Monday, March 30, 2009

Finding The Right Style of B&B For You

By Patti Rob

Which bed & breakfast location should you stay at? This isn't any easy question to answer but if you take the time to do some research you will come up with that answer. No one can provide it for you because that answer can be different for each person looking for a bed & breakfast. Knowing what you are looking for can help you make the right choice though.

You may have a particular place you are traveling to and want to find a bed & breakfast there. You may be open to going somewhere just because you love what a particular bed & breakfast has to offer. It is going to depend on why you are going there though. If you are looking for romance then you will want a different type of bed & breakfast setting than if you are going there to stay for business.

If you are more concerned with the scenery than the actual bed & breakfast facility though, you need to look beyond the doors. What will your view be like from the location? Will there be plenty of great things to look at and take your breath away? Many beach front bed & breakfast locations meet these needs but they are very costly and you can't just show up and expect then to have a vacant room.

It is acceptable to seek out a bed & breakfast location when you travel for business as well. It is more comfortable and less chaotic than staying at a regular hotel. You will also enjoy having a homemade breakfast instead of eating in a restaurant like you normally do when you travel for business. It can be hard to travel so much for work but staying at a bed & breakfast can make it more tolerable.

For those planning a trip to visit others, consider staying at a bed & breakfast instead of with them or at a hotel. You can savor the private time you have alone in the bed & breakfast. This will make the time you do spend with them quality time as it can be stressful for them to host people around the clock.

The interest is a terrific resource when it comes to tracking down the right bed & breakfast location. You can look at pictures, find out what events take place in the area, and see what people have to say about various bed & breakfast locations. You will find their honest opinions to be more useful than just reading the well written advertisements for the bed & breakfast locations.

Don't rush in your decision to select a bed & breakfast location. Take your time to make sure it is right for your needs. You may want to find out about the menu or the layout of the business. Don't settle for less than what you really want or you won't be satisfied with your experience at the bed & breakfast.

It can be exciting to stay at a bed & breakfast, and in many instances you may really be looking forward to getting away for a while. Do your part to make sure the time you spend in a bed & breakfast is going to be a wonderful experience for you. There are some great businesses out there just waiting to offer you the very best service possible so give them a chance to prove it.

About the Author: Patti Rob has some new, profitable ideas for starting a Bed and Breakfast. This information might give you a foot up when you consider owning a B&B.


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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

What Makes A Bed & Breakfast So Special?

By Mark Hammond

Traditions hotels may be great for some travelers, but if you are looking for a quaint more rural kind of experience, a bed & breakfast options might be perfect for you. Because they include a more personable approach, bed & breakfast lodging is commonly available in smaller towns and rural areas.

What makes a bed & breakfast so special? Unlike a regular hotel, a bed & breakfast has less rooms and is usually run by a single person or family. Instead of a large building, a bed & breakfast usually is a large house with rooms converted for visitors or a smaller building with simple rooms. Your rooms have a more homey appeal as opposed to a regular hotel.

As the name implies, a bed & breakfast is not a place that you will lounge all day in most cases. It is simply a place to sleep and to eat in the morning. Check-in is usually during the late afternoon, and breakfast is served at a specific time. In most cases, breakfast is a real meal cooked especially for guests, not a continental breakfast. It depends on the particular bed & breakfast where you stay.

Most people stay at a bed & breakfast for a short time. There is not rule, however, that says you can’t spend your entire two-week vacation there. Some bed & breakfasts have great tours, games, poolside meet and greets, and other activities for guests to enjoy. Other bed & breakfasts have themed rooms.

No matter what bed & breakfast you choose, try to find one that fits your specific needs. For example, some do not accept families with children under a certain age. Others specifically have rooms only for single travelers. Still others have no handicapped lodging available. Bed & breakfast options are extremely varied, so hunt around until you find the perfect one for you vacation.

About the Author: Article written by Mark Hammond of National Hotels UK Hotel Accommodation Finder and Travel Resource.


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