The world travels constantly. Millions of travelers are checking in to rooms that have recently been used by someone else. A little scary, isn’t it? Social media have participated to a large extent to influence consumers to be much more informed about the quality of the accommodation they choose. Consumer sites such as TripAdvisor, Google and B & B.com to name a few provide quality information on consumer experiences that are regulated for real content before being published.
Growing entrepreneurs are small business owners who own and manage bed and breakfasts. The reason for the emphasis on the individual entrepreneur is that they are often also the operator and are closely involved in the daily procedures that affect the quality of the accommodation that the next guest will occupy. Inn small entrepreneurs are a group that is very proud to provide a service that will give customers a lasting impression. These consumers are more likely to take some time to send an honest review to prospective guests.
A bed and breakfast can use suppliers of more local origin to equip and supply the daily items used for the comfort of guests. Items such as fresh seasonal local products (strawberries, peaches and apples, etc.) are services that you won’t find in large hotels. They often employ high-quality chefs to offer a multi-course breakfast that you won’t find anywhere else. Room services are often provided for the comfort of guests and are equal to or superior to premium hotels in busy and high-traffic places. B & Bs in their own right, while they probably cost a little more per night they are good value by providing a quality breakfast; probably cooked fresh.
Consumers who are planning travel accommodation will benefit by consulting several reviews over a period of time; not just the most recent. Travelers who leave reviews often comment on the quality of cleanliness, hospitality and overall quality of their visit. Although recent reviews are good, if they are consistently favorable, this indicates that the property is maintaining good practice.
Many locations offer convenient booking services on the home page of their website. Although efficient, taking a couple of minutes to talk to someone (like the owner or general manager) is also a good indicator of quality. It’s okay to ask detailed questions if you want to know their cleaning practices. For example, if guests have dietary preferences, reaching the management before arrival, often their needs can be met, making their visit much more pleasant and memorable.