B and B

Bed and breakfasts are a popular option with travellers who want a homely experience. However, choosing a bed and breakfast is not easy. There are so many different varieties and the term literally describes large sprawling bungalows to small restored cottages or even a apartment building with a small room rented out to couples or guests. How do you choose the best bedand breakfast with walk in shower screens for your particular requirements and is there something you have to watch out for?

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Location -- Good bed and breakfasts usually are located in quiet but central areas of a city. The best ones are usually located close to travel areas and they are very easily accessible. However, for this same reason, they are usually fully booked as they have a very good reputation and word-of-mouth publicity means that the BB is full always. To prevent this from happening, we recommend you research the city and the location and book your BB online before you travel.

Personal care -- This is probably the most important factor for selecting a good BB. Traditionally, the owner also lives in the BB and this means that you have to share the toilet area or the bathrooms with them. However, this is not as bad as it sounds. Larger BB usually offer a single room with attached bathroom facilities but smaller BB may have a single shared amenity. However, you should know that all BB owners will set use the amenities early on in the day and then allow you free use of the room. As the amenity is used by all, please make sure that you leave it clean. If you have certain requirements, ask for them or arrange for them yourself to prevent inconveniencing the owners.

Deals -- Some BB owners offer deals or packages in which they take the guests around on tours of the city. This is a good ideas as the guest can tap into the owner's local knowledge of the city and its culture. Some BB centers also offer package deals like workshops on preparing local food, learning local crafts, wellness spas and salon treatments at the rooms or in the BB. The deal and the amenity will depend on the type of BB you have selected and the city. You should know that small cities usually offer the bare minimum of an ensuite bathroom and breakfast in the morning. Some may have a minimum stay period in which you have to stay in the BB for a certain period of time. However, this may be negotiable.

Pets and children- Owners usually stay in the same residence and they may have children or pets. Dogs and cats are not uncommon and the owners may also have children. This should not be a problem but make sure you inquire about it before you book the BB for yourself.

In the end, it all comes down to cost and amenities. If you want an all-service BB in an affordable cost, then it's a good idea to book a well-known venue. If you can make-do, then it's a good idea to experiment.