One of the great things about modern travel is that there are endless options for accommodations. There are countless choices when deciding where to stay when traveling far and wide. You can stay in a hotel, at a campground, in your RV, at a bed and breakfast, or even in someone else’s home! The variety of and style of overnight accommodations has evolved over time and now there are options to suit everyone. If you are thinking about booking a stay at a bed and breakfast these are the pros and cons. Check them out before you book to see if you’d enjoy this type of stay!
Pros of Staying in a B&B
Let’s be honest, I don’t always like to start with the positives but let’s mix it up a little today!
There are TONS of activities happening in house at most bed and breakfast locations. They schedule fun crafting, cooking, touring, and even little trips. Usually the activity levels at a bed and breakfast will depend on the owner but typically speaking there are lots of things to do when staying in a bed and breakfast.
Interaction / Meeting New People:
One of the benefits of staying at a bed and breakfast is meeting new people. Usually it’s a pretty tight knit arrangement so you’ll run into other guests during your stay. This can be great for making new connections, playtime for children, and just filling the down time during travel.
Most bed and breakfast locations have a theme. They keep all of their rooms, styling, and events on a certain theme. This can be really fun if the theme is something that you are interested in or something that you what to learn about! Sometimes bed and breakfast lovers go back to their favorite places just to stay in all of the different rooms.
Staying in a bed and breakfast almost guarantees you a personalized experience. You will be staying with people who know the area and who are familiar with things that you can check out and enjoy during your stay. Most bed and breakfast locations are immersed in the local culture and this can be a great benefit when staying in areas that are unfamiliar to you.
Cons of Staying in a B&B:
There’s bound to be some drawbacks to staying in a bed and breakfast. They can be overlooked if you are a big fan but if you don’t know how you feel these cons of staying in a bed and breakfast should be considered before you book!
Touchy Feely Home Like Accommodations:
This might seem weird but you should consider if it you like the ‘sterile’ feeling of hotel rooms. Staying in a bed and breakfast often feels like sleeping over at someone’s house. It’s a home like accommodation and it can be off putting if you don’t like feeling like you are in someone’s home.
If you go on vacation to wing it and take each day as it comes you might not enjoy staying at a bed and breakfast where much of your time would be scheduled and set up after check in. Of course the activities are not mandatory but they can feel that way when you are staying in a home with a group of people. For the relaxed vacationer bed and breakfast might not be the perfect fit.
Most bed and breakfast locations are not going to have the amenities that you are used to seeing at a hotel location. They will likely be lacking a pool and hot tub, most of them are not going to have a gym with forty treadmills, etc. If these are the things that you LOVE in a vacation location then you might want to avoid the bed and breakfast scene.
Distance / Convenience:
Bed and breakfast’s are typically located a little out of the way. Some are located in the thick of things but if you are heading to a busy location so that you can experience all of the local attractions you might have to travel. Being at a bed and breakfast can also mean that you are further away from public transportation. You might have to call a cab or make sure you have a vehicle to travel to any of your ‘excursions’.
If you’ve never had a chance to stay at a bed and breakfast, it might be something to consider trying at least once. As with anything, do your research before you book and make sure you find one that’s a good fit for you. If you’re heading to a touristy area, there are usually several choices available, so make sure you read reviews and make sure the amenities are what you are looking for.
Do you prefer bed and breakfast stays over hotels? What kind of accommodations do you typically book when you travel?