Hotel breakfasts and brunches are pretty chilled out most days of the week, and generally involve some low-key combination of toast, eggs, yogurt and cereal. If you’re fancy, there are pancakes and waffles, too. But travelers — and let's face it, locals, too — looking for thoroughly decadent ways to start their days should look to the weekend brunch. Certain hotels do the extravagant brunch better than the rest, offering an endless bounty of champagne, high-end buffet stations, pastry towers and exquisite, rare cuts of meats and fish. Not to mention, of course, the myriad ways to elevate the once-humble egg. Below, our list of America's most extravagant, indulgent, veritably over-the-top (and most expensive!) hotel breakfasts around.
$109: Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay, California
You’ll have a hard time choosing which station to hit first during Sunday brunch at the Navio at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. For $109, you can try all of them: cold appetizers, salad, cheese, charcuterie, fruit, a seafood and raw bar, soup, a caviar station, sushi, a bakery and even a dim sum station filled with pork buns, potstickers and dumplings. When it comes to entrees, you can peruse the bistro bar, a carving station with options like leg of lamb and prime rib and, naturally, the breakfast station with traditional favorites like pancakes, waffles, eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs with chives. Make sure to save some room for dessert, which involves an elaborate spread of cookies, cobblers, ice cream and cakes.
1 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay; 650-712-7000
$105: Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria New York
On Sundays, the Waldorf Astoria’s Peacock Alley restaurant goes all out with a $105 prix fixe brunch filled with Maine lobster bisque, an array of smoked fish, a caviar bar and a raw bar, charcuterie and cheese, an omelet station, buttermilk pancakes and carving stations teeming with sausages, Beef Wellington and honey ham. Then there’s the dessert selection, which involves nearly everything you might want, from tiramisu, cheesecake and flourless chocolate terrine to Baked Alaska lollipops and a dark-chocolate fountain.
301 Park Ave., New York.; 212-872-1275
$90: Sterling Brunch at BLT Steak in Bally’s Las Vegas
The Sterling Brunch at Bally’s has been a Las Vegas staple for decades and offers what Las Vegas Weekly describes as “the brunch benchmark.” For $90, you get access to a seafood buffet stuffed with lobster tails, crab legs, caviar and fresh oysters. With BLT Steak playing host, the brunch also includes the restaurant’s addictive popovers, waiter service, and, of course, fine cuts of meat. And while the price tag might seem excessive — even in a city known for excess — keep in mind that the Sterling Brunch includes bottomless Perrier-Jouët champagne and mimosas.
3645 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas; 702-967-7999
$89: Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
For a Champagne brunch with a view, go to the Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco. Each Sunday, the cocktail bar with 360-degree views over the city by the bay hosts an $89 buffet brunch with bubbly and live piano music. Menu selections here are plentiful and ever-changing; they may include fruits, salads, charcuterie, fresh seafood, caviar with blini, garlic-and-herb-crusted leg of lamb, beef tenderloin medallions, a croque madame Benedict, ricotta and berry stuffed crepes and even dim sum. Not to mention dessert, which has its very own buffet.
999 California St., San Francisco; 415-392-3434
$85: Seasons at The Four Seasons, Washington, DC
Seasons has long held the reputation as the place to see and be seen over a power breakfast in Washington, DC. But the Four Seasons restaurant’s Sunday buffet brunch is also a favorite among Washington’s elite thanks to its incredibly luxe spread — and, at $85, it’s the priciest brunch game in town. Buffet selections change seasonally; this spring, expect the likes of braised beef short ribs, Southern fried chicken, Maryland crab cakes, a fully stocked omelet bar, salads and bagels. There’s a stellar seafood station with everything from oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, and fried calamari to crab claws, lobster Louise and sesame-seared tuna. Each season brings a special rotating station, too, featuring specialties like Japanese ramen or bibimbap from Korea.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC; 202-342-0444
$85: The Biltmore Hotel in Miami
The Biltmore Hotel has long been considered one of the best Sunday brunch options in the Miami area, with a carving station, a tapas and salad station, a sushi station, a pasta station and a seafood, caviar and raw bar. But, of course, you might want to start at the breakfast station, where you can order an omelet, eggs Benedict with black truffle hollandaise, Belgian waffles, cinnamon-raisin French toast, mini quiches, bacon and sausages. And with an $85-per-person price tag, you can bet that there’s a totally insane choice of desserts, including apple pie, fruit tarts, chocolate cake, tiramisu, crème brûlée, chocolate-dipped strawberries and an ice cream, crepes and chocolate-fondue station.
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, Florida; 855-969-3080
Make your way from seafood station to pasta station and beyond as the sounds of the Robert Rivera Ensemble wafts through the atrium at the Sunday City Brunch at The Langham in Boston. Assuming you’re going to have a mimosa or non-alcoholic drink with your eggs — and you should, because there’s an entire Bloody Mary and mimosa bar here — the brunch will run you $81 a person. (It’s $68 without any beverages included.) After you fill up on seafood and breakfast favorites, make sure to hit up the dessert station, which features sweets and goodies from the incredible Chocolate Bar, for which The Langham is renowned.
250 Franklin St., Boston; 617-451-1900
$75: Restaurant R’evolution at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Restaurant R’evolution isn’t just one of the most buzzed-about restaurants in New Orleans — it also offers one of the best and most lavish brunches in the Crescent City. This $75 prix fixe three-course menu begins with choices like a shrimp-and-creole-tomato bisque and eggs a la creme (scrambled eggs with crawfish, smoked paprika and Cajun caviar). Main dishes include short rib grillades and gravy with grits, rotisserie chicken with fondant potatoes and foie gras aioli, and Gulf fish meunière with potatoes Lyonnaise. For dessert? Try the strawberry pain perdu. There’s also an a la carte menu option with even more steak, eggs and shellfish dishes. Whatever your choose, you'll enjoy Sunday breakfast with live music from the Don Vappie Jazz Trio.
777 Bienville St, New Orleans; 504-553-2277
When in Atlanta, treat yourself to a decadent Sunday brunch at the buffet and bubbly at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. For $75, you’ll have access to more than 100 of your favorite breakfast and lunch dishes and, of course, your own custom champagne cocktail from The Café’s bubble bar. There's seafood, salads, sushi, a carving station and waffles; plus, an omelet station where one of the cooks will prepare an omelet with the ingredients of your choosing — including those from other buffet stations.
3434 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta; 404-237-2700
The Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is so expansive that its buffet stations fan out across three rooms. The restaurant is renowned for its holiday brunches — Easter is a blowout — but even on regular Sundays it delivers an indulgent experience. $75 a person will satisfy pretty much any craving: there’s dim sum, an omelet station, a doughnut machine, a custom quesadilla station, sushi, salad, pastries, a carving station, Belgian waffles and curry. Accompany all that with a drink from the Bloody Mary bar or a fresh-squeezed juice, then end the repast with a dip in the chocolate fountain.
300 S Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-273-2222
$70: Sixteen at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago
Surprise! There’s something completely over the top at a Trump property: Sunday brunch at Sixteen at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is a bountiful buffet. For $70 — which includes either a mimosa or a glass of sparkling wine — diners can sample breakfast classics like waffles, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and creations from an omelet bar, as well as assorted bagels and breads. A carving station boasts prime rib, along with shrimp cocktail and crab legs. Kids (who eat for $25) seeking more of an entree situation can order chicken tenders and mini pizzas, while adult entrees include roasted duck and pan-seared scallops. Once you hit the dessert station afterward, you’ll just have to roll home.
401 N Wabash Ave., Chicago; 312-588-8030