Although Bed and Breakfast refers to a specific type of accommodation, that naturally must include a morning breakfast meal as part of the accommodation package, there are however a number of different types of rooms that are often available at Bed and Breakfast accommodation establishments, each designed to cater for varying needs of individual customers, and each usually affecting the price of the room.
Single bed rooms are the standard, basic room type. These are in most cases the cheapest room option a Bed and Breakfast will offer and usually with the most basic facilities. Including a single bed and intended for one person to stay in, they are ideal for single travellers who often are only looking for a one-night stay. As a result, facilities are often limited and may only include basic storage for clothes and washing facilities, although upgraded facility options are often available at additional costs. The idea of keeping these types of rooms as basic as possible is to keep the cost of the rooms low for the budget user.
Double rooms are in most cases very similar to single rooms but with a larger bed. Though designed primarily for a couple to stay in, they are commonly taken up by single guests who prefer to pay the bit extra for the extra space. Indeed, many Bed and Breakfast establishments offer double beds as standard in their basic, single room options. As double rooms are usually larger then singles, facilities are also usually greater, with extra storage and greater washing facilities. Although the price of a double room will be greater than a single, the price per-person is in most cases less than a single room and therefore a cheaper option for joint travellers.
Twin rooms will be very similar to double room options in most B & Bs, and often the rooms will be identical and cater for two people to stay in the room. However, there will be two single beds in the room instead of one double, designed to suit two people who are not a couple and who wish to sleep in separate beds. In most cases, the price of a twin room will be the same as a double, although they can vary, often the twin room being more expensive due to the extra bedding required and resultant additional washing.
A standard family room will in most cases cater to sleep four people, consisting of one large, double bed and two single beds, although in some cases the room may have two double beds. These are ideally suited for a couple with two children, although other groups of three or more people will often share family rooms between them to keep the cost down per person, rather than each having separate single rooms. Another advantage of family rooms is that they will usually have en-suite bathroom facilities.
En-suite rooms are rooms that have a bathroom attached to the room that his not shared by any other rooms or guests at the Bed and Breakfast. This is more desirable to most guests as it offers more privacy and relaxation than sharing washing facilities, and in many B&Bs all the rooms will have en-suite facilities in all their rooms as standard. However, many travellers prefer to take rooms with shared washing facilities, as these types of rooms will be cheaper, often significantly so. En-suite rooms will usually include
a bath and showering facilities along with a toilet and wash basin, although some may not have a bath, and in rare cases toilet facilities will be shared and not included.
View rooms are also another common room variation at Bed and Breakfasts that will affect the price of the room. Not all rooms in some establishments will be situated within a building with an external wall, and therefore will not have any windows. In these cases, rooms that have an external wall and a view from a window will be highlighted and often come with a higher price tag. A view room may also refer to rooms that have a view of a particular scene that is attractive to guests, and separate them from other rooms that have a view but not of anything interesting. Again, these rooms will usually be more expensive. Similarly, rooms with a balcony will usually be specified on a room list, and will be the higher rate rooms.