This is the latest in our series, First Time at a Bed and Breakfast?
People considering a B&B for the first time usually have lots of questions about what to expect.
One of the most common questions is “will I have my own bathroom?” Over 97 percent of the time innkeepers provide a private bath in some if not all rooms, according to PAII, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. 94% of all Bed and Breakfast rooms have private baths. In fact, many inns have luxury items such as Jacuzzis, like we do at A Bed of Roses. The inn’s website should indicate whether a bath is shared or not and don’t be shy about asking. Each room at a B&B is likely to have different amenities, including the size, shape and type of bathroom. Premium branded toiletries are almost always provided in your bath as are robes. Some inns even offer their luxurious robes for sale.
“Can I get a king-size bed?” Each inn and each room is likely to offer different choices. Those furnished entirely with antiques, like ours, are unlikely to have king-size beds. They just didn’t exist in Victorian times. Most antique beds in B&Bs have been modified to be able to accommodate queen size mattresses. Many inns furnished with reproduction antiques or new furniture will offer king-size beds. Most inns will offer luxurious bedding and linens. The room photos will give you a hint of what is to come. The bedding should look inviting and plush.
Your room will most likely have a TV, and some sort of internet connection. Nearly 90% of B&Bs offer free wireless internet according to BedandBreakfast.com surveys. At A Bed of Roses, we provide free WiFi throughout the house. Or you may just want to curl up by the fire. Many inns, like ours, have fireplaces in the rooms or in some of the common areas. Books, magazines, newspapers and board games are commonly available, as are brochures, menus from area restaurants and maps.
B&Bs come in all different sizes and architectural style. Typically they have 4 to 11 guest rooms, with 6 being the average. Inns and B&Bs are frequently historic properties with unique architecture, adding to the charm and variety of the amenities. According to PAII 36% have some sort of historical designation granted by historic preservation organizations. Your inn may have a story to tell!