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A guest house is a type of small, independent hotel. This kind of holiday accommodation tends to be set in converted residential homes rather than purpose-built properties. Guest houses are almost always independently owned rather than being part of a chain, and you’ll find they’re often family-run. They also tend to have far fewer rooms than traditional hotels.
Many guest houses are full of character. They frequently have a more informal, intimate vibe than hotels, and you’re often dealing directly with the owners rather than paid staff. While there are some more luxurious options out there, guest houses mostly fall towards the cheaper end of the spectrum, and they can be good places to stay if you’re on a budget.
You’ll find guest houses all over the world, in a huge variety of countries and settings. You’ll find them right here in Australia, but they’re also especially popular in some European countries, and in parts of North America. Some guest houses might be in city-centre locations, while many will be in more suburban and rural areas.
Guest houses are usually a reasonably cheap form of accommodation. Many will include breakfast in the room rate, making them an especially good value. There are some more upmarket options, too – these places will usually offer luxurious accommodation, often in plush or historic properties with high-end amenities or attractive settings..
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The amenities on offer in guest houses vary considerably. At the very least, you’ll get a bedroom to sleep in, and bathrooms will be en suite, private or shared, depending on the region and the price point. Many guest houses also offer communal areas like lounges or gardens. They’ll often provide helpful extras like parking and Wi-Fi, and you might find that cooked or continental breakfast is available.
Guest houses and B&Bs are very similar, in that both are usually smaller, independent establishments offering warm or straightforward accommodation for travellers. In terms of guest houses vs bed-and-breakfasts, the main difference is that a B&B will always include breakfast in the room rate. Guest houses often do, too, but sometimes breakfast is unavailable, or offered for a surcharge. If in doubt, it’s always worth checking.
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