Hotels Offer Free Breakfast, Can Anyone Just Show Up And Eat?

Many limited service hotels offer free breakfast, from Hampton Inn to Residence Inn to Best Western and Holiday Inn Express. It’s very rare that I’ve ever seen a hotel actually verify that you’re a guest before giving you access.

When I stayed at the Aloft near Dallas Love Field a little over a month ago, I selected breakfast as my Marriott elite member amenity. Breakfast was served in the Element hotel which was in the same building. I simply went next door, and no one checked that I was a guest, or eligible for breakfast. I could have taken the bonus points and still had breakfast!

In a sense, I’m surprised that so few people show up at these hotels and have breakfast! Then again, maybe people do?

Here’s two people who showed up at a Drury Inn just for breakfast, eating up eggs and sausage, waffles, juice and more that are meant for guests.

@destinyshaude Lol we just wanted free hotel breakfast 😭🤣 #fypシ #foryoupage #fyp #explore #explorepage #grwm #funny #hotelbreakfast #hotelroom ♬ Players – DJ Smallz 732 – Jersey Club Remix – Coi Leray

It’s likely that I could get away with this, as a middle-aged white business traveler who knows his way around hotels. I simply feel comfortable in a hotel lobby, like I belong. These women were just well-dressed. Someone who looked homeless might be more likely to be questioned. So a free breakfast hack only for those who don’t need the free breakfast?

Some hotels – notably Hyatt Places – have tried to verify eligibility for free breakfast. Hyatt keeps changing who is entitled to free breakfast, and to which items at breakfast. Though when they made breakfast only for loyalty program members booking direct properties didn’t actually seem to enforce it much.

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