BREAKFAST OF (FRUGAL) CHAMPIONS
THE INN OF THE FIVE GRACES
Santa Fe, NM
What's For Breakfast: Blue corn pancakes, bacon cheddar grits, house granola
As if the mosaic tiles, tapestries, and other decor from the Middle East and India that adorns the charming 17th-century adobe structures of The Inn of the Five Graces wasn't enough to lure visitors, the made-to-order free breakfast should seal the deal. Served in-room, in the courtyard, or by the kiva fireplace in the dining room, it includes locally roasted coffee, housemade granola, local produce, and specialties such as blue corn pancakes, "magic grits" with cheddar and bacon, and huevos rancheros with red or green chili pepper.
What's For Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, waffles, omelets
The stylish and affordable Pacifica Hotels offer complimentary continental breakfast at many California coast locations (there are also properties in Florida and Hawaii). At the Pacifica Suites in Santa Barbara, there's made-to-order breakfast with highlights including breakfast burritos, waffles, and omelets. At The Wayfarer, also in Santa Barbara, guests can use a full kitchen to fix their own breakfast for free.
TRIPLE CREEK RANCH
What's For Breakfast: Raspberry pancakes, salmon and asparagus frittata
Perfect for a romantic getaway, the cowboy-chic cabins of the adults-only Triple Creek Ranch may be a splurge -- starting around $1,000 a couple -- but that includes everything from meals and drinks to resort amenities and ranch activities. Free gourmet breakfast highlights include raspberry pancakes, salmon and asparagus frittata, and the Ranch House breakfast with eggs, hash browns, local bread, and choices such as Benton's hickory ham or Northwest trout. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, in-cabin, or packed for activities including horseback riding, fly-fishing, and skiing.
SANTA YNEZ INN
Santa Ynez, CA
What's For Breakfast: Strawberry ricotta pancakes, eggs benedict, handmade pastries
Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, this Victorian-inspired boutique hotel offers a variety of perks, including complimentary breakfast. By the roaring fireplace in the parlor of the Santa Ynez Inn, you'll find an extensive spread to start the day that includes yogurt, granola, seasonal fruit and fresh pastries, plus made-to-order hot items such as eggs benedict and the popular strawberry ricotta pancakes. There's also free wine and cheese in the evenings.
CAPTAIN LORD MANSION
What's For Breakfast: Petit filet mignon, Maine blueberry pancakes, stuffed French toast
This beloved historic mansion with a stately name is well-known for its excellent three-course, family-style breakfasts. The menu changes daily, but generally begins with the choice of fresh fruit, granola, or yogurt, followed by freshly baked muffins, and a main course complemented with bacon or maple sausage. Highlights include petite filet mignon medallions, a mushroom and sausage souffle, Maine blueberry pancakes, and French toast stuffed with strawberry cream cheese.
What's For Breakfast: Breakfast bowls and Greek yogurt parfaits
Hyatt Place, popular with business travelers, now offers complimentary customizable breakfast bowls and Greek Yogurt parfaits. Guests can tweak the bowls -- which use cage-free eggs -- or choose from daily themed-bowls such as the Southern Comfort, with skillet potatoes and sausage gravy, or the California Dreamin', with an ancient grain and kale blend, all-natural bacon, and avocado salsa. Parfait options include bananas foster compote and caramel or berry compote and French toast croutons.
LOEWS BOSTON HOTEL
What's For Breakfast: Lobster omelet, crab benedict, spiced banana French toast
Located in a beautifully renovated former police headquarters, Loews Boston Hotel offers the clever House Arrest Package, which includes accommodations, valet, a free welcome gift and in-room movie, plus a $150 food and beverage credit that can be used for a luxe breakfast at the hotel's Precinct Kitchen + Bar. Highlights include the lobster omelet, jumbo lump crab benedict, vanilla waffle with berries, and the spiced banana French toast made with challah bread.
What's For Breakfast: Smoked salmon, country ham, baked goods
For a little extra time in the morning before venturing out to explore the fantastic food of historic Charleston, book at The Restoration hotel. Before going to bed, select an array of breakfast options -- including baked goodies, smoked salmon, country ham, yogurt and granola, fruit, coffee, juice, and more -- to be delivered to your door in the morning in an adorable wicker picnic basket with a newspaper. Afterward, explore Charleston on one of the hotel's free bikes.
RIVER INN OF HARBOR TOWN
What's For Breakfast: Eggs benedict, pancakes, Tennessee bacon
A Memphis favorite with views of the Mississippi, the River Inn of Harbor Town treats guests to a complimentary gourmet breakfast at Paulette's, the charming in-house restaurant. Regular visitors rave about the eggs benedict and famous River Inn pancakes, available plain or with blueberries or apple, that come with a side of Tennessee bacon.
What's For Breakfast: Fresh fruit, eggs, pastries
A splurge-worthy stay in one of the spacious, luxury suites of Grand Wailea's Napua Tower includes numerous perks, including free continental breakfast every morning. Fuel up with fresh fruit, parfaits, pastries, and hot items such as eggs and breakfast meats, while enjoying stunning ocean views and before heading out to the legendary pools and beach activities.
COUNTRY INN & SUITES
What's For Breakfast: Cinnamon French toast, biscuits and gravy
You'll find a hearty lineup at Country Inn & Suites locations throughout the country, including customizable omelets, fluffy waffles, breakfast burritos, and signature "Cinnamon Twirl" French toast. On the lighter side, there's create-your-own parfaits and hot oatmeal. Some locations also have regional specialties, such as biscuits and gravy at many locations in the South.
Cannon Beach, OR
What's For Breakfast: Smoked salmon benedict, morel mushroom frittata, lemon curd-stuffed French toast
In addition to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the stately Stephanie Inn provides guest with a host of amenities, including a gourmet chef's breakfast buffet. There are housemade breads, scones and jams, locally roasted coffee, and rotating locally inspired dishes including lemon curd-stuffed French toast with Grand Marnier strawberries and bacon, a morel mushroom frittata, and smoked salmon benedict with brown butter Hollandaise. And don't miss the complimentary local wine and beer in the afternoon.
What's For Breakfast: Made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, pastries
Feel fancy at Embassy Suites by Hilton nationwide with made-to-order omelets and scrambled eggs at no charge. You'll also find breakfast classics such as bacon, potatoes, oatmeal, and a quality selection of fresh fruit. As a bonus, the chain offers free drinks and snacks in the evening.
What's For Breakfast: Make-your-own Belgian waffles, pastries, fresh fruit
At the family-owned and operated Drury Hotels, chain, which started in southern Missouri and now spans 25 states, the motto is "Our extras aren't extra." So you can always count on a complimentary hot breakfast, including popular made-to-order Belgian waffles, along with scrambled eggs, sausages, pastries, fresh fruit, and more.
HILTON GARDEN INN
What's For Breakfast: Made-to-order waffles, eggs, pancakes
At the midpriced Hilton Garden Inn, free made-to-order breakfast includes waffles, eggs, pancakes, and more. Fans also enjoy a wide range of selection of fresh fruit, meat options, pastries, and breads.
THE LIBRARY HOTEL
New York City, NY
What's For Breakfast: Bagels, eggs, pastries, fresh fruit
Bibliophiles will flip for this hip, book-centric hotel in the heart of Manhattan, where books line the walls of the lobby, guest rooms, and the "Reading Room," where free breakfast is served daily. The continental spread at The Library Hotel includes the essentials, including pastries, fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, and, because this is the nation's bagel capital, great bagels. In the evening, free wine and cheese is served in the same room.
What's For Breakfast: Make-your-own waffles, eggs, bacon, pastries
If planning an extended stay somewhere, Homewood Suites by Hilton is a good option; each unit features a full kitchen where guests can save a ton by fixing their own meals. But for those mornings when they're not feeling like a chef, the hotel offers a generous complimentary breakfast featuring eggs, bacon and sausage, pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereals, and popular made-to-order waffles.
What's For Breakfast: Eggs benedict, smoked salmon, quiche
Located on an estuary between two saltwater ponds, the historic Weekapaug Inn has been a classic New England retreat since 1899. A short drive from Boston and New York, the hotel has 31 rooms and suites and an array of complimentary perks that include sailboats, yoga and nature classes, and a generous breakfast. Highlights include eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, smoked salmon with a bagel, quiche with local veggies, and baked French toast.
LA QUINTA INN & SUITES
What's For Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, waffles, fresh fruit
La Quinta Inn & Suites offers affordable accommodations across the country with the perk of a free breakfast that's better than most in its price category. Guests rave about the generous spread of hot items, including scrambled eggs, freshly made waffles, bacon and sausage, muffins and pastries, as well as cereals, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Some locations also offer breakfast potatoes and biscuits with gravy.
What's For Breakfast: Hot breakfast wraps, smoothies, granola, yogurt
The eco-friendly chain from Starwood Hotels, Element by Westin offers healthy grab-and-go options as part of its free breakfast. When not cooking with the in-suite kitchen, guests can grab hot breakfast wraps, sip a smoothie, or enjoy other light options such as granola, yogurt, fresh fruit.