Bed & Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast, which can also be referred to simply as a B&B or BB, used to be considered almost exclusively as a type of boarding house typically operating out of a single family residence, condominium, or townhome. A Bed and Breakfast typically are homeowner run operations, and can include historical or multi-owner commercial properties with one bedroom to rent upwards of twenty or more rooms that more closely resemble the traditional definition of an "Inn." One thing most of the properties have in common is a focus on customer service, individually decorated rooms, and a home-cooked style breakfast.

Generally, across all of the different properties, regardless of size, guests are accommodated at night in private bedrooms and breakfast is served in the morning - either in the bedroom or, more commonly, in a dining room or the host's kitchen. Bathrooms in the larger properties tend to be completely private, though in some properties they may be shared (with other guests or with the family in smaller establishments) or en-suite (where the washing facilities are directly accessed from the guest's bedroom).

B&Bs may be operated either as a secondary source of income or a primary occupation, oftentimes even during just peak tourist season. Staff often consists of the house's owners and members of their family who live there in the case of one to four bedroom rental operations. Often properties with more than four or five rooms hire professional management or even local chefs to prepare the meals.

Staying at a B&B can offer better access to popular locations "off the beaten path" which may not be convenient to the city center or from hotels. B&B properties may often be located closer to locations where other larger lodging competitors may not place a guest accommodation because of market conditions.

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