To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
― Freya Stark
― Freya Stark
Finding an appropriate, comfortable, and safe accommodation is extremely vital, whenever you decide to go for an overnight trip or extended holiday. There are ample choices for getting such accommodations, and sometimes it might get a little confusing as to what and how to choose. Depending on where we travel, the kind of accommodations available tend to vary. However, there are two kinds of accommodations available almost unanimously worldwide―bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) and hotels. These are, by far, the most popular types of holiday accommodations, and people who opt to stay at these places have their own set of reasons. This Vacayholics write-up will tell you the exact difference between B&Bs and hotels, thus, trying to make things a bit easier for you.
Difference Between B&Bs and Hotels
The most important thing that we look for, while booking a place to stay away from our home, is whether that place can serve as our temporary home for whatever period of time we may stay there. Owing to this, our first and foremost concern is that it should be cost-effective and bring a good value for our money. Both these can serve this purpose, but it depends largely on what our needs are.
In the B&Bs, some of the rooms of the house are converted into guest quarters. Owing to this, more often than not, there are variations between two rooms of the same B&B with respect to the décor, furnishings, bedding, etc. Moreover, there is often no choice between the rooms, as the vacancies are limited, and one has to book well in advance to acquire a room.
Interaction with the Owners
In B&Bs, owing to the fact that the owners also stay in the same property, the guests get many opportunities to interact with them. Many times, the owners are more than happy to share knowledge about their city and culture with the guests, thus, making the stay easier and more comforting for them.
In hotels, tipping the staff is considered to be appropriate, and is generally encouraged. In most luxury hotels, the tip amount is generally fixed at some percentage of the total bill.
As you can see, both these facilities have a set of their own positives and negatives. Some people often prefer to stay in a B&B rather than a hotel, as they think that the former is cheaper; however, such is not the case. B&Bs are not always cheap, but what sometimes gives them an upper edge over hotels is that they often tend to be more cost-effective. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to say which one is better than the other as it all depends on personal preferences.