All About B&B's

A B&B offers much the same amenities as a hotel or motel, although there are some differences.

What Is a B&B?

A B&B, or bed and breakfast is typically smaller than a hotel, often with fewer than a dozen rooms. Most bed and breakfasts are in someone's private home, and it isn't uncommon for the owner to live on the premises too. As the name suggests, you can expect breakfast, which is usually well presented and filling; many B&B owners take pride in their breakfast and often use locally sourced items. Some bed and breakfasts provide an optional evening meal or a packed lunch. The emphasis is on more luxurious and unique accommodation, often with quirky or antique furnishings, as well as the personal touch; many people prefer a bed and breakfast for these reasons. You can expect the B&B owner to be friendly, helpful and willing to help with any issues or answer any questions. And although the owner may employ staff, he or she usually does everything themselves, from cooking and serving breakfast, to cleaning the rooms and handling emergency boiler repair or other essentials.

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Who Stays At a B&B?

Many bed and breakfasts focus on attracting guests who are looking for somewhere a little quieter than the typical hotel. Bed and breakfast guests also stay to enjoy what is arguably better service and to stay in a room that is individually designed or furnished, often with character or history, unlike most hotel rooms. Most B&B owners are knowledgeable about the surrounding area, attractions and places to eat and many guests enjoy this more personalized service and attention to detail. A B&B costs no more than a similar sized hotel room, although often it comes with a larger room and the same amenities, such as free Wi fi. For this reason, many business travelers have begun to realise the advantages of a bed and breakfast over a hotel room.

Owning and Running a B&B

If you have ever stayed in one, you probably like the idea of running a B&B yourself. People from all walks of life have opened a B&B, although it's especially popular with retired people, or those simply looking for something different or some extra income. Owning and running a bed and breakfast takes more work than you might think; you are responsible for marketing and promoting your inn, ordering supplies, and all the cooking and cleaning. You'll also be responsible for general maintenance and upkeep such as changing light bulbs, touching up paintwork, maintaining the heating and cooling system and any emergency boiler repair. And much of the work is simply making sure your guests are happy, whether they want a packed lunch, the shower doesn't work or they need directions to a good restaurant. It's also important to do your research so that you know your B&B will thrive and can attract guests in that area. Buying an existing and established bed and breakfast clearly has less risk attached to it than simply opening your own.