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Good morning:
We're learning, slowly but surely!
Full house last night (extended family in town for a wedding reception, including guests from Germany). At about 10 p.m. one of the guests said "don't worry about breakfast - it's been a long day and we won't be up very early." (Our weekend breakfast is served at 8 a.m, since DW plays the piano/organ for a local church). We had already posted the breakfast upstairs on an antique blackboard that we found and framed.
Her: "Just some coffee, maybe some fruit. We'll go out to eat breakfast when everyone gets up."
Me: "Okay. Are you sure?"
Her: "Well, maybe one or two people will be up to eat."
Of course, DW and I put our heads together and decided to fix a full breakfast for 6 guests. Sure enough, they trickled down and as I type are all sitting around the table raving over homemade biscuits, baked egg dish, yogurt parfait, mountain-top bacon, etc.
If we hadn't gone with our hunch, we would have had coffee and some sweet breads, and they'd be eating at a local family-style breakfast place.
They are leaving with great memories of comfortable beds, good food and a beautiful home... not the local restaurant scene.
Fred
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business.
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business.
I'll agree on the later breakfast, especially on Sunday. Except...today everyone was promptly seated at 8 AM. All 10 of them. They were all out of the house by 9:15. Gone. Packed up and on the road. They would have been gone sooner but our griddle can't cook that much FT at once!
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
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hi
breakfast here is 8 to 10 EVERYday - doesn't matter if it's weekends or weekdays. i get a few requests each week for early breakfast (meaning 6 am - they sometimes try to push for 5:30, but i just can't do it)
8 am and folks are sometimes lined up outside the breakfast room door or rapping softly ... calling 'halllooo?' i have a few who linger in their rooms and come to breakfast at 9:30, the occasional 9:45, but most are early risers for whatever reason.
a lot has to do with people's plans - they want to be out the door and over to the ferry. i need the two hour breakfast window so that all don't come in at once (hopefully) because serving 16 at one time is too much for me.
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
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hi
breakfast here is 8 to 10 EVERYday - doesn't matter if it's weekends or weekdays. i get a few requests each week for early breakfast (meaning 6 am - they sometimes try to push for 5:30, but i just can't do it)
8 am and folks are sometimes lined up outside the breakfast room door or rapping softly ... calling 'halllooo?' i have a few who linger in their rooms and come to breakfast at 9:30, the occasional 9:45, but most are early risers for whatever reason.
a lot has to do with people's plans - they want to be out the door and over to the ferry. i need the two hour breakfast window so that all don't come in at once (hopefully) because serving 16 at one time is too much for me.
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You are in a bit of a different situation in that most folks staying with you need to be out early for the ferry and to do their other things...But an 8 AM breakfast on a Sunday would sure put me off because there is no way I want to be at a breakfast table that early on a Sunday....or any morning for that matter

 

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You'll have to figure out what breakfast times will work for the type of guests that you get. Bear in mind if there is any regular activity that your guests might be attending that they'll need a flexible brekkie. (Like Seashanty's ferry.) We have a weekly event here that guests sometimes want to have breakfast at 7am on a weekday (usually our weekday range is 7:30 to 9 am, weekends 8am - 9:30 am). I don't know if you have business guests, but they usually like an earlier breakfast here too.
Another way around this is if you're willing to deliver breakfast en suite. Keep your options open & make sure it works for both you & your guests & it will be fine.
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
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FredandSally said:
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
Do YOU have to leave the house early on Sunday, too? If not, learn to cook something simple for Sunday morning! Or, have a casserole style meal that you just plate and serve.
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
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FredandSally said:
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
Do YOU have to leave the house early on Sunday, too? If not, learn to cook something simple for Sunday morning! Or, have a casserole style meal that you just plate and serve.
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Bree:
No, I usually go to Mass on Saturday night so I'm home Sunday morning. DW and I have picked out dish that I can manage after she does the prep work.
 

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Fred and Sally, great story! - we are learning too as we go along.
As soon as she said "WE will go out for breakfast....", I would have thought that she can't speak for everyone else.
We tell the guests breakfast is between 8:30 and 9:30. We always know if they want tea or coffee from the webervations page they fill out. So that makes it easier.
We used to place bottled water next to each juice glass. But, now we place the bottled water on the side board.
What else -- oh, chocolates, hard candy in the room -- I used to fill up little bowls with candy in each room. But, now, we just leave a few -- some guests take them all.
Most guests use splenda or sweet & low. so stock up on that.
For eight people, THREE coffee carafes, two coffee makers, enough orange juice.
For each room: extra comforter and/or bedspread (if there is a stain you can't get out on time), sheets, pillowcases for each room. We ran out of sheets (cause the laundry service has the linens for a week).
 

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Fred, I know this is not what the post is about, but 8am breakfast on a weekend will cause you more grief than you can imagine. I would work out something so that your guests are being serviced appropriately since they are the room rates.
You will be facing some angry guests soon. Just thought I would warn you. I am sure you have thought about this. Weekends are typically LATER breakfasts than midweek not earlier. I would hate for you to lose potential guests and repeat guests. This is a weekend business..
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
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FredandSally said:
Thanks for the advice - we're learning these things as we go!
We have thought alot about meal times. Sundays was one of those uncertainties, since DW / cook has a previous committment out of the house.
I appreciate the feedback and I'm sure we'll make some meal time adjustments.
Fred
Do YOU have to leave the house early on Sunday, too? If not, learn to cook something simple for Sunday morning! Or, have a casserole style meal that you just plate and serve.
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Bree:
No, I usually go to Mass on Saturday night so I'm home Sunday morning. DW and I have picked out dish that I can manage after she does the prep work.
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FredandSally said:
Bree:
No, I usually go to Mass on Saturday night so I'm home Sunday morning. DW and I have picked out dish that I can manage after she does the prep work.
Now there's teamwork!
 

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Samster said: "Keep your options open & make sure it works for both you & your guests & it will be fine."
Very good advise. All of the seasoned innkeepers here can attest to this for many issues, not just breakfast times. You both were very wise not to rely on this one guest speaking for the masses.
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
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JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast.
Yes... like the family from Utah... all the "older" generation wanted to eat at 7. The pregnant couple wanted to eat at 10.
=)
Kk.
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
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JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
.
JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
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IronGate said:
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
I work a full time job. During the week if people want breakfast after 7:30, I do a continental and will put a plate covered in the refrigerator. This is not a surprise it is on my web site and I talk to them about it and what I can do for them.
Most of my guests are up early and gone during the week. On weekends I have breakfast when they want it before check out if they are leaving that day. But I now have 2 suites so a total of 6 people. I can do that and the larger ones can't. The larger you are, the best you can do for those people are cereal, breads, juice, fruit, yogurt, etc.
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
.
JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
.
Sure, anything is possible :) But what do you want to set a precedent for? Where will you keep this breakfast plate for the guest? Do you want them coming into your kitchen to heat it up? Do you want to provide a fridge & microwave in their room? in a common area? Do you want to be pulled away from what you're doing later to heat up their breakfast? See how this can get to be a problem?
We do a flexible breakfast time & most people tend to the earlier times here too. Only had one group who wanted 9:30 on the weekend and then had to push the other group who wanted a later time to 10am. (We only have one large table here.)
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
.
JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
.
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
No. That would be totally disruptive to an innkeepers schedule PLUS many breakfasts do not reheat well. My egg bake is eat it now or forget it (unless you are the innkeeper who is accustomed to eating cold food) and it would not reheat well. I do not have a nuker so nothing to warm it up anyway. Besides, if you start doing stuff like that, there will be something else come along to ratchet up the aggro-factor.
You have 10 guests, 4 show up for breakafst and 6 now expect to find a plate of food waiting for them, nice and hot of course, when they deign to drift down to eat - a couple at 9:30, another person at 10, another at 10:30 and the last 2 decide to appear at 11 and since checkout was at 11, they obviously are not out as they linger over breakfast. Your whole morning was taken up serving breakfast and doing checkouts except for this last couple who are now keeping you from flipping rooms - especially their room. Now when re you going to be able to do the clean up from breakfast? When are you going to get to strip those beds, make them and clean the rooms and bathrooms. much less do the laundry and be there all smiles, cleaned up and pretty for the 4 pm arrivals - and we know you will not mind the new guests who show up at 3pm! Oh, and when are you going to get to the market for the eggs, milk, OJ, and TP that you ran out of because those guests figured it was in the room so they paid for it and took the last extra roll in the house!
I will serve a breakfast at whatever time my guests request between 4am & 10 am (I am only 3 rooms remember and I stable horses) but even I draw the line at saving a plate to be reheated.
Breakfast is the meal of note at a B & B and Lunch is the meal served at Noon.
 

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When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk..
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
.
JunieBJones (JBJ) said:
YellowSocks said:
When guests imply they could just skip breakfast, I usually encourage them to give it a try... it's a bed and breakfast after all!!! The ones who say they won't eat much always eat plenty... Our first official repeat guests didn't eat here last year because they get food at their conference, but this year I think the wife insisted and they sat down to an early breakfast.
While I make breakfast at whatever time the guests want, I have steered guests who had no particular preference on time to try to group them together. So far the latest breakfast I've served is 9:30, the earliest is 4:45, but most guests by far prefer an early breakfast. I have many many more requests for early breakfasts than I do for ones at 9 or later. I was astonished when I read on a B&B website that they serve breakfast every day at 9:30. Wow! Feed 'em and get 'em going so I can get into their rooms!
We go to church on Saturday night so that I'm not pressured on Sunday morning, but it figures that last week I had to make a presentation at 9:30... fortunately the guests were willing to eat at 8:30 or so. I figured that dh could finish serving and clearing... no, he decided he wanted to attend a different presentation, left the dishes on the table. Arggghhh! No biggie in the end... one guest checked out before he left, the others were in the process of going as we returned at 10:45.
=)
Kk.
What is the saying, one of this and two bits of the other? I will never forget the dentist who stayed here who told another guest "they make you get up at some gawd-awful hour for breakfast!" That was 830am (and I was the one UP, not him).
We have people who want to hit the road by 8am. We have others who cannot drag themselves in at 9am for breakfast. We had both of those yesterday, plus a breakfast delivery to the room.
The solution of course is to have an extended breakfast time where they can eat early or late. But I won't do it. I can't do it. I can't spend ALL morning doing breakfast. We don't have separate tables, we don't have buffet. We have a dining table that guests sit together and enjoy each others company and the food we provide.
A month ago had that couple from Southern CA who came donw at 2pm and said "Where is our breakfast?" I told them breakfast was served at 9am, just like the confirmation, the note in the room and the sign in the dinin room stated.
He said, Well we do not EVER get up before noon. What can we have?
I told him of a few restaurants.
His next line was "Well this is just not going to work for us"
Staying the second night, and it was 2pm.
What did I do? You ask. This JERK had liar, lawyer written all over him and was PUSHING. I am not stupid, I ran their card and said goodbye. Off to torture another B&B.
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
.
IronGate said:
Just curious (still aspiring here), but is it possible to wrap up a plate and save it for the guest to warm up when they are ready to eat?
I work a full time job. During the week if people want breakfast after 7:30, I do a continental and will put a plate covered in the refrigerator. This is not a surprise it is on my web site and I talk to them about it and what I can do for them.
Most of my guests are up early and gone during the week. On weekends I have breakfast when they want it before check out if they are leaving that day. But I now have 2 suites so a total of 6 people. I can do that and the larger ones can't. The larger you are, the best you can do for those people are cereal, breads, juice, fruit, yogurt, etc.
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In reply to both Hawley & IronGate about saving a plate for late or early risers.
Once you start this practice you may find you will have bitten more than you can chew. What if all guests were late or early, do you have the space to store that number in the fridge?
Breakfast hours are set to fit YOUR schedule - stick with it. It is only you to suffer. If you see the need to adjust, do so after analyzing when people are eating or make note of those wanting different times and then adjust to that new schedule.
Over the years and through my evolution of guests, I have changed my breakfast hours from 8:30 - 10:00 to M-F 7:30-8:30 and S-S 8:30-9:00. I found that 1 1/2 hours just wasted my time. (I serve open seating, having seats for all guests). I also found as I became more popular with the business guests that weekdays I needed earlier times. Some of my weekday guests need earlier than the 7:30 time frame so I have cereals, fruit and pastries as well as coffee etc. available. This I set out the night before (if needed) and the cold stuff is in a small refrigerator.
I was working when we first opened. We were mostly a weekend type business until one local (big) business found out about us. At that time, weekday breakfast was all continental. as my early bird breakfast is now. Worked well then and works well now.
 

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