Breakfast, do you serve it or not?
I worked in a small, four bedroom specialty B&B. Prices were around $140 a night and included a gourmet breakfast. When I opened my own home up to AirBnB guests three years ago, I thought long and hard about whether or not to serve breakfast. Note: I rent out only one large guestroom for 2-3 people.
At the regular B&B our employer did not allow standard European type breakfast. Like the UK, eggs and toast, + cereal options. Or American style Eggs, sausage, toast. Nope, orders were to make gourmet breakfasts and never repeat the same on in a week. So we worked often out of cookbooks to keep variety. The experience of staying there in an old Light House on the Shore with 1900 decor and a big breakfast was the draw.
When I left for other work and to open my I bedroom Air BnB I had to decide on breakfasts.
What have you other small operators done about breakfasts?
pros: It gives a meal to guests, it makes them feel waited on, it adds value, it gives you time to interact with guests,
cons: It opens you up to local laws about food service, it ties the guests down to a certain time they have to be there, how do you know what they will and won’t like, much more work, possible unhappy guests who don’t like the food.
How did you all decide?
I attract many hikers, bikers, campers and others in this small town Lake Shore town, with wilderness shoreline and federal wilderness inland. If you say folks must eat at 9:00 AM or 8:00AM you prevent them from getting an early start on touring. You make them wait around while you cook. And people have vastly different and very picky tastes nowadays. You can’t just feed them eggs and sausage with toast. You would almost need to cook to order, which I hate! I am no restaurant.
Those who have small 1-2 room B&Bs, do you serve breakfast, tell me how it works out for you. I have thought of offering breakfast as an option. But want to hear from you hosts about your experiences!