- As with all things in life you get what you pay for
- Whether that is what you are looking for is another matter
- Accommodation in Britain obviously covers from the cheap and cheerful
to the extravagantly luxurious
- Here we will cover hotels,
bed & breakfast and other places to stay
- Britain does have big hotel chains, but they are not the norm that
they are in the USA. Most UK hotels are privately owned. The group hotels
tend to be more expensive and less personal.
- Your best bet is to get hold of a good (and reputable) guide book.
There are a lot of books portaining to be guide books, but that are
merely compendiums of paid adverts for hotels
- The AA Hotel book and the Michelin Guide to Britain are the ones which
cover the most hotels and also have independant inspections. Their weakness
is that the write ups on each hotel are minimal
- Or you could try the Tourist Boards "Commended Hotels" book which
does at least have photographs, but is not as comprehensive
- Britain does not have a unified, national hotel grading system. You
will see hotels boastings both stars (from AA or RAC or Tourist Board).
They are not always comparable
- The best one to follow is the AA stars. They awards 1 to 5 stars based
solely on the hotels facilities - note they are nothing to do with quality.
Quality marks are awarded separately. So confusingly a 2 star hotel
may have a higher quality mark than a 3 star (and indeed cost more)
- To get a range of hotels try Country House Hotels for
an easy to find selection of hotels
- If you are coming to Cornwall, then stay with us at Corisande Manor, Cornwall
- 0r a wide selection at Hotels
- Most British people would book directly with the hotel and not use
a travel agent
- however most hotels are happy to accept reservations from travel agents
- A sore point with hotels. In Britain once you have made a reservation
then you are liable for the cost even if you cancel, unless the hotel
can re-let the room.
- This is not the practice in North America - hence a culture gap between
many overseas visitors and the hotels they are going to stay at, as
guests believe their reseervation with the hotelis only one sided and
that they can cancel with equinimity
- If in doubt ask what the hotels cancellation policy is when you make
a reservation. After all you waould not like to turn up and find there
was no room at the inn
- Most hotels will expect you to vacatre your room on the day of your
departure by about 11 a.m.
- Similarly on arrival , it is unlikely that your room would be ready
before around 1 p.m. unless you have enquired in advance
- To avid misunderstanding you should let a hotel know if you are going
to arrive afer 6 p.m.
- In Britain this invariably refers to rooms available in private houses.
- You will find a forest of signs advertising Bed & breakfast establishments
on the outskirts of tourist towns and in the countryside in touring
areas like the West Country or the Cotswolds
- Standards vary from the sublime (which will cost you more than a good
hotel) to the ridiculous (rather you than me!)
- Prices in country areas start around £15 per person per night for
room and breakfast, and will vary with season.. B & Bs in towns
will cost more.
- If you are going to use B&Bs then for goodness sake buy a good
guide book. You will have far fewer problems with a guide book than
if you take pot luck.
- Buy a guide book at any branch of W H Smith, a national chain of newsagents
that you will find on virtually every high street.
- Ther are Youth Hostels all over Britain. They are well situated (usuall)
in towns. There are also large numbers in the countryside
- Join the International Youth Hostel Federation to get the benefits
- get their guide book of Youth Hostels in Britain and away you go