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What is a bed and breakfast?

A bed and breakfast means a comfy place to sleep and a meal to rise to in the morning. In other words, these much-loved vacation accommodation types promise to do exactly what their name implies. Of course, many go above and beyond that, with a heart-warming local welcome, pet-friendly policies, enchanting locations, personalized rooms, and more.

Why should I stay at a bed and breakfast?

The magic of a bed and breakfast really rests in its character. If you're the sort who prizes a local welcome, a home-like vibe, and personalized service, these are surely the stays for you. Country bed-and-breakfast hotels can also be a romantic choice, with quiet, secluded locations. And it's not uncommon to have B&Bs suited to pet owners who have their 4-legged friends in tow.


Where do you find bed and breakfasts?

Bed and breakfasts are all over. From characterful Cajun establishments in New Orleans to rustic Appalachian lodges in the Virginia forests, lakeside Michigan retreats to places all across the UK, Ireland, and beyond, there's always likely to be something of this sort in the offing. Remember that bed and breakfasts don't end with city limits, either – sometimes country B&Bs are the most enchanting of all.


How much does it cost to stay in a bed and breakfast?

Are bed and breakfasts cheaper than other accommodation types? That entirely depends. On the whole, B&B stays tend to be easier on the wallet than a classic hotel. However, their offering of bespoke services, along with the occasional frill – that private pool in the garden, those home-cooked meals by evening – can raise rates.


How to book a bed and breakfast

You can book that bed and breakfast in precisely the same way you'd go about booking a hotel, inn, or guest house. Just type in your travel dates on Expedia and then sort your results using the property type check box. You'll soon be scrolling through the top-rated B&Bs in any given place. Or, use the wizard on this page. It's also worth remembering that bundling flights, accommodation, and car rental can save on the total price.


What do bed and breakfasts offer?

This sort of accommodation works hard to get the basics of the stay spot-on. That means a comfy place to rest your head – whether that is an air bed or something more conventional – along with hearty and filling food in the morning: think sizzling eggs and bacon in England, stacks of American pancakes in North Carolina, or local sausages and black pudding in Ireland. On top of that, you can expect perks like pet-friendly room options, communal lounge spaces, and sometimes even big gardens outside.


Bed and breakfasts vs hotels

So, what’s the difference between a bed and breakfast and a hotel? When it comes down to it, B&Bs are basically small-scale hotels. However, there are often other features that set them apart from conventional establishments, whether it's a homecooked morning meal laden with local ingredients, or a fully-fledged winery waiting in the garden. You can also expect just a handful of rooms and more personal service in these sorts of stays.


Bed and breakfasts close to me

Pining for that local escape to the country? A romantic pad for 2 and the dog? A welcoming small-scale hotel that promises hearty eating come morning? Search for a bed and breakfast nearby and Expedia will showcase the top-rated stays of this sort in your vicinity. You can even use the map tool, to reveal B&Bs in areas and neighborhoods you might not have even considered exploring. Type in your location above and start the journey.