Home stays and bed and breakfast accommodation bookings around the world are now overtaking hotel bookings in terms of numbers.
Instead of staying in a hotel, why not book a quirky bed and breakfast, save money and benefit from the local knowledge of your host.
When looking for a suitable B&B, it is important to:
Do a proper search
Choose your favourite properties to stay in and refine your search to include specific requirements. Refine by price, type of room and location to get the perfect place for you. Most B&B’s have private bathrooms (some are still shared). You can also cover a wide range of sleeping arrangements, including double rooms & family rooms. Decide what you’re comfortable with and what your needs are in terms of privacy and space.
If you are planning to stay in a private home, once you have found the perfect price range and desired area, check the amenities and house rules. Other important information may include whether there is a lift, Wifi, refund policy etc. Read the description thoroughly and view all the photos to get a good sense of where you are staying.
You can also (sometimes) look at reviews left by former guests. For your first stay, you will probably want to go with someone who has had many guests, to make you feel more comfortable. Later you might try a new host (who often list their rooms more cheaply in order to generate stays and reviews.)
Contact the Host
Once you have found some suitable places that you like the look of ask the host as many questions as you feel necessary. Send messages and enquiries to the hosts, asking information about local amenities, directions, check-in times, things to do with the children etc. It’s a good idea to say who you are and why you’ll be in town (tourism, visiting family, study, or whatever else).
Unlike a hotel, where you just call and ask for a room on specific dates, your potential host can accept or reject your request for any reason. So it’s best to be polite.
Stay in Touch
It is a good idea to get in touch with your host a few days before your trip just to confirm the arrival time and other details. Make sure you know how to get into the property and whether or not the host will be meeting you there. Also make sure you have an emergency phone number.
It is often the case that B&B owners open their establishments in their own city or town. Due to this, most have extensive knowledge of the area. Whether you are looking for a place to eat dinner, or fun things to do during the day, your inn-keeper can almost always give you advice.
If you want to book into a small hotel, guest house or B&B, take a look at what Eventful Stays has on offer.