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4arosa

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Sometimes reservation inquires include guests wanting a discount for choosing not to have breakfast. When I get this question, I reply:
"Sir/Madam: You know when you stay in a hotel that has a pool or exercise room, and you choose not to use those amenities? Well, it's your choice not to use them, and the hotel doesn't discount your rate. Here in our B&B it's the same way with our breakfasts."
Most people understand when it's presented that way. For those that don't understand...do I really want them as guests?! Not. They just want a cheap room.
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Too much negative in my opinion. We just tell them that with a bed and breakfast, breakfast is complimentary.
FYI, if you charged for breakfast you would need a restaurant license.
 

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Breakfast is complimentary - no discounts for not eating.
 

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Breakfast is complimentary - no discounts for not eating..
gillumhouse said:
Breakfast is complimentary - no discounts for not eating.
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We rarely are asked such a thing, probably because of our location. We are often asked about kama`aina discounts, which were a big part of the landscape for many years. That has faded some and we use a three rate sliding scale based on the number of nights, so we have a ready response when folks ask. We try really hard not to use the "N" word.
 

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4arosa said:
Sometimes reservation inquires include guests wanting a discount for choosing not to have breakfast. When I get this question, I reply:
"Sir/Madam: You know when you stay in a hotel that has a pool or exercise room, and you choose not to use those amenities? Well, it's your choice not to use them, and the hotel doesn't discount your rate. Here in our B&B it's the same way with our breakfasts."
Most people understand when it's presented that way. For those that don't understand...do I really want them as guests?! Not. They just want a cheap room.
Cheers.
Breakfast is complimentary for you to enjoy. I would leave it at that. They can have it or not. Don't try to explain it, they don't want an explanation.
 

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If someone has to leave really early and doesn't want breakfast I offer them $10.00 off their stay or a packaged breakfast to go. It rarely happens but I had guests here last week for a triathlon and they had to leave at 5:45 a.m. so they took the breakfast to go rather than the discount. It was all made the night before and I got to sleep in!
 

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Breakfast is complimentary.
But if you're traveling on a government per diem, paying government lodging rate ($70/night) then we can talk about "splitting the costs." That is, last year I had a guest for eight weeks on a government rate... in part because we agreed that she wouldn't get breakfast for that rate, and I was happy to have the long term business.
=)
Kk.
 

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I agree with all of the above.
Although, during Hunting Season when D. is gone for about 10 days, I run a "Cooks Vacation" special with a deep discount in return for a continental breakfast of a yummy baked good, fruit and juice. I put it out at 7am and they can enjoy anytime until 10am.
Every year sees more people, and some coming as repeats.
 

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Thanks to everyone for the great comments. I now have a new phrase: "It's complimentary."
 

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If someone has to leave really early and doesn't want breakfast I offer them $10.00 off their stay or a packaged breakfast to go. It rarely happens but I had guests here last week for a triathlon and they had to leave at 5:45 a.m. so they took the breakfast to go rather than the discount. It was all made the night before and I got to sleep in!.
Country Girl said:
If someone has to leave really early and doesn't want breakfast I offer them $10.00 off their stay or a packaged breakfast to go. It rarely happens but I had guests here last week for a triathlon and they had to leave at 5:45 a.m. so they took the breakfast to go rather than the discount. It was all made the night before and I got to sleep in!
We had a similar type guest here for a horse show. She left very early each morning. We offered the to go breakfast, but she declined and just had coffee from the coffee service in her room.
 

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Hmmm. Maybe, just maybe we can figure out a way to charge then extra for NOT eating breakfast. Especially the no shows in the morning after DW got up early and cooked a gourmet breakfast!
 

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Breakfast is included complimentary. So you can't discount something you are giving away:) OOPS..I guess you have already heard this numerous times. That's what I get for not reading the entire thread first.
 

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Breakfast is included complimentary. So you can't discount something you are giving away:) OOPS..I guess you have already heard this numerous times. That's what I get for not reading the entire thread first.
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catlady said:
Breakfast is included complimentary. So you can't discount something you are giving away:) OOPS..I guess you have already heard this numerous times. That's what I get for not reading the entire thread first.
Yes, but did you know that it was complimentary?
 

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Breakfast is included complimentary. So you can't discount something you are giving away:) OOPS..I guess you have already heard this numerous times. That's what I get for not reading the entire thread first.
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catlady said:
Breakfast is included complimentary. So you can't discount something you are giving away:) OOPS..I guess you have already heard this numerous times. That's what I get for not reading the entire thread first.
Yes, but did you know that it was complimentary?
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Proud Texan said:
catlady said:
Breakfast is included complimentary. So you can't discount something you are giving away:) OOPS..I guess you have already heard this numerous times. That's what I get for not reading the entire thread first.
Yes, but did you know that it was complimentary?
No PT, it's free!

 
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