I’ve been traveling on business long enough to remember when a free hotel “breakfast bar” consisted of a few packets of instant oatmeal, a bin of stale muffins, and a pot of coffee of doubtful provenance. It was a sad, grim place that you wanted to leave at the earliest opportunity– if you even went there in the first place.
No more! Now hotel breakfast bars are actually decent places to have breakfast. The breakfast bar at the Hyatt House in Lakewood, Colorado, where I stayed this week, had fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and toppings, cooked bacon, eggs, and potatoes, cereal, muffins, bagels, and bread, different kinds of juices and coffee, and a made-to-order omelet station that turned out a really good, piping hot omelet. The surroundings were spotlessly clean, bright and cheerful, and you could read the Wall Street Journal while you ate. It was such a nice place I actually heard a guy go up and order a second omelet.
Imagine! A hotel breakfast bar where you’d actually like to linger for a while. It’s a welcome change.