Bed & Breakfast...the special way to stay overnight...
The warm, personalized service and mingling among guests are part of the appeal of bed and breakfasts. But hospitality goes both ways. Depending on the property, you might be staying in someone's private home, sharing common rooms, or dining with fellow travelers. At B&Bs, as in life, communication and common courtesy are key.
Staying at a bed and breakfast is the perfect choice of lodging when you need a relaxing escape. You can find B&Bs almost anywhere you go, and they provide a really good value for your money. From personalized attention to delicious food, there are many reasons to choose a bed and breakfast.
What are the main characteristics of a bed & breakfast?
As Bed & Breakfast is known in English-speaking countries a pension that is run by private individuals. It is only the night with a breakfast offered, therefore the name Bed & Breakfast. Often Bed & Breakfasts are very quiet, but also centrally located, while the prices are lower than in hotels.
As for hotels, there is a kind of star categories even in Bed & Breakfast. Between the categories are a few Euro price difference per person, whereby the price varies on average between 34 and 50 Euro, which also depends on the season. Usually you can check into a B&B between 3pm and 6pm. It is certainly possible to make special agreements with the operators as long as they are also feasible.
Most of the bed and breakfast inns offer rooms with private bathrooms. If your room does not have a private bathroom, it is usually not a star B&B inn.
In which countries can I find Bed & Breakfasts?
Originally, this type of accommodation developed in the UK, but now you can find bed & breakfasts as well as anywhere in the world. In Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.
Advantages for guests
1. Personally: Each member has the possibility to add his own note to his / her profile. The hosts personally welcome visitors in their private accommodation and provide insider tips on the region.
2. A dream for breakfast lovers: For each night stay, the breakfast is included.
3. The right accommodation for everyone: numerous specialized categories ensure a clear positioning of the Inns and simplify the search for the right offer and place. The categories include for example: "ideal for winter sports" or "ideal for small children".
4. Ideal for cyclists and motorcyclists: Numerous Bed and Breakfast have spaces for washing and drying sportswear. The vehicles can be stored safely on site.
Here some of the frequently asked questions
May I ask my hosts about trip planning advice or some good ideas on what is interesting in the area?
One of the best benefits about B&B, is the personalized travel advice on offer from extremely knowledgeable hosts. Usually, B&B owners can provide an insider's know-how combined with years of experience, helping travelers explore their surroundings.
Many inns offer brochures, books, and other helpful resources for guests, together with personal experience about all the interesting places around. Some have fully stocked libraries with guidebooks and maps galore. Some hosts helps you also with good advice on sightseeing, beaches, lighthouse tours, theater tickets, dinner reservations, water excursions and much more. Some of the Inns also offer the use of free bicycles.
Can I bring my pet?
Each B&B or inn has its own rules about pets. Some are perfect for them, while others are strictly humans-only. If you're traveling with a four-footed companion or two, ask your inn about its pet policy before you book.
What should a guest do if he or she has spilled something in a room?
Accidents happen. Hosts know that and they never shame or blame a guest. Be up front and honest so that it can be immediately cleaned. Especially if it is red wine or fruit juices, the sooner the better."
Any advice for conversation topics around the breakfast table?
As a part of the adventure with breakfast conversation is to see what happens with the combination of guests. Have fun meeting your fellow travelers, you never know what you might learn. We asked some innkeepers and they told us that is always a good thing to stay away from religion and politics as early-morning conversation topics with strangers.
A bit of breakfast hobnobbing is a great opportunity to discover more about your destination, too. We recommend using the morning meal as a means for gleaning travel advice. Ask guests what they've seen and done in the area, and share your own experiences. You could gain valuable firsthand guidance on the best way to explore your destination.
Is it rude to take breakfast to go or to eat breakfast in my room?
It depends on the property, but many B&B owners are happy to accommodate guests who'd like to grab breakfast and go. Not all inns and B&Bs offer takeaway breakfast, of course, so get in touch with your innkeepers first.
Some B&Bs offer in-room dining, others don't. At B&Bs outfitted with antiques and period furniture, owners may prefer to keep food out of the rooms.
What should I do if I'm late for check-in?
Flights get delayed. Traffic jams happen. Busses break down. Innkeepers are well aware of the uncertainties of travel. It's okay if you're late for check-in, but the important thing is to touch base with your hosts when there's a change in plans.
Before you leave, make sure you have the contact information for your B&B. Save your hosts' phone number and email address on your phone and keep a hard copy of these details in your carry-on bag (just in case your phone battery dies).
What are some things that guests should tell hosts in advance?
Many B&Bs offer services and amenities specially tailored to the needs of individual guests. But because policies can vary from inn to inn, it's crucial to communicate your needs and expectations before your stay.
Tell your hosts about any dietary restrictions, food allergies, room preferences, and special requests you might have. If you have physical limitations, ask if your room is handicap-accessible. When traveling with kids, make sure your B&B is child-friendly. You may want to disclose your arrival and departure times too, especially at smaller properties where innkeepers personally welcome arriving guests.
Do I have to eat breakfast with other guests?
A home cooked breakfast shared with other travelers is a much loved perk of the B&B experience. It may seem like breakfast is a must, but after all it is included in the price of your stay, but the reality is a lot more flexible. If you want to try a local restaurant, or if you'd like to skip breakfast and sleep until noon (a wonderful idea), go for it. It's your vacation, and innkeepers understand that.
If you're staying at a large property with a full-service restaurant, you probably don't need to announce that you'll be skipping breakfast. But at a smaller inn with limited seating and a small staff, it's a good idea to communicate your breakfast plans ahead of time. Check your B&B's website or contact the innkeepers if you're not entirely sure what to do.
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