While browsing through the different hotel website, travel portals, packages etc. we come across different rates for the same room.


It is… Because there is addition & subtraction of different meals to the room rate.


Because different people different needs…

In this post, I am decoding the abbreviation & illustrating the difference between the meal plans in the hotel listing.

There are 4 types of meal plans which is added to the basic room rate to aggregately form the total tariff.

Universally EP, CP, AP & MAP are the 4 renowned plans.

European Plan

European plan or EP is the basic amongst all other meal plans. To be more precise it is the lowest rate of any given hotel. Reason being, it’s the “ONLY ROOM” rate WITHOUT  any MEAL or beverages.

Who should opt for it: 1) if you are a gourmand who likes to go on an eatery hopping tour or 2) If you are not a morning person

Continental Plan:

Abbreviated as CP. In the CP plan (Continental) breakfast is included with the room cost. This morning meal can be served in the room or can be a self-service depending on the hotel. Many a time there is vast spread across the counter with juices, eggs, bread, fruits etc. In India, hotels also serve some authentic South Indian, Maharashtrian, Gujarati snacks for breakfast. But hotel chains are very strict when it comes to Continental or American breakfast.

If you are health conscious being then you must not skip this 1st meal of the day.

Who should opt for it: Everybody, specifically if you are having a long day to explore as a tourist or you are unsure that your meals, later for the day, might go for a toss.

Modified American Plan

Generally written as MAP or Half board or Half pension because your 2 meals are included in the cost quoted. 2 meals can either be Breakfast + Dinner or Breakfast + Lunch. Most of the tourist prefer to opt for Dinner as their second meal after a tedious day.

Who should opt for it: Honeymoon couples, People traveling with kids.

American Plan.

Denoted as AP. This is the full board or Full pension meal which includes all the 3 meals of the day.

Who should opt for it:

  1. Honeymoon couples
  2. Couples with kids.
  3. When your hotel/ resort is in a remote place & there’s no or less restaurant.

Plans that are rarely used.

Bermuda Plan:

American breakfast served instead of a Continental breakfast. This meal plan is used rarely in the hotel listing.

Go plan

This is applicable in the chain of hotels, where the itinerary includes the same group of hotels in a different location. The final settlement is done in the last hotel at the time of Check-out

APAI plan

APAI stands for American Plan All Inclusive. This plan is a step ahead of the American plan as it includes all the taxes over & above the American plan.

Types of breakfast

English breakfast is a full fledged breakfast with cereals, tea, coffee, bread, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms etc.

Continental breakfast is light breakfast majorly served in Europe along with North America consisting of bread with jam/honey/ butter, cheese, croissants, pastries, fruit or juices, tea & coffee.

American breakfast includes all or most of below.
2 eggs, sliced bacon, sausages, sliced bread with jam/butter/jelly, cornflakes, pancakes, coffee, tea


European plan or EP: Room

Continental Plan or CP: Room + Continental breakfast

Bermuda plan: Room + American breakfast

Modified American Plan or MAP : Room + breakfast + Lunch / Dinner

American Plan or AP: Room + breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner

American Plan All Inclusive or APAI : Room + breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner + all taxes

I am sure this must have clarified most of your doubts & will help you to opt a better meal plan for your next vacation.

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