Preparing your B&B for the festive season

Preparing your B&B for the festive season. The festive season is fast approaching and the hospitality sector is preparing for the peak period. Families and friends are looking to make the most out of the celebrations and booking a home away from home is a great way to do just that.

It’s more important than ever to make your B&B the place to stay this Christmas. In this article, we’ll discuss our top tips on how to prepare it for the festive season.

Essential housekeeping

While you want to ensure your guests are having the best time during their stay, you must check that your B&B is safe and well-maintained before you welcome new bookings.

This means the boring but essential tasks – review the insurance for your B&B to make sure it meets your needs, perform routine checks on electric and gas appliances, and ensure your CCTV is in good working order.

It’s important to keep your hotel warm during the colder months, so you should inspect the walls, floors and ceilings for signs of any damage. This is so you can prevent any damp-related issues and make your guests feel as comfortable as possible.

Have your B&B’s boiler checked before temperatures get frosty, too. The last thing you want is a faulty boiler in the depths of winter, especially as your guests will expect heating and hot showers.

Decorate thoughtfully.

Choose a festive colour scheme and decorations that complement your B&B’s existing décor. Hang Christmas lights to create a beautifully warm and welcoming ambience – consider wrapping these in tree branches and wreaths outside your B&B to make it look even more inviting.

Having a Christmas tree in the main reception area is a must. Choose one that doesn’t look too overbearing but is big and bright enough to get people into the Christmas spirit. You could also place smaller festive decorations in and around the B&B, including in the guest rooms.

Create a cosy environment.

The festive season is all about feeling cosy and your B&B should be just that. Consider adding holiday-scented candles and diffusers in various rooms to offer an indulgent scent your guests will love.

Keep things relaxed by providing extra blankets and throws in both the communal areas and the guest rooms. Some people may feel the cold more than others, so it’s important to have those soft furnishings readily available.

Offer seasonal treats.

Give back this Christmas by serving seasonal snacks and treats to your guests. These could be anything from gingerbread men and candy canes to chocolate truffles and Christmas cake.

If your guests have opted for breakfast, why not produce a festive menu they can choose from? Offer a complimentary Buck’s Fizz to get the festivities in full swing.

Holiday packages and special offers.

To encourage guests to book over the holiday season, it could be worth offering special holiday packages that include discounts, complimentary services or promotions. You could even throw in a little gift basket as a special thanks to those who are staying over Christmas. Make it a special experience and you give yourself a great chance of your guests returning at other times of the year.

Hope you’ve found our article, Preparing your B&B for the festive season useful.


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