As a Hyatt Diamond, I receive free breakfast at all properties, which, in and of itself, can be quite valuable depending on the location – take, for example, Paris or the Maldives.
I’m not sure why, but it’s occurred to me lately that when I tip the server at breakfast (I put it on the bill and don’t leave cash), it always seems to be removed at check-out. Why?
Well, according to Hyatt, their policy is to not accept tips for the complimentary breakfast offering. Via their terms and conditions:
In Hyatt hotels that do not have a Regency Club or Grand Club lounge, daily complimentary full breakfast (tax and gratuity included) will be provided to the member and each guest registered in the room, maximum four (4) people. For stays at Hyatt Regency Bethesda, daily continental breakfast (tax and gratuity included) will be provided to the member and each guest registered in the room, maximum four (4) people.
When there’s good service, I do want to make sure the server is taken care of, and I’m concerned that Hyatt may not be tipping them adequately, though heard a rumor once that they were tipped 18% of the final bill (I’m not sure how accurate that is). Interestingly, the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome has started offering Platinum guests 50% off breakfast, which, by my guess, would not include the tip or taxes. So, you’ll still have to pay for that there.
In all, Hyatt is very generous with their breakfast program:
- In most properties, I’m offered breakfast for up to 4 people, regardless of whether there’s anyone else staying with me in the room. Actually, I’m more often than not proactively offered to go bring friends or family since I have “three more slots to fill” at the breakfast table. So generous.
- In properties that say they offer breakfast to include coffee, juice and (1) entree, I’ve never had a circumstance where ordering a side, an extra drink (non-alcoholic, of course) or other usually chargeable item on the bill has resulted in me actually paying for it. Again, very generous.
I find it funny the Hyatt Regency Bethesda (which I’ve reviewed here) is specifically mentioned as offering a complimentary continental breakfast, separate from the rest of the hotels. In fact, their breakfast is an a-la-cart service where you walk into a room, grab whatever you want from an assortment of pastries, yoghurt, breakfast sandwiches, chilled egg dishes, etc. So, perhaps they deserve a “special mention,” though I’m not really sure why.
What’s your experience tipping at Hyatt hotels for included breakfast?
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