Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day...and these hotels took that to heart. Now, if you’re the type of person who considers a cup of coffee sufficient in the morning, this list probably isn’t for you. But if you enjoy some AM indulgence (and who doesn’t when on vacation?), these mouth-watering eats are sure to tickle your fancy.
From lavish spreads to scrumptious specialty dishes, scroll on for the most mind-blowing—not to mention Instagram-worthy—hotel breakfasts in the world. Apologies in advance if your stomach starts growling.
Andaz Scottsdale, Arizona
If you’re hungry after an early hike up Camelback Mountain, head to the Andaz Scottsdale. The menu at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen is loaded with some pretty epic eats. Start with the chorizo scones with green chile, manchego, and cheddar. Another must is the blue corn short stack, loaded with orange-poppy seed custard, rye whiskey syrup, and popcorn. And to wash it down? A scratch-made Bloody Mary.
Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, California
The best way to fuel up before hitting the posh shops on Rodeo Drive? Breakfast at the iconic Beverly Wilshire. Relish in the epicurean pleasure of Norwegian benedict with smoked salmon, poached eggs, potato rosti, hollandaise, and caviar. Or treat yourself to Cali fare such as grilled artisan sourdough piled high with avocado hummus, sunflower seeds, and crispy quinoa. Just be sure to snap a pic before diving into all the deliciousness.
The Savoy, London, United Kingdom
Brits are perhaps best known for afternoon tea, but The Savoy is changing all that. Start your day off right with the corned beef hash with potatoes, sweet peppers, and poached egg, plus a side of savory black pudding. Prefer something on the sweeter side? Try the Belgium waffles with berry ragout, almonds and chantilly cream.
Hotel de Russie, Rome, Italy
Weekend brunch at Hotel de Russie is al fresco. And, honestly, we’re not sure what’s more appealing, the scrumptious spread or the garden setting. What we do know is that digging into Italian delicacies—crudos, crostini, fresh-shucked oysters, salumi, cheeses, pastas prepared in front of you, and pasticcini—is all the more special surrounded by fragrant citrus trees and rose bushes.
Hotel Le Bristol, Paris, France
Hotel Le Bristol is all about the finer things, and breakfast at three-Michelin-starred Epicure is no exception. Chef Éric Fréchon delights diners with decadent dishes like a soft-boiled egg topped with crème fraîche, caviar, and edible 24-karat-gold leaf, accompanied by crunchy mouillettes. Also popular is the pain perdu (French toast). Upping the Parisian opulence is Limoges porcelain and plenty of champagne.
Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg, Russia
It’s been said that there's no better way to understand a culture than through its food. At Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg, chef Aram Mnatsakanov creates contemporary twists on Russian classics. Guests can savor blini—crepes with sour cream, quark, butter, caviar, and a variety of jams—presented on custom-designed ceramic tableware from the renowned Imperial Porcelain Factory.
La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamounia is among the most upmarket properties in Marrakech. As to be expected, breakfast does NOT disappoint. The buffet takes your taste buds on a cultural journey. Feast on Moroccan specialties like batbout and lamb tagine; almost-too-pretty-to-eat French pastries, palmiers, and tarts; and American classics such as made-to-order omelets, roasted potatoes, and smoked salmon. All this, plus a spectacular poolside setting.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento, Italy
Breakfast at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is more than just a meal, it’s an experience. Just-baked pastries, local and international cheeses, veggies, cold meats, cereals, and preserves (the orange marmalade, made with citrus from the garden, is a must)—served buffet style—taste that much yummier in a striking space with 19th-century ceiling murals, exquisite marble columns, and large windows overlooking the Bay of Naples. Adding to the ambiance are the musical stylings of the resident pianist.
Amanemu, Shima, Japan
When in Rome, do as Romans do. When in Japan go to Amanemu for a traditional Japanese breakfast. The signature izakaya-style bento features baked goods, sashimi salad, rolled tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), tofu, steamed rice pot or congee, miso soup, japanese pickles, seasonal fruit, and green tea. Adding to the authenticity are ingredients sourced from the surrounding Ise Shima region. Equally as enticing as the food are the views of Ago Bay.
Babylonstoren, Simondium, South Africa
Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm with a bountiful eight-acre garden. The highlight of breakfast at Babel, an old-cowshed-turned-farm-to-fork-restaurant, is the harvest table—a spellbinding assortment of fresh-picked fruit (think: gooseberries and granadillas), fennel granola, cured meats, wood-fired country bread, hand-churned butter, creamy yoghurt, pressed juices, and hyperlocal honey.