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A traditional lodging house, a bed and breakfast is an establishment which offers overnight accommodation with breakfast included in the price. Customarily, a bed and breakfast, also known as a B&B, is part of a private family house, with a number of bedrooms, typically between three and twelve.
The average number of bedrooms within a bed and bedroom is six. Another key feature of bed and breakfast is the hosts live within the establishment. It means that guests feel part of the family, rather than just another visitor.
As mentioned above, included in the price of your stay at a bed and breakfast is the breakfast. From cereal, croissants, and pastries to cooked breakfasts, the most important meal of the day is arranged and prepaid for, so you don’t have to worry about sourcing it yourself. What’s more, bed and breakfasts are often less expensive than a hotel room.
When you stay in a hotel, you are one guest in the midst of potentially hundreds, the personal touch can often be lacking. When staying in a bed and breakfast, you are treated as part of the family, with the chance to meet and directly engage with the establishment hosts. As you are one of a select number of guests, you receive expert service with attention and assistance whenever you need it. It’s this social interaction which makes bed and breakfasts so popular for many.
Quite often bed and breakfasts are located in an area off the beaten track in a quiet neighborhood. It means that you can explore a different part of the city than the usual tourist areas. Hotels are often located in the busiest centers, whereas bed and breakfasts can be located anywhere within the city, including the suburbs and the outskirts of the city. As you can directly discuss favorite hotspots with the hosts, you can discover different places to visit within the city which you may miss when staying in a hotel. What’s more, there are bed and breakfasts which are part of a historic building, providing its own rich history and culture for your stay.
Bed and breakfasts often have added extras which can be lacking in standard hotels. For example, a guest robe may be included within the room for your comfort, along with luxurious bedding, toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, and en-suite bathrooms. However, as bed and breakfasts are often a private family home alongside the business, rooms are furnished with a personal touch, often featuring an array of ornaments and prints which are lacking in standard hotel rooms.