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.

Landet Bed & Breakfast, Sjöbo, 19 December 2021

They’d forgotten to tell Hotels.com that they were closed over the holidays. With this said, we’ve received very nice and welcoming treatment. There are 8 rooms of various size, all nice and warm with comfy beds.When we told them that we don’t eat pork, the breakfast buffe was enriched with delicius left-overs…

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Hotel de France, Nice, 21 November, 2021

Let’s start with the positive: there is a contraption for squeezing your oranges. As for the rest, this breakfast, sad to say, confirmed my views on French hotel breakfasts in general. Yes, the bread was fresh. But, very limited choice of fruit, no vegetables, not much in terms of cheese…

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New Hotel of Marseille-Le Pharo, 20 November, 2021

This is the one hundredth entry on the Stein Brothers Travel Breakfast Blog since it began in late 2017! Please feel free to contribute entries. I am normally not very impressed by French hotel breakfasts (there are exceptions; after all, one of my favourite breakfasts was in France, as outlined…

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Radisson Sky City, Arlanda Airport, 28 October 2021

I am running out of superlatives for Swedish breakfasts. So, to be brief: this one had all the ‘standard’ items (including herring and salmon). In addition, they had reindeer steak! The scrambled eggs were very nice, although the bacon was disappointing. I didn’t try the pancakes or the croissants, but…

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Scandic, Täby, 27 October 2021

This is yet another example of why Swedish hotel breakfasts are so good. The hotel is perfectly ordinary, nice but nothing fancy. However, the breakfast is excellent. A nice spread of breads, freshly baked of course (good croissants), cold cuts, cheese and vegetables. And in contrast with some other places…

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Fosch Artisan Patisserie, Stockholm, 23 October 2021

Once again, a non-hotel breakfast in Stockholm. If I continue with these types of breakfasts, I will have to introduce a separate rating system. Obviously, they will never be buffets. However, the hot chocolate was quite nice, perhaps slightly bitter, but better than too sweet. The croissants have won a…

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Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, 15 October 2021

The breakfast here is an interesting concept. It is a buffet (good marks!). But it is an “assisted buffet“. This means that you choose what you want, but it is handed to you on the plate by the staff. A good way of dealing with the vagaries of not just…

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Radisson Blu, Oslo, 1 October 2021

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Pontus in the Air, Arlanda Airport T5, Stockholm, 26 September 2021

I was told that this was an attempt to show that you can have good food in airport lounges. That is indeed laudable (although some already do, eg Cathay Pacific at Chek Lap Kok, or One World Alliance at Changi; and even BA at Heathrow). In any cases, laudable aim…

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Petite France, Stockholm, 25 September 2021

Once again, a non-hotel breakfast. However, this was not only recommended, but also next door to where I lived from 1977 to 1980, and again from 1982 to 1988. So I obviously had to try it out. The pastries (which we didn’t have!) certainly looked amazing. The scrambled eggs were…

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