Friday, July 24, 2009

Giving credit to an Innkeeper, Business Owner and Marketing Genius

This has got to be one of the most creative ways for the non-people person to own a small inn or boutique hotel .

Kudos to the owners of Durango Colorado's Nobody's Inn: "This is What We Offer: The homeyness and comfort of having your own apartment; privacy; and convenience to everything in downtown Durango. Guests like that we’re so unique we don’t staff a concierge or reception desk clerk." read more

I bring this up because on SO MANY occasions people tell me they'd love to buy an inn or a B&B but they aren't quite the people person that one needs to be in order to really run a successful lodging business. What Nobody's Inn has done is circumvented that little issue beautifully! So if you are they type who likes to provide a nice space for guests with beautiful furnishings and bed linens, but simply don't provide a concierge service or food service, THIS is for you. It's a great way to keep operating costs down where the owners could actually have another job simultaneously if they preferred.

I know of a few properties on the market in Maine where this would work beautifully, where there are wonderful restaurants in walking distance, the property is in town or a village location, or simply where there are already many inns and B&B's, there are no hotels, therefore providing an option for the guest who prefers a bit of anonymity. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!

Just something to keep in mind for aspiring innkeepers or those who never thought they could make it work...

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