Etiquette Tips For Your First Bed And Breakfast Visit

Posted on: 25 June 2016

A bed and breakfast provides a quaint alternative to the traditional hotel or motel. These small establishments are more like staying in a personal guest house, with the proprietors often playing a key role in ensuring your comfort and enjoyment during your stay. The proprietors also typically live in the bed and breakfast, so you are their guest in a true sense of the word. This can lead to different etiquette expectations, compared to a hotel. The following guide can help.

Make special requests far in advance

Most proprietors aim to please, but their means to do so are much more limited and under higher budget constraints compared to a chain hotel. This means that you need to make any special requests far in advance—preferably at the time of booking—so that they can ensure that everything is in order. For example, if you have a disability that requires special accommodations, such as a particular dining spot to allow for a wheelchair, make sure your hosts know so they can create an accessible spot. Or, if food allergies are a concern, inform the proprietors of the allergy and any special care that must be taken when preparing food. They may not be equipped to make changes to the menu at the last minute, otherwise.

Inform the host of any changes of plan

Most bed and breakfast inns plan to serve breakfast to all of their guests, either in a central dining area or in the room. While this is included in your price, it isn't a necessity. Just make sure that you let the proprietors know the day before if you are planning to skip breakfast so that they don't expect you. If you have a busy day planned, you may also be able to request a breakfast to go, but you may not be able to dine at an earlier time.

Be honest about accidents

Accidents happen, such as spilled wine on the carpet or water marks on the dresser. Don't try to hide or fix major accidents on your own. Most bed and breakfast owners have a range of tried-and-true stain removers and fixers that they know work. Instead, tell the proprietor immediately if an accident occurs, so they can remedy it right away. The more quickly you let them know, the more likely that they will be able to fix the problem.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you aren't sure of the etiquette, call a bed and breakfast to find out what the expectations are. Places like the Square Inn may be able to help meet your needs.