As the saying goes, there’s no free lunch. But there is free breakfast. Many New York City hotels offer a complimentary breakfast, either as part of the nightly rate or as a special offer to its premium members. Of course, free often translates into mediocre — stale rolls, those little packets of grape jelly, instant coffee. But, there are some hotels that serve morning meals that are a cut above. The Library Hotel Collection, which includes the Library Hotel, Casablanca Hotel, Hotel Giraffe and Hotel Elysee, has a hearty complimentary buffet breakfast that includes yogurts, hot oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, scones, chunky peanut butter and fresh seasonal fruits. Plus, they have soy milk and gluten-free options.
Among the chain hotels, Hyatt Place, which has an outpost in Midtown, features the a.m. Kitchen Skillet, which includes a variety of hot items on a rotating basis, including croissant with egg, spinach and mushrooms; a Santa Fe bagel with ham, egg and chipotle mayo; and waffles, pancakes and French toast.
Marriott’s Residence Inn — which forms part of the new Marriott Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park in Midtown, the tallest hotel in the country — is also called out for its free breakfast buffets. The offerings include hot items such as waffles, eggs and potatoes, along with yogurt, juice and toast. Note that at these larger chain hotels, the early bird gets the breakfast. On weekdays, the Residence Inn breakfast starts at 6:30am, and the earlier you arrive, the better the selection.
Of New York City’s budget hotels, the Apple Core Hotels, which runs the popular and newly remodeled La Quinta Manhattan near Times Square, has one of the better complimentary continental breakfasts, including cereal, oatmeal, donuts, pastries, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and tea.