Choosing Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

There are many on line guides available to help you choose bed and breakfast accommodation, whether it is a city location such as a Leicester bed and breakfast that you are looking for, or a quiet retreat deep in the Scottish Highlands.

Some on line guides offer a bespoke booking service, with instant confirmation of your room reservation, as well as offering visitor information on the location or region you will be staying in. Special discounts for on line bookings and late availability discounts for last minute room reservations are also offered. On line guides sometimes offer independent reviews of featured bed and breakfasts, with ratings awarded to different aspects of the accommodation, such as cleanliness, quality of the food, decorations and furniture and the welcome given to guests. After you have finished your stay, you may be invited to provide feedback and this, in turn, will be useful to future prospective visitors.

Bed and breakfast accommodation is a growing area on line for guests to research and find well priced overnight stays. It is also an increasingly popular medium for bed and breakfast owners, as they are able to reach a national and even international market. Formerly, many bed and breakfasts would have remained undiscovered gems, only able to attract local visitors or those able or willing to search out guide books and contact the tourist information facility in the region of their proposed stay. The Internet has changed all that, by providing a world platform to guest houses, inns, farmhouses and many other types of bed and breakfast accommodation.

The great appeal of bed and breakfasts is that they offer a more personal alternative to a hotel, in a relaxed atmosphere. As well as the traditional seaside bed and breakfasts in coastal resorts such as Blackpool, Skegness, Scarborough and Brighton, you can find intimate cosy countryside retreats in beautiful areas such as the Lake District or the Cotswolds. There are also many establishments aiming at the top end of the market and these are situated in towns, villages and countryside alike, meaning that you can experience luxury in, for example, a sleek modern London, Birmingham or Leicester bed and breakfast or in an “old world” environment of a thatched Gloucestershire pub or Shropshire coaching inn.

A stay in a good bed and breakfast should be like a welcoming home away from home. You should feel as relaxed as if you were staying over at a friend’s place. You will get breakfast and sometimes even a packed lunch (usually at an additional charge, although some establishments will fill up your flask with tea or coffee for free). Drying facilities are normally on offer if your bed and breakfast is on a walking trail, so that if you get a soaking (quite likely, given the typical British weather!) your clothes will be dry and ready to wear again the following next day. As most bed and breakfasts are run by the owners themselves, they tend to know a lot about the local area and can be an absolute mine of information. They will know the best pubs, restaurants, shops, walks and excursions and often enjoy sharing their knowledge with their guests.

The Business of Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a Bed and Breakfast (“B&B”) sounds great at 5pm rush hours in the streets of Manhattan during the cold of winter. The fact is it can be a real job. Let me give you a taste of what it’s like in the life of a typical B&B owner.

Imagine it is 8pm on a Friday in the middle of summer at your lovely B&B. You just finished clearing out the dining room, in which your guests recently indulged in some light fare and beverages. You’re tired. It’s been a long day. You’re about to begin to do the dishes, which will take you an hour or so, and the phone rings. It’s John Smith, a late arrival guest, who was to check-in at 9pm. He tells you he will be there no later than 10pm.

It’s now 9pm, you’ve just finished the dishes and now you are tossing the dirty towels into the laundry and gathering up new towels, to replace the old ones in the bathrooms. This takes you another hour or so. You check your watch. It’s 10PM, no John Smith. “Where could he be?” you wonder to yourself. You check the phone for any messages, none. At 10:30pm the phone rings. It’s John Smith. He is on the Garden State Parkway at exit 117. He should be there in about ½ an hour. At 11pm John Smith finally arrives. You check him in, show him his room and at 11:20pm you rush to your bedroom to hit the sack because you promised early riser, Julie Murphy, you would have fresh coffee and a continental breakfast for her at 6am. If you’re lucky you pass out from exhaustion at 11:45pm and squeeze in just over five hours of sleep.

Welcome to the tranquil world of B&Bs. Not your typical day, but you get the idea. My point is this, managing a B&B not as easy as you would think. It can, however, be everything you thought it would be as long as your thoughts are anchored in reality.

The level of your attention to detail, along with your B&B’s location, can make your B&B a real success or a real nightmare. During your B&B’s busy season (primarily May-September in the Northeast) you are always on the go. Your hours are dictated by the hours of your guests. A late arrival can keep you up late and an early riser might require that you wake up at 5am.

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes a B&B? Generally speaking anything larger than 5 rooms is considered an Inn and anything less is considered a B&B.

How do you know if your B&B is successful? 100 nights, out of a year, filled to capacity, is a good year.

Can you make a living running a B&B? In most cases you will need about six rooms to make a living at it. Anything less is just supplemental income. If a host wants to make a living at a B&B they must open an Inn.

What are the biggest problems facing B&B hosts? Typically, it’s the attention to detail required of a well run B&B and last minute cancellations or guests just not showing up.

Should you list your B&B with a reservation service agency (“RSA”)? If this is your first B&B and you are just starting out, the answer is a definitive yes! Here’s why. A good RSA provides a number of valuable services. First and foremost they can drive business to your B&B. Many RSAs provide brochures to state-run Welcome Centers. Some RSAs reach out to local businesses and special-events coordinators. When a potential guest takes one of those brochures and calls the RSA they will provide the prospect with B&Bs that meet their geographic and personal needs. Other advantages of joining an RSA include valuable advice about how to run the B&B. Many RSAs will usually come to your B&B to see if it has the right set up for accommodating guests.

They typically bring along a checklist and go through a type of inspection process. Soon you will find out just what strengths and weaknesses your B&B has. Oftentimes, this service is offered free of charge, as an initial consultation, The RSA will do this as a way of determining if your B&B meets their minimum standards. This inspection helps flesh out the problems inherent in your B&B. If you pass the inspection, the RSA will be interested in listing your home. Typical operational services an RSA provides, beyond those mentioned, include answering phones, e-mail/mail inquiries, screening and matching guests with hosts. They will send confirmations to guests who make reservations. Some even send out regular newsletters to hosts and help hosts with record keeping and tax preparation. All of these services, of course, come at a cost. Generally, an RSA’s commission will be between 20-25% of the rental income from the guests they book.

How much should you charge per room per night? Most B&Bs charge a minimum of $100 per night for a double occupancy room. Depending on your geographic location this amount could be significantly higher or lower.

What kind of costs/expenses can you expect to incur in your B&B? Expenses in running a B&B include food, beverage, coffee filters, soap, shampoo, facial/toilet tissue, cleaning supplies, cleaning help, laundry, new sheets, paint, repairs, linens, bedding, towels, fresh flowers, new mattresses, advertising/promotion, office supplies, dues/subscriptions, business cards, reading lamps, telephone, internet access, commission to your RSA, membership fees to local business organizations (i.e. Chamber of Commerce), insurance, utilities, accounting fees, legal fees, income tax, real estate tax and mortgage interest,.

What type of accounting or bookkeeping system is needed in a well run B&B? Accounting for a B&B does not have to be that complicated. Your options are a manual accounting system or a computer-based one. A manual accounting system could be as simple as a checkbook, accordion file and some envelopes. The accordion file should have twelve compartments for each month. Include envelopes for your main expenses in each compartment and place your expense receipts in each expense envelope. For those expenses that do not fit neatly into any one category, include a “miscellaneous” envelope. At the end of the month tally up your expenses on a control sheet which lists the expenses on the left and a column for each month on the right. Subtract the month’s total from your receipts for the month and you will know how much money you made or how much you lost. A computer-based system should be one that is simple to use. I recommend QuickBooks as it is one of the easiest accounting software programs to learn and use on the market. A few hours with your accountant, learning QuickBooks, can save you many more hours of trial and error, not to mention frustration and stress, down the road. If you feel that you don’t have the attention to detail in keeping even a rudimentary accounting system then use your checkbook as your accounting system. Make sure every expense you incur, however, is run through your checkbook or a specific credit card is used only for business purchases, if you are not good with keeping receipts.

Should I organize my B&B as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or LLC?

This is not an easy question to answer. Before we get to that answer let me touch on how the B&B should be owned. I would recommend that the B&B be owned personally. The reason is that there are tax advantages to owning the B&B personally. One major tax benefit is the personal residential exclusion of any gain of up to $500,000 ($250,000 for single taxpayers) on the personal residence portion of your B&B. Another reason is that this direct ownership better facilitates the use of a tax advantaged sale of the B&B using a like kind exchange, which allows the seller to defer taxation of any gain from the sale of the B&B, as long as like kind property (real estate) is acquired within six months from the date of the B&B’s sale. With a direct personal ownership structure you could lease the B&B to the legal entity that will be running the business. In no case would I run the B&B business as a sole proprietorship, since a sole proprietorship has unlimited liability.

My first choice would be a corporation in which an S election was made. The S corporation offers the best limited liability protection, even better than an LLC or a partnership. Here’s why. In an LLC your personal liability is limited, in the case of a lawsuit for some type of negligence, but only if you did not personally cause the negligence or injury (i.e. an employee was responsible for the negligence or injury and you did not direct that employee to perform that act). If you had something to do with the negligent act, you and all of your personal assets can be at risk. In a partnership, as a general partner, you may be held personally liable for any negligence or injury, even if caused by an employee. In a corporation, only the corporate assets are at risk. Your personal assets are safe. Personal liability at the corporate level would require “piercing the corporate veil”, something that is very hard to do given the long history of corporate case law precedence limiting this. In an S corporation, any net income or net loss and certain other tax items will flow through to your personal income tax return, as an S corporation is a pass-through entity.

What to Look For When Researching Bed and Breakfasts

Let me start by saying that I design websites for bed and breakfast providers. I have been inside many establishments, photographed them from all angles, sampled the food, experienced the difficulty of finding them if they are off the beaten track and spent time with their owners.

Sometimes I’ve felt like The Hotel Inspector. Sometimes I’ve buttoned my lip and said nothing, sometimes I’ve politely voiced my concerns. If I’ve spotted something amiss it’s a pretty certain bet that guests will too and will be only too keen to say so on Trip Advisor or social media.

There’s a clue in that last sentence if you are researching Bed and Breakfast providers. Look them up on Trip Advisor. What experiences have previous guests had?

Were the owners friendly and helpful, or did they act like they didn’t want guests in their house?

Were the rooms and facilities clean and tidy? Was the location peaceful or were you looking onto a main road and a building site? Was the breakfast freshly cooked and generous?

Trip Advisor will tell you all this and more.

Take a look at how owners respond to negative comments. Remember, disgruntled guests and those who have to complain about the smallest thing are the ones most likely to post. Did their complaints seem valid and how did the owner respond?

I always tell my website clients that bed and breakfast customers shop with their eyes. Photos, photos, photos. Guests want to see what the place they are coming to looks like. What the rooms look like, what the shower rooms look like, what the view from their window will be, what the food looks like.

If those photos aren’t on a provider’s website, or they are grainy and out of focus, ask yourself why that might be? If the website hasn’t been updated in years, might that tell you something.

In general, you get what you pay for. A B&B that costs £45 a night for 2 people probably won’t be as smart or as spacious as one that charges £145 a night. Lower pricing doesn’t have to mean that rooms are dirty and facilities don’t work.

Look to see if the room(s) you are booking have their own en-suite facilities or have shared facilities. There seems to be an increasing trend in the UK for a roll top bath to be placed in the bedroom. If you are young and in love, you may be very happy to bathe together or to have your partner watching. But would you be so keen if you are two friends using the room as a twin room? Or parent and child sharing a room?

If you have pets – check that dogs are welcome. If in doubt, phone the owners and ask.

If you have young children, check that the B&B is child friendly. You don’t want to find that the establishment doesn’t accept children and have your holiday ruined. Respect those that don’t accept children – they may have had a bad experience, they may have elderly owners, they may specifically run a child free establishment.

Look to see if breakfast is included in the price. Some establishments will offer a “room only” rate. This may be what you want if you are staying just one night and have an early start. Or maybe you are one of those people that simply doesn’t eat breakfast.

Make sure you know what size the bed is. For some couples this isn’t an issue, but if one or both of you is tall, or a little on the wide side, you may prefer a larger size double bed – king or super king size.

Check what facilities are offered in the bathroom. Some will have a bath with over bath shower. If you have mobility issues you may prefer a separate, walk-in shower. Make sure you read the owner’s description and if in doubt, phone or email to check.

If you are a wheelchair user, or have another disability, again read the description carefully and if in doubt, contact the owner to ensure the establishment meets your needs.

Most B&Bs are happy to cater to special dietary requirements. Not telling the owner your special requirements until you sit down to breakfast leads to embarrassment. Most owners will want to meet your needs and will feel upset and embarrassed if they can’t – advance notice ensures that the food your require will be available when you want it.

Check the location of the B&B. You may want peace and quiet in an isolated, rural location. Or you may want to stay somewhere that is more easily accessible to the local sights and doesn’t involve a 10 mile drive up and down the valley to reach it each day. An online mapping service will usually give you a pretty accurate location and there may even be Street View so you can see the place where you are planning to stay.

The Pros and Cons of Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

Staying at a B&B is always a unique experience, but the pros and cons of staying at a bed and breakfast accommodation must be recognized to help vacationers plan a hassle-free holiday. Typically, B&Bs are the owners’ private residence which they turned into a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodations and breakfast.

Usually, a B&B has a most charming and quaint character. They tend to be more home-like, and less of a standard hotel. Guests are accommodated in well-furnished private bedrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom.

Some people wishing to have Cotswolds weekend breaks stay at a Cotswold bed and breakfast that is actually an English country house with magnificent gardens. It is pure English elegance and Cotswolds charm at its finest, inside and out. B&Bs like this is fun for the person who likes the outdoors with lots of grounds to walk around.

The beds are more comfortable, and some even have canopy beds. Food is usually better because they are home-cooked and some even prepare breakfast to order, which is a huge plus. The service you get at a B&B is also more personal and they pay special attention to a guest’s needs to make their stay most enjoyable in aB&B. CotswoldsandBroadway bed and breakfast establishments will also be able to steer guests toward “must sees”, such as the Cotswolds cottages dotting the area.

There are also some B&Bs which have private bedrooms or with a bathroom that is shared with other guests. All guests will have to share eating quarters. Some people may be uncomfortable with this set up in a bed and breakfast. Cotswolds is best appreciated when you stay at a B&B that is both pleasing to the eyes as well as pleasant to experience.

The pros and cons of staying at a bed and breakfast will actually depend on what sort of experience you want when staying at a place.

Find Bed and Breakfast – Traveling in Transylvania

Romania. An amazing country. People don’t know too much about it. Some know it is an Eastern European country, others heard of the appalling dictator Ceausescu. Some know Romania from television: they’ve seen reports describing the poverty of the land or counting how many homeless children live in the streets, begging, starving. Others will describe Romania in other words: the land of beautiful women, a mixture of Latin and Slavic culture, mysterious and fascinating. Bucharest, the capital of the country, used to be called the “Little Paris” and Romania has many other wonders waiting for you.

A wonder is Transylvania – the country between forests – a real Romanian territory, full of history and imposing in its splendor. The land has it all: bucolic scenery, heights that take your breath away (the Western Carpathians, also called the Apuseni Mountains, cross the county from North to South), medieval towns (Sighisoara being the most famous of all and the place were prince Dracula was born) and rustic villages, places were many ancestral traditions were piously kept and the people are friendly and welcoming.

When traveling to Transylvania there is no better way to enjoy your journey than to stay at a small, privately owned bed and breakfast villa. Remember: you are in a wine country. Romanians make delicious wines, some of which you will never find in stores, for these are homemade wines as tasty as the most expensive brands, if not tastier. So don’t choose a hotel. They are far too expensive, the service is poor (there is still a lot of work to be done in Romania when it comes to customer care and tourism) and the food is not so great. If you want to taste tradition, choose to spend your holiday in a village or in a country house outside a village, where the hostess will welcome you (on your first visit) with special, customary appetizers bread and salt and a shot of palinca – a Romanian traditional alcoholic drink, very popular in Transylvania. The bread and salt have a symbolic meaning: they comprise the Romanian way of saying, “welcome in my house”. You’ll probably not find the same custom everywhere you go, some traditions are lost, but don’t be surprised if you do encounter it.

So where should you go to be pampered as you deserve and have a real, genuine Transylvanian experience? Not far from Brasov, in Miclosoara (a little village in the foothills of the Carpathians) you find “The Count’s” guesthouses. Here you have plenty of winter activities including skiing at Poiana Resort, bear and wolf tracking (oh, yes, the land is wild: a large bear population – you’ll not find it in other European countries), bird watching (there are plenty of rare birds in the region including eagles, ural owls, wall-creepers, black-storks), hiking cross and cultural activities (many of the places you could visit are listed as UNESCO World Heritage).

The Count’s is one of the many bed and breakfast accommodations in the region. We mention it because its name – yes, it’s about The Count Dracula (although in the real life he was a prince) – makes it much easier for you to remember this destination. However, Transylvania is magic and has many other destinations waiting for you to discover them.

Bed and Breakfast Vs. Hotel Stays: Experiencing the Difference

While the comparisons made between bed and breakfasts and hotels are very much dependent on who is making the comparison, one thing is certain: The world is simply filled with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. The great playwright, Henry Miller, said this. And, when it comes to the notion of why you’re traveling in the first place, Miller’s words give us pause for thought regarding reasons why traveler’s should consider staying at a B&B on their next journey.

First, let’s talk a bit about hotels. Surely, everything has its place and the chief attribute for many (though a deficit for others) is their predictability. That is to say, some travelers desire the commonness of hotels – all the rooms the same from location to location, and very little difference from their home environment. For some – particularly overnight business travelers – this sort of predictability is a convenience that fits in well with the purpose of their visit. Where they stay has little importance in the scheme of things.

However, for many travelers where they stay is of considerable importance. For them, it is the world of Miller’s rich treasures they are seeking. The escape from the common is not only a desire, it’s a goal, and the cookie-cutter sterility of a hotel room is not for them. It is for those who want unique experiences in their travel that the B&B experience is the perfect fit. Folks who’ve stayed at B&B’s while on a trip know this, and it’s the reason why B&B stays are in and of themselves an important part of the trip.

Why stay at B&B instead of a hotel?

  1. Each B&B is a unique lodging experience – no two B&B’s are alike.
  2. B&B hosts are excellent concierges at no extra charge (hotel concierge service usually costs quite a bit in gratuity). They are able to steer you to well-known attractions and restaurants, as well as the local gems found off the beaten path.
  3. The decorations are charming, the environments comfortable, the linens fine, and the breakfasts homemade. Some B&B’s will have wine and cheese in the early evening, or a special tea-time included during your stay.
  4. A B&B is an experience, a part of that rich pageantry of the world. An atmosphere that keeps your spirit of travel alive throughout your stay. A hotel simply cannot be these things.

Again, there are reasons why some travelers choose hotels, and it is for these reasons that hotels do have their place. However, if the reason you are traveling is to escape the common, to discover beautiful places, beautiful souls, interesting people – then a B&B stay is the fit for you.

Remember, just like choice hotels, choice B&B’s often book many months in advance. It’s good to plan ahead by visiting the websites of B&B’s in the places you are traveling to. Unlike hotels, though, you will be able to get a good look at pictures of the very room you choose to stay in. Make your selection, book your room. The experience of staying in a B&B is one you will want to have over and over again.

Why Stay In A Bed And Breakfast

Bed and breakfasts are becoming a more desirable accommodation for people on vacation. Families, retirees, and newlyweds are discovering the joy and wonder of simplicity and enjoying vacation stays at local bed and breakfasts for a variety of reasons.

In today’s economy, vacations are difficult enough to afford. Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars to stay at a resort, or at a chain hotel with questionable service, people are seeing the value in supporting local businesses with real service. Because bed and breakfasts are so much smaller than larger hotels, quality control is given much more attention, and each detail of comfort is taken into account. It’s a more pleasant experience to enjoy your vacation in a quiet neighborhood, away from the excitement and noise of large attractions you will likely visit throughout each day.

People enjoy the respite of coming away from their busy daily activities to a quiet sanctuary, where they can unwind. Also, many bed and breakfasts offer a more personal experience, because the owners are typically on hand. Many of these smaller accommodations offer perks that may not be available at larger chain hotels. For example, many bed and breakfasts are offering hot home-cooked breakfasts and even massages on premises, which are luxuries seldom found in giant hotels, and are expensive at resorts.

Take advantage of all the perks of staying at a smaller motel or bed and breakfast during your next vacation. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of an upscale hotel, without the hefty price tag, as well as a much more personal feel. You’ll remember how relaxing and pleasant your vacation was, and enjoy the memories you made.

Enjoying Your Bed and Breakfast Stay

Does it fancy you to stay over at a couple’s humble home overnight and then having breakfast with them the following day? If it does, then you’ll certainly want to stay at a bed and breakfast. Your hosts will be more than glad to let you have a room for yourself as well as let you have a great morning meal the next day.

The practice of hospitality is a time-honored tradition of sorts. This first of bed and breakfast lodges was established in Britain and this is also where the term got coined. Eventually, the whole world got to know about it and soon enough, many a similar lodging facility was made.

As time went on, the traditional inn evolved to something that didn’t just provide you with a bed to sleep in and a morning meal once the sun comes up since more people saw it as something else, particularly as a place where couples could spend their honeymoon.

When people are asked where honeymoons normally take place, a lot of them are going to answer that these happen on luxury cruise ships, five-star hotels, secluded resorts or island getaways. However, with the cost of living only going up, many a newlywed couple looks for more affordable ways to spend their holidays. This is where the bed and breakfast comes in. Besides, the place respects privacy most of all.

While you could just look for fast food joints in just about any place, numerous tourists like to have a sample of what the locals cook. A bed and breakfast provides home-cooked food done straight-up by the place’s chef. This is excellent news if you’ve been far away for quite some time that you’ve missed having those pancakes and/or waffles that mom used to make. So, if you enjoy a home-made breakfast, you’ll certainly enjoy the one that a lodge offers.

It’s not uncommon nowadays for such a lodge to provide Internet access, free parking and spa services, among others. The larger ones have even expanded to provide meeting spaces for any sort of get together.

Whatever the reason you have for making your stay at a bed and breakfast, you might just discover something magnificent and this is especially the case when you just want to get away from many of the hassles of living life each day. Besides, you are always going to be welcome in one.

4 Qualities That an Excellent Bed and Breakfast Should Have

Booking your stay at a bed and breakfast is not just about having a place to spend the night. There are various elements that make up for a worthwhile experience. Here are 4 qualities you ought to find in such a place:

1. Location of the Lodge

Location is extremely important. When deciding on a bed and breakfast, people need to see to it that it is close to the areas that they want to see. If you intend to have the ability to travel within budget, it would be best that the location of the inn is near traveler areas and prime locations. This would certainly not just save you from spending much on charge, it will also be a time saver.

2. Warm and friendly personnel.

No matter how wonderful an area is and how great looking every little thing is inside the inn, if the personnel is disrespectful and inexperienced, the whole experience can be spoiled. Travelers should check the evaluations of previous travelers when it comes to the lodge’s staff. Inspect if there are evaluations when it comes to their sincerity and the way they render service. Businesses that make the effort to assess what kind of individuals they employ are doing a whole lot to boost their label. Quality and efficient staff means a more pleasant and comfortable experience. Lots of tourists choose to go back to a particular place if they enjoyed their stay.

3. Food and Beverages

Vacationers have to check the menu of the lodge before even agreeing to book. There are some inns that do not give meals and guests need to recognize that they have to get their food themselves. If not, the dishes are not guaranteed to be delectable. In order for you to avoid this problem, you need to research all the details you can about the inn before booking. See to it that you leave a comment or pointer that will help the bed and breakfast improve.

4. Creativity.

A bed and breakfast is generally more costly compared to a trip hotel or a budget lodge but there’s a reason. People are willing to pay even more due to the fact that one manages to offer something one-of-a-kind, something that can’t be experienced with conventional lodging regardless of exactly how luxurious or classy it could be.

The lodge has to have its very own style. It has to consist of works that are made by local artists. It would certainly be much better to get in contact with local craftsmen and have them create the lodge. This way, the owners could assist the local neighborhood while at the same time ensuring that the inn is nice and distinctive.

The Advantages of Bed and Breakfast Accommodation Part 1

If you are a visitor to a new town and plan to stay overnight, then you will need to find clean, comfortable accommodation. If your trip is connected with a special event such as a football match, concert or a University graduation ceremony, or if you need easy access to an airport or seaport from your chosen destination, then it is important to book your accommodation early.

If you are intending to fly from East Midlands Airport, then you could book a room in a Derby, Nottingham or Leicester bed and breakfast, as all of these towns are within very close proximity of the airport. You could stay in a chain hotel, but many people prefer the personal homely touch that a Leicester bed and breakfast offers to the overnight visitor. With Leicester’s easy transport links, you can be at East Midlands Airport within thirty minutes.

Although you might think the opposite is the case, staying at a Leicester bed and breakfast rather than in a standard hotel actually offers you more amenities. In fact, hotel rooms tend to be basically the same as far as comfort and decor are concerned. A hotel might give you more living room, but bed and breakfast accommodation can provide a more intimate and homely atmosphere, as well as being very competitively priced. Freshly laundered sheets, comfortable beds and clean bathrooms are all provided at Leicester bed and breakfasts. However, the “breakfast” element is where a B&B really comes into its own.

The great advantage is that the truly personal service means that you can order a breakfast exactly to your liking. Do you like your eggs boiled for two minutes precisely? Do you like your bacon as crispy as possible? Do you have a gluten allergy and need to eat wheat-free bread and cereals? No problem! Just let the proprietor know in advance and he or she will be only too happy to cater for your individual needs. Service with a personal touch such as you might find in a Leicester bed and breakfast is impossible in a chain hotel, where the chef needs to cater for a great many people at any one time. Furthermore, with most guest houses being on the small side, you won’t have to compete with other busy guests for attention or for a good table. Many hotel chains have a self-service breakfast buffet and if your eggs or bacon isn’t cooked exactly as you like it, then tough luck! You get what you are given.

Flexibility wins every time hands down for B&Bs. Maid service at hotel chains is run on a strict schedule, but when you stay at a Leicester bed and breakfast, you have the freedom to arrange cleaning times with the proprietor, allowing you more time for your daily routine or exercise. The personal touch you get at B&Bs means that the proprietor will very likely know a lot about the surrounding area and will be able to recommend places of interest, beauty spots and good restaurants.