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Bed and Breakfasts - Frequently Asked Questions

A FAQ all about bed and breakfasts


This FAQ covers frequently asked questions about bed and breakfasts. One of the phrases you'll find repeated throughout the FAQ is "ask before making a reservation." This may be the single most important factor in making your B&B getaway a positive experience.

Every bed and breakfast is different, and not every inn's web site has all the details you need to make a truly informed decision. Don't be shy about asking questions of the innkeeper before making a reservation. And if you don't like the answers you're getting, end the conversation politely by saying, "OK, thanks very much for your time."

Bed and Breakfast Basics

  • What is a bed and breakfast?
  • How does a bed and breakfast compare to a hotel?
  • Will we have our own bathroom?
  • What size will our bed be?
  • Will there be a telephone in our room? Amenities

  • Will we have a Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub, or a hot tub?
  • Can we connect to the Internet from a B&B?
  • Can we get a suite instead of just a room?
  • Will our room have air conditioning?
  • Will an innkeeper help me develop an itinerary for my visit? Aspiring Innkeepers

  • I want to open a bed and breakfast. Where do I start?
  • Is being an innkeeper a lot of work? Breakfast

  • When is breakfast served?
  • Can we have breakfast early if we must leave before breakfast is scheduled?
  • What type of breakfast is served? Will we see a menu?
  • Can our special dietary needs (e.g., vegetarian, low-sodium) be accommodated?
  • Can we have breakfast delivered to our room? Children and Pets

  • Do B&Bs accept children?
  • Do B&Bs accept pets?
  • Do pets live at B&Bs? Details

  • What if we need to arrive early or leave late?
  • What if I need to cancel after making a reservation?
  • Can I use my credit card to pay for the room?
  • Is there a minimum number of nights we have to stay?
  • Do bed and breakfasts offer any special discounts (e.g., for members of AARP or AAA)? Privacy

  • How much privacy will we have?
  • Will we hear other guests through our walls?
  • Is there a common room where we can meet other guests?
  • Do we have to interact with other guests at breakfast? Miscellaneous

  • Are bed and breakfasts handicapped accessible?
  • Are all B&Bs located in old buildings?
  • Is smoking allowed?
  • Where do the innkeepers sleep?
  • What other questions should I ask when I call a B&B?
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