A B&B is the smart choice when you want the unique charm and the cosy home comforts a hotel can lack. Online reviews can give you an idea of what to expect, and you might love the idea of Victorian Gothic or French country farmhouse themes, but choosing the right B&B is all about the comforts on offer.
Home from home
Luxuries like en-suite bathrooms and gourmet breakfasts can make or break your B&B stay. After all, a fantastic breakfast that’s farm fresh or healthy and hearty is one of the principle reasons for choosing this type of accommodation. For optimum comfort look for an en-suite or a private bathroom. These days a shared bathroom in a B&B can be a no-no unless you share with family or friends.
Search the reviews for cleanliness and comfort. See what other guests have had to say about the bed linen and towels or the warmth of the welcome. You’re looking for a home away from home for a short stay so make sure you choose a B&B Cheltenham guests, for example, have reviewed positively.
Location, location, location
If you’re travelling for work then your B&B should be near the location of your conference or training. If you’re travelling for pleasure then your B&B should be close to areas that you’re interested in exploring – for example, if you love the Cotswolds choose a B&B Cheltenham attractions and the rest of this beautiful region are easily accessible from.
If you’ll need transport, is the train station or a bus stop nearby? Do your hosts know of a good taxi firm or can you get an Uber?
It’s the little things
Most B&Bs will provide you with somewhere comfortable to sleep and something to fill your stomach, but what you’re looking for is an exceptional experience where your hosts go that extra mile. Are there all the little extras like a hairdryer and nice toiletries? Is there a hot tub or sauna on-site or access to a gym or a swimming pool nearby with a complimentary guest pass? Do your hosts offer an experience like cookery lessons or a historic tour?
Most of all you’re looking for a host who is open and approachable, who will answer all your questions and who goes above and beyond to make your stay a truly memorable one.