Some readers from outside the UK might be a bit confused as to the difference between B&B's,
Guest Houses & Hotels. Below is a simplification of these.
B&B's, and frequently guest houses, are a budget option where owners often take pride in the high street service levels, local knowledge and personal touch that they are able to offer. In very busy areas, B&B's may display a sign saying "VACANCIES" (rooms available) or "NO VACANCIES", to save both the hosts and potential guests the trouble of them having to inquire within.
Breakfast is usually cooked on demand for the guest and is usually some kind of full breakfast, but some offer a continental breakfast.
In recent years B&B.s in the UK have struggled against budget hotel chains such as Premier Inn and Travelodge. Traditionally, business travelers used B&B's but many of these clients now tend to stay in budget hotel chains. However, in holiday areas (Such As DEAL) the B&B and guest house still prevail. Unlike the hotel chains, they provide a more comprehensive service and breakfast is included in the price, and some who stay regularly may simply like knowing their hosts.
B&B's tend to place their bedrooms within three different categories:
Deluxe: This standard of B&B accommodation in Ireland is considered to be very high and deluxe rooms would be available in high-end B&B's and guesthouse accommodation. Deluxe rooms would often have additional furniture or Jacuzzi's in the bathroom. Check the description.
En-Suite: There is a private bathroom within the bedroom. This will always contain a WC and washbasin, and a shower or bath or both.
Standard: There is not a bathroom within the bedroom. In this case there will be shared bathroom facilities in another room on the corridor. Usually there will be a washbasin within the room.
A Guesthouse is generally a larger establishment than a B&B with over 5 rooms and has common guest areas such as lounge and dining room. The host might live on the premises and breakfast and other meals may be available.
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. The provision of basic accommodation, in times past, consisting only of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with modern facilities, including en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning or climate control. Additional common features found in hotel rooms are a telephone, an alarm clock, a television, a safe, a mini-bar with snack foods and drinks, and facilities for making tea and coffee. Luxury features include bathrobes and slippers, a pillow menu, twin-sink vanities, and jacuzzi bathtubs. Larger hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness center, business center, childcare, conference facilities and social function services.
Hotel rooms are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&B's) to allow guests to identify their room.
Some hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. In the United Kingdom, a hotel is required by law to serve food and drinks to all guests within certain stated hours. In Japan, capsule hotels provide a minimized amount of room space and shared facilities.
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