There are many online guides available to help you choose bed and breakfast accommodation, whether it is a city location such as a Leicester bed and breakfast that you are looking for or a quiet retreat deep in the Scottish Highlands.
Some online guides offer a bespoke booking service, with instant confirmation of your room reservation, as well as offering visitor information on the location or region you will be staying in. Special discounts for online bookings and late availability discounts for last-minute room reservations are also offered. On line guides sometimes offer independent reviews of featured bed and breakfasts, with ratings awarded to different aspects of the accommodation, such as cleanliness, quality of the food, decorations and furniture and the welcome given to guests. After you have finished your stay, you may be invited to provide feedback and this, in turn, will be useful to future prospective visitors.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is a growing area online for guests to research and finds well priced overnight stays. It is also an increasingly popular medium for bed and breakfast owners, as they are able to reach a national and even international market. Formerly, many bed and breakfasts would have remained undiscovered gems, only able to attract local visitors or those able or willing to search out guide books and contact the tourist information facility in the region of their proposed stay. The Internet has changed all that, by providing a world platform to guest houses, inns, farmhouses and many other types of bed and breakfast accommodation.
The great appeal of bed and breakfasts is that they offer a more personal alternative to a hotel, in a relaxed atmosphere. As well as the traditional seaside bed and breakfasts in coastal resorts such as Blackpool, Skegness, Scarborough and Brighton, you can find intimate cozy countryside retreats in beautiful areas such as the Lake District or the Cotswolds. There are also many establishments aiming at the top end of the market and these are situated in towns, villages and countryside alike, meaning that you can experience luxury in, for example, a sleek modern London, Birmingham or Leicester bed and breakfast or in an “old world” environment of a thatched Gloucestershire pub or Shropshire coaching inn.
A stay in a good bed and breakfast should be like a welcoming home away from home. You should feel as relaxed as if you were staying over at a friend’s place. You will get breakfast and sometimes even a packed lunch (usually at an additional charge, although some establishments will fill up your flask with tea or coffee for free). Drying facilities are normally on offer if your bed and breakfast is on a walking trail so that if you get a soaking (quite likely, given the typical British weather!) your clothes will be dry and ready to wear again the following next day. As most bed and breakfasts are run by the owners themselves, they tend to know a lot about the local area and can be an absolute mine of information. They will know the best pubs, restaurants, shops, walks and excursions and often enjoy sharing their knowledge with their guests.