Fifteen Tips To Make You a Better Bed and Breakfast Host

When it comes to running a successful bed and breakfast, one of the key ingredients is being able to get along with the many types of people who will be staying at your bed and breakfast. Once you start operating a bed and breakfast, you are a host, not an owner; you will be greeting and welcoming guests, not clients.

You are now in the business of hospitality. The reputation of a successful bed and breakfast is built on the hospitality that it provides. A result of the interactions you have with your guests is repeat business and referrals. What guest who frequent bed and breakfasts are usually seeking is the pleasure of being able to become acquainted with their hosts and at times even develop a close friendship with them.

Here are a few tips and pointers that can help bed and breakfast hosts to increase the level of their guest’s satisfaction during their stay:

1.    Welcome your guests at the front door with a warm and friendly demeanor.
2.    Show your guests to their room, offer to carry their luggage and allow them the time to settle in.
3.    If your guests feel up to it, offer them a quick tour of the inn soon after their arrival.
4.    After your guests have been able to settle in, offer them a beverage and/or a light snack.
5.    As a host. You should be knowledgeable about your area, offer your guests information on nearby places of interest and attractions.
6.    Have a fact sheet for your guests with frequently asked questions and answers in regards to your bed and breakfast as well as the surrounding area.
7.    Have maps and brochures of the immediate areas and even any nearby places of interest and provide your guests free of charge.
8.    Collect local restaurant menus and have them on display or even in a binder so guests can have a good idea of what their options are.
9.    Have “special touches” to appeal to a variety of guest types, for example a breakfast in bed for special occasions such as birthdays or newlyweds.
10.    When guests arrive, find out what their preferred morning beverage is and make sure it is available.
11.    Have loan umbrellas available in an umbrella stand near the door in case any unexpected weather occurs.
12.    Have a special corner set up in the public lounge area offering a variety of books magazines and games.
13.    Offer extra sample sized bathroom products such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand lotion, etc. If you print your bed and breakfast logo on it, you will also me promoting your inn.
14.    So that guests do not have to share soaps, offer small individually wrapped soaps or liquid soaps in the bathrooms.
15.    Have an extra make-up mirror, hair dryer, curling iron, ironing bed and iron available for your guest to use.

Even if you start with these fifteen simple tips, you will be on the right path to being a proper bed and breakfast host. Make sure that you ask your guests what they would like to see more of and listen to their feedback; this will guarantee that they keep choosing your bed and breakfast over others in the area.


Why Stay At A Bed and Breakfast?

When it comes time to consider a vacation, what do you think of? Travel arrangements are among the most stressful things a person can do, and nothing adds to that stress than trying to find the right place to stay. Hotels can be incredibly expensive, and unless you’ve stayed in a specific hotel before you never really know what you’re going to get.

That’s why bed and breakfast places are so amazing!

What Is A Bed And Breakfast?

A bed and breakfast, also known as a B and B or B&B, is a smaller, more intimate hotel. Rather than being a large building designed for basic amenities, it’s a cozier place that’s designed to be relaxing and feel like home.

It’s not that a B&B isn’t a business. Of course it is! It’s more that the business is generally run by the same people who own the place. Not only that, but rather than a building designed to be little more than a human box, B&Bs are generally in places originally built to be a house. In general, you’ll find that a B&B is built in an old mansion or other large home, with each of the bedrooms designed to be a single room. Rather than a restaurant, B&Bs often offer a single dining room and scheduled meals.

Why Is A Bed And Breakfast Preferable To A Hotel?

To many people, a Bed And Breakfast is nothing more than an uncomfortable stay in another person’s home. While it’s true that many Bed and Breakfast owners live in the house, it’s not at all true that the stay is uncomfortable!

In fact, it’s often quite the opposite. The benefit of a Bed and Breakfast is three fold. One, it’s generally cheaper than a hotel. This is because they don’t assure quite the same number of amenities. Bed and Breakfasts usually don’t have room service, and they may not even offer cable television in every room. You’re unlikely to find PPVs for purchase, and they also may not have a pool.

But the second benefit is that it’s much more friendly and personable than a hotel Rather than being in the same building with a bunch of strangers, a Bed and Breakfast encourages guests to get together and get to know each other. The single dining rooms and scheduled meals bring all the guests together in one place for a similar goal, and often times Bed and Breakfasts will have group activities take place within the building.

Lastly, a Bed and Breakfast will have people much more knowledgeable about the area. Many hotels are designed for business, and while the people who work there may know the area, they’re often not paid to talk to guests about it. Meanwhile, Bed and Breakfast owners not only tend to live in the area, they love the area. And the more personable feeling of the place means they’re much more likely to be friendly and helpful!

Ultimately, a Bed and Breakfast is a cozier, less expensive hotel that encourages you to get to know the people around you and fall in love with the area. And what more could you ask out of a great vacation?