If you’re looking to book a romantic getaway in a bed and breakfast there are a few things to keep in mind. The quality of the bed and breakfast should be a factor as well as price. With a little help, you can save money while staying in a nice bed and breakfast in the destination of your choice.
Bed and breakfasts can be found just about everywhere, whether it’s a highly traveled destination, or off the beaten trail. So how do you choose one? First, what’s important to you? Are you looking for somewhere comfortable to sleep for a night where amenities aren’t too important, or do you want a nice romantic stay someplace where you can really enjoy everything the bed and breakfast has to offer?
Depending on the comfort level you require, it would be a good idea to call the innkeeper to find out some things before you book your stay at a bed and breakfast. If you’re traveling late, this could be a problem since many bed and breakfasts have strict check-in times. Remember that you’re staying in someone’s home and they may go to sleep early or have other obligations. If privacy is an issue, ask if each room has its own bathroom or if there is a common bathroom shared by all guests. This may not be too much of an issue if you are traveling during an offseason or somewhere outside of major metropolitan areas. Another issue to consider when finding a bed and breakfast is whether or not children are allowed – some may have an age minimum. If you are traveling with pets, some may or may not allow them as well, or may have a size restriction.
Depending on where you are traveling there are some other amenities you may want to consider such as activities on or near the bed and breakfast grounds and luxuries inside the inn. Many bed and breakfasts are close to fun activities such as hiking, bike riding, boating, fishing, snowboarding/skiing, etc. If you’re looking for fun on the outside as well on the inside, check to see if your bed and breakfast has modern amenities such as computers, high-speed Internet, cable television as well as games and perhaps a fireplace to get cozy by.
Of course, everyone would love to have all the modern conveniences of their daily life and then some included in their stay at a bed and breakfast, but how much will it cost? You may be surprised to find out that it is possible to save money on bed and breakfasts without sacrificing quality. First try speaking directly with the innkeeper and see if you can make a deal. Since the innkeeper is typically the owner, it will be easier to negotiate a price break when compared to a traditional hotel. If you’re staying a few days and the bed and breakfast isn’t too booked, you have a great chance of getting a nice deal.
Another way you can save money booking a bed and breakfast is by cutting down your stay. Sometimes travel time takes away from your actual stay time. Talk to the innkeeper and ask if you can receive a discount if you will be checking in a little late and leaving earlier than checkout. Booking your bed and breakfast far in advance or during the tourist offseason will generally save you some money as well. In some cases, booking last minute can save you some money since the room would have gone unused otherwise. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask if you could save money on multiple returns.
So remember, if you want a nice alternative to a night in a hotel, with many of the comforts of home, then you should consider staying in a bed and breakfast. It’s a nice change from the typical, boring hotel room and gives you a feeling like you never left your home. Plus, you generally save money staying at a bed and breakfast over a hotel – so what more could you ask for?