Hotel Cooking

United States
April 28, 2012 8:50pm CST
I was reading in a frugal book about cooking in a hotel room. So while you are on vacation instead of eating out and cold sanwiches. The suggestion was to buy a slowcooker from a thrift shop, I thought that was an excellent idea! Even more excellent maybe an electric griddle wouldn't be a bad idea... you know to make grilled cheese, pancakes, hamburgers ect. Ever cooked in your hotel room? What have you made? We've only made microwave dinners or cold sanwiches way back when we could spend a weekend somewhere.
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• China
29 Apr 12
it is really a great idea,I usually use electric griddle at home for cooking chinese pancakes. I will have a try about using this in hotel, it should be fun. But one problem is that it will be a little heavy to carry when on business.
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• United States
29 Apr 12
Yes but part of the idea is that you pick up the small appliance from a second hand shop from the town you are visiting with. I imagine if you are not driving that you'd just donate the item back to the thrift shop.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
29 Apr 12
Here in my country I don't think Five star and even Tri star hotels are allowed to cooked inside the hotel. But we have some hotels here that like renting a big unit with complete fully furnished that you can cooked food. It is really best for families.
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• United States
29 Apr 12
We always have some cup of noodles with us when we travel. I always get hotels with fridges so we can bring back leftovers from big meals to eat as lunches during the next day. I have not cooked but take advantage of breakfasts at the hotels and only pay for the big meal at nights by eating the leftovers.
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• United States
29 Apr 12
That's very true too. Take the leftovers and store them for lunch the following day which is something I do at home.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
6 May 12
Oh yes. When I go to the beach I splurge for a very nice room right on the beach, but I am able to afford that with the money I save on food. I get a room with a kitchenette and do breakfasts and lunches there. Usually things that are easy to make because it is vacation
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• Canada
29 Apr 12
This would make sense for people who travel for business all the time, and are trying to save money (unless you have an expense account!!), but when I go on VACATION I am not going away in order to cook. When hubby and I went to Montreal, we had a food budget, and we stuck to it. We were on the train for most of the first day, and ate dinner out when we got there. Breakfast at the hotel the next day, then to visit family, so no more paid meals, then the next day breakfast, and lunch at the hotel, dinner out, and the last day breakfast, and then we were on the train to go home. We were aware of the costs, and they were a deciding factor in our budget.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
29 Apr 12
On my mother and my trip to London, we had a hotel with a breakfast. We'd make sandwiches at breakfast and have those for lunch when we were out and then we mostly did eat at the hotel's restaurant for dinner. But on trips, well, last April we drove up to Kansas and we had a microwave in the room to heat water or soups. We did eat out every morning, since there was a nice little cafe near the hotel.
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@GardenGerty (103930)
• United States
1 May 12
At many of the hotels that offer continental breakfast I usually pick up extra fruit, and milk. Sometimes individual peanut butter packets. I have taken things like yogurt as well.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
29 Apr 12
I think there is regulations about that...for fire protection for all the guests. I have stayed in a few places and they have a coffe pot in the room but I am not sure how much they would like having you have a hot plate...I think its a good idea..and probably more healthy of a way to eat.
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• United States
29 Apr 12
That's true you'd probably have to check with where you are staying if you are able to do that. Though I would think with common sense and normal care as you do at home one wouldn't have a problem.
@marguicha (103683)
• Chile
1 Dec 12
I prefer aparthotels so that I can have even a small kitchenette if I have a studio. But I remember that once I went to a hotel (not an apartment) where it rained a lot with a handicapped friend. She could not walk in the rain with her crutches, so I went to buy fried chicken and vegies and we had that for lunch or dinner.
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@squallming (1776)
• Malaysia
30 Nov 12
I generally don't cook much while staying in a hotel as I would prefer to go to nearby eateries to have tastier food. However, there is once that my girlfriend and I stayed in a suite where we are given a kitchen to use. My girlfriend was so delighted and excited to have a kitchen in the room and she bought some instant noodles and frozen food to make a simple yet heart warming dinner for us. That is the only time that we ever cooked in a hotel or suite.
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
29 Apr 12
I was watching survival videos and saw some good ideas too... They cooked noodles and rice in a thermos, using just boiling water, and kept it in the thermos for a few hours. I don't know how it comes to hotel cooking, but I guess it's possible to get some hot water in a hotel. I guess I would bring instant foods and biscuits if I didn't want to spend a lot on food.
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
29 Apr 12
the only things i've cooked in a hotel room are half-boiled eggs and instant porridge. strictly speaking, it's not a hotel room but more like a serviced apartment. we stayed a week in a serviced apartment instead of a hotel when we were vacationing last year. it was more like something to nibble on rather than to fill my stomach. i'm a glutton, who lives to eat and not eat to live. so when i'm on vacation, the destination is always a place where good food abound. i've only visited countries like thailand, china, japan and malaysia. i feel it's such a waste to not eat out when i'm there where the good food is. also, eating at the local eateries is a great way to understand the culture of the country! if i were to cook for myself instead of eating out, i'd much rather stay home.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 12
Yes. Most of the hotels we have stayed in has their own kitchen inside it so we make it a point to enjoy cooked food rather than just buy it elsewhere. While others are pretty bummed up with the idea of cooking in the hotel room, I find it rather enjoyable. Well maybe because I really love cooking in the first place. Some of the dishes I have cooked for my friends and family are beef stew, no bake lasagna, steak, and some desserts. I realized that it can actually save you money if you cook instead of buy food in a hotel because it can be pretty expensive. But the thing is, you really have to set time and patience for it.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr 12
We try to choose motels that provide a good breakfast free and have a frig and microwave. We bring snacks that don't have to be cooked or refrigerated such as trail mix, fruit, etc. We use the frig to keep our blue ice frozen for our little tote we use in the car, and for such things as cheese or yogurt that are self contained. With a full breakfast from the motel, if we aren't traveling for holiday meals with relatives, we normally go out for a late lunch so we get lower cost meals that they might cost at dinner rates. Then we just snack in the evening. It works for us. We try not to eat frozen dinners unless we are desperate. I don't want to spend a vacation cooking. But if we are really taking a vacation, we try to rent a cabin or vacation home by the week, and it will have a full kitchen. We don't normally stay in a hotel unless we are attending an event in the hotel and we don't know our way around the city well enough to drive from a cheaper lodging.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
2 Dec 12
I've made sandwiches in a hotel room but never cooked. Anytime ive stayed in a hotel though its been a couple nights and as a treat/trip or vacation.
@marguicha (103683)
• Chile
6 May 12
I much prefer to stay on an apart hotel with a kitchen or kitchenette although I have managed in an hotel room. When I travel, at least I have all my breakfasts and diners at the hotel room. I eat lunch out if I´m visiting too far away from the hotel. It´s not only cheaper but also healthier. I do have a night out though to eat at a typical restaurant so that I can have a taste of the food they have.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 May 12
Lately I find that more of the hotels that you stay in have microwaves and miniature fridges that you can use while you are staying there, so that does increase the number of things that you can eat in your hotel room. However, taking a crockpot or a griddle/George Foreman grill would be a great thing to have as well. That would definitely mean that you would be able to afford a nice meal during your vacation instead of spending money on several fast food type of meals.
@GardenGerty (103930)
• United States
1 May 12
There are many small electrical appliances that you can take and do this with. It is healthier than all that eating out, and it is especially nice for people with small children. I have taken a hibachi grill and cooked out on the balcony. Most hotels now have at least a coffee maker. I have stayed at resort type hotels that have pretty well equipped kitchens as well. We also like to go to KOA campgrounds. The one in Chula Vista California had a huge outdoor cooking area with grills and tables and cooking surfaces and sinks. When I did census I mostly did soups and sandwiches in my room. It had a fridge and microwave.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
30 Apr 12
I wouldn't think the hotel owner would want a slow cooker, hot plate etc in their rooms. The junky, fraying-wired slow cooker could cause a fire. For the safety of everyone, these things shouldn't be allowed in hotel rooms...IMO.
• India
29 Apr 12
Hello Snuggle Bunnies , i dont know more about cooking in hotel room... ,
• United States
29 Apr 12
I have been to some hotels in the U.S. that have some great cooking. I always enjoy the Continental Breakfast. Just about every hotel I stay at when I am travelling has a Continental Breakfast. I often times will not eat Lunch if I have had a really good breakfast.