Many travelers have discovered the charm and warmth of most bed and breakfast type inns, so they have gained in popularity over the past couple of decades. While staying in a B&B is similar to being in a hotel, there are some additional etiquette rules you should know and follow.
Remember that many people who run this type of establishment live there, so treat it with respect as you would anyone’s home. The furniture, glasses, towels, and other items belong to them, so never remove these items from the premises.
Additional rules of etiquette you should follow:
- Don’t expect to check in before the listed time unless you have made prior arrangements. When it is time to check out, make sure you have removed all your belongings from the room. The innkeeper needs to change the sheets and get the room ready for the next guest. Many B&Bs stay booked, and you should never infringe on someone else’s time.
- Ask about house rules and follow them.
- Don’t make noise. Keep your voices down in the early morning hours and late at night.
- If you have children with you, make sure they behave and follow all the rules.
- Show up for meals and other planned activities on time and dressed appropriately.
- Don’t take more than your share of the food or drinks during meals or tea.
- Feel free to ask the innkeeper questions about the area, but don’t monopolize his or her time. There may be other guests who need attention.
- Never smoke in the bed and breakfast unless you ask permission first, even in the rooms. You may think you can get away with it without the innkeeper’s knowledge, but they will find out.
- At the end of the stay, leave a tip with a short thank you note letting the innkeeper know what you liked about your visit.
Always exhibit good everyday manners. Everyone will have a much nicer time if proper etiquette is followed.