Better Breakfasts and More at a B&B

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I had the opportunity to stay at a hotel this weekend. It is good for me to do this now and again for my marketing effort. Not a beachside resort, or anything like that, just a regular (newer) hotel for a conference. It was on the nice end as far as hotels go, not Ritzy, but nice.

Some of the obv points, from me as a single female traveler:

  • Long isolated corridors.
  • Dogs yipping in rooms somewhere on my floor, prob left unattended.
  • Smoke smells in the corridors from smoking rooms somewhere on my floor, I think very close to my no-smoking room.
  • Dark not-well-lit parking lot - parking away from the hotel entrance and walking in on my own in the darkness.
  • Staff standing at the counter. No "enjoy your evening" or such as you go in and out and pass them (lack of hospitality).
  • Towels so thin and small I would be better off drying myself with a paper towel. With signs everywhere to save the planet and reuse these non absorbant towels.
  • A/C droning on and off all night long, blowing the curtains open to the street.
  • Laborers for nearby road project staying in other rooms. (No offense to working people at all, just commenting as a single female at this hotel, it made me feel a bit unsafe).
  • Headboard (faux headboard nailed to the wall), not attached to the bed.
  • WIFI that you had to pay for and then was iffy, and slow.
  • Crumbs around the bed on the carpet.
  • Continental breakfast - the FREE BREAKFAST they brag about. CARBS ONLY. Small muffins wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, cereal with lukewarm milk, toast, biscuits, empty coffee carafe, two super hot waffle makers that took over 5 minutes to make a waffle and place on a styro plate to try to cut with small flimsy plastic fork and knife, to which I gave up and picked it up and ate with my fingers like a savage. Oh and apple juice from the big machine that looked like urine, and watery orange drink that said orange juice, but was not.
  • Good thing - close to the conference.
  • Good thing - booked online.
  • Good thing - easy cancellation policy.
  • Good thing - got what I booked, no surprises.

Here is the blog article with a photo from my room: http://innteractiveinns.blogspot.com/

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JB is now ready to take on Gordon Ramsay head-to-head, only JB has actual lodging experience vs. just having stayed at hotels. JB's show will bury Gordon's.

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Hear Hear!  Now THAT is a show I'd like to see.yes

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We stayed in a chain hotel outside of Scranton, PA, on our way home from our vacation last month. Not my first choice, but necessary due to our time constraints.

*Non-helpful front staff. I don't care that I am coming in at 10:30 pm, you just got there at 7. Smile, darn it.
*Former smoking room converted to a non-smoking room. ANYONE with allergies to cigarette smoke isn't going to be 'fooled' that this is a 'non-smoking' room
*Towels- that's a loose term for what they had
*HAIR in the bed.
*CRUMBS on the comforter
*Bed skirt in a pool at the foot of the bed and 18" away from the top of the mattress.
*Staff switched us to a different room that was WORSE than the original.
*We wound up asking for new sheets, stripped the beds and slept, rather fitfully, on sheets that we put on the beds ourselves.
*The following morning, we got the name of the manager- I called her and she wouldn't take my call. FINALLY got a call back from a pee-on who told me that he'd been authorized to give us a refund. Joy.

EVERYTHING got washed the second we got home.

I was NOT impressed.

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I just get a big blank. I get the photo of the breakfasts but nothing else - when i click on the choice link, it is a huge blank space. Tried in regular ie and also in 64-bit ie

 

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Just thinking I may do a blog article on why BB is better for single female travellers for those reasons +

don't get hit on in the bar

owner is onsite if you have a problem and is more aware of guests in case there is any problem

 

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Fantastic observations. Great photos! 

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What a great blog post! I might have to steal the idea.

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You nailed it sistah!

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Great comparison pictures! 

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K9 wrote:

Great comparison pictures! 

I was going to take a photo of the breakfast area, but too many people in the way. Day two I stopped at McDonalds for an egg mcmuffin! haha

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We stopped at a McD's on the way to a motorcycle event that was taking place outdoors as a "last stop" for the bathroom. When we stop for that purpose, I always buy something.

I was wearing my B & B apron as usual and the young clerk said to me, "You work at a B & B and you are having breakfast here????!!!" I explained that I own the B & B, that we were traveling, and my purchase policy. She said that was nice that I had that policy.

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