There are a lot of things that make a hotel great, from the design of the building, to the comfort of the bed, to location, location, location. But there’s no arguing one of the biggest factors is that first morning meal, whipped up fresh to order as soon as you’ve rolled out of bed. Here, for your appreciation, are some of our favorite breakfasts from among the more than 280 hotels in our handpicked global collection of Design Hotels™ properties. So wake up and smell much more than coffee.
London, United Kingdom
Boundary, part of design icon Sir Terence Conran’s restaurant and hotel empire, is a large part of what made London’s Shoreditch neighborhood one of the hippest in the world. And the hotel’s beating heart is its all-day café, British food shop, and bakery, the Albion, where East Londoners and hotel guests gather daily to devour nostril-seducing baked goods like Marmite scrolls, croissants, and cinnamon, pistachio, and white chocolate swirls.
San Rafael, Mexico
Originally an agricultural estate built by French immigrants who came to Veracruz, Mexico, in the 19th century, Maison Couturier is a secluded tropical sanctuary that preserves the heritage of its founders. Among other Gallic indulgences, this means tantalizing breakfast offerings including handmade artisanal cheese and wood-fired water bread based on old family recipes.
Speaking of French indulgence, Le Roch is a soft-lit, pastel hideaway in the heart of Paris’ gorgeous 1st arrondissement, where a phenomenal breakfast buffet features fresh, local, and artisanal products served under the skylight or on a patio looking out on the city of light.
A classic of 1960s hotel architecture in local stone and Cycladic whites, Mykonos Theoxenia is a serene hideaway just a stone’s throw from the Greek island’s iconic windmills. What’s more, the fantastic, farm-fresh breakfast is served al fresco overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Almost levitating at the top of a hill, this 41-room property is the first five-star luxury boutique hotel set in what is now arguably Lisbon’s coolest quarter—Príncipe Real. The à la carte breakfast of breads, pastries, cold cuts, fresh juices, crêpes, and cooked-to-order eggs can be enjoyed on a lovely terrace overlooking Lisbon.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Ever wanted to eat breakfast in bed on a private white-sand Pacific beach? If so, the Library, a lush, minimalist resort on the Thai island of Koh Samui, is the hotel for you. And it’s not just about the view: cold-pressed juices, made-to-order eggs, and unfathomably delicious pancakes are just some of the Library’s breakfast offerings.