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Difference Between Hotel and B&B

hotelHotel vs. B&B

Hotels are often used for a few nights of rest. As a result, many hotels offer a Continental breakfast – that is, a complimentary array of fruits, yogurts, cereals, breads, and at times, batter for making one’s own waffles. For the most part, hotels are set up as more apartment/complex style living, with uniform rooms, bedding, and décor. Most hotels are also part of a chain, operated by a conglomeration that has a set theme and ideology.

Bed and breakfasts (or B&Bs) allow for a comfortable stay, for a period of time lasting from one to two nights. As breakfast is a complimentary part of the experience, there is usually a full range of foods to choose from – ranging from eggs, meats, and whatever foods may ultimately be found within the confines of the house itself. B&Bs are usually homes that are rented out for people to come and stay, meaning that they are usually independently owned. Most likely, there will be an open kitchen and room variations.

In terms of staffing, hotels are fully equipped with a large scale staff. Hotel staff are required to perform a wide range of tasks, including room service, cleaning the rooms, washing the linens, operate the banquet halls and any other restaurants within the hotel, check in the guests, and provide whatever amenities the guests may need. B&Bs are usually equipped with a smaller, more intimate group of staff members, who engage with the guests as if they were a part of the home itself. The goal, in the end, is to get closer to the guests, as opposed to sterilely perform tasks for them.

With regards to the food, hotels usually hire chefs to do all the cooking – which does ultimately drive up the price of chain hotels. The cooking is uniform, and is usually undertaken by professionals who are loosely associated with the hotel. The food at most B&Bs are prepared by the owners of the home, and are of a gourmet, yet more informal, quality.

Unlike hotels, B&Bs fluctuate their prices based on peak and slow seasons. This means that room rates may range from affordable to outlandish in a given season. Hotels have the luxury of offering discounts to frequent and/or government guests. However, most hotels charge for using many of the amenities, including buying snacks, bottled water, certain television channels, etc. B&Bs come equipped with all the amenities any guest may need.


1. Hotels are usually chains that are owned by larger conglomerations; B&Bs are usually independently owned.

2. Hotels offer a sterile range of breakfast foods (cereals, breads, juices); B&Bs offer meals cooked by the owners, that are more informal, though of a gourmet quality.

3. Hotels can offer discounts to frequent guests or government employees; B&Bs base their prices on the current flow of the season.

4. Hotels often charge for extra facilities or services besides the room; B&Bs offer most amenities free of charge.

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