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I had a very sweet couple last weekend from about an hour away. They had 5 kids so I am sure money was a concern. I ask what made them choose our bed and breakfast. They said our site was wonderful, the pictures were great, the breakfast sounded perfect and we were the cheapest. I was so stunned. I follow bed and breakfast in the area and did not feel we were cheap. They took the $155 room so I did not feel that it was a real deal. What do  you make of this. Maybe we should raise our rates. I am still shocked by this. I am so glad they choose us and they had a great time.

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We've reached that point where our rooms are 'expensive'. 4 women looking for 2 rooms tonight said 'no thanks' to paying $77 each. Another couple also declined. A month ago they were lining up at the door.

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Well, you're coming on to your slower season aren't you?  Also, the economy is tough for a lot of people and even though they still want to do what they want to do, they are trying to economize.  The latest news has a lot of folks tightening their belt. 

They were also probably motel/hotel people.  Hard to compete with the people that think of the $79/night Interstate hotel price. 

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Slow season hits (with a crash) on Nov 1. Had a guest 10 minutes ago who went to the premier inn before they came here. Took my room at $160 and thought it was a steal. It's perception.

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Absolutely...perception!  I have folks coming in October for 3 nights in our $205 suite...they thought it was a bargain. (which it is!)  They are from the Midwest though. 

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Sorry but your guests just want to spend all their money at LLBEAN..and not for a room TOO BAD!!!

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Thanks for the advice because I was starting to get a little paranoid--thinking oh my god when I saw some of the pics--of other places. I wish I could download some pics of my place to get some feedback but I just can't get it to work. I must be computer challenged!

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So you have a website yet? We can look at them there.

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Working on it. The lady I hired for my branding package is very good--she absolutely nailed my logo--exactly what I was looking for. Hoping that the web site is as good . Are there many Canadians on this site? It is so helpful and some of you should be on comedy tours--hilarious--I mean this in a good way. Luv reading some of your comments.

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I have been looking at many B&B sites and some bedrooms are really over the top to me. I guess each to there own. My husband and I really want a laid back,comfortable environment--we really are not fussy people. Our rooms are decorated nicely but simply. Do you think thats ok --I am sure there are many tastes that you come across. Our menu is also very traditional for breakfast except that I will be offering a lighter fare with protein smoothies etc. I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor so I will be offering personal training on site.

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I agree that you have to go with what you're comfortable with but obviously there's a line where an innkeeper can be too comfortable.  (Like my braless, shoeless, sleeveless innkeeper story...haha!)  If you try to be something you're not, it won't feel right to you or your guests. 

We recently had a review where the guests described our place as "elegant".  I was surprised because I don't see our place that way.  We definitely are not a frou frou place.  Maybe our decor felt elegant to them though!   Who knows?  We have another B&B in our town that fits that description - Victorian, expensive antiques, custom silk drapes and comforters, lots of expensive collectibles around. 

We looked at several turnkey B&Bs where I would have had to tweak things a bit to have it fit more with our style. 

I think that I'll always be changing the guest rooms a bit as guests use them and I get feedback from our guests.  Maybe you'll find that also.  Meanwhile, just see how it goes Smiling

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I have been looking at many B&B sites and some bedrooms are really over the top to me. I guess each to there own. My husband and I really want a laid back,comfortable environment--we really are not fussy people. Our rooms are decorated nicely but simply. Do you think thats ok --I am sure there are many tastes that you come across. Our menu is also very traditional for breakfast except that I will be offering a lighter fare with protein smoothies etc. I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor so I will be offering personal training on site.

I'm curious... do you think of mine as "over the top?"  (It's OK if you do, but I'm wondering what your impression is?)

Thanks!

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I think your B&B is great and definitely not over the top/ I think we have similar tastes. I love the way your pics are done--very nice! Wow I thought my tv's were big enough--they are 26"--maybe I will upgrade later. Seriously though I guess I had looked at some very "fussy, busy web sites" and I would be afraid to break something! We are in the country(only 20 minutes from the city) and I guess we are going for casual,comfort.

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riverbendnewbie wrote:

I have been looking at many B&B sites and some bedrooms are really over the top to me. I guess each to there own. My husband and I really want a laid back,comfortable environment--we really are not fussy people. Our rooms are decorated nicely but simply. Do you think thats ok --I am sure there are many tastes that you come across. Our menu is also very traditional for breakfast except that I will be offering a lighter fare with protein smoothies etc. I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor so I will be offering personal training on site.

The B&B is a reflection of you and your personalities. If you are laid back and casual, then don't go over the top with the decor. YOU will be uncomfortable trying to maintain that. If your personalities are more formal, then a more reserved B&B decor will suit you.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. I have quilts and easy to care for decor. Other innkeepers are more formal and their decor shows that.

What you want to watch is how you present your B&B in 'print' on the web. If you have a very formal website then guests will be confused when they arrive to a casual couple and a casual style. If you stay consistent with your message you will draw the right kind of guests to you.

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  Our rooms are decorated nicely but simply. Do you think thats ok 

 it is all okay.

whether the style of your b&b is inherited from prior owners or of your choosing, if guests can see what you offer with great pictures and descriptions they will stay with you because they like what you offer and because you WELCOME them to your b&b.

me? innkeeper, not owner. style? inherited leftovers from prior owners who used this as a private home and took most of the furnishings ... i have filled it out with owner's stuff, my stuff, and bargains found along the way.  i have lots of guests who are happy with it as is and come back.  i am sure there are some who wish it was different. 

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Bree wrote:

riverbendnewbie wrote:

I have been looking at many B&B sites and some bedrooms are really over the top to me. I guess each to there own. My husband and I really want a laid back,comfortable environment--we really are not fussy people. Our rooms are decorated nicely but simply. Do you think thats ok --I am sure there are many tastes that you come across. Our menu is also very traditional for breakfast except that I will be offering a lighter fare with protein smoothies etc. I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor so I will be offering personal training on site.

The B&B is a reflection of you and your personalities. If you are laid back and casual, then don't go over the top with the decor. YOU will be uncomfortable trying to maintain that. If your personalities are more formal, then a more reserved B&B decor will suit you.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. I have quilts and easy to care for decor. Other innkeepers are more formal and their decor shows that.

What you want to watch is how you present your B&B in 'print' on the web. If you have a very formal website then guests will be confused when they arrive to a casual couple and a casual style. If you stay consistent with your message you will draw the right kind of guests to you.

sort of.

Some of us bought into a "turnkey" B&B and without gutting the place and starting over to reflect our own styles, we do what we can.

I am NOT into antiques, yet have a house filled with them.  I did/do buy them for the B&B as part of keeping up what we already having going here.  I can converse and discuss antiques with people.

A guest checking out today said "Would you ever be selling any of these pieces?"  I said, "wait for the email." jokingly.

But this is NOT my style at all.  So I do other things to make it my style. Incorporate it into my style.  But to be fair and honest these guest rooms do not reflect what I prefer for myself (and in fact have in my own quarters).  But it is fun to decorate with this stuff.  I was at an antique mall this week and the clerk asked me if I collected salt and pepper shakers.  I told her no, these will be used often.  She was puzzled.

I bought vintage ones for this breakfast delivery thing I am doing now for the highest priced rooms (2 rooms) if they order it as an add-on.  I wanted something small and quaint, and antique to go on their tray.  I was happy to find 3 sets at this antique mall.

So see, I keep adding to this collection here.

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JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:

Bree wrote:

riverbendnewbie wrote:

I have been looking at many B&B sites and some bedrooms are really over the top to me. I guess each to there own. My husband and I really want a laid back,comfortable environment--we really are not fussy people. Our rooms are decorated nicely but simply. Do you think thats ok --I am sure there are many tastes that you come across. Our menu is also very traditional for breakfast except that I will be offering a lighter fare with protein smoothies etc. I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor so I will be offering personal training on site.

The B&B is a reflection of you and your personalities. If you are laid back and casual, then don't go over the top with the decor. YOU will be uncomfortable trying to maintain that. If your personalities are more formal, then a more reserved B&B decor will suit you.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. I have quilts and easy to care for decor. Other innkeepers are more formal and their decor shows that.

What you want to watch is how you present your B&B in 'print' on the web. If you have a very formal website then guests will be confused when they arrive to a casual couple and a casual style. If you stay consistent with your message you will draw the right kind of guests to you.

sort of.

Some of us bought into a "turnkey" B&B and without gutting the place and starting over to reflect our own styles, we do what we can.

I am NOT into antiques, yet have a house filled with them.  I did/do buy them for the B&B as part of keeping up what we already having going here.  I can converse and discuss antiques with people.

A guest checking out today said "Would you ever be selling any of these pieces?"  I said, "wait for the email." jokingly.

But this is NOT my style at all.  So I do other things to make it my style. Incorporate it into my style.  But to be fair and honest these guest rooms do not reflect what I prefer for myself (and in fact have in my own quarters).  But it is fun to decorate with this stuff.  I was at an antique mall this week and the clerk asked me if I collected salt and pepper shakers.  I told her no, these will be used often.  She was puzzled.

I bought vintage ones for this breakfast delivery thing I am doing now for the highest priced rooms (2 rooms) if they order it as an add-on.  I wanted something small and quaint, and antique to go on their tray.  I was happy to find 3 sets at this antique mall.

So see, I keep adding to this collection here.

OK, this is another observation of mine (which you are saying isn't true, but here goes anyway)- if you buy a 'turnkey' B&B it is more than likely already what you would have done yourself had you started from scratch. I've seen several B&B's bought and sold and for the ones that weren't gutted completely, redone, renamed, etc, the people who bought them 'belong' in them.

Strictly my obbo based on the sale and purchase of 5 B&B's whose owners I know.

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OK, this is another observation of mine (which you are saying isn't true, but here goes anyway)- if you buy a 'turnkey' B&B it is more than likely already what you would have done yourself had you started from scratch. I've seen several B&B's bought and sold and for the ones that weren't gutted completely, redone, renamed, etc, the people who bought them 'belong' in them.

Strictly my obbo based on the sale and purchase of 5 B&B's whose owners I know.

Not even close.  not for THIS innkeeper.  We didn't buy the place for the era at all.  I know some would however.  We bought it for layout, location, etc etc.  I am not saying I want it modern, at all, but Iam not going to reinvent the wheel for this place.  I WILL strip the frou frou out of it, that was not hard as I am young and po's were all old.

okay, now I put my foot in it.  I never said HOW OLD.  Smiling

I do have a gnome in my foyer now, just to tick people off.  LOL!  I LOVE THAT GNOME!

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You may remove your foot, Dearie. Us oldsters (this one anyway) don't mind being the oldsters. Being old gives us more license to speak our minds (assuming we have a mind left)......

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we have one room that can take more than 2 person... and we charge 20 per person over 2 persons up to 5 max for that room.... it's a king suite with sleeper sofa and a twin cot.  If it's a child under 2, we only charge 10 extra. 

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We researched many B&B's in our area and we settled on 95-110 per night . We would not be the most expensive nor the cheapest --right in the middle.. I did notice some charge 15-20 for extra person --I take it that is for a third person? Pretty tough if its only a double room.

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were right in the middle too.

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riverbendnewbie wrote:

We researched many B&B's in our area and we settled on 95-110 per night . We would not be the most expensive nor the cheapest --right in the middle.. I did notice some charge 15-20 for extra person --I take it that is for a third person? Pretty tough if its only a double room.

Extra person would be THIRD or FOURTH person charge.  Not the other half of a double room. 

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So do you offer cots then?

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So do you offer cots then?

One of our rooms has a queen bed and a full sleeper sofa.  Room for an extra person, or two kids, or two couples if they don't mind being cozy.

Another room has a king-sized bed and a futon that becomes a twin sized bed.  There's also room in there for a rollaway, folding bed, so I can (and have) put four adults in there.

The third room has a king bed (no room for a rollaway) and the fourth has two twins (no room for someone on the floor). 

One of the few reservations I had to cancel was one where a lady was coming for her son's orientation... probably with her son, in the room with the two twins.  Then she was bringing her husband... the son would sleep on the floor.  I'm like, only if he doesn't mind getting stepped on.  Fine, he'll sleep in the van.  I'm thinking, and which shower is he using?  What towels?  When she wanted to add her daughter I finally convinced her she'd be more comfortable at a motel.  But that we'd naturally love to host her another time if she'd like to come back and visit her son... hopefully in one of the larger rooms!

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I have put up a spring-loaded cot (although rarely) if I had one room available and 2 men and it was up to them to decide who got the bed. Moreoften and this is also not often, the cot will go up for a kid. $20 extra unless I am feeling magnanimous as in a military family moving to a new duty station,

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riverbendnewbie wrote:

So do you offer cots then?

No cots here. I have a few rooms with 2 beds. I will not put cots in the other rooms, nor will I put cots in the rooms with 2 beds. Many guests do not understand why not. It's hard to explain to them that the more guests in the room, the less everyone (including the guests in the surrounding rooms) will enjoy it. It's more wear and tear on the building and on me. The more guests in each room, the more guests I have to feed, the more times I have to change out the dining room in one morning, the more guests milling around waiting to be seated making the early risers feel like they have to hurry.

Nope, doesn't work. I can seat 75% of the guests at a time. If that dropped to 50% I would not like it. And there would then be that many more 'picky eaters' to deal with! I know places that will cram them in like sardines. I don't want it to look like a clown car in the morning when 5 guests pop out of one room. Nope.

 

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I don't think cots would be appropriate for adults. Maybe for a child. We had a twin sleeper sofa in one of our guest rooms we used for an extra person.

If a room is only suited for 2 persons that is all that goes in it...no room for anything else. IF you have the room to put in  say a ROLL AWAY bed that would be appropriate for an adult.

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My cots are spring-loaded canvas and I have had adults sleep on them. We slept on them when we went camping. They are not as comfortable as a bed, but not bad. I put an "egg-crate" foam on it and then a mattress pad before I add the sheets.

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riverbendnewbie wrote:

So do you offer cots then?

Just depends on your place.  I have a sofa bed in one room for a third person, but all other rooms are max 2 people.

Some here have 2 beds per room and can accomodate more than 2 people per room. I will let them answer this.

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Never CHEAP...Less expensive.

ANd..if you are satisfied with what you are providing and your guests are as well...I wouldn't worry.  The others may be OVERPRICED.

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I've had a couple of getaway couples who said they liked our price... one was looking for around $100 and going up to $120 wasn't a big jump--she's the one who wanted online booking.  The other couple said we were a lot cheaper than the other place they considered.  After more discussion with them I'm sure they were looking at the large, romantic, getaway castle in the woods with the hot tubs... they felt that for over $200 a night they didn't get that much more than what our nicest room has for $120.

Cheaper is not a bad thing, when it's cheaper than the fanciest place in the county!

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It may have been that your cheaper room was available but other places only had their most expensive room available, so for that particular stay, you were the cheapest.  Or they only compared you to one other that was a lot more expensive.   Some people only compare one or two before making a choice, while others compare 10-20.  Eye-wink

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She said COUPLE, not family. I am sure the 5 kids were at home, she was eluding to their economic status.

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JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:

She said COUPLE, not family. I am sure the 5 kids were at home, she was eluding to their economic status.

You're right.  I missed that.  Sad

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It might be that you are the cheapest of the two B&B's that would take the children.

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Well you know if you were least expensive or not?  Guests don't have a clue about MOST of what we do in and for our B&B's or other B&B's.  Take it with a grain of salt.

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