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As travellers were planning their Europe holiday this summer, I received a lot of questions about bed and breakfasts. Questions like are better places to stay than hotels. And are they all basically the same?

I have stayed at both B&B’s and hotel properties over many trips overseas.

Particularly in England, I think bed and breakfasts are an excellent option. It is an industry that is well established in the country. Good B & B’s can be found throughout, in and around major cities as well as in unique countryside locations.

For the most part it is a quaint way of visiting a country, presumably living with people who have chosen this style of hospitality service because they like people.

But not all Bed and Breakfasts are equal.

There are converted buildings in London that really are small hotels, which market themselves as bed and breakfast properties.

We stayed in one a few years ago that was very dingy, was not owner operated, and the picture on the internet did not portray honestly the quality of the place at all.

Conversely a B & B in Stratford the place we stayed was everything we could have hoped for, with a nice family feeling, and a breakfast that came with smiles and company.

There are a number of organizations on the website for both England and Europe. I cannot attest to them, having not used them.

I think it is important to find reviews on the ones you are considering, and make sure you see photos from a number of perspectives before booking. Also remember, once you have made your booking and paid for it, your money may not be refundable.

Start your search at http://www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com/ or http://www.bbeurope.net/

To book air and other properties I hope you will consider our sister travel agency Renaissance travel. It is one of the biggest in the region with a number of good agents. And I am always available to be tracked down for questions.

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