Am I too long in the business?

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Maybe 20 plus years is too long but there have been so many times in the past where a very young voice has phoned and inquired about a room.  It generally starts out  "Me and my girlfriend want to come out for a night"!  I have been so tempted to empty the room out completely, put two bales of hay in the room and fluff  them up.   Then tell the young couple to have their roll-in-the-hay.  Charge double, of course.!   When they do call though I tell them that perhaps they might want more privacy and that this Bed and Breakfast is kind of like going to Grandma's.  They always say, "I'll get back to you"  and hang up.    I find the young "roll-in- the- hay kids" are so inconsiderate and don't have a clue about manners.  Any stories from you fellow innmates?   How do you handle the too young newbies? Or do you welcome them with a happy face?        

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I have to say that my younger (obviously of legal age) guests are typically the least bothersome guests, although their rooms are usually messier.  They're very self-reliant.

And my only 3 star reviews have all come from over the age of 60 guests who were cranky when they were here.  One even called my husband a shoe nazi because he asked them to take their snow & sand covered shoes off in the entryway like everyone does all winter here in the mountains.  Older city slickers who were appalled we didn't want them to traipse across my wood floors leaving snow/sand/salt behind and then grind it into my carpets.  They were traveling with another couple and they both gave 3 star reviews -- asking them to take their shoes off set the four of them off from the moment they arrived and they were cranky the entire four days because they came to a location where everything is outdoors and they were too cold to go outside.

Give me young ones who disappear into their room and eat breakfast then go out all day to explore, come back and relax with a beer and eat my cookies, and then head out to dinner and back to their rooms or the outdoor fire pit!  Young, self-reliant, don't call asking for discounts (always the older ones who want AAA, AARP, I'm Related to Moses, etc. discounts) -- perfect combination.  Now all I have to do is bottle and clone them and I'll be the happiest innkeeper of all.

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MtnKeeper wrote:

I have to say that my younger (obviously of legal age) guests are typically the least bothersome guests, although their rooms are usually messier.  They're very self-reliant.

And my only 3 star reviews have all come from over the age of 60 guests who were cranky when they were here.  One even called my husband a shoe nazi because he asked them to take their snow & sand covered shoes off in the entryway like everyone does all winter here in the mountains.  Older city slickers who were appalled we didn't want them to traipse across my wood floors leaving snow/sand/salt behind and then grind it into my carpets.  They were traveling with another couple and they both gave 3 star reviews -- asking them to take their shoes off set the four of them off from the moment they arrived and they were cranky the entire four days because they came to a location where everything is outdoors and they were too cold to go outside.

Give me young ones who disappear into their room and eat breakfast then go out all day to explore, come back and relax with a beer and eat my cookies, and then head out to dinner and back to their rooms or the outdoor fire pit!  Young, self-reliant, don't call asking for discounts (always the older ones who want AAA, AARP, I'm Related to Moses, etc. discounts) -- perfect combination.  Now all I have to do is bottle and clone them and I'll be the happiest innkeeper of all.

I couldn't agree with you more! I love our younger guests and most of them have never been to a b&b before. Like you, I find that the older guests are the ones that require more hand holding and also are the ones who clean out all the 'free' goodies. The summer busy season is when we get the older crowd who have arrived from all over the U.S. and are the ones that want to see everything from their car. They think we're in the middle of nowhere because if they can't see it out their car window, then it doesn't exist!

The other day I realized we had no guests over 40! Easy, peasy!

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How strange! The older crowd comes here after labor day when all the families go home. I find the middle age crowd to be the difficult ones. They can't eat anything, have 6 million restrictions on stairs, noise, bed size, feathers/no feathers, etc.

Altho, have some youngsters coming this week, for a week, who don't eat gluten or dairy. (Youngsters guessing from the number of !!!! in their email about food.)

Youngsters = under 35 (weekends for weddings)

Middle agers = 35 to 60 (summer)

Oldsters = over 60 (this is our core guest after labor day)

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Madeleine wrote:

Youngsters = under 35 (weekends for weddings)

Middle agers = 35 to 60 (summer)

Oldsters = over 60 (this is our core guest after labor day)

You've made my day! I'm not yet an "oldster"!

But knocking at the door...

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Arks wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Youngsters = under 35 (weekends for weddings)

Middle agers = 35 to 60 (summer)

Oldsters = over 60 (this is our core guest after labor day)

You've made my day! I'm not yet an "oldster"!

But knocking at the door...

Me too Arky!

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Arks wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Youngsters = under 35 (weekends for weddings)

Middle agers = 35 to 60 (summer)

Oldsters = over 60 (this is our core guest after labor day)

You've made my day! I'm not yet an "oldster"!

But knocking at the door...

yes  ARKS YOU ARE JUST A SPRING CHOOK yes

The whole Gen X and Baby Boomer def has been changing a lot as well, some are wayyyyy different.

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I got a call this evening that filled me up. I have a young couple in my budget room (2-nighter) who other than picking at breakfast enough that it was throw away only have stayed around the house most of the day or gone bike riding have been no hassle of any kind (but they keep popping popcorn in the nuker). A middle-age couple (2-nighter) thinking of being innkeepers with family as helpers etc who were brain-picking (what little I have) during their breakfast and other than asking for ice, have not been heard from. The call from the road decided to take my queen w/shared knowing it would be shared - older couple closer to our age than the other couple - asked about Senior discount in the "doesn't hurt to ask" way - and have heard nothing more from them. My kind of house full!!! All at rack rate!

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Nope, I won't accept anyone under 18 without a responsible adult!

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Nope, I won't accept anyone under 18 without a responsible adult!

Responsible? bringing their own pole?

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Nope, I won't accept anyone under 18 without a responsible adult!

Responsible? bringing their own pole?

That gave me a chuckle! But at least they took it back with them! devil

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I don't mind the younger crowd.  They generally don't need to do the chit chat or small talk that drains me so.  For the most part, even if they're not terribly sociable, they are respectful and have manners.  I have not had a problem with under 21 either.  I think I must scare them or something Smiling 

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I do not get those. They prefer to do the motels/hotels that are cheaper and more anonymous. A B & B is too personal (and expensive - even at my budget rate).

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Most of them balk at the price here. The law says 18 but the hotels say 21. I figure most of them want the anonymity so they try in the city instead of here.

However, we do have a couple of colleges nearby so we do get the occasional young couple.

 

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Fifteen or sixteen!

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charlie may wrote:

Fifteen or sixteen!

First thing to say [after price] is you need a credit card with the name of the person staying on the card, and that an ID showing person is 18, 21 (or what ever you wish) will be needed at check in. 

We use to get calls like that around prom time.  We no longer advertise in the HS sports publications - did that back in early days when we were naive.
 

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You need at least one person over 18 to sign papers otherwise you are essentially the parent. We don't take unaccompanied minors... I am not going to be someone's parent.

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NO 15 or 16 yr. olds!!! They must be legal adults to stay. 

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I welcome them and I get quite a few of them. Our legal age is 18 and that's my policy. Except for one time on spring break, I never have a problem with them. They leave happy too. 

As for things we see as privacy matters, I frankly don't stick my nose into other people's business that way. Like Pierre Trudeau said, "There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation." and in this house, I'm the state.

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How young are you talking about??

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