When the suites are unoccupied, I like to linger in them. By unoccupied, I mean that no one is currently staying in them. They aren't rented. I don't hang out with people's luggage while they're out sightseeing and having adventures.
Someone rang our doorbell the other day and asked to see all the suites. "I thought that everyone would be out in the afternoon and you could show me the rooms. I have family coming to town in June and I'd like to rent the whole house, but I want to see the suites first," she said.
I informed her that the house was full. "You mean everybody's home?" she asked. I answered, "No, but all the suites are rented. If you rented a suite, would you want strangers traipsing through?"
"I don't see what difference it would make if they're not here," she answered. It was a difference of opinion and our opinion mattered more. When you stay with us, your space is sacrosanct. Frau Schmitt or I, or Tammie the Housekeeper, will go into the suite to change replace the glasses, make the bed, sweep the floor, and clean the bathroom, but nobody else. Nobody else. What you do in the suite is nobody's business. Not even ours. We are very discreet.
|Tammie the Housekeeper|
I don't know what the policies are at other B&Bs. Maybe someone else will let her see their guests' unmentionables. We won't. If we don't get her business, so it goes. We think some things are more important than getting as much business as we possibly we can. As professional innkeepers, we are in this for the long haul, trying to do what is right. By doing what it right consistently, we hope to build our reputation. It takes time, but it is the right thing to do. What's the point in having locks if anyone off the street can go into your rooms?
Didn't this start out as a tour of ceilings? It was supposed to be.
|Corner in Clio|
|Another corner in Clio|
|Also the Clio Suite|
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La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.