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Old 07-04-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Default If you run a B&B do you have to live there and serve breakfast??

If you run a bed and breakfast, do you actually have to live there too, and do you have to actually make the breakfast? Can you just provide the stove and refrigerator, and tell the guest to get the materials, and cook it themselves?

Also can you make your apartment in a multi-family building a bed and breakfast? I guess it varies between regions right? Anyone with experience? And how do bed and breakfasts usually market themselves?
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you run a bed and breakfast, do you actually have to live there too, and do you have to actually make the breakfast? Can you just provide the stove and refrigerator, and tell the guest to get the materials, and cook it themselves?

Also can you make your apartment in a multi-family building a bed and breakfast? I guess it varies between regions right? Anyone with experience? And how do bed and breakfasts usually market themselves?
My aunt and uncle own a bed and breakfast. You do not have to live there, but it would be hard not to given the amount of work you do. Also, its a bed and BREAKFAST. So having a B&B without breakfast, its just a hotel. I would say your idea of letting guests cook and fend for themselves is not a good one. Most of the reason people choose B&B's over a hotel room is because of the human interaction and the small town feel. The generosity of the hosts (owners) also plays a huge role in why some people prefer B&Bs.

To the making an aparment into a B&B. No absolutely not. Not only would you never attract guests, but I am pretty sure that is against the apartments policies. As mentioned above B&B's market themselves through word of mouth on how quaint the place is and how nice the hosts are. They also are usually within close proximity to tourist attractions. My Aunt and Uncles is located near the Biltmore Estate. I hope this helps.

If you are thinking about renting out your apartment to people from out of town. I would recommend you try one of the websites that allow you to post an ad and people will be able to rent it out fully furnished for a certain amount per night. Basically like a hotel. The name of the site I am thinking of has slipped my mind right now. Maybe someone else can supply.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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If you are thinking about renting out your apartment to people from out of town. I would recommend you try one of the websites that allow you to post an ad and people will be able to rent it out fully furnished for a certain amount per night. Basically like a hotel. The name of the site I am thinking of has slipped my mind right now. Maybe someone else can supply.
VRBO - Vacation Rentals By Owner? Now owned by Homeaway.com.

I stay at B&Bs a lot when I travel. I've never stayed in one where the owners lived there. I think the owner-lived-in situation is how B&Bs got started, and those still exist, but now a B&B is like a very small hotel that serves a set breakfast menu.

What is your situation? What is your goal?
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:12 PM
 
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hahahah lolz thanks for your repliesI work in property management, and I was looking for a way of getting around the silly rent stabilization laws here in NYC. I was thinking, I would do everything the same as you would for a rental apartment, but call it a B&B. Like it will be owner occupied, who uses it as a B&B. I would still use regular realtors to bring in renters, but just inform the clients, that it will a rental using a B&B disguise. I am just brain storming, not exactly how much it would do for my current situation.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Actually. I found it. crashpadder.com is what I was thinking of. Its now owned by airbnb though. http://airbnb.crashpadder.com/ Its basically a rent out your spare room kind of site. I am not sure how it works regarding tax laws and your apartments policies but I think this is your best option. Give the site a quick read through.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: On The Road Full Time RVing
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Most of the Bead and Breakfasts that I have seen are out in the country,
in a quite rural area, ( maybe on a farm ) with a large house and many rooms.

Each person or couple would come there and rent a room
and in the morning they would be served breakfast either by
a country style or buffet style meal.

Most of the demand is from women who want to get away from home
and town life with their husband, and enjoy the quiet country setting
and not have to cook, or jump up and go the first thing to Mickey D's for a biscuit.

You still have to do or hire someone to cook, and
change the bedding, and clean up each room.

Most of the owners lived there, or hired a full time caretaker.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Well, given that it's a Bed and BREAKFAST, I think anything else would be false advertising. I mean, if you just warm up some Cream of Wheat on the stove and bellowed "Grub!" up the stairwell, you'd be flayed alive on the travel forums such as TravelAdvisor.

If you get into a business, any business, you don't do it halfway. If you can't handle the idea of getting up every day and cooking breakfast for paying guests, then you are the wrong cotton-picking business. Choose something else.

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Old 07-06-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: southern california
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running a business and non involvement does not work. self employment is hard work. self employment is 24/7 employment when u wake up u r on the job. good rule of thumb is would u work of a company where the owner wants no involvement and just wants to sit back and collect checks?. in other words would u work for a lazy disinterested bozo? if not then make sure u dont imitate his behavior and your business will be just fine.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: On The Road Full Time RVing
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If you run a bed and breakfast, do you actually have to live there too, and do you have to actually make the breakfast? Can you just provide the stove and refrigerator, and tell the guest to get the materials, and cook it themselves?

Also can you make your apartment in a multi-family building a bed and breakfast? I guess it varies between regions right? Anyone with experience? And how do bed and breakfasts usually market themselves?
The best question would be ..........

If you were to stay at a B&B what would you require for service, etc ?
Ask others what they would want for their money, and time spent at your B&B.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Well, given that it's a Bed and BREAKFAST, I think anything else would be false advertising. I mean, if you just warm up some Cream of Wheat on the stove and bellowed "Grub!" up the stairwell, you'd be flayed alive on the travel forums such as TravelAdvisor.

If you get into a business, any business, you don't do it halfway. If you can't handle the idea of getting up every day and cooking breakfast for paying guests, then you are the wrong cotton-picking business. Choose something else.
I totally agree with you. Folks should not try and cut corners. It can make or break your business, and customers will feel the indifference.
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