Every good hostel will offer you breakfast in the morning – whether it is complimentary (included in the price), or something a bit better that you need to pay for on top. Either way, the facility should always be there, but more importantly for the majority of hostels which do offer breakfast in the mornings – what makes a good breakfast by hostel standards? When you’re only paying €10 a night for instance what should you be able to expect?
First off, lets start with the basics! The things that should always be included in a hostel breakfast whether it is an add on that you pay for or included in the price of the bed.
Never have I been to a hostel where the breakfast didn’t include some sort of bread, rolls, or croissants! It’s a staple food included in most diets around the world, so no matter where you are in the world you should be able to expect bread as a minimum in most hostel breakfasts.
Again, like bread this is usually one of the minimums included. Some hostels will offer a wider range of spreads than others. You may get butter, jam, chocolate spread, marmalade, or something else. As a minimum though you can expect 1 or 2 spreads on top of bread that can be toasted or you’re not getting your moneys worth!
You’ll usually find a basic selection of cereals available in your hostel breakfast as a basic.
Whether you use it for your cereal or for some tea or coffee, milk is also something you should expect to get in any basic hostel breakfast.
Most hostels will offer tea or coffee as part of the breakfast. In fact, you’ll find many offer it free 24/7! You’ll usually find sugar is also something that you have access to 24/7 in many hostels.
And last but not least, you should expect to get some sort of fruit juice/squash included in your hostel breakfast!
Any hostel which doesn’t offer all of the above as a basic in it’s breakfast usually isn’t a very good hostel in my opinion. You should be able to get the above as a minimum in the morning, even if you have to pay an extra subsidiary for it!
What makes a GREAT hostel breakfast?
When you’re staying somewhere like PLUS you can usually expect a lot more for breakfast in the morning for a cheap price at our in-house bar/restaurants! For a start there will be hot food on offer as well as the usual basics mentioned above which are typically served cold.
It’s amazing how a few eggs can suddenly make a dull breakfast look and taste yummy! At PLUS you will always have some sort of eggs on offer, whether it’s scrambled, boiled, or presented in another way, you’ll always have eggs on offer as part of your hostel breakfast here.
There will also usually be fruit and (salad) vegetables of some sort on offer to make sure you are getting a balanced meal! A great hostel will always make sure there is this healthy addition to any breakfast as it’s important you get your 5 a day, or at least have the choice to choose healthily!
Cold meats & cheese
At PLUS you’ll usually find there is also a selection of cold meats and cheese on offer to go with your bread.
Other hot foods
Other hot food can vary, but usually at PLUS you’ll get things like beans and sausages included in your breakfast too.
At any PLUS hostel you go to you can expect an above average breakfast compared to many other hostels around the world because we have a team of people making your food. It’s also an “all you can eat” style buffet, so for around €6 you really get your moneys worth! Either way, a good hostel should at the very least offer you the basics mentioned in this blog post for your breakfast each morning or it’s not doing a very good job!
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