If you visit Farmington, New Mexico, you can stay at Kokopelli’s Cave Bed and Breakfast, with rooms that are 70 feet underground.
The Red Caboose Getaway in Sequim, Washington lets you stay in one of six unique luxury train cars and experience the magic of an old-fashioned railway journey.
And at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort in Oregon, guests live like the Swiss Family Robinson, in rooms built in treetops towering above the earth.
There are a lot of unique bed and breakfast options out there. It’s part of what makes B&Bs so charming: instead of staying in a chain hotel, you’re getting a one-of-a-kind experience.
But whether your guests are sleeping in a cave, a train car or a treehouse, one thing remains the same: there are certain nuts-and-bolts bed and breakfast supplies no establishment should be without.
1. Comfortable beds
If your bed and breakfast doesn’t offer comfortable lodging, you’re not really living up to your name. Investing in higher-quality mattresses – made from materials such as memory foam – can ensure that your guests are getting a good night’s sleep.
2. A wide selection of pillows
While it’s important to provide comfortable pillows, it’s also important to remember that not every pillow is right for every guest. Read our blog post from last year to learn how different pillow types can benefit different types of sleepers.
3. Clean sheets
This one goes without saying. Your bed and breakfast should offer guests a good night’s sleep under a set of comfortable, clean sheets.
4. A good menu
Serving up a good night’s sleep followed by a just-OK breakfast means you’re only living up to half of your name. We’re not saying you need to win a Micheline star, but you should make sure you’re serving guests a memorable meal before they head out to explore your community.
Unlike the other bed and breakfast supplies on this list, wireless access isn’t tangible. It is, however, essential. You might like to think that your guests are staying with you to unplug from the outside world. And maybe they are. But they still want to share their trip on Instagram.
A nice soft bathrobe is virtually a must-have on the list of bed and breakfast supplies (or hotel supplies for that matter), allowing guests to feel safe and snug the moment they get out of bed or emerge from the shower. Pair them with some soft slippers and you’ve given them the apex of comfort.
7. Bathroom amenities
There’s always a chance your guests will forget a razor, a toothbrush or Q-tips. Make things easier on them by stocking your rooms with bathroom hygiene essentials.
8. An alarm clock
These days, most of us use the alarms on our phones, but for those guests who really DO want to unplug, an alarm clock offers an analog escape from the digital world.
9. Flowers or candles
Fresh flowers or a scented candle can help make your rooms – and thus your guests – feel more relaxed and at home.
10. Something to read
Whether they’re unwinding after a long day or stuck inside during an unexpected rain storm, offering your guests some books or magazines can help them pass the time. Make sure to include some local guidebooks to help them explore your community.
No matter what kind of B&B you have, or what kind of bed and breakfast supplies you need, InnStyle can help. We’ve been working with innkeepers for more than 60 years to ensure their guests feel at home during their stay. Contact our sales team to learn more.