Amazing Bed & Breakfast in Merida
What to expect at a bed and breakfast
A bed and breakfast sounds pretty self-explanatory: a house or cottage that gives you a bed to sleep in and breakfast in the morning. But as many of us who have stayed in B&Bs, or owned them, we know that there is so much more to them. More private than a hotel and often with more amenities, a B&B is always catering to the specific wants and needs of each visitor.
If you are an avid hotel-goer and have never stayed at a bed and breakfast, this article is for you! There are a few differences if you stay in a B&B in North America versus Europe and other countries, but many are quite similar.
Here is a short list of what you can expect in most bed and breakfasts:
The most obvious amenity you can expect is breakfast. Most B&Bs have nice breakfasts that change from day to day. In some B&Bs, breakfast is served in one area where everyone eats together. In others, you can eat privately in your room, on a patio or balcony. Because B&Bs usually use fresh, local ingredients in their meals, it is much easier for them to cater to your dietary needs. Don’t be afraid to ask; this is one of the defining characteristics that separate a B&B from a hotel.
Wi-Fi and television
Like most hotels and resorts, B&Bs almost always have Wi-Fi and cable television. And most always, unlike hotels and resorts, there is no extra charge for this amenity.
Not as common in older B&Bs, but today’s newer establishments often have amenities like pools, hot tubs, patios, and balconies. Although hotels often have these amenities as well, at a B&B they are much more private because there are fewer rooms and therefore fewer guests.
B&Bs can be located in busy tourist areas or nestled in quieter small towns. Usually, in either setting, local attractions are often a walk away. Fine dining, city sites, museums, and other attractions are often close by. The owners of B&Bs often can tell you things off the beaten path that is a must-see. You won’t learn that info from a hotel concierge.
Lastly, but possibly most importantly, rooms at B&Bs cost close to, or even less, than locals hotels. One might think that B&Bs would be more expensive, as the guest list is so small, but keep in mind that the costs of a B&B are much less than a hotel. Fewer guests, fewer employees, and smaller buildings all add to the affordability of staying at a B&B.