6 Reasons to Choose to Stay in a B&B over a Chain Hotel
SACRAMENTO, CA [September 26, 2019]—When booking a hotel accommodations, the default mode for many travelers is to look for a recognizable brand name. But what they often don’t realize is that bed and breakfast inns typically offer higher value and more personalized service over chain motels. The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI)--which is comprised of nearly 200 member inns in California--has compiled a list of six reasons for travelers to consider a B&B over a chain hotel for their next trip.
Complimentary Breakfast - Unlike the chain motel version of breakfast with cereal dispensers, aging fruit, and make-your-own waffles on paper plates, breakfasts are a star attraction at the majority of bed and breakfast inns. Many innkeepers pride themselves on serving home-cooked gourmet breakfasts, often made from organic and/or locally-sourced ingredients. Some B&B breakfasts are multi-course affairs served on china with beautiful linens, silverware and sometimes even candlelight. Also, innkeepers will often go out of their way to accommodate any variety of dietary restrictions.
Personalized Service - In addition to accommodating dietary restrictions, innkeepers truly care about providing the best possible experience for their guests. They’re usually well-connected within their communities and are eager to help with special requests. They know their destinations and can provide tips for the best attractions, best food and drink, and when to visit certain places to avoid crowds. They'll happily make dinner reservations and can dream up endless ways to make a stay truly memorable. Compared with hotels, their smaller scale allows them to provide far more personalized service.
Value - At large hotels and resorts, travelers are likely to pay for parking, WiFi, and any number of extras. Not so at a bed and breakfast inn. In addition to complimentary breakfast, B&Bs almost always provide free parking and WiFi. Many also provide a long list of other perks such as complimentary wine and appetizers in the evening, complimentary bicycles for exploring the area, and complimentary coffee, tea, and other beverages throughout the day. In California, inns also oftentimes offer free or discounted vouchers for wine tasting or local attractions.
Unique and Welcoming Touches - Unlike chain motels, most bed and breakfast inns offer cozy and welcoming touches like bath robes, fresh flowers, and freshly-baked cookies. Some inns welcome their guests with unique gifts like a stash of jelly beans, local chocolates, or a split of local wine. One inn in Palm Springs offers in-room record players with an impressive library of vinyl records ranging from Bossa Nova to surf rock. Another inn in Mendocino offers a complimentary happy hour with make-your-own-cocktails from a bar stocked with top shelf spirits and mixers.
No Cookie-Cutter Décor - At a chain hotel, every room is more or less the same: same box-like configurations, same colors, same bedding, and the same bathrooms with the same beige wallpaper. At bed and breakfast inns, guests will find one-of-a-kind rooms for every taste ranging from modern luxury to cozy lodge-style to high Victorian. Many are thoughtfully designed to reflect the local area or to honor the local history. A number of B&Bs are historic properties that have been lovingly restored and are steeped in character with beautiful architectural flourishes.
Great Locations - Bed and breakfast inns are usually in great locations with appealing destinations. Unlike chain motels, travelers won't find B&Bs next to the highway in a cluster of fast food chains and strip malls. They're often located in charming towns, walkable to restaurants and shops. Or they're tucked away in vineyards or along back country roads where quiet and relaxation reign.
For more information about bed and breakfast inns in California, visit www.cabbi.com.
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