Frequently asked questions about Johannesburg bed and breakfast facilities can help you to pinpoint the best B&B when you are in the big city. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers:
What is a B&B?
A B&B is an accommodation facility with anywhere between 2 and 10 rooms only. The home owner runs the B&B and the rate given always includes breakfast. The main perks when booking into a bed and breakfast are the privacy, quiet service, comfort, and opportunity to bond one-on-one with the owner. You also get to pay lower rates than hotels.
How do I find one in Johannesburg?
It’s easy to connect with a B&B owner through the Internet. You could also ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you are travelling to Johannesburg on business, contact the person or office you are visiting for their recommendations; that way you won’t be too far away from the area you’ll be conducting your affairs in.
What should I look for in a good B&B?
Whereas different industries rely on appropriate forms of advertising, history is important because a B&B usually survives on referrals and recommendations. Property for sale in Pietermaritzburg, for example, isn’t reliant on a reputation: estate agents and media outlets market the property via their own channels. Word of mouth is nonetheless a powerful marketing tool and one on which B&Bs rely. You should also inquire about security systems, proximity to the venue or area you are planning to visit, and rates. There are some bed and breakfast facilities that are run by the owners, and then there are those that have a small professional group operating the daily needs of the B&B.
It’s also important to bond with the owner because you can get valuable tips on Johannesburg’s secrets, especially on the treats and savings you would otherwise not have any idea about.
What are the loopholes and added benefits I should know about?
First of all, you should be wary about hidden costs. Ask the owner upfront what needs to be paid for aside from the basic room/breakfast rate. Most B&B facilities will give extra food, snacks, taxes, beddings, and service without charging you more, but then there are the few others that may stick you with a bill when you check-out.
Secondly, if you enjoy your stay at the B&B of your choice, you might want to ask about discount vouchers or gift certificates from the owner. Many B&B owners would be more willing to give you a little extra on your next stay but that would depend on his discretion and how much he enjoyed having you around.
Thirdly, inquire about any fees for booking cancellation before you make your reservation and pay the advance deposit. There are B&B places that have to charge a fee for every cancellation. An operation this small cannot absorb the cost of losing guests because reservations were not honoured.
Fourth, every owner of a bed and breakfast will have his or her particular peculiar rules. One may not allow pets or smoking inside the house. You may also meet another who does not serve certain breakfast items like bacon or sausages because the owner does not eat pork. You should try to find out what these house rules are so you can determine if you can follow them or not. On the other hand, you may have specific needs concerning your diet. It would be best if you straighten out the details in writing before putting down a deposit.
Most B&B homes are really just that – homes where you are a paying guest but treated like part of the family. It’s usually a great set-up and a wonderful way to get to know Johannesburg and the locals on a more intimate level.