question about breakfast

Old Feb 25, 02, 12:51 pm
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question about breakfast

Just obtained gold status. Is free breakfast a perk? Is this in lieu of an upgrade to a larger room or in addition to the larger room?
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Old Feb 25, 02, 1:14 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by LemonThrower:
Just obtained gold status. Is free breakfast a perk? Is this in lieu of an upgrade to a larger room or in addition to the larger room?</font>
the info you want is all nicely on display at http://www.hilton.com/en/hhonors/benefits/levels.jhtml

AT US Hiltons, "continental" breakfast is included ( Though they should pop to the continent and see what continental breakfast really is )

At Other Hiltons, with Executive Floors, Gold VIPs will be provided with a guest room on the Executive Floor, whenever possible. In cases when there are no Executive Floors or where Executive Floor accommodations have been fully booked, Gold VIP members will be offered a complimentary continental breakfast each morning or an alternative special amenity.

At other brands breakfast is not listed as a benefit

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Old Feb 25, 02, 2:20 pm
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Thanks. I thought perhaps I was missing room service breakfast or something really worth getting.
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Old Feb 25, 02, 4:00 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by LemonThrower:
Thanks. I thought perhaps I was missing room service breakfast or something really worth getting.</font>
No you're not. The free breakfast in the US is not worth having at all. Elsewhere in the world, the breakfasts I have had have been great. US Hiltons are far worse ime than those elsewhere. Other ones with an executive lounge have a decent selection of drinks in the evening and a good breakfast in the morning. There it is worth having

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Old Feb 25, 02, 5:07 pm
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The breakfast thing is hit-and-miss at US locations. Palmer House in Chicago does a great job on the executive floor - both in the evening and in the morning. Hilton Arlington (VA) has a dump for an exec lounge, stale bagels for breakfast, and rarely a bartender in the evening. (Of course, as vigorously as the nasty clerks fight with you when you ask for an exec-level cardkey, you'd think they had 24-hour free open bar.)

Most pristine properties like Palmer House clearly spend a lot of money on their lounges. Fresh fruit, nice selection of breads, good array of juices, coffee, soft drinks, etc. MOST IMPORTANTLY: staff keeping watch to make sure the breakfast area is always well-stocked and clean.

However, at mid-grade places, I like the ones that don't even TRY to run an executive lounge breakfast. (For example, TPA Airport Hilton, Clearwater Beach Hilton, etc.) There, Golds get restaurant certificates good for a hot buffet which, although usually nothing to write home about, is better than the aforementioned Arlington stale bagel.
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