Myths About B&Bs That Are Just NOT True
While bed and breakfasts are becoming a more popular option for travelers seeking unique and authentic accommodations, there still are many travelers who simply do not understand what a B&B
is about. There are so many major differences between a Bed and Breakfast and chain hotel. A traveler may wish to learn a little more about them before they decide to book any future trips?
Some common misconceptions about B&Bs are:
1. B&Bs are expensive
In Europe B&Bs rate commonly lower than a top chain hotel. Here in the USA, it is the opposite. So here there is a misconception that Rates are sometimes higher at B&Bs than they are at chain
hotels and larger properties, but there is more value included in your stay. At a larger hotel property, there are many more rooms and significantly more guests at any given time. Generally, you don’t
experience the same atmosphere nor receive the same service as you would at a B&B! In addition, the hotel will price everything per item. If you want WiFi in your room, that will be an extra cost and they are limited. Snacks from the mini-bar are outrageously expensive. There are never enough cookies to go around.
At a B&B, those amenities are included:
- Free full hot gourmet breakfasts!
- Free self parking without having to pay for valet
- B&Bs offer Free-of-charge WiFi to all their guests.
- Guests often can visit enjoy a variety of reading materials, the latest magazines, books and board games to fulfill all of their entertainment needs — at no extra charge.
- A plate of homemade cookies can always be found on the coffee table for all to enjoy.
- The innkeeper often prepares afternoon refreshments and offers a variety of free coffee and teas at any time of day.
The Info-graphic shows just how much you save when you stay with a Bed and Breakfast over a large hotel chain:
2. B&Bs are not an ideal option for business travelers
Many people think of B&Bs as a place where couples can get away for a romantic weekend getaway or what is often called a “staycation”, but the reality is these small accommodations providers love to have business travelers stay at their properties. This is because business travelers are potentially loyal repeat guests. For business travelers, it’s often difficult to leave home in order to fulfill their professional obligations, and a B&B provides them with a home away from home. There are many amenities available that they prefer and enjoy, including:
- Mini refrigerators with free water and a place to store medicines and left overs
- Homelike atmosphere and ambiance
- WiFi access
- Quiet and safe locations in the communities where they travel for business. Some in a downtown location.
In terms of cost, business travelers will find that many B&Bs offer corporate and business travel discounts, particularly to repeat customers. Plus, they can easily ask for separate invoices if necessary to validate work expenses.
3. There’s no privacy at a B&B
The B&Bs that you book today are far different than the B&Bs of several decades ago. Most are designed for privacy, and offer private bathrooms as they have become a must-have for many people who are booking rooms today. Many of these properties have extra added insulation between rooms and floors to increase guest privacy during their stay. Finally, many people are worried about having to eat meals family-style with strangers. But B&Bs usually include tables and
chairs within the room space for those who wish to dine alone, and there’s often dining rooms with multiple tables in the common eating area. The reality is that guests love to socialize and enjoy having breakfast together…. proven at The St. Mary’s Inn.