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I have 5 rooms with three price-points. All have private baths. Room #1, our least expensive, is a queen bed with minimal amenities (a standard jetted tub and shower combo); Rooms 2,3 & 4 are also queen, but priced higher because of the extra amenities (one has a hot tub, one has a jetted bathtub for two and the other has a tiled 4'x5' shower with two shower heads including a 10" rainfall); the 5th room is our cottage with a king-sized bed and a hot tub. This is our most expensive room, but has the highest occupancy (was rented 21 out of 29 days in Feb, for example)

Reviewing my stats, Room #4 is the least popular, followed by Room #1 which is the least expensive. Room #4 is the one with the queen bed and the big shower (no tub).

I've got the space in Room #4 to replace the queen bed with a king. Do you think this would make the room more desirable? I'd keep the price the same. It would be a significant initial investment - king frame, new mattress & box spring (it's time to replace one anyway), comforter, mattress pad, pillows, etc.

Comments and opinions welcome. Thanks!

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The problem is that it's an oddly configured room even though its a very attractive room.  It took me several looks through the photos to begin to figure it out & I still don't know what the counter top with mirror and drape is about.  I think calling it a "suite" is also misleading.

With the toilet is one place in a closet, sink in the room, and then the shower virtually in the room as well (albeit in an alcove-ish area), this is just not optimal for travelers today.   I think this is your problem with booking this room.  Before you invest in a large King bed set and headboard, etc., I would explain the room configuration better in your website description, put up a screen or drapes in front of the shower, and maybe re-think how to furnish the space where you can put a third person.  Does a third guest want to look at a shower door, frosted or not? 

I also agree with Joey and think that you might try lowering the price of the room a bit, because this room doesn't seem to me as desirable as the other rooms which look to be priced a bit lower or the same. 

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 The other option is drop it $10 as it is the same price as the others and see what happens before spending MORE and not having the outcome (the outlay will be hefty for a king bed)

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The shower doesn't bother me, I would book it. But, if you can fit a king bed in there, do it. It will definitely book more. I have 1 room that is the only room with a standard size whirlpool tub...it's the last one to rent because everyone wants the double tubs. BUT, it has a king bed and people will rent it just for that and compromise on the double tub issue.

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I did not even think of the shower as a bad thing. I did like the gas fireplace though. Super cool as it has a small foot print. seems like I could one one of those to our place.

We get the same deal. The king sized beds rent first. But our queen sized bed rooms are smaller so maybe the photos reflect that?

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But. . . it is our only room with a king size bed.  I do know people have booked it because of the bed.  I say go with the king and raise the price!

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See there ya go, different strokes for different folks. 

So now, since we are seeing that some of these rooms are great sellers, maybe that it depends on your marketing.  Is your B&B considered a romantic getaway type of place? And is that how you market it?  That may be the key! 

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OK got it thanks Joey

 

Yep you have what I have.  The shower in the room, but it is our best selling room.  Let me ask this, it seems you all want privacy when showering, how do you feel about tubs being in the room? 

But I think I'll add a shower curtain to block it off, that would be no big deal.

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Ice wrote:

OK got it thanks Joey

 

Yep you have what I have.  The shower in the room, but it is our best selling room.  Let me ask this, it seems you all want privacy when showering, how do you feel about tubs being in the room? 

But I think I'll add a shower curtain to block it off, that would be no big deal.

Absolutely hate tubs in the room. I won't book a room with any part of the bathroom not behind closed doors. We had a room in an inn once with just the sink in the room. Disaster. DH is up at the crack of dawn with the light on shaving.

Our different time schedules are one reason why I do not want an en suite bathroom when we move to a house.

I know I don't have to use the tub, but it looks so 'Poconos' to me (which was the height of heart-shaped tubs and red velvet beds back in the 80's). I have yet to see a tub-in-the-room installation that did not look tacky. Apologies to everyone who has that set up but it just doesn't appeal to me.

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 I personally love a soaking tub, but not in the bedroom.  And there is no way I would ever install one in our B+B because a steaming tub/shower in a bedroom would wreak havoc on the furnishings. Mildew on walls, woodwork, ceiling and bedding would be guaranteed in our humid, seaside environment if the tub/shower were located in the bedroom.  No, I like my bathroom fixtures, including the tub and shower, in the bathroom where the exhaust fan can be used to control the humidity level and the clean-up is straightforward. With that said, I know that the traveling public does not necessarily agree...especially the younger generation looking for an intimate, romantic getaway.  Your pictures look inviting for a rendezvous in the shower....I would market for that age group and put a king-size bed in the room if you have the space.

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Silverspoon wrote:

 I personally love a soaking tub, but not in the bedroom.  And there is no way I would ever install one in our B+B because a steaming tub/shower in a bedroom would wreak havoc on the furnishings. Mildew on walls, woodwork, ceiling and bedding would be guaranteed in our humid, seaside environment if the tub/shower were located in the bedroom.  No, I like my bathroom fixtures, including the tub and shower, in the bathroom where the exhaust fan can be used to control the humidity level and the clean-up is straightforward. With that said, I know that the traveling public does not necessarily agree...especially the younger generation looking for an intimate, romantic getaway.  Your pictures look inviting for a rendezvous in the shower....I would market for that age group and put a king-size bed in the room if you have the space.

Our rooms have the whirlpool tub in the main room to the side. They always book first. I have a devil of a time booking the room with no whirlpool tub in it. When we finish the other two rooms with tubs we will make that room the living room part of a suite to solve that problem. Our guests love the tub in the room so it must be a younger generation thing. I also hate to lounge in the barhroom when using a whirlpool tub. I want to see a nicer view than the toilet.

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I totally agree with the 'rendezvous in the shower' but I would want it somehow blocked from the rest of the room. Also, do not know where the entry doors and windows are. Would like to know 'housekeeping' is not going to open the door and everyone in the hallway get an eyeful!

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 I'm the opposite. I think those that enjoy a whirlpool tub enjoy it in the nook off the bedroom as they can watch a movie on the tv or look out the picture window. I can't think of anything less romantic than trying to enjoy a whirlpool tub with a view of the toilet, no matter how many candles or rose petals you try to put around it!

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 I personally hate tubs in the room. I want my privacy. I am not comfortable with them. But I don't use a tub anyway.

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I would really like to see the room but I have no ideal who you are.  Could you email me your website?  How do all you keep up with who is who?

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Ice wrote:

I would really like to see the room but I have no ideal who you are.  Could you email me your website?  How do all you keep up with who is who?

Check the profile.

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The door to the privvy opens just fine. I do have to remind people, though, that when they have the a/c on to keep the door closed. Otherwise, all it does is cool the door.

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Yes, this is certainly an 'en suite' bathroom. The toilet is in a closet by the a/c uint and the sink is in the room itself. The glass on the shower doors is very mottled, so you can't see thru it. Thanks for the suggestions on the curtain, though. That might help.

There is also a twin daybed in this room which is what's on the other side of the curtain-area. So, you could close the curtains and shower privately while the other person sits on the daybed and watches tv.

If I did put a shower curtain of sorts in the area, would I put it on the inside of the shower door, or the outside?

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BTW, I am not able to figure out how you get that bathroom door open with the A/C unit right there! Do you have problems with guests jamming the door into the A/C?

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I would put it outside the door. Even a folding screen would be better than the feeling that anyone could walk into the room (to clean, perhaps?) and there you are in your altogether. Those same drapes you have on the alcove would make it look really interesting. Not sure how that would work with the fireplace right there, tho. You could suspend a rod pole from the ceiling using rigid poles to avoid the drapes swinging.

I'm not thrilled with these directions, but they are useful. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-hang-curtains-across-an-829

This photo isn't too bad:

 

I have to laugh that the other person would sit on the couch and watch TV while a 'real' show was going on right there in front of them!

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To solve the shower privacy problems, you can easily put a curtain up that pulls over in front of the shower. I don't know what they're called, but kind of like the ones that they have in Dr. offices or hospitals, but of course prettier. It can be tied up neatly on the wall to the right of the shower. If people have a problem with the privacy, they can just pull the curtain.

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I think they do from the way the curtains show but you have to make it clear to the guests that this option is avaliable or just don't show it in the pictures.

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I have to agree with the previous comments about the shower in #4.

Queen bed = yes

No privacy to shower= um, no thanks.

 

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Im with the others looks like ive got to shower in front of my husband and him the same. this is fun if you are a honeymoon couple or whatever for about once. Do not personally want to see my husband washing his crown jewels to put it bluntly! would take the picture in a different way and not bother changing the bed as I doubt it would alter bookings.

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Ok, there's another difference...we call them the 'family jewels' but, of course, you have the family that owns the jewels so you get to call them the crown jewels!

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OK, so now I have also looked at the layout of the room and I am with JB on this as well.  It is more a layout of the room than the bed size.  Personlly, even though I have been married to the same man for eternity, I like to bathe in private and so does he.  And with view of the drapes in the photos, it gives the impression that the other bath areas are only hidden by a drape.  If not the case, loose the pictures or crop out the drapes which give the impression.  Your place looks inviting. 

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OK, so now I have also looked at the layout of the room and I am with JB on this as well.  It is more a layout of the room than the bed size.  Personlly, even though I have been married to the same man for eternity, I like to bathe in private and so does he.  And with view of the drapes in the photos, it gives the impression that the other bath areas are only hidden by a drape.  If not the case, loose the pictures or crop out the drapes which give the impression.  Your place looks inviting. 

Let me help rephrase that... "Personlly, even though I have been married to the same man for eternity, this is more reason to want to bathe in private, wait I mean, the more reason I want HIM to bathe in private."  HAHA  

 

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Not even a shower curtain? I do not want that room either. Sorry, just looking at the photos (which I had not done earlier) gives the answer to your question. I do not care how big the bed is - I want privacy with anything to do with the bathroom.

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I'm going to agree with Joey on this. Looking at the layout of the room, I would not take that room because I don't see how I can shower in private. If I'm missing something, so are the guests. So, rather than changing the bed, an option is to make it clear the shower isn't right in the open (you could even hang a drape from the ceiling to block it) or to lose that photo.

A second thing in re the photos (which I like, they're really pretty) is now that I have seen the shower location I am wondering if those drapes in the forefront are closing off the the rest of the bathroom, in which case I am definitely not taking that room if the other rooms have walls around the bahtroom.

BTW- that is an excellent occ rate for that one room in Feb!

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Personally if I HAD the space I would put two beds in one room, to garner those sisters, friends, etc getaways. If I went anywhere with a friend or sister I would want one room, but never one bed. A sofa bed. day bed or roll away would not be an option. I know this isn't what you are asking. 

As for me now looking at your site my immediate reason for not renting what I believe to be #4 with tiled shower is its location (shower), I would invest the money in that area of the room. And then 86 my prev comment as two beds in this room with an exposed shower would never be ideal for those traveling together.

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IF you have the space for the king, I would go for it BUT I would also jump the price by $5 - 10 per night. They are getting more.  Why should you eat the extra costs?

When I finally figured out how to put a queen in one of my rooms that had a full, I raised the price by $20 as I raised my other rates - $4 in the remaining full (it shares the bathroom with the newly added queen) and $6 in my queen w/ensuite bath. To date, no one has questioned ANY of my rates and the new queen went from being the orphan to being #2 in bookings. (I also offer the option of it as a private detached bath for $5 less than the ensuite in which case I do not rent the budget room that night - that has also worked nicely when the ensuite was already booked.)

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While I dislike the look a king bed has on the room (it dominates) I find king beds are the top asked for amenity (well after private baths).  You are seeing the trend, follow your gut.

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 Our least selling rooms are those without jetted tubs for two, and those with queen rather than king. I really think your room will rent more with a king bed.

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