We are just back from our Blackpool trip last week and there you realise that bed and breakfasts are a British tradition. Whether you’re holidaying by the seaside or you’re looking to save money on your business trip, booking a B&B is often the most cost-effective choice, and can offer a comfortable and personalised experience. Below, we’ve put together the pros and cons of staying in a bed and breakfast for your next getaway.
PRO: They’re easy to find
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of bed and breakfasts is the fact they’re easy to find. If you’re looking for a Blackpool B&B, for example, you can use a hotel search engine such as Toprooms to find the perfect accommodation for your visit.
CON: You don’t always know what you’re buying
Unfortunately, the quality of rooms in bed and breakfast can vary significantly – even in the same hotel. With chain hotels, you can be pretty sure of what your bedroom is going to look like, and if you’re not happy, you’re able to switch immediately. Make sure that you check what room you’ll be staying in before you get there, and ask for photographs if you’re not sure.
PRO: They’re cheap
With increasing competition from budget hotel chains and more luxurious counterparts, bed and breakfasts are a cost-effective form of accommodation. Typically, you should be able to pick up a room and a full English breakfast for less than £50 per night for two during off-peak, but prices depend on the time of the year and the location of your B&B.
CON: Rooms aren’t always luxurious
Because of the fact they’re at the lower end of the spectrum, bed and breakfast rooms won’t all be fitted with the luxuries you’re used to. Make sure you understand that your accommodation may be basic, and consider an alternative if you’re not sure whether or not you’d be comfortable in a room with limited facilities.
PRO: They’re located in great areas
Typically, bed and breakfasts are located a stone’s throw from key tourist destinations, business facilities or transport hubs – often much closer than larger hotels. If you’re looking for accommodation for an important business conference or a simple day out in your favourite theme park, then a bed and breakfast is often the best choice. Simply put, they’re close to where you need to be, cutting transport costs and saving you time.
CON: Parking is often an extra
Bed and breakfasts can be cheap, and owners are always cutting corners to ensure they’re making a profit from your stay. Unfortunately, this means that things such as car parking may incur an additional charge, so find out in advance and book a space if you want to be prepared. If your hotelier does charge for parking, then consider looking at alternatives, as you may be able to get a better deal than you would parking outside of the B&B.
There you have it – the pros and cons of staying in a bed and breakfast. Before you travel, make sure that you compare establishments, confirm a car parking space and ensure that you’re happy with your room. Have a great holiday!
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