Bed and Breakfast Inns

Bed and Breakfast Inns

Overview

The 3,000 bed and breakfast inns (BNBs) in the US with employees provide short term lodging, often in private homes or small buildings. As the industry’s name suggests, breakfast is included in the room rate. A large number of BNBs have no employees and about 95% are run by owners as a second career. The number of rooms a typical BNB has ranges from four to ten, with an average of eight guest rooms.

Sensitivity to Economic Conditions

Economic downturns and the corresponding decline in travel affect all types of lodging establishments, including BNBs.

Seasonality of Demand

Many BNBs are located in vacation destinations which experience peaks and valleys in tourist traffic.