We focus exclusively on small lodging establishments that are managed directly by their owners. By narrowly focusing on this niche of travel accommodation, we are able to cater to those travellers who seek a more unique, personal lodging experience.
We’re not just another booking site. We’re a community of like-minded travellers who appreciate the unique experience that Bed & Breakfasts and other similar lodgings offer.
On 1BB, you can learn about other cities through the experiences of your fellow travellers. The content on our site is almost completely generated by people like you. Take their word for it - not ours! Wouldn’t you rather learn about a new spot from travellers like you?
Check out this cool infographic for a summary of why 1BB is so great!
When you use 1BB, there’s no need to sort or filter to find the type of accommodation you’re looking for. EVERY property we list offers a unique, charming, and small-scale experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or want to benefit from local insight in a new town, you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of our properties. And did we mention that we have the best rewards program on the market? See the ‘1BB Points’ FAQs below for more info.
The term ‘bed and breakfast’ includes a wide variety of accommodation styles, from traditional bed and breakfasts to country inns, guest houses, lodges, cabins, apartments, small hotels, self-catered cottages, eco-lodges, farmstays, and guest ranches. You name it – we’ve got it!
We strive to ensure that all B&Bs listed on our site have described themselves truthfully and accurately. We have a review process in place and carefully monitor guest feedback on all establishments listed on 1BB. Be sure to check out the reviews left by 1BB Club members – this should give you a good idea of what to expect.
Hosts are very busy running their B&Bs and sometimes fall behind in keeping their listings up-to-date. We recommend contacting your host via phone or email well before your trip. Let them know roughly when you’ll arrive, any special requests, and confirm details such as bed size.
Simply click the ‘enquire now’ button located to the right of the listing.
This will send your request to the host, who will then get in contact with you to confirm the booking. Just remember that your booking is NOT confirmed until you’ve heard back from the host.
Alternatively, many of the listings on the site will have an Instant Booking button either directly with them or with booking.com
We ask our hosts to respond to their guests within 24 hours. Sometimes it takes a bit longer, especially during busy seasons, like Christmas and summer holidays. If you haven’t heard back within a few days, you may wish to reach out again or contact some other properties in the area to keep your options open.
And please do let us know about any delays in communication. We expect our hosts to maintain high levels of professionalism. Hosts who do not respond to enquiries in a timely manner will have their listing removed from 1BB.
All of our properties are fabulous, but our Club Leaders go the extra mile to ensure an amazing experience for their guests. While any innkeeper can apply for this elite designation, only properties that have achieved a TripAdvisor rating of 3 and a half, or a booking.com rating of 75, and fit the 1BB criteria will be accepted. They must maintain their rating in order to remain in the group.
We value communication and friendliness because we believe this helps cultivate unique experiences. We encourage the entire 1BB community – guests and hosts alike – to embrace these characteristics in all interactions.
When you engage with your host early on, you help them learn a little bit more about you. Allergic to gluten? Let them know to hold the toast and double up on eggs. Want a room with a queen sized bed for your wedding anniversary? Make sure you let them know! Our hosts always try to accommodate reasonable requests, but they aren’t mind readers – tell them what you need ahead of time to make your stay perfect.
Being friendly with your host will encourage them to share their favourite rooftop terrace for watching the sunset in Istanbul, the best gelateria in Rome, or the perfect place to taste wines in Napa.
Throughout the 1BB website, you’ll see many opportunities to share your experiences with our community. All of the content on 1BB comes from our community – from people like you! We think this is the best place to share your views because you’ll be sharing them with a group of people who value the same things as you – charming properties, unique experiences, and a trip that is far from ordinary. Rather than leaving your comments on other travel sites, leave them here, where they will be cherished and appreciated.
Here’s another reason: you’ll earn 1BB points every time you contribute to our community! See the 1BB Points FAQ below for more information.
Traditionally, the term Bed and Breakfast (B&B) referred to accommodation in a private home where the owner currently resides. Overnight lodging, common areas, and breakfast were provided, offering a warmer, more personal experience. In the past 30 years, the term has expanded to include several different types of accommodation, including small hotels, lodges, and self-catering cottages or flats.
All of the properties listed on 1BB are independently owned and operated. The owners are deeply invested in their properties and take pride in the work they have put into the property and individually decorated bedrooms. And, as the name implies, breakfast is generally included!
There are so many reasons why you should consider staying at a B&B for your next getaway! Staying at a B&B is much different than staying at a hotel. At a B&B, you’ll enjoy uniquely decorated rooms, carefully tended common areas and gardens, an opportunity to experience the local culture and, of course, a scrumptious breakfast! We think this beautiful illustration does a good job of capturing what makes B&Bs so amazing and unique.
It’s hard to explain the B&B experience until you’ve stayed in one yourself! So, go ahead, give it a try.
Yes! Small, family-run establishments exist throughout the world and are a great alternative for those who want something different than the standard hotel fare. Naturally, each language has its own word to describe this type of accommodation. Here are some you might be familiar with:
Wherever you plan to travel in the world, you’ll be able to find unique accommodation options listed on 1BB. So, before booking into a standard chain hotel at your next exotic destination, check our website for some charming alternatives.
There isn’t a set standard when it comes to B&B amenities. The properties on 1BB should all have comfortable beds, quality linens, and uniquely decorated rooms. Some properties will offer special extras, such as coffee/tea service in the room, whirlpool tubs and luxurious robes, bicycles or kayaks to explore the surrounding area, use of the family swimming pool, or a social hour each afternoon with wine and light snacks.
If there is something in particular you would like – such as a hair dryer or a double bed – it’s always smart to request this ahead of time. Standards vary around the world. For example, while double beds are the norm in the United States, you’re much more likely to encounter two single beds in double rooms throughout Latin America and Spain. These cultural details are what give each region its unique flavour – cherish the differences and enjoy your unique experience!
There are so many places for you to list your property online these days, but we think 1BB is the best place to list your bed and breakfast or another small lodging establishment. When you list your property on our site, you will know that your listing is being seen by the right audience. Our travel community values the bed and breakfast experience and are more likely to be the right kind of guests for your property.
1BB is one of the simplest and most attractive boutique lodging sites out there. By listing with us, you’ll get increased exposure to the right audience and maximise returns on your property.
While most booking sites offer site users a wide variety of lodging option, we’ve chosen to exclusively focus on small lodging establishments that are managed directly by their owners. We believe this approach provides a better experience to our community of travellers, who won’t need to sort and filter through endless options to find the unique experience they desire.
More than just a travel booking site, 1BB is a community site, where guests share their experiences with each other. The content on the site – which provides our travellers with unique insights into destinations – is created by this community of likeminded people. The idea is that these tips and descriptions will be more useful and relevant, thus continuing to draw people into the site to search for the perfect bed and breakfast for their next getaway.
We also welcome all of our innkeepers and hosts to contribute to the site! Your local insights are incredibly valuable and add to the depth and diversity of 1BB.
Check out this cool infographic for a summary of why 1BB is so great!
We pride ourselves on offering a variety of accommodation styles to suite the unique travel styles and budgets of the 1BB community. The properties listed on our site range from traditional B&Bs to country inns, guest houses, lodges, cabins, apartments, small hotels, self-catered cottages, eco-lodges, farmstays, guest ranches, and more.
All 1BB properties have a few things in common. They are all independently owned and operated establishments with less than 30 rooms. We do not advertise large hotels, motels, or 'couch surfing' facilities.
If you think your property belongs on 1BB, then we invite you to list your property and join our exclusive community. In an effort to maintain consistency and a high level of quality in the properties listed on our site, all listings are subject to final approval by 1BB.
When a guest wishes to enquire about your listing they simply click the ‘enquire now’ button to submit a booking enquiry, which will be sent to your email address.
You can also include your phone number or a link to a booking.com listing at no cost, or a link to a website or other instant reservation page for a small fee.
For a standard listing, absolutely nothing!
However you can include extra contact details in your listing (such as your website or freephone number) for a small fee. See here for current pricing
If you’re not already a 1BB member, you’ll need to first create an account on our site. Then, go to the Listings area within your Dashboard and use the green ‘Create a Listing’ button to start the process.
All listings are subject to approval by the 1BB team. After you submit a new listing, you should see it appear on the site within 24 hours. If we require additional information or cannot publish your listing, we’ll get in touch with you.
Yes, you can list all of your properties using one account, allowing you to easily manage your properties from one spot.
While creating the description for your property, try to think about what your guests want to know. Is your property perfect for a romantic getaway? A great place for a family to experience life on a working farm? The ideal urban pad for a big city adventure? Let your guests know what makes your bed and breakfast special. Be sure to describe the rooms, property, extras that are included, and your proximity to local attractions.
The photographs you choose to include are probably the most important aspect to your listing. Most guests will look through your photos first and then move onto the property details you have listed. We highly recommend having a professional photographer capture the essence of your property in clear, vivid photos. Be sure to show several guest rooms, common areas, the garden and any other features of the property that are interesting or unique. You should only use photographs that accurately portray your property to avoid disappointment and complaints from your guests.
It’s easy to make changes to your listing at any time. Just log in to make changes and add additional details that you may have skipped over when joining. If your rates change or you have a new amenity to offer, we encourage you to update your listing promptly. And if you have any problems, we're here with free email support.
You will continue to accept payments from your guests in whatever way you normally do. We do not come between you and the payment.
1BB Club Leaders are the cream of the crop. Properties that are designated as 1BB Club Leaders meet a certain set of criteria, making them prize properties among the group. We think these are the best properties out there, so we give Club Leaders priority placement in search results and feature them on Area & Region pages. If you’re interested in becoming a 1BB Club Leader, you can learn more here.
When you sign up and create your listing, you will be presented with the option to become a Club Leader in the final step of registration. If you already have a property listed on 1BB and wish to upgrade to become a 1BB CLub Leader, please visit the Listings area of your Dashboard and click on the green 'Upgrade' button next to the listing you wish to upgrade.
To be eligible, your accommodation must offer at least two double rooms with private bathrooms and you must serve breakfast. You must also maintain an average guest rating of at least 3.5 on TripAdvisor or 75 on booking.com and have an average response time of under 24 hours.
Amazing Club Leader properties are what make 1BB such a great place to book travel, so we make sure they are rewarded in many ways to encourage membership. The benefits of being a 1BB Club Leader include:
There is no cost to become a 1BB Club leader!
If you no longer wish to be a Club Leader, you can opt-out through your dashboard. If you change your mind, you are welcome to re-join at any time – simply opt-in and you’ll once again be a 1BB Club Leader (if you meet the requirements). Any bookings that are made while you are a Club Leader must be honoured at the stated price, regardless of whether you are currently a Club Leader.
In general, our community members are seeking a unique experience – one that can’t be found in at a standard chain hotel. They might be choosing a bed and breakfast because they know it offers better value for money. Or they may prefer staying in smaller lodging establishments so they can benefit from more personal experience.
Many of your guests will have stayed at a bed and breakfast before and will be aware of common rules and expectations. But for some, a stay at your establishment may be their first encounter at a B&B! To ensure the best experience possible, we encourage communication between hosts and guests. We ask our guests to let hosts know if they have certain needs or requests ahead of time. Likewise, if you have certain expectations of your guests (e.g. quiet hours, no shoes in the house), it’s best to let them know upon arrival.
We embrace friendliness and communication because we believe this will enhance the experience for guests and hosts alike. As such, we encourage our entire 1BB community to embrace these characteristics in all interactions – from initial inquiry on our site until your guest departs on their final morning.
We encourage our guests to reach out to their hosts if they have any special requests so that the host can be prepared to accommodate them. Of course, you’re not expected to meet every demand or request, but it’s easier to manage requests ahead of time and avoid an unhappy guest standing on your doorstep.
We also encourage our guests to be friendly before and after their stay. They may want to ask you about the best place to eat or the ideal location for an after dinner walk. And, ideally, they’ll reciprocate your actions by leaving a review of your property after their stay.
Our innkeepers are able to provide some of the most valuable local knowledge. If you’ve got a great photo of a nearby park or tip about a local eatery, you can easily upload it to 1BB. Photos and tips can make your city more appealing to travellers, which may increase tourism in your region and possibly even increase stays at your B&B.
But wait, it gets better! Here’s another incentive for adding content for the 1BB community to enjoy – you’ll earn 1BB points every time you contribute! You can use these points for great rewards. With all of your local knowledge, it’ll be easy for you to add valuable information and insights, while doing something nice for yourself.
Simply login to your dashboard and go to the ‘Listings’ area of the Dashboard. Then click the ‘Manage Listing’ button below the property you wish to edit.
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