We want all our guests to be comfortable and have a good night’s sleep and we have house rules that must be followed towards this goal.
When you’re looking for romance or accommodations more personal and comfortable than a standard chain hotel, a bed-and-breakfast might be the ticket. While many facets of staying in a B&B are the same as any hotel, the homelike atmosphere of some properties causes travelers to lose their manners. or relax them more than they would in a more formal property. There are some important rules of decorum — some that might not be obvious when you make your reservation.
• No food or drinks in the rooms, other than water. This is for sanitary reasons.
• It is not permissible to keep food stored in your room.
• If it didn’t come in with you, it doesn’t go out with you.
• Please do not sleep on top of the duvets, decorative pillows, or pillow shams.
• Please do not use towels or facecloths like rags. Please use make-up remover towelettes. If you are bleeding from shaving, please use Kleenex, not facecloths.
• Please do not rearrange the furniture. Plugins for your cell phones and computers are readily available in each room.
There are makeup remover towelettes supplied in each bathroom. Please use the makeup remover towelettes and resist using expensive facecloths and towel sets to remove your makeup.
Any facecloths or towels you ruin will cost you $40.00 because the entire set will need to be replaced.
Never dye your hair here. That is an activity for your own home.
There can be no food or drinks in your room other than water. That means no coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, energy drinks, or booze, just water. This rule will be strictly enforced. It is for your health and safety and that of the next guests.
Food that is stored or consumed in the bedroom and drinks other than water:
• Will attract unwanted guests
• Will make the bed dirty
• Adversely affects the room for the next guests – cleanliness and smells
Eating and drinking in bed may attract ants or cockroaches. Even the smallest of spills can lead to a rail of ants climbing on your bedsheet. You surely do not want that.
You will drink and eat on the main floor – dining room, salon, or deck, only. We need to stay safe, so there is no kitchen access for guests.
Energy drinks, soft drinks, booze and coffee all stain and smell, which attracts bugs, which is why they are not permitted in the bedrooms. This is not open for debate, and we expect compliance.
Unwritten Rule #1: Respect the Innkeeper’s Schedule
When you stay in a bed-and-breakfast, the breakfast is often one of the highlights of the stay. Who doesn’t love a home-cooked, hearty start to the day? When you’re staying at the inn, though, the innkeeper likely has specific hours when she’ll serve breakfast. Your room may include breakfast, but that doesn’t mean at noon when you roll out of bed. Ask when the meal is served and try to arrive at the table in that timeframe, not five minutes before the kitchen closes.
Respecting the innkeeper’s schedule also means paying attention to the property’s policies regarding quiet hours and locked doors. Remember, the inn is someone’s home. Turn down the television and keep your conversations quiet in the evening. If you’ll be out late, ask the innkeeper for the proper procedure to enter the building. Some will wait up until all of their guests have returned, while most will offer a key or code so guests can come and go as they please. Again, be quiet so as not to awaken other guests when you come in late.
Unwritten Rule #2: Respect the Innkeeper’s Belongings
You’re staying in a large hotel and need to clean off your makeup. You grab one of the washcloths, wipe off the bright red lipstick and dark eye shadow, and toss the cloth in the laundry pile — and housekeeping doesn’t bat an eye.
In a bed-and-breakfast, the innkeeper supplies the items herself and likely has a limited supply. Stained linens and towels may have to be thrown away or recycled, so use caution. Use disposable makeup wipes and take care with any medications that could stain or damage linens. Take care with other items as well: Use coasters to protect what is probably antique furniture and let the innkeeper know immediately about any spills. Don’t “accidentally” take a robe, table napkins, cutlery, or some towels home with you. A large hotel can absorb the cost or may not even notice. A bed-and-breakfast will charge you.
PLEASE DON’T SLEEP ON TOP OF COMFORTERS OR USE PILLOWS THAT HAVE PILLOW SHAMS, OR USE THROW PILLOW TO SLEEP ON.
PLEASE DON’T USE TOWELS OR FACECLOTHS LIKE RAGS. THERE ARE MAKEUP REMOVER TOWELETTES SUPPLIED IN EACH BATHROOM
Unwritten Rule #3: Be Personable
Innkeepers are a wealth of information about their hometowns — and love to share information and get to know their guests. If you want to be anonymous, and go to and from your room without being noticed, consider staying in a large hotel. At the bed-and-breakfast, you’ll have the chance to chat with the innkeeper and other guests. If you’re rude or unfriendly, you won’t be welcomed back.
Unwritten Rule #4: If it didn’t come in with you, it doesn’t go out with you.
Taking things that don’t belong to you is theft. Toiletries are not for you to take.
Unwritten Rule #5: Make Special Requests Before You Arrive
You’re allergic to nuts or you need to bring a white-noise machine or other device to help you sleep? Let the innkeeper know before you arrive so she can have everything ready when you arrive. You don’t want to be moving furniture around, searching for an outlet in the middle of the night.
We are not a restaurant. You cannot order breakfast.
Unwritten Rule #6: Leave a Tip
Some guests wonder whether it’s necessary to leave a tip at a bed-and-breakfast. The answer is yes. Many times, the innkeeper does all of the cooking and cleaning herself. Tips are a nice way to recognize that hard work. If nothing else, a generous tip recognizes the extra care and details you find at the inn.
All of these rules don’t mean staying in a bed-and-breakfast is a stuffy or unpleasant experience. In fact, most inns are the exact opposite and are quite comfortable. They’re just different from your average hotel — and your behavior should be different as well.
We are looking forward to your stay with us and meeting you.