In one word, it's Stereotype. Stereotype is a good descriptor for chain motels. The chains have done a good job of branding. You can be pretty sure of the level of service and the kind of amenities you'll have when you choose a certain motel brand.
On the other hand, if you haven't tried a B&B it may be because of a stereotype. Don't automatically assume that you're just staying in a spare room in someone's house. If you think the bed and breakfast experience involves sharing a bathroom down the hall with complete strangers or having a curfew or staying in a room cluttered with too much bric-a-brac, then you're a victim of stereotype, because there are an estimated 17,000 B&B's in the United States, and no two are alike.
Guest common areas include a parlor with gas fireplace, and a library with an eclectic assortment of books, videos, and games.
The guest rooms in the McDowell-Nearing House are named for nearby Muncie neighborhoods. All rooms are on the second floor and are not handicap accessible.
We have a NEMA 14-50 plug for electric vehicles accessible from the guest parking lot and can arrange for access to a J1772 plug also.
A recent industry survey shows that the greatest majority of B&B's offer amenities similar to ours. You won't encounter hidden charges such as resort fees, parking costs, or mini-bars.
Bed and Breakfasts are small businesses. A typical B&B has between 3 and 11 rooms. We collect taxes, have licenses and abide by local and state ordinances. Just like McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast, many B&B's are inspected by both local government and a local or state bed and breakfast association to assure safety and cleanliness.
Four out of 5 owners live on the premises and are participants in the life of the town you're visiting. We put a premium on customer satisfaction. We take pride in our property, whether it's an historic home that has been preserved by its conversion into a B&B or a newly constructed place that is planned around your comfort and privacy.
We appreciate our guests and strive to be knowledgeable about our locality - local events, getting around town, where to dine. If your visit is for romance, we can add-on packages like flowers or chocolates. It's concierge plus service. Most of our guests agree that a bed and breakfast is "A Better Way to Stay."