The Fine Print

AABBN represents Washington DC area B&B’s, especially those in Old Town Alexandria. Our B&B’s have from 1 to over 40 rooms. Most B&B’s have no signs and do not do walk up business.

GENERAL: B&B’s have fewer rooms than hotels to offset cancellation losses. Most B&B income is from short periods of the year. AABBN tries to take the best possible care of guests and hosts.

RESERVATIONS: After guests confirm with VISA/MC, check, or cash, AABBN confirms with the host and calls the guest back with Final Confirmation. AABBN sends DIRECTIONS to the guest & host by email, fax, phone, or snail mail. AABBN contacts VISA/MC to hold the total amount in the account, not to charge it. If guest pays by credit card, we charge payment-in-full 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival time. To pay by check, with a valid MCC on file, the guest can deliver the check to the host on arrival or send it in advance. Please make out all checks to "AABBN."

PAYMENT by credit card costs us about 5%. However, we happily accept Visa/MC.

EXTREMELY SEVERE CANCELLATION POLICY. WHOA!!! This IS severe! If you cancel:
1. More than 14 days in advance, full refund minus a $30.00 Service Charge, per room.
2. 14 or fewer days in advance, Svc Chg of 1 night or 25% of planned total, whichever is greater.
3. Less than 48 hours in advance or early departure, guest forfeits the entire planned amount. Credit card is immediately charged. IN ANY CASE, if rooms are rebooked, Svc Chg is returned.

FREQUENT GUEST Stay 10 nights in a year at one of our B&Bs, more than 1 night each time, we give you a free night at that B&B. We waive the Cancellation Policy & 1 night only surcharges on future visits.

GOVERNMENT & CORPORATE travelers cancel more, with less lead-time than private travelers. G&C Travelers are reimbursed based on a lodging receipt and not reimbursed if the trip is canceled, so they cannot pay a penalty. AABBN waives cancellation fees if a cancellation is beyond the control of the traveler & the traveler makes every attempt to immediately notify AABBN & the host of the cancellation. In order to accommodate on this basis, we charge at least the current US Government per diem lodging rate. Although this can be above or below the seasonal rate, B&B’s earn less from these guests than from private travelers. Government & corporate travelers who are willing to risk cancellation fees may opt for the regular rates.

POSSIBLE NIGHTS OF STAY are subject to the 2 HOUR RULE. If a new guest attempts to book a room on another guest's possible nights of stay, AABBN will wait 2 hours after attempting all of the means of communication for the original guest, before confirming the new guest.

FULLY-FURNISHED WHOLE HOUSES, SIMULTANEOUS, MULTIPLE B&B's, OVER 7 DAY BOOKING, OR BOOKINGS MORE THAN 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE require 50% non-refundable deposit at time of reservation. Non-refundable balance due at least 14 days in advance. Security deposit or major credit card required for whole house bookings.
BOUNCED CHECK FEE $20.00. Whole amount charged to credit card immediately.

CREDIT CARD DECLINED BY CREDIT CARD COMPANY FEE $20.00.

SINGLE NIGHT STAY SURCHARGE, some places charge $20-75% extra for a single night stay.

NO SINGLE NIGHT STAYS during some periods, and for some B&B’s.

NORMAL ARRIVAL TIME 5:00-6:00 PM. NORMAL DEPARTURE TIME 11:00 AM. Other times by prior arrangement. Arrival before 3:00PM, MAY be 50% extra. Before 11:00AM arrival, MAY be 100% extra. Please inform host of last minute changes to arrival time, so the host can efficiently use time. The person who greets you late at night prepares your breakfast in the morning. Bag-drop at minimum arrivals possible.

EXTENDED STAY SPECIAL, 30 or more nights with reduced services have different policies.