It amazes me when I talk to friends about booking a Bed and Breakfast and Inns for stays while traveling how many have never tried this type of lodging. Many won't book a B&B or Inn because they don't know what to expect. They imagine it would be awkward to eat in some one's dining room, they have heard they will share a bathroom with a stranger, and that it will be expensive. Well, dear friends let me give you some advice about stays at a B&B or country inn.
Few Important Questions when you stay at a hotel:
- Do you go out for a meal, or eat sub par food at the hotel?
- Do you get charges you were not expecting or value for your money?
- Does the bathroom have upscale amenities, and include all you need?
No! Many still stay at these mediocre hotels because they use what is familiar. This guide will help you become more familiar with the ins and outs of stays at B&B so you can book with confidence.
Booking Your B&B or Country Inn
At a B&B, the Innkeeper is your “Personal Concierge” with no up charge. They are there for you!
- Don't be shy about making the innkeeper your friend, and request what you need. If something is not right your innkeeper will make it right. You are the “bread and butter” of the innkeeper's world. Unlike hotels who just crank guests in and out.
- When you book your B&B and Inn stay, the innkeepers will request an arrival time. It is important to adhere to this time. Most innkeepers for smaller inns will not accept guests prior to their arrival time. If you are running late, make arrangements for late check in.
- When you arrive you should knock, and wait to be greeted by the innkeeper unless there is a notification on the door that says to walk in.
- Review your special requirements with the Innkeeper. This will ensure the best experience and no misunderstandings. These should include any dietary restrictions or allergies, any physical limitations or assistance, such as maneuvering stairs, concerns with bathroom facilities, etc. Some B&Bs have ADA compliant rooms if needed.
- Most innkeepers will review the layout of the B&B or inn. You may find that many innkeepers are very proud of their home, and enjoy sharing its history. They may provide you with special security features such as a code or key, be sure to respect this for the sake of security of all guests.
- You may have been provided with many details about your room when you booked your stay. You should know the size of the bed, basic description, check in and check out policy and if the room has a private en suite.
- Check the website or call the innkeeper for additional details. If you have any concerns about the room, the innkeeper is a great resource for any questions.
- Most inns will provide “add on” packages for purchase if you are planning a special occasion. Some of these might include:
- a bouquet of flowers
- rose petals sprinkled on the bed or in the jetted tub
- nice meal
Meals at a B&B
- Breakfast is the other half of Bed and Breakfast. Yes, if your preference is to dine in your room, many innkeepers will oblige, but check ahead of time. I personally like eating in the dining room with other guests. B&Bs tend to attract visitors from all corners of the country, as well as other countries, and conversation can be lively and interesting
- You may be concerned if you need to leave earlier than breakfast time, or you may want to take breakfast with you. Many innkeepers will accommodate these special requests. It is best to make these arrangements in advance. The innkeeper will have some healthy breakfast choices waiting for you in the morning.
Kids and Pets
Traveling with the kids? I recommend calling the inn ahead of time or reviewing on-line policies. Many inns have multiple occupancy rooms.
However, some B&Bs and inns have a maximum room occupancy of two persons per room or have not childproofed their establishment. It is the innkeepers responsibility to abide by all state and federal regulations for lodging and to keep all of their guests safe. It is always best to call ahead in order to avoid misunderstandings
Some inns are not equipped to accommodate pets. The innkeeper will need to assure proper quarters and food for your pet.
Many B&Bs will provide accommodations for your traveling companion as long as they know to prepare it in advance. **Call ahead.
NOW BOOK A STAY and RELAX