Bed and Breakfast Trends for 2023Jan 27, 2023
Luxury bed and breakfast magazine contacted me a couple of weeks ago asking me to contribute to an article about the bed and breakfast trends for 2023.
By the way Luxury bed and breakfast magazine is a fabulous resource for B&B owners, whatever type of B&B you run. It's packed with well written articles and useful information.
I've been writing a column for the magazine for over a year now. Find out more about the magazine and how to subscribe here ( and read my columns if you haven't already read enough from me here ! )
Bed and Breakfast Trends for 2023
The hospitality industry is ever-evolving and bed and breakfast businesses are no exception.
As a bed and breakfast, it’s unlikely you’ll have the big budgets of chain hotels to embrace all of these trends. But just incorporating one or 2 small changes a season can help enhance the customer experience.
Trend 1 - Increase in online presence
In order to succeed, bed and breakfasts must have an online presence to draw in customers and showcase your products and services. Having a quality website, being active on social media, and optimising your online presence with SEO will continue to be essential for B&Bs moving forward.
Tip - with all the different social media platforms out there it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Choose one platform such as Instagram and learn to do it well. Post consistently and be yourself.
Trend 2 - Embrace technology
Technology can be used to streamline your guests' experience, and it can also help B&Bs save time and money.
From automated check-in systems to online booking platforms, technology can make running a B&B easier and more efficient.
Tip - many of the booking platforms such as Freetobook & Eviivo have different features suitable to automate systems for small B&Bs. Take a fresh look around the platform you use and see if there’s one new feature you could adopt.
Trend 3 - Personalisation
Customers want to feel special and unique, and B&Bs can provide this by crafting experiences tailored to the individual.
Adding an extra special touch to a room, customising the amenities offered, or providing personalised recommendations for local restaurants and attractions can help set a B&B apart from the competition.
Personalisation can also be as simple as leaving a handwritten note welcoming repeat guests back or leaving a card if guests have told you in advance that they’re there for a celebration.
Tip - Review your website, social media and in room information to see if what you supply is really helping the guest make the most of their stay. Posting videos taken on your phone on social media is a great way of giving your guests mini glimpses of the experience they’ll have whilst staying with you.
Trend 4 - Sustainability
With more and more customers looking for eco-friendly options, B&Bs that embrace sustainability will gain an advantage over the competition
From using renewable energy sources to offering organic food and drinks.
Sustainable design is also becoming increasingly popular in UK B&Bs. This could mean using materials that are sustainably sourced or using low-energy lighting
Sustainable design can help B&Bs reduce their environmental impact while also creating a more comfortable and inviting atmosphere for guests.
Tip - Identify small changes that you can make, such as installing smart light bulbs. Then highlight what you are doing to make your business more sustainable in your marketing materials.
Trend 5 - Natural design
One design trend that is becoming increasingly popular is the use of natural elements. Incorporating natural materials like wood, stone, and brick can help to create a sense of warmth and comfort in a space.
Tip - if you already run a B&B and don’t want to do a full redesign, then consider adding more throws, blankets, rugs, indoor plants and greenery, which can all help to make a space feel more inviting and cosy.
These are just a few of the trends that will shape the bed and breakfast industry in 2023. By keeping up with these latest trends, you can stay ahead of the competition and ensure your success.
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