A guest house in some parts of the world is similar to a B and B or hostel. A guest house is usually privately managed with the owner living near to the business. In Japan, customers in a guest house may have to pay a substantial damage deposit and cleaning fee when they leave. In some countries, such as South Africa and the UK, guest houses can also be very large mansions or converted manor houses, so they’re always an interesting option. They are perfect for weekend getaways and romantic weekends. Guest houses also tend to have a more limited staff presence than hotels. This means check-in/out needs scheduling and there’s no 24/7 room service.