Staying in a charming bed and breakfast is a great way to both relax in the comfort of someone else’s home and explore a travel destination. A knowledgeable B&B innkeeper can give you the insider perspective on the best places to visit during your stay.
We expect you’ll find your first stay at a boutique inn to be a relaxing and rewarding experience. Many of our own guests are repeat visitors. Welcome to your guide of what to expect when staying at a boutique inn.
Imagine waking up while on vacation to the smell of French toast, eggs, and bacon wafting down the hallway. One of the benefits of staying in a boutique inn is that the owner cooks breakfast for you and the rest of the guests.
If you prefer anonymity, you may prefer to stay at a luxury hotel. However, many B&B guests appreciate being able to share meals and stories around a lively table of new friends. Upscale boutique inns offer more intimate breakfast settings than those offered by hotels.
If you have a food allergy or are a vegetarian or vegan, the innkeeper may be able to prepare personalized meals to accommodate you. Often innkeepers are willing to work with you if you let them know your dietary needs before your visit. Some luxury boutique inns might even have professional chefs to cook generous breakfast spreads. In contrast, hotels have continental style breakfasts that usually just consist of coffee and bread products.
It’s important to look over the boutique inn amenities list before booking a room. While hotels have a business plan that focuses on being as cost-effective as possible, a luxury inn focuses on making guests feel at home by providing more free amenities.
For example, it’s not uncommon for boutique inn guests to find higher quality shampoo, lotions, and grooming items in their rooms. Thoughtful boutique inn innkeepers may also maintain book or DVD collections for those guests looking for the ultimate “staycation” away from home.
When you’re staying in a historical boutique inn, you’re staying in someone’s home. For this reason, guests almost always get to enjoy higher quality furniture or bedding than what you might find at a hotel. Why settle for a depersonalized hotel room when you could stay in a romantic B&B that’s rich in both character and charm? Often, each room in a boutique inn has been carefully and thoughtfully decorated by the owner.
It’s not uncommon for B&B owners to have been born and raised in the area, which means they can help you make the most out of your vacation by suggesting restaurants and other local attractions. An innkeeper will try to get to know you and will give you personalized suggestions.
In contrast, a concierge at a hotel might simply direct you to a rack of outdated travel brochures. When a person has spent their whole life living in your travel destination, they know it better than any information you could find on a touristy website (or outdated travel brochure for that matter).
If you are interested in booking a room at our Kalamazoo boutique inn, please feel free to call us at (269) 344-1827. The charming B&B innkeepers of Henderson Castle are dedicated toward helping guests feel comfortable and relaxed during their stay.