Over the last few years, a new type of accommodation has become popular among travelers. While Airbnb used to be just for young, spontaneous couch surfers looking for an affordable place to lay their head for the night, it has become a household name and a common choice for travelers of all ages, backgrounds, and budgets.
While many Bed & Breakfasts, including De La Bleau, now allow you book through the convenient AirBNB site, it is important to know the difference between booking a private home for you and your party like many of the accommodations listed on AirBNB, versus booking a traditional Bed & Breakfast experience. Both accommodation types have their benefits, but let's discuss the differences and why a traditional Bed & Breakfast may be the right choice for you!
Southern Hospitality is not a thing of the past, and one of the best ways to experience it is by visiting a real Bed & Breakfast. At a traditional B&B like De La Bleau, you are presented with a personalized experience and knowledgeable hosts that will welcome you to the area and point you in the direction of the best local sights and restaurants.
This is seldom the case for AirBNB stays. In most cases, you are left with an address and a door code. The rest is up to you to figure out!
While AirBNB touts the phrase "B&B" in their name, there is one thing missing from your typical AirBNB stay that clearly separates it from a true Bed & Breakfast experience...the breakfast!
AirBNB stays, in most cases, do not include meals. Depending on the accommodation you choose, you may or may not even have access to a refrigerator, microwave, or coffee pot!
At a Bed & Breakfast, you can expect a delicious hot breakfast served by the host, or in some cases, meal vouchers to restaurants in the area! This is a valuable accommodation for guests looking to explore the area and taste the local cuisine!
Support Local Businesses & Community
B&Bs are almost always locally owned and operated by hosts who know and love their community. For many hosts the B&B is both their home and their full-time job! B&Bs fit nicely within their communities and often participate in local events and fundraisers, provide employment opportunities, and bring in guests that stimulate the local economy!
However, the AirBNB platform is a large multinational corporation. While many homes listed on AirBNB are owned by individuals, it is becoming more and more common for large conglomerates to buy up homes in desirable neighborhoods with the sole intention of creating short-term rental properties. This means more money for the big guys and a disruption to the existing neighborhood!
Licensed, Insured, & Regulated
Unlike AirBNBs, B&Bs are regulated in the same way as hotels. They are required to hold proper licensure, and to be inspected by the state and health department.
Because AirBNB stays are private residences, they are not held to the same standard. Other than the photos and reviews that you are provided with, you truly have no idea what you will be walking into when you arrive.
The last thing you want is to take a long trip to a new place, only to arrive at questionable accommodations. At a Bed & Breakfast, you can check-in with peace of mind!
So...are AirBNBs ever a good choice?
Yes! It is important to do your research and make the decision that is right for you and your party!
While Bed & Breakfasts can provide a unique and personal experience, it's not everyone's cup of tea!
What is most important is that you explore your options, choose an accommodation that you are comfortable with, and are aware of what to expect when you arrive!