Courtesy is the key. Mutual respect is the mode of operation between the innkeeper and guests as well as between the guests themselves. Guests are usually informed either verbally or in writing (a letter posted in your guest room or elsewhere), of policies, which the innkeeper asks, that guests honor. They are established to help guests become comfortable and familiarize themselves with how things work at each B&B. The rule of thumb: When in doubt, please ask.
A bed and breakfast is not an appropriate place for a noisy party; also, you will find that many B&B’s have a no smoking policy.
If you have arranged to check-in at a specific time, please do so, or call ahead to arrange an earlier or later arrival. When coming and going from the B&B in the evening, be mindful of the fact that sounds carry easily. If you stay at a bed and breakfast in which you share a bath, it should be left the way you would like to find it.
The B&B is the personal home of your innkeeper and host. Please respect the private areas that are distinguished from common areas for guests.
Staying at a B&B is a wonderful experience and great fun. Read the rules, ask a few questions and you’ll soon feel “at home.” During your stay you will meet new friends, enjoy exceptional hospitality and learn all there is to know about the local area. You may come to love it so much that you will soon become a regular bed and breakfast traveler.
Bed and Breakfast Regulations
The most common regulations bed and breakfasts must follow pertain to safety. They are required to have fire resistance, a sufficient fire escape plan in place and smoke detectors in each guest room.
Kitchens and equipment used to serve meals must also be monitored for sanitation.
Most bed and breakfasts are generally compliant with their jurisdiction’s laws. However, guests are mostly unfamiliar with these guidelines and tend to overlook any violations.
Associations: While various local governments have regulations, membership in a state or national bed and breakfast association often indicates a higher standard of hospitality. Associations often review their members and tend to have additional standards of care. While the associations also facilitate marketing of the individual bed and breakfasts they also provide a stamp of approval that the business in question is reputable.