Travel breakfast blog

This page has nothing whatsoever to do with economics or forecasting. Instead, it is dedicated to discussing breakfasts when you travel.

Why on Earth is that?

Well, for one thing, I like breakfast.

But there are other reasons too. As no doubt your mother told you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This was brought home to me when I was doing my army service (Royal Gotland Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 1978-79) and breakfast was the only meal you could be sure was decent every day. I still can’t believe the amounts I would eat then.

The importance of breakfast is also obvious to anyone who has to travel and do a series of daily meetings. It is the only meal you are likely to have without rushing to catch up with the next meeting.

I should have started this blog years ago when I did more business travel. But I didn’t. However, for the record, the three best hotel breakfasts I have ever had are:

The Epic restaurant in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Easily the best hotel breakfast in the world in terms of choice and quality.

The Auberge Ostapé outside St Jean Pied-de-Port in France. Beautiful view of the Pyrenées combined with the best of French breakfast.

The Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong. A sumptuous mix of European/American and Asian.

On a more general point, I find that the three countries that do the best hotel breakfasts are Sweden (waffles, herring, lots of different bread and cheese); Israel (olives, pita, various cheeses and vegetables); and the USA (waffles, eggs, bacon, bagels). British hotel breakfasts are usually disappointing, though this is a subjective point because I don’t really like the cooked stuff they provide and the bread tends to be restricted to toast. French hotel breakfasts are also frequently uninspiring in spite of the food culture, mainly consisting of some very nice croissants and baguettes, but little other variety in terms of, say cheese or cold cuts.

By the way, contributions from others always welcome, whether anonymous (although I need to know who you are) or signed.

And finally: Ratings on the travel breakfast blog are from 0 to 10. 0 means all but inedible (and I certainly hope I never encounter that!); 10 is stupendous; and 5 means a decent average breakfast, nothing special but a perfectly nice meal. Ratings are based on variety and choice, presentation, taste, service, whether it is a buffet or table service (buffet preferable) and whether there is loose-leaf tea (preferable) or only teabags. Ultimately, the ratings are wholly subjective.

Mabre Residence, Vilnius, 19-21 May 2018

Another pleasant Baltic breakfast buffet, if possibly a bit uneven. Nice waffles, but the bacon is ‘English’ rather than ‘American’ (i.e., quite fat and not crispy). Boiled and fried eggs, but no scrambled ones. Salmon and herring, but only one choice of cold cuts. Very nice bread, but the croissants…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Mabre Residence, Vilnius, 19-21 May 2018

Gutenbergs Hotel, Riga, 17-18 May 2018

A lovely quaint hotel in central Riga,with a pleasant buffet breakfast. Very nice choice of cold cuts, fish, vegetables, pickled cucumbers and mushrooms(!), condiments, jams etc. Pancakes and sausages in addition to the usual warm options. Different kinds of dark bread, which is good. Good choice of fresh fruit as…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Gutenbergs Hotel, Riga, 17-18 May 2018

Boutique Hotel King, Narva, 16 May 2018

One of the more frugal breakfasts I’ve encountered for some time. This was not unexpected, though, and at €5 per person (or free in the right season), I shouldn’t complain. The teabags were surprisingly classy, and while the choice of food was limited, what there was, want bad. While you…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Boutique Hotel King, Narva, 16 May 2018

My City Hotel, Tallinn, 14-15 May 2018

This breakfast was a bit disappointing. At first glance, the buffet looks nice. And, to be fair, the salmon, the herring and the meatballs were all excellent. The pancakes were unusual in shape and nice. However, the fruit salad looked as if it came out of a tin and the…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on My City Hotel, Tallinn, 14-15 May 2018

Glo Hotel Kluuvi, Helsingfors/Helsinki, 13 May 2018

One again, an excellent breakfast. Very nice spread at the buffet, good breads, different cold cuts, a lot of fruit. Also, a nice touch, local specialties like Karelian pies, and other warm stuff like pancakes. Tea was bags only, unfortunately, but that is usually the case. Also, the breakfast room…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Glo Hotel Kluuvi, Helsingfors/Helsinki, 13 May 2018

Cathays Pacific Business Lounge, Heathrow Terminal 3, 12 May 2018

  In my previous post I mentioned that I am biased in favour of the Swedish hotel breakfast. Similarly, I have probably been biased against airport lounge breakfasts. But, as readers of this blog know, I have recently had some very pleasant experiences in Vietnam. Today I had another pleasant…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Cathays Pacific Business Lounge, Heathrow Terminal 3, 12 May 2018

Sky City Radisson Blu, Stockholm, 6 May 2018

  My bias in favour of Swedish hotel breakfasts also means that I judge them somewhat more harshly than perhaps I should. This airport hotel has a perfectly nice buffet breakfast, including loose leaf tea, pancakes, Swedish sausages (prinskorv), herring, salami and everything else you would normally expect. Also vegan…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Sky City Radisson Blu, Stockholm, 6 May 2018

Publica Isrotel, Herzliya, Israel, 13 February 2018

As I noted in the introduction, the Israeli hotel breakfast is one of my favourites. Last December I was a bit disappointed by the two I reviewed then. This one, by contrast, is excellent. A large spread of bread, cheeses, herring, various yogurts, fruit and fruit concoctions, and loads of…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Publica Isrotel, Herzliya, Israel, 13 February 2018

First Hotel Kungsbron, Stockholm, 5 April 2018

I am biased in favour of Swedish hotel breakfasts, but — I would say — justifiably so. Here we have a fairly cheap, no-frills hotel (e.g., no window in the room), admittedly well located. In other countries,this would mean a sparse breakfast as well. Not so here. A decent spread…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on First Hotel Kungsbron, Stockholm, 5 April 2018

Chambers Hotel, New York City, 24 March 2018

I noted in my previous blog that New York hotels nowadays are less likely to offer breakfast. The Chambers on 15 West 56th Street, does and so I thought I’d try that since we are staying with them. A very nice shakshuka with a mixed chorizo-tomato sauce and decent granola.…

Continue reading

Posted in | Comments Off on Chambers Hotel, New York City, 24 March 2018