A trip away from home to see new sights and visit new places is always a welcome adventure, especially after going through a world pandemic with stay-at-home orders and COVID-19 lockdowns. Sometimes you can make your vacation more unique and memorable with a stay at a bed and breakfast inn with more personalized hospitality service, just as long as you know what to look for in your accommodations. Here are some tips to help you as you plan for your upcoming trip and a stay at a bed and breakfast inn.
Research the Inn's Policies
Before you select a bed and breakfast for your next getaway, be sure that you thoroughly check into the inn and its policies that may affect you during your stay. For example, find out if the inn allows children if you are planning to bring your family. Or if you have a pet that you are bringing along, make sure that the pet is allowed.
You should also ask about the hours of the bed and breakfast inn to find out what time they open, close, and allow for check-in and check-out time. This will help you plan how early you can arrive at the inn and when you can start your stay there or also check out before leaving.
If you plan to go out on a night on the town or to a local restaurant and you plan to be out late, ask about access to the inn after hours and if the doors are locked to the outside. You may need to request a key for a late return so you don't disturb other guests in the inn.
It is also a good idea to check into the cancellation policy of a bed and breakfast inn. Although when you schedule your reservation and make your travel plans, you don't expect to have to cancel or change them, it can always happen that you need to later. Ask about their cancellation policy regarding canceling or changing the date of your reservations.
Evaluate the Accommodations
Another important detail to consider is the type of bed and breakfast inn and its environment. Some bed and breakfasts offer a more formal and upscale environment and others may offer a relaxed and comfortable accommodation, with satellite television and WiFi. If you want a themed room or a Victorian bed and breakfast, for example, make sure you look for them. You can also check to find out if your room will have its own private bathroom, as some bed and breakfasts have a hallway access bathroom that you share with other guests.