Globally, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) may be known as pensions or guesthouses. In rural areas of the United States, B&Bs typically consist of guest rooms or private suites in someone's home or small stand-alone cottages, which may include a kitchen and private bath. In urban areas, such as New York City, a B&B is located in a small building or consists of rooms within an apartment where the owner is present. In all cases, B&Bs are small "mom-and-pop" businesses.
According to The Professional Association of Innkeepers International, 23% of the 17,000 B&Bs in the U.S. are located in urban areas. Notably, 81% of all B&Bs are in residential areas and were NOT originally designed or built as such. The average B&B is in a building over 100 years old with six rooms.