While many may have preconceived notions about what a stay at bed and breakfast entails — including outdated furnishings and overbearing hosts — the truth is, many BNBs and inns alike have modern amenities and stellar service to rival even the poshest urban resort. Read on for our top reasons why a local bed and breakfast should be on your list when planning your next destination.
1. The value. Smaller in scale and smaller in price, at many bed and breakfasts you will find killer deals for accommodations that are on par, or better, than the big-name corporate hotels.
2. The service. Let’s face it, a large corporate hotel just doesn’t have the time to cater to your every whim. Not so at an intimate bed and breakfast. Have specific dietary needs? Or want to surprise your honey with some flowers and chocolates upon arrival? Chances are the innkeepers will be happy to go out of their way to make sure your stay is top notch.
3. The details. You won’t be surrounded by cookie-cutter oak hotel furniture or Ikea artwork here. Instead, you’re likely to find fireplaces, turn of the century antiques, or even a ridiculously comfortable four poster bed.
4. The history. Forget the freshly built skyscrapers, instead opt for accommodations with a nod to the past. When you stay at a bed and breakfast, you’ll have the option to stay in a piece or history, including a restored Victorian brownstone in Boston, the site of a civil war battle in Mississippi or even the same suite as a past president in Virginia.
5. The people. Staying at a bed and breakfast can often be much like staying in the home of a beloved relative, or at least a well-liked aunt. You’ll get to know the innkeepers who will likely have some great advice on things to do in your destination city and you’ll even have a chance to mingle with your fellow guests on the front porch or over breakfast in the morning.
6. The location. One of the biggest benefits of bed and breakfasts are their inconspicuous locations. Often, you’ll get to experience the city like a local by staying in the area’s residential neighborhoods, rather than being confined to the commercial centers. This way, you’ll get a much more authentic view of the city.
7. The flexibility. Don’t bother asking the front desk at Corporate Hotel Chain if you can check in bit early or stay a few hours late — rules are rules, after all. Fortunately, bed and breakfasts are much more accommodating when you need to bend them a bit in order to fit your tight schedule.
8. The security. Let’s face it, even with a doorman, huge corporate hotels don’t always have the best security. The smaller scale of a bed and breakfast or inn means fewer people and potentially safer accommodations.
9. The quiet. Fewer guests often means a quieter night’s stay, too. So, you can finally leave the earplugs at home.
10. The availability. From major metropolitan areas, like right next to Boston’s Fenway Park, to a quaint retreat in the mountains, chances are there’s a bed and breakfast located in just about any of your future destinations.
What are your reasons for booking a Boston bed and breakfast? Let us know in the comments below!