We provide cold drinks for our guests free of charge (soda, juice, etc.)

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This is the aluminum water bottle we use. We put 2 of them in the room. They're great to take on hikes, etc. We sell them for $10 each and they have our logo on them. They're cheap, about $3.50 each if you order 25 or less if you order more. Minimum order is 12. We ordered 25 a year ago and we had to order more since they've been selling. They're also good for free giveaways. discount mugs dot com

I'll never go back to plastic water bottles!

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Coffee machine is always on.  Juice with breakfast.

Two bottles of water in the fridge.   That's it.

I mentioned to my hubby that the 'finer hotels' charge $7.00 if you open the bottle of water they leave in the room.   He didn't bite.  Our water is complementary.

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We offer a cold or warm beverage upon check-in.  In the summer it is iced tea, in the cooler weather it is hot mulled cider.  Tea and coffee are always available on a self-serve basis.  Additionally, there are 2 bottles of water in each room with this note:

"Our Inn is fortunate to have excellent quality tap water with no need for chlorine or other added chemicals. Nonetheless, we are pleased to provide two initial bottles of spring water as an extra courtesy to our traveling guests who prefer bottled water. Please either refill the bottles with tap water to take on your Cape Cod adventures or set the empties aside so that we can recycle the plastic. Enjoy!"

 

The note helps us avoid the problem of guests wanting a continual supply of bottled water. 

 

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Silverspoon wrote:

We offer a cold or warm beverage upon check-in.  In the summer it is iced tea, in the cooler weather it is hot mulled cider.  Tea and coffee are always available on a self-serve basis.  Additionally, there are 2 bottles of water in each room with this note:

"Our Inn is fortunate to have excellent quality tap water with no need for chlorine or other added chemicals. Nonetheless, we are pleased to provide two initial bottles of spring water as an extra courtesy to our traveling guests who prefer bottled water. Please either refill the bottles with tap water to take on your Cape Cod adventures or set the empties aside so that we can recycle the plastic. Enjoy!"

 

The note helps us avoid the problem of guests wanting a continual supply of bottled water. 

 

 

I like this idea.   The tap water in our town is good also. 

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Our tap water is great too.  I like the idea of suggesting to them not to just take new bottles all weekend.  We often find half-drank bottles in the rooms.  We tried buying the smaller 1/2 size, but they're not more than a gulp.

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Now that we have the fridge upstairs, I keep bottles of water for the guests to help themelves

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I am another 'other' voter. 

We do not set out sodas etc. and usually our guests come packing their own.  For those that do not and ask, I usually do have a few and gladly give them one. 

Years ago we offered a welcome treat and drink only to have it all sitting there as the evening approached.  All a waste or was added to our waist! 

Only 1 of the B&B's we have stayed have stocked sodas.  DH had 1 during our stay but over the course of our 2 night visit, we saw the other guests with a can constantly clutched in their hands or rear in the air as they search the fridge for another.   We wondered just how often the innkeeper had to restock the fridge was one of the tiny ones.

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I am another 'other' voter. 

We do not set out sodas etc. and usually our guests come packing their own.  For those that do not and ask, I usually do have a few and gladly give them one. 

Years ago we offered a welcome treat and drink only to have it all sitting there as the evening approached.  All a waste or was added to our waist! 

Only 1 of the B&B's we have stayed have stocked sodas.  DH had 1 during our stay but over the course of our 2 night visit, we saw the other guests with a can constantly clutched in their hands or rear in the air as they search the fridge for another.   We wondered just how often the innkeeper had to restock the fridge was one of the tiny ones.

I would consider you a no vote then! laugh

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It all depends.

For us, majority of our guests are traveling, some for a few hours (on avg 4) and many more than that. So there is the "we drank coffee on the road" to "we held out and now are dehydrated and want something cold and refreshing" and...of course, once they arrive do they wish to have a glass of wine or stronger? Some. Do they want an iced tea or soda, Some.

I have said it here many times, as I figured at times my room chocolates are the same cost or more than the BRAND sodas I purchase on sale.

Pepsi is always a dollar or two cheaper than the Coke products for a cube (multi cubes on sale at once). But I try to buy Coke (Zero/Sprite/Orig and then some misc like Gingerale, Rootbeer, lemonade, cheerwine, dr pepper...) but these are never the same, always alternating. So half are decaf, some are diet, some are just sweet!

Ex: On sale 4 cubes for $12 = 1 cube = 12 cans, that equates to $.25 a piece. or Typically 3 cubes/cases for $12 = .33 each can. 3 guests can have a cold drink for a buck! 

Bang for the buck this is THE LEAST PRICED EXTRA WE CAN OFFER! And it is just the way things are for me, personally, it is hospitable to offer a cold drink upon arrival. Just like you would if someone stopped by.

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I get what you're saying, but I think for us the cost would be a lot more. Our guests hang in their rooms. A lot of them bring in food so they don't have to leave. I can see it already, they would drink me out of house and home.  You wouldn't believe how many cookies and treats they go through every day. We're the romantic retreat, so that's what they do...they retreat, especially in the shoulder and winter seasons. Sometimes they're here for days at a time and never leave. Having to have them in stock all the time would be a hassle. It's 1/2 hour to the grocery store, we have no recycle pick up so you would have to feed each and every can into a machine at the grocery store, which takes forever. Just dealing with the cans/bottles left behind as it is a pain.

They get so many extra perks from us, I don't feel bad not offering soda.

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We don't offer sodas or other bottled beverages. I think I mentioned getting dinged on TA because I did not 'hand the guest a beverage when she walked in the door'. OTOH, that sense of entitlement needs to be taken down a peg. (We do show the guest where the THEY CAN HELP THEMSELVES I"M NOT YOUR MAID coffee and tea bar is.)

Moving on...we have a 'recycling center' in our basement! Even tho we don't offer any bottled/canned beverages we return about 100 bottles/cans every 2 weeks in the summer. (At 5-15 cents a pop, not bad!)

We do kick around offering water or soda and then we decide not to. There's nothing wrong with the water out of the tap. And soda is bad for you. Eye-wink That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

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I am with you-people drink way to much soda. We do not offer any drinks/snacks beside make your own coffee or tea (which is abused at the time when our guests entertain their guests on our dime). We are in a very large city-there are plenty of places to buy snacks and drinks within 1 min walk

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Instead of those dreadful water bottles, we have stainless steel water bottles with a clip on them and out logo,so people can take them hiking, etc. Our water is fresh spring water and we get a lot of guests using them and then they are for sale in our gift pantry for $10 apiece. We get quite a few people buying them. We have 2 in each room and they are sitting on a little sign that tells them they have been sanitized and to please enjoy them during their stay. If they want to purchase them, they can do so from our gift pantry area. We've been using these for a couple years now (discountmugs dot com) and they've been great!

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I may get blasted for this, but, either provide them for free, or not at all. If people want to be 'nickle & dimed' to death, they can go to a hotel. Now, if you're talking about alcohol, then that's another story, that stuff can be pricey. But a case of water is less than $4 and we get soda here for $3-$4 a case, on sale. Yes, I suppose it does add up, so then build it into the price of your rooms like other amenities. 

stepping off of soapbox now. 

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

I may get blasted for this, but, either provide them for free, or not at all. If people want to be 'nickle & dimed' to death, they can go to a hotel. Now, if you're talking about alcohol, then that's another story, that stuff can be pricey. But a case of water is less than $4 and we get soda here for $3-$4 a case, on sale. Yes, I suppose it does add up, so then build it into the price of your rooms like other amenities. 

stepping off of soapbox now. 

I agree with you about nickle and diming. This isn't a case of that. We provide water and all hot drinks. We sell wine, champagne, beer/hard cider and the sparkling cider is right next to the alcoholic beverages as an alternative to those folks that want to celebrate, but don't drink alcohol. As far as having sodas, I agree you either give it to them or not. In my mind, the sparkling cider is a substitution for champagne.

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I may get blasted for this, but, either provide them for free, or not at all. If people want to be 'nickle & dimed' to death, they can go to a hotel. Now, if you're talking about alcohol, then that's another story, that stuff can be pricey. But a case of water is less than $4 and we get soda here for $3-$4 a case, on sale. Yes, I suppose it does add up, so then build it into the price of your rooms like other amenities. 

stepping off of soapbox now. 

I agree with you about nickle and diming. This isn't a case of that. We provide water and all hot drinks. We sell wine, champagne, beer/hard cider and the sparkling cider is right next to the alcoholic beverages as an alternative to those folks that want to celebrate, but don't drink alcohol. As far as having sodas, I agree you either give it to them or not. In my mind, the sparkling cider is a substitution for champagne.

If I stayed with you, I would not want a hot drink, nor alcohol. I am not even a soda drinker, so if you have a can of lemonade or something I would be super happy! Ask DH I drink tons of iced water, even in the winter time. So an iced drink, or iced water is my cup of tea! haha

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We provide them at low cost, but not free.

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We have sparkling cider for sale for $3.00, along with beer, wine & hard cider drinks. Last night a 1 nighter came in and asked if we had soda, etc., sort of expecting us to provide it free in their room. I pointed to the cider and he bought one. I put it on his invoice. Today at checkout, he wants to pay the $3.00 with a credit card. Says he didn't have cash. I told him to forget about it. I'm not going to charge $3.00! We pay $2.00 for it, so whatever profit we make is eaten up by the cc company.

Part of me thinks he did this on purpose. He was a last minute booking and called twice last night asking if the rate I quoted his was the best I could do. YES, that is the rate!

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We had a guest last week who apparently does not use cash. He asked if there were tolls on the road he was traveling as his car didn't have an EZ Pass for the tollbooth. He said, 'I guess I better get some cash just in case.'

Who doesn't carry cash??? You seriously use a card for a soda or coffee in a little donut shop?

Not sure what I would have done in your case. It's 6 of one, etc...either he gets a free drink or the cc processor gets the money. Just to wipe the smirk off I would have taken the card I guess. Eye-wink

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Madeleine wrote:

We had a guest last week who apparently does not use cash. He asked if there were tolls on the road he was traveling as his car didn't have an EZ Pass for the tollbooth. He said, 'I guess I better get some cash just in case.'

Who doesn't carry cash??? You seriously use a card for a soda or coffee in a little donut shop?

Not sure what I would have done in your case. It's 6 of one, etc...either he gets a free drink or the cc processor gets the money. Just to wipe the smirk off I would have taken the card I guess. Eye-wink

DH thinks we should have a $10 minimum charge.

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Madeleine wrote:

We had a guest last week who apparently does not use cash. He asked if there were tolls on the road he was traveling as his car didn't have an EZ Pass for the tollbooth. He said, 'I guess I better get some cash just in case.'

Who doesn't carry cash??? You seriously use a card for a soda or coffee in a little donut shop?

Not sure what I would have done in your case. It's 6 of one, etc...either he gets a free drink or the cc processor gets the money. Just to wipe the smirk off I would have taken the card I guess. Eye-wink

DH thinks we should have a $10 minimum charge.

Many stores have signs up that say - $10 minimum to use credit/debit card

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Having cold drinks available 24/7 might be more common in the hot southern states. When people come in from 95+ outdoor temperatures, they welcome a cold drink!

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I'm just wondering if it's expected at a b&b. When I'm traveling, we always carry our own.

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Breakfast Nemo wrote:

I'm just wondering if it's expected at a b&b. When I'm traveling, we always carry our own.

I'm always pleasantly surprised when it's offered but I don't expect it. On the flip side, I would not expect to be charged for it if it was available.

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We always had a supply of bottled water and pop in the guest fridge. I didn't mind putting out some as it wasn't costing us that much...but... If  I saw they were being abusive and taking way more than they should. I just didn't replace any until they leftdevil

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I'm guessing you meant all the time, not just at breakfast.

We only have 'hot' drinks available all the time but really clever guests have figured out they can make their own iced drinks with the hot tea/coffee and a few ice cubes.

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You're right....not at breakfast. We don't provide anything other than our hot beverages available 24/7 and sometimes if I get a grousing guest, I'll suggest they make themselves an iced tea since the ice maker is right there also.

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Where is the other! haha

Had to say it, sorry.

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Ha! It's one of the rare times that it's black or white!

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Breakfast Nemo wrote:

Ha! It's one of the rare times that it's black or white!

or is it?

I know there has to be a "sometimes" out there lurking...haha cool

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