It seems hardly a week goes by these days without an article in a newspaper or magazine somewhere extolling the virtues of B&Bs. Usually readers are urged to “rediscover B&Bs”. But some of us have always known that B&Bs offer a lodging experience that’s infinitely preferable to that found in anonymous chain hotels. Here are six reasons why:
- Probably the greatest appeal of B&Bs resides in one phrase: “the personal touch”. When you stay in a B&B you’re staying in someone’s home: your temporary environment is their full-time environment, so they’re much more invested than any hotel manager or staff member in making sure it’s comfortable and appealing. Not only that, but most people tend to be proud of their homes, so they’re going to go that extra mile to make sure everything is just right.
- The personal aspect of B&Bs extends far beyond the decor in the rooms or the service on offer. B&B owners, like everyone else, want to live in a pleasant environment, so you’re not going to find such properties in the no man’s land of a business park or beside a motorway service station. When staying at a B&B you’ll be able to take an evening walk without feeling either dispirited or menaced by your environment.
- Every B&B is unique in the sense that it’s someone’s home. But many go even further in providing the kind of character-filled appeal that’s a million miles from what you’d find in a chain hotel. Rooms might be individually named/styled, the whole property might be dedicated to a particular theme, the building might be a converted farmhouse, longhouse, barn or manor house, boasting its own particular history and identity.
- Many B&Bs are rural. Even the ones that aren’t often have good-sized gardens. So when you stay at a B&B you have a better chance of eating food prepared from fresh produce grown on or near the premises.
- Judging from comments on social media sites, one of the things holding young people back from staying in B&Bs is – oddly enough – an out of date perception of what they’re actually like. The expectation is of chintz, tweed and tartan. They don’t realise that owners of B&Bs are often ahead of chain hotel in embracing new amenities because they can implement change much faster. After all, it’s easier to provide WIFI throughout a small property!
- Staff at chain hotels often live a significant distance from work. Consequently, they don’t know much about the local area and are unable to recommend that lovely, tucked away pub or the hidden walking trail that leads to a beautiful view. B&B owners do know these things and are usually keen to share them because, once again, they’re proud of where they live.