When you travel, do you prefer to stay at a Hotel/Motel or do you prefer to stay at a B&B/Inn?
If you are looking for privacy, luxury, or special services, a hotel may be a better choice. You can find hotels and motels in various price ranges to suit any budget. In Prince Edward Island, the prices range from $50 to $300.
The price of Bed and Breakfasts ranges from $50 to $200. So if I am looking for value for money or simply the lowest priced accommodations, why pick a Bed and Breakfast instead of a hotel?
When you stay at a Bed and Breakfast, you are a guest in Someone’s Home. That usually means that each guest room is decorated according to your hosts’ tastes and preferences. So at a B&B, you will be getting away from the cookie cutter rooms of many hotel and motel chains.
The Price of the Bed and Breakfast usually includes the cost of Breakfast. I say usually because there are some regional differences. If in doubt, check with the owners when you make your booking. Breakfast can be the highlight of your day. If you are at a 4 or 5 star B&B, you will probably get a breakfast menu, similar to a small restaurant. At a 2 or 3 star establishment, you will often get “cook’s choice” with a few options or substitutions. Some Bed and breakfasts will offer a continental breakfast similar to what you might find in some motels.
My most important reason for choosing a B&B is the personal touch. The owners will often greet you, and you will have a chance to chat with your hosts during breakfast. Many will offer suggestions for your next day’s adventure. They might also take a genuine interest in your previous day’s experience and offer ideas to make your next day more enjoyable.
For the most important question: Shared or Private Bath? In Canada, we have a standard star rating for B&Bs. You cannot get more than 2.5 stars unless you have a private bath. A Bed and Breakfast might have luxurious accommodations and extensive breakfasts, but if they do not have private baths, they will not get 3 stars. So if a private bath is an issue for you, check the star rating.
You may find your Bed and Breakfast on a booking site or on a government tourism site like peiplay.com. Before making your choice, I suggest you visit the establishment’s web site. Look for pictures of the grounds and the rooms. Look also if the web site has an “about us” or “faq” section. Since your B&B stay amounts to a personal experience, you would like to see that the website portrays the type of atmosphere you think you will enjoy. For example, look at this “about us” page of Beside the TrailBed and Breakfast. You see pictures of the hosts and a short biography. You also see they have pets. Looking at the sidebar, I also see rooms and rates, FAQ, and reviews. They also provide a link to their Trip Advisor reviews to show confidence in the ratings provided by their guests.
In later posts I will explore accommodations choices in greater detail. I would love to hear the reasons you might have chosen to stay (or not) at a B&B. Happy trip planning.