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Product Details

  • Series: How-To Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811724417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811724418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As innkeepers, Hotch (who is also author of How To Start a Business--and Succeed , Stackpole, 1991) and Glassman (who conducts innkeeping workshops) know their business. They offer glimpses into other owners' views and advice via quotes gathered by a survey. While this work covers the gamut of concerns for the potential innkeeper (acquiring the inn, handling finances, planning for legal and insurance needs, promoting the business, and taking care of guests), it covers these concerns to varying degrees. Repetition of thoughts and statements could be distracting and construed as condescending by some readers, especially if they already have familiarity with the innkeeping business. Still, this is a good basic practical guide for public library collections.
- Margaret B. Bartlett, Rochester Inst. of Technology, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Carl Glassman is co-owner of the Wedgewood Collection of Historic Inns in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and has offered how-to workshops and consulting services to aspiring innkeepers since 1982.

Ripley Hotch is co-owner of Biltmore Village Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of How to Start a Business and Succeed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I just read a library copy of this book, and now I'm buying my own copy for future reference. It was filled with essential information about innkeeping, and not just for those who want to start a two to three bedroom B&B in their house. Most of the information was applicable to small inns and hotels, as well. It is definitely the best book I've read on the subject so far (out of about six books).
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Benton Prentice on October 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
While this book seems fairly complete as a guide, it certainly is for total novices, not only to B&Bs but to those running their own business as well. Much of its information is common business sense in its foundation and offers little that one would not realize on one's own-unless they had never run any sort of business in the past. Even an individual who has operated a business for someone else, especially if that business were in the service industry, would know much of the basics found here. Most obviously lacking is any discussion of the value or how-to of Internet marketing, research, promotions, reservations or purchasing. Secondary to that is a lack is discussion on yield management, rate versus occupancy managment and adapting one's room rates to current occupancy and market room-availability and other market forces. The author also provides no discussion of purchasing principles or the advantages of economies of scale that can be gained with co-oped or group purchasing ventures.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Bolton on June 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tells the nitty gritty of running the business aspect of a B&B without going into the details of how someone should decorate. With running one so hard it was nice to see the bery clear and well laid plans to help keep an inn running smoothly from taking care of guests to taking care of yourself at the same time. I would recommend this book before someone lays out any money and gets themselves neck deep in trouble from inexperiance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annette on July 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am loving this book. B&B is a dream of mine and this book is a great introduction to someone who has never owned a business. It doesn't go into great details however it is simple and gives great information on what to look for, how to start, how to deal with issues and most certainly where to get more information. It touches on many different subjects and gives an aspiring innkeeper a better idea of what it takes to run a B&B. They have great information about marketing, web sites, zoning and more. As I said though, it just touches on the basics. This is a great introduction book to read if you're interested in the subject.
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