I have stayed at many B&Bs and the towels and sheets are always so luxurious. What are the most popular kind of towels and sheets that inns have? Is it acceptable to ask the innkeeper where they purchase their fine linens if I want to buy them for myself?
Good question. When we started our business, InnStyle, 25 years ago, providing luxury products to innkeepers at wholesale prices, the options were very different from today’s choices. Innkeepers in 1988 preferred giving each room a different theme with different color sheets, top of bed items (including: comforters, coverlets, bedspreads, quilts, etc.) and window treatments.
Excerpts from Online Shopper
The New York Times
By MICHELLE SLATALLA
Published: March 22, 2007
“To get to the bottom of the mystery of wrinkle-free fabric that stays wrinkle-free, I phoned Cotton Inc., a trade organization, which researches fiber as part of promoting the interests of cotton growers.”
“To get wrinkle-free sheets, the fabric should be finished the same way as for wrinkle-free khakis or wrinkle-free cotton shirts,” said Lee Snyder, the associate director of technology implementation, who has been working on specialized wrinkle-free finishes for Cotton Inc. since 1974.
The concept of the “Bed and Breakfast” rose to popularity in United States during the 1800’s to provide respite and sustenance to miners, prospectors, and other pioneers as they made their way across the country in the development of the American West. Even as competition increased as more inns, lodges and hotels were built in the 1900’s, B&B’s remained popular and was seen as an affordable accommodation for people traveling through small towns or in areas that weren’t developed.
In the 21st century, B&B’s offer a cozy and accommodating alternative to the corporate hotel or motel − and are often found in locations that offer historical, leisure or small town attractions. For most travelers, the unique touches that distinguish a B&B were clearly the primary reason for selecting this lodging option. Words like “charm,” ambience,” “quaintness,” and “atmosphere” are often used to describe this intangible appeal.