- May 22, 2008
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If I could do anything additional it would be to put recycle cans in the rooms.The trash really isn't a problem when they are in the rooms, it's when they leave and then it's not their problem! There are days when the cans are overflowing, but not enough to make a change to a bigger trash can. Usually the trash is piled neatly on the floor- newspapers, shoeboxes, shopping bags. Then all the packaging the items came in. Some guests even pack it all nicely into a couple of shopping bags. And then the soda bottles, water bottles, wine bottles! If I could do anything additional it would be to put recycle cans in the rooms.I agree with Copperhead...if you're banging into stuff, then so are the guests. Especially with all their stuff.What used to be out there in the hallway was an old pot belly stove with a plant on it (that's back out there) and a hope chest with the 'parts' for making the twin bed into a daybed. I don't do that anymore, too much work swapping daybed for sleeping bed. So, I don't need the hope chest in the hallway.I guess you have to ask, "What is the optimal goal here?" Guest comfort, guest mobility in the rooms, or maximizing your bookings revenue. Then, go from there.Nope, the door has always operable. Only the beds faced the same direction so if the doors were open you couldn't see the other bed from your bed (in either room).No I was referring to being able to sell it as a 2 room suite with next room. I am assuming that the door you were referring to was a door leading directly to the next room. If I am right, the previous set up you must have had the door blocked?Same versatility...the 2 beds have always been in the room. I think that's what you were referring to.Go the more versatile route. I know it is more work but with the new arrangement, not only is there more space and view from the queen (main sleeping space) but you now have another option for room use which means more ways to sell..
I have a floor plan on my website that explains in pictures what I'm talking about.
As a guest, I want my suitcase easily accessible to me. I think that might be true for most folks. Can you use the hallway space to free up something else in the room? An area for them to store shopping purchases or other stuff like that? Something else that they need sometimes, but not always like extra pillows or blankets? How would you use that room & hall/landing space if you were staying there (based on your history now that you know about your average guest)?
My observation here is that folks draw the drapes, wood blinds, shades, even if no one can see in their rooms and they're just sitting in there during the day when you're in an urban location. So, unless the view is of mountains or ocean or something like that, how important is it??
Funny how you can have an epiphany about how a room could be set up better....last week I just swapped a chair & desk location in one room & it makes the room look a lot bigger & I like where the chair is now in a nice cozy corner. I noticed when I was deep cleaning that you couldn't really see the TV from where the chair previously was anyway. Now, it's in a nice reading nook. Doh!
Most guests don't use the hallway space at all. If I put the new boot trays out there, they wouldn't get used I'm guessing. I think I'm just going to put the upright chair out there, guests can use it to put shoes on if they want and it will free up some room. I still haven't been up there today to see if I like it the new way. (Too damn cold in the inn.)
Ultimate goal? To make the room comfortable and usable. I actually like waking up to an outside view. I can't do that for myself because I need the darkness now to get to sleep. But, when I'm up and just reading in bed, I like looking outside. So, I guess it doesn't matter too much to the guest as no one has ever said they wished they could see out the window and everyone loves that room as it was.
Some friends used a large straw hamper as a trash can during the holidays (lined with a plastic bag of course). I noticed that it was fairly narrow but held a lot of trash (disposal plates, cups, etc) & was in a small corner of their hall. Could you use those in your guest rooms as trash cans for all that shopping debris?
Is this an option for that hallway you have been talking about? think of all those 5 cent refunds or is it 10 cents now?