From Los Angeles to New York to destinations further afield, Diener shares his money saving tips like planning ahead and choosing destinations that are most likely to offer free food in their room rates (Florida and California).
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Whether traveling for business or pleasure and with or without kids in tow, Diener suggests the free eats can be found at the big chains like Holiday Inn, Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hampton Inn & Suites but Diener notes that even trendy hotels are upping the ante with hipper food options, like Kimpton Hotels, W Hotels, and The Standard.
One of Diener's money-saving tips that costs more upfront but may pay off in the long run is to book a room on, or get upgraded to, the concierge floor to take advantage of the free food that is served throughout the day.
Diener also suggests partaking in happy hours at hotels in destinations such as South Beach and San Francisco where wine, cheese and other happy hour treats are becoming popular daily rituals.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.