Bed and breakfast
Tourists of various nationalities chatting over
breakfast at a B&B in Quebec City.
A bed and breakfast (or B&B) is a small
lodging establishment that offers overnight
accommodation and breakfast, but usually
does not offer other meals. Typically, bed and
breakfasts are private homes with fewer than
10 bedrooms available for commercial use.
The term originated in the United Kingdom.
Generally, guests are accommodated
private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or
in a suite of rooms including an en suite bath-
room. Some homes have private bedrooms
with a bathroom which is shared with other
guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a
dining room, or the host’s kitchen.
B&Bs and guest houses may be operated
either as a secondary source of income or a
primary occupation. Usually
themselves prepare the breakfast and clean
the room etc., but some bed and breakfasts
hire staff for cleaning or cooking. Although
some bed and breakfast owners hire profes-
sional staff, a property which hires profes-
sional management is usually no longer con-
sidered a bed and breakfast, but enters the
category of inn or hotel.
Some B&Bs operate in a niche market.
Floating bed and breakfasts for example are
a concept originating in Seattle in which a
Tourism Queensland study
In January 2003 Tourism Queensland conduc-
ted a review of current research to gain a
better understanding of the Bed & Breakfast
“ Key needs that must be met for
people staying at bed and breakfast
style accommodation include: pam-
pering and personalised service in an
attractive location in an attractive
house, opposed to more ’standard’
The following attributes are also
• Homely or wholesome atmosphere
(older segments) or luxurious/
• Home style meals
• Area for conversing with other
guestso Ability to tap into local
knowledge of attractions and
activities in local area.
Guests at B&Bs were asked to identi-
fy the fe