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We decided to dedicate today’s blog entry to an issue that is sometimes quite confusing : “accommodation terminology”. With so many names and titles it is easy to get lost in the world of real estate and hospitality, for example, a common question is; what is the difference between a Boutique hotel, a bed and breakfast, and a vacation home? It is easy for defining lines to get blurred, so we made a list explaining exactly what each one of these means.
Bed and Breakfast
A bed and breakfast (or B&B) is usually a small establishment that offers accommodation and breakfast. Typically, bed and breakfasts are private homes with fewer than 10 bedrooms available for commercial use. Usually the owners 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 professional staff, a property which hires professional management is usually no longer considered a bed and breakfast, but enters the category of inn or hotel.
It is a private home which has been converted for the exclusive use of guest accommodation. The owner usually lives in an entirely separate area within the property and the guest house may serve as a form of lodging business. Among the features that distinguish a vacation home from a hotel, bed and breakfast, or inn is the lack of a full-time staff. Bed and breakfasts are usually family-owned, with the family living on the premises. Hotels maintain a staff presence 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, whereas a vacation home has a more limited staff presence.
Boutique hotel is a term popularized in North America and the United Kingdom to describe intimate, usually luxurious or themed hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain/branded hotels and motels by providing personalized accommodation and service. Sometimes known as “design hotels” or “lifestyle hotels”, boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York, and San Francisco. Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner. They usually are considerably smaller than mainstream hotels, often ranging from 3 to 50 guest rooms.
We hope this small explanation helps you the next time you are planning your vacation and in addition if you are looking to buy or invest in one of these types of accomodation businesses, we have many options of Boutique Hotels, Vacation Homes and B&B’s for sale in the Tuscan region. For example check out our Luxury Retreat, this is one of our favorite boutique hotels currently available.
For more information, contact us at your disposal.