Continental breakfast is a light meal option offered in hotels that usually includes pastries and baked goods, fruits, toast with jam and butter, and tea or coffee. Higher-end properties may also serve yogurt, granola, fresh berries, whole-grain homemade bread, waffles, juices, assorted cold slices, and more.
Typically, continental breakfast is served buffet-style, implying maximum self-service. It’s convenient for hoteliers because it’s cost-effective, easy to manage with few staff members, and doesn’t require much space to serve.
As a rule, continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
Some other morning meal options that may be served in hotels are an American breakfast, English breakfast, Italian breakfast, etc.