Bed and breakfast York accommodation refers to any form of accommodation in York that offers sleeping facilities as well as breakfast in the morning. This could be a hotel, guest house or other. Bed and breakfast accommodation, which is available all over Yorkshire and not just in York, is not to be confused with B&B Guest Houses which are a specific type of accommodation that deal exclusively with bed and breakfast bookings. This information page concerns bed and breakfast accommodation of all types, although should you require information about guest houses specifically, this is available via the B&B Guest Houses tab to the right of your screen.
B&B Guest Houses are generally much smaller than hotels, and are known for their friendly and inviting atmospheres. They are often family-ran, with the staff able to offer sound and considered advice about the local area and amenities. There are many guest houses in Scarborough and bed and breakfast Scarborough accommodation is generally of the highest order. Bed and breakfast accommodation is available across Yorkshire, in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire and on the Yorkshire coast.
To search for bed and breakfast Whitby accommodation, or elsewhere in Yorkshire, you can use the navigation menu at the top of the screen. Alternatively the pictures on the left of this text are linked and by clicking upon them you will be taken to the listings for specified sub-regions of Yorkshire, from where you can further refine your search if need be. It may be useful to note that bed and breakfast accommodation and B&B Guest Houses (the two terms are often confused), are occasionally abbreviated to B and B, B & B, BB and sometimes BnB.
Whitby and Scarborough are obviously popular seaside destinations where bed and breakfast accommodation is rife; however there are also a fair number of bed and breakfast Harrogate properties, with its famous spa waters drawing in many tourists. The city of Leeds with all of its attractions and facilities, is also home to a large number of B&B's, and bed and breakfast Leeds accommodation is once again of a high standard.
Sheffield, a city famous for its steel production, also boasts a selection of bed and breakfast Sheffield accommodation, and in general bed and breakfast Yorkshire accommodation is plentiful and of a good standard.
Bed and breakfast accommodation includes B&B Guest Houses, inns and farmhouses. Guest houses are generally significantly smaller than hotels, and are often a part of the owner's home or farm. Owners are usually quite knowledgeable about the local area, and will offer you help and advice should you require it. Generally the experience for most guests in B&B Guest Houses is more personal than in hotels, where the service is more standardised and impersonal. Guest houses are also normally cheaper than their hotel counterparts, with the addition of a guaranteed breakfast. Whitby bed and breakfast accommodation, lying on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is recommended and includes a broad selection of B&B Guest Houses.
A nice breakfast can give you the perfect start for your day of tourist activities, and this is perhaps the main perk associated with bed and breakfast accommodation - the breakfast itself! Those staying for prolonged periods of time (sometimes as little as 3 nights!) are often offered significant discounts, whilst discounts can also be offered to people travelling alone. Some Scarborough bed and breakfast properties will offer such discounts.
If you are to be travelling on your own, then you may wish to check if there will be a supplement for single occupancy - many guest houses offer very little in the way of single rooms and so you could be staying in a twin or double room. The accommodation owners should also be aware of your arrival time, and informed if this time is subject to change. Departure times are usually immediately after breakfast, whilst cancellations are more than likely to result in the loss of your deposit.
Some bed and breakfast establishments will offer evening meals in addition to breakfast. These may or may not be accompanied by an extra charge however, and so it is worthwhile to check. If there are no evening meal facilities, you might want to check upon the proximity to, and quality of local restaurants.
There are now a number of restaurants that double up as accommodation for guests. The restaurant is the principle business, but there are a limited number of rooms. This is ideal for those who like to enjoy a few too many post-meal drinks, as they only have to make their way upstairs to find their room!
There are a number of great restaurants in Yorkshire, some of which have rooms in which you can stay, and the likelihood is that you will be able to enjoy a fairly spectacular breakfast in the morning too! Harrogate bed and breakfast is extremely popular, and there may be some fairly successful York restaurants that also have beds available.
There are some well established gay scene communities in Yorkshire, particularly beautiful Hebden Bridge and Todmorden in West Yorkshire. Scarborough, meanwhile, is home to the exquisite deco Stephen Joseph Theatre, and some gay friendly guest houses have links with the theatre, offering special theatre packages.
Hebden Bridge is not just a gay Mecca and self proclaimed lesbian hub of the North, but a radical centre for environmental issues and protest. There is also specialist shopping too! The area is also flush with bed and breakfast accommodation, with many B&B's operating from listed buildings with real historic character.
Both Scarborough and Whitby have expanding gay communities, whilst Leeds already has a well established gay scene. You will also discover lots of gay friendly clubs and bars in other Yorkshire cities like Bradford, Sheffield, Hull and York. Where the demand is there for gay friendly clubs and bars, you will also find a large number of gay-friendly bed and breakfasts. A large proportion of Leeds bed and breakfast is gay-friendly.
The price of York bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as that across Yorkshire, will vary according to the season. Peak season can be vaguely defined as the summer and the cost of accommodation will be greater in this peak season. Popular times like Easter, Christmas and school and bank holidays are also subject to price hikes. Owners of Scarborough bed and breakfast businesses might only accept bookings of at least 2 nights during peak season, and may require a deposit, although longer bookings can sometimes be rewarded with discounts.
Evening meals are sometimes available in bed and breakfast accommodation, although these may cost extra. A choice of breakfast options is normally available though, with many B&B's now offering vegetarian and vegan alternatives. This is always worth checking prior to booking though, should you require a vegetarian menu, because not all Richmond bed and breakfast accommodation will have vegetarian options.
There is a Star Rating scheme (replacing the old Diamond scheme) for B&B's and Guest houses that ranges from one to five stars, with five stars representing the best standard of service and facilities. Star ratings are awarded for standards of cleanliness, service and hospitality as well as the quality of bedroom and bathroom facilities, and standard of the food and dining room service. All public rooms - lounges, bar areas and games rooms for instance, are judged for their safety, security, general cleanliness, appearance and standard of upkeep. Percentage scores are then awarded based on consideration of these aspects, and translated into a Star rating from 1-5.
1* - Minimum quality requirements for cleanliness, maintenance, services, facilities and hospitality.
2* - Courteous service is given, beds are well maintained and breakfast prepared with a good level of care.
3* - A friendly welcome awaits; beds and furniture are of good quality. Choice of freshly cooked breakfast options.
4* - More personalised service. At least 50% of bedrooms are en-suite or have private bathrooms. Very high quality beds and furniture. High quality breakfast, cooked with fresh ingredients, with great care.
5* - Every guest's needs attended to. All bedrooms are en-suite or have a private bathroom. Excellent quality beds and furniture. Many high quality breakfast options with specials made from fresh local produce.
For bed and breakfast Blackpool, in the North West, is one of, if not the most famous location in the UK and there is a huge selection of bed and breakfast accommodation in Blackpool and across the North West to choose from. This is one alternative to staying in Yorkshire, although another would be to check out bed and breakfast Lake District accommodation, with this beautiful rural area flush with bed and breakfasts, particularly around Keswick and Windermere.
The typical cost of a one night's stay in a bed and breakfast in York can range from below £25 to over £45, depending on what class of accommodation you choose, in what location, and with what facilities. Breakfast often includes full English and Continental styles, with options sometimes available for vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs.
If you book early then you could end up saving yourself some money. Bed and breakfast is not always included in the price quoted, but is available at an additional cost of between £5 and £10. Prices will also be cheaper outside of peak season, and so if you are not governed by school holidays or the weather, then you might consider travelling off-peak. It is also worth checking for last minute deals. If you were lucky enough to book at the right time you could potentially pick up a room for a bargain price.