A place to stay is definitely one of the first things that a traveler needs to settle when traveling to a particular place. Of course, it follows that the type of accommodation one wants to avail is also a primary concern that needs settling also.

Choices with regard to the aforesaid matters are important because the place where one chooses to stay would be his/her temporary home during the duration of his/her stay. It would serve as a place of rest, a structure that would house one’s belongings, and will definitely play a big part in one’s vacation. Below is a backgrounder on the difference between hotels and bed and breakfasts.


Hotel accommodations are usually good. The reception is open twenty-four (24) hours and there exists an in-house hospitality service such as [a] bar(s), restaurant(s), and room service. Some hotels offer other amenities such as pools, gyms, tennis courts, spa services and facilities among others. Room options are also available for prospective guests depending on what type of room options they want to avail.

However, given that they house a lot of guests, hotels do not usually have the “personal touch” similar to the coziness of a home. Furthermore, rates in hotels are susceptible to additional costs such as parking, mini-bar and Internet costs among others. Problems regarding noise may also be an issue when staying with a lot of people during the peak seasons.

Bed And Breakfast

Usually, this kind of establishment is housed in a building with historical or characteristic significance. They usually have high quality fixtures and fittings, and luxurious bed linens among other things. What is desirable and unique about this kind of establishment is the personal hospitality of the owner-hosts reminiscent of a peaceful and comfy home. Plus, there are usually no problems in this establishment as far as parking is concerned.

The owner operates the establishment itself. There are usually fewer rooms so chances are, you may have the entire place to yourself. While staying in this kind of establishment, one is assured that one will enjoy impeccable and superior service. Owners also give their guests informative tips about local events, tourist sites, restaurants, cafes, etc. However, given that these establishments are owner operated, reception desks do not operate on a 24-hour basis. There are no amenities such as pools, gyms, courts, and other facilities usually found in hotels.