Whether the goal is to stave off a toddler meltdown or to take the mealtime pressure off parents already drained from a day of touring, there's no better way to banish the low blood sugar blues and stretch a family travel budget than an instant supply of free and familiar food. Hampton Hotels
offer guests a complimentary hot breakfast buffet along with optional "On the Run" Breakfast Bags, (available Monday through Friday). Members of the Holiday Inn
Express chain present a hot buffet, complete with an automatic pancake maker. From Monday through Thursday, Homewood Suites by Hilton
locations expand their free offerings from complimentary breakfast to include a nighttime "Welcome Home" reception with dinner and free beverages. Embassy Suites
provides a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, including custom omelets, along with a nightly "Manager's Reception" with free light appetizers and drinks.
Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Check into the Four Seasons Hotel Boston
, where on Saturday nights, kids are invited to join staff in a free "Raid the Fridge" late-night, snack-finding mission.
If you're planning an extended stay, you might appreciate the complimentary grocery-shopping and provisioning services offered by a number of chains, which feature accommodations with cooking facilities, like Residence Inn
and Homewood Suites. In the luxury category, Trump hotels feature a personal "Attache" who will shop and stock your kitchen for you. Though standard rooms lack cooking facilities, the Walt Disney World Swan
and Walt Disney World Dolphin
resorts feature a novel service called "Personal Pantry," delivering value-priced beverages and snacks directly to your in-room refrigerator.