How to fully enjoy a stay at a Bed & Breakfast
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How to Fully Enjoy a Stay at a Bed&Breakfast

How to Fully Enjoy a Stay at a Bed&Breakfast

I’ve never been a fan of big Hotels with hundreds of rooms, no matter the amenities they offer. The main reason is that I find them most of the time impersonal and they make me feel as I could be anywhere in the world and not in a specific place.

Instead, I am wild about Bed & Breakfast and small guesthouses so much more full of charm. Not only some are in lovely places and awesome houses, they’re also usually more friendly, there are more chances to meet other travelers and you can certainly get better insights on local life from the landlords.

Bed & Breakfast and guesthouses can be a good alternative to large hotel chains, however there are important things to keep in mind to fully enjoy a stay and avoid unexpected disappointments.

Here are a few tips:

Bed-and-breakfast-room@ Be aware of the differences: B&B and guesthouses are not ‘smaller hotels’.  I know this might sound obvious, however lots of people still do not have clearly in mind what they can (and should) expect. Apart a few exceptions, you won’t find the same amenities as in a big hotel, thus better be aware when making a reservation.

@ Set your priorities: ask yourself what are the things that you absolutely need (whether a big TV with lots of channels, or wi-fi connection, or a 24/7 service), the ones that are not a must but you would be pleased to have, and the ones that are irrelevant.

@ Do a realistic evaluation of the plus and the minus of B&B or guesthouse accommodation compared to big hotels. This is very personal. To me, the main advantages of staying in a Bed & Breakfast are that I love feeling ‘at home’, having insights regarding off the beaten path places and activities, and meeting other travelers (which is really nice when you travel solo, as I mostly do).

@ Keep in mind that nothing must be taken for granted in B&B or guesthouses: most of us are so used to a number of things now part of our day-to-day life that we hardly think this could not be the case in another place. So better ask. Is there a safe box? Can I pay by credit card? Do you provide soap and shampoo? Is there a TV in the room? Is there a phone? Do rooms have a hairdryer? And so on…


@ Missing objects can be bought, services no: you can cope without bath foam or even TV. But what about services? You might be arriving very late, so better ask what’s the latest time to check-in. If traveling in couple (which is most common) or with a friend, you might expect a double key to be both independent. Don’t give it for granted.  Another  aspect to verify is the presence of the landlord/landlady. Are they living there? Or close-by? For many people knowing that someone is always available (or at least largely), whatever the need, is important. So better check out.


When traveling,  if I can choose between one of these huge hotels and a Bed & Breakfast I have no doubt, and go for the second. What about you?

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.
  • Ola
    Posted at 13:40h, 10 October Reply

    You have done a great work her, keep it up i will recommend it to my friend.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 16:18h, 10 October Reply

      Thank you so much. I hope you’ll come back soon to read the latest Wild About Travel stories. Cheers!

  • Lesley Hornsby
    Posted at 16:50h, 01 May Reply

    I agree, but I also feel that some people think B&B means cheap & do not understand the difference in the Visit England and AA grading systems. When a large amount of money is invested to offer quality and style along with a high staffing ratio togive greatservice, as well as sourcing fantastic products and local produce then a higher price has to be charged.
    Visit England classify the difference between a hotel and Guest accommodation/B&B is Hotels have 24 hour reception and a restaurant open to the public.
    Number 43 is in Cumbria and is Visit England 5* Gold & AA highly commended offering more than alot of hotels including serving meals in Suites, unlike hotels we do not have 24 hour room service,and would prefer guests not to arrive too late as the majority of guest accommodation owners also cook breakfast!
    I agree we are friendly knowledgable and I am working with a group of like minded accommodation providors (all 5* Gold )in Cumbria.
    From a Castle to a Farm and more we have joined together in a marketing consortium knowing if we are full we can direct potential guests to the other members in the assurity that customers will recieve the full quality and service we offer (including hairdriers!)

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 09:41h, 03 May Reply

      Thank you for your great comment, Lesley. Yes, you made a good point: people often associate B&B with cheap and yes, the grading system for B&B is not always clear and most of all does not have consistency throughout the world. A pity, because it prevents lots of people to discover awesome places and enjoy unique experiences.

  • Eileen McBain
    Posted at 12:19h, 01 May Reply

    What a sensible article! At Old Stables, Alyth we try to provide as many facilities as possible, Superking, Four poster and twin beds, log fire, sauna, spa baths, fridge, hairdryers, welcome tray. Along with drying facilities for our golfers and walkers. Facilities for small repairs for car & bike repairs, maps and suggestions for trips as well as discussions on restoration of classic cars. Ample, private off road parking.
    We’ve had bed and breakfast guests for over 26 years and are fortunate enough to have many repeat guests who appreciate what’s on offer in Blairgowrie.

  • casa gentili
    Posted at 00:20h, 29 April Reply

    As B&B and apartment owner I think it’s good to remind travellers what this accommodations may not afford as normally every owner try to magnify items and features provided while what is not in house is often left out.
    Additionally let me say that by staying in B&B or guesthouse not only the traveller has the opportunity to learn about and live like locals, but even the owner has the chance to share information and experiences that normally would be limited to restricted area and circle of people, I mean going local is not only nice and meaningful for travellers but even for owners!
    .-= casa gentili´s last blog ..Special Offers =-.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 06:43h, 29 April Reply

      I really appreciated your thoughts about sharing as a double way experience. That’s another thing that makes lodging in B&B so unique! It’s not only about accommodation, but about meeting people.

  • Gray
    Posted at 16:19h, 28 April Reply

    I’ve always stayed at larger hotels, so I know what to expect there. It wouldn’t have occurred to me that a B&B might not have a hairdryer, for instance, or a room safe. I will likely be staying at B&Bs or guesthouses in Europe when I go, so these are good things to think about as I’m planning. Thanks!
    .-= Gray´s last blog ..Solo Travel Confessions =-.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 18:41h, 28 April Reply

      I’m glad you found some interesting information. I believe that there’s nothing worse that having expectations that are not met, no matter if they were not realistic since this would anyway partially ruin a holiday. I love B&B and guesthouses precisely because they are different. But every person has a personal style and wishes, thus it is important to do the right choice.

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 09:45h, 28 April Reply

    I like B&Bs as well. One thing I would add to this that is a real positive of a B&B. You often get to interact with a local at a place you are staying. That allows you to see the town, city, etc in a much different way and gives you a resource to ask questions about where to go and visit and get insight on a place (culture, local perspective) that you couldn’t get on your own.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 10:22h, 28 April Reply

      Thanks for stopping and commenting, Jeremy. I totally agree: B&B and guesthouses are a fantastic way to ‘go local’. Instead, I never rely very much on Hotel’s recommendations. Most of times, they tend to promote places that are ‘consolidated’, thus very touristic. That’s probably because they prefer to remain on the ‘safe side’…

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