Lie #2: You should host your site with us because we do design, marketing, and hosting
Many of the companies that do Bed and Breakfast web site design and promotion also offer hosting services. Hosting means they actually have the computer that your web site is on and are responsible for keeping it "on" the internet. In other words, hosting is providing a place for your web site to reside on the world wide web. Many web design and promotion companies encourage you to host with them because it gives them steady income to help balance their design and promotion services which may come in less regularly. It also gives them a bit of control over the computer (server) that your web site is on.
Why avoid hosting, designing and promoting with the same company?
There are several reasons I recommend keeping design and promotion services separate from your hosting.
With all this being taken into account, you still have to be careful. There are many hosting companies that are not reliable and create more problems than they solve. Through experience I have dealt with bad companies and excellent companies. Personally, I recommend Hostway (www.hostway.com) and 1and1 (www.1and1.com). They are both industry leaders, offer a good value, and their service and reliability is outstanding. I have a longer history with Hostway but 1and1's packages offer an excellent combination of value and services. I use them both for all my own hosting and recommend them to anyone who is using my services.
I will point out (before somebody points it out for me) that I receive a small commission for any hosting accounts that get created with Hostway or 1and1 on my recommendation. This commission is not the reason for me recommending them. I do that, because they are the best I have worked with. As a designer and promoter, I have to work directly with the hosting company, so there is no way I would recommend a company that was unreliable or difficult to work with.
If you are having your bed and breakfast website designed or promoted, make sure you have someone else host it. Just because the design or promotion company offers hosting, doesn't mean you have to take advantage of that service. If they try to pressure you by saying your design work or promotion work will have an added charge because you didn't host with them, walk away. If they are strong-arming you from the start, imagine what they'll be like down the road.