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Here's a Hotel Breakfast That's Totally Worth $41

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  Site Where: Philharmoniker Str. 4, Vienna, Austria, 1010
May 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Yesterday we talked breakfast – specifically, how much you’d spend on it. JasonD says $35; let’s see if this one makes him change his mind.

I’m a sucker for an amazing hotel breakfast, and the buffet at the Hotel Sacher was one of the highlights of my trip to Vienna last year. When I returned this year, even though I wasn’t staying in the Sacher, I made a beeline for the breakfast buffet. The cost? €37, or $41.

Yes, that’s a lot of money for breakfast, but it’s worth every penny. For starters, I was held up a few minutes from getting to my breakfast, because the president of Lithuania was arriving at the hotel #starquality. Then I walked through the tiny jewel box of a residents’ lounge to reach these two ladies who beckon you in, signaling that breakfast is night:

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How Much Would You Pay for a Hotel Breakfast?

May 20, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

When planning a trip to New York later this year, naturally we focused on which new hotels to stay at. Given how long we had to wait for 1 Hotels to open in South Beach, and how impressed we were with the result, we headed over to 1 Hotel Central Park to see what it would take to spend the night.

The answer? From $350-$400 a night and up for an Alcove Queen room. What stopped us dead in our tracks though was the price for breakfast in Jonathan Waxman’s restaurant: $70 per person. We then saw the headline “American breakfast for 2”, so perhaps it was $35 instead? But clicking through, adding two guests did push up our total by a $140. Wowza.

UPDATE 5.22.15: The hotel has told us the $70 price was a mistake. (See comment below.) Breakfast at Jonathan Waxman's restaurant is $35 per person. Phew!

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'Power Breakfasts' Will Be an Important Part of the New Loews Regency Hotel Brand

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

Now that Loews Hotels has officially taken over the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, it's as good a time as any to unveil a new hotel brand.

The Loews Regency San Francisco will join the Loews Regency New York, which reopened last year after a major innovation, and these two properties will be the start of the Loews Regency brand. This also means Loews will now have three brands--the flagship Loews brand, the Loews Regency and the upcoming OE Collection.

Here's what you can expect from a Loews Regency brand. If you like important breakfast meetings, then pay attention.

· Location: Situated in the most sought after locations within a destination.

· Service: Approachable luxury with a personalized style that is warm and engaging.

· Energy : Featuring vibrant lobby bars and lounges, as well as a culture that exudes sophisticated, modern and comfortable touch points. Additionally, each location will have its own Power Breakfast. The famed Power Breakfast was first established in New York and is now a storied institution that attracts top professionals and celebrities to the Loews Regency New York.

So far, there's only New York and San Francisco in the Regency mix but maybe the recently-opened Loews Chicago hotel could be a contender too. We'll keep you posted.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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These Croissants Are Not Just Any Croissants at The AC Hotel New Orleans

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  Site Where: 221 Carondelet Street [map], New Orleans, LA, United States
November 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | ()

Yesterday, we gave you a brief look at the first AC Hotel by Marriott to open in the U.S. We'll have more on the rest of the property and the AC experience next week but we thought we'd leave you with this snapshot of a staple breakfast item at all AC Hotels going forward--croissants.

The buttery, perfectly flaky breakfast pastry is served daily in the AC Kitchen along with other sweet and savory fare, as well as the all-important coffee. (You can get it hot or iced.) But these aren't any old croissants. The dough was made in France, frozen and shipped to New Orleans. It is near perfection. (Perfection is obviously a croissant made and eaten in Paris.)

Breakfast at the AC Kitchen costs $14 for all you can eat. There's no lunch at the kitchen but in the evenings, the adjacent AC Lounge serves up small plates alongside specialty cocktails. We'll have more on that next week as well. Stay tuned!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hampton Inn Upgrades Their Clean & Fresh Beds (And The Post-It Notes Too)

April 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

Last month, we spotted a marketing initiative at work post-it note on the headboard at a Hampton Inn and Suites that read, "Duvet covers & sheets are clean for your arrival."

The note is all a part of Hampton Inn's plan to assure guests that while Hampton might not be a five-star luxury hotel, the beds (and arguably the most important thing in a hotel room) are clean. And now, Hampton is updating the comforting of the bedding too.

The Clean & Fresh Hampton Bed has new fluffy duvet inserts and covers with streamlined bottom corners. The beds will also have four pillows instead of three and at least one of those pillows will be the Down Dreams Soft pillow, reportedly a guest favorite.

The post-it notes are also getting switched up, although we aren't exactly sure what they will say. If you see them in the wild, let us know!

Meanwhile, Hampton's free breakfast is also getting some new options as well as a new name.

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Which Budget Hotel Chain Has the Best Free Breakfast?

October 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

Back in 2009, we put out a poll that asked HotelChatter readers what they thought was the best free breakfast amongst U.S. budget chain hotels. The answers ranged from humorous to discouraging, from "Hampton gets me percolating" to "Lets be honest, all the free breakfasts are pretty gross!"

Well, here we are four years later, and we have a whole new host of free breakfast options out there, including Element, Hyatt House, and Home2 Suites to go along with the usual suspects (Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard, etc).

Although we still think European hotels do a better job of providing solid complimentary breakfasts, it's good to see the concept catching on in the States. We'd love to see it keep going and become a normal inclusion in the rate at all hotels, and we think the ensuing competition would lead to better breakfasts overall.

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The Loews Regency Hotel Will Reopen At Last on January 16

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  Site Where: 540 Park Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
October 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM | by | ()

The Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue shuttered its doors last January leaving the NYC's power breakfasters suddenly homeless. But come January 16th, the landmark hotel will be making eggs and bacon again, amongst other things.

The hotel is finishing up an extensive $100 million renovation, that's been spearheaded by Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, and which has overhauled 379 guest rooms (above) including 58 suites as well as created a new restaurant and a new salon and spa, along with new private meeting spaces and a fitness center.

While we already knew that the salon and anti-aging spa will be run by celebrity stylist Julien Farel, we're a little more interested in the return of the restaurant, especially since it was so well-loved by so many powerful people.

Loews promises a new dining concept managed by New York restaurateurs Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli of the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group. (Their Sant Ambroeus restaurant on West 4th is favored by celebs and models alike.) Together they will work Executive Chef Dan Silverman to bring a market-fresh menu filled with "modern interpretations of classic dishes" combined with "international flavors and palates."

But will Larry King still be able to get his Cheerios with blueberries? We hope so.

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Free, Hot Breakfasts Are Coming To Fairfield Inn & Suites

April 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

No hotel breakfast can (or should) ever compete with a proper home-cooked meal in the comfort of your own kitchen, but it certainly helps when the breakfast is free. And that's what Fairfield Inn & Suites is planning to do at every one of their hotels, starting tomorrow.

On Friday April 5, the Marriott-owned brand will join the ranks of competitors like Hampton Inn and Hyatt Place by offering complimentary hot breakfasts for all guests. On the menu will be freshly scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, sausage patties, turkey bacon, Belgian waffles, and Quaker oatmeal (all, of course, in addition to the regular cold spread of yogurts, cereal, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels and pastries). Mmm…we're getting hungry just thinking about it.

And speaking of hungry: if you live in Manhattan, you'll get to celebrate the launch by claiming a free breakfast burrito at a food truck that will be parked outside Penn Station, on the corner of 33rd and Seventh Avenue.

The free meals will be handed out to the first 2,500 morning commuters who pass by. Though, if you happen to be an actual Fairfield guest, then you don't need to worry, as the complimentary hot breakfast menu kicks in at all of Fairfield's 700 properties throughout the US, Canada and Mexico on the same day.

Bon appetit!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Al Sharpton's 'Power Breakfast' Is No More At The Loews Regency

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  Site Where: 540 Park Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
September 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM | by | ()

Remember when we said the Loews Regency was prepping for a $70 million renovation? Well, the hotel is now scheduled to close on Jan 1 when the work begins. No big deal. The city has about a million other hotels to choose from.

However, the news has proved slightly traumatic for a particularly attached group of executives, investment bankers and media personalities, all accustomed to having their "power breakfasts" inside the hotel. To accommodate them, the hotel has signed a contract with a nearby Park Avenue restaurant to recreate the scene between 7am and 10am each morning, ensuring Larry King gets his usual Cheerios with blueberries, and Rev. Al Sharpton's whole wheat toast is browned just the way he likes it.

Loews Chariman Jonathan Tisch told the Post: "When we announced the closing, people stopped me on the verge of tears." Yikes.

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At Giraffe Manor In Nairobi, Breakfast Is A Truly Communal Experience

Where: Nairobi, Kenya
August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

It sounds like breakfast at Giraffe Manor is well worth getting up for—and not just for the coffee. Located in Nairobi, the 140-acre estate is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, which are apparently some of the rarest on earth. And in the mornings, they like to put on a little show.

Guests are discouraged from approaching the animals as they roam the land, but it's a whole different story at 9am when the giraffes show up outside the hotel, poke their heads in through the windows and eat directly off the table like humans. Apparently, the protein pellets the kitchen serves up are some of the best in the area.

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The Chef at Le Meurice is Cooking Up Something Exquisite for Your Room Service Breakfast

Where: Paris, France
April 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM | by | ()

If you've ever had the luxury of staying at Le Meurice in Paris, then hopefully you've had the luxury of dining on some of their sumptuous treats like Flowerbomb cake or their macaroons or their Queen cake or the vegetarian club sandwich down in 228 Bar.

But now, instead of cakes and sandwiches, it's room service breakfast that's getting the royal treatment at the hotel. And it sounds amazing.

The NY Times reports on new type of room service that's being developed by the hotel's master chef, Yannick Alléno, using an exquisite handcrafted trunk from trunk maker Moynat:

The master chef from Hotel Le Meurice had the idea of making hotel breakfasts as exquisite as a Michelin starred dinner. So his concept was literally built into a trunk — a roll-along case with five doors opening on fine bone china, cutlery and condiments. A meal can then be cooked in the room in front of the guests. To demonstrate, Mr. Alléno produced eggs, butter and herbs, turned on the gas and proceeded to cook, saying: “There are no limits for breakfast: poached eggs, scrambled, omelettes and if a guest wants an English breakfast, we have bacon.”

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Where To Eat Pancakes in Hotels For National Pancake Day

February 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Yup, today is National Pancake Day—always kinda sneaks up on ya, doesn't it?

In an effort to raise awareness for Children's Miracle hospitals, IHOP is offering a free short stack to every customer that walks into the restaurant today. Which is awesome. But, at the same time, it's IHOP, and we like to think our palates are slightly more refined.

Instead, consider a pancake breakfast at a hotel today. Not a guest? Not a problem. These hotel restaurants are all open and accessible to non-guests—trust us, the food is so good, they're worth the trip. And yes, we've managed to come up with more suggestions than just the pancake machines at Holiday Inn Express hotels. If we wanted to make our own, we'd just have stayed at home!

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