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Hotel Furniture Thoughts: Mattresses

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What kind of mattress is best for hotels and motels? In this blog post we are going to discuss which is best, and if you can’t afford the best, then which is second and so forth.

Always avoid buying bed-frames and stick with box bedframes. The number one reason for using a box frame is because nearly everyone upon entering a hotel / guest room looks under the bed. If it’s a bed-frame, then there is actually a chance of something being underneath. If it’s just a box frame, then your guests at the very least don’t see anything dirty. But most likely, they will feel better about not seeing anything dirty.

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Another advantage of the box frame is the cleaning staff will not have to clean under the bed, and that is a huge time saver, plus I’m sure the cleaning staff will appreciate your choice. Make sure the bed frame does not protrude or stick out beyond the mattress. This could create a dangerous situation of people hurting their toes and feet.

If you can’t get a box frame, or you have already purchased your beds, then getting high quality dust ruffles for each bed is necessary. Though, you will still have to have your cleaning staff clean under the bed, with dust ruffles you will not have to worry as much about a mess under the bed.

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The next important thing about mattresses is the mattress. You want your guests to fall in love with the bed. If they can’t get any sleep, or even have trouble sleeping, then everything else has gone to waste.

If you can’t afford high quality mattresses new, then it is reasonable (and recommended) to buy used mattresses from hotel furniture surplus stores, or hotel liquidations. You can easily find mattresses that are a steal from four or five-star hotels. As the mattress and box spring work together to create better sleep you want to make sure you purchase both pieces, not doing so will void the warranty on the mattress.

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By following these two pieces of advice, then you are sure to have happy customers who leave wonderful reviews.

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Three Changes That Will Drastically Increase Your Room Rates

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Are you looking to make the most of this year’s peak season? Improve your bottom line by following the suggestions below to improve your room rates and guest satisfaction.

Evaluate Your Amenities

According to the U.S. Census, Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation. Your hotel’s amenities need to reflect this change and accommodate the needs of Millennials. This means better bandwidth for a strong internet connection, multiple power outlets in the common areas optimizing for socialization, and avoid a dated look in your furnishings.

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How do you accomplish these goals with a limited budget?

With more and more liquidators using the Internet to market their goods globally, it’s becoming easier and easier to find quality pre-owned technology and furniture inventory at dramatically reduced prices. It’s not unusual to save 60-80% versus new. When working with liquidators, always check their website for testimonials and years in business.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

It doesn’t matter how many great qualities your hotel may have if nobody knows about them. Use the power of social media to effectively market your hotel. Make sure you brand your hotel as the hotel that is all about their guests. Encourage guests to take pictures on your property and share them on your social media pages.

Optimize Your Lobby For Socialization

Ensure your guest experience is memorable by providing opportunities for socialization. Don’t force your guests to sit next to each other on a couch, use comfortable, upholstered chairs to avoid awkwardness. Make sure your seating options are also inviting.

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Cleanliness Is Key

Nothing destroys a hotel review like lack of cleanliness. Avoid negative feedback by hiring a well-trained, experienced pro as your Head of Housekeeping. Provide your housekeeping staff with a checklist of areas to clean including under the beds, on the headboards, and behind the showers.

By implementing these three changes, you can take your guest experience to another level. Be sure to print or bookmark this blog post for future reference. If you’ve implemented any changes that helped increase your room rates, please share them below.

How to Stretch Your Furniture Budget During the Off-Season

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The off-season is the ideal time for hotel owners to renovate their facilities and be up to par for the next high season. Please keep the following suggested tips in mind when deciding how to stretch your renovation budget.

Assess your online reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor and Google. Often, poor reviews from customers are due to outdated, uncomfortable, and/or worn-down furniture. Having the right furniture that fits your guests’ needs will play a major role in their satisfaction.

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How can you deliver the best possible furniture for your guests and keep expenditures within a tight budget? The answer is simple: quality, pre-owned furniture. Look for furniture pieces from 4 & 5-star hotels being sold by reputable hotel furniture liquidators with good references and strong shipping experience.

Keep in mind that hotel liquidators focus on selling their inventory before it reaches their warehouses to minimize storage costs, so the best room packages will often sell out quickly. Act with a sense of urgency in your decision making when you see a room package that is a good fit with your needs.

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You can also restore individual pieces in your hotel rooms that will have a large impact on your guests with only a minor expense. Furniture restoration can save you money and give new life to tired looking furniture. Restoration is also an eco-friendly option that will appeal to today’s hotel guests who are environmentally-conscious.

Furniture restoration companies can efficiently and cost effectively remove blemishes, scratches, chips and stains from case goods. Their efforts can revive and extend the life of your existing furniture, saving you cash that can then be used in other areas of your hotel.

To be as efficient as possible, look for hotel furniture liquidators that also offer furniture restoration services. That way the change out of some pieces of furniture and the restoration of other pieces can be done simultaneously to reduce the number of days your rooms are out of service.