Bed and Breakfasts vs. Hotels

December 27th, 2013 Fontenay Terrace Motel

There are vast differences between a chain hotel and a bed and breakfast. Some might find the differences to be subtle and not that big a deal while others have strong opinions on which is best.


Typically, a bed and breakfast is a restored Victorian home boasting beautiful architectural appeal and cozy accommodations. Breakfast, usually provided in the package, is 100% home cooked and delicious. The experience is more personal.


Hotels are often operated by a corporation that handles hundreds of reservations each day. Various staff rotate hotel services including room cleaning. High volumes of people in and out each day make it difficult to receive personal attention. Rooms are standard and breakfast is offered self-serve or you can pay a sit down price.


Here’s a breakdown of hotel vs. bed and breakfast:




Room Service – Can be very expensive and can take a while to receive.


Concierge – Often only offered at high end hotels and tips are encouraged.


Extras- Amenities at a hotel can cost an average of $10.00 – $20.00 extra. Movies and faxes are almost never free.


Parking – Can cost between $10.00 to $15.00 for the duration of your stay. Valet or comped parking may be available.


Accommodations – Are pretty, standard with two double or a king sized bed. Decor is kept to a minimum.


Bed and Breakfast: 


Room Service – Your breakfast meal can be served in room at no charge or little fee.


Concierge – Inn keepers are willing to make dining, taxi and entertainment reservations for you or offer tourist advice at no additional charge.


Extras – You can usually expect one or two faxes and a video library to be free.


Parking – Is free but spaces will be limited.


Accommodations – Beautiful decor with personal touches to feel like home.

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