Bed And Breakfast Etiquette: A First-Timer’s Guide

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
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Part of the appeal of staying at a bed and breakfast (B&B) is the fun you can have mingling with other guests. Enjoying the personalized service from the owners or caretakers is another benefit of choosing this kind of accommodation. Depending on the kind of bed and breakfast you are staying at, you might be in someone’s private house, dining with other travelers, or sharing common rooms.

Like you would in daily life, it is good to use courtesy and clear communication when interacting with others. There is some basic etiquette that you should be aware of if you are a first time visitor. The following tips can help you have the best possible stay if you are visiting a bed and breakfast.

What you should tell your host in advance

Hosts at many bed and breakfasts make an effort to accommodate their guests’ special needs or wants. It is very important to communicate your needs and wants before your stay because policies are different at each location. Make sure to let the hosts know about any allergies, dietary restrictions, room preferences, or special requests you may have. If you need an accessible room due to disability, be sure to let them know when you are making a reservation.

Also, not all B&Bs welcome children, so make sure to mention if you have kids. Discuss arrival and departure times with the hosts as well. If you have something special you are celebrating, let your bed and breakfast hosts know. Some will help you plan something meaningful or fun to make the celebration memorable. There may be options available like massages and romantic dinners for two.

You have many options for eating breakfast

Part of the B&B experience includes eating a hot-cooked breakfast. The price is sometimes included in your stay and it is not necessary for you to participate. If you want to sleep in and skip breakfast, or try a local restaurant, that is absolutely fine. If you are staying at a larger property with a full service restaurant, you do not need to let anyone know that you will skip breakfast.

However, if your stay is at a smaller location with limited space, it is polite to let them know about your breakfast plans ahead of time. Some bed and breakfasts do not serve food to groups that are not together or only deliver breakfast to your room. Be sure to schedule beforehand if you would like to enjoy breakfast with your friends and family.

Eating breakfast in your own room or away from the B&B

Different properties have their own policies regarding taking breakfast to-go or eating in your room. Many owners are happy to accommodate your needs and wants in this area. If there are antiques in your room, the owners may prefer that you eat in designated areas only. Other owners will pack you up a breakfast to take on your early morning hike or visit to a local attraction. You may even be able to order breakfast in bed so you do not have to leave your room or cabin.

Late check-in etiquette

Between late flights, a bus that breaks down, and traffic jams, B&B owners are familiar with the uncertainties that can affect travel. Late check-ins are okay, but make sure to communicate with your hosts when your plans change. Before you leave for your stay at a bed and breakfast, verify that you have their contact information on your phone. You should also write the information down on a piece of paper in case your phone battery dies.

Speaking with other guests

Breakfast conversation around the table at a B&B can be an adventure. There is the potential for fun as you get to know your fellow travelers. However, religion and politics are two subjects that should probably be avoided when you are around strangers in the early morning. Talking to others is a great way to learn about fun new things to do in the area you are visiting. You should also share any tips you have that might be of interest to other guests.

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