Boom in Swiss Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Bookings for bed and Breakfast accommodation in Switzerland has increased by 9.5 percent in 2011, compared to the figure for 2010, indicating that visitors to the country are finding the option a favourable form of accommodation, while available hotel rooms have actually seen a decrease in recent times.

Bed and Breakfast Switzerland, a Swiss association of bed and breakfast accommodation owners and a part of Switzerland Tourism, the official tourism promoter in Switzerland, has recently launched its new guide, Bed and Breakfast Switzerland 2012.

The new guide features accommodation in a range of formats, from private homes, mountain chalets, manor houses, and privately owned lodges, many of which are located in extraordinary places, and all claiming to offer an authentic Swiss travel experience. The guide is inclusive of all-important information about the room facilities, as well as maps, photos and descriptions in four languages.

The newest edition of the guidebook includes 1,024 user-evaluated destinations, with 189 new entries added in 2012. The texts are available in German, French, Italian and English, and the guide is priced at CHF28 in Switzerland and Germany.

Around 46.8 percent of the total visitors to Switzerland stayed in bed and breakfast accommodation in 2011, with the maximum number of visitors coming from Germany (20 percent) France (6.2 percent), and from the UK (3 percent). The average duration of stay at the accommodation is 2.4 days, while the highest number of rooms is available in the country’s canton of Valais region, which has around 836 beds on offer.

You say what you pay at 5 Star B&B

A five star bed and breakfast in Brockenhurst is offering its guests an unusual way of settling their bill. Echoing the vastly popular Channel 4 programme ‘Four in a Bed’, the Hampshire guesthouse allows their lodgers to only pay what they feel is a fair figure for their room. The decided sum is a reflection on the standard of the rooms, quality customer experience and the overall stay at this establishment.

So if your pillow is a little on the lumpy side, or the shower is still luke-warm after fiddling with the knobs for a few minutes, feel free to knock off a couple of quid. The hotel named the ‘Cottage Lodge’ is presenting this profit pending deal every night of the month, with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights.

The bed and breakfast’s safety net however, seems to be the fixed rate of £9 for breakfast, which stands whether the offer is on or not. The confident and plucky owner Christina Simons was quoted: ‘We are placing our trust in the consumer to give us the ultimate feedback. If you are a fan of the TV programme ‘Four in a Bed’ then this is the perfect opportunity to have a go at staying overnight and pay what you think the room is worth’.

The Cottage Lodge is certain they can deliver all guests a flawless and faultless stay which is arguably an attractive offer for those who felt a night in Premier Inn didn’t quite stack up. So, for a sparkling bathroom, pristine bedding, modern décor and top notch service, why not visit this quirky bed and breakfast where you can pick the price.

Article by Emma Boyle