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I was hoping there would be at least one on the list that I couldn't relate to....maybe the bag for the bathing suit would be a bag for dirty laundry....
 
Good Article....


What women want (and 10 ways to give them just that)


My dear bride of some 34 years travels with me for leisure, and sometimes business. To be expected, my work activities tend to be carried over into dinnertime conversations so this hybrid mode of travel makes sense. With her as critical input, we’ve come up with a short list of ideas that focus on women’s hotel needs.
Travel research indicates that the female head of household makes the bulk of leisure travel decisions – either directly or through "grocery list" male counterparts. So, while we’re fussing over our operating costs to the barebones, we may be cutting corners that really cost occupancy and loyalty. In particular, if you are targeted the premium/luxury segment, or are a fully independent operator, you can easily capitalize upon these suggestions. (These are not presented in any order of importance or cost to your operation.)
1. Choose your bathroom amenities carefully. Whereas most males can't tell the good from the ugly, women know instantly. It’s more than improved packaging; it’s what’s inside those mini-bottles that count. Great brand names are not privately labeled – they don't have to be! Brands like Clarins or Molton Brown charge more for their amenity programs because they provide instant recognition. Lastly, size does count. Make sure the bottle size is at least enough for two. A 30mL bottle should be the minimum. 
2. Fresh flowers make a statement. Flowers are more than just lush colors and pleasant fragrances. A single fresh flower in a bud vase indicates a degree of care for the room and a link to nature. Plan at least one floral display for the bathroom and another for next to the bed.
3. Make sure there are enough hangers. Somehow there are never enough hangers for all of the suites, skirts, pants and other items that spring out remarkably from a single suitcase. Whereas most guys will hang up a suit, leaving everything else in a suitcase (how barbaric!), women will want to place everything in drawers and the closet so that there are fewer fold lines and so they can better coordinate apparel for the next event.
4. Source high quality bed sheets an ensure beds are made properly. There is no excuse for an improperly made bed, except a lack of training of your housekeeping staff or poor supervision. As for bed sheets, the quality is immediately noticeable. Better sheets will last longer and finish better, giving you a further return on your investment.
5. Bathrobes that fit. I tend to agree, the opposite way. Too often bathrobes in hotels are one size fits all, which really means that they are one size fits nobody. For those who haven’t met me, I’m 6’3”. What works for me is too long for my wife. Ever consider two sizes per bathroom or, at the very least, the ability to call the front desk and request different sizes?
6. Where is the tray to store jewelry? I take off my watch and place it bedside. My wife has earrings, a bracelet or two, watch and necklace that all have to find a home in the wee hours of the evening. Yes, they are placed in the safe when at the pool or when not being worn. Some room safes have velvet trays to place these items. On the other hand, many hotels overlook this nuance which adds the constantly gnawing stress of losing an earring to the experience.
7. Towels that have not died in the laundry.  Towels have a laundering life. Don't try to squeeze the last few uses out of an old towel. Simply replace it.
8. Provide a bag for a wet swimsuit. You go for a swim, and then you have to leave the next day but the swimsuit has not dried out yet. Thank goodness you can take a laundry bag. Wait, that’s for your dirty clothes. So, where does the swimsuit go? Help!
9. Housekeeping that is flawless. Nothing is a greater turnoff than a room that is anything less than perfect in this regard. Any variation here cannot be tolerated for the simple reason that it presages deeper problems under the surface. Make a good first impression with your guestrooms and don’t give anyone a reason to doubt your services.
10. Make up mirrors need to be illuminated and ideally magnifying. While this one will require CAPEX, complaints nonetheless mount when the makeup mirror lacks adjustability, magnifying and its own illumination. There are many brands available, and costs have gone down considerably, so the choice is yours.
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When 8 special innkeepers get together and share their recipes you know it's a good book!
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Interesting article on the “sharing economy” which is breaking barriers, disrupting industries, and creating opportunities. 
One of our recent articles generated quite a bit of buzz regarding AirBnB. In response, we have this article, contributed by Peter Scherman and Rick Wolf of The B&B Team that looks at how regulation should be incorporated into the sharing economy as it continues to grow.
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Planning a getaway with all your best friends can be challenging. So let BnBFinder give you some ideas! We’re sure these accommodations will impress even that hard-to-please friend.
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Quinn not only worked at the inn she attended many conferences as one of my favorite attendees.  Glad we were able to help tell your story Quinn!
It's not so unusual for a dog to call an inn home. But a dog who has done time? Meet Quinn, a 14-year-old Golden Retriever who lives at the Birchwood Inn in Lenox, Mass. Today Quinn lives the good life--in semi-retirement at the inn, being taken on lunch dates by her owner and innkeeper Ellen...
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I prefer Cream Brulee French Toast at a real B&B...
This is a guest viewpoint from Mary White, CEO of BnBFinder, bed-and-breakfast directory.
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It seems so simple...just grandfather in the legal, licensed businesses....
BY HANA RASKIN | This past fall, East Village Bed & Coffee, a bed-and-breakfast on Avenue C between E. Seventh and Eighth Sts., was shut down after 16 years at the location. Owned by Anne Ednis, a neighborhood resident for almost three decades, the guesthouse offered visitors a “home away from ...
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+Mary White  You think it would be that simple. But the City Council just doesn't get it and they've got BIG hotels in their pocket.
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I like the Gmail tabs... sometimes....however, they are not perfect. I've missed some important information personally and I know some of our information is not getting to our clients.
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I'm often asked the story of how BnBFinder started.   I created it with my brother after learning the needs and challenges of innkeepers in the Hudson River Valley.  BnBFinder.com is 15 years old this week!  Our look has changed but not our dedication to promoting places to "Wake Up Someplace Special"....

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Belated congrats !

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LOL...Definitely applies to innkeepers but also most entrepreneurs.  No matter who you are...TGIF!
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I like to look at it differently. TFIM. Thank Goodness it's Monday. Because Monday's always brings new opportunities to ... make more money.
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It never hurts to review the things we already know...
Optimizing blog posts for search engines is a key component of leading people to your organization’s content, but it doesn’t mean simply stuffing your posts with keywords.
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Thanks for sharing. Just finished writing my blog post "I'm on a boat- 10 years later" so this is a good refresher.
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This was an extraordinary event; each of the honorees and presenters were remarkable, inspiring and impressive.  As I read the stories of the girls in Nigeria the need is so clear for organizations such as the Women’s Refugee Commission.  We don’t have to look far, both here and abroad, to find those who need our help.@wrcommission,#BringBackOurGirls
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Held at New York's famed Cipriani restaurant, the event honoured three remarkable former refugees: Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Sierra Leone's Chernor Bah and Mary Tal from Cameroon
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Founder of www.BnBFinder.com an online directory that promotes bed & breakfasts, inns and boutique lodging worldwide.
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    Founder & CEO, 1998 - present
  • Prudential Securities Inc
    Financial Advisor, 1987 - 1990
  • McLaughlin, Piven, Vogel
    Financial Advisor, 1984 - 1987
  • Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook & Weeden
    Sales Assistant, 1983 - 1984
  • Douglas & Company Municipals
    Trading Assistant, 1982 - 1983
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Jersey City, New Jersey - Hoboken, New Jersey - Beltsville, Maryland
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I am the Founder and CEO of www. BnBFinder.com, a top rated online bed & breakfast directory, and the author of Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies.
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2013 Award of Merit from Professional Association of Innkeepers International
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  • Pace University
    MBA Portfolio Management, 1985 - 1988
  • University of Hartford
    Sociology, 1978 - 1982
  • St. Joesph's College
    Social Work, 1978 - 1982
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