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Do you have TV in every room?  Do you have a TV in the common area?  Do you broadcast sports?  Movie nights?   Storm coverage?

We have two rooms with TVs and intend to add them to the other rooms over the winter.  The PO had no guest TVs.   We do not have a TV in the common room.  We think people come here to get away from the constant noise of life, not to have more of it.

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I think having a TV in each room is very important.

Some people won't turn it on, I'm someone that always does turn it on. Even if I don't want to watch a specific show, it's nice to have on in the background.

Having a TV provides choice, so if you can afford to - get one for each room.

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We don't have TV's in the B&B rooms but we do have a designated TV room for guests who want to watch something. 90% of the time that room is used for relaxing and reading without the TV ever getting turned on, but when there's a major event on, some guests will watch it then. We also have Netflix and movie channels available for guests but no one has ever used them.

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Flat screen TV with DVD player in each suite and the cottage....none in the common room.  At the rates we charge we figure the guests can make up their own mind about whether to turn the TV on or enjoy the quiet.  

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We have tvs. Just had some guests ask what channel the football game is on tonight, And lots use the DVDs for movies.

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TV's in each room.  Those not wanting TV and feel they can't resist will unplug them from the wall. 

We are in a rural residential area which is quiet but we get those that complain about the frogs & crickets being to loud. (no I am not joking!)

We have a sound machine in each room, did that after the complaint about the frogs, etc.  But most prefer their own white noise like a fan (their fan). 

JB - I still blush over the memory of one memorable couple!  They called one yr later to tell us they had planned on returning for their anniversary but could not because the last trip produced offspring. 

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All rooms should have TV. The day isn't here where a wireless online connection is sufficient. TV is on the way out, but we're not there yet.

If you're telling yourself that women want a romantic time away from the TV, and you are telling yourself that it's the women who make the reservations, you're right. But no TV means the men will pressure for a different accommodation on the next romantic trip!

After the guests leave, I carefully track what channel the TVs are left on in my rooms. It's mostly CNBC, ESPN, and Fox News. That's MEN! Men NEED their TV, and they have at least a little input on where they will be staying. Give people what the want and they will love you. Frustrate men in their TV needs, and they will assert themselves...carefully.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

 Frustrate men in their TV needs, and they will assert themselves...carefully.

Yes it is women who thank me in the morning for no TV. It's a sad commentary on their marriages. Just trying to help. Smiling

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Wait, isn't DWTS a major sporting event? wink

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We will have TVs in all the rooms by the time the Summer season arrives. 

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I would have died if I could not watch the world series last night... I know our guests were watching it too..

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

I would have died if I could not watch the world series last night... I know our guests were watching it too..

That's generally our weak spot when it comes to TV's - major sporting events. The other one? DWTS.

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3 room/apartments here,with TV, DVD ( w/movies), WiFi, Common room has a hot tub + fireplace. Works best for me & guest.

 

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We have TV with DVD players in each room. I set them to the Weather Channel when I make up the rooms. Before I put TVs in the rooms, I lost guests because SOMEONE wanted to watch a game.

 

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And then the city folks think our place is TOO quiet. You can't please all the people all the time...

Oh yeah the gal who freaked out when a helo flew over, she told us. Well there is a hospital in town and the lifeflight-helo means someone needed it! 

Someone else thought we set up the train to blow its whistle to annoy them (which I love btw, and have mentioned here before - love the train, love the whistle)

My own personal noise disturbances are someone drying their hair in a bathroom super early in the am's and yell-talking over it while another is in the shower...

Those who can only stomp vs walk. High heels on wood floors clink clink clink. Back and forth back and forth.

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We have a TV in each room with at least a DVD player or a media player in each room. We have just basic cable in all the rooms but we have digital in one room and almost none of the guests can figure out the digital box.

Here's is my problem and why I believe you need to have a TV in each room.... we use the TV as our way of winding down before bed and getting our minds off of other things. So even if we are getting away from things, we turn on the TV for 15 minutes before we go to sleep. In our case we travel with a laptop that has movies for when there is no TV, but TV is mindless stuff and it just seems to lull us. So, I would be wary of staying places without a TV. 

Many guests don't bother using it and that's fine. In the winter we find that it's used more and more people ask us for movies. In the summer, it's less used, but since the remotes are attached by velcro to the TV when know how many do use it. And they do.

The TV in the common room is on satellite and has a lot more channels. It's used even less, but we share the satellite with our personal TVs. (There is a six TV maximum for cable, so one licence for the B&B and one licence for us.)

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I even have a TV in every bathroom! They're on adjustable wall mount arms so I know people are using them because they're often turned so they can be seen from the spa tub!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

I even have a TV in every bathroom! They're on adjustable wall mount arms so I know people are using them because they're often turned so they can be seen from the spa tub!

Love it!

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All rooms have tv with dvd/vcr player.

We once stayed at a b&b with no tv in the room. It drove DH nuts, and so he drove me nuts. It won't happen again. As far as a tv in a common room, it would make me feel like I was 10 years old again. Not being able to enjoy what I want to watch when I want to watch it. Checking with 'mom or dad' if I could watch something.

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In the UK its expected, there are very few without and they advertise that as a very specific small niche market. You can get what they call hotel TV's which can be set that they won't go higher than a certain volume which may be a solution. Have had trouble with older guests being a bit deaf but what can you do.

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No TV's in any of my four rooms or common room.  Mostly due to the the soundproofing issues and comfort to other guests in the house.  I have one in my room that I watch but only with wireless headphones while guests are in the house.   Each place is different but here sound travels and will disturb others.  The rooms all have CD/ipod/radio dock and that is bad enough when they turn them up louder than they should.

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No TV's in any of my four rooms or common room.  Mostly due to the the soundproofing issues and comfort to other guests in the house.  I have one in my room that I watch but only with wireless headphones while guests are in the house.   Each place is different but here sound travels and will disturb others.  The rooms all have CD/ipod/radio dock and that is bad enough when they turn them up louder than they should.

Have you considered someone needing to turn a TV up to soundproof against another room's "bed noises" of the vocal kind. ?

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No TV's in any of my four rooms or common room.  Mostly due to the the soundproofing issues and comfort to other guests in the house.  I have one in my room that I watch but only with wireless headphones while guests are in the house.   Each place is different but here sound travels and will disturb others.  The rooms all have CD/ipod/radio dock and that is bad enough when they turn them up louder than they should.

Have you considered someone needing to turn a TV up to soundproof against another room's "bed noises" of the vocal kind. ?

That would just make it noisier I think.  I had to put all the bathroom fans on timers because sometimes people would leave those running all night for white noise.  Just the other night 3 rooms  and myself were all in bed by 9pm and then the last room comes in from their day at 11:30pm and starts playing a guitar in their room and thumping their feet.  Even though it was a private room it is still connected to the house and the vibrations carried. It woke one person up. I had to call up to the room and tell them to stop. Generally though people are pretty considerate and quiet playing games or reading books or on their laptops.  I still stay busy without offering TVs.  

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We had to put a bathroom fan on a timer. The fan is right under my bed. Guests would hit the wrong switch going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and wake me right up. Or, like you, they would just leave it on for hours. Even my dog couldn't stand it!

I encourage guests to put the fan on the A/C on if they want white noise. Doesn't work now because the A/C's are all covered up for the winter, but it helps in the summer.

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I have had this problem this week twice in the same room

We are a town centre location so on a weekend or even week day we shut and lock (position people can still open them) all the windows - guest complained that traffic noise disturbed them, I was very surprised and asked if they had opened the windows - "oh yes we did" DUH!!!! the last ones live very much out in the country so I can see how you would do what you normally do, but you can see the road and traffic

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camberleyhotelharrogate@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

I have had this problem this week twice in the same room

We are a town centre location so on a weekend or even week day we shut and lock (position people can still open them) all the windows - guest complained that traffic noise disturbed them, I was very surprised and asked if they had opened the windows - "oh yes we did" DUH!!!! the last ones live very much out in the country so I can see how you would do what you normally do, but you can see the road and traffic

 

Complaining about traffic noise isn't going to get you much relief.  It's not like you have control over traffic.   What did they expect you to do?  Funny.

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,my point is when the windows are shut there is no traffic noise - if you will open them next to a road you can clearly see cars going up and down then there is no cure for that level of idiocy!

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scrambled_eggs wrote:

...sometimes people would leave those running all night for white noise.  

My place is in the heart of downtown so I have these white noise machines by each bed. Well worth the money!

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Good people don't do that kind of thing. That's only for degenerates!

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Good people don't do that kind of thing. That's only for degenerates!

The CEO of a major company here on business, booked the inn through the local connection here. I have never been so embarrassed in my life, as we had a good friend here for the first time, who I could tell was in his room saying "Oh this is what a bed and breakfast is all about..." we were in the kitchen and every room could hear them, and we heard the TVs going on everywhere...

I told you he called to book a stay here again this time round. He told us this was one of the neatest places... ugh. I THINK we can laugh about it now, I may still be blushing...

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We had a guest who checked in and was loud. Went out to dinner and was loud. Went out to see some music and was loud. Got up early and left. It's a good thing... because they were the discussion at breakfast. No one could stop smirking.

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Every room, with DVD players and movies for watching. 

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Every room. Most don't care to sit with others and be forced to watch something they may not want to see.  I think in every room is pretty much the standard these days. They can watch or not watch.

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The TV can be turned on or left off. (Madds if there is a tv freak in the partnership, then that person would never allow a B&B stay without it, and it would be a bone of contention and make the stay miserable in the end...) 

Our guests need the weather channel. Also business guests like to catch up on whatever they are watching (series wise) not to mention sports, college ball, and more. 

We watch tv. We want a tv wherever we stay. I vote 100% for tvs.

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DH just wants an en suite. He doesn't ask if there is a TV. But if there IS a TV, it's on the minute he wakes up. That's why we keep going around about this here.

I have an almost full house this weekend. Not a single person has asked about a TV. I'm really hoping they don't all leave when they find out they'll have to sit in a bar to watch the game.

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Every room.

None in the common area so others won't have to watch something annoying someone else thinks is good. (ie without going political or political NEWS, consider Jerry Springer being shown and how annoying and stupid that would be at a B&B)

Can you imagine not being able to watch the world series this weekend? It would be a deal breaker for many people!

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One person didn't stay because they needed to watch the Pats game.  Other people have said how nice it is to be TV-free.

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

One person didn't stay because they needed to watch the Pats game.  Other people have said how nice it is to be TV-free.

There is your quandary.  The problem with putting TV's in all the rooms and saying guests will just not watch them if they don't want to doesn't work. There is always a 'TV freak' in every couple. (Yes, it's not me.) The TV goes on at 6 AM and goes off when the person goes to bed. Annoying for the person in the couple who would prefer quiet time or me time or couples time and is forced to compete with the TV on vacation as well as at home. (You can guess who I am.)

And in a hotel room you cannot escape the TV like you can at home. (Can't do it at home, either, as we essentially have a loft with no doors.)

So take anything I say about TV's in the room with a huge grain of salt knowing I hate the TV.

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We have a TV in the common room and one room has a TV. The only time this is an issue is - major sporting events (like right now), elections and 'something big is happening'.

My preference is for no TV at all but that is shortsighted of me. I will say that the one TV in the room is annoying as all get out. The guests crank it up and I have to hear it all night. They'll yell if it's a major sporting event, cackle if they're watching the comedy channel and basically it's just too loud all the time.

If your rooms are soundproofed then go for it.

The TV in the common room I would dump if all the rooms had TV.

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