B&Bs are often thought of only for romantic getaways. But today’s bed and breakfast inns are making in-roads into the corporate traveler world.
The big hotel chains spend plenty to attract guests during off-peak times. If inns are traditionally weekend and vacation spots, with significantly smaller marketing budgets, then how do innkeepers compete with the big hotel chains?
It’s easy. By being who we are AND doing the same things they do – only better. And a little extra marketing never hurts.
When I travel for business, the thing I miss most is conversation. Not that I don’t value my alone time – being in that work bubble can be kind of nice. But that feeling of being surrounded by lots of people and still feeling alone in a crowded hotel lobby, not so good.
The benefit of staying in a B&B for business travel is having all the comforts of home, only better. This includes people who will make you feel welcome and sit and have a conversation with you. Personal connections, that’s where B&Bs have the big hotels, and short-term rentals, beat.
This doesn’t mean you have to run a gauntlet of questions about your day when you walk in the door. But how nice is it to have the option of watching a ballgame in the inn’s living room with, wait for it, other people? Or get the inside scoop on local restaurants and attractions, and maybe even get an invitation to dinner.
Another way B&Bs compete directly with hotels – corporate and mid-week rates. Companies can even negotiate rates with local B&Bs for incoming travelers. Inns also make great locations for off-site meetings and receptions.
Innkeepers are small business owners who want to make sure their guests have the best experience possible no matter what the reason for the stay. That means B&Bs often have amenities on par with the big hotel chains: WiFi, desks in rooms plus business centers, and smart TVs that can stream your favorites. Fridges, snacks, and microwaves are also often available to guests. At Georges on York B&B our guests have access to a fitness center located right across the street from the inn.
Treat yourself to a B&B stay next time the boss says to get on the road. Or book a room in your local inn for that important customer or potential hire. Inns offer a fresh, local mid-week option to chain hotels and short-term rentals, especially when you want to balance work, time to yourself, and conversation.