Well, what it is that you seek, when you decide to take a holiday or short break in one of the UK’s thousands of B&B’s?
Do you choose a bed and breakfast that is situated near your desired location? Do you chose a bed and breakfast in ‘any’ location, purely because it has a high rating and great reviews?
The truth is, there are many reasons for using B&B’s and not all of them are for pure pleasure. Many B&B owners are reporting an increasing number of clients have been booked in to their business because of the cost saving to the clients employer. In days gone by, pre – recession, we saw companies booking employees into hotels, with lavish meal allowances. These days, with budgets being slashed across all industries, more and more employers are using B&B’a as preferred suppliers of choice.
So, whether you have to stay somewhere so you can travel down the day before work or because you’ve decided to brave the British weather and having a holiday at home, you’ll need to find somewhere to rest your head. So heres the dilema: B&B or a hotel? Which is best?
If you’ve always stayed in a hotel, making the switch to a B&B could be seem as a bit of a gamble! But, there is no right or wrong here. You really can benefit from the ‘best bits’ of staying in a family run B&B.
A B&B is often judged by how warm you are welcomed. A B&B whose owners are expert at their job will make you feel instantly at home and you’ll feel like you’re staying at a friend’s house. Very often you’ll not only will you have your room but will be offered the use of a communal lounge area to sit back and relax in. Breakfast is normally included in the room rate and, at some establishments, you can even have a packed lunch made for you (at extra charge in most cases) to see you through your day’s adventures or work.
B&Bs used to be more traditionally linked to seaside resorts but these days they can be found everywhere and anywhere, so no matter where you wish to go, you’ll be able to find somewhere to suit your requirements. Like hotels there are many levels of B&B’s ranging from cheap and cheerful to boutique style.
Many B&Bs have ‘en-suites’ as standard so there’s no queuing in the morning for the bathroom. As this isn’t something that is universal though, it is always worth checking before you book.
The great attraction, however, of going for a B&B is that generally the owners live in the house you are staying in, so they know the area like the back of their hand. This means they can tell you all the best places to go and visit while you are there as well as restaurants, pubs, shops and walks etc. so you don’t have to try somewhere and be disappointed.
So, when you are ready to plan your next trip, think, B&B or hotel? You’ll never know what you are missing until you’ve given them a try!