March 29, 2017

Inns with New Amenities: The ABCs of Bed & Breakfast Value

A is for Amenities and the over-the-top, ahead-of-the-curve, guest-centric features offered at your bed & breakfasts.

B is for Breakfast, the scrumptious (COMPLIMENTARY) morning meals that you serve every day.

C is for the Concierge personal service, local knowledge, and attention to detail that has always been a part of the bed & breakfast experience.

While this may seem elementary, I’m continuously impressed with the new amenities, breakfast selections, and concierge services innkeepers offer so that your guests always wake up someplace special, as the tagline conveys ;)  I’m excited to use my next three columns to cover some of your innovative offerings, as I know we can gain inspiration from each other!

If there were a “New Amenity Award,” innkeepers would surely be the winners. While many AirBnB hosts will make area recommendations, you take experience to a whole new level with the amenities that you offer. And, unlike hotels, you don’t have to endure lengthy planning meetings or go up the corporate hierarchy to implement them!

For example, Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn has guests floating on Air Couches that they can use at the inn or even bring to the beach; and when not relaxing on air, guests can take to the skies in a helicopter tour whisking them to a empty island for a romantic meal. And if you choose one of their adventure packages, ask them to use the GoPro HERO5 – it's complimentary!

Casa Grandview’s guests slumber on “hybrid beds,” which combine the best features of foam or gel mattresses with the benefits of traditional inner spring mattresses. It is not uncommon for their guests to come to breakfast raving about the bed and wondering what they have slept on.

Fire pits are kindling camaraderie at inns such as Hillbrook Inn & Spa, while electric car chargers are easy to find at many bed & breakfasts across North America, including Lookout Point Lakeside Inn. At The Iris Inn, the entire guest room has evolved into a separate amenity by giving couples the chance to sleep in a luxurious glass tree house.

At BnBFinder, we are using the ABCs of Bed & Breakfast Value to let guests and the media know about the ever-changing special aspects that have always been a part of the bed & breakfast experience. I welcome your thoughts and always want to know what's new at your inn. Please email me,

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