Whether with croissants, scrambled eggs or pancakes, thousands of business travellers worldwide begin their day at a hotel-owned breakfast buffet.
Despite this trend, only one third of hotels include breakfast in their basic room rates, according to a recent study by HRS Group of more than 250,000 hotels worldwide.
The remaining two thirds of hotels charge guests a premium for their morning meal, with the price reaching upwards of A$47 in Switzerland's five star hotels.
Of the surveyed cities, Singapore was the most expensive overall with an average hotel breakfast price of A$25.85, with Switzerland and Belgium close in tow – coming in at A$24.60 and A$23.07, respectively.
Closer to home saw prices varying greatly across Asia – while Japan (A$21.66) and Hong Kong (A$21.30) weren’t far behind Singapore, China had a much more reasonable average of A$13.54, with South Korea a trifle more expensive at A$15.01.
If your business is picking up the breakfast tab for a conference, look towards India – hotel breakfasts can be had for A$6.35 in Mumbai, while the Czech Republic and Germany were the next cheapest with average respective breakfast costs of A$12.69 and A$12.52.
At the upper end of the scale, five star hotels in Belgium averaged A$42.20, while those in Germany begin to rival those of Switzerland, with average costs of A$42.52.
Interestingly, one in seven business travellers opt for an ‘early bird breakfast service’ where available, with breakfast offered prior to the regular service hours at an extra charge.
The study did not include results for Australian hotels.
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