The two Bs in B & B
Bed and Breakfast. It is a pretty self explanatory term. You get a bed, and you get breakfast. But the offerings of both of the above can vary dramatically. First of all, let me begin by saying, if you do not offer a super quality night of sleep or a full breakfast, you should not call yourself a bed and breakfast. There is one more thing I think is ultimately important in a B & B, and that is good quality toilet paper that isn’t single ply and like sandpaper, but I digress.
The Bed. The first B and maybe the more important and the hardest one to get right for a large swath of people. Everyone sleeps differently. Some people prefer softer mattresses, some firmer. Some like to get super bundled up and toasty while they sleep, some like to have the windows open and just a sheet covering them. Some like flat pillows, some like fluffy pillows. You cannot possibly make everyone comfortable, but you can play to the common denominator.
Believe it or not, we spent hours researching mattresses before we bought a B & B. We looked at the difference between coil mattresses, memory foam and the latest air mattresses. We laid on all of them; looked at the pros and cons; and ultimately determined for the larger swath of the population, a single coil mattress was the way to go. We get a slightly firmer mattress and add a pillow top cover for give. These mattresses have the advantage over the others of displacing movement well and not sleeping hot. Memory foam is very comfortable but can make many uncomfortable and sweaty as it retains heat. They have improved over the years but are still problematic. The air mattresses are nice for those who are getting one permanently because you can experiment with the right setting for you personally and keep it there. For a one- or two-night stay, it is difficult to ascertain what setting is best, and you may never get quite comfortable.
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