B&B origins

The term B&B, abbreviation of bed and breakfast, is born in the United Kingdom and in Ireland in 1800’s when some families made available the bedrooms kept vacant by their children for the passer-by, in order to earn some money. Obviously these families couldn’t give anything else other than a tiny room and a poor breakfast, but it was anyway more comfortable than sleep outside on the ground. This practice consolidates over time and spread, at first in Europe and then also in the United States and Canada together with the foundation of the colonies. Because of that, bed and breakfast were frequented mostly by pioneers, miners in search of gold and other precious metal or cowboys.

Later in the Twenties, after that hotels, inns and lodges became more expensive, people started to consider B&B the more affordable solutions and this made it grow in popularity. Nevertheless, we have to wait until the Nineties to have a specific legislation relating to bed and breakfast.

Now B&B represents the alternative to the impersonal settings of famous hotels, offering a charming atmosphere in peaceful places and a closest contact between customers and owner contributing to make the experience warmer and human. All over the world B&B are increasing in numbers. For example in India the government ranked the bed and breakfast of the biggest cities, like Delhi or Mumbai, on the basis of 2 standards, gold and silver, to respond to demands of more and more tourists.  In China bed and breakfast are managed above all by expatriate who renovated traditional houses in the countryside.