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How well are People Sleeping at your Bed & Breakfast?

Apr 26, 2008
Many owners of bed & breakfast businesses work hard to get all the key elements in place. They offer a great looking place both inside and out. They have great interaction with their guests and serve delicious meals. Yet they fail to focus on one important issue - helping the guests to get their rest. It can be difficult to sleep in a new location and you want to do your part to make them comfortable.

It is hard to start a new day when you feel like you need several more hours of sleep. Make sure the beds you offer at your bed & breakfast are very comfortable. You should try to have at least a queen sized bed in the rooms you offer. This way there is plenty of room for an individual and a couple won't be too crowed to sleep well. Don't forget to offer plenty of pillows too.

Have you ever stayed at a friends house and not been able to sleep well due to being either too hot or too cold? You definitely don't want this to be a problem for your guests at your bed & breakfast. Each of us is very different when it comes to how to set the temperature. Choose a comfortable level that is reasonable. Then make sure that you offer plenty of extra blankets for those that will be colder than others.

Those that will be too warm are going to be frustrated all night long. You can easily take care of this situation by placing fans in the rooms. This is a very simple way for those that need to do so to cool down. They can turn it on to the speed they want and adjust it as necessary. Try to get those that put out a great deal of cool air but not very much noise. The sounds can keep some people awake and then they will have to either be hot or be annoyed as they try to fall asleep.

Sometimes you will have a group of guests at your bed & breakfast that will all know each other. Most of the time though you will have a variety of people that are strangers. Even though they may be friendly and get to know each other a bit, they are still strangers. Each of the rooms you have should have a secure door with locks they can initiate from the inside. A deadbolt is a must to offer them privacy and security.

What about the windows? They should have locks on them too. This way the guests can open them when they want some fresh air and then close them before the go to sleep. You can also offer bars on them to prevent someone from getting in. This is more of a problem on a ground floor than anywhere else. They may be used on higher levels too though to prevent people from falling out.

A fire can happen at any time of the day or night. Chances are you have been mandated to have a certain number of fire alarms and even carbon monoxide detectors in place. You also need to offer a fire escape plan for your guests. If you have a second floor then it is important that you have a ladder available as well in case they can't get to the stairs.

How well do people sleep at your bed & breakfast? If you aren't paying attention to these concepts then they may not be doing so as well as they could be. You can be assured that if they have a wonderful experience at your business and they sleep well they will be returning later on. They will also be willing to share what a wonderful bed & breakfast you have with others they know.
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Patti Rob - entrepreneur, author, and Bed and Breakfast industry enthusiast. Visit the website to discover why most new B&B enthusiasts fail to reach their business dreams.
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