The bed and breakfast is a common sight in most cities and villages, but although there are many of them, only a few are able to provide quality service. The problem is, how do we differentiate good from bad? Usually the internet is the first resource for finding places to stay, but with so many advertising sites out there, this can often be more of a headache than a helpful one.
So what should we look for when searching? It's easy to get tricked by a delightful website for hotels, but often upon close examination, it doesn't do much. So it is important to know what to look for. Below you have written some key points that you may want to be aware of when looking for a place to stay.
The first thing to look for is their companions. Do they have parking? There are many bed and breakfasts on busy roads or city centers, and the need to purchase your luggage within one mile of the road from the hourly car park is not appropriate. Make sure you have on-site parking, or at least a suitable place for your nearby car. You should also be aware that some places will charge you to leave your car with them, so to avoid a bad surprise, it's best to check this in advance.
The location is always important, and while some B & B will announce themselves as being in "downtown" or "within reach", it is best for you to check it yourself. I've stayed in a few places that say it's within easy reach of local amenities, just to find that I need a taxi to go anywhere. Google Maps is one of the best ways to avoid such conditions.
Sometimes the proximity to a crowded city center is a disadvantage. The last thing the traveler needs is a sleepless night caused by the local pubs and clubs located just outside your window. Find a place that is away from the main roads within the city center. Residential streets are usually the best because they tend to be quieter.
When calling the hotel to check availability, ask about amenities in the room. Is it internal? If not, ask how many rooms share the bathroom. I would suggest that more than three rooms share too many bathrooms, and they can cause long delays in the morning.
Tea and coffee making facilities are essential, and they should be standard even in a poor quality hotel or bed and breakfast, but don't take it for granted. Other services I consider absolute must be television, coat hangers, desk and full-length mirror. If all this is not provided, I am simply looking elsewhere.
Additional services such as Wi-Fi are becoming more important for the modern traveler. Most organizations charge fees for using their internet services, and while this is acceptable, there are some good places that will provide this for free.
Another aspect that is often overlooked in hotels and B & B's is where the rooms are inside the building. Stairs can be a problem for some people, but even healthy, fit youngsters may not want to climb five steps of stairs every time they go to their room. If you are booked on a high floor, check for an elevator.
The bed and breakfast rate may mean different things to different establishments. Personally, I think the bed and breakfast should include a full cooked breakfast (with a vegetarian alternative), but some provide only a continental menu. Unfortunately, unless you have stayed at the establishment before, it is difficult to tell in advance how the breakfast will be. Perhaps the best way to avoid the worst places is to check for online reviews, as www.tripadvisor.com is the best.
Finally, it is no secret that the economy these days has forced most of us to be more frugal with our spending. However, this does not mean that less spending on residency should be reflected in the quality of service you receive. All of the above can be obtained as little as £ 50 per person, per night.