So I work at a hotel that serves free breakfast and dinners (for guests*), though the dinners are only mon-thu.
If you're ever looking for a free meal, I'd recommend checking out if there are hotels near you that do the same. I'm going to reply with a few tips to keep in mind in case you're nervous/unsure how to pass as a guest.
1. Dressing how you would if you just woke up is fine. 100% normal. Some people get ready before breakfast, but tons don't.
2. If you drive there, don't park at the front of the hotel so you can't be seen getting out of your car. If you have to walk up, try to approach from the side of the building.
3. If you see someone outside a side/back exit, tell them you forgot your key in your room and see if they'll let you in. If that's uncomfortable, walk around the building to the front and walk in the direction of the rooms.
4. If you can't tell how to get to the rooms, say something casual like, "which way again?"
5. Front desk people see tons of strangers and usually cannot recognize you. Don't interact too much but don't be concerned about saying hi. We're trained to do that to everyone. I've said hi to the same man 3 times in 5 minutes without realizing.
6. If you don't want to ask how to get to the rooms, see if there's a little shop to look around until you can figure it out. Also check to see if there's a map on the website before if possible.
7. Hang out in the hall by the rooms for 5-10 mins before going to get your food.
8. Take as much as you want. People eat a lot when it's free. No one will notice. In fact, ask for a to go plate for your sleeping spouse. They'll probably wrap it up for you.
9. If you want to go back another day (esp the next!), try to take a side exit so no one notices you leaving immediately with a plate of food.
10. I'd recommend 5 days max at the same place. But business people often stay at the same hotel
(10 cont.) multiple times, only going home for the weekend or a few days at a time.
11. Just remember most hotels are understaffed and underpaid so they're not looking to make more work for themselves.
12. If you're not going alone, have one person walk through the front, ask the front desk when breakfast starts, say you better wake up your partner and let them in through a side door.
@thraeryn 😊 thanks!
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