Bed and breakfast inns may seem like something from a different era, but according to Travelocity, this old school accommodation is seeing a significant upswing this summer. New booking data from the travel site shows room nights at B&Bs have grown 25 percent year-over-year both domestically and internationally, and some major cities are seeing increased demand of 100 percent or more, including popular destinations like Los Angeles (100%), San Francisco (125%), Chicago (149%), Detroit (145%) and Charlotte (149%).
“Bed and breakfasts are this special hybrid for travelers because they offer the amenities of a hotel and the ambiance of an apartment rental,” said Laura Molnar, senior marketing manager for Travelocity brand in a news release. “The experience appeals to travelers who crave a more customized experience, whether that’s sharing a home-cooked, locally sourced meal with their hosts or socializing with other guests.”
Where to Book a B&B
Vacation destinations across the South and Northeast – locales known for small town charm and Southern hospitality – remain the most popular for B&Bs in the U.S. However, some unexpected places are home to the highest guest ratings. Travelocity analyzed more than 10.4 million reviews and found bed and breakfasts ranked among the top places to stay in many states, including Pennsylvania, Colorado and California, the release said.
|Top Guest-Rated B&Bs in the U.S.|
|1. The Brafferton Inn||Gettysburg, PA||2,884 points|
|2. Old Santa Fe Inn||Santa Fe, NM||2,813 points|
|3. 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant||Savannah, GA||2,573 points|
|4. Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast||Denver, CO||2,239 points|
|5. FogCatcher Inn||Morro Bay, CA||1,980 points|
|*Points rating based on analysis of 10.4 million guest reviews on U.S. points of sale averaging three top review factors: overall rating, star rating and review volume. The resulting list features the highest-rated and most-reviewed properties for every state.|
For example, The Brafferton Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, boasts the highest overall guest rating with more than 600 verified reviews. Guests staying at one of the oldest residences in Gettysburg enjoy the outdoor entertaining area, jacuzzi and complimentary breakfast and cookies.At the Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast in Denver, guests may opt to stay in one of four rooms featuring works designed by local artists or enjoy a meal featuring ingredients from their on-site garden.
Internationally, Rome topped the list for most B&B bookings followed by London and parts of Canada. Accommodations in Central and South America also appeared in top 10 this year with increased popularity in cities such as San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tulum, Mexico, and Quito, Ecuador, the release stated.The release also shared the most popular B&B destinations in the U.S., as well as the cheapest B&Bs to stay internationally and in the U.S.
|Most Popular B&B Destinations|
|1. Key West, FL||1. Rome, Italy|
|2. Savannah, GA||2. London, UK|
|3. St. Augustine, FL||3. Florence, Italy|
|4. New Orleans, LA||4. Niagara Falls, CA|
|5. Asheville, NC||5. San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|6. Charleston, SC||6. Montreal, CA|
|7. Newport, RI||7. Venice, Italy|
|8. Washington, DC||8. Tulum, Mexico|
|9. Santa Fe, NM||9. Quito, Ecuador|
|10. Provincetown, MA||10. Lisbon, Portugal|
“B&Bs are an affordable option for many travelers, plus they can save even more with perks like meals, snacks and beverages already included in the price,” Molnar said in the release.
“Don’t forget to factor in transportation costs, too, since many are conveniently located in neighborhoods that wouldn’t normally be open to hotels and tourists.”
Molnar recommends searching for B&Bs using the Property Type filter at Travelocity.com. From there, guests can also search by review rating, price, location and amenities like free breakfast, according to the release.
**Based on demand data from 2017 and 2018 on Travelocity.com.