The Texas Bed and Breakfast Association recognizes that travelers have a choice of lodging options. Fundamentally, the choice is between a corporate hotel or an individually owned and operated bed and breakfast or inn. Each has its benefits, to be sure.
Bed and breakfasts are typically owned and operated by one or two people – often a couple. The innkeepers live and work on site. Sometimes they have help – they may hire a person to clean or help with the cooking or gardening. Often they do everything themselves. These are not lazy people. A successful bed and breakfast depends on the energy and personality of the innkeepers; guests must feel welcome, and their needs must be met.
In spite of all innkeepers need to do on a daily basis, perhaps the most challenging aspect of their work is publicity. Many people just don’t know about bed and breakfasts, and many who do assume B&Bs are only for couples, honeymooners, people traveling for pleasure, people without families, etc. Some travelers assume that B&Bs are inherently more expensive than corporate hotels.
Yet in reality, B&Bs are for everyone. It is true that some inns specialize in romantic getaways, and some require children be over the age of twelve. Yet many B&Bs welcome families and business travelers. A recent survey conducted by BedandBreakfast.com found that over 90% of B&Bs and inns offer complimentary wi-fi. Many offer a selection of movies along with complimentary snacks and beverages. And let’s not forget the breakfast. Most innkeepers strive to create sumptuous morning meals for their guests – something few corporate hotels do. A home cooked meal is a far cry from the tired muffins and re-hydrated eggs found in many corporate hotels. Apples to apples, bed and breakfasts are often more economical than their corporate counterparts.
The bed and breakfast industry is coming together in order to spread the word about bed and breakfasts. A Better Way to Stay is an “industry-wide, industry-supported grassroots campaign to … educate travelers on B&B choices”. Check it out. Tell your friends; bed and breakfasts really are a better way to stay.