Selecting the Bed and Breakfast Holiday, Ski and Travel Accommodation That's Right For You
Staying at a bed and breakfast inn offers an experience well beyond your typical travel accommodations. A night at a B&B provides the added value frequently sought by travelers as they seek a special holiday, ski lodging travel, romantic getaway, family vacation or business trip.
Whether you're a seasoned B&B traveler or first time B&B guest, you'll have the pleasure of spending a night or more in a quality BBIC inn. Allow us to offer a few comments on what you should know about how our guests and innkeepers interact with one another for the best possible experience.
We look forward to hosting you and your family on your next trip to Colorado!
How do you choose the B&B that's right for you?
Ask the innkeeper a few questions before you decide. All innkeepers will gladly answer your questions by phone or email and send you their own brochure with details.
Are there resident pets? Dogs and cats are not uncommon.
Bed size? Can you only sleep on a queen, king or do you need twins?
Are non-smoking (or smoking) rooms available? Does the B and B have a smoke-free environment?
Are reservations required in advance?
What are the Inn policies regarding: Cancellation, breakfast, check-in/check-out times, room payment, guest pets, children, minimum stay?
Rates may vary by season and change without notice. Most are open all year, but you'll also find B&Bs open only during their "high season". Please consult the B&B of your choice in advance.
Bed and Breakfast Etiquette
Bed & Breakfasts are as delightfully different from one another as the innkeepers who own and operate them. Each B&B offers accommodations and a very special brand of hospitality. You'll enjoy and relish unique surroundings in every B&B you visit.
Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, once you try it, you'll realize that it's a pleasant alternative from the cookie cutter motel and hotel.
With that in mind, you may have questions about bed and breakfast travel. Do you need a reservation? How much will it cost? What's for breakfast? What time is check-in/out?
We've provided some brief and simple answers, for those of you who may be too shy to ask.
It's a good idea to call in advance to be sure a room is available. Advance deposits are often required; and cancellation policies vary, so be sure to ask when you call. In addition, advise your innkeeper if children or young adults will be accompanying you. Special arrangements may be necessary. If you need multiple beds, inquire in advance as many B&Bs are limited to double occupancy and others will have accommodations suitable to your individual needs.
Rates will vary. You may find higher room rates at luxury accommodations, in a busy resort or a larger metropolitan area. Likewise, you may also find more simple and moderate rates at many properties.
It's standard practice at BBIC member inns to include breakfast at no additional cost. It's usually offered one of three ways: Continental: rolls, muffins, or coffee cake, coffee or tea & juice; Continental Plus: extras are added to the standard Continental breakfast like cereal or fruit; Full: often includes many of the above items and one or more hot items. Some B&Bs serve you at the table, some offer breakfast buffet-style, and others may offer breakfast in bed.
How do I act at a B&B?
Mutual respect for privacy and basic courtesy is the mode of operation between the innkeeper and guests, as well as between the guests themselves. Guests are usually informed either verbally or in writing (a letter posted in your guest room or elsewhere), of policies which the innkeeper asks that guests honor. They are established to help guests become comfortable and familiarize themselves with how things work at each B&B. The rule of thumb: When in doubt, ask your innkeeper..
Pack a smile and good manners when you visit a B&B.
Since our guests enjoy a quiet getaway, B&Bs are not appropriate places for a noisy party. You'll find that many B&Bs have a no-smoking policy. If you have arranged to check-in at a specific time, please do your best to arrive during those hours, or call ahead to arrange an earlier or later arrival. When coming and going from the inn in the evening, be mindful of other guests to preserve the peace and quiet of the inn. If you stay at a B and B in which you share a bath, it should be left the way YOU would want to find it.
Staying at a B&B is a wonderful experience and great fun. Read the rules, ask a few questions and you'll feel right at home. During your stay you'll meet new friends, enjoy exceptional hospitality, and learn all there is to know about the local area. You're sure to love it so much that you'll become a regular B&B traveler.