So I work at a hotel that serves free breakfast and dinners (for guests*), though the dinners are only mon-thu.
If you're ever looking for a free meal, I'd recommend checking out if there are hotels near you that do the same. I'm going to reply with a few tips to keep in mind in case you're nervous/unsure how to pass as a guest.
1. Dressing how you would if you just woke up is fine. 100% normal. Some people get ready before breakfast, but tons don't.
2. If you drive there, don't park at the front of the hotel so you can't be seen getting out of your car. If you have to walk up, try to approach from the side of the building.
3. If you see someone outside a side/back exit, tell them you forgot your key in your room and see if they'll let you in. If that's uncomfortable, walk around the building to the front and walk in the direction of the rooms.
4. If you can't tell how to get to the rooms, say something casual like, "which way again?"
5. Front desk people see tons of strangers and usually cannot recognize you. Don't interact too much but don't be concerned about saying hi. We're trained to do that to everyone. I've said hi to the same man 3 times in 5 minutes without realizing.
6. If you don't want to ask how to get to the rooms, see if there's a little shop to look around until you can figure it out. Also check to see if there's a map on the website before if possible.
@irina that's exactly why I said you should go back by the rooms! You have to look like you came from inside. But if the breakfast section asks for a room, say something with a lower number 205 etc. The breakfast people don't have a computer to verify so as long as it's a real number there's no verification usually.
If they tell you that's the wrong number, say you stay at too many hotels and laugh it off and try again. This is way you might get caught.
@irina however, residence inn/homewoods are smaller hotels and generally have much less security than others
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