The benefits of staying in small independent hotels or B & Bs
In an era of economic crisis, for an increasing number of companies seeking to reduce costs, they choose smaller homes (such as bed and breakfast or small independent hotels) over hotel chains could be wiser. Although most business travelers stay in hotel chains (Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, etc.), smaller homes have been trying to attract business travelers by offering the same facilities with often often better service. Via Here, the benefits of having smaller homes over major hotels are investigated and why they are a good option for women's business travelers.
Better, more personal service
Do men or women get better hotel treatment? For Lorena Romero, owner of Casa Palermitano, a B & B in Buenos Aires, in major hotels in Argentina, people are more used to seeing business men than women, and therefore men tend to get better treatment than women. "For example, if a businessman and businesswoman are both busy checking out of a hotel in Argentina, hotel staff are more likely to take care of the man first," she adds.
Independent with fewer guests to accommodate smaller homes will give you personal attention – you are more than just a room number! Most times they will remember your name, your preferences and are more likely to spoil the specific needs you may have. Nancy and Dan Ward, owners of Inn on Main Street, a B & B in Weaverville, NC agree. "See if your hotel manager has half an hour in the evening to buy you a glass of wine and chat about your children and his, and share his take on the best restaurants nearby," says Nancy. A satisfied guest is inclined to return and that is the key to a smaller hotel business.
A home away from home
This is the sum of any good bed and breakfast. It's nice to come back to a more comfortable, relaxed setup after a hard day's work instead of dealing with impersonality of a large hotel. Instead of spending the evening alone in your room, as many of us tend to do while on their way, smaller homes are often a more friendly and more homely setup. For example, many of these hotels have a common area where you can socialize with other guests like yourself, or kick with a glass of wine, a newspaper or just watch some television. "I think many women feel more like being in a family in a small hotel, unlike the feeling of loneliness, coming to a big hotel," says Lorena.
A smaller residence could allow meeting other travelers, creating friendships or even business opportunities. For example, the Inn at Main Street has seen women guests bonding over dinner and exchanging emails at the end of a stay. According to Lorena Romero, several guests establish business relations as they meet at Casa Palermitano and bind themselves to breakfast at the common table.
Get a better sense of the city you are in
Given the more personal and informal setup of smaller homes, you are more likely to be drawn into friendly conversations with the owner, manager, hotel staff or other guests . This provides a great way to interact with locals or get information or swap notes with someone more familiar with the city. You can get some good insider tips on where to go or what to experience (or even not to do) in the city's information that tourist books can not provide. "It's like visiting friends, you can skip the dining room and online ads to get important information from those who know such things," adds Nancy.
As women travel alone, our individual security is a top priority. Here too, smaller homes have an advantage over large hotel chains. The departments at the Inn on Main Street say they recognized the need to listen to business travelers for women because they were the ones most alienated by the hotel chain experience. Business people talked about fear of having a glass of wine or even dinner alone for fear of being hit by. "Employees in big hotels are trained to provide addresses and information, but some safety information. Being a woman and having traveled a lot of myself, safety advice is invaluable," says Lorena.
Smaller places are more likely to be better to keep tabs when you leave the hotel and when you will likely be back. They will have a good idea about your regular plan or plans and will sound a warning if something is wrong. Nancy Ward points out another advantage of being in a more homely setup. "We like to think hotels offer good security, but the fact is that when you're in what feels like grandmother's house with just a handful of other people who stay there, you'll sleep better."
Less homes are more cost effective and provide better value for money than large hotel chains. A survey of American Historic Inns, a publisher of Bed and Breakfast guidebooks in the United States, showed that guests at B & Bs earn rewards ten times faster than at a Marriot, for example. The survey revealed that you can save between $ 75 and $ 650 using Buy-One-Get-One-Night-Free Reward Programs depending on the room price of a B & B while you need $ 2,500 before earning a free night at the Marriot.
You get many of the facilities that a larger business hotel will offer at lower costs – a great advantage for companies seeking to reduce costs without compromising on the comfort of their employees. In addition, frequent guests or even businesses can negotiate better room rates or upgrades. Smaller homes are more likely to commit than major hotel chains. They work well for everyone – both you and the company.
As hotel chain managers feel like delivering hair dryers, shower gels, skirts, and so on is enough to keep their women's guests happy, they fail to realize that catering to business women should extend beyond just the conveniences. It is this lack that smaller accommodations like bed and breakfasts try to deposit money. So, the next time you travel, consider living in a smaller dwelling for a change. Change the cold impersonality of a large hotel chain to a home away from home, interesting company and enjoyable free time after work. The richer experience can make your journey worthy and meet more than one.