Candlewood Suites is a extended stay brand from Intercontinental Hotels Group. Their brand promise is that they “offer a more casual kind of longer stay, where you’ll always feel at home, at your best and really productive while on the road”. I felt like I had stayed at a Candlewood Suites hotel before but maybe I had never actually done it. This weekend though, as part of my epic 1800 mile road trip through Texas and Louisiana (and slight parts of Mississippi and Arkansas), I ended up staying at the Candlewood Suites in Longview Texas (between Dallas and Shreveport on the map below), since it was only 5000 points on the current IHG Point Breaks list.
Do Candlewood Suites offer breakfast? What I found out?
Our flight arrived into the Austin airport about 5pm, so by the time we drove out to Longview, it was pretty late. We just checked in and got to our room. It was a nice room
and featured a mini kitchenette (which we didn’t use)
I guess I just assumed that Candlewood Suites offered free breakfast. But when I looked through the hotel information, I could not find anything about the breakfast time or what Candlewood Suites offered for breakfast. I went out to the front desk area and immediately saw that there was no real space to have a breakfast, and indeed the gentleman at the front desk confirmed that there was no breakfast. Again, I was surprised because I felt like I had stayed at Candlewood Suites hotels before that HAD offered breakfast, and when I think about other hotels that are in the same category as Candlewood Suites (they are classified as “Midscale” so La Quinta, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Wingate), they nearly all offer at least a continental breakfast!
At Candlewood Suites they offer the “Candlewood Cupboard” which has overpriced snacks and things.
Thanks but no thanks – if I want overpriced snacks for my road trip I’ll just pick them up at the gas station 🙂
How to tell if your Candlewood Suites offers free breakfast
But after looking around, there ARE some Candlewood Suites that offer free breakfast. So while it is somewhat frustrating to not know what to expect from staying at a Candlewood Suites (the way you can expect delicious cinnamon rolls at a Holiday Inn Express), there is a way to find out so you can manage expectations. The simple trick to tell if your Candlewood Suites hotel offers breakfast (hot, continental or otherwise) is to just look on the hotel website. Wikipedia suggests that “Candlewood Suites does not offer a free continental or hot breakfast at every location, though certain locations may offer one”. I could not find a Candlewood Suites location that offers free breakfast, but if you’re aware of one, please leave it in the comments
And yes, I do understand that some people may prefer to do breakfast on their own rather than eat a low quality continental breakfast, but I am a planner and so I like to at least know what I’m getting into
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Candlewood Suites BWI does! (yep, got it on pointbreaks! 🙂 )
Get thee to the CS at Tucson Airport, just to the east of the airport road, the last mile before the airport terminal, with car parks on the west, and lines of htls on the east. The CS is behind the Courtyard. I recall an extensive breakfast (cooked), a very personable reception staff, a 4am snack (free)on my day of departure and manager’s evening receptions of salad and reasonable lasagna with flat beer and house wines. All for 5000 points/n. Stayed two nights.
Not so happy about the clientele, but as they say in Yorkshire, one don’t look at the mantelpiece when one is poking ‘t fire.
Are you sure that’s not the Staybridge Suites? https://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/tucson/tussb/hoteldetail
Well spotted Dan, it was indeed the Staybridge! Silly me. Must be a message in there for the people who do Branding, for me to have got it wrong!
Stayed there Sep 13.
You’re actually the 2nd person to make that mistake. The comment above about the Candlewood Suites BWI airport was also referring to the Staybridge Suites BWI airport 🙂
Staybridge suites is a step up from Candlewood and Staybridge offers breakfast.
Or barring that, just call before you’re planning on picking a place.
Next question is did you know some HI express locations have evening reception w beer. The one in Tupelo MS does
Yes – we stayed at one in Torrington Wyoming that had one as well
This needs to be the top comment.