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Innkeepers Christmas Gift Ideas

Gifts under the tree

You’re a busy innkeeper. So busy, in fact, that while the rest of America was braving the crowds on Black Friday, you were at work, immersed in the busiest travel weekend of the year.

Now, with 13 shopping days left until Christmas, you’ve begun to feel the pinch. You need to buy gifts for your loved ones, but you just don’t have the time. Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Bed and Breakfast for Holiday Guests

Dinner table preparations for Thanksgiving with greeting

We all know Thanksgiving is a busy travel time, but this year’s Thanksgiving might be the busiest ever.

The federal Transportation Security Administration says it expects to screen nearly 3 million people a day in the stretch between November 16 and November 25. That’s to say nothing of all the people who will travel by car this holiday and that can translate to a busy time for your bed and breakfast. It might be a stressful few weeks, but it’s also an ideal time to impress your guests and keep them coming back. Continue reading

Top 10 Tablecloth Questions Asked by Internet Users

A set table with a tabelcloth

How much time do you spend thinking about your tablecloths?

The answer might depend on who you are. The homeowner who only gets out the tablecloths for Thanksgiving and Christmas probably gives them a lot less thought than the bed-and-breakfast manager who’s serving three-course dinners every night.

Still, nearly every American home will use a tablecloth at least once a year, and a lot of people have questions about the right way to use them. Here are the top 10 tablecloth questions asked online. Continue reading

Which Hotel Amenities Matter Most to Guests?

Luxury hotel room

The next time you’re visiting New York, check into the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Guests in this suite can enjoy a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline, and sleep in a king-sized bed that features a 22-karat gold bedspread.

Of course, this all assumes you have $50,000 to spend for a single night’s stay. Continue reading

What Are the Standard Blanket Sizes?

Eiffel Quilted Blanket

There are fewer things more comforting than a blanket.

Charles Schulz didn’t just invent the idea of a security blanket – excuse the pun – out of whole cloth with Linus in the Peanuts cartoons. Children have long turned to blankets to provide a sense of well-being.

And while we may outgrow our need to keep our blankets – or teddy bears or whatever comfort objects we trusted – our need to sleep with a warm, comfortable blanket never goes away. Continue reading

How to Wash a Blanket

woman curled up in blanket at beach house

The nights are cold by the ocean, even in the summertime. Your guests have been strolling along the beach, chilled by the salt air at their backs.

As they walk back to your place, the thought of nestling themselves under a soft thick blanket initiates the warming process in their mind.

Whether you run a bed and breakfast in the mountains or the seaside resort we described above, your guests will appreciate coming home to blankets that are warm, comfortable…and clean.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide on how to wash a blanket.

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10 Things Every Successful Vacation Rental Property Has

Beach house investment propertyEvery vacation rental property is different. That’s part of their charm. You’re catering to people who want something that feels a little more lived-in than a hotel.

But there are some things that most vacation rentals – at least the good ones – have in common, things that make guests feel more at home. Let’s look at some of the things you’ll find at a successful vacation rental property. Continue reading

Innkeeper Tips: How to Clean a Mattress

Stearns and Foster Airedale Mattress

Mattress care, especially cleaning them, is a critical part of business for hotels, inns, and B&Bs.

Think about all the wear and tear your own mattress goes through, and then multiply that by the number of people sleeping at your establishment on a given week.

Here are some tips on how to clean a mattress, so that you – and your guests – can sleep better at night. Continue reading

The Best Way to Care for Your Bathrobes

Bathrobes on hangers in closet

You’re fresh from the shower and not ready to get dressed again. At moments like this, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into a warm, fluffy bathrobe.

Your guests feel the same way, which is why bathrobes have long been a crucial part of good hotel service. But like anything in your establishment that provides guests with comfort, robes require proper care. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the essentials of care for bathrobes. Continue reading

Luxury Hotel Bathrobes: Make Sure Your Guests Can Relax

woman in hotel relaxing in luxury bathrobe

At the Corinthia Hotel in London, they have relaxation down to a science.

We mean that literally. According to the Huffington Post, the hotel joined forces with neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart to create a program to help busy travelers reduce stress using many of the aspects of traditional relaxation therapy such as yoga and meditation. Continue reading