Balaplace was originally devoted to a swell example of everything you’d want in a B&B, particularly the caring, hands-on management serving guests in a postcard-pretty building located within doubtless one of the world’s ultimate locations for such a place Niagara Falls, Ontario. At Bala Place the B&B, your hosts were originally Jacqueline and Keith, both European émigrés to Canada who shared a passion for travel and their adopted land.

Things went swimmingly as can be expected in such a glorious location with capable ownership for a while. But in 2008, a couple self-described as having run a “very successful B&B in Nova Scotia” named Buddy and Judy took over. And then … whoa. Bala Place of Niagara Falls (presumably) went down I a maelstrom of bad reviews and certainly worse word-of-mouth.

Bed and Breakfast CanadaSometime in 2014, Bala place came under its third generation of ownership/management. The owner’s name was Dominik; his wife (?) and/or co-owner (?) was named Wendy. And, from what we can tell at review websites like Trip Advisor, Yelp and that ilk, to compare this place to Fawlty Towers would be a criminal disservice to Basil, Sybil and the lot.

We talk some B&B horror stories elsewhere on this site, but the reviews of this place could never power an entire site in and of themselves. Horror stories that one might disbelieve as cliché were apparently well within the norm at this place between 2014 and ’16; you know, stuff like the owner wearing nothing but underwear amid his guests, trying to squeeze guests for more money, berating folks for using the bathroom, no really…

In any case. If you’re interested in B&B’s as a potential guest or as a prospective owner, Balaplace sincerely hopes you never undergo anything like the unlucky who stayed at Bala Place ma have suffered.

Instead, we invite you to enjoy the world of B&B’s, and we dare say that in many countries – the U.K., Ireland, Canada, the United States, France and Germany among them – the present is truly the golden age of B&B’s. In the U.S., the number of B&B’s has been expanding nearly exponentially for decades, going from 1,000 in 1980 to 17,000-plus by 2015. (And another 21,000 or so establishments in the U.S. may be called “inns.”)

Americans and Canadians may also note with satisfaction that, in their countries, prices at B&B’s are consistently becoming more reasonable. In the U.S., the average B&B is about 15% more expensive than the average hotel room – not including hidden fees on the latter, naturally – the services and atmosphere at the B&B is certainly unmatched by the great majority of hotels priced at the average rate or lower. In Canada, the difference in price is just about negligible.

If you have the choice – and if you’re outside the suburbs, you certainly do – why would the traveler stay anywhere else than a B&B? Enjoy Balaplace and enjoy your next sojourn to … well, wherever, really?

Bed and Breakfast places in Ontario and the rest of Canada: https://m.bbcanada.com/ontario

Also check the site of casinocanada.com if you want to learn more about the different regions of Canada. Even though, they are responsible for entertainments, they also have a decent info page about all the most beautiful sites in Canada, from Quebec to Montreal.

Wineries of Niagara

Wineries of Niagara
With many other natural features such as the Niagara Escarpment, miles of parks and beaches, not to mention Niagara Falls itself, it is not surprising that the Niagara region is host to more than 18 million visitors a year. Tourism is a booming industry in this region. From the historic landmarks and quaint shopping opportunities of Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the modern and lavish atmosphere of Canadian Casino Niagara, you can find an ample supply of things to see and do in Niagara.

The Niagara Experience

The Niagara Experience
St Catharines, Ontario has visitors from all over the world. If you only come to see the Niagara Fall's, Then you will miss the real beauty of Niagara. You could stay for a week in a Niagara Falls Bed and Breakfast and many do; And still not see all the wonders of Niagara, Ontario, Canada.

Location, location, location

Location, location, location
If you think Balaplace is going to attempt some clever lede incorporating the once-clever now utterly mundane line of mysterious origin (we can trace the lineage to at least to the 1989 Cheers episode “A Bar is Born”) about the important factors in opening a business, you’re nuts.

Real B&B horror stories

Real B&B horror stories
Look, we’ll cut right to the chase here: Sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor exist for a reason. That reason is to help everyday people make wise decisions with regard to things like staying at B&B’s. Any fly-by-night inn can slap together a website and throw a few bucks into PR and social marketing, thus making it seem like the B&B that Google dragged you to is quite the bargain and lovely, too.

Why is the B&B industry so lucrative?

Why is the B&B industry so lucrative?
To say that the B&B industry is alive and well in the United States would be a pretty substantial understatement. A wide-ranging industry survey commissioned by accommodation software services provider Little Hotelier in 2015 revealed the following statistics among the findings.

Tips on how to run a B&B

Tips on how to run a B&B
The most compelling statistic from the inn industry is that which says some 43% of B&B in operation as of 2016 were located in villages; another 29% call the rural countryside home. Compare this to the 23% of B&B’s in American cities plus another 5% in suburbia, and it’s easily understood that small-town country charm is half the selling point of a well-run B&B.