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Why B&Bs Are Better Than Hotels

Why B&Bs Are Better Than Hotels

AirBnB Secrets From Super Hosts

My wife and I have been AirBnB Super Hosts for over a year now and we thought that you might benefit from hearing an insider's perspective on what to expect and why you should choose a B&B over a hotel. We've hosted a lot of guests and the majority of them have stayed with us for months and months even though the average AirBnB guest stay is usually only a few days. Why do our guests stay with us for so long? Well we are about to tell you all of our secrets so keep reading.

B&Bs Are In Better Places Than Hotels

Because bed and breakfasts like Airbnb are often people's personal homes, they can be located anywhere and that means that you are not limited to staying in hotels. The downside of hotels is that they are usually limited to being stuck in business districts and on busy boulevards. B&B's, on the other hand, because they are frequently homes, are situated in all kinds of wonderful places with great places to eat and fun things to do close by. B and B's are in communities where people live and raise families so there are lots of good places to go and things to see. That is rarely true when it comes to hotels.

Who Stays At B&Bs

B and B's Give Great Local Advice

Unlike hotels, B&B hosts know their local area really well because they live there every day. And because they live locally, hosts can give you the best advice when it comes to helping you find what you are looking for.

Have you ever asked a hotel employee "Where's a great place to eat around here?" If you have then the chances are that they just stared at you blankly and then told you to eat at their hotel restaurant or order room service. But that's not what you want. You want to taste the local colors and flavors of the neighborhood you are visiting. Good B&B Hosts will always tell you their favorite place to eat and the fun things that are close by. The best hosts will gladly share with you the things that they like to do best and the best places to do them.

My wife and I have been what they call Super Hosts with AirBnB for over a year now and we love to share are favorite spots with our guests. We tell them about the Brazilian steak house just down the street that, unexpectedly, has the best salad we have ever eaten. There are other fantastic places hidden around our area too that you would really have to be a local to know about.

AirBnBs Are Comfortable Homes

The Best AirBnB in Mesa, Arizona

The Best AirBnB in Mesa, Arizona

B&Bs Are Flexible

Hotels have rules and a whole staff of employees that sometimes just don't care, after all, it's not their business and they'll still collect their paycheck at the end of the week even if you are unhappy. But good B&B hosts really do care about our guests and we want you to come back again and again. So we try hard to work with you to get you what you want. We want you to refer us to your friends and family so we try to earn them from you. We try our best to earn good reviews from you so that other people will want to come and stay with us too.

You really can't pay an employee to get that kind of care and focus. To them, working at a hotel is just a job but to hosts like us, it is our own business. For my wife and I it is our retirement plan so you can bet that we take your comfort very seriously.

Bed and Breakfasts Have More Space

Now here's an urban legend that just seems to be malicious rumor that has no basis in any fact whatsoever. It is the nasty slur that bed and breakfasts have tiny, cramped rooms that are uncomfortable and over crowded. This simply isn't true, at least not at any of the B&Bs that we have seen. This slander doesn't even make any sense. Remember, these are people's homes so how many homes have you been in where the rooms are the size of closets? None, right, so the same is true about B&B homes too. In fact, when you do a real side-by-side comparison, I think that most times you will find that, dollar for dollar, you will actually get more room at a B&B than you will at a hotel.

Crowded Hotel Pool in Las Vegas

Over-crowded hotel pool

Over-crowded hotel pool

B&Bs Have Awesome Amenities

Another advantage that B&Bs offer their guests is the range and quality if amenities that they offer. Like other good hosts, my wife and I live in the house so we have things that make our life easier and we share them with our guests. For example, our hot sandwich maker has turned out to be a real favorite. It is simple to use and you can quickly make yourself a warm and delicious cheese and ham and tomato sandwich in no time.

With hotels it is different. You would be surprised at how many hotels charge extra for simple things like wifi. And not just the cheap places either but also many of the more expensive hotels will also nickle and dime you over internet connection. But not B&B's, with us you get it for free.

Bed And Breakfast Pool

Relaxing B&B Pool

Relaxing B&B Pool

B&Bs Are Always Improving Their Offerings

An unexpected advantage that bed and breakfasts like ours have over hotels is that it is a lot easier for us to add improvements to our property than it is for a fifty room hotel. For example, we just replaced all of the windows in our house with double pane windows. Sure it cost a lot of money but, especially here in Arizona, it dramatically improves the level of comfort inside the house. The temperature is easier to control and that means less need for air-conditioning and heating.

Not only is it more pleasant for us and our guests but it also reduces our electricity bill and cuts down on wear and tear of our new air conditioning unit. The financial benefits to us are significant and our guests are happier too. That is a win-win situation that works for everyone.

We can afford to do this while most hotels cannot. Why? The answer is simple. Cost. Replacing seventeen windows in our house is a whole lot cheaper than replacing over one hundred windows in a hotel. That makes it way more cost efficient for us to keep improving the property where you will be staying.

What we do to our home to improve your stay is both tax deductible AND it raises the value of our property so of course we are keen to do it.

You Get To Talk Directly To The B&B Host

If you have ever tried to talk to the manager of a hotel you will know exactly how hard it is to even get to see him or her, never mind actually talk to them. You are reduced to dealing with the staff who may or may not have the authority to help you with whatever it is that you need.

Well if you talk to any of our guests you will hear them happily tell you that they get to see us and talk with us every day. My wife and I live downstairs so, if our guests ever need or want anything, all they have to do is ask. That's another way that staying at a B&B is better than a hotel, you get to speak directly to the owner of the property you are staying at.

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There Is A Whole B&B Community

Running a hotel is a job. So is working in one. Neither of those things is the same as running a business like hosting a bed and breakfast is. This is one of the biggest differences when it comes to quality standards. Operating a B&B is a lifestyle that consumes a lot of your time, if you are doing it right. In fact, it is so much work that it is supported by whole groups of hosts that all talk to each other. We swap tips and advice on how to make our guests happier and keep them coming back.

Why do we share our secrets with each other? Because it is good for business and good for everyone in our business. How many hotel staffers do you think go home at the end of their shift and spend their spare time learning new ways to make YOU happier?

B&Bs Get Lots of Customer Reviews

B&B hosts aren't always perfect but we sure do try to be. Much more than hotels do, we encourage our guests to leave reviews about their time with us. It's a small world when it comes to reviews and word of mouth advertising, something we are acutely aware of. After all, that is how AirBnB got started in the first place.

With that kind of constant pressure to get good report cards from our guests, we take your happiness on as a serious responsibility. We know that our whole business relies on what you think of us. I don't know how much hotel staff get paid but I am pretty sure that it isn't enough to earn that kind of dedication.

It's Easier At B&Bs

It's a lot easier for a bed and breakfast host to focus on making a few guests happy than it is for a team of hotel staffers to make hundreds of people happy every day so, in that way, we B&B hosts have it easier. We get to take more time and care to focus on a small number of guests at one time and the good news for you is, that guest could be you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Dale Anderson


Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on September 25, 2020:

Tamara I don't know and I am sure that it changes from area to area. I do know of bed and breakfasts that have more than a dozen beds but I suppose they could be breaking some laws. Sadly we shut out B&B down while the whole covid pandemic rages on.

Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on September 25, 2020:

How large or how many bedrooms can a bed and breakfast have before it becomes a hotel?

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on September 24, 2020:

Mary you are right that, when traveling for business, a hotel might be a better option. I'm glad that you had a good time when you stayed at the bed and breakfast. Thanks for coming by, reading my article and leaving a comment. I really do appreciate it.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2020:

I recently stayed in bed and breakfast, not cheap, but very beautiful, and we enjoyed our host, who is an artist and has a gallery in the place. You're right; there is more space, although the hotel lobby and amenities may be useful when traveling for business.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on September 21, 2020:

Peggy we have had some... colorful folk stay here that's for sure. There have been some that I could tell you about but you would decry me as a preposterous liar. Nice enough people but certainly full of character. Shame we shut the B&B down now due to unreasonable demands that we deep steam clean their rooms every day. Ah the unexpected challenges that the covid 'pandemic' has blessed our lives with...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2020:

You and your wife must have had the help of others to change your HOA rules. Congratulations on doing that! It sounds like you could write some fictional tales about your guests without giving away too much of their identities.

Many years ago, my mother and I played some bridge. We would play in the different homes. When they came to my husband's amd my home, we had some dogs. One of the ladies acted just like those you told us about with regard to the cats. I thought that she was ready to hop on a table in fear of our very friendly dogs. I had to lock them away in a bedroom for the duration of the game.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on September 18, 2020:

Devika thank you very much for your kind words! I'm glad that you liked my article, I wasn't sure if people would enjoy it at all.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 18, 2020:

B&BS are not popular in Croatia. You have an insightful hub about the B&B and is interesting know the reasons staying at one.

I learned lots from you. I hope you keep writing and sharing your information. Thank you.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on August 03, 2020:

Peggy the HOA where we live has strict rules against operating a business out of your homes but we were pretty charming and convincing so we got it passed. Whew!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2020:

It sounds like you and your wife make a good team when opening your home to guests. I'm pretty sure our subdivision rules would not allow us to do that. Operating a B & B as you do sounds like a good retirement plan! Congrats!

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on April 21, 2020:

Carrie I'm glad you have had a good experience with B&Bs. They can be wonderful when you find the one that is right for you.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 19, 2020:

Thank u for sharing :) I love to travel and get away. Sometimes only for the weekend. There is a great bed and breakfast my husband and I stayed at twice. We will stay again in the future, but it was like staying in a 900.00 suite night hotel but paying $299.00 a night with a 4 course homemade breakfast. I will try other b and b's in the future. Thank u for hosting guests, I' m sure you take care of them like family :)

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 09, 2019:

Liz we definitely could write a lot of pretty funny stories but we respect our Guests privacy. It is hard sometime thought!

Liz Westwood from UK on December 06, 2019:

You could probably write a series of short humorous stories based on your experiences with guests.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 06, 2019:

Liz we've had some real 'characters' stay with us. Our favorite was two ladies that, when they saw our cats, literally jumped on top of the table like an old Tom and Jerry cartoon. I laughed for a long time after that one.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 06, 2019:

Umesh, thank you very much! I am also enjoying your hubs as well, keep them coming.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 06, 2019:

Maybe some people don't read the details thoroughly enough. If I had a cat allergy I think it would be a basic requirement to check there were no cats where I was staying. If you have covered yourself by making it known, it's their fault if they have a problem.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 05, 2019:

A good review of B & B hotels and their comparisons. Nice reading.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 05, 2019:

Liz we are constantly surprised when guests say to us "Thank god we didn't have an allergic reaction to your cats." Um... why would you choose to stay at a place that has cats if you know that you are allergic to them? Some folk are odd.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 05, 2019:

We were recently at a resort in north Cyprus where there were very well-behaved stray cats and dogs. Some guests were going out to buy dog biscuits for them. The only issue we had was at breakfast one morning. A Frenchman said 'le chat sur la table, le lait' which we took to mean that a cat had been drinking the milk on our table outside on the terrace. I'm sure yours are no problem and are probably popular with guests.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on December 02, 2019:

Liz, thank you for the compliment. Come stay with us some day and you can see for yourself. Just don't feed our cats or they will bug you for food all of the time.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 02, 2019:

It sounds like you both go the extra mile or further for your guests. Your place sounds like a great place to stay.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on November 25, 2019:

Luis my wife loves breakfast in bed. its really not my thing but she gets it on her birthday and other special occasions.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on November 25, 2019:

Liz, I try but my wife is the opposite. Our guests are always having dinner with her, going to the movies with her and all kinds of things. it's funny to watch but she gets really good reviews so I suppose guests like that personal attention.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 24, 2019:

Although, I love to have a breakfast in bed however I am not practicing that. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 22, 2019:

I wish every B&B could be like that. It sounds like you strike a balance between, being attentive and not intrusive.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on November 22, 2019:

Nikki we have had a BROAD spectrum of people stay with us. Everything from young students to retired old roofers so I think that staying at a B&B either appeals to you or it doesn't. Our average guest stays for MONTHS which always surprises me.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on November 22, 2019:

Liz I suspect our guests sometimes think I might be ignoring them but I swear that I am not. I just want them to be comfortable and don't want to force a conversation on them every time I see them.

Nikki Khan from London on November 22, 2019:

Hi, Dale. We never thought of staying in there. We normally go with Holiday Inn. One of our favourites. Their bed and breakfast service is quite good. But we’d try this one too next time.

Thanks for sharing!

Liz Westwood from UK on November 22, 2019:

My memory of a B&B stay was of a painfully shy guy offering us tea and Welsh cakes in the lounge and trying to make conversation while his wife was out. The next day her friendly breakfast banter was much more relaxed.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on November 22, 2019:

Robert, happy to help!

Robert Sacchi on November 11, 2019:

Thanks for the tip and the link.

Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on November 11, 2019:

Robert the tourist zones are obviously very popular for B&Bs but I was surprised at how many places I would NOT have thought were popular that get a lot of customers. I think the simplest way to judge is this: if there is a hotel there, then a B&B can pick up business. To find a B&B a lot of people use

Robert Sacchi on November 07, 2019:

Interesting info about B&Bs. Are they more popular in certain areas of the country. How would someone look for a B&B?

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