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.

Comfort Suites, Brunswick GA, 8 May 2022

It says a a lot about how disappointed I have become by American hotel breakfasts over the past week, that I was pleasantly surprised today. There were bagels, sliced bread, butter, and the scrambled eggs and grits actually looked appetising. And there was fresh fruit! However, taking a more objective…

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Iris Garden Inn, Savannah GA, 7 May 2022

I’m not going to waste many words on this. Suffice it to say that it is what I now recognise to be the ‘standard minimum breakfast’ offered by a certain type of American hotels. And even for what it is, a disappointment. 1.5/10

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Sleep Inn, Beaufort SC, 6 May 2022

Every time i think ’it can’t get worse’, it does. Today’s breakfast is the most disappointing i have seen since I began this blog. There was sugary cereal, yoghurt, apples and waffles That’s it, no bread, for instance! The tea was Liptons Yellow — again. A month ago I gave…

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La Quinta by Wyndham Riverview, Charleston SC, 5 May 2022

The standard (i.e., pretty unsatisfactory) breakfast of this trip. However, the scrambled eggs were all right and they had Earl Grey tea (in bags). On the other hand, no butter, just a spreadable vegetable substitute; and no bagels. So, same breakfast, same grade: 3/10.

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Comfort Inn and Suites, Georgetown SC, 4 May 2022

This rather sparse and unappetising breakfast is advertised as “our delicious complementary deluxe continental breakfast”. A case of false advertising, if ever I saw one. No fruit, no warm dishes, bagels for raisin bagels only, the cereals with loaded with sugar. I could go on but I won’t. 2/10.

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Islander Inn, Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 3 May 2022

Another very basic American hotel breakfast. Not much to say, except that there were no hot dishes apart from waffles and grits; and the tea was Liptons Yellow only. The fruit offering was reasonable, though, so I will still give it 3/10.

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Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Heathrow T3

I asked at check-in which lounge (British Airways, Qantas or Cathay Pacific) had the best breakfast and was told Cathay. This is menu only (there is a nice buffet bar as well but not for the restaurant). The menu was very attractive, good choices of Eastern (obviously) and Western food,…

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Hotel Roosevelt, Litoměřice, 21 April 2022

In all honesty, I cannot say that this is the worst breakfast I have reviewed. But in terms of what might have been, it comes pretty close. Maybe because I am also so disappointed in the hotel (this was not my first choice, the hotel originally booked closed down permanently…

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Grand Hotel Zvon, České Budějovice, 20 April 2022

A relatively small but also relatively varied breakfast buffet. Good cold cuts and cheese, reasonable selection of fresh fruit and very nice bread, as well as nice-looking cakes. For those who like porridge, they had that too. However, the warm dishes did not look not particularly appetising, and the juice…

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Hotel Grand, Hradec Králové, 19 April 2022

Breakfast might have been slightly curtailed by the fact that the three of us in our party were probably the only guests in the hotel. However, we did get a buffet, made specially for us, if perhaps somewhat minimalist. The bread and the cold cuts and cheese were nice, there…

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