There are various reasons why bed and breakfasts are better than hotels, the major one being what bed and breakfast locations offer that many hotels don’t. This includes a comfortable, home-like atmosphere, homemade breakfast, free WiFi, complimentary parking, more attention from the concierge, more control of who comes in and out, the possibility of group gatherings, and more.
It’s true that many hotels promote free continental breakfast, but it’s not comparable to a B&B. There is usually a very specific time frame and it definitely isn’t as fresh, as they leave out whatever isn’t eaten by the first round of guests. Also, you probably won’t see much more than the basics at a hotel. Trying to please a larger amount of people makes this so. At a B&B, the owner is usually more willing to create unique, homemade dishes for their small amount of guests.
Then, there are the free amenities. A typical hotel may require you to pay for parking or use its valet service. At a B&B, there is usually free parking right in front. This saved money can be used to enjoy the rest of the trip. The same goes for free WiFi. Most hotels charge per person or per room, and hotels are aware that visitors don’t want to go more than a night without WiFi. Otherwise, people who opt out will be wasting their data. B&B’s tend to offer free WiFi. When you’re not at the B&B and you’re traveling around town, look for hotspots. In an article written by GoodCellas, you can find five helpful tips to avoid wasting your data, and finding hotspots is one of them.
While I put an emphasis on the better breakfast and the free amenities that hotels tend to cheap out on, the cozy atmosphere, attention from the concierge, the feeling of safety, and possible group gatherings with the small amount of other guests all add to the traditional B&B experience. At my B&B, The Lilly-Pad, you’ll find all of these things.
If you’re thinking of starting your own B&B, I hope you consider every area I mentioned. I hope to see you at The Lilly-Pad!