I understand that hotels wish to encourage social distancing during COVID-19 and the breakfast buffet is unlikely to return anytime soon. But no breakfast at all? How does that make sense?
Something as simple as breakfast at hotels has become an issue during COVID-19.
I’m heading down to San Diego today for a family wedding and wanted to stay overnight. Hyatt has several properties in the San Diego area, though all are closed expect for the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. That’s fine, I thought. I can use a Chase free night cert and the hotel looks very decent.
Even the pool and gym is open, so Augustine could go swimming and I could do my first gym workout in three months.
Sounds great, right?
I was curious about breakfast, though. The family breakfast is a big part of the fun of staying in a hotel and I noticed the hotel had the warning on its homepage:
LIMITED SERVICES – Food Services
A bulletin (.pdf) explained:
Restaurants and bars will reduce seating capacities to allow for a minimum of six feet between each seated group of guests traveling together. Table size will be limited to six guests or less at one table. Buffet options will not be available.
That’s fine. A la carte breakfast is preferred anyway.
I called the hotel to confirm if that was indeed the policy, since California has loosened up quite a bit over the last two weeks and many restaurants have now re-opened.
Surprisingly, I was told that breakfast was not currently served at the hotel. No in-restaurant dining, no takeout, and no room service…
I was told there was a decent place to eat about 10 minutes away by foot and also advised that the dining area of the bar would be open in the afternoon and evening. Coffee would also be available in the lobby.
So odd…no breakfast at all?
No Breakfast, No Stay
Obviously, this is a discretionary stay. Home is only two hours away so I’ll just drive back to LA instead. Had I really needed a place to sleep I could have dealt with no breakfast or stayed at a non-Hyatt property.
But it did surprise me that a full-service, four-star hotel would not offer breakfast at all. It is my understanding, though I haven’t stayed in a hotel in three months, that even limited-service properties are still offering bagged breakfast of pre-packaged items, much like Pizza In Motion received during a recent trip.
I’m curious what your breakfast experience has been at full-service properties. Have you been offered a more limited menu or nothing at all? As breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I greatly enjoy a strong cup of coffee or cappuccino, berries and yogurt, and an omelet, I’ll just avoid discretionary hotel stays until breakfast returns. I’ll sleep better in my own bed anyway…
How about you? Do you care if a hotel offers breakfast?