Bed and Breakfasts'

A bed and breakfast, or B & B, can be defined as a small hotel or guest house, with an average of 6 rooms and usually no more than a dozen. Often, the owners live in the building too, and the emphasis is generally on providing the personal touch to guests.

The Cost Benefits of Staying In a Bed and Breakfast

Many travellers choose to stay in a B & B as they are typically a lot cheaper than a hotel room - up to 50 percent less, in some cases. And many of the extras and amenities that bump up the cost of a hotel room are included in the reasonable bed and breakfast rates, such as breakfast, drinks and snacks, and the services of your host acting as local guide or concierge. An increasing number of business travelers are choosing a B & B over a hotel room, realizing that they are getting the same amenities, features and extras, but for a lot less cost. Many bed and breakfast owners rely on repeat bookings or referrals from previous guests, and strive to make sure their establishment offers everything a guest might want. You may not have a giant bean bag bed in your room, but you are guaranteed a clean and affordable room, a comfortable bed and of course a delicious breakfast the next morning.

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A Unique Experience

The other reason that B & Bs are so popular is that guests are assured of being looked after and receiving the personal touch that is inevitably missing from large hotels. Many bed and breakfasts are in fact the private home of the owner, who lives there too. And although many B and Bs are in what you might call ordinary homes, others can be found in a variety of different buildings - a converted barn, a Tudor cottage, a windmill, railway station ticket office, shepherd's hut or gypsy caravan. Because a bed and breakfast has just a few rooms, the owner can see to the needs of each guest; many hosts go out of their way to make their establishment feel like a home rather than just a place to stay.

The Personal Touch

Bed and breakfast owners also go out of their way to make their inn and the rooms as inviting and as unique as possible. You may find antique furniture or paintings in your room, your room may have a Victorian theme, and there may be extras included in the cost of your room. These can include sherry or afternoon tea, books and games to use, bicycles to hire, picnic lunches on request and satisfying any particular dietary needs. Of course, there is also the breakfast, and most innkeepers pride themselves on the quality of their breakfast, which is always freshly cooked, delicious and typically uses locally sourced ingredients. And your B & B owner almost certainly knows the best local pubs and restaurants, where to go shopping, the time of the Sunday church service and the phone number of a reliable taxi company.