Is Hotel Room Coffee Free?

If you can’t get the day rolling without a cup of coffee or tea, even when you are traveling, you might be curious about whether the coffee and tea in your hotel stay are free, or are you going to get charged extra for it?

Today, I will answer this questions and more, in addition to some tips to avoid those hotel tricky charges.

Let’s kick things off.

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Is the coffee and tea in your hotel room really free?

Most hotels allow you to consume the complimentary coffee and tea provided in your hotel room for no additional charges. 

Even though this doesn’t mean that you are not paying for it.

Because hotels do not want to lose any cash, they include everything in the overall room rate, so you’re basically paying for them when you book the hotel room. 

For example if a room is $59 without any complimentary amenities (coffee, tea, WiFi etc …), the hotel might charge an extra $20 if they provide free coffee and tea, which will increase the total booking to $79.

If the hotel has a snack bar or a mini-bar in the room which is a trap, you have to pay for everything you consume when you are going to check out.

In that case, the coffee and tea packets will be clearly labeled with the price, and the price will be added to your check-out receipt.

Some luxury hotel chains like Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, and Wyndham offer complimentary coffee and tea without including these items on your final checkout receipt.

Obviously the cost of these complimentary items is already included in their overall high prices.

How to know if the coffee and tea in your hotel room is free

The best way to know if the coffee and tea in your hotel room is free is to ask the hotel staff or hostess before you use them.

You can call the front desk or the housekeeping service and inquire about the hotel’s policy on coffee and tea consumption.

If you’re not sure, it’s better to be safe than sorry and consuming the coffee or tea in your room, as you don’t want to get an unpleasant surprise when you check out and see an extra charge on your bill.

What if your hotel does not offer free coffee or tea?

If you’re a coffee or tea lover, and your hotel does not offer free coffee or tea or you are not simply satisfied with the quality or variety of the coffee and tea provided in your hotel room. Here are some options to enjoy the best coffee and tea while traveling.  

  • Bring your own coffee and tea: If you have a favorite brand or blend of coffee or tea, you can pack some in your luggage and bring it with you. You can use the coffee maker or kettle in your room, or you can buy a portable travel coffee maker or kettle that you can plug into any outlet. This way, you can brew your own coffee or tea anytime and anywhere you want.
  • Explore local coffee shop and tea culture: One of the joys of traveling is discovering new flavors and experiences. You can try the local coffee and tea specialties in your destination, and learn more about their history and traditions.

Watch out for the hotel devices 

If you want to craft a delicious cup of coffee or tea or to make a Yuenyeung, it’s important to make sure the coffee maker or tea kettle is really clean before you fire them up.

Some hotels (but not all) might forget to clean these things a lot.

I usually don’t use them. If I don’t bring my own coffee maker, I either buy coffee in the hotel lobby and take it to my room or I go to a local coffee shop to enjoy a cup of coffee there.

Final Thoughts

Many times, your account has been charged before you even open that coffee or tea packet, so feel free to enjoy them without any hesitation. 

However; if you want to take one or two packets of coffee and tea with you to make a flavorful drink later, that’s totally okay. Just try not to take everything the hotel provides.

Alternatively, If you don’t want to spend money on beverages at the hotel, it is a chance to discover local coffee shops and tea houses, you might discover some tasty local treats.

Hope this helps 

Happy travels.

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