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Top 10 Myths About Bed and Breakfasts
Edited information from Wikpedia and Elizabeth Arneson - Your Guide to
One of the best things about staying at B&Bs is that each one is
unique. But almost all of today's B&Bs have on thing in common:
They're run by professional, competent innkeepers.
Nonetheless, some outdated myths about bed and breakfasts persist.
These myths have their roots in the days before most travelers even
knew what a bed and breakfast was. Today, with rare exceptions, they
are simply myths. As with hotels, there are good B&Bs and bad
B&Bs. With a little research you should be able to find one that
fits your preferences.
Here are my picks for the top myths
about bed and breakfasts.
1. There is no privacy.
The vast majority of inns, and all of the good
ones, have plenty of privacy. Your room should be quiet and free from
interruption. You won't be forced to interact with other guests, nor
will you have to sit down with the innkeeper and look at old family
photos. At a small inn, you may be able to go through your entire stay
without ever seeing any other guests -- try that at a hotel! Innkeepers
tend to be very concerned with their guests' privacy and do everything
they can to respect it.
The innkeepers are hiding.
This is almost the opposite of myth #1. Some
guests are concerned if they don't see the innkeepers when they return
from dinner, or sometimes even at check-in. (Some inns leave a key in a
pre-arranged spot to facilitate a late check-in.) In most cases, the
innkeepers live in the same building that guests are staying in, so
they're never too far away. They're probably just trying to respect
3. You'll sit with strangers at
breakfast and have to make small talk.
It is true that sometimes breakfast is served at
one or two large tables, so guests who don't know each other may sit
together. But in all the times that my husband and I have stayed at
B&Bs, this has never been a real problem. Most people don't try to
force conversation when it becomes apparent that you'd rather enjoy a
quiet meal. If it does become a problem, you can talk to the innkeeper
about it and time your future breakfasts so that you'll almost sure to
4. B&Bs have staff and a
front desk clerk on duty 24/7.
In most cases, particularly with inns of less than
10 rooms, the innkeeper / owner is the only person (or couple) working
at the inn. Sometimes, they might have a maid help with room
preparation in the morning, but by and large that person is handling
everything. This means that you should arrive on time, or at least call
if that's not going to be possible. Innkeepers often plan their day
(including shopping for your breakfast foods) around guests' arrival
5. Innkeeping is a hobby.
Most innkeepers couldn't make a living just by
running their B&B, but that doesn't make it a hobby. It is a
serious business with many facets.
6. Breakfast is simple to make, and
innkeepers can just whip something up.
Most B&Bs plan breakfasts days or even weeks
in advance, so you need to let them know ahead of time if you have any
special dietary needs or restrictions. Going back to myth #5, the
innkeeper is often also the cook, the waiter and the dishwasher. The
best breakfasts I've ever eaten have been at B&Bs, and that didn't
happen by accident.
7. B&Bs are very expensive.
Not necessarily. There are some expensive
B&Bs, but there are also some very affordable ones. It depends on
the inn's location, amenities, and other factors. But if you've avoided
looking at B&Bs as an option because of the cost, think again. In
New York City, for example, high-quality B&Bs are very competitive
with hotel prices. In areas less often visited by tourists, B&Bs
can be an amazing bargain.
8. Business travelers can't stay at
Many B&Bs have all the amenities important to
business travelers, and many will offer a discount for an extended
stay. This might have been true 10 or 15 years ago, and is still true
to some extent – but many B&Bs now cater to corporate travelers.
9. Innkeepers are rich.
If they are, it's not because they're innkeepers.
Although they might own beautiful homes which have been restored and
immaculately decorated, most innkeepers don't even make all their
income at the inn. If a B&B has less than 10 rooms, the chances are
very good that the innkeeper, the innkeeper's spouse (or both) has
10. There will be strange rules and a
Sometimes an inn will have rules that mystify me.
But I've never stayed anywhere that had what I would call "strange"
rules. And no B&B has ever had a curfew. Innkeepers will sometimes
ask you to be quiet if you come back to the inn late, out of respect
for other guests. Make sure you read all of an inn's policies on their
web site before making a reservation and you should never be staying at
a B&B with truly strange rules. Innkeepers are not control freaks
-- they want you to have a great time, and they want you to come back.
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