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July 22, 2015 08:00 ET

The 10 Best Countries to Snag a Free Hotel Breakfast

Hipmunk Releases First-Ever Free Hotel Breakfast Index

SAN FRANCISCO,CA--(Marketwired - July 22, 2015) - Who doesn't love a free hotel breakfast? It's travelers' favorite free amenity, but it may be harder to come by than many think. A new study from travel website Hipmunk examined amenities data for the hotels in its database and found that only 14 percent of hotels globally offer the morning meal for free.

Although overall the global free breakfast numbers are low, certain countries are a safer bet for travelers who like to squeeze in a complimentary breakfast before a day of sightseeing. 43 percent of U.S. hotels offer the perk and 32 percent of hotels in Tanzania do as well. Get ready for café con leche: five out of the top ten free breakfast-serving countries are in Latin America. The only top-ten country in Europe is Sweden.

 
Countries with the highest % of hotels providing free breakfast
     
Rank Country % Free Breakfast
   
1 United States 43%
2 Tanzania 32%
3 Honduras 30%
4 Peru 29%
5 Sweden 29%
6 Tunisia 28%
7 Bolivia 27%
8 Cambodia 25%
9 Colombia 24%
10 Uruguay 24%
   

Travelers wanting to get the most bang for their hotel buck will be pleasantly surprised that U.S. budget hotels are most generous. Free flapjacks flow at more than 50 percent of U.S. two-star hotels, but the free offerings disappear as hotel star ratings increase. Only 10 percent of four-star hotels and a mere 5 percent of five-star hotels in the U.S. offer free breakfast. On the contrary, when traveling outside the U.S., whether staying at a two-star or a five-star hotel, the chance of encountering the amenity is about the same (roughly 20 percent).

For more details on hotels and free breakfast, visit the Hipmunk blog. To learn more about Hipmunk or book your next trip, visit www.hipmunk.com, or download the mobile app for free from the App Store and Google Play.

Methodology
On behalf of Hipmunk, Priceonomics analyzed hotel amenities data for more than 500,000 hotels available globally on Hipmunk. In conjunction with the vast number of vacation rental properties on the site, Hipmunk offers more than 1.3 million accommodation options.

About Hipmunk
Hipmunk is the fastest, easiest way to plan travel. The site and mobile apps help save time and money by comparing top travel sites to show the perfect flight or hotel at the cheapest price. Hipmunk offers the most comprehensive travel search, from commercial flights, trains, and charter flights to hotels and vacation rentals through Airbnb and HomeAway. The unique display makes it easy to visually compare results to choose the best option.

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