Your search for a WordPress theme for your Bed & Breakfast inn probably ended with a handful of choices. You may have caved and used a generic business theme. But, you need room pages with prices and amenities. You need reservations or at least availability checking. And what about mobile? Let’s see what I unearthed, searching high and low.
Bed & Breakfast WordPress themes, best to worst and one B&B Inns service
Aegean Resort by cssigniter $39 (includes all themes)
With a full-width photo slider on home page, plus temperature in header, along with language flags (if you have it translated), there are many layout options. There is a Room page format with large room views slider, price “from”, and interactive booking form (checks availability). Includes a theme options panel (separates options from theme for easy updates) and color variations. The logo is overlaid on the header photos. HTML5/CSS3, mobile responsive, very clean design.
B&B Appropriate? Versatility and special room and availability forms make it a very good theme for B&Bs.
All-in-One Service: HotelPropeller.com
Not just a theme, but an all-in-one service that includes your WordPress Bed & Breakfast website design with all the appropriate booking, room presentation, events, and other services and interactivity. Mobile Responsive, with managed web hosting, integrated social media, SEO, personalized customer service, and a free 14-day trial. Website w/hosting=$24/mo; website + booking + hosting=$34/mo (coming soon). Opened online in September, this service is off to a good start, making it easy to get your B&B online. While awaiting the company’s own booking system, use your choice of booking service for your new website.
This company’s focus is B&Bs and it offers just what that takes. We don’t have longevity here to tell us how well they do it, just a 14-day trial to give it a whirl. I think Hotel Propeller is definitely worth the look.
Guesthouse at ThemeForest $50
This is a framework theme with room page templates that auto generate an info slider slide. There is an inquiry form, and a theme options panel for logo, layouts, colors (includes several option skins). HTML5, a slider with 20 effects, a gallery with many layouts, a nicely done responsive format, and easy updates.
B&B Appropriate? Yes, and you can change your layouts for seasons or just for fun.
Nice Hotel at ThemeForest $45
Photo slider a little lower on the home page with plenty of space for the logo, then an interesting menu bar, and a map that pops down (from top) all on the home page. Interactive booking request form with room selection, events listing (page design for overview and individual events pages). Nice clean up-to-date design. Not mobile responsive.
B&B Appropriate? Yes, I think this design is great for B&Bs; too bad it’s not responsive. —> Theme updated Dec. 18: Now mobile responsive. New rating:
Philozenia by cssigniter $39 (includes all themes)
This home page has a tall full-width photo slider, a room availability form below the slider, but a small horizontal space for the logo. Includes a room page format with a photo slider at the top and a list of amenities beside it. Theme options panel (separates options from theme for easy updates), HTML5 & CSS3. Not responsive. Colors are dark with tan or rust, or a green background with brown. Beautiful design, but the dark color is not very welcoming to me.
B&B Appropriate? For a more secluded type of getaway, maybe this design is agreeable, and the room availability checking is nice, but it’s not mobile responsive.
Hotel Booking by Templatic $65
This theme has a full-width, very tall photo slider on the home page, a large space for the logo, and even a space for promos at the top with the menu above the slider. It offers booking/reservation management with 7 integrated payment gateways. There is a theme options panel, 5 colors, Room page format with a huge photo slider for room views. The booking back office/admin has forms where you can add custom fields and keep track of reservations. Not responsive. Nothing special in design.
B&B Appropriate? If you like very large photos to introduce your B&B, this is ideal. It also has its own booking system that might be a good way to start up, but theme is not responsive.
The Palace at Theme Forest $45
This home page has a tall full-width photo slider or a short full-width photos header (not a slider) with the menu overlaid on the photos. A Rooms Overview slider can be used on home page. The Room features page (with room view slider) also has icons for the features columns and pricing chart. A theme options panel is very complete. Offers an inquiry form on the sidebar and/or on a separate page that has dates selection and number of persons (no room selection). Responsive, unlimited color options.
B&B Appropriate? Yes, it has nice features, although just an inquiry form. I’m not fond of the menu bar on top of the photos, and that will change position on the photo in a mobile space.
HotelPress by dailywp.com $99
This theme includes room management, online and offline booking, a reservation calendar, and three payment gateways. In the dailywp.com demo you can access the WP admin area’s booking system to see the options and the methods used. Do check this out. The theme costs more because of its booking system. Not mobile responsive.
B&B Appropriate? Might be a quick way to get started, but I think potential users should investigate the demo. May be overkill for a small B&B.
Welcome Inn by ThemeFuse.com ($59)
This is clean theme with a Home page slider below the menu, space for a large logo above, and overlaid image links on the lower edge of the slider (reservations, rooms, promos). Reservations with a contact form (pick dates, number of persons) only and no room choices. Includes Room page design with many layout options, a pop-up lightbox for more views on both the listing page and the single room page formats. Not mobile responsive. Active forum and “Getting Started” docs. Some problems with updates.
B&B Appropriate? Beautiful design with excellent layouts, but not mobile responsive and only an inquiry form.
The Others: So-called B&B Themes, 5 Stars or less
Hotelia ($69), Deluxe ($39), Opaline ($45), Hotel Classica ($40), WPHotel ($29/yr/all), The Regal ($45), Accommodate ($49), Hermes ($45). Lower ratings are due to one or more of these: 1) not really hotel themes, just a hotel photo on the home page; or 2) not responsive on top of other shortfalls; or 3) uninspired design features.
That’s it! I found them, I examined them, I rated them. I hope I was helpful to those of you looking for a theme for your bed & breakfast or guest house.
Good luck in your WordPress website future.