Bed & Breakfasts
Bed & breakfasts remain a prime resource for budget travelers in Europeó
especially in the United Kingdom. They've also become popular in the
United States, but more because they're considered chic and quaint than
for budget reasons. Either way, you can find lots of B&B Web sites for both
sides of the Atlantic.
As of early 2000, Discount Hotel Reservation
appeared to have the most comprehensive set of worldwide listings. In all,
the site claims more than 24,000 total listings, throughout much of the
However, that example also illustrates a common problem with the
Web: Even the best gateway sites often don't have all the details. The top
B&B site listed only eight bed & breakfasts in Ashland, while there are
actually some 40 in the area.
Discounts, however, are limited to last-minute availabilities and are
offered through only a few sites. Discount Hotel Reservation offers
last-minute price cuts for B&Bs, nationwide. The concept is patterned
after the last-minute deals offered by airlines and participating hotels.
However, it's too early to tell if enough B&Bs will participate to make
the programs worthwhile. And no matter how you book, if you want to
confirm space more than a few days in advance, you're likely to pay list price.
The online resources are therefore useful as guides and locators but not for
Several sites feature B&Bs in individual European cities. However, they
don't all provide online rates or booking capability.