• Celebrate National Buffet Day with these tips
Most hotels offer some sort of continental breakfast buffet nowadays, which is great for the weary traveler, but some guests treat it as their own kitchen — with flung food stuck to pools of syrup or crumbs from various carbs cast about the counterspace.
Here are a few etiquette tips to make your next buffet experience more pleasant for everyone.
Don’t hog the waffle makers - Many wonderful hotels will offer a few waffle makers in their breakfast selection. It’s always great to have a hot option early in the morning: a fresh waffle with hot syrup and melted butter offset by a nice black cup of coffee. Some will forget that they aren’t the only ones who enjoy waffles in the morning and take up every waffle maker for their army of breakfast. They stand guard in front of the station, staring straight ahead at either a ticking timer or simply a light that will turn green once the cooking is over. Don’t be that guy, let someone else make a waffle too, make one. Want another? Go make another. Still need more? Fine, but leave some space for other people that want to eat waffles too.
It’s not a diner - Just eat your breakfast in peace, I get that some people have morning business or maybe really need to talk about the dream they just had but keep it to a dull roar. There are individuals who still haven’t had their morning coffee yet and would greatly appreciate not hearing every detail of someone’s life. Remember, you aren’t in some noisy diner, you’re probably in a quiet hotel lobby full of tired travelers.
Some assembly required - If you like peanut butter or jam on your toast or need a good slathering of cream cheese on your bagel then go for it, just don’t stand at the counter in front of all the condiments and bread while you scrape things over your food. Take the little individually wrapped jellies and butters and sit down before assembling your breakfast so that everyone can grab their food.
Don’t be shy - Maybe it’s the early morning grumps, maybe it’s the insecurity of being accused of something, but so many people will attempt to take a breakfast item, find it gone, sigh, and move on. Most hotel staff will be glad to acquire more food if it is still around breakfast time, they just don’t have the ability to watch all the food all the time, so make sure that if something’s run out, tell a staff member so that the food can be replenished rather than missed.
Breakfast can be a great time to network or speak with other travelers and asking a host about their favorite local areas can be a great start to your day.
Finally, don't forget to thank the staff!