Breakfast, Old Monterey Inn
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.
Bedroom, Glasbern Inn
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 such as sleeping in a teepee or learning how to work on a farm.
3. Rich history
Chateau de Challain, France
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 plantation 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.
4. Personal attention
Have you ever stayed at a hotel where you couldn’t get anyone’s attention? This doesn’t happen when you stay at a bed and breakfast. Instead, innkeepers go the extra mile to make sure you feel welcome and comfortable, and they are available to help you when you need it. B&Bs are nearly always smaller than hotels, allowing you to get more personal attention and assistance. Whether you need tips on what to do in the area or you just have questions about the bed and breakfast, never feel too shy to ask. Innkeepers serve as great local experts and love to give you insight on what to see, do, and eat in their town.
5. Little extras
B&Bs go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. You will find lots of little extras when you stay at a bed and breakfast. Some leave out fresh, warm cookies for guests, while others offer a free wine and hors d'oeuvres hour in the evening. Some inns offer a free DVD library so you can curl up in your room with your loved one and watch a great movie. Each bed and breakfast prides itself in making you feel as welcome as possible.
Every bed and breakfast is unique. Why stay at a cookie-cutter hotel when you can stay somewhere with more value, more attention, and exciting history?