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AirBnB Secrets From Super Hosts
My wife and I have been AirBnB Super Hosts for over a year now and we thought that you might benefit from hearing an insider's perspective on what to expect and why you should choose a B&B over a hotel. We've hosted a lot of guests and the majority of them have stayed with us for months and months even though the average AirBnB guest stay is usually only a few days. Why do our guests stay with us for so long? Well we are about to tell you all of our secrets so keep reading.
B&Bs Are In Better Places Than Hotels
Because bed and breakfasts like Airbnb are often people's personal homes, they can be located anywhere and that means that you are not limited to staying in hotels. The downside of hotels is that they are usually limited to being stuck in business districts and on busy boulevards. B&B's, on the other hand, because they are frequently homes, are situated in all kinds of wonderful places with great places to eat and fun things to do close by. B and B's are in communities where people live and raise families so there are lots of good places to go and things to see. That is rarely true when it comes to hotels.
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B and B's Give Great Local Advice
Unlike hotels, B&B hosts know their local area really well because they live there every day. And because they live locally, hosts can give you the best advice when it comes to helping you find what you are looking for.
Have you ever asked a hotel employee "Where's a great place to eat around here?" If you have then the chances are that they just stared at you blankly and then told you to eat at their hotel restaurant or order room service. But that's not what you want. You want to taste the local colors and flavors of the neighborhood you are visiting. Good B&B Hosts will always tell you their favorite place to eat and the fun things that are close by. The best hosts will gladly share with you the things that they like to do best and the best places to do them.
My wife and I have been what they call Super Hosts with AirBnB for over a year now and we love to share are favorite spots with our guests. We tell them about the Brazilian steak house just down the street that, unexpectedly, has the best salad we have ever eaten. There are other fantastic places hidden around our area too that you would really have to be a local to know about.
AirBnBs Are Comfortable Homes
B&Bs Are Flexible
Hotels have rules and a whole staff of employees that sometimes just don't care, after all, it's not their business and they'll still collect their paycheck at the end of the week even if you are unhappy. But good B&B hosts really do care about our guests and we want you to come back again and again. So we try hard to work with you to get you what you want. We want you to refer us to your friends and family so we try to earn them from you. We try our best to earn good reviews from you so that other people will want to come and stay with us too.
You really can't pay an employee to get that kind of care and focus. To them, working at a hotel is just a job but to hosts like us, it is our own business. For my wife and I it is our retirement plan so you can bet that we take your comfort very seriously.
Bed and Breakfasts Have More Space
Now here's an urban legend that just seems to be malicious rumor that has no basis in any fact whatsoever. It is the nasty slur that bed and breakfasts have tiny, cramped rooms that are uncomfortable and over crowded. This simply isn't true, at least not at any of the B&Bs that we have seen. This slander doesn't even make any sense. Remember, these are people's homes so how many homes have you been in where the rooms are the size of closets? None, right, so the same is true about B&B homes too. In fact, when you do a real side-by-side comparison, I think that most times you will find that, dollar for dollar, you will actually get more room at a B&B than you will at a hotel.
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B&Bs Have Awesome Amenities
Another advantage that B&Bs offer their guests is the range and quality if amenities that they offer. Like other good hosts, my wife and I live in the house so we have things that make our life easier and we share them with our guests. For example, our hot sandwich maker has turned out to be a real favorite. It is simple to use and you can quickly make yourself a warm and delicious cheese and ham and tomato sandwich in no time.
With hotels it is different. You would be surprised at how many hotels charge extra for simple things like wifi. And not just the cheap places either but also many of the more expensive hotels will also nickle and dime you over internet connection. But not B&B's, with us you get it for free.
Bed And Breakfast Pool
B&Bs Are Always Improving Their Offerings
An unexpected advantage that bed and breakfasts like ours have over hotels is that it is a lot easier for us to add improvements to our property than it is for a fifty room hotel. For example, we just replaced all of the windows in our house with double pane windows. Sure it cost a lot of money but, especially here in Arizona, it dramatically improves the level of comfort inside the house. The temperature is easier to control and that means less need for air-conditioning and heating.
Not only is it more pleasant for us and our guests but it also reduces our electricity bill and cuts down on wear and tear of our new air conditioning unit. The financial benefits to us are significant and our guests are happier too. That is a win-win situation that works for everyone.
We can afford to do this while most hotels cannot. Why? The answer is simple. Cost. Replacing seventeen windows in our house is a whole lot cheaper than replacing over one hundred windows in a hotel. That makes it way more cost efficient for us to keep improving the property where you will be staying.
What we do to our home to improve your stay is both tax deductible AND it raises the value of our property so of course we are keen to do it.
You Get To Talk Directly To The B&B Host
If you have ever tried to talk to the manager of a hotel you will know exactly how hard it is to even get to see him or her, never mind actually talk to them. You are reduced to dealing with the staff who may or may not have the authority to help you with whatever it is that you need.
Well if you talk to any of our guests you will hear them happily tell you that they get to see us and talk with us every day. My wife and I live downstairs so, if our guests ever need or want anything, all they have to do is ask. That's another way that staying at a B&B is better than a hotel, you get to speak directly to the owner of the property you are staying at.
There Is A Whole B&B Community
Running a hotel is a job. So is working in one. Neither of those things is the same as running a business like hosting a bed and breakfast is. This is one of the biggest differences when it comes to quality standards. Operating a B&B is a lifestyle that consumes a lot of your time, if you are doing it right. In fact, it is so much work that it is supported by whole groups of hosts that all talk to each other. We swap tips and advice on how to make our guests happier and keep them coming back.
Why do we share our secrets with each other? Because it is good for business and good for everyone in our business. How many hotel staffers do you think go home at the end of their shift and spend their spare time learning new ways to make YOU happier?
B&Bs Get Lots of Customer Reviews
B&B hosts aren't always perfect but we sure do try to be. Much more than hotels do, we encourage our guests to leave reviews about their time with us. It's a small world when it comes to reviews and word of mouth advertising, something we are acutely aware of. After all, that is how AirBnB got started in the first place.
With that kind of constant pressure to get good report cards from our guests, we take your happiness on as a serious responsibility. We know that our whole business relies on what you think of us. I don't know how much hotel staff get paid but I am pretty sure that it isn't enough to earn that kind of dedication.
It's Easier At B&Bs
It's a lot easier for a bed and breakfast host to focus on making a few guests happy than it is for a team of hotel staffers to make hundreds of people happy every day so, in that way, we B&B hosts have it easier. We get to take more time and care to focus on a small number of guests at one time and the good news for you is, that guest could be you.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Dale Anderson