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 Deciding on where to stay

 

The decision of the type of accommodation you choose to stay in may come down to several deciding points.

Hartside.com manages the Bike-Stay Accommodation Directory, which lists Motorbike Friendly Places to stay around the world. ( www.bike-stay.net  ). Please do let us know if you are seeking Bike Friendly Accommodation in unlisted regions, new accommodation is added weekly and we endeavour to meet demand.

This section is intended as a guide to accommodation and lodgings around the world. Definitions of the type of accommodation can vary around the world.

Group Accommodation, there are a large number of different kinds of group accommodation available. Backpacker hostels often accommodate motorcyclists, Bunk Houses are more commonly found in rural areas of the UK. Self Catering cottages or houses are a great option for larger groups. Some hotels and B&B's can accommodate large groups if booked in advance.


Self Catering
If you are looking for a touring base, then a self catering cottage, cabin, apartment or lodge may be your first choice if you are not travelling alone.

Most Self Catering Apartments and Cottages will only let on a weekly basis, or a minimum stay of 3 nights. Although some will let for less than 3 nights during non-peak time, please check with advertisers prior to booking. In France, these are commonly referred to as Gites, in other parts of Europe are simply referred to as apartments.

Check in advance if towels and bed linen are provided. There may be a surcharge for bed linen on a per week basis. If there are laundry facilities within the accommodation you may be able to freshen these up yourself, however do check in advance if your stay is longer than a weekend.

Apartments - Apartments are usually self contained individual apartments within a main dwelling, or a purpose built apartment block. Many apartments offer secure parking facilities in an underground car park.

Aparthotels -Aparthotels offer a hotel atmosphere with apartment accommodation. Usually one or more rooms with your own cooking facilities. Aparthotels are usually found in large cities.

Cabins - Cabins are usually set in a wilderness or countryside setting. They are usually made from wood, other types of similar wilderness or countryside lodging are usually referred to as Chalets. They may or may not provide kitchen/cooking facilities.

Gites - Gites are found all over France, they are self catering cottages, houses or similar.

Bed and Breakfast in Self Catering Accommodation - Many self catering providers are now offering a Bed & Breakfast option. They will stock the fridge with essentials for breakfast, typically bacon, eggs, bread, yogurts, cereals, milks etc. You will have to cook this yourself but it does remove the need to go shopping if you have a late arrival or some full days planned.

In North America self catering accommodation is often referred to as Vacation Property, Condos or Cabins.

 


Bed & Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast accommodation is different around the world. So if your trip is in a different country, you may wish to bear this in mind!

Also known as B&B, BnB. Some establishments will offer DBB, which is Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

B&B and Guest House accommodation is ideal if you want your breakfast served in the mornings. Ideal and convenient for one night, one week or more. Many now offer healthy options and vegetarian options if a full traditional cooked breakfast isn't your thing!

In Europe, B&B accommodation can be referred to as a Pousada, Inn, Hostel (very different from a Youth Hostel) or Auberge.

Traditionally, a B&B is a private home which takes in paying guests, with breakfast included in the price of lodging. These can range from modest homes with one spare room to elaborately restored historic houses with luxury prices. Used increasingly to describe any lodging arrangement that includes breakfast, even in a hotel.

Rooms will be private rooms, may or may not have an ensuite bathroom, or shared bathroom/toilet with other guests. Owners will be resident. Guests are usually expected to be away from the room for the main part of that day, and to return in evenings only.

Some B&Bs only accept 2-3 night bookings over weekends, although may agree to 1 night stops during week days.

Pricing is usually per person, or per room, based on two people sharing. Be sure to check

Bed and Breakfast in the USA

B&B's in the USA can be almost of any size, They will usually provide a full breakfast. They are more lavish than the European counterparts and provide a more friendly and homely atmosphere.

Bed and Breakfast in Self Catering Accommodation

Many self catering providers are now offering a Bed & Cook your own breakfast option. They will stock the fridge with essentials for breakfast, typically bacon, eggs, bread, yogurts, cereals, milks etc. You can rise and shine at your own pace and not have to worry about going grocery shopping!



Guest House

A Guest house is usually a private dwelling converted to provide rooms for paying guests to sleep.

The difference between guest houses and B&B's, and hotels that provide a bed and breakfast service, is connected with additional services provided by provider.

In Guest Houses the emphasis is personal and individual service for guests. Prices will always be good value, and rather than lots of facilities and a more standardised service you'll get friendly, usually family run accommodation.

Some will provide meals to guests, although it is not a requirement. The less formal atmosphere and personal attention are typical for both of these categories.

In some countries a Guest House is often a Self-Catered property.


Hotel, Resort and Motel accommodation vary around the world.

Motel accommodation is most commonly found in USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Many motels allow parking outside of your own apartment, some resorts allow this as well (and offer good on-site facilities). They can be booked on a B&B or room-only basis depending on the facilities available at each location. Some motels have self catering style apartments.

Hotel accommodation can vary around the world. From small hotels, which offer a more homely atmosphere, to large scale hotels - usually part of a chain.
In the USA, it is common to find Extended-Stay Hotels, which offer facilities for guests staying for a longer period of time. They do accept short-stay guests. The extended stay hotels usually have good facilities that you would require for a lengthy stay such as a guest laundry.

Resorts usually offer self contained accommodation, some offer hotel accommodation and others may provide lodges or cabins, many offer a combination of both. Resorts are good for a base as they usually have good tourist facilities such as a gym, pool, sports, entertainment and onsite bars and restaurants.


Camping, many campsites don't encourage motorcycles simply as they fear the noise, particularly in the UK where camping is usually a quiet art.
Check with your campsite before you arrive. Some will only accept mixed groups unless you have booked in advance, Many will only accept two bikes per party or even individual riders. It's always ideal to book in advance during peak season and advise the owners that you are on motorcycles or they may refuse entry.

Glamping - Glamping is a style of camping in either 'pod' style accommodation, Yurt or Teepee. Beds and bed linen are all usually provided. Catering facilities may or may not be provided. Glamping Pods, can only have beds, some come with private bath/shower facilities. Shared facilities may apply. Many camping sites now offer both camping and glamping.


 

 

 


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