There’s nothing like a charming bed and breakfast to start the day with beauty, romance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. However, for others, the disadvantages of a B&B far outweigh their picture-perfect image. If you want to avoid uncomfortable small talk with other guests or want to dive into a fully stocked minibar when ordering room service, here are few reasons why you should stay in a hotel.
CONSISTENCY IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS
Hotel rooms are frequently formulaic and sterile, but for certain people, this is a bonus because there are no surprises. A space in a bed and breakfast is something of an enigma. It may be a lavish affair with a comfortable king-size bed and fine linens, or a rustic hideaway with a lumpy full-size mattress and little natural light from a bygone era. Until booking, inspect the pictures closely but keep in mind that they don’t always say the whole story.
YOU WANT PRIVACY
At a hotel chain, anonymity is the name of the game. There’s no need to see or talk to someone else after check-in. At a B&B, however, you’re more likely to strike up a conversation with other guests over breakfast, during the complimentary cocktail hour, or while relaxing on the patio. Some rooms can also share a hall bathroom, which can transform a leisurely morning shower into a rude indulgence or make an emergency toilet trip a lot more humiliating. While private bathrooms are becoming more popular, it’s always a good idea to double-check.
NOISE OFFENDS YOU
Soundproofing between rooms and floors is more likely in larger hotels. To reduce noise, some high-end hotels use costly materials like triple-paned windows, thicker walls, and layers of cork flooring. A few creaky floorboards are basically a given in a bed and breakfast, and rooms may be right next to common areas where people congregate. So if you need peace and quiet (or if you intend on having a noisy night yourself), think twice about staying at the B&B.
REWARDS ARE EVERYTHING TO YOU
If you’re only a few stays away from True Blue Resort or Sandals Resorts, frequent travelers will benefit from hotel loyalty programs. This is particularly appealing given the fact that most major hotel chains have travel partners, such as airlines and car rental companies, through which points can be transferred. There is a small rewards program called Select Registry for loyal bed-and-breakfast guests, but it only has around 240 members.
YOU HAVE RESTRICTIONS ON YOUR DIET.
If it’s a lifestyle choice or a life-threatening intolerance, any bed and breakfast worth it’s salt should inquire regarding dietary habits. Even so, if you can’t eat omelets because they give you hives, it’s your duty to notify the innkeepers ahead of time. If you forget, you will be out of luck, as there is no hotel breakfast buffet insight. (You might even bring some breakfast food, like cereal.)
YOU’VE GOT MAJOR ALLERGIES
Allergies can occur anywhere, including in a chain hotel. A B&B, on the other hand, can be something of a wild card if you know you’re hypersensitive to something, whether it’s pets, dust, or certain scents. Some have claimed to be “allergy-free,” but this isn’t anything to take for granted, particularly because many B&Bs brag about their furry “animal innkeepers.”
YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN
There are several family-friendly B&Bs, but most “would prefer children remain far away from their comfortable retreats,” according to Today. Some also prohibit children or restrict them to a certain age range. A hotel with rooms large enough for parents with children, visitors who expect to see families (rather than just couples), kid-friendly food, and less breakable knickknacks to lure tots is more likely.
ARE YOU A FLUID SCHEDULE FAN?
The standard bed and breakfast aren’t very accommodating when it comes to check-in and check-out times. If you intend on arriving early or late, make sure to make arrangements ahead of time. Also, don’t count on a late checkout, which is usually a given in a large hotel. Breakfast is usually served at a specific time, but larger B&Bs can offer a couple of options. If getting up at 8 a.m. for breakfast cramps your style, a hotel could be a better option.
AMENITIES ARE A REQUIREMENT
Maybe you get up early every day to work out, squeezing in 5 miles on the treadmill or a swim in the pool. You may be unable to imagine traveling without access to a fully equipped business center, 24-hour room service, or a minibar. A small bed and breakfast clearly cannot provide the same set of facilities as a large hotel, so double-check any deal-breakers before booking, such as whether the Wi-Fi is secure.
YOU PREFER THE BEATEN PATH
Hotels like to brag about their proximity to the action, whether it’s downtown attractions, shopping, or amenities like Starbucks or a mega mall. A major highway can be just a short distance away. A B&B, on the other hand, may boast of being tucked away on a country road or perched on the coast, away from the crowds. If convenience to shops, events, or major roads is necessary, choose a B&B carefully.
‘RULE FOLLOWER’ DOESN’T APPLY TO YOU
Bed and breakfasts are likely to have guest behavior codes, which are often referred to as “house rules.” There will almost certainly be quiet hours, and some B&Bs will not allow guests to bring guests who are not staying at the B&B. Smoking would almost certainly be prohibited. Last-minute cancellations, which are frequently accepted by large hotels, are likely to result in a large fee at a bed and breakfast, perhaps even the entire stay.
YOU WANT TO PAY THE VERY LAST DOLLAR
B&Bs, like hotels, come in all shapes and sizes: some are ultra-luxurious, while others are more simple. Lower-tier B&Bs, according to Smarter Travel, are likely to be slightly more expensive than the cheapest hotels or motels, and getting a discount can be more difficult. Seniors, AAA holders, and those who routinely pay lower hotel rates would almost certainly be stuck paying the advertised rate at a B&B, which lacks the profit margins of a large hotel chain.