Here are invaluable pieces of information about dangers of staying in a Bed & Breakfast that their owners will never tell you, along with ways to avoid the worst in the Cardiff location.
There is no official body or government office overseeing bed and breakfast operations.
This runs contrary to hotels and other paying guest accommodations that must attain such oversight. The bed and breakfast industry has enjoyed a tremendous surge of interest lately. There are over 20 thousand licensed bed and breakfasts in the United States today, up from a mere 1000 25 years ago. Many beds and breakfast owners find themselves over their heads, unable to provide the most basic of services for their guests.
A way to find the best ones is to ask questions. Determine if they belong to bed and breakfast association, such as the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. Also, see if they belong to their local chamber of commerce or state visitors’ bureau. Memberships in these organizations go hand-in-hand with meeting licensing requirements and regular 3rd party inspections.
Travel directory placement is bought and paid for.
Online bed and breakfast search facilities such as BedandBreakfast.com or BBOnline.com do not visit each B&B for their reviews. In fact, the owners themselves write most of the articles. Use these sites to compare amenities, but check the length of time it’s been in business to get a handle on the quality of those services. Any bed and breakfast that has been in business more than ten years is probably a safe bet, even if the management has changed during that period.
Their prices are not set in stone, and it’s not difficult to get a good discount.
Many bed and breakfasts have vacancies and cancellations. If you go on the sites mentioned above, they each list hot deals that you can get if you’re willing to book at the last minute. You can get up to 40% off the regular price by booking late. Of course, you may not be able to get into your first choice, but even if it’s not listed, call them up and ask. Some even offer “frequent visitor” discounts or special off-season prices.
What you read in the brochure may not be what you get.
Some bed and breakfast guests are surprised when they drive up to the door of their B&B. Take the example of this couple. They had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before but were visiting friends in California and decided to try one out. They got online and booked a “cozy room in a rural locale.” When they drove to the address, they instead found a large house in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. They could even hear a marital argument presented loudly by the people next door!
Since there’s no real oversight on B&B’s, it’s best to ask the owners lots of questions about the property and its surroundings. If you can’t get more than vague answers, move on.
If you happened upon a bad experience with a bed and breakfast, never fear. Just talk to the owners. Most are reasonable people and will offer to fix things or give you a discount for your bad experience. If they don’t, check with your credit card company. Visa, for example, has a policy of refunding the first nights stayed when it did not meet certain basic standards of cleanliness and comfort. Document your case, talk to the owners first and leave as soon as you realize they won’t remedy the situation. This will help you “win your case” with the credit card companies.