Why Stay at a B&B?
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 much better value than hotels. From personalized attention to delicious food, there are many reasons to choose a bed and breakfast over a hotel. First, enjoy our video that debunks common B&B myths.
When you stay at a hotel, you generally get very little bang for your buck. You get a room that is usually on the small side. If you are really lucky, you might get free parking or a continental breakfast that is often lacking. However, many times these cost much extra, and you have to pay for other amenities such as Internet and snacks.
When you stay at a bed and breakfast, you get a comfortable room in addition to many free extras. The large majority of B&Bs now offer Wi-Fi, and nearly all offer free parking and snacks. One of the best perks of a B&B is the included breakfast, which is usually a delicious home-cooked meal. Some inns also offer discounts on local attractions and events.
2. Unique rooms
Each of the rooms in a bed and breakfast has character. Since they are individually decorated, they each have their own feel. If you are with a group, check out each others’ rooms; you will be thrilled at the differences between each one. Some B&Bs pride themselves in how each room is different, and at some B&Bs, the rooms even have themes. Most inns let you book your exact room of choice rather than selecting a room type as you would with a hotel. Some inns also offer unique experiences like learning how to work on a farm.
3. Rich history
Many B&Bs boast very interesting or unique history; you will be surprised to learn how many are in restored buildings that are hundreds of years old. In the U.S. South, for example, you will find many B&Bs that were once homes. In Morocco, you can stay in former palaces called riads (one is pictured), and in France, you can stay in authentic chateaus. There are even dozens of B&Bs that were stops on the Underground Railroad. Most B&Bs have rich history and stories; be sure to ask the innkeeper about the history of their inn.