Category Archives: For Innkeepers

A category of blog articles that are specifically created to instruct and provide industry-specific solutions to innkeepers

10 Supplies No Bed and Breakfast Should Be Without

Log cabin bed and breakfast

If you visit Farmington, New Mexico, you can stay at Kokopelli’s Cave Bed and Breakfast, with rooms that are 70 feet underground.

The Red Caboose Getaway in Sequim, Washington lets you stay in one of six unique luxury train cars and experience the magic of an old-fashioned railway journey.

And at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort in Oregon, guests live like the Swiss Family Robinson, in rooms built in treetops towering above the earth. Continue reading

10 Hotel Industry Trends for 2019

Woman waking up at a bed and breakfast refreshed

Regular readers of our blog know that we believe there’s one key thing every innkeeper needs to offer their guests: a good night’s rest.

It’s been true as long as there have been inns and it will be true as long as people need a place to sleep.

But that doesn’t mean our industry never changes. Smart innkeepers know that guests’ tastes can change from season to season, year to year. Here are a few hotel industry trends you should keep an eye on in 2019. Continue reading

How Your Pillow Helps You Sleep – An Innkeeper’s Guide

Woman sleepingo n pillow

A pillow has a simple, yet critical, job: to keep your neck and head aligned when you sleep.

But finding the right pillow isn’t always as simple, especially when you’re not shopping for yourself, but for hundreds upon hundreds of potential guests.

Not every pillow type is right for your preferred sleep position, and different pillow fills and sizes have various benefits. Continue reading

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

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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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