Worth getting creative?

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Do you read the blurbs the innkeeper writes on the website about the breakfast or the rooms or anything else or is all of that for seo only?

Are you really just interested in the size of the bed, possible view and private bathroom or would it pique your interest to know the room used to be famous so and so's room or that the room has been decorated in a certain style?

Do you want the story or the bottom line?

I've been writing stories (but condensing the details in a list) and sometimes wonder if I'm just amusing myself!

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just had a couple in who had rug directly as particularly fancied room 2 - unfortunately room 2 is having a new bathroom put in this week (finished tomorrow) so suggested room 10 which is its twin has been newly redecorated and has a large bathroom.

They said they had discounted that as I hadn't written any text for it yet - ive just been re-doing all the photos and doing a whole page per room with full description ie in this room you get XYZ

So shows someone is reading it -never considered someone might be put off because I hadn't got to a full description yet! - when they got here they said it was really nice and the pictures didn't do it justice so was pleased! but will now have to re-do the photo's again!

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I read the whole guacamole.  The ones I get outdone with are the pages with paragraphs that are obviously loaded with search engine terms page after page, especially when the terms are underlined (to link back to the home page).  There's one large web designer that I will never talk to because of the way those paragraphs don't read well for readers, just for spiders.

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I usually read all the blurbs when I am looking for a place to stay. 

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I also find that our most popular rooms are the cheapest.  No one cares that the bath is down the hall, the room has the worst view or that the room is tiny.  Just that it's cheap.   Shrug.  

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I use the description to answer the questions we get.   Like, 'is there a bathtub?'  I got the question so many times, I added a full description of each bathroom.  I thought the line, 'every room has a private bath' was enough, but I found it was not.

And I do add words like, 'romantic' or 'peaceful.'    Famous people?  Sure, I'd be interested.   Period style?  I guess some would be.

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I had to change all of my bathroom descriptions because I shortened bathroom to bath and someone assumed that meant bathtub. And were peeved when there was no tub to soak in.

We don't have tubs, just showers, so I have to get wordy so it's clear is only a shower. But can't say "only" because that sounds less than appealing.

Bathroom with shower.

I think you'll find that the cheap room doesn't always book first once you've got a lot of reviews and another season under your belt.

We also found that the gap in the pricing has something to do with it. The closer in price that room is to the next one the easier it is for the guest to self select to upgrade.

The bigger the gap the more likely they'll take the savings over the en suite bathroom.

My cheap room never books in the winter. It goes for months with no one in it.

Look at it this way, tho, once it's booked it's clear sailing! I'd rather the cheap room booked first than last.

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Showers only here too.  I say 'shower baths'. 

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Skamokawa wrote:

Showers only here too.  I say 'shower baths'. 

I didn't want to, but got very specific.   Each bath has description of the shower.  One bath says, clawfoot tub with hand held shower, one says, with tub/shower combination.   Another says, with stand up shower.

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You are amusing me. 

I ask that same question when someone shows up using a walker and is shocked that this home has guest room upstairs! Imagine that. Amusing myself.

Being a reader and a writer I like fluff, but not at the front, I want it after the main thing is the main thing. If I stayed with you I WOULD read the room books/check in books.

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I know people in general don't read. Just wondering if I'm just amusing myself trying to be creative. I'm enjoying myself so I'll keep doing it.

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