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How You Can Offer Popular Guest Room Amenities

popular guest room amenities

 

Popular guest room amenities attract potential bed and breakfast guests.  Bed and breakfast guests are willing to pay more for bedrooms offering more amenities. In fact, some guest reviewers mention the amenities they enjoyed during their stay (which attracts more guests to stay at your inn).

 

Some bed and breakfasts have a room comparison chart that lists the guest room amenities available and then puts a dot or check by the amenities that correspond with each particular guest room.  This makes it easy for online visitors to see a room comparison and the price differences since there may be some rooms that have more amenities than others within the same bed and breakfast.

The amenities bed and breakfasts offer often depend upon the location and size of each bed and breakfast.  Geographical location plays a role in choosing guest room amenities (fireplaces usually more common in climates with cooler weather).  Likewise, the size of the bed and breakfast matters.  Typically the more rooms an inn has, the higher the likelihood of upscale amenities.

The amenities at bed and breakfasts range from small things (like an alarm clock and stationery) to big things (like wi-fi internet access and a large flat screen television). There are certain amenities that are usually standard.  For example, almost every bed and breakfast offers a private bathroom to their guests.

Other amenities in bedrooms are less common place.  For example, in-room hot tubs are seen as an added luxury.  This is typically found in bed and breakfasts that cater to those seeking a romantic destination.

The following is an alphabetical list of some guest bedroom amenities and features your bed and breakfast may offer:

  • Alarm clock radio
  • Antiques
  • Bathroom (private and connected)
  • Beds (oversized and comfortable)
  • Bedside table on each side of the bed
  • Blankets (extra)
  • Books
  • Bottled water
  • Ceiling fan(s)
  • Chairs
  • Chocolates
  • Coffee maker
  • Coasters
  • Coat rack
  • Comforters (extra)
  • Desk
  • DVD player
  • Ear plugs
  • Evening sweet treat
  • Fireplace (hand carved wood or marble)
  • Flowers
  • Furniture (such as antique or leather)
  • Guidebook with local maps and restaurant menus
  • Hair dryer
  • Handicap accessible amenities
  • Hangers
  • Hot tubs
  • Ice bucket and glassware
  • Individual climate control
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Lamps (such as Tiffany lamps)
  • Lighted make-up mirror
  • Luggage racks
  • Magazines
  • Microwave
  • Mini-Bar
  • Mini-Fridge
  • Mints
  • Mirror (full length)
  • Outlets with USB ports
  • Pillows (extra)
  • Pictures
  • Plants
  • Postcards
  • Private balcony, deck, patio, porch, or veranda
  • Private entrance
  • Reading lamps
  • Refrigerator (small)
  • Robes
  • Rose petals on your bed
  • Rugs
  • Separate sitting area
  • Sink (in the bedroom)
  • Slippers
  • Snacks or evening dessert in your room
  • Sofas
  • Stationery
  • Table
  • Tablet computer (stays in the room)
  • Technology charging stations
  • Television (large flat screen) with premium cable channels
  • Windows showing a breathtaking view
  • Wine and cheese
  • Wireless internet access (complimentary)

We wrote a separate blog post about guest bathroom amenities. Bed and breakfasts may suggest a packing list to help their guests prepare for their visit.

Bed and breakfasts are wise to point out exactly everything that is included in the stay at their luxurious bed and breakfast versus what guests may have to pay for if they chose to stay at a hotel (concierge, breakfast, parking, free wi-fi, wine and cheese, and much more).  By offering popular guest room amenities, bed and breakfasts can separate themselves from other lodging destinations and host more guests.

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

 

Rosemary House Bed and Breakfast

Rosemary House Bed & BreakfastThe first bed and breakfast to be featured by Bed and Breakfast Blogging in 2015 is none other than Rosemary House Bed and Breakfast of Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Rosemary House was voted “Best B&B in Chatham County” for three years in a row!  This historic bed and breakfast is a 1912 Colonial Revival home with five cozy guest bedrooms.  Each bedroom has its own private bathroom.

The Haven Room is a haven and more.  Their only first floor room, with a fireplace, queen bed, flat-screen TV, and two comfy chairs. It is decorated in soothing shades of teal and peach. Local artists painted the trompe l’oeil window, the desk, and the marbleized mantel. In the huge bathroom you’ll find an original mural and a 2-person BainUltra tub; let its therapeutic bubbling waters massage away your cares. Separate tiled shower.

The Retreat Room is an upstairs corner room, with a fireplace, sofa, flat-screen TV and queen-sized four-poster bed, decorated in shades of rose and navy blue, with an artist-painted antique vanity. It features a luxurious sunny bathroom that contains a therapeutic bubbling 2-person BainUltra tub and a separate tiled shower.

The Meadow Room is a two-room suite named for its large sunny windows and floral fabrics in rose and seafoam. The comfortable bedroom has an iron queen-sized bed. The beautifully decorated adjoining room holds a loveseat-twin sleeper and flat-screen TV. Up to three people can sleep here. Meadow’s bathroom contains an antique refinished claw-foot tub with a shower attachment.

The Willow Room is a guest favorite. Its blue-and-white color scheme reminded us of the Blue Willow china pattern, hence its name. Located on their second floor, it contains two antique spool beds, both full-size, flat-screen TV, and a bright sunny double window. A comfy chair and beautiful hand-painted dresser. It can sleep four. Tiled bath with tub-shower.

The Holly Room is a comfortable and cheerful sunny corner room on the second floor. Queen-sized Windsor bed and tiled bath with tub-shower. Its decor is sage green and red toile.

Rosemary House front porch.For those wondering how the bed and breakfast got its name, Rosemary House Bed and Breakfast is named for the herb rosemary, traditionally the herb of friendship and remembrance.  This bed and breakfast is a great place for conversations with others in common places such as the porch with its comfortable rocking chairs, but this B&B allows privacy for those wanting to

Rosemary House B&B is just outside the famous Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle:

      • 33 miles to Raleigh
      • 32 miles to Durham
      • 17 miles to Chapel Hill

Rosemary House

Yet there is plenty to see and do right in the local area of Pittsboro!

  • Central Pittsboro is registered on the National Register of Historic Places, with over 100 contributing properties ranging in date from 1780s to 1949.
  • Browse the quaint Downtown Pittsboro shops
  • Chatham Marketplace is a small, friendly, fun store in an old label mill, about 1/4 mile from their B&B; a nice deli, great breads, wine, & produce
  • Five wineries located within twenty minutes on the Heart of NC Wine Trail
  • Spend an entire afternoon at McIntyre’s bookstore in Fearrington Village
  • For lunch and dinner, dine at these popular local Pittsboro restaurants
  • One minute away: is the beautiful new Chatham County Public Library
  • Relax and restore at one of Pittsboro’s two wonderful day spas: Beautiful You Spa and Nail and Spa at Bell House
  • See beautiful and smell fragrant flowers at Orchard Gallery which is just a few miles from their B&B
  • Tour the 55-acre Carolina Tiger Rescue home to approximately 140 animals representing 11 species of threatened and endangered carnivores from around the world
  • Stay put at their B&B. Enjoy a late breakfast. Rock on the porch, listen to the birds, and read a book.

Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions

 

When potential guests arrive at your website, do they have all the pertinent information they need in order to know that they want to stay at your bed and breakfast?  Your website needs to be informative and friendly enough so that guests can be assured that your bed and breakfast is the one they want to stay at.

 

Consider having a “FAQ” (frequently asked questions) section on your website. This can list questions and answers about your inn and the surrounding area. The following are examples:

  • What amenities do you offer? This is your opportunity to list things like their own telephone, wi-fi access, jacuzzi or hot tub, air conditioning, cable television, library, a suite, private bathroom, etc.
  • What can I do in the area?  Answering this question gives you the chance to brag about the fun things to do in your area.  This is when you can talk about shopping, area attractions, favorite restaurants, arenas to see sports and concerts, and more!
  • Can you tell me what to expect for breakfast?  You can indicate the time breakfast is normally served, if they can make arrangements to adjust the time, what is normally served, if special dietary needs can be accommodated, and if breakfast can be delivered to their room.
  • Do you allow children to be guests?  You may allow children, but require a specific minimum age or you may decide to keep it only open to adults.
  • Do you allow pets?  Do you have pets living at your bed and breakfast? You may allow pets or have separate cottages for your guests to stay in with their pets. Some B&B owners have pets that live in the B&B, but their pets may be restricted to only specific areas of the place.
  • What about the details?  This is where you can bring up how you handle early arrivals and late departures, your credit card policies, if you have a minimum number of nights they must stay, and if you have any discounts or special packages.
  • How much privacy will we have?  You can answer their questions such as if there is a common area to meet other guests and if they have to interact with the other guests at breakfast and if they will hear the other guests behind the walls.
  • Do you allow smoking?  92% of all B&B’s do not allow smoking inside. There is a trend for healthier environments.  Most states do not allow smoking in public restaurants.
  • Where do the innkeepers sleep?  Many times you live on the premises or just a few minutes away. It gives guests peace of mind to know that they will be able to reach you if and when they need to do so.

Having an FAQ section, on your website, helps answer any frequently asked questions they may be too timid to ask, but truly want to know.  I also recommend giving guests, who have paid for one of your rooms, a number where they can always reach you in case of emergency.  This helps everyone feel more comfortable!