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Reprinted with permission of BedandBreakfast.com:
A recent article published by About.com noted: "Checking out of
some hotel rooms can give a you a serious case of sticker shock.
With taxes, room service, phone charges and other "hidden" fees,
that $199 deal you booked online can turn into a $379 bill,
It's worth comparing the difference between hotels and B&Bs in
what's typically included in the cost of an overnight stay.
Although every B&B is different, most of the extra charges you'd
encounter at a hotel are free at a bed and breakfast inn.
Hotel: Many hotels charge 50 or 75 cents for a local or
toll-free call; long-distance rates are astronomical.
B&B: Local and toll-free calls are free at almost every B&B;
guests are usually asked to use a calling card for long-distance
calls. Some B&Bs have telephones with data ports in every guest
room; be sure to check with the innkeeper if an in-room phone is
essential to you.
Hotel: At a luxury hotel, breakfast costs $7-30 dollars per
person; moderately priced motels often offer a free self-serve
breakfast with disposable plates & cutlery
B&B: Most B&Bs provide a free full breakfast, usually including
fresh fruit and juice, main dish with breakfast meats, plus
home-baked muffins, often served on elegant china and silver.
Hotel: Room service meals (with added service & delivery
charges) are usually double or triple the cost of eating in a
local coffee shop or restaurant.
Bed & Breakfast:: Although B&Bs don't offer room service, some will serve
breakfast in your room, usually included in the room rate, or
for a small extra charge. A few will serve a special-occasion
dinner in your suite. Some will allow you (upon request) to have
a meal delivered, to be enjoyed in the inn's common area, or in
your room, if an appropriate dining area is available.
Hotel: Mini-bars are stocked with tempting treats, from candies
to potato chips to soda to little packets of aspirin. While
convenient, prices are usually double or triple their costs in a
nearby convenience store.
Bed and Breakfast: Many B&Bs stock soft drinks, coffee and
tea makings, wine & beer, snacks, fresh fruit, cookies, candies,
evening desserts, and sherry in a guest pantry, dining room, and
occasionally right in guest suites.
Hotel: Concierge services are usually available only at luxury
hotels; tips are appropriate and encouraged.
B&B: Innkeepers are generally willing and able
to provide concierge services, i.e. restaurant & theater
reservations, advice on the best locations for shopping,
antiquing, hiking, and so on, plus assistance in renting
bicycles, canoes, kayaks, etc. Tips are unnecessary and would
not usually be accepted.
Hotel: Extras like movies and faxes can quickly add $10-20 to
B&B: Many B&Bs have a video library that you
are welcome to use for free. Innkeepers will typically send or
receive a 2-3 page fax for you for free, or at a modest cost.
Hotel: Although travelers are often forced to lug their luggage
from bus to airport to bus to car unassisted, hotel bellmen are
apparently instructed assume that travelers are incapable of
carrying their bags a short distance from the curb to the
reception desk to their room. While the assistance may be
welcome, the constant tipping can be onerous.
B&B: The "bellman" at most B&Bs is likely to
be the innkeeper, so no tipping is required. Most innkeepers are
happy to assist you with luggage, but typically expect guests to
lend a hand with the bags. If you can't carry heavy things,
don't be shy about asking for help -- but remember to pack
Williamsburg offers some unique
Hotel: Many hotels charge $15-20 ( or more) a day for valet
parking; the free or reduced rate parking may be a good walk from
B&B: Parking is free at B&Bs, although the number of spaces may
be limited in some areas.
In conclusion, while Bed and Breakfast Inns in Williamsburg, VA are not cheap, they are often a
far better value than a hotel with the same room rate. If you
place a value on all the "free" benefits included in the cost of
your stay at a bed and breakfast inn, you'll be surprised how
much you're really getting. Come to
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