As my previous posts have touched on, sitcoms generally portray bed and breakfasts in a less than positive light. In a 2011 episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, the cast seeks refuge from a horrible camping trip at The Quiet Corn B&B. The inn is creepy and run by an unwelcoming and inflexible innkeeper who seems to prefer the company of cats over people and thinks guests are more of a nuisance than privilege.
This portrayal of bed and breakfasts as unwelcoming and impersonal places with grumpy and weird innkeepers has led to some unfounded myths in the minds of the average North American resident. Debunking these myths is the goal of this post.
Myth 1: Bed and Breakfast inns offer guests no privacy.
While inns offer common rooms such as dens, gardens and dining that you won’t find in most hotels, these spaces are in addition to the privacy of guest rooms. In fact, many inns offer more privacy than hotels with options such as two-room suites and fewer guests. Some are even designed so no two guestrooms share a common wall.
The Old Town Guesthouse bed and breakfast in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides an abundance of privacy to their guests. The urban inn offers soundproof guestrooms and private porches overlooking Pike’s Peak. While enjoying the privacy of the guestrooms, guests are treated to luxurious bathrobes, beautiful fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.
Myth 2: Children and pets aren’t welcome.
This statement is a mixture of fact and fiction. Some bed and breakfasts are just not for kids. Others are not accommodating to small children. Many, however, welcome all ages. Some welcome Fido, while others prefer you to leave your furry friend at home. The important part here is to do your research. Because no two Select Registry inns are the same, you need to find the inn that provides the atmosphere you are looking for. On the Select Registry website, most inns clearly state whether children are welcome or if the inn is tailored to adults. They also provide their pet policies.
Lodge at the Stanley Hotel is an excellent choice for family vacations to Estes Park, Colorado. Located just six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, the inn offers a variety of features for both families and couples. They even offer the family-friendly Rocky Mountain Rush Package, which includes three hours of exploring the park in a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Myth 3: B&Bs don’t have pools.
While not all Select Registry inns have pools, many of them do, and some offer far more than a typical hotel pool. Interested in experiencing the luxury of a salt water pool? The Inn on Lake Granbury in Granbury, Texas, has a magnificent salt water pool complete with a cascading waterfall. After the pool you can rinse off in a steam shower in your upscale bathroom with heated floors. Looking to rejuvenate in a bubbly spa pool? Book a stay at the Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast in Melbourne Beach, Florida. They also offer beautiful Atlantic Ocean views and lush tropical landscaping.
Myth 4: Innkeepers want “easy to care for” guests.
Unfortunately many people have an almost backwards view of the level of service offered at Select Registry bed and breakfasts. All Select Registry inns provide top-notch service and attention to detail. Our innkeepers are more than happy to accommodate special requests, answer questions and provide amenities beyond what the typical hotel offers.
Hilltop Manor Bed & Breakfast, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is an excellent example of the kind of service that makes Select Registry inns a cut above the rest. Their goal is to make you feel comfortable and help you forget about the stress of your day-to-day life by meeting your every need. Want some time to yourself, or with your loved one? Ask them to point you in the direction of their beautiful grove of Magnolia trees. Have special dietary needs? Just let the innkeepers know before you turn in for the night. They will be happy to accommodate when they prepare your delicious, homemade breakfast in the morning.
Myth 5: Bed and Breakfast are old houses with squeaky beds and outdated décor.
Many of our inns are older, and even historic, but you won’t find anything resembling grandma’s primarily unused guest room that hasn’t been updated since the last World War. Select Registry inns, each and every one of them, are beautifully decorated, outfitted with the best modern conveniences, and proud to offer luxurious beds with quality bedding.
If modern means luxury to you, visit Eden Vale Inn in Placerville, California. Named one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, Eden Vale Inn wows guests with their clean, modern styling and sophisticated décor. The inn was built from the ground up for the discriminating traveler. Five of the rooms have outdoor soaking tubs for couples, and all of the rooms have modern fireplaces and TV/DVD combinations.
Myths may be founded in truth.
Unfortunately many myths are based on truths, and we can’t guarantee that no scary bed and breakfasts exist. What we can guarantee is that you will love every minute of your stay at a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast. That is because of the Select Registry Difference. Every Select Registry inn is quality assurance inspected, meaning you’ll never have to experience what the characters in some sitcom do.