BED, BREAKFAST AND BUSINESS BONUSESIncreasingly business travelers weary of hotel extra fees and cookie cutter d�cor are turning to B&Bs for personalized service and modern amenities.
Jetting here and there on business may sound glamorous to those with jobs that don't involve travel, but weary road warriors often disagree. If one motel room is so like the other than you can't tell if you're in Atlanta or Albuquerque, Boston or Boise, Charlotte or Chicago, it's time to branch out and sample some of the delightful B&Bs now catering to business travelers with BedandBreakfast.com's top ten essentials for business travel:
- Flexible cancellation policy
- Acceptance of all major credit cards
- Special midweek rates for business travelers
- In-room telephone/data port with fax machine availability
- Well-lit, in-room table or desk with appropriate seating
- Well-lit private bathroom with hair dryer.
- Flexibility on late check-ins.
- Early and/or healthy breakfast options; private table if preferred
- In-room television.
- Real-time online reservations or availability calendars
Many BedandBreakfast.com members add value to their very competitive rates by offering free local calls and Internet access, while adding specialized concierge services such as laundry, errands, weekend luggage storage, and gift certificates to return on pleasure trips. A recent study commissioned by Travelocity"! revealed that comfortable bedding tops the list of amenities that matter most to business travelers, and nowhere will you find more attention paid to linens and bedding than at America's bed and breakfasts.
Business travel extends far beyond the major cities; innkeepers in hundreds of small towns go out of their way to host the sales people, engineers, government workers and others whose jobs take them across the America, combining welcoming hospitality and the comforts of home with the modern conveniences travelers require.
Listed alphabetically by state within each region, here is a list of BedandBreakfast.com members that go the extra mile for business travelers. Rates listed include breakfast; many innkeepers will provide two separate bills to accommodate per diem restrictions.
Alaska Connection B&B, Anchorage, AK: No need to rent a car here. Airport pick up and drop off is offered, and buses to downtown stop right at the door. Loaner laptop with access to high-speed Internet connection is complimentary, along with luggage storage for those traveling throughout the state during their Alaska trip. Info: www.alaskaconnectionbnb.com, 888-862-3332.
Hanford House B&B Inn, Sutter Creek, CA: Guests are offered Wi-FI and network computer access via cable as well as a business workstation printer during their Gold Country visit. Over 100 meetings have been hosted in the 850-square foot conference center, too. Info: www.hanfordhouse.com, 800-871-5839.
Barbara's Bungalow, Venice Beach, CA: Stay in a perfect bungalow equipped with everything the business traveler needs, just 15 minutes from LAX and five blocks to the ocean. Corporate rates is $70 nightly, $350 weekly. Info: www.barbarasbungalow.com, 310-823-9917.
Holden House, Colorado Springs, CO: Find convenient access to Colorado Springs here. All rooms offer fireplaces and oversized tubs to help weary road warriors to unwind. Coffee, tea and fresh cookies tempt you 24/7. Info: www.holdenhouse.com, 888-565-3980.
The Texas White House, Fort Worth, TX: Flexible check-in times, cancellation policies, and even 6:00 a.m. breakfasts makes this centrally located B&B a great choice. Add-ons such as Wi-Fi Internet access in each guest room, and all the other amenities business travelers seek, make this an ideal choice for those with business in Fort Worth. Info: www.texaswhitehouse.com, 800-279-6491.
Robin's Nest B&B Inn, Houston, TX: Ideally located between downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center, and 3.5 miles from the Galleria, this inn offers the atmosphere of a small European hotel. Corporate rates of $89-99 for single occupancy Sunday through Thursday nights include all business-oriented amenities. Info: www.therobin.com, 800-622-8343.
Hardeman Guest House, Nacogdoches, TX: Located between Houston and Dallas, frequent business guests become part of the Key Club, with their own personal key to the front door. If you prefer to unwind after a busy day with a cocktail, leave your bottle behind in the �cocktail cupboard� and it'll be waiting when you return the next time. Info: www.hardemanhouse.com, 936-569-1947.
A Yellow Rose B&B, San Antonio, TX: All rooms have private entrances, porches, bathrooms, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and board, clock radio, premium cable TV and cell phones. Early risers not requiring breakfast pay $89 single, $99 double. Info: www.ayellowrose.com, 800-950-9903.
Anton Boxrud B&B, Salt Lake City, UT: Business travelers use the private office equipped with a well-lit desk, phone and modem connection, office supplies, and fax for meetings or work. The inn offers has rooms equipped small meetings, and business travelers are welcome to invite guests to breakfast. Rates adjusted to guests' per diem or $10 off regular nightly rate. Info: www.antonbuxrud.com, 800-524-5511.
MIDWEST & GREAT LAKES
Dearborn B&B, Dearborn, MI: For those doing business with the Ford Motor Company, the Dearborn B&B is the ideal choice. In addition to all the usual amenities for business travelers, laundry and dry cleaning services are offered. Plenty of free snacks are available for late night workers, large workspaces accommodate meetings with colleagues, and the innkeepers are happy to ship packages for guests. Info: www.dearbornbb.com, 800-228-9290.
Bird House Inn & Gardens, Excelsior, MN: An easy 20 miles from the Minneapolis and St. Paul is the Bird House, just steps from Excelsior's appealing shops, restaurants, and Lake Minnetonka. Beyond all the important business amenities, guests appreciate the free broadband LAN port (as well as Wi-Fi throughout the inn) with loaner PC cards and 24-hour access to a printer/fax/scanner unit. Info: www.birdhouseinn.com, 952-474-0196.
Walnut Street Inn, Springfield, MO: Located in the heart of Springfield's lively restored downtown, business travelers enjoy a range of special services, as well as the first-rate restaurants nearby. Group breakfast meetings for up to 12 colleagues can be arranged, and corporate rates are offered. Info: www.walnutstreetinn.com, 800-593-6346.*
Fleur-De-Lys Mansion, St Louis, MO: Former auditor-turned-innkeeper has created a B&B to cater to business travelers. The free executive travel package includes daily access to the Missouri Athletic Club, and personalized concierge services, including favorite publications, complimentary refreshments, meeting and travel arrangements, access to the inn's meeting room, and dinner service is available (at additional cost). Guests can access the Internet free through the Mansion's Wi-Fi network. Sunday-Thursday rates for business travelers are $100-150. Info: www.thefleurdelys.com, 314-773-3500.*
Napoleon's Retreat, St. Louis, MO: Business travelers will not only find a convenient downtown St. Louis location here, but also two-line phones, and a corporate discount of typically 15% off standard rates. Info: www.napoleonsretreat.com, 800-700-9980.*
Atwood House B&B, Lincoln, NE: Plush mattresses offer a wonderful night's sleep. Wake up to coffee and newspaper right outside your door. Special business rates start at $85 per night. Info: www.atwoodhouse.com, 800-884-6554.
Chez Susanne, Fargo, ND: Business travelers choose to stay here for the spacious three-room suites that include a bedroom with queen-size bed with a pillowtop mattress, office/sitting room fwith coffee/tea facilities and large desk, and a private bath. Team meeting facilities are available on the first floor. Come back for a second visit, and your preferences for newspaper, breakfast items, music, pillow type, reading materials, snacks, suite choice will be automatically fulfilled. Info: www.chezsusanne.com, 1-866-SUSANNE (866-787-2663).
Hillcrest Inn & Carriage House, Burlington, WI: Early risers need not fear missing breakfast. Those who must leave before 6 a.m. will find a breakfast bag with homemade treats, fruit and juice at their door when they awake. Info: www.thehillcrestinn.com, 800-313-9030.
*Stay at this or any other Bed and Breakfast Inn of Missouri (BBIM) member and earn a $100 gift certificate for every six stays.
MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTH
Dupont At The Circle Inn, Washington, DC: Located in the heart of D.C, rooms are carefully appointed for business travelers including personal voice mail for each room along with phones with two lines for conferencing. There is also an English studio apartment for long term business guests. The innkeeper provides fax, copying and general concierge services too. Info: www.dupontatthecircle.com, 202-332-5251.
Inn at Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL: This 6000 square foot B&B, located just 1.5 miles from the Prime Osborn Convention Center, includes a full gourmet breakfast, daily newspaper, wireless internet access and an evening wine or dessert hour with the rate. Rooms include flat screen TVs with a DVD-player and wine refrigerators. The Inn's 2600 sq. ft. main floor offers plenty of room for meetings and amenities such as wireless internet access and a 53" TV with video/DVD capability are on hand for seminars or presentations. Info: www.innatoakstreet.com, 904-379-5525.
Thurston House, Maitland, FL: Accessible to Orlando, added amenities include a phone system with answering machines, and lamps with electric and data plug-ins. The corporate rate is $109 nightly, stay often and the rate drops to $99.00/night. Too tired to go out for dinner after a tough day? Have dinner delivered to the inn from a variety of restaurants in the area. Info: www.thurstonhouse.com, 800-843-2721.
Mansion House B&B, St. Petersburg, FL: More than 80-percent of the guests are business travelers. The official lodging for Steve Colgate's Offshore Sailing School and a preferred property for BankAmerica means that this B&B has been well screened for business travelers. Beyond all the business amenities, Mansion House offers free sandwiches and beverages for late night arrivals, Wi-Fi wiring so guests can check email by the pool, catering and team-building exercises for meetings, and even trip-interruption plan for long stays that have the potential for being cancelled. Info: www.mansionbandb.com, 800-274-7520.
1906 Pathway Inn, Americus, GA: Check-in as late as midnight, or start your day as early as 6:30am with a full breakfast. Two-line cordless phones with personal mail boxes accessible by remote from any location make staying in touch with the office or home easy. Free local calls, and 60-minute long distance phone cards available for just $3.50. Loaner lap top and fax/copying services on-site, and unlimited access to nearby fitness club included in midweek corporate rates. Info: www.1906PathwayInn.com, 800-889-1466.
Cincinnati's Weller Haus B & B, Newport, KY: Wired for high-speed and wireless Internet access in each room, this B&B near downtown Cincinnati offers all the amenities on the business travelers list, including luggage storage from week to week for longer stays. Innkeepers will do errands, laundry and make trips to the drycleaners for guests. Info: www.wellerhaus.com, 800-431-4287.
Celie's Waterfront Inn, Baltimore, MD: Located just a water-taxi away from downtown Baltimore, you'll find free dial-up internet access and local calls, along with satellite TV, and laundry service for extended stays. There are two suites with full kitchens for those who wish to prepare their own meals. Info: www.celieswaterfront.com, 410-522-2323.
Big Mill B&B, Williamston, NC: Located halfway between Raleigh and the Outer Banks, with excellent accessibility to North Carolina's major highways, when you stay here ask for the loaner laptop. Loaner wireless cards for Internet access also available. For convenience, a continental breakfast is delivered to the room at the time requested. Info: www.bigmill.com, 252-792-8787.
Fountain Hall B&B, Culpepper, VA: Ideally set up for business travel, overnight guests staying here may also invite colleagues or clients for a private breakfast in one of the inn's separate dining rooms. Fountain Hall also offers meeting rooms for executive retreats. Info: www.fountainhall.com, 800-29-VISIT�(800-298-4748).
Irving House at Harvard, Cambridge, MA: Easy access to Harvard University and other area colleges make this B&B ideal for academics. Each room has a telephone, and high-speed Internet access is available at two kiosks where guests can plug in; wireless access is available in most areas of the inn, too. A frequent sleeper program offers accelerated discounts to returning guests. Info: www.irvinghouse.com, 617-547-4600.
Beal House Inn & Restaurant, Littleton, NH: Extras for business travelers are the predominance of two-room suites, perfect for business meetings. All rooms have coffee makers too. Info: www.bealhouseinn.com, 888-616-2325.
Cedars & Beeches, Long Beach, NJ: Close to Monmouth University, Monmouth Medical Center, and area corporate office parks, business travelers can relax at the beach after a day of meetings. Late check-ins pose no problems: guests arriving after 10 pm either call for the code or are given a card with instructions on entry, breakfast times, refreshment areas, and the location of both the room key and their room. Info: www.cedarsandbeeches.com, 800-323-5655.
Alexander Hamilton House, Croton-on-Hudson, NY: Close to the IBM and GE plants, this B&B goes the extra mile for the consultants who stay with them week after week�guests leave dirty clothes in the hall closet on Friday, returning on Monday to find them cleaned and pressed. Free in-room high speed internet access is a bonus too. Monday-Thursday, rates start at $85 per night. Info: www.alexanderhamiltonhouse.com, 914-271-6737.
Spencer House B&B, Erie, PA: In addition to meeting business traveler requirements, guests coming to call on General Electric and other businesses in this manufacturing seat of Pennsylvania will find a computer available for guest use, and corporate discounts too. Info: www.spencerhouse.net, 814-454-5984.
Captains Watch B&B Inn, Greensboro, PA: Business guests are treated to a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage from the pub, and a 50-percent discount when they stay Monday through Thursday. Info: www.thecaptainswatch.net, 724-943-3131.Rittenhouse Square B&B, Philadelphia, PA: Ideally located for those traveling on business in Philadelphia. Two work stations in the lobby area offer DSL access at no charge. Info: www.rittenhousebb.com, 877-791-6500.
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg, PA: This resort inn offers complete conference facilities including secretarial services, if requested. Conference guests receive a gift certificate to return for a pleasure stay. Corporate rates and added amenities are offered to repeat business guests. Info: www.stroudsmoor.com, 800-955-8663.
Oakville Inn, Old Oakville, Ontario: Toronto business travelers can stay just 30 minutes out of the city and enjoy all the business amenities, including cancellations up to 6 p.m. on the day of arrival, express check-in/out, and free parking in the heart of Oakville's shopping and historic district. Info: www.oakvilleinn.ca, 04-844-3671.
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