit more sporadic. There are definitely many Radisson hotels that will offer free breakfast, but this tends to be left up to local management and is not something that is ironed out chain-wide.

Many of the upgraded rooms (such as “Business Class” at Radisson Blu) do include breakfast as part of the room rate, but having elite status and earning a room upgrade doesn’t guarantee that breakfast will be included with the upgrade.

As a rule of thumb, you will want to check each hotel location’s individual site or call ahead to see if free breakfast is included with the stay because it varies based on location.

One exception is Country Inn & Suites, which offers free hot breakfast to all guests.

Wyndham

Most Wyndham brands offer free breakfast for all guests. So they’re another budget-friendly option if you’re looking to save cash.

These Wyndham hotel brands offer free breakfast:

Unfortunately, none of the other Wyndham brands (other than those listed above) offer any way to enjoy free breakfast, even with elite status from Wyndham Rewards. No tier of elite status offers this perk.

Other Ways to Get Free Hotel Breakfast

Folks without elite status can still get a free breakfast if they have certain credit cards.

American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts

One of the perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express is access to the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program. When you use your Platinum card to book a hotel through this program, you earn a bunch of extra bonuses and perks during your hotel stay. One of the many perks you get is free daily breakfast for two.

American Express Fine Hotel and Resorts is a great option to earn premium travel perks like free breakfast, without needing any elite status.

We really like using American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts portal because their prices are typically similar to booking through the hotel directly. And you’ll get other perks like a unique property amenity and guaranteed late check-out.

Chase Luxury Hotel Collection

If you have certain Chase cards, like the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, you can access the Chase Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection. When you use your card to book, you’ll get perks like daily breakfast for two, room upgrades if available, early check-in and late check-out when available and unique property amenities like hotel credits.

Team member Jason and his wife enjoyed an excellent stay at the Park Hyatt Chicago booking through the Chase Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection. Along with free breakfast (worth ~$70), they got $100 worth of dinner credit and a room upgrade!

Team member Jason and his wife enjoyed a gourmet free breakfast at the Park Hyatt Chicago just by booking through Chase Fine Hotels and Resorts. (Photo by Jason Stauffer/Million Mile Secrets)

That said, if you have any Visa Signature card, you can book through Visa’s version of the program, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection. This entitles you to free daily breakfast for two at any hotel available on the site.

In addition, you will earn a bonus $25 credit to use towards other food or drink during your stay. In my experience, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection doesn’t have as many hotels in their network as the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program, but there are a lot more cards supported under the program. In fact, tons of the best credit cards for travel are Visa Signature.

Bottom Line

Hotels with free breakfast help you save money and start your day off right. Some hotels like Best Western offer free breakfast to everyone, while others only offer free breakfast to elite status holders or at certain brands.

For example, with Gold Hilton status (which comes complimentary with cards like the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card), you’ll get free breakfast at all Hilton hotels.

Getting a free breakfast, especially if you’re traveling with others, can save a ton of cash. But if you don’t want to worry about elite status, you can still get elite-like perks by booking your hotel stays through the Chase Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection, Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts, or Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection.

Do you choose hotels based on whether or not you’ll get free breakfast? What’s your favorite brand?

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As some one who used to work for Marriott and had the “pleasure” of providing “free” breakfast, I have to ask, Do most people really think this is free? It’s built into the rate of the room. In all honestly you get a cheaper rate if you don’t have breakfast included. Example, Courtyard would charge $179 a night and Residence Inn would charge $229. Same size room. Yes you get a kitchen in RI but SQ is the same. In regards to the breakfast, it’s all frozen prepacked heat and serve food. This is true for most hotels that offer breakfast included in the rate. No thank you. For smaller hotels they would only have a microwave and everything was cooked that way. Eggs, Breakfast meat, oatmeal, etc.

I recently stayed at the Amway Grand which is a Curio Collection Hilton property using my annual free night from my Ascend/Surpass card. All four adults in the room got a wonderful free breakfast. The room would have been around $300 and the breakfast for four another $70 or $80. I have gotten a lot of value from this card and its one I keep.

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Always great to hear even more success stories like these.

Free is a good thing. My favotite 4 letter word! I use Hilton 90% of the time and am very pleased with the breakfast offerings. Hilton has been the way to go for me.

I feel like sometimes the free breakfast can be an underrated perk.

I can be lazy and sluggish in the mornings, so being able to have food at the hotel is a nice convenience, versus having to venture out into the city.

Do you all have any idea what you are eating for your meals? The MAJORITY of these “free breakfasts” are of SYSCO or GFS quality. Google it or just watch the semi out back unload this junk. Full of empty carbs, processed meats and more chemicals than household cleaners in some of these “foods”. You roll out of there in a insulin induced “food coma” quickly realizing you are hungry again when the levels in your blood have stabilized. Wake up people. Skip the free breakfast and demand a cheaper rate for your room.

Thank you John! You hit the nail on the head.

True, and I suspect that is why Alex mentioned Jasmin’s Tokyo stay — the quality of breakfasts in Europe and Asia vastly surpasses literally everything you get in USA.

But since you are Diamond you know that.

And yeah to your other point most corporate properties in Hawaii aren’t so great.

That said the Hilton Surpass (formerly Ascend) has been an excellent value for the $95 annual fee, though it’s a pity Priority Pass is revoking the food benefit in a few days. Obviously a lot of us got maximum value out of this card and the gold status is nice … even moreso since Marriott wrecked SPG and took away our coveted do almost nothing to get Gold status.

I’m Hilton Diamond since 2005 and I had visited Hawaii 4 times since, each time stayed in Hilton portfolio resorts, never got free breakfast on any Hawaii island. Generally speaking: You can get much more value and status recognition outside of the United States.

Hi John – I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea in Maui last month and got complimentary continental breakfast for two as a Diamond. At the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki a few years prior I got food and beverage credits (for breakfast or whatever you wanted) as a Gold. It’s definitely changed in the past couple of years.

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