Top 4 Reasons to Choose a B&B Over a Hotel

Bed and Breakfast.jpg

Nowadays, it's easy to book travel on Orbitz or Priceline and then get a standard hotel along with the package deal. That all-in-one packaging of airfare, rental car, and hotel is simple.

So why should you go out of your way to choose a B&B over a hotel? Glad you asked!

1. A Property with Character.

Just like the all-in-one commodification of the airfare/rental/hotel experience, hotels themselves offer the same experience whether you're in Boston or Brussels. When you stay at a Bed and Breakfast, your lodging becomes part of the experience.

Where you stay will become a memory because B&Bs are unique properties. The architecture - whether a lodge or a large home - has its own history for you to enjoy and share with people who ask about your trip with the common question "Where'd you stay?"

2. Breakfast Is in the Name.

B&Bs feature home-cooked food that has the local flavor.

Rather than grabbing a muffin or yogurt in the hotel lobby (for a fee), why not experience unique tastes and new sensations? If you weren't interested in new experiences, you wouldn't be traveling in the first place.

B&Bs also offer a different way to eat. Whether the B&B serves you buffet-style or with servers and menus, you often have the chance to sit with fellow travelers if you wish to discuss all the places you've enjoyed. This is a great choice for social travelers.

3. Cost.

We'd be remiss if we didn't include this one. Cost of lodging is always a factor in where travelers choose to stay. It's the reason that cheap motels still stay in business.

Fortunately, B&Bs often run less expensive than large chain hotels while offering an entirely different experience. Using sites like BBOnline can help you find the right B&B for your price range.

4. Customer Experience.

With a hotel, you know what you get: A formal greeting at check-in. The option for a wake-up call. Maybe someone will find a luggage cart if you ask nicely.

But with a B&B, you are a welcome member of the establishment. You can ask about the hidden spots and great eateries that are going to transform your trip from a good one to a great one.

If you don't know how to get somewhere, you don't have to rely on spotty GPS or your own (potentially flawed) sense of direction.

With a great experience as a paying customer, B&Bs earn your trust because they live and die on whether or not customers have a great time and share their positive word-of-mouth.