Modified American Plan for Hotel and Resort Guests

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The Modified American Plan, sometimes abbreviated as MAP in hotel listings, means that the quoted rate includes two meals a day, including breakfast and either lunch or dinner. In the Modified American plan, these meals are provided on site, and they usually are furnished in the hotel dining room.

Some hotels offer guests the option of being on the American Plan, a Modified American Plan, or paying a la carte for food consumed in their facility. Travelers choosing a hotel in a remote location where there are not many restaurants—or none at all—are best served by selecting a hotel that offers at least a Modified American plan.

In Europe and some other countries, the Modified American Plan may be referred to as half-pension or half-board.

What are the Advantages of the Modified American Dining Plan?

  • It should be cheaper than the three-meals-a-day American Plan. If your hotel also offers the latter, compare the difference to know if you're saving money by skipping a hotel meal.
  • It gives you the freedom to try other restaurants. So take the opportunity to try something completely different from the fare served at your hotel.
  • You have the convenience of knowing where your meals will be provided. If you're not foodies and the property offers a variety of dishes, you may be perfectly happy eating there every day.

What are the Disadvantages of the Modified American Dining Plan?

  • It squelches your sense of dining adventure. When you know you've already paid for a meal, it seems wasteful to search for and eat someplace else.
  • Food choices are typically limited. If the menu is small and substitutions are not allowed or available, you're out of luck.
  • The food could be unappealing. While there's little that a place can screw up when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals might not be to your liking.
  • Food is served during specified hours. In most cases, meals are available during prescribed hours, and if you don't show up then, you'll have to pay for a meal elsewhere.
  • A boon for people with a small appetite. Not everyone starts the day with breakfast or wants to eat a full lunch. If you're a meal skipper, the Modified American plan will work for you.

How to Get the Most out of a Modified American Dining Plan

Eat breakfast and dinner at the hotel and lunch out. Here's why: In restaurants around the world, it's more expensive to order dinner than lunch. Also, before you book this plan, ask the hotel to show you a sample menu so that you will have an idea of the typical fare offered.

Other Hotel Dining Plans Travelers Should Know About

  • American Plan: The American Plan means that the nightly rate quoted by a hotel or resort includes three meals a day, e.g., breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Continental Plan: The Continental Plan means that the quoted rate includes breakfast on the premises for every guest who occupies a room overnight.
  • European Plan: The European Plan means that the quoted rate is strictly for lodging and does not include any meals.
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