Can your B&B guests charge their devices? With an increasing number of people owning and traveling with multiple mobile electronic devices, bed and breakfast inns must think about offering places (especially in their guest rooms) for their bed and breakfast guests to charge their electronic devices.
Types of Devices
For example, just one person could bring their business cell phone, personal cell phone, laptop, e-reader, tablet, i-Pod, etc. You get the picture!
The location of the charging stations/outlets should be conveniently located. No one wants to move or duck behind furniture to get to them. Ideally, they should be on either side of the bed, they can be built into lamps or desks, and be put near bathroom mirrors and guest room entryways.
Year of Construction
New bed and breakfast construction should plan to offer more outlets and USB ports than what was once the standard number of outlets. Older accommodations can have their outlets "retro-fitted" to handle multiple devices. Of course, make sure your outlet strips are surge protected.
Two B&B Examples
The 1810 Emerson House Bed and Breakfast offers guest rooms with a dual USB wall outlet for ease of charging all their electronic devices. If this historic property can add the technology later, then so can your inn if it needs to be updated.
The Inn on First in Napa, California not only offers iPod docks, but also i-Pods with curated playlists designed to heighten couples' romance. Now that is going above and beyond guest expectations!
Should Be Easy To Find
Bed and breakfast inns should think about their "plug-ability" for the electronic devices of their guests. The last thing they want to do is search for hidden power outlets and find out they are not in convenient spots or that they have more devices than outlets in the room!
Plug Your Plugs!
If you do have extra outlets and USB ports, be sure to mention that on the list of guest room amenities on your bed and breakfast website. On social media, you can share a picture of your own phone, tablet, laptop, i-Pod, and/or e-reader charging in a guest room and write something clever like "Our guests can easily charge a variety of electronic devices in the privacy of their own rooms."
This is especially useful if some of your guests tend to be business travelers. Consider putting a blog post about your business amenities, including any meeting and/or banquet rooms. Letting your guests charge their devices (usually people use multiple electronic devices) in their own guest rooms is smart hospitality.
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