B&B's offer high standard accommodation for tourists. They are
to be found everywhere in Ireland, and are usually family run.
Always popular with visitors because of their warm, friendly
atmosphere - and the reasonable price - they provide full Irish
breakfast as well as comfortable rooms. They are not hotels,
so don't expect a bar or a pageboy. But you can expect to meet
a pleasant and helpful host who will make your stay memorable
and enjoyable. Do remember to book early.
B&B's are everywhere
in Ireland. Wherever your interest takes you, in pursuit of
scenery, sport or entertainment, as sure as you will find the
sky over your head, you'll also find a B&B. Indeed, you will
usually find not just one, but a choice of several. Most will
have official regulatory approval; some may not. Not having
official approval does not necessarily mean that a B&B has a
poorer standard. In fact, it may have an even higher one. It
may just mean that the proprietors have not sought approval.
However, just as there are bad hotels
and bad guesthouses, there are also bad B&B's. Happily these
are scarce enough. But it emphasises the point that the visitor
should seek the consistency of the industry standard to be on
the safe side. So be safe: look for the shamrock sign.
THE BEST VALUE
Irish B&B's offer the best
value in reasonably priced accommodation. The consistent experience
and feedback from our customers underline the financial savings
to be made from staying in bed and breakfast during your visit
to Ireland. On average, a night's stay in a B&B will cost you
about US$35. The same night in a hotel could cost US$100. This
is a significant saving over several nights, and especially
where a family or group are concerned.
THE BEST NEWS
The best news is that this
saving is not at the expense of good standards. Conditions in
Irish B&B's are consistently to a high standard, and offer cleanliness,
comfort and convenience to the visitor. Most are family run,
and as a consequence in contrast to hotels, the atmosphere is
relaxed, informal and noticeably friendly. In addition, the
proprietors, who are used to dealing with tourists on a daily
basis, are always eager with help and advice for their visitors.
For this reason, many visitors to Ireland make B&B's their accommodation
of choice. For the same reason, many also make repeat visits
to the same establishment year after year.
BOOK IN ADVANCE
Another important point to
be aware of is that despite the proliferation of B&B's throughout
the country, you could still find yourself travelling miles
from your preferred location in a frustrating 'bed' search.
That's what happens if you fail to observe common sense. Common
sense in this context means : 'Book in advance.' If you have
booked through Ireland's Best B&B's, you don't need to worry
about this aspect of your travels as we will have taken care
of all your bookings. But if you decide to hit out on your own,
put a highlight line in your mental jotter to say: "Be wise,
and book." Otherwise, instead of staying in the $35 dollar B&B,
you may end-up in the $100 dollar hotel ............that is,
if they have a bed for you!
The squeeze on accommodation
is most pronounced during the summer months, and particularly
in Dublin and the more popular destinations. And that brings
us to some specific advice about Dublin. This demand has naturally
led to an increase in B&B providers within the city and its
suburbs. Not all are run with the traditional flair common to
old style bed and breakfast residences. As a consequence, standards
may be variable. In turn, the visitor needs to exercise a greater
degree of discernment in relation to choice of establishment.
Why choose the okay house on this street when there is a really
excellent one around the corner? Why pay dearer in house 'X'
when house 'Y' is cheaper and better?
ONE BIT OF ADVICE
The choice is neither obvious nor easily made. But if we could
give one bit of advice, it is to book through us at Ireland's Best B&B's. We will do more than take the guesswork out of things. We will
put your mind at rest in the knowledge that all your accommodation
needs have been professionally taken care of, and that you will
enjoy the best, thanks to the best online booking service for
Irish accommodation. Happy Holidays!