Difference between Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

We had several calls recently from guests asking us at Welcome Inn Manor what the difference is between a hotel and a bed & breakfast. To help review the differences, we thought it would be good if we went through the ways a bed and breakfast is unique.

This should help you see why Welcome Inn Manor and many other bed and breakfasts are so special for guests who visit.

Five reasons a bed and breakfast differ from a hotel

Intimate- Why stay in a large, impersonal hotel hundreds or thousands of miles from your home? Instead, stay with a warm group of people who can be your little slice of family away from home. At Welcome Inn Manor, you are literally staying at our home. This is where we live, and it has been a home for the past 119 years.

Better meals– When you stay at Welcome Inn Manor, you know that we pride ourselves on are our homemade meals. Specifically, we cook breakfast and dinner for residents. While hotels might have kitchens, we have homemade recipes passed on to us by our family.

This means our meals taste more like home cooking.

Breakfast Dining Room Difference between Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

Personalized- A Chicago bed and breakfast like Welcome Inn Manor offers the personalized services for guests that a large, downtown hotel chain cannot do without residents incurring massive charges on their bill.

Everything from a luxurious living and dining room is at the disposal of guests to fireplaces in many of the rooms. Our three room University Quarters Family Suite even has three bedrooms, so a family of 6-9 people can stay in one room.

Insider Tips on Chicago- Angie and I are lifelong Chicago residents. We know Chicago like the back of our hand. We did not just arrive in Chicago three months ago to experience a new city, like most hotel workers.

We know the best restaurants, museums, and deals around the city.

Wi-Fi- were you aware that some hotels charge $13.95 per day for Wi-Fi? That is not acceptable, and part of the reason that Welcome Inn Manor includes this service for free with your stay.

Staying at hotel or bed and breakfast

While there are advantages to staying at both a hotel and a bed and breakfast, we know that most people prefer the warmth and comforts of a B&B. We have all the home comforts that people are used to having at their own home.

Do you agree or disagree with us? Let us know in the comments if you think Bed and breakfasts are better places to stay than hotels.

Top 8 Chicago Breakfast Spots

A proper Chicago breakfast is all about getting a great start to your morning. To help you with that, we reviewed the top 10 Chicago breakfast spots in the city.

Ann SatherYou have not had a cinnamon bun, until you had Ann Sathers’ infamous cinnamon bun. They come in pairs and make breakfast one of your favorite meals of the day. If that is not enough to sate your appetite, then check out all of the different egg combos that they have on the menu. Ann Sather is in the heart of Lakeview and closes at 2 PM every day. This is because this restaurant is all about the breakfast and lunch crowd.

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Manny’sWhile famous for their lunch fare, Manny’s deli also has an amazing assortment of breakfast options. This is classic cafeteria-style food from one of Chicago’s iconic blue-collar eateries.

Interurban CafeWhile this is more of a bakery than a break spot, we needed to discuss something very important to your diet – the Interurban Pop Tarts. They put Kellogg’s to shame. No chemicals here, just freshly baked pastries that will put a smile on your face.

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Nueva Leon – Maybe you fancy a traditional Mexican breakfast. Then this Pilsen restaurant is the place to go. Perhaps you would like some Chilaquiles (Scrambled Eggs with Fried Tortillas Bits, tomato, onion, and jalapeno pepper)? On the other hand, maybe you crave Machacado Con Huevo (Shredded steak scrambled with eggs and refried beans).

Either way, you cannot go wrong at Nueva Leon. They have been serving traditional Mexican breakfasts for the past 40 years and have it down to a science.

The Bongo RoomSimilar to Ann Sather. You have to appreciate the restaurants that are only open for breakfast and lunch. These places specialize in making your day start off just right. With some of the amazing combinations available at the Bongo Room, they truly deserve their outstanding reputation. From savory Tomatillo Salsa Scramble to the Sweet Meyer Lemon & Blackberry Hotcakes, The Bongo Room has your breakfast covered.

Lula CafeCelebrating their 15th anniversary, the owners of Lula Café still have all the right ingredients needed for a perfect breakfast. That is because Lula is a strong leader in the farm to table movement in Chicago. This Logan Square icon serve brunch with fresh farm eggs and porridge made from cornmeal ground at local mills.

Eleventh City DinerWhen a place serves breakfast all day long, then you know that the breakfasts must be yummy.Eleventh City Diner is an old-fashioned diner on the near south side that serves Name Your Omelet meals along with a litany of traditional Jewish delicacies. If you really want to kick it old school, check out the Lox Box.

YolkOne of the new “it” locations in Chicago. Sunday brunches at Yolk have lines that can last as long as an hour or two. As they say on the site, the restaurant is not just about the amazing foods, but the experience of eating at a Yolk restaurant. This award-winning venue started in 2006 and now has 5 locations all around Chicago, with a new location in Indianapolis.

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The Difference Between a Hotel and a Bed and Breakfast

king room 2012 bed1 The Difference Between a Hotel and a Bed and BreakfastThe travel industry is a big business sector. From corporate executives to families to senior citizens – people from every walk of life travel for business, pleasure or both.

One of the major components when planning a trip away from home is the question of where to stay.  Depending on the destination, the options for where to stay can vary from hotels to motels to a Bed and Breakfast (B&B). Choices can be as diverse as the travelers themselves.

Over the years B&Bs have grown in popularity.  The unique experience and the homely atmosphere draws in those who prefer accommodations that tend to be cozier and more personal.

The differences between a B&B and a hotel range from small subtleties to being almost complete opposites. Let’s take a closer look at what some of those differences are.

Hotels offer more room availability and can accommodate large groups.  Most hotels tend to be part of a chain so they can lack the personal touch.  Travelers usually do not have an opportunity to interact with the owner or get to know the staff very well, if at all.

The quality of the room and dining options will depend on the type of hotel it is.  The more luxurious the more they tend to offer as far as amenities are concerned.  Diverse meal options, room service, a concierge on duty, and valet parking are just a few of the amenities offered by upscale hotels.

A Bed and Breakfast gives the traveler a more hands on, personal experience.   Accommodations include a room in the owner’s home that usually comes with a private bathroom.  As the name suggests, breakfast is part of the package.  Meals are usually prepared in an open kitchen environment by the owner.Welcome Inn  0548 The Difference Between a Hotel and a Bed and Breakfast

Staying at a Bed and Breakfast allows guests to socialize with the people in the house in a more laid back fashion.  Usually there is a common room where guests can watch TV and mingle if they so choose.  Depending on the size of the home and the number of guests, staff usually consists of only the owners and perhaps one or two others.  This can vary depending upon the season too.

When surveyed, travelers have shared that one of the things that they enjoy very much about the B&B experience is the availability of amenities that are included in the price of their room.  It’s not just a delicious breakfast but also things like bottled water in their room, parking and wifi.  Things like this influence a traveler’s decision when it comes to choosing where they wish to stay while they are away from home.

Bed and Breakfasts Versus Hotels

Ultimately where a person chooses to stay will depend upon the preferences of that individual.  There really is not a good or bad choice but rather what the desired experience is.  Fortunately there are plenty of resources online that can give anyone who is planning a trip the information they need to make the best choice for themselves.

7 Reason Why We Are Your Chicago Bed And Breakfast Home

Parlor Room 7 Reason Why We Are Your Chicago Bed And Breakfast HomeAre you tired of staying at an impersonal hotel in Chicago? Do you have trouble finding the right Chicago bed and breakfast to suit your needs?

Then stop your search. We have a bed and breakfast that we want you to call home during your next stay.

Staying in Chicago should be like coming home. As lifelong residents of the Windy City, we believe it is our responsibility to make this possible for all the city’s guests. That is why we felt that Welcome Inn Manor should be a Chicago bed and breakfast with a homespun feeling.

Over the years, we have spent a lot of time making sure that we can provide all the comforts of home to fit your needs.

Why we are your Chicago Bed and Breakfast Home

First, Welcome Inn Manor is a Queen Anne historic home built in 1893. Instead of putting you up in a stuffy hotel, we give you a real Chicago bed and breakfast as home. The reason being is that it has been a home for over 120 years.

Welcome Inn  0427 7 Reason Why We Are Your Chicago Bed And Breakfast HomeSecond, every morning we offer a hot breakfast to all of our guests. We also serve fruits and fresh juice every morning as well. Our goal is to provide you with the relaxing start to your day that you would normally feel if you were home. However, with a bit more service and less rushing! Take your time enjoying your meal.

Third, do not stay crowded up in your room, as you would in a hotel. Instead, enjoy access to our common rooms with plush leather sofas, fireplaces, and good conversation. Many of our guests’ favorite memories are falling asleep in our comfortable couches after a long day of exploring Chicago.

If that is not enough, consider the fact that we have a Wii for your kids, as well as flat screens in every room. We also have free Wi-Fi in case you need it.

Fourth, how often do you see a hotel offering free shuttle service to anywhere in the city? That is what we do every morning at Welcome Inn shuttle3 7 Reason Why We Are Your Chicago Bed And Breakfast HomeManor. Let us know where you want to go. We can get you onto the Mag mile in 12 minutes.

Welcome Inn Manor is also the closest Chicago bed and breakfast to the McCormick Convention center and the University of Chicago, and are close to Navy Pier, US Cellular Field, Millennium Park, and many other iconic Chicago treasures. Let us know where you want to go today?

Fifth, you can have your choice of top rooms. Choose from our seven special rooms, each with their character and personality. From the intimate Rosenwald and Lady D Suites to our University Quarters family suite, we have a bed that works for you.

Sixth, which reminds us. We don’t like stuffy beds that most hotels use. That is why we only use Serta Fontana Pillowtop beds with 600 count linens for the bed.

Seventh, we take care of the little touches. In addition to the pillows, we provide you with embroidered towels, as well as our Welcome Inn Manor signature soap, shaving cream, and shampoo.

Then we provide every room with our vintage Welcome Inn Manor bottle of wine.

What our guest say

However, don’t take our word for it. Here are what some of our recent guests have said.

“My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Welcome Inn Manor. The experience was outstanding. The Inn has a very warm ambiance, the decor is fabulous and the Inn keepers were attentive to our every need and request. The food was FABULOUS, and the hospitality and conversations we had with the Innkeepers was off the chain! We highly recommend the Welcome Inn Manor as an alternative to hotel accommodations in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. We have wonderful memories and made lasting friendships and will be returning as often as possible.”

Vanessa Williams-Lewis

We spent a few days last week at the Welcome Inn Manor bed and Breakfast. We chose the location because it had spacious common area and in proximity of the things we wanted to do which included the Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium, Museum of science and Industry and more, including getting a good Chicago Pizza. We were pleased with the price and also the fact that we traveled by car and did not have to pay extra for free street parking. This was a big savings in itself.

Bill Koehne

Welcome Inn Manor, Welcome Home

If you would expect it at your house, expect it here at ours. That is how we have run Welcome Inn manor, since we opened in 2009.

It is no less than you should expect of any Chicago bed and breakfast. Let us welcome you into our home today. Call us at 312-493-2953