As a vacation rental apartment guest (4 guests max), what coffeemaker would you like to see in the kitchen?

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hahaha!  i toast you, arks, with my mega coffee mug (it takes two k-cups on the highest mug size setting to fill it) i love love love a hot cuppa,my favorite is a BIG mug i can wrap my hands around.  it's all part of the experience. 

 

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I love my Keurig too, seashanty. Really, EVERY time I drink a cup, I think about how delicious it is. And every time I drink a cup from my drip machine, I think...nothing. Just coffee. Just blah. 

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i love these ideas.  now that keurig is acting like the makers of printers and trying to force you to buy only their k-cups for the newest coffee maker, i have experimented a lot with re-using pods, and saving the tops to trick the newer maker to take generic k-cups. the one thing i can't make a new keurig do is accept the plastic refillable cups.  

i do live with a few oldies who tried to make hot cocoa by pouring the hot cocoa mix right into the place where the cup fits. what a mess!  i said, just heat the water and put the cocoa in your mug (please!)  ha, gotta love 'em.  

i pre-fill the k-cups ahead of time so i can just make the coffee and go.

i didn't think i'd love my keurig (i do), but then again i didn't think i'd love my i-phone.  

 

also, a lot of the coffee that hotels leave in the rooms for you to make your own cuppa with the little coffee maker is absolute garbage.  as i've been told, maybe i gotta stay at a better class of hotel.

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Multiple re-uses for our beloved K-CUPS!

http://creative.viralnova.com/coffee-pod-crafts/?mb=sga

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I gotta tell you, though, that the other day I made myself a "grande" cup (my machine lets you pick to brew a small, medium, or large cup) and forgot to put the mug under it. I pressed the start button, left the room for a while, then returned to get my coffee.

It has a catch basin under it, but not enough to hold a grande blush

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Arks wrote:

I gotta tell you, though, that the other day I made myself a "grande" cup (my machine lets you pick to brew a small, medium, or large cup) and forgot to put the mug under it. I pressed the start button, left the room for a while, then returned to get my coffee.

It has a catch basin under it, but not enough to hold a grande blush

Ohhh, you got to lap it up like a dog!

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Oh, and back to the topic of coffee, I've discovered another benefit of the one-cup coffeemaker. This afternoon I cleaned the apartment after a 2-nighter family of 3 left, and discovered they had bought an 18 pack of Starbuck's k-cups, used about 4 and left the rest! I took a couple for myself and left the rest in the cabinet for future guests to enjoy.

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That is as good as a tip!

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Good for you! Both on the year rental and on your personal Keurig machine. I suggest all the time to guests that they use ice in their mug to make iced tea or coffee with our single brew system. Most people never think about making a cold drink with it.

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One of the Keurig machines I bought recently is now my personal property. Right after I bought it for one of my vacation rental apartments, I got an offer I couldn't refuse to rent the apartment for 12 months. So I kept the machine for myself rather than "wasting" it on an apartment that's already at 100% occupancy for the next year.

I'm definitely drinking more coffee now, because it's so easy to make a cup any time, and because it's so much fun to try all the different pods available. Even our local Walmart has about 35 different ones to chose from!

Also, since it came with a "roll your own" pod, I've been using it to make iced tea. On occasions when I don't need to make a whole pitcher, I just fill a mug with ice, squeeze in some lemon, and let the machine pour hot tea on the ice, which dilutes it to the perfect concentration. It melts about half the ice, leaving the perfect amount to keep the drink cold.

I grew up with loose tea we bought in Lipton boxes, added it to boiling water in a pan, then poured it through a screen mesh strainer into the pitcher. I discovered that Walmart's tea is now 99.9% tea bags. I finally found one small box of lose Lipton tea, hidden on the bottom shelf, and it cost double, by net weight, what the tea in bags costs! So I bought bags and just tear one open and pour it into the "roll your own" pod.

Yes, I'm playing with a new toy here! But it's a wonderful invention!

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Congrats on the long-term!!! I have also purchased the reuse pods and like them. I can make decafe pods for DH instead of a pot - one cup is usually his limit. And I can make a cup of my coffee while the big pot perks. Love  your iced tea and iced coffee info. I may actually stat using some of the teas I have this summer!

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Congrats on the long-term!!!

Thanks! I calculated, based on it's first six months, what I expected the apartment to bring in during a full year. Of course, those six months were June through November, the busiest months, so it probably wouldn't perform that well for a full year.

The renter is paying me about twice what I expected to make off the apartment, and THEY are handling cleaning and furnishing all the supplies (TP, soap, coffee, etc.). I will check the place occasionally to make sure it's well care for. I just pay the insurance, utilities, and taxes and collect rent monthly! Sweet deal!

It's a local company that will be bringing in out of town "white collar" people all year to do specialized work at the company. 

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That is a sweet deal for you!  Congrats. All your hard work is paying off for you big time...YEAH!

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SWEEEET!  Good for you!

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When I was a child, the lady next door bought the first electric can opener any of us had ever seen. The first night, she opened every can in her pantry, playing with it!

That's how I feel with their Keurig. When it's just sitting there, saying "Ready To Brew" and you can pop in a k-cup and 60 seconds later have a hot cup of whatever, well nobody can resist that kind of instant gratification. No wonder guests can go through these things fast!

So far the only thing I don't like about this unit is that it has a shiny chrome bar you lift to insert and remove the k-cups. That means finger prints that will require extra attention each time the place is flipped. I wish they had used a matte finish. It's a coffeemaker, not a sports car!

Well, it's pretty close to a sports car.

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When I was a child, the lady next door bought the first electric can opener any of us had ever seen. The first night, she opened every can in her pantry, playing with it!

heart I love these stories.

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I went to Sam's Club today and bought the Keurig K65 Signature model for $130. It came with a dozen assorted K-Cups, a dozen "Newman's Special Blend", and a dozen "Nantucket Blend".

I fully intend to drink all 12 in the assorted pack myself (not at one sitting) so it can help me decide what to stock at my place. Definitely some regular, some bold, some decaf, and some hot chocolate for when Madeleine comes to visit. Maybe some herbal tea or something also.

Kid in a candy shop feeling. 

This model is very tall, will easily manage my tallest clay mugs. And the stand you set the cup on is removable so it could even handle cups over an inch taller.

It has 3 brew settings, 6 oz., 8 oz., and 10 oz. and a 60 oz. water reservoir. 

I LOVE GADGETS! I may have to keep this one for myself and get another one for the guests!

EDITED TO ADD: Oh, I also picked up a box of 80 K-Cups at Sam's, Folgers Gourmet Selections "Lively Columbian" medium roast, for $35 so that comes to 44 cents each. Luckily, coffee is considered food in Arkansas, so no sales tax tacked on.

EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: This unit also comes with a "My K-Cup" reusable K-Cup so you can use any coffee you want in the machine.

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Arks wrote:

I fully intend to drink all 12 in the assorted pack myself (not at one sitting) so it can help me decide what to stock at my place. Definitely some regular, some bold, some decaf, and some hot chocolate for when Madeleine comes to visit. Maybe some herbal tea or something also.

Don't get the hot cocoa, it clogs the machine.

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Don't get the hot cocoa, it clogs the machine.

THANKS! I would not have known that! I found this at the Keurig website...

When brewing hot cocoa, Café Escapes or Perfect Iced Tea K-Cup® varieties, you should always remove these K-Cup® packs after brewing and perform a cleansing brew to ensure that the K-Cup™ Holder is clear of any residue.

Obviously, guests are not going to do any maintenance steps, so no k-cup cocoa for them!

I do provide hot chocolate packets, so they can enjoy it that way, using the electric kettle, or the Keurig with no k-cup to heat the water, or the microwave. Of course, when I make hot chocolate with those packets, I use milk in place of water! Yum!

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When I find the hot cocoa pods at an inn I always do a clean to get the coffee out. The water that comes out of a supposedly empty machine is tea colored.

I pour a nice tot of half and half in the hot cocoa made with water. Works wonders!

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Arks wrote:

I went to Sam's Club today and bought the Keurig K65 Signature model for $130. It came with a dozen assorted K-Cups, a dozen "Newman's Special Blend", and a dozen "Nantucket Blend".

Off topic, but just curious.  How far do you gave to drive to get to a Sam's?

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Off topic, but just curious.  How far do you gave to drive to get to a Sam's?

It's about 40 minutes to Sam's in Jonesboro. We're in Jonesboro often, so I just pick supplies up when we're in town anyway. The nearest Costco is in a couple of hours away in Memphis Crying, sad

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I LOVE GADGETS! I may have to keep this one for myself and get another one for the guests!

Yeahhh baby. And everyone here told me to not get the flavored type as they clog the machine, so I listened to that advice.

I buy various ones but overall have liked the GEVALIA (sold at Walmart or any grocery store now) and they have diff blends, breakfast, signature, Columbia, royal dark roast, etc

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ANYTHING but MR COFFEE. All their pots leak like a sieve.

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I made a cup here with the one cup and my Gillum Mug was too tall, it is a taller variety than stouter clay type mug.

The one I got from Arks, but it never stayed here, and it is in the midwest somewhere would not fit these one cup machines. It was a taller version, and in fact that was why I liked that one! Dang it.  I know one of the innkeepers, when all settles down will send it on over, maybe if they go to PAII and I am on the way...No hurry, I know where it is.

PS If Penelope is still going to PAII 2014, don't forget about stopping here overnight. heart

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If you decide to add either Keurig, or Senseo (plus Hamilton Beach - using pods that have less wasted materials but pods are much harder to find unless you go to Am azon) You can stock a reasonable supply in the apts. and sell both machines and replacement K cups at the Variety Store!

I also have a small water heater under the sink in the kitchen that has hot water on demand for tea and cocoa.

The reason I used our machine was to save you cleaning and your coffee smiley

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You can stock a reasonable supply in the apts. and sell both machines and replacement K cups at the Variety Store!

Excellent idea! I was concerned about giving people a starter supply and having them run out. If I put out too many, some will just take them because they are considered freebies. Selling cups at my sister's store across the street is the perfect solution!

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The reason I used our machine was to save you cleaning and your coffee smiley

It would not have been a problem, but very thoughtful of you, and smart, too, to travel with your own!

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As a little gift for ourselves, we just bought a Hami lton Beach single cup machine. We bought it because it doesn't take any pods, just regular coffee. I think it would work very well for your place Arkie. Yes, you do have a container with coffee grounds they would use, but I don't see any problem with that. We've provided that for our cottage for many years and no one seems to have a problem with it.

With this new machine, you scoop out how much coffee you want (it makes small and larger cups), put the grounds in the filter (there are 2 reusable filters), pop in the filter, then fill your cup up with water and pour it into the machine. There is a button for regular and bold. I do the bold, DH the regular and we both love it. There is a little shelf that pops out where you place your cup.

We got it in the store where it was listed for $60, then had a store coupon and went online and got a manufacturers coupon and ended up paying only about $35.

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I think the Keuring type would just be all around much less problem. I wouldn't want to deal with coffee grounds. You've been lucky Smiling

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I am also going to vote Keurig. I am going to get one (the credit card rewards canceled my order so i am back to square one) in the next few days. Since I have custom thrown mugs, I need to get the big one.

 

Update - I lucked out that my order was canceled. It was for the mini. Not a good choice. I went to Ko hl's today and the Eli te usually 149.99 version was not in stock - only the more expensive programmable which I rejected due to price and complication. Taking a word from those what have them, I went with the one you just hit the button to choose cup size. Was priced at $119.99 less 20% using store card, it will be shipped to me with no S/H since they did not have it & got it with tax for $101.75. Should be here next week.

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As a guest, being a guest there and not having the innkeeper make a pot of coffee for me like in a regular B&B...

All four of us WERE using the one cup machine that we brought along. I think that may tell you my answer. Why? Not sure why, other than we had it, so we used it and it was easy. When we wanted a cup we went and made one. We could double up on the pods with the machine we brought and make a stronger cup of coffee. (not little pod/cup, but sachets)

But...the mugs at the apartment may not fit the smaller one cup machines.

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I'm reviving this elderly thread of thoughts and wondering if any of you have changed your mind on coffee makers. I ask because, in flipping 2 apartments yesterday, I poured out 16 perfectly good cups of coffee, and didn't like that!

I provide 12-cup Mr. Coffees and reg. and decaf packets that make 10 to 12 cups (depending on how strong you like it). So if somebody only wants 1 or 2 cups, they still have to make a whole pot and throw out the extra.

I can't just provide a canister of loose coffee and let them put their dirty spoons in to get the amount they want, so I'm needing to take a different direction. I imagine I could find 4-cup packets. which would cut the waste. They'd use multiple packets to make a full pot..

But I'd also consider buying a Keurig single cup machine to offer in addition to the 12-cup machine. I have plenty of space for both.Thoughts? I know JB has had a turn around in thinking on this subject, so I thought I'd see what a difference 3 years can make.

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I feel your pain! There are mornings we throw out a LOT of coffee because everyone was swilling it down and as we make the 4th pot everyone decides they're done.

The Keurig works well for us in the evenings altho the number of guests who stand looking at the brewed coffee in the morning and ask where can they get some coffee is mind boggling. They don't see the K machine and therefore there is no coffee.

We provide 36 K cups with 4-5 different blends during the evening. Decaf gets used a lot so don't short the guests on decaf pods.

If I had to have the machine out for brekkie I would go with a breakfast blend in reg and decaf and several stronger/darker blends.

Save your money and don't get flavors. You're always stuck with something no one likes. You could have flavored creamers if that's a big thing by you.

We have the commercial machine which holds enough water for 6 10 oz cups. The machine goes from 6-10 oz. Our 12 oz mugs fit nicely with lots of room to spare. (These are your standard 'souvenir' style mugs, the kind you see everywhere.)

Most people set the water level at 10 oz so I would say most people are used to a really big 'cup' of coffee.

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You can order pre-packaged packets of coffee to go with a 12 cup coffee maker. 

We tried them for the B&B and our usage, but they usually don't have enough coffee for us, so we either use a high end, like Reunion Island which packages it so quickly that the gas is still trapped in the package, or we actually have to add more coffee to them.

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These days seem like the Keuring...or similar is the way to go. You don't have to offer a ton of options / flavors but one cup at a time would reduce waste. I think more and more are now understanding what they are and how they work.

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These days seem like the Keuring...or similar is the way to go. You don't have to offer a ton of options / flavors but one cup at a time would reduce waste. I think more and more are now understanding what they are and how they work.

YES!

Esp if you can offer a STRONGER CUP like Dark Sumatra and make me very happy, vs a lukewarm breakfast blend. yes

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TRUE STORY told to me yesterday

Mom and Dad went to Seattle for my nieces UW graduation. After flying all day, fighting Friday work traffic on I-5 in their rental car, they got there to find a Keurig. Dad went into this drama trying to explain it to me, and trust me there were a few expletives involved, I told him Dad yes I know all about them... (again, he has no clue what I do).

So from all of that, he had to get in the car and drive to find someplace that sold coffee pots. So he could make a simple pot of coffee and relax. He was not happy.  

For a one off cup of tea or cocoa or what have you, but not for real coffee drinkers, let them have a pot of coffee, please.

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Would he have been really thrown by a place we stayed in Sonoma that only had French press pots and ground coffee on a table in the dining room? 

I was thrown by them....only because there was no WATER source of any kind where the pots & coffee were located.  And no innkeeper around to ask...

I ended up loading the coffee and taking it to our room and filling it with water from the bathroom tap.  Which required filling a glass and dumping it into the French press. 

Another case of if you were the guest, what would you do? 

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I found some waterproof labels you can print with a laser printer. I can make up a label to stick on the electric tea kettle saying, "Use this to heat water to boiling. It will heat your tea or cocoa water twice as fast as the microwave."

Maybe that will help our fellow Americans realize what the thing is for! (And what it's NOT for...I can just see someone trying to heat soup in the thing.)

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I found some waterproof labels you can print with a laser printer. I can make up a label to stick on the electric tea kettle saying, "Use this to heat water to boiling. It will heat your tea or cocoa water twice as fast as the microwave."

Maybe that will help our fellow Americans realize what the thing is for! (And what it's NOT for...I can just see someone trying to heat soup in the thing.)

I've seen people make cup o'soup in the coffee pot.

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Those pots get very hot so if it is not insulated, make sure your labels won't melt.

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Those pots get very hot so if it is not insulated, make sure your labels won't melt.

Good point. We'll see. May have to put the label or sign by the pot, rather than on it!

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Okay I was just at an appt and there was a single cup keurig with plexigalss form with instructions. I had to take my cup to the bathroom to get water to put in the unit (which grossed me out) but having been reading this prior I went to see how much I would enjoy it. I only had it because the A/C was blasting and I had goose bumps...

I can't see this in any form replacing a pot of coffee. BTW all the good coffee was gone as well as the hot cocoas and teas (they were all heaped in the trash).

 

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If guests are making their own breakfast in the rental unit, then give them a proper coffee maker, 8 to 12 cup capacity. K-cups are great for an afternoon or evening beverage, but in the morning some people need their coffee by the vat. I would easily go through 3 K-cups on my own in the morning. And not everyone knows how to use those Kuerig machines.

I'm also pro electric kettle. Usefull for hot chocolate, tea, cuppa soup, ramen noodle soups, etc.

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I'm torn on this one. I voted for a 12 cup pot, because that's what I would do. What I would want for myself is different. If I were the guest, I would like the k-cup. The reason I would not have the k-cup is without any innkeeper there, I'm sure most of those k-cups would disappear, whether used or not. As a vacation rental, the guest hasn't 'bonded' with anyone and would feel less guilt taking 'extras'. If you leave just a few for them, then it looks like you're cheap....if you leave more, I guarantee people will pocket them and it would cost more in the long run than tossing a half a caraff of coffee if they don't drink the whole pot!

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....if you leave more, I guarantee people will pocket them and it would cost more in the long run than tossing a half a caraff of coffee if they don't drink the whole pot!

I wouldn't want to nickle and dime people, but wonder about an honor system, asking them to put 75 cents in a bowl for each k-cup used. Those little pods are expensive!

Naw. I don't like that either.

I've been looking at the $3.50/pair slippers from InnStyle. I know some places charge extra if people take a pair of slippers (you don't wash and reuse those like you do the robes), but I just don't want to nickle and dime. I'd rather give them the slippers, hoping people won't take them unless they really want them.

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I had a room with a full kitchen (original kitchen of that house), including all appliances and microwave, toaster, 12 cup auto shut off coffee maker.  We had guests who stayed longer book that room.  It was equipped with the basics for a longer stay in terms of dishes, cutlery, and pans - even placemats and cloth napkins, paper towels, hot pads, etc. I had cannisters with fresh ground coffee (reg & decaf), cocoa, and hot cider packs.  I also supplied packets of sugar and artificial sweeteners, and salt & pepper.  I also stocked the fridge with water and sodas.  Depending on the rate and length of stay, I might provide daily housekeeping and replenish everything daily or I might provide twice or once a week housekeeping and not replenish stuff.   This room had a private outside entrance and guests staying longer often shopped and cooked their own food.

Having a bit of coffee and the other things made it nice for guests until they could get their bearing for where to shop. 

I also had a room with a "kitchenette" - sink, microwave, and mini fridge.  They had fewer dishes, etc. and a smaller 4 cup coffee pot, but still had the coffee, etc. 

I had an inventory posted inside the cabinets of each room which could remind me what to refresh or if something was missing (which never was).  Had a couple of broken glasses which guests offered to pay for. 

I had to see how people used the rooms to tweak everything - like adding some paper plates for the kitchenette and a few inexpensive plastic leftovers containers for the big kitchen. 

You have to figure out what you want to provide at your price point, the use of your guests, etc.  It can be evolving and isn't a big deal, I think.

 

 

 

 

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....if you leave more, I guarantee people will pocket them and it would cost more in the long run than tossing a half a caraff of coffee if they don't drink the whole pot!

I wouldn't want to nickle and dime people, but wonder about an honor system, asking them to put 75 cents in a bowl for each k-cup used. Those little pods are expensive!

Naw. I don't like that either.

I've been looking at the $3.50/pair slippers from InnStyle. I know some places charge extra if people take a pair of slippers (you don't wash and reuse those like you do the robes), but I just don't want to nickle and dime. I'd rather give them the slippers, hoping people won't take them unless they really want them.

Last month I stayed at a hotel in FL a a K-cup machine was in our room. On check-in there were 3 pods, 2 reg & 1 decaf. GREAT! Next day, room was freshened....no refill of k-cups. Turns out they expected you to buy them for $1.50 each downstairs. NOT SO GREAT! We ended up asking nicely to housekeeping each day and left her a good tip.

Loved the hotel, but it made them seem real cheesy to not provide us 3 a day and then sell the pods for 3xs what their cost was. We would have been very happy with 3 a day.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Last month I stayed at a hotel in FL a a K-cup machine was in our room. On check-in there were 3 pods, 2 reg & 1 decaf. GREAT! Next day, room was freshened....no refill of k-cups. Turns out they expected you to buy them for $1.50 each downstairs. NOT SO GREAT! We ended up asking nicely to housekeeping each day and left her a good tip.

Loved the hotel, but it made them seem real cheesy to not provide us 3 a day and then sell the pods for 3xs what their cost was. We would have been very happy with 3 a day.

Yes, that is annoying of the hotel to do that. We know they buy in bulk and pay a LOT less than 50 cents each. (I do, so why not the hotels???)

 

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