When most people get ready to travel and they need a place to stay they reach right for the hotel options in the area. The reason? They think that if they look at a bed & breakfast they will have to share a bath, they won't have any privacy, it's not accommodating to a business traveler and/or it will be like going to Grandma's house to sleep. Most of those people also think a hotel will be cheaper. I just returned from a business trip to Atlanta, Georgia and stayed at a Hyatt hotel. I received a conference "special rate" of $159 per night. I started looking around my room and comparing to the Jacuzzi suite at my bed & breakfast that goes for $165 per night on the same days of the week. I cannot understand why travelers flock to the hotels:
Hotel Daily Rate $159 ... Jacuzzi Suite at B&B $165...Comparable room at B and B $135
Hotel bed had a hard mattress ... Bed and Breakfast suite had pillow-top mattress
Breakfast at the hotel dining room ran $16-$25 ... BandB has complimentary breakfast buffet
Bottled water in hotel room $6 per bottle .... BandB has complimentary bottled water
Hotel had NO complimentary snacks ... BandB has homemade evening snack
Hotel charges for hot chocolate/popcorn....BandB has free hot chocolate/popcorn
Hotel offered shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap & toothpaste...BandB offers shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, body scrub, make-up remover, herbal bath grains.
Hotel offered NO bed side chocolates....BandB offers bed side chocolates from local factory
Hotel charges for on site parking...BandB offers complimentary parking
Hotel charges for local phone calls....BandB offers complimentary local phone calls
Hotel charges $12 a day for internet ... BandB offers free WIFI
Hotel offers sitting in lobby, lounge or room at night....BandB has gardens, evening campfire, porch swings, glider rockers, rockers on the patio and view of countryside
Both places had Satellite TV
Both places had down alternative comforters
Both places had in-room coffee
I could easily see how a 2 night stay at a hotel could be padded with $150, or more, of add-on charges when a BandB stay can be so more comfortable and offer more personalized customer service.
I keep hearing news casts on TV telling people how to save money in this down economy, but I never hear them telling people to look at a BandB over a hotel to save on a weekend get away or vacation. Why is that?
This blog was written by Carol Steffey from Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio.