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Is Your Inn Ready for Spring?

Luxury Matters
Categories: linens , Robes , Bed and Breakfast

The changing of the seasons tends to make the to-do list a little bit longer. Heavier comforters are replaced with lighter ones, rugs get deep cleaned, and all around things are shifting. Here are three ways to quickly give your inn a refreshed look so that you may welcome the season, and more importantly, your guests.


Outsmart Allergens: Spring allergies can make your most jovial guest plain miserable. A good night's sleep will do wonders. Take a look at the EcoLuxe Microfiber Sheets. These performance microfiber sheets feel like 600 thread count cotton, are incredibly soft, and very breathable. They contain an extra fine weave, which protects your guests from dust mite allergies. Plus, they're eco-friendly and the highly sustainable linens are 100% recyclable and energy efficient. These sheets dry more quickly, cutting down on your water use, and electric bill. They also use less detergent and don't require any ironing.



Change Your Scents: Have you tried the Duck Island Embossed Soap (pictured above) from our new Bath and Body Collection? Duck Island provides a luxurious experience and the perfect scent for Spring. The round, 20g, soap comes inside a recyclable cellophane wrap. You may even want to tuck a few of these into drawers to serve as sachets.



Wrap It Up: Swap your winter robes for lighter robes and consider adding spa wraps for guest ease and convenience. A Classic Waffle Kimono Robe feels lighter on the skin and is particularly comfortable as the weather warms. Spa wraps offer a quick over up for adults too -- without the added weight of a robe.


2016-03-08 08:45:58

Prevent Chilly Nights with Warmer Linens

Luxury Matters
Categories: linens , Down bedding , Down alternative bedding , Duvet , Bed and Breakfast

The temperature is starting to cool down, in some places nighttime is already downright chilly. Innkeepers know all too well, how tricky it can be to find the perfect temperature to appease every guest. Since your guests cannot always control their environment, they can control how they respond to it, with a little help from you:

  1. Start by incorporating a mattress pad. A mattress pad will set the foundation for your bed and also provide a fundamental layer of warmth.

  2. Next add linens and provide several blankets -- one on the bed, one displayed in the room (draped over a chair, folded within eyesight, etc.) and one or two more in an accessible linen closet -- this allows guests to add warmth and strip layers quickly, easily and independently.

  3. Provide a light comforter or duvet and keep a heavier comforter or duvet ready-to-go in a linen closet. The idea is to save the heavier duvet for when it's truly needed and curb unnecessary use at times when the lighter option is best.

  4. Lastly, provide many different shapes and sizes of pillows ... not only will this help guests choose the perfect pillow for a good night's sleep but the collection can help provide and trap additional warmth.




2015-10-12 08:02:33

Back to (Hospitality) Basics

Luxury Matters
Categories: linens , Robes , Slippers , Down bedding , Down alternative bedding , Shower Wraps , Duvet , Bed and Breakfast

'Tis the season for starting anew. As schools prepare to open their doors, bed and breakfasts and spas are also gearing up to welcome a new season, and with that comes replenished amenities.


It's important for B&Bs and spas to feature quality towelsbed sheetsslippers, and robes, among other high-end furnishings. The caliber of your linens will greatly impact the experience your guests have at your property. Soft, plush, and luxurious textures will help your guests have a memorable experience that's recalled fondly long after they've gone.



Berkshire Amenities truly understands that quality is paramount -- and that it significantly impacts your bottom line. When you choose high quality linens and amenities, you're not only showing the guest that you care, but you're also extending the life of your purchase.



Take a look at our luxurious towels, wide selection of quality robes (which may be customized with your company's logo or initials), slippers, fine bedding options, and more. Please call (413) 229-8200 ext 17 or email us with any questions. We're eager to help your guests feel right at home.


2015-09-14 09:10:35

How to Extend the Life of Your Inn's Bed Sheets

Luxury Matters
Category: linens

Innkeepers often ask us the best way to maximize the life of luxury linens, particularly bed sheets that are frequently laundered in guest rooms


For starters, we always say to choose a high quality sheet that's less likely to pill. Next, make sure to use detergents that don't have brighteners -- while these may seem like a good idea, they contain a bleach derivative that can sometimes damage fibers with repeated use.



Also, consider purchasing at least three sets of sheets per bed, more if you have quicker turnover at your inn. The idea is to alternate your sheets. This helps to stretch the lifespan but also to lighten your workload. Plus, by having extra sheet sets on hand, you know there's always at least one set ready to use. Well-made and well-laundered linens can last for several years.



Berkshire Amenities carries excellent, high quality, 600-thread count cotton sheets. Click here to view our collection of EcoLuxe Microfiber Sheets. They're soft, breathable, and protect against dust mites and allergens. They're also 100% recyclable, much more energy efficient, and don't require ironing. We conducted a rigorous test of these towels at a large hotel in Colorado and found that EcoLuxe Microfiber Sheets saved the precious commodities of water and energy, a crucial consideration in some western states, like California, where water is becoming dangerously short. For details call (413) 229-8200 ext. 17 or email us with any questions.


2015-08-24 08:00:45

3 Easy Tips for Spring Sprucing

Luxury Matters
Category: linens

As if innkeepers didn't have enough to do... the change of season makes the to-do list a little longer. Here are three inside tips to quickly spruce up any guestroom this Spring.


Tip #1: Use Vinegar to Refresh Furniture: Sometimes furniture can smell musty, particularly if it's more decorative than functional. To combat this, fill plastic containers with white vinegar, then seal and punch a few holes for ventilation into the lids. Put one container inside each cabinet or drawer for several hours (overnight if possible) in between guest use; this will help to absorb that musty odor. If you have time, wipe the inside of your furniture with a vinegar-dampened cloth.



Tip #2: Use Scents in Drawers: If you've found Spring scented-soaps you really like, such as lemon, mint, lavender-scented, or something else. offer a few in your bathrooms as well as inside drawers so guests may use them as sachets. Don't forget to brand them with your name and logo; even if that means nicely typing your name on a white address label. Whether your guests use them at your inn or at their home, it's a lovely and fragrant way to stay in their thoughts.



Tip#3: Use Allergen-Fighting Sheets: It’s no secret that Spring can be miserable for guests with allergies. A good night’s sleep will do wonders. If you don’t already have them, consider EcoLuxe Microfiber Sheets. These microfiber sheets feel like 600 thread count cotton, are remarkably soft and breathable, and the extra fine weave of the material protects against dust mite allergies. Plus, they’re eco-friendly and the highly sustainable linens are 100% recyclable and extremely energy efficient. They dry quickly, helping to cut down on your electric bill and require no ironing.


2015-03-31 13:50:49
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