Recently, the good old B&B has become a slightly dorky cousin when compared to flash new apps that allow users to book accommodation at the touch of a button. But there are still some very good reasons why you should choose a B&B over a hotel, and if anything, these reasons have become more relevant than ever as more and more people use hotels.
For one thing, the customer service you receive at a bed and breakfast is likely to be hugely different compared to staying in a hotel. Often, the managers at the B&B are also likely to be the owners, which means they want to make sure that you have the best possible stay. They really go out of their way to ensure you get a personal touch, while hotel staff are just employees waiting to go home once their shift is over and will often only do the bare minimum to keep you happy.
I don’t know about you, but every time I book a hotel I wonder how much extra I’ll be paying at check in. Hotels will often advertise super cheap rates, and then we get stuck with a bunch of extra payments when we arrive- like wifi, parking, snacks, and bottled water. I’m sorry, but wifi should absolutely be complimentary in this day and age, and I won’t stay at a hotel again if I’ve been charged a ridiculous price just to get online.
Another thing that grinds my gears is when I check in and notice that the hotel has no personality. I could be in any other hotel in any other country, and there’s nothing separating it from the hotel next door. The rooms will usually all be identical as well, which just strikes me as unimaginative. At B&Bs, the opposite is usually true. I’m not sure if B&Bs are quirky because they attract quirky people, or if they attract quirky people because they’re quirky, but either way, you’re going to find that a B&B is a unique choice compared to any other standard hotel.
The rooms will often be individually decorated, and I especially love staying in the rooms that have different themes- I always wonder what the other rooms look like and it’s something that will have me coming back to that particular B&B next time I’m in town.
I’m so over the sad hotel breakfasts these days. I’m tired of waking up to enjoy my “complimentary breakfast” (or even one I’ve paid for), only to find that it’s just some sad, stale croissants, cornflakes, and maybe some toast. In a B&B, you’re much more likely to enjoy a delicious, authentic breakfast which will be made by locals and usually will also include the local produce- so you can begin your day trying the best the country has to offer.
As you can see, there are many different reasons why you should stay in a B&B the next time you’re traveling!