How to price a room with detached bath?

77 replies [Last post]
gillumhouse's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2008

Mtatoc wrote:

camberleyhotelharrogate@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

What would be no loss to do is make it very clear what it is ie this room has a private bathroom which is simply accross the hall from the bedroom, because of this we provide fluffy robes blah blah this bathroom is not shared with any other guests it is yours exclusively. - people are really dumb you have to really spell it out!

Somehow play up the bathroom as different than the rest. More special....like specialty soaps and salts that the others don't have.

That is your answer - Relax in the only tub at the XYZ Inn with your choice of fragrance of bubble bath from our available selection. Wrap your self in a luxurious bath sheet and don a fluffy robe after your soothing soak.

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

gillumhouse wrote:

Mtatoc wrote:

camberleyhotelharrogate@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

What would be no loss to do is make it very clear what it is ie this room has a private bathroom which is simply accross the hall from the bedroom, because of this we provide fluffy robes blah blah this bathroom is not shared with any other guests it is yours exclusively. - people are really dumb you have to really spell it out!

Somehow play up the bathroom as different than the rest. More special....like specialty soaps and salts that the others don't have.

That is your answer - Relax in the only tub at the XYZ Inn with your choice of fragrance of bubble bath from our available selection. Wrap your self in a luxurious bath sheet and don a fluffy robe after your soothing soak.

Relax in the only tub - out in the hallway, and then run back to your room in bare feet.

I am not trying to down play this, I too have a plague bathroom, just wanting to share how it is.

I looked too and it is the other end of the hall, it is PAST two other guest room doors. Therein lies another problem. 

Offline
Joined:
01/19/2012

*

Breakfast Diva's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/26/2009

Maddy has gone to heroic lengths to make it clear to guests what the situation is with the detached bath. Americans just don't like it.

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Breakfast Diva wrote:

Maddy has gone to heroic lengths to make it clear to guests what the situation is with the detached bath. Americans just don't like it.

and in OTHER NEWS I would gladly pay $20 more to wee within the privacy of my own quarters, and not go out into the hall.  I personally, could nor would ever take a detached.  I don't even camp anymore, as much as I love it, but THAT is the main reason, I rent a cabin!

Offline
Joined:
01/19/2012

Breakfast Diva wrote:

Maddy has gone to heroic lengths to make it clear to guests what the situation is with the detached bath. Americans just don't like it.

I'm not American, but for me personally, as a guest if I knew it was across the hall and not shared with anyone I would be happy.  But I do know people really enjoy their privacy. Would I be able to take the bathrobe home? 

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Olga wrote:

Breakfast Diva wrote:

Maddy has gone to heroic lengths to make it clear to guests what the situation is with the detached bath. Americans just don't like it.

I'm not American, but for me personally, as a guest if I knew it was across the hall and not shared with anyone I would be happy.  But I do know people really enjoy their privacy. Would I be able to take the bathrobe home? 

No, I don't provide $50 bathrobes for guests to take home at that price point. Most of the guests who take that room are Euros anyway and they don't have room in the suitcase for a big, fluffy bathrobe!

Breakfast Diva's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/26/2009

"Would I be able to take the bathrobe home?"

Are you serious??

Offline
Joined:
01/19/2012

Breakfast Diva wrote:

"Would I be able to take the bathrobe home?"

Are you serious??

No,  not really Eye-wink

Breakfast Diva's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/26/2009

If it's not renting as much as you'd like, I would make a significant drop. Better to get an ok rate than leave it open or fill it with people who take it only because they have to (walk-ins).

We have 1 room that is less desirable than the other 3 because it has a single whirlpool tub instead of a double (our guests are spoiled). It's $20 less than the next level up suites. Even though it's a great room, it's perceived by our romantic couples as less than the other rooms. We're in the same price range as you I think. It usually fills as our last room, or by those on more of a budget. $20 is significant when we're talking this price range.

You might want to do a bit of a test. Drop it even more than the $150 rate and see what happens. You should get some kind of a clue in the next few weeks whether it looks like it makes a big difference. If you don't see it renting more, then up your price again.

 

Offline
Joined:
01/19/2012

Breakfast Diva wrote:

If it's not renting as much as you'd like, I would make a significant drop. Better to get an ok rate than leave it open or fill it with people who take it only because they have to (walk-ins).

We have 1 room that is less desirable than the other 3 because it has a single whirlpool tub instead of a double (our guests are spoiled). It's $20 less than the next level up suites. Even though it's a great room, it's perceived by our romantic couples as less than the other rooms. We're in the same price range as you I think. It usually fills as our last room, or by those on more of a budget. $20 is significant when we're talking this price range.

You might want to do a bit of a test. Drop it even more than the $150 rate and see what happens. You should get some kind of a clue in the next few weeks whether it looks like it makes a big difference. If you don't see it renting more, then up your price again.

 

As a guest I would wonder why such a big price difference.  Especially if it has everything the other rooms have except just have to go across the hall to the detached bath.  It's still a private bath.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Olga wrote:

Breakfast Diva wrote:

If it's not renting as much as you'd like, I would make a significant drop. Better to get an ok rate than leave it open or fill it with people who take it only because they have to (walk-ins).

We have 1 room that is less desirable than the other 3 because it has a single whirlpool tub instead of a double (our guests are spoiled). It's $20 less than the next level up suites. Even though it's a great room, it's perceived by our romantic couples as less than the other rooms. We're in the same price range as you I think. It usually fills as our last room, or by those on more of a budget. $20 is significant when we're talking this price range.

You might want to do a bit of a test. Drop it even more than the $150 rate and see what happens. You should get some kind of a clue in the next few weeks whether it looks like it makes a big difference. If you don't see it renting more, then up your price again.

 

As a guest I would wonder why such a big price difference.  Especially if it has everything the other rooms have except just have to go across the hall to the detached bath.  It's still a private bath.

I think someone else said it...Americans do NOT want a detached bath. I've seen reviews of places with that one room being the only room on that whole floor and there were complaints about having to go across the hall.

We do make it very clear and even if someone calls and says they want that room I ask if they read the description and realize...

Last week we had a guy who booked and didn't tell his wife. She didn't want the room. So, we moved them to another room but I charged them for the move. I can't always do that in the summer.

Breakfast Diva's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/26/2009

Olga wrote:

Breakfast Diva wrote:

If it's not renting as much as you'd like, I would make a significant drop. Better to get an ok rate than leave it open or fill it with people who take it only because they have to (walk-ins).

We have 1 room that is less desirable than the other 3 because it has a single whirlpool tub instead of a double (our guests are spoiled). It's $20 less than the next level up suites. Even though it's a great room, it's perceived by our romantic couples as less than the other rooms. We're in the same price range as you I think. It usually fills as our last room, or by those on more of a budget. $20 is significant when we're talking this price range.

You might want to do a bit of a test. Drop it even more than the $150 rate and see what happens. You should get some kind of a clue in the next few weeks whether it looks like it makes a big difference. If you don't see it renting more, then up your price again.

 

As a guest I would wonder why such a big price difference.  Especially if it has everything the other rooms have except just have to go across the hall to the detached bath.  It's still a private bath.

But you see, that's the problem with a detached bath. People already see it as a big negative. It's a prejudice, but it's there! Ask any of the innkeepers here....no matter how you spin it, shared baths are a negative. Soooo, sometimes you have to just stop fighting it and try to make it work for you.

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Olga wrote:

As a guest I would wonder why such a big price difference.  Especially if it has everything the other rooms have except just have to go across the hall to the detached bath.  It's still a private bath.

You have no idea...

This is why we call them the plague rooms. They can be the most beautiful room at the inn, detached = no go. Detached is like the redheaded step child or a pork chop at a jewish picnic. It is the way it is, and we say it all the time, people do not do shared baths around here. 

Offline
Joined:
05/22/2008

 Yep I am with you. I am guilty. I do not want to go out of my room no matter how close to use the bathroom. I know that doesn't help, but I guess if you lower the price enough someone might be willing. Any way to put up a wall somehow to make it en suite???  

Edited: I just looked at your floor plan. It sure looks like you have to walk down the hallway past all the other rooms on the floor. That would definitely be a turn off for me. Sure wish there was a way to reconfigure it for you. Sorry.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

catlady wrote:

Edited: I just looked at your floor plan. It sure looks like you have to walk down the hallway past all the other rooms on the floor. That would definitely be a turn off for me. Sure wish there was a way to reconfigure it for you. Sorry.

Yes, there are 2 other rooms in that 6' hallway. It looks a lot longer in the floor plan because I had to be able to get the other room doors in the picture!

Joey Camb's picture
Offline
Joined:
04/02/2010

We have 2 single rooms with private bathrooms but have figured out the best way to sort that out! Room 5 is on the top landing and is between room 4 which is a small double and room 6 which is the other single with private bathroom.

We are going to make room 5 (the middle room) into 2 bathrooms and knock through from each side to make them ensuite. Then we can knock out the existing bathroom of room 4 which will make it a much bigger room.

the current bathroom of room is directly below it so the plumbing can come out the floor of bedroom 5 into bathroom 5 and hook up with the plumbing and soil pipes. This room will be a store for linen etc so doesn't matter if there is ugly pipework sticking out! plumber is comming on friday to cost it up for me.

trouble is i have to decide what I am doing before july as people will want to rebook for next year and I have to know if I have a room or not!

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

It depends on the room and the inn and the pricepoint.

Guess that is not the answer you wanted. But you already knew this. Sometimes we make the detached room with 2 beds, so it may be booked more for friends or family not wanting to share a bed, in that case then it may be booked more often, so that is the answer. If it is never booked DROP IT DOWN, if it is booked often - make the difference in price smaller.

Generic's picture
Offline
Joined:
02/24/2011

I would price it $10 less than with the ensuite. But it does depend on size, bed, etc.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I would price it $10 less than with the ensuite. But it does depend on size, bed, etc.

Right now it is $10 less and seeing very little traffic. So, that might be a good thing. It means people are not booking on price. I get them into the higher priced rooms first (good thing) and then try to fill that with walkins (bad thing).

Offline
Joined:
01/19/2012

Madeleine wrote:

Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I would price it $10 less than with the ensuite. But it does depend on size, bed, etc.

Right now it is $10 less and seeing very little traffic. So, that might be a good thing. It means people are not booking on price. I get them into the higher priced rooms first (good thing) and then try to fill that with walkins (bad thing).

I wonder if you keep the $10 less and maybe add an extra amenity of some sort that the other rooms might not have?

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Olga wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I would price it $10 less than with the ensuite. But it does depend on size, bed, etc.

Right now it is $10 less and seeing very little traffic. So, that might be a good thing. It means people are not booking on price. I get them into the higher priced rooms first (good thing) and then try to fill that with walkins (bad thing).

I wonder if you keep the $10 less and maybe add an extra amenity of some sort that the other rooms might not have?

I'm not really looking to make more work for myself, but, what would be an 'extra amenity' that you would consider if you were booking this room that would make you say, 'Yes, I don't care where the bathroom is I want that extra amenity?' Just curious what would make YOU take this room?

Breakfast Diva's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/26/2009

What kind of price range are the ensuites? Mid hundred? Upper hundred?

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Breakfast Diva wrote:

What kind of price range are the ensuites? Mid hundred? Upper hundred?

En suites range from upper mid to almost $200.

The detached is over $150 now so I was thinking of bringing it down under $150.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

This is not a shared bath. It is also the only room with a tub. We provide bathrobes and tub toys. It is really just across the hall, maybe 3 steps and you're there.

Offline
Joined:
05/30/2008

You asked, so here goes...

I looked at your site again, and with your rates sitting where they are, I think you need to bump the rate down another $10 on that room (at least during the week) or you need to get a much better picture of the room on your web site.  The room looks very small, so add that to the equation that the bath is not really directly across the hall but past other rooms and the staircase, and imvho it needs to be a better bargain.  I also looked at some of the other B&Bs in your town and what they're offering for their prices.  

We have booked rooms with detached baths when we were looking for a bargain.  Otherwise, I'm more than willing to pay more for the en-suite bath.   

 

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Yes it needs a better photo. All of the other photos I have show the room with the second bed which is now gone. It's on the list for next week.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.