LOCATION: B&B's are typically rooms for rent in homes located in residential areas. Make sure the location is centrally located to the places you want to visit, or convenient to public transportation systems.
BATHROOM: Some B&B's offer private baths while others offer shared baths. A shared bath means you are sharing the bathroom with other guests. A private bath means a bathroom in the house that is for your use only, or an en suite bathroom. If an en suite is important to you, be sure to inquire about the location of the bathroom.
STAIRS: Typically, there are no elevators in B&B's. When booking a room, find out what floor the room is situated on--this may matter to you since you will be responsible for lugging your luggage up and down them! Also, remember the first floor in Europe is actually the 2nd floor in the U.S.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast may or may not be included. And, if it is included, it may not be free. Be clear on what is in included in your room rate at the time of booking.
SERVICES: Daily room cleaning and fresh towels most likely will not be provided. If it is important to you to have your bed made and bathroom cleaned daily, a B&B might not be for you. It is also a good idea to find out what amenities will be provided in the bathroom. You would hate to arrive needing a shower and find there is no soap available.
PAYMENT: Many B&B's require cash payment upon arrival.