A Deep Look Into the Interim Innkeepers' World with Darci Bartlett

Ep. 4

Innkeeping is as much a lifestyle as a profession; it is a 24/7 job where Innkeepers find time for themselves between cleaning up what's left from breakfast and preparing for check-ins. Managing those small-time gaps can be challenging, and not learning how to do it properly might cause burnout.

In addition, other elements might contribute to that overwhelming feeling, like feeling they host their guests in their own home, not at their business. Today’s guest, Darci Bartlett, has a unique perspective on this last issue. As she never owned an Inn, for her it is easier to take a step back and see more clearly she is hosting guests in her business. She believes this little, yet impactful detail can prevent Innkeepers from getting caught up, especially on busy days, and avoid burnout.

Darci Bartlett is the President of the Interim Innkeepers Network, Creator of Sweeping Simplified, Co-founder of B&B Creates, and an Innkeeper at The Spring Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast. Darci has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is also a loving mom of 5 grown children and grandmother of 10.

Today, our conversation delved into the changes Darci has noticed in guests in the last 10 years, the importance of interim Innkeepers, and how to make everyone's lives easier during transitions, from taking notes of recipes to writing procedures of how things are done in each inn. Darci kindly shared some experiences from her over 30 years in the industry, how she offers W.O.W. service to her guests and her unique perspective as an interim Innkeeper.

Some Questions I Ask:

Can you categorize the change in the type of guests of these times? Are their expectations similar, or are they looking for a completely different experience? (3:33)

How would you characterize hospitality? (5:06)

What are some of the ways that you provide W.O.W. service? (13:32)

What have you learned from your experiences that can help prevent burnout? (23:49)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

What kind of experiences nowadays guests are looking for (3:37)

B&Bs and Inns are equipped perfectly to provide W.O.W. service (6:28)

The unique interim Innkeeper’s perspective (8:31)

The differences between hosting small and large groups of people (18:28)

Darci shares some tips and advice for Innkeepers to make using interims Innkeepers smoother (33:51)


Interim Innkeepers Network website

Interim Innkeepers Network Facebook

The Spring Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Facebook

B&B Creates Facebook

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