Monday, May 16, 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Choose a B&B in 2011

Nelson House B & B is one of 25,000 North American B&Bs offering a better way to stay.

Tired of the same old hotel or motel room? Why not choose a B&B? The biggest reason to leave your old hotel behind is… Cha Ching – the added value. Today’s B&Bs are simply a better way to stay for travellers seeking more for their travel dollars. Take a peek at the top ten reasons bed and breakfasts make a better and a more affordable way to stay.

Reason 10: You won't get nickeled and dimed at a B&B. Put the $5 bill for the mini-bar's bottle of water back in your wallet! Research from reveals that more than 92 percent of B&Bs offer some form of complimentary refreshments. At Nelson House B & B, we are happy to brew you a cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day. We offer 24/7 filtered water and ice and in the summer months, we will surprise you with afternoon homemade lemonade or exotic iced teas.

Reason 9: Stay plugged in. Complimentary wi-fi & calls. Say goodbye to that $20 daily hotel fee for wi-fi access. Nearly 90 percent of B&Bs and country inns offer complimentary wi-fi according to surveys. Nelson House has both WIFI thoughout the B & B and a high-speed ADSL connection in the living-room. We also give you free local phone calls.

Reason 8: Great rates! According to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII – (pronounced PIE - hmmm...yummy) the average daily rate for B&Bs is consistently below the nearby hotels in every price category. And that does not even take into account all of the B&B included freebies!

Reason 7: When’s the last time you met the owner of the hotel? And when is the last time he or she carried your bag to your room? Pick a B&B and carefully read their reviews. Inngoers rave about the fabulous hospitality and friendship that innkeepers offered during their stay. In fact, for many B&B travellers, the innkeeper was what made the stay special.

Reason 6: Free parking. OK, we’ll admit, not all B&Bs offer free parking, but last time surveyed innkeepers, 95.3% said they did. Nelson House B & B is in the heart of the city. Yet, we give you your off-street parking free while nearby hotels charge as much as $30/nightly.

Reason 5: Character and amenities. So the hotel might provide you with a shoebox room and dinky, heavily perfumed soaps and shampoos that you would never normally want to use anyways. At Nelson House B & B, your room might have it's own fireplace & Jacuzzi tub - usually reserved for the Presidential Suite in a hotel! Then there is our stylish decor, interesting antique pieces, original art, our book and DVD libraries.

Reason 4: Bed is half their name: Looking for great beds?  B&Bs stake their reputation on your good night's sleep. We offer first-grade mattresses, quality sheets and a choice of memory foam or feather pillows and soft comforters at no additional cost to guests.

Reason 3: Breakfast is the other half of their name: Take you and your partner to the breakfast buffet at a big hotel, and you’re looking at $50 just to start the day. Bed and breakfasts all offer breakfast – it’s their signature selling point and half their name. At Nelson House B & B, your room rate includes the best quality coffee and teas, a buffet of cereal, seasonal fruit and yogurt and a daily change of creative, homestyle hot entrees that will be sure to fuel you through your Vancouver sightseeing. Health or dietary restrictions? No problem, let us know in advance and you will receive a customized meal suitable to your needs. No extra charge.

Reason 2: They really will leave the light on! Arrive at 2 AM and there may not be a cheery innkeeper waiting on the porch but you will, nevertheless, always find a personalized welcome! We run a small business and we will be expecting you. Your room will not have been given away to someone else. Innkeepers genuinely care about your safe arrival.

Reason 1: Cookies, yes! Cookie cutter? No. No two B&Bs are alike. As independently owned small lodging properties, each one offers something new and different. No big box look!  B&Bs range from urban chic to historically preserved mansions and homes. Sometimes, as in our case, it's all rolled into one.

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