A recent meeting of Innkeeeprs was talking about the B&B experience. The thing about Bed & Breakfasts that is both a plus and a minus is that each is unique. Being unique is a plus because each Bed & Breakfast is an adventure offering a different design, different style and furnishings, different ownership and all that goes along with it. That uniqueness is perhaps a minus for those who like to know exactly what they’re getting and are afraid of being disappointed.
I want to tell you that you won’t be disappointed. Bed & Breakfast hosts are proud of their homes and want to please you. Bed & Breakfast innkeepers go the extra mile in the kitchen because they want to show off and hear “oohs and aahs” coming from the breakfast table. And not only do they go the extra mile in the kitchen, but in every other aspect of their Bed & Breakfast with great attention to detail. Getting acquainted with my colleagues made it crystal clear that each of us has cleanliness, comfort, dining, amenity and hospitality standards a hotel is unlikely to match. The reason is simple — employees don’t love the place the way an owner does, nor does an employee have the same kind of investment.
Fine Food is served at our BC Bed & Breakfasts
Recent studies by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and TripAdvisor have shown that the main reason, far beyond not being sure of what to expect, travelers don’t stay at a Bed & Breakfast is because they just don’t think “B&B” when thinking about accommodations. Hotels and motel chains seem to be best known around the world and have the most visibility. So dear readers, what can we do to get more people to think “B&B” in the first place?
Since you are reading this blog, you are likely already a Bed & Breakfast aficionado. PAII has launched the Better Way to Stay campaign to increase the profile of Bed & Breakfasts in North America. The Better Way To Stay, is a grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand. While hotels and motels are one option, inns and B&Bs add amenities like complimentary breakfasts, free parking, afternoon or evening refreshments, free wi-fi adding up to $150 per two-night stay in extra value. Add a smile at check in and an innkeeper who remembers your name at the end of a long day, and the list of B&B bonuses becomes priceless. But it would be great to get your comments about what made you first choose a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast Inn. We BC Innkeepers Guild members value your comments and suggestions and very much encourage you to share your thoughts with us.
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Try one of our members in Nanaimo at Long Lake Waterfront B&B that received the Travellers Choice Award 2012 from TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 Bed and breakfast in Canada.