It is customary for a B&B owner to start out with bed…….see how they like it and the response they get from their guests, and then consider getting more.
What I always tell the owners of B&B’s is that for them to have repeat customers, they need to have some sort of draw that will make their guests remember their stay at their B&B. One of the most impressive things they’ll remember, outside of the service, are the furnishings. To sleep in original old antique iron beds, as opposed to a reproduction that they’ve probably seen a dozen time before, sets their B&B apart. It shows a certain level of awareness when an owner thinks enough to think outside the usual “antique reproduction” decorating scheme and pursue original items that their patrons aren’t going to see everywhere else.
I can’t begin to tell you how many B&B owners have come back to me and said so many of their guests commented on the beds they slept on and want to make sure when they return, that they’ll be able to get the same room. Our beds have proven themselves in making a strong impression and in being a strong draw for returning guests.
One of my favorite B&B’s that I have had the pleasure in dealing with is the 1871 House in NYC. Owners Lia and Warren Raum have done a beautiful job in restoring this low-profile small, quiet, private, and residential with an old-world ambiance. It feels like a secret hideaway from the moment you enter its intimate lobby. 1871 House offers relatively affordable accommodations in a shopping and museum-convenient area of the Upper East Side called the Upper East Side Historic District. Located at the southern end of the Upper East Side, the house is nestled among stylish brownstones and stately Townhouses on a beautiful tree-lined residential block. Flanked by prestigious Park & Lexington Avenues, the house is set amid Manhattan’s most elegant neighborhood on the Upper East Side and is just a stroll away from Central Park. Because the 1871 House is at the epicenter of a chic & bustling neighborhood, many of the Upper East Side’s finest restaurants are in close proximity as are Madison Avenue’s chic boutiques and stylish cafes. Neighborhood antique shops, galleries, specialty stores and world-renowned museums are also within easy walking distance.
Lia and Warren started out with one bed and have since gotten 5 or 6 of our beds.
The nice thing about the beds they’ve gotten from me are the beautifully decorated settings they have gone in to.
I’ve referred numerous people to the 1871 B&B in Manhattan and received glowing reviews from all of them. not only is the establishment one of the nicest they’ve stayed in, but the innkeepers and their staff make you feel right at home.
It’s an honor to have our beds in such a fine establishment.