What is a Bed And Breakfast and Inn?
Some might think it is an overpriced, stuffy, upscale, antiquated hotel; and some could turn out to be just that. However, the vast majority are destinations, places you choose because you want the experience they are providing. The direct answer is, there are two things that any guest should expect to be consistent across all Bed & Breakfasts/Inns: a remarkable breakfast and an amazing bed. Both of which are included in your stay price. You can use the term Inn and B&B, for short, interchangeably and for clarity I will stick with Inn. Because of all the varying types of Inns worldwide, each will normally have a certain niche that makes them memorable. Take a look at this one in gay Paris: http://www.bonne-nuit-paris.com.
When staying at an Inn, you should first come up with an agenda then look for your options. Is it for a girl’s get-away, romantic rendezvous, wedding, business trip, family vacation, etc.? Do you enjoy antiques and historical period homes or do you want a more modern flare? If you are on a business trip, ensure Wi-Fi exists at the Inn as some are very remote. Do you have to have a television? Ensure you ask about that as well because certain Inns cater to individuals looking to get away from the technological rat-race. Your options are as endless as your needs.
Now, on to that remarkable breakfast mentioned above. Some locations may have a full restaurant leading to many more food choice options for that most important meal of the day. These locations will normally serve lunch and or dinner as well, for an additional charge and may have a full bar to enjoy. Make sure when you book your room you schedule reservations for the restaurant as well because they tend to be open to the public and a spot isn’t always guaranteed. Such as this one in Northern, VA: http://www.theashbyinn.com.
Check your food options in advance to find the perfect match for your agenda. If the Inn does not have a restaurant you can expect an array of possibilities. The Innkeepers themselves fix breakfast at many Inns offering either a preset meal, such as an omelet with toast and home-fries or limited selections to partake from including eggs made to order, pancakes, and or French toast. Such as this one in New York: www.MarienthalCountryInn.com. The Inn may also have an onsite chef that does breakfast or you may have a buffet catered by a local business. As you can see there are many choices when it comes to food options at an Inn.
Secondly, the bed and the room that houses it come in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Normally, you get a king or queen bed with some rooms offering twin-size beds for those families or large groups traveling together. These beds range from romantic lace canopied to feather mattresses so tall you need a stepstool to climb on. Many Inns are historical properties with antique furnishings to match. Some are more modern or are in-tune with their surroundings. Such as this beach property in Florida: www.windemereinn.com.
You can also expect amenities you may have never seen before in a hotel. Such as luxurious robes, linens that are silky smooth to the touch, and a nice decanter of brandy in your room for an after dinner digestive. In many Inns you can find fresh baked homemade cookies or scones, tea, coffee, and bottled waters dispersed throughout the common areas 24/7. Historical Inns will have information on their Inn’s rich history displayed in these common areas as well. Many of these Inn’s furnishings will have come from the original owners, such as mirrors, beds, and chests.
All in all, you should expect a memory that will last you a lifetime. An experience you just cannot acquire at a chain motel/hotel. Remember, you get a fresh hot breakfast without ever having to leave the property, and some places allow you to wear your pajamas to the table! Depending on many factors, you can find Inns priced as low as $130 a night, to $500 plus. Make sure you take all of these factors into consideration when looking at the cost of an Inn vs. a hotel.
Most importantly you should enjoy your journey exploring for the right Inn for your perfect stay. Some great websites to start are: www.bedandbreakfast.com; www.selectregistry.com; www.tripadvisor.com; www.bbonline.com; & www.bnbfinder.com. Best wishes on discovering a new way to stay on your life’s odysseys.