Leave Your Options Open!

The bed and breakfast might not be your first choice when you book your long-term lodging, and that can be a good thing. Corporate hotels comfort us with their trusty amenities and brand standards that are largely consistent across each location, but surprises are fun sometimes. Since the niche appeal of a bed and breakfast is undeniable, why not take a chance and incorporate these quaint paradises into your business travel program?

Bed and breakfasts are often positioned in hard-to-reach markets, such as remote desert or beach locations and rural areas; they’re tailor-made for people who want to “get away from it all” and therefore gravitate to a BnB. Let’s look at the name: Considering “breakfast” is right there, don’t you think you’ll get a great first meal prepared fresh just for you? So you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds: You’ll have your productive business day but come back to a fun environment that feels much more like home AND wake up to a home-cooked meal.

There are practical implications, too: Another big advantage is that you will have somewhere to stay when all the standard offerings are booked solid. Love the local scene wherever you go? With a bed and breakfast, you’ll get more personalized attention by the staff, who can point you toward the coolest attractions in town. If you play your cards right, you might get a little more of a travel guide touch without paying for both services!

Pros for a BnB:

  • No two are the same
  • Some have an authentic local feel
  • You can find a room in a hard-to-tough market or when all other hotels are booked.
  • Getting the scoop on the coolest nearby attractions
  • BREAKFAST!

 

The pro we listed above also serves as a major con: You never know what you’re going to get with this lodging option. If you’re the type of person who prefers to predict a trip right down to the brand of soap the hotel uses, we’ll be honest: You might want to skip a bed and breakfast. Also, if you’re racking up your hotel rewards points, you won’t be able to cash them in at a quaint bed and breakfast. Some of the standard customer service protections might disappear, so double check that they will protect your team against cancellation fees or early check-in fees. That personalized customer service that you enjoy at a bed and breakfast may not be on demand, so it’s less likely that someone can greet you if you need something in the middle of the night.

Cons for BnBs:

  • You never know what you’re going to get!
  • No brand standard
  • Less protection against cancellation fees
  • No hotel loyalty program
  • Might not have 24/7 service

 

Whatever you decide to do, remember that you might have a few unexplored options to look at. Seems as though there are too many choices? CLS can help you identify a lodging strategy that meets your needs and enforces your unique policy.

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