If you travel a lot then you already know how impersonal staying in a hotel can be. Hotels can have some great amenities but they are cold and unfeeling. If you haven’t tried a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel it might be time to give it a try. Choosing a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel can make your trip far more pleasant than you expect.
Drawbacks of Staying in a Hotel
Unless you are staying in a luxury hotel your room will consist of a bed, bathroom, chair and a television. That doesn’t mean the room is uncomfortable but they tend to be very utilitarian. Some hotels will include a continental breakfast which is simply coffee and some muffins. If they have a restaurant in the hotel you can go there for breakfast but it will likely cost a fair amount for simple food. Hotels can also be noisy. If you have ever stayed in a room next to a sports team then you know what that means. Despite all of that most travelers view hotels as a safe bet because they tend to be consistent and for many people it works for them. Remember these are large chain hotels with little room for extras or negotiating the rates. Some guests prefer a more personal approach without the expensive price tag.
Choosing a Bed & Breakfast
The first thing you should be aware of when you are staying in a Bed & Breakfast is that you are not giving money to a large hotel chain with shareholders rather you are supporting a small local business. You may also be under the impression that you may not get the quality of service that you have come to expect with a hotel, but that really isn’t the case. You are effectively a guest in someone’s home and the owners go out of their way to make sure that you are comfortable.
Not only will the proprietors go out of their way to make you feel comfortable the guests tend to be quieter making it easier to get some rest. You won’t find a traveling football team at a B&B. An additional perk are the home cooked meals, even if that meal is only breakfast.
If you have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before then you should definitely give it a try. You may be surprised at just how much you will prefer over a traditional hotel.