We recently did a post on the the benefits of staying in a B&B. We thought we would follow up with just one more blog post on this topic, to give you an idea of some questions and things to consider when choosing to stay at a B&B: (The information below was taken from The Independent Traveler )
Bed and breakfasts are a favorite options for many travelers, but they’re not right for everyone. You may want to consider a B&B if:
On the other hand, you may want to avoid B&B’s if:
You’ll be checking in and out at weird times (very early or very late); unlike a large hotel, B&B’s tend not to have 24-hour front desk service.
What Makes a Perfect B&B?
While some B&B’s are sophisticated and somewhat costly, others are very simple and can be a real bargain. Ask what you can expect in the way of room accommodations.
Most B&B’s have fairly strict check-in times. Find out what the policy is, so that you are not (as is often the case) barging into someone’s home after hours.
Most inns have individual in-suite bathrooms for all the guests, some will require that you share a restroom with an adjacent suite and some offer just one bathroom for several rooms. Ask!
Contrary to what you may think, breakfast is not always included in the price of the room. It can also vary from a bagel and coffee to a sumptuous feast, and may be offered in the privacy of your room or in a public dining room. Also inquire when breakfast is served.
Unfortunately for families who enjoy traveling together, you should not assume that an establishment will welcome children. Even if it does, find out if there is an age minimum.
Does the bed and breakfast allow pets? If so, are there size and breed limitations?
Ask if credit cards are accepted, and inquire about cancellation policies.
Is there a restaurant on the premises?
Is the B&B handicap-accessible? If it’s in a historic building, it may not be.
Always ask about special promotional offers or coupons.
If you smoke, you must inquire as to the B&B’s policy. You will find that a majority of them do not permit smoking of any kind. Some allow it outside or in designated public areas, but many will not allow it anywhere on the grounds.
What kind of amenities are provided in your room? Some hotels offer free wireless Internet access, while others don’t even have a TV.
If you have allergies or other dietary restrictions, be sure to let your innkeeper know ahead of time so he or she can accommodate you.