Fabulous Fridays: Choice Of Elite Breakfast Benefit At The Club Lounge Or Hotel Restaurant

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It’s another Fabulous Friday and this time our topic is Hotels that allow their Elite/Club guests to have breakfast by choice either at the club lounge or full restaurant buffet.

The usual benefit for hotel loyalty program elite members is ‘continental breakfast’ at the club lounge but often hotels are very generous and give the choice to also eat at the restaurant.

We have written on occasion about elaborate hotel breakfasts, sometimes ones that go far beyond the standard of the individual brand such as at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur (see my previous article here).

But properties that do have full club lounges usually try to keep eligible guests up there and in fact real good lounges such as Grand Hyatt Taipei or Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur also have a nice environment to keep your breakfast.

One example is the Grand Hyatt KL where as I mentioned the lounge is already very good, the hotel actually allows the guests to also enjoy breakfast upstairs at the restaurant.

Why is that such a good thing? Because often hotels aren’t really stellar when it comes to the breakfast at their club lounges and the Grand Hyatt Bangkok is a great example for that. When a lounge breakfast is relatively boring I often actively ask if I may eat at the restaurant or I refer to the welcome letter such as the one pictured above. Alternatively I gladly a small surcharge for the restaurant breakfast.

If your rate includes breakfast to begin with this isn’t even a problem because it’s your choice where to take it. Often companies also have negotiated rates that allow breakfast for a nominal fee.

Conclusion

I like when hotels give this choice to their guests. Sometimes you just like a little bite in the morning and want to glance over the daily paper in a quiet environment there are other days when you want to eat a nice big breakfast and the lounge just doesn’t cut it.

Whenever someone says to me that the club lounge is disappointing in the morning I usually recommend to ask a manager if it’s possible to have a proper breakfast in the restaurants. I’ve rarely been turned down and even if I offered to pay a surcharge for the restaurant breakfast which then took care of it.

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