AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BedandBreakfast.com®, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, today announces that more than 400 bed and breakfasts and inns are now part of its prestigious Diamond Collection™, offering luxury, value and memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences to travelers.
The BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection is an exclusive group of professionally inspected and top-rated guest-reviewed luxury inns with modern amenities. Travelers seeking "smart luxury" can count on exceptional service, high-end accommodations, and extras such as free Internet from Diamond Collection inns in the United States and Canada.
This winter, more than one in four (28%) bed and breakfast travelers plan to enjoy a "splurge weekend" and stay in luxury accommodations, according to a recent BedandBreakfast.com traveler survey.* Of these travelers, more than three out of four (77%) plan to stay in a luxury bed and breakfast, and nearly half (48%) say they would be willing to pay more than $100 a night extra for the high-end accommodations.
"Travelers are increasingly looking for 'smart luxury' accommodations providing pampered experiences along with special touches and extra perks that provide great value," says BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection Manager Tim Wilson. "Diamond Collection inns exemplify smart luxury and are the perfect choice for travelers who want more out of their travel experience."
Established three years ago, the Diamond Collection features bed and breakfasts and inns that offer premier service, hospitality and accommodations to discerning travelers, and maintain a 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 review rating by guests. Diamond Collection inns participate in a comprehensive third-party annual inspection conducted by InnConcierge, maintain top consumer reviews on BedandBreakfast.com, and offer the following amenities and services, among others, required for a top-quality guest experience:
- Rooms with private bathrooms
- 24-hour-per-day guest access to service or staff
- 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 consumer review rating on BedandBreakfast.com
- Free Internet service
- Flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival
- Online reservations on their website and/or BedandBreakfast.com
- Acceptance of BedandBreakfast.com Gift Cards
"When we evaluate and pass an inn for BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection status, it has to pass a 400+ point ratings criteria, which is the most stringent of all ratings programs," says Stephen Tallon, InnConcierge founder. "Innkeepers across the nation have sought out the Diamond Collection program from BedandBreakfast.com because it highlights and markets the unique offerings these special bed and breakfast inns offer to their guests."
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 80,000 rooms. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 210,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.
*BedandBreakfast.com online survey of 2,451 B&B travelers conducted in October 2012
Denise Clarke, 512.899.0004