Staying at a bed and breakfast can be better than staying at a hotel. Your B&B could be located in a restored old home or even a mansion with antique furnishings. Your gardens may be lush and offer comfortable seating, and your rooms range from cozy to luxurious. Staying in your B&B can be a really unique travel experience and not one to be missed. Here are the top 10 benefits you can emphasize to your bed and breakfast guests.
- Their bed and breakfast is included. While this may seem obvious, it’s actually a wonderful amenity in terms of convenience and cost savings. B&B's offer anything from a continental spread to a hot gourmet meal. As a special touch, you can even bring guests their breakfast in bed.
- You can give them the privacy and peace and quiet they desire. As a B&B, you can be more exclusive with fewer guests. You often have guests looking for a place to spend a quiet weekend.
- They'll get more personal service. With fewer guests than a hotel, you can give your guests a much more personal experience. Wanting guests to return, you are invested in making sure you have a great stay.
- Your bed and breakfast may be located in a less traveled area. Unlike hotels, your B&B could be located off the beaten path. This provides your guests with a great opportunity to see less traveled parts of your community that they would otherwise miss.
- It is the perfect romantic getaway. In fact, B&B's have become so popular for couples that you may cater to this romantic angle, offering special romantic packages. These may include events planned ahead or excursions that are included in their stay.
- Your bed and breakfast is more secure. At a B&B, there are fewer people coming and going. With less going on, as a B&B owner, you can keep a much better eye on their property than a typical hotel staff can on a hotel.
- Your guests can get a taste of the local culture and style. Your B&B has its own character. Even better, you have lots of advice for your guests concerning the best things to do and see in the local area.
- You can offer extra activities. You may be one of the many B&B's that offer additional recreational activities in your regular packages. Depending on the location, your guests may be able to enjoy biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing, or skiing.
- Your guests will encounter unexpected luxuries. B&B's tend to offer all those extra special touches that can make your guests' stay pampering and luxurious. Luxury bed linens and bathrobes, organic food, and locally roasted coffee are only some of the many perks that you may offer. You may even stock snacks and drinks in the common areas and rooms in case your guests get hungry.
- You provide a great value. Although B&B rooms tend to be priced higher than hotels, usually your place offers a better value overall than hotel rooms. More amenities are included such as free phone calls and Internet, you get much better service, and the experience tends to be much more unique than an average hotel stay.
So, as the bed and breakfast owner, be sure to emphasize (on your website, blog, and your other marketing) the unique benefits that guests will receive when they stay at your bed and breakfast and why staying with you will give them a better experience than if they were to go to a local hotel. You can focus on how your B&B gives that extra special personal touch.
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