What Makes a Good Bed and Breakfast?

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Bed and breakfasts are becoming popular choices among travelers today. For some people, they’re better alternatives to hotels. At a B&B, people are entitled to a more personal service. And the fact that B&Bs are usually homes converted into businesses, one can expect a cozy place. Bookings are also quite easy, as the internet has allowed online reservations, though some guests still prefer calling to check if the staff members are accommodating and friendly.

Not all B&Bs, though, are what they claim to be. Imagine looking at a gallery of enticing online photos, only to find out that they’re just a bunch of, as what the Brits call, “rubbish”. Some places are so filthy, they’re no better than some shoddy motel.

So what makes a good B&B?

annoying person callingWarm and friendly service. Wherever they are, guests always expect great, friendly, personalized service. One bad experience from any of the staff members could send them on a ranting spree, telling others about their bad experience. Also, first impressions last. Once a simple phone inquiry goes bad, no booking will take place.

Our apartment: bedroomCleanliness. This is a must in all service-oriented businesses, especially in places guest consider as their home away from home. All areas must be sanitized, even those rarely visited by guests. Some guests also scrutinize the cleaning products or methods used. So for B&B owners and managers, it’s probably better if healthy, safe, and sustainable cleaning alternatives like GoodEarth’s Deep Cleaning Systems are used. Bathrooms too, must be clean and sanitized. Guests appreciate it even more if modern but sustainable toilet technology, like GoodEarth’s Touchless Hygiene Systems, is available. Indoor air quality is also important, so the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) must be in perfect condition. Air purifiers like Sanyo Air Washer Plus also help improve indoor air quality.

IHOP Whole Grain French ToastGreat food. It’s not “bed and BREAKFAST”, if the food is of poor quality. People, in general, love food, even if it’s for the purpose of eating, or socializing. And since B&Bs serve the most important meal of the day (breakfast), food must be great in all aspects – taste, smell, and plating. The menu must also cater to all types of diets, especially vegans.

NavigationLocation. Most people opt for B&Bs in peaceful areas with scenic views to get away from the busy, noisy traffic. People also value convenience and choose B&Bs that are easy to find and with parking space. No one would bother looking for a B&B in the backstreets when they can find one that’s near or along the main road.

People may have different takes on what a great B&B is, but service, cleanliness, food, and location are the most important of all. If all of these are present in a B&B, chances are, guests will rave about it and recommend it friends and relatives.

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2 Responses to “What Makes a Good Bed and Breakfast?”

  1. Feed Products on March 22nd, 2011 7:49 am

    Yes!!! the combination of a good bad and a good breakfast can combinely lead to a good start of your morning.

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