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BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING SURVEY ABOUT BUSINESS-FRIENDLY B&Bs
BedandBreakfast.com survey of U.S. innkeepers reveals the best-kept secret in inn travel: B&Bs offer free Wi-Fi, flexible breakfasts and check-ins, free snacks, corporate rates, and of course, private baths.
When it comes to romantic getaways, elegant B&Bs and secluded country inns are always top of mind --- but for business travel, it's a different story. BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network, has always known about business-friendly B&Bs, but it took a challenge from Gary Stoller, business travel reporter for USA TODAY, to prove it. In June 2007, a survey was sent to 5,000 U.S. innkeepers. More than 1,330 B&Bs responded, and the results showed that the "B&B Bonus Factor" is high for business travelers choosing B&Bs over hotels. In a USA TODAY story (published July 31, 2007), Stoller says: "Business travelers don't usually consider B&Bs for lodging, maybe they should:" According to the BedandBreakfast.com survey, nine out of 10 B&Bs offer late check-ins and early breakfast times to accommodate business travelers, and eight out of 10 offer free Wi-Fi, TVs in rooms, and the option to invite business colleagues for breakfast. Seven of 10 B&Bs offer corporate rates or business discounts, plus fax, print, and copy services.
To find the thousands of business-friendly inns, go to www.BedandBreakfast.com and click on Search, then select Detailed Search from the drop-down box, click the Business Travel radio button and choose your destination. You can also get to this page by clicking http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/QuickList.aspx. For a list of B&Bs offering corporate retreats and functions, visit BedandBreakfast.com and click on Search, then Special Packages, then select Corporate Retreats from the drop-down box.
For advice for weary road warriors seeking a B&B alternative, read B&Bs for Business Travelers (http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/report/Winter-04/tips.htm ) by Sandy Soule, who adds veteran innkeeper and guidebook author to her title at BedandBreakfast.com.
Listed below, alphabetically by state, are BedandBreakfast.com's "editor's picks" thefor big-city inns featured in USA TODAY:
- Royal Elizabeth B&B, Tucson, AZ
- Union Street Inn, San Francisco, CA
- DC GuestHouse, Washington, DC
- Flemish House of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Butler House on Grand, Des Moines, IA
- Boston Yacht Haven, Boston, MA
- Napoleon's Retreat, Saint Louis, MO
- 1871 House, New York City, NY
- Oge House Inn on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
- Chambered Nautilus, Seattle, WA
Road warriors know that business travel can take you to cities and towns of all sizes, so here are some additional BedandBreakfast.com Editor's Picks. Most of the following inns offer real-time online reservations on BedandBreakfast.com, Expedia.com, hotels.com, Sidestep.com, and Kayak.com. Each offers a complimentary full breakfast included with the stay along with a host of amenities, from in-room phones and free local calls to afternoon and evening snacks, and even laundry pick-up or catered breakfast meetings upon request. Listed in alphabetical order by state, they've all received rave reviews from business and leisure travelers.
Additional Business-Friendly B&Bs from BedandBreakfast.com
Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa, Juneau, Alaska: Government and business travelers visiting Alaska's state capital have everything needed to stay connected while far from home, from free Wi-Fi to cordless speaker phones with a private number and voicemail. An in-room laptop computer, fax, printer, and scanner are available upon request; while rooms have dual alarm clocks, wake-up calls are also an option. For those who prefer to work out in their rooms rather than in the B&B's weight room, yoga mats and exercise equipment are provided. A soundproof meeting room is also available on-site. The self-service laundry with soap is a welcome amenity on long trips.
Bath Street Inn, Santa Barbara, CA: In the land of movie stars, designers and prices to match, business travelers will find relief at this Santa Barbara inn offering free Wi-Fi, in-room phones, and midweek corporate rates starting at $125 nightly from mid-September to mid-June, including a full breakfast, afternoon tea, complimentary wine and cheese, and evening dessert. Stroll though Santa Barbara's beautiful streets to the theater and restaurant district.
Gaslight Inn, Atlanta, GA: Offering everything from free Wi-Fi to online reservations, the inn offers eight distinctively decorated smoke-free rooms and suites with cable television, coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, plus in-room telephones with free local calls. A computer for guests with Internet access is available in the library, and a fax and copier are available upon request. Just minutes from downtown, guests can walk to many of Atlanta's favorite restaurants and shops. Attractive corporate rates are offered to business travelers. An equally appealing Atlanta option is the 1890 King-Keith House, in the historic Inman Park neighborhood, within easy walking distance of the Marta subway.
Fairview Inn, Jackson, MS: Despite its architectural and historical significance, Fairview is not a museum but a business traveler's haven. The study doubles as both a sitting and conference room and features quartersawn oak paneling. The inn's restaurant offers fine dining Thursday through Saturday, making it an ideal location for entertaining clients or holding dinner meetings. Free Wi-Fi, online booking and plenty of other amenities make it an ideal business traveler's choice when visiting Mississippi's capital city.
The Bertram Inn, Brookline, MA: One block from "the T" (subway) and 15 minutes from downtown Boston, this inn offers an oasis for small corporate meetings and business travelers. Breakout rooms can accommodate corporate retreats. The in-house business center offers copy and fax services along with the use of a guest computer if needed. Telephones and desks in each room plus free Wi-Fi throughout the inn make working easy; the friendly staff, great breakfasts, and all day snacks, coffee, and tea are an added plus. The inn is also pet-friendly, perfect for travelers who'd rather not leave Fido or Fifi at home alone.
Woodstock Inn, Independence, MO: Just 20 minutes from Kansas City, many travelers visit Independence to research Truman history at the Truman Library. Offering easy access to Kansas City's sights and sounds, the Woodstock Inn provides business travelers with free Wi-Fi, complimentary use of a cell phone during their stay, "breakfast to go" bags for guests catching early flights, plus such luxuries as in-room fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, bedtime cookies and more. Corporate rates for single occupancy (Sunday-Thursday) start at only $79.
The Texas White House, Fort Worth, TX: Under 10 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, the Convention Center, and Will Rogers Auditorium, business travelers are a high priority here. A private conference room, continental or full breakfast at a time you choose, early coffee service (on request), and the Wall Street Journal make this B&B a business traveler's dream. Private breakfast or luncheon meetings can also be accommodated.
Parrish Place, Salt Lake City, UT: Just 10 minutes from the SLC airport and easily accessible to the downtown business district, this inn offers everything business travelers need including room rates starting at $89 per night. Free Wi-Fi internet access, private baths -- some with jetted tubs, in-room TV/VCR, and a video library and complimentary breakfast delivered to your room are among the amenities. Another great SLC option is Anton Boxrud B&B, just a block from the Governor's Mansion, with free Wi-Fi and budget rates starting at $75.
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