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Why choose a Guest House rather than a Hotel?



When it comes to traveling, choosing the right type of accommodation is an important decision that can greatly impact the quality of your stay. While hotels have long been the go-to option for travellers, guest houses offer an alternative that offers a unique and intimate experience. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the differences between staying in a guest house versus a hotel, and what you can expect from each.


Firstly, let’s take a closer look at our guest house. Carlton Court is a Victorian villa of just six rooms, two of which are suites set on a quiet road just a ten minute walk from the seafront. We run Carlton Court ourselves, just myself and Paul and we want our guests to feel at home, but to have their own privacy, however still receiving the best hospitality.


One of the main advantages of staying with us instead of in a hotel is the personalised service our guests receive. They are personally greeted by us - no key in a box, no turning up to reception and being given a key and directions to your room, we show our guests to their room, making them aware of the room amenities and the welcome book which provides breakfast information, restaurants recommendations and maps to get to the seafront and marina. We also ensure there is fresh milk, water and homemade biscuits in every room for our guests to enjoy. We strive to provide a more relaxed and informal atmosphere to allow our guests to feel more at home. And when they leave, there isn't just leaving the room key in a box, we always ensure we are there to say goodbye and wish them well on their journey. We provide dressing gowns, slippers and bathroom amenities too. Whilst we may not have all the amenities that a hotel has to offer, we do have a small honesty bar and a wonderful garden for guests to relax should they wish too.


Now let’s turn our attention to hotels. Hotels are usually larger establishments that offer a wide range of amenities and services. They are often located in central areas or near major tourist attractions, making them a convenient option for travellers. Hotels come in all shapes and sizes, from budget-friendly options to luxury properties that offer the ultimate in comfort and style.


One of the main advantages of staying in a hotel is the range of amenities on offer. Most hotels have restaurants, bars, gyms, and other facilities that guests can use. They also tend to have more staff on hand, which means that you can expect a high level of service. Hotels are also known for their consistency, which means that you can expect a similar experience regardless of where you stay.

However, hotels can also be impersonal, which means that you may not get the same level of personal attention that you would in a guest house. The atmosphere can also be more formal, which may not suit everyone’s tastes. Additionally, hotels are often located in busy areas, which can make it difficult to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.


In conclusion, choosing between our guest house and a hotel ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you’re looking for a more personalised and authentic experience, them come stay with us. If you’re looking for a wider range of amenities and a more consistent experience, a hotel may be the better option. Regardless of what you choose, both our guest house and hotels offer unique experiences that are sure to make your trip memorable, and we hope that by choosing us you'll leave knowing you made the right choice.



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