Staying at a B&B can be a nice alternative to chain hotels. They are typically full of character, have cheaper rates, and offer a quieter lodging experience. Choosing to stay at a bed and breakfast over a hotel also means embracing a new atmosphere and social etiquette. When you stay at our Santa Fe bed and breakfast, there are just a few things to keep in mind.
Here are some good tips for what not to do at a bed and breakfast.
1. Don’t Be Shy
One of the best parts about staying at an inn is that you can really get to know the innkeeper and other tenants. Unlike hotels, they are more intimate places. It isn’t uncommon for the innkeeper or maids to strike up a conversation with you. Imagine it more as staying at someone’s house than just staying at a place to sleep. So don’t be afraid to chat it up with others during your stay. Occasionally guests will even become lifelong friends with the innkeeper. Returning to it can feel like you’re returning home.
2. Don’t Be Too Loud
Although you are encouraged to make yourself at home, there is an unspoken rule that you should be more respectful of the noise you create within the house. Of course, if your room doesn’t share walls with others and noise doesn’t carry to other rooms, you can be as loud as you please.
However, most inns will expect you to be quiet after certain hours so as to maintain a quiet, courteous experience for other tenants. Many guests enjoy staying at B&Bs because they offer quieter alternative to hotels. Be aware that this is the expectation and enjoy some precious quiet time.
3. Don’t Stay Pent Up in Your Room
When you stay you’re encouraged to make the place feel like a home. Don’t spend your time locked up in your room. Explore the other parts of the inn and get relaxed. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the amenities that are offered. You can bask in the inn’s sun-lit rooms, enjoy a cup of coffee in the nice deck, or unwind with a glass of wine by the living room fireplace. Take advantage of your stay and get comfy in all parts of the B&B!
4. Don’t Miss Breakfast
Unlike those continental breakfasts at chain hotels that consist of pre-packaged pastries and sugary cereals, you can expect a delicious homemade meal at an inn at Santa Fe. The breakfast is what makes it special. Most inns will also cater to any food allergy or dietary restrictions that you have. Be sure to let the kitchen know what kind of breakfast you need and they will be happy to accommodate. Most places also bring you breakfast to your room so that you can enjoy it in bed.
5. Don’t Forget to Tip
Since it is a more intimate experience, you will probably get to know your maids. They are sometimes even doing everything in the house including making your food and making reservations. It is a common courtesy to tip your maid service at a bed and breakfast. Some rooms will even have envelopes specifically for guests to put their tips in. A good tip for a maid service will be between 5 and 10 percent.
When you’re planning your next big trip, contact our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast to book your reservation. Our friendly and professional staff is happy to take care of your lodging needs. We look forward to having you as a guest!