I’m an Innkeeper!
I am so excited to be trying something I’ve always wanted to try! One of my dreams as a kid was to own/operate an exclusive hotel that was elegantly rustic but state of the art, surrounded by georgeous landscape and interesting attractions….
Well Hello!! Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast may not be an exclusive hotel but it is a very nice – small – bed and breakfast. We offer a full breakfast on the weekends and a serve it yourself breakfast bar for the weekdays. We’ve asked a few of our guests to enjoy dinner with us if they wanted to.
We have had several people come to stay with us and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
- Set out the breakfast bar before going to bed the night before.
- Set up coffee / tea the night before, and set out cups, spoons, sugar dishes
- Keep the breakfasts simple, I love using ramekins for ease in making portions.
- When a guest checks out, immediately get the room ready for the next guest.
- Since this is a bed and breakfast and the owners (Michael and I) live on site, keep the sheets, towels, washcloths, and linens separate from ours. It might make for more laundry but it will be easier in the long run.
- Put keyless entry locks on the front door and guest bedrooms. Guests feel more secure when they can lock their space, and if you’re gone when they come and go, they can still get in. Change the code once they check out.
- Put locks on your own spaces – such as the office and bedroom – this way we can feel more confident going away for the day.
I have to say that so far I haven’t had a single guest I would have had to worry about since they all treated my house with complete respect. I think inheritantly, most people would anyway.
We are learning tons and I’m enjoying the innkeeper experience immensely!