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Advice & FAQ about ILLINOIS BED AND BREAKFAST LODGING
Questions to Ask Before You Make Your B&B Reservation
Edited information from Wikpedia and Elizabeth Arneson - Your Guide to
Bed and breakfasts are not like
hotels. Each one is unique and has its own charms.
are usually expected to pay for their stay
upon or before arrival and may be asked to leave in time before the
next guest arrives so that their room can be properly prepared. This
policy is not unlike any regular hotel accommodation; but the
innkeeper, in fact, may have more discretion being the owner of the
property. Innkeepers often have a good idea as to when the next guest
is arriving and may be able to be more flexible than a hotel. This is
all part of the personalized service Innkeepers can offer guests due to
the property's smaller size.
Because most B&Bs are small, typically with room for only 2-12
guests, it is advisable for anyone wanting to stay at a particular
B&B to make reservations reasonably well in advance of their travel
date. Location and time of year play an important role in room
availability. Consultation with a qualified travel agent or the
innkeeper with this type of accommodation may be helpful. Many B&Bs
increasingly belong to associations and have a web presence.
Be aware that prices and tariffs described in various books and paper
travel guides are often obsolete by the time they are published -
Online guides and directories or B&B owner websites may contain
more up to date information.
Before you make
reservation, you should be sure that you'll be comfortable in the bed
and breakfast you've chosen. Asking these questions can help a lot.
Is the B&B really located near
the places you want to visit? Bed and breakfasts can be found in the
middle of nowhere, so even if the address says "Nashville" (or any
other city), it doesn't hurt to double-check. (And if you want to be in
the middle of nowhere, make sure you really are!)
A full, homemade breakfast is one of
the things that attracts my husband and me to B&Bs. But not every
inn provides a full breakfast -- some offer continental fare while
others only have cold cereal available for guests. If you don't want to
be surprised, make sure you ask before making a reservation.
Be sure that the room you're
reserving has the kind of bed you want, whether that means king, queen,
or two twins. And ask about the closets and drawers -- some inns have
rooms with no closets and very limited drawer space. As long as you
know what you're getting, that's not necessarily a problem. But you
want to know before you arrive.
Some B&B inns, particularly in
Europe, have bathrooms which are shared by more than one guest room. If
this is important to you, make sure you have a private bathroom. (Most
private baths are actually in your room, known as en suite, but some
private baths are accessible only through a public hallway. You miay
want to ask about that as well.) If bathroom lighting is especially
important, you should ask about that as well.
If you're allergic to anything,
especially food or pets, be sure to let the innkeeper know before
committing to a stay. Most B&Bs will make every effort to
accommodate dietary needs. Pet allergies can be more difficult to work
around since the inn is often the innkeeper's home -- the B&B's web
site should mention it if they own pets, but be sure to ask anyway.
Yes or No
If you're planning to bring a child
or children to a bed and breakfast, definitely talk to the innkeeper
first. Some inns have strict no-children policies, some allow children
over a certain age, and others might allow children but discourage them
except in unusual circumstances. Even if an inn allows children, it's
often best not to bring them out of respect for other guests.
RIVER HOUSE BED and BREAKFAST
located in ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS-- Two waterfront
B&B lodges offer northern Illinois travelers luxury
Jacuzzi and fireplace suites for romantic getaways as well as child
friendly vacation lodging, group retreat, family reunion
accommodations, or short term weekly rental. Whether romantic weekend,
business stay, or entire house rental, find bed and breakfast packages:
for extended stay.
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