September 2nd, 2010 by theAddison
There was an article published on the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) site earlier this year that I have just now felt a need to comment on. The title of the 27-Apr-10 article was “The Top 5 Myths About Staying At A Bed And Breakfast Inn”. I will roll through each of the myths with an Addison response to each one. Kind of like the Myth-Busters but without things blowing up.
Myth 1: B&B decor is limited to lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, antiques and patchwork quilts.
Response: True, some B&Bs do look like you are staying at your Grandmother’s house with dark wood panelling, cabinets full of Hummell figurines and black flocked wallpaper. We have stayed in many inns where we were hesitant to touch the furniture due to the advanced age of the pieces. At the Addison we go more for a look of Old Florida elegance with understated hints of the tropics in the impeccably decorated guest rooms. We decorate with four-poster beds, rich hardwood floors and ceiling fans stirring a cool breeze. Just imagine yourself as a guest in an elegant turn-of-the-century home by the sea: warm, well-polished furnishings, tall ceilings, the rustle of silk draperies in the afternoon breeze and wicker chairs overlooking a quiet courtyard.
Myth 2: You have to share a bathromm with other guests.
Response: No, you don’t. All of the Addison’s guest rooms have private baths, many with oversized jetted tubs. The only person you have to share your bath with is the person you checked in with.
Myth 3: You have to eat breakfast with total strangers and eat whatever the innkeeper prepares that morning.
Response: There are many different methods of serving breakfast depending on the size of the inn. At the Addison we serve breakfast between 8:30 and 10 with a choice of enjoying your breakfast in our dining room or out on the verandah. Most of our tables are tables for 2 but we do have one big table for 6 in the dining room. Your breakfast can be as quiet or as social as you like. We have had several couples who meet each other at our Happy Hour, go out for dinner together and meet up again in the morning for breakfast. Meeting others and making friends with fellow guests is what makes staying at a B&B a special experience. The menu? At the Addison we post our breakfast menu daily and offer our guests a choice of the featured offerings or lighter fare. Of course, we always consider dietary restrictions, allergies or dislikes and are ready to prepare a custom breakfast if requested.
Myth 4: You have to adide by a curfew set by the innkeeper.
Response: Kidding, right? Who would do this to their guests? Addison guests staying in the main house (Rooms 1 through 5) have a key to the front door and can access their rooms at any hour. Guests stayinng in our courtyard rooms (Rooms 6 through 15) have direct acces from the street, through the courtyard, to their rooms.
Myth 5: B&Bs are only for couples and strictly prohibit children and pets.
Response: For the most part, guilty. We tried a couple of pet friendly rooms when we first opened the inn but were unhappy with the results. We have more people (allergies…) calling to make sure that animals have never stayed in the room than we have people calling to see if their pets can stay in our guest rooms. Not too many people have allergies to children but a lot of our guests come to the Addison to get away from their children for a few days. We have two rooms in which we can put our roll-away bed if parents are travelling with children over 12 years of age.
Myths, fact or fiction? I felt compelled to write this posting because we do still get a lot of phone calls that touch on some of these myths with the most questions being asked about the shared bathrooms.
At the Addison we have many guests who are first-timers at a B&B. We love the opportunity to de-bunk some myths and show people that staying at a B&B can be a wonderful weekend in which dining, exploring, shopping, breakfast and Happy Hour are shared with fellow guests as desired, but bathrooms are strictly shared with those who brought you.