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Pros and Cons of Staying in a Bed and Breakfast

Published in Wander with Wonder and written by Jill Robbins on November 17, 2022.

There are many great reasons to choose a B&B over a traditional hotel or luxury resort.

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Guests at a B&B are more likely to have meaningful interactions with other guests and the B&B owner. Travelers tend to stay in their bubble at a hotel, and talking to the hotel owner is unlikely.

Bed and breakfasts tend to have one breakfast serving time, although that can vary. Sitting around the dining room table with the guests staying in the room across the hall is a very different experience than making polite chitchat while you’re in line for the breakfast buffet. Generally, the host at a B&B will make an effort to get to know you.

Is a bed and breakfast the right accommodation for you? Photo of 1810 Emerson House, Beloit, Wisconsin by Jill Robbins

What is a Bed and Breakfast?

A bed and breakfast, B&B for short, is a guest house or small inn offering sleeping accommodations and a morning meal. B&Bs are often located in older, historic homes, which adds to their appeal and charm. The owner may live onsite or nearby; you’ll most likely meet them during your stay. A larger bed and breakfast or boutique inn may have several guest rooms, and smaller B&Bs may only have a few rooms. No two will be exactly alike.

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