Bed and Breakfast’ (B&B in short) is mainly meant for a stay of one or two nights. So, ‘Bed and Breakfast’ is exactly what it describes,
a bed and breakfast – but most B&B’s do this in their unique way. So, what is a real Bed and Breakfast? Well, in short, to be honest, it is not easy to give a precise definition and need a little more explaining. In the light of the formal definition, a Bed & Breakfast is only that: bed and breakfast. A bed for the night and a breakfast to get you cracking in the morning.
A Bed and Breakfast accommodates, for example, travellers for leisure or business, who arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, who go out for dinner to a nearby restaurant, visit a cultural event, visit the theatre of the film and check-in again later in the evening. After a good night’s sleep, and a fine breakfast in the morning, they are on their way again.
So, but to clarify this definition a bit more, than we would like to add:
Bed and Breakfasts are small-scale lodging accommodation that offers as we already pointed out; an overnight stays and breakfast. Besides that they are small-scale, Bed and Breakfasts are often situated in private family homes. So the accommodation is run by the owner of the property, often together with their partner and usually, the hosts and hostesses live in the house.
Bed & Breakfasts are therefore personal; they reflect the personality and passion of the owners. This makes them fascinating and different every time. That’s what makes it so difficult to categorise Bed & Breakfasts. Each B&B has its own special characteristics.
So B&Bs mainly owe their charm to their small-scale character, the personal nature, special themes or interior layout. Because they have such a small number of rooms, you can count on excellent service. They have home-washed bedding and special home-made products for breakfast. The guest rooms are usually compact, but luxury accommodations, with all the comfort you wish for.
The B&B-host not only gives you a personal warm welcome, but the hosts also welcome you in their house. Explain the remarkable historical facts or details of the accommodation. He or she is what we call “the local in the know”, and knows his or her territory or town in detail. When asked, they will give you tips about the area, what to visit or where to find the restaurants with your favourite taste and atmosphere. With these tips, you will get the chance to get to know the city or the area as a local, and you will end up in places you would normally have walked past. In this way, your visiting stay will almost automatically get better quality.
Besides, you like your privacy, a Bed and Breakfast is an excellent choice. Most B&B’s are discreet tucked away and respect your privacy. No mass gathering point for many tourists, no high numbers of different personnel to cope with. Bed and Breakfasts are perfect for relaxing and spending quality time together. Are you looking for a special B&B for a romantic weekend getaway? Would you like to go for a walk into nature, take a bike ride to discover the surrounding countryside? Often a route map is awaiting you in your Bed & Breakfast and bicycles can be borrowed.
A B&B is small-scale and far more personal. A B&B has no bar, but the host will offer you a drink. There is no restaurant and is usually at someone’s house. A B&B concentrates on offering you a quality stay, quality time, a good bed and a fine breakfast. Breakfast is usually not in the room but is served in a ‘communal’ room, as the dining room or Salon.
A hotel offers a wider range of services. There is a bar and you can have lunch, dine in the restaurant, have buffet breakfast and sleep there. It’s much more anonymous and mostly large, five floors high, elevators and long corridors, distances to be covered.
Usually, people stay there in large numbers and there are staff for various tasks, from reception to room service. All amenities come with a price-tag. A B&B is mainly for one night or a short period, a hotel offers you stays for a longer period.
More and more travellers attach great importance to sustainable tourism and are opting for a Bed and Breakfast. B&B’s have no negative impact on the environment, people, nature or the local culture. They are usually set up in existing buildings so that new construction is not necessary. Many B&B’s have taken decentralised sustainable measures to stop dysfunctional energy usage, for instance, installed solar energy and isolation. Check here our sustainable policy.