Why Stay at a B&B Rather Than a Hotel?

By Dean Herington | September 17, 2018 | News

Finding an appropriate and comfortable accommodation is very easy.  Whenever you decide to go for an overnight business trip, weekend romantic getaway or an extended vacation, there are many choices for getting such accommodations.  There are two kinds of accommodations available in the Greenville South Carolina area―bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) and hotels. These are, by far, the most popular types of holiday accommodations, and people who opt to stay at these places have their own set of reasons.

Some Greenville SC B&B’s that have a historical designation such as the Pecan Terrace Inn.  No two B&B’s will ever be the same.  A full breakfast is typically included with the price of the room.   A Bed and Breakfast is the local, organic version of the hospitality industry.  On the other hand, Hotels are completely commercial facilities, most of which are owned by more than two people.  Often, they have numerous branches within the country or all over the world called ‘chains.’

Let’s look at some of the major differences between a Greenville SC Bed and Breakfast and a Hotel.

Breakfast:  In most B&Bs, breakfast is provided free of cost. While there is no or limited choice with regards to the breakfast menu, the guests get a full breakfast that includes a main dish (often with fresh meats), a dish of fresh fruits and/or juice, etc.  At B&B’s, a guest’s breakfast is included in the cost of the room.  At most hotels, especially the “luxury” hotels, breakfast can range from $7-$30 per person.  At a Bed and Breakfast, most offer a gourmet breakfast that is served in a common area of the residence with the other guests. 

Amenities:  This is what separates a Bed and Breakfast from a Hotel.  Some of the “extras” that a hotel provides, such as movies and internet that can quickly add $10 to $20 to the bill at a hotel.  Most Bed and Breakfast’s offer a large movie gallery to select from while others are now offering Netflix or their cable provider’s on-demand section for their guests free of charge.

Travelers are now demanding quality Wi-Fi.  Hotels are providing this amenitity to their guests by adding an additional $10 to the invoice.  At a B&B, internet is included in the price of the room.

Unique Rooms:

In the B&Bs, some of the rooms of the house are converted into guest quarters. Owing to this, more often than not, there are variations between two rooms of the same B&B with respect to the décor, furnishings, bedding, etc. Moreover, there is often no choice between the rooms, as the vacancies are limited, and one has to book well in advance to acquire a room.

Hotels Greenville SC provide rooms that are designed to be one size fits all.  They are all similar in design and style. All of the rooms at a Romantic Getaway in Greenville SC are unique and no two are the same.  Most rooms are furnished with luxury linens and bedding.  Some have modern furnishings while others have high quality antiques.  In the case of hotels, the rooms, décor, furnishings, bedding, etc., in each room are uniform. Moreover, many times, the standard rooms are smaller than those in the B&B Greenville SC however, in larger hotels, people can choose the type of room they want―standard room, suite, and so on.

Deposits & Cancelations:  Hotels Easley SC usually secure a guests credit card to “hold” a room for the guest. The Hotel does not guarantee you a particular room in their inventory. They usually give the traveler up to 24 hours prior to cancel.  Bed and Breakfast near me.

Because a Romantic Bed and Breakfast is guaranteeing the guest one of their unique rooms they require a deposit, typically one night stay or fifty percent of the balance of the stay.  In return, the Inn no longer markets the room.  A cancellation can have a dramatic impact on a Bed and Breakfast.  Most B&B’s have high demand rooms and a limited inventory.   As a result, B&B’s have far more stringent cancellation policies.

Parking:  Many Boutique Hotels Greenville SC charge for parking.  The Pecan Terrace Inn offers free onsite parking for their guests. Hotels near me. 

Conceirge & Bellman:  This is a service that many hotels provide and tips are expected.  The Innkeeper functions in these capacities and are willing to provide these services.  Tips are not expected at a B&B.  Innkeepers consider it an honor to provide local recommendations for activities, dining, and aiding with baggage.

Snacks and Beverages: Hotels provide snack machines or in-room snacks for a fee.  A bottle of water can be $3-$6 and snacks range in price.  Most Bed and Breakfasts provide free snacks and beverages.  Many luxury Inns provide fresh baked cookies or desserts at night free of charge.

When planning your visit to Greenville South Carolina, please visit www.pecanterraceinn.com  for room availability.  The Pecan Terrace Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in downtown Easley South Carolina.  Bed and Breakfast Easley South Carolina.