SHORT VERSION - FREE Breakfast for Plats and higher across all brands except:
NO FREE BREKKY at Ritz Carlton, Design Hotels, Edition, Gaylord, Marriott Executive Apartments, Grand Residences & Execustay plus Marriott/Sheraton/Vistana/Westin Vacation Clubs
and 2 special Autograph exemptions - Atlantis Bahamas and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Longer version, well the new Bonvoy scheme is now fully revealed and we know it’s anything but simple with Marriott struggling in its negotiations with franchisees to bring about consistency in elite treatment between the myriad of brands, with the breakfast benefit proving particularly torturous as although it’s now more widely available than ever before there are still both brand and property-specific carve-outs and even where provided the methodology of providing the free breakfast is like a maze. But here I hope to guide you through it all so you know what to expect when you stay.
The complex patchwork of free breakfast provision is a long distance from Marriotts wide ranging announcement in Spring 2018 that all Platinum elites and higher would receive free breakfast across almost all it’s hotels and it turns out how this is provided varies, some brands it’s because it’s included in the rate, others it’s straight breakfast in the lounge. Others it’s a welcome option. Other brands it’s an F&B credit. And the rule is not steady across many brands with some brands having lounges and resorts of certain brands differing their approach against the rest of the brand.
So, what goes where? And where can’t Platinums, Titanium’s and Ambassadors breakfast for free?
At first I was going to provide a list, then realised I wasn’t actually that sure myself, so instead I posted this hoping we could all work together to provide a clear summary of breakfast across the brands, and so it’s turned out.
Acknowledgments to erc for his reply adding in the no weekend breakfast properties, ks83 for reminding me that I’d missed out Gaylord entirely and chrissss0r for the bright idea that if you’re not bothered about how Plats end up with free breakfast then the list you really want is the ones that dont do free breakfast at all. Although they appear on the list at point 8, I will highlight these prodigal brands here as well:
NO FREE BREAKFAST FOR YOU, NOT EVER - NEVER, SO DON’T ASK!
So the Platinum Free Breakfast is best summarised as follows:
1. Brands offering free breakfast in the rate to all guests
Element, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites & TownePlace Suites
2 - Brands with Lounges (hence breakfast is part of lounge access)
JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph, Delta, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Westin & Courtyard
NB - Not all hotels in these brands have lounges, most Courtyards don’t have lounges but some in Asia do
A handful these brands don’t offer weekend Plat breakfast, see erc’s list below
3. Brands where lounge closed/no lounge, breakfast is free in restaurant
JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph & Delta (plus those few Courtyards where there is a lounge & it’s closed)
4. Brands where lounge closed/no lounge restaurant breakfast is a welcome amenity choice
Le Meridien, Sheraton & Westin
5. Brands where breakfast is a $10pp daily F&B welcome amenity choice
Moxy, AC & Courtyards without lounges (that’s almost all CYs worldwide!)
6. Brands where restaurant breakfast is a welcome amenity choice
St Regis, W, Luxury Collection, Tribute, Aloft, Four Points & Protea
7. ***Resort Brands*** with no Plat lounge access, restaurant breakfast is a welcome amenity choice
****Resorts**** JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance and Autograph ****Resorts****
8. Brands without any free breakfast for anyone, not ever!
Ritz, Design, Edition, Gaylord, Grand Residences, Executive Apartments, Execustay, all the different Vacation Clubs plus 2 special exemptions, the Atlantis Bahamas and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas