Innkeeper Sue Weigl of the Argyle Inn in Columbus, Georgia, states frequent business travelers want ‘a more unique and comfortable environment as a respite from the workday world.’ I Love Inns (www.ILoveInns.com) has found five compelling qualities of many inns that make them a perfect fit for that next business trip. Bed and breakfasts are generally happy to work with guests visiting their town on business; if you don’t see a bed and breakfast listed here near your next business destination, be sure to use the ILoveInns.com Web site to look for convenient local B&Bs.
World Class Concierge Services at your Fingertips
You don’t have to pay luxury hotel room rates to get world-class concierge service; most innkeepers excel at helping you with anything you might need, from restaurant recommendations and spa appointments to the location of a shop with the perfect souvenir for your family. The Three Tree Point B&B in Seattle, Washington, brings new meaning to the term ‘a home away from home’ with a morning paper at your door, private phone lines, voicemail, TV/VCR and CD music system in your suite or cottage. Their quiet neighborhood is the perfect place for a relaxing walk or jog in the evening, and the owners will take care of your errands – picking up groceries for a dinner to eat in or taking care of the dry cleaning. Each room has its own kitchen stocked with Danish, fruit, coffee and juice and the fixings for a full breakfast, restocked daily. Special business traveler rates are available. Enjoy breakfast on your patio on warm summer mornings
Fresh-Ground Coffee, Gourmet Breakfast – You Choose the Time
Just a train ride away from Manhattan and thirteen miles from Newark Airport, The Pillars of Plainfield Bed and Breakfast Inn in Plainfield, New Jersey is in the perfect location to allow business travelers to enjoy this grand mansion in an historic district while having easy access to numerous corporate headquarters and highways. No stale muffins and weak coffee here – The Pillars serves a full Swedish home-cooked breakfast every morning tailored to the dietary needs of the day’s guests and featuring fresh-ground coffee, as early as 4:30 a.m. Additional highlights for business travelers are the business center with high-speed connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a printer. Room amenities include terrycloth robes, hair dryers, televisions and private phones. The Pillars innkeepers truly say ‘Velcommen’ to their business guests.
Dreamy Beds and Classy Linens for a Great Night’s Sleep
Many inns now boast of high-quality beds and linens to ensure that their business guests’ wake refreshed in the morning for a hard day’s work. The Historic Jacob Hill Inn in Providence, Rhode Island, has extra-thick pillow-top mattresses in every room, in King and Queen sizes, made up with quality coordinated triple-sheeted linens and four King-size pillows. Two of the pillows are down, as are the cozy comforters on the beds. Stylish bathrobes are in each room for use along with high-quality toiletries including lotion and lip balm. In the evening the weary business traveler can relax by the fireplace with in-room chocolate chip cookies or fruit and refreshments from the complimentary stock available 24 hours a day. An in-ground pool, tennis court and billiards room allow for fitness and socializing during free time. Corporate rates for weekdays are available.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint without Sacrificing Comfort
Traveling on business doesn’t mean leaving your concern for the environment at home; business guests now say they are more likely to choose lodging that is eco-friendly when it is available. The Arbor House in Madison, Wisconsin is committed to both saving our planet and serving business travelers well. An urban inn, located next to a 1,280-acre arboretum, yet is only five to ten minutes from the Capitol and university sites. During its renovation, the owners integrated sustainable design, green building practices and the preservation of the historic qualities of the building to create a model for urban ecology. No amenities have been sacrificed for their guests, and business travelers will find in-room voicemail, computer and fax access, drinks and appetizers, and breakfasts featuring organic coffee and seasonal fruit – all at special corporate lodging rates. When you have to go for business, go green!
Free Wireless, Flexible Cancellation Policy and Corporate Club Points
With many business hotels charging $10 to $20 per day for wireless Internet access, you’ll be glad to know that most bed and breakfasts with Wi-Fi provide it free of charge to their guests. The Thurston House in Maitland, Florida, goes one step further for their business guests, providing an in-room work desk with phone/modem hookup in addition to their complimentary wireless access. Early breakfasts are available when you have morning meetings and complimentary wine and snacks are set out in the evening for a relaxing social hour. Corporate rates are available and business guests enjoy a flexible cancellation policy. Best of all, after six nights at the Thurston House you are automatically enrolled in the ‘corporate club’ and earning points toward a free night’s stay. No wonder this inn was voted one of the best bed & breakfasts for business travel by Arrington’s Bed & Breakfast Journal.
Still undecided? Log onto www.iloveinns.com and browse through the 19,000 B&Bs and country inns that specialize in other events and locations that may interest you. Many of the properties listed above are also in the best-selling bed and breakfast guidebook Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns with a Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free Certificate. ILoveInns also offers Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates, a perfect solution to help celebrate any occasion.
About American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com
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