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How To Renovate Your Small Hotel On A Budget

A hotel renovation usually involves a serious amount of money. Use our tips to save some of your budget and still achieve a great result.

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How to Feed Your Guests 24 Hours a Day, Without a Hotel Kitchen!

Even if your hotel kitchen is small or bordering on non-existent, you can still ensure your guests have tasty snacks available 24 hours a day. See our tips.

8 easy ways to boost your small hotel’s midweek bookings and occupancy

Optimizing mid-week occupancy at your small hotel or B&B is easier than you think. Check out these tips to find the best option for your property.

How To Use Facebook’s New Features To Your Small Hotel’s Advantage

Make sure your B&B’s Facebook strategy is optimized by being aware of the way you can use updates and new features to engage with your guests.

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Dreaming of owning a B&B? Answer these three important questions first…

Owning a B&B comes with a lot of pressure and responsibility. Use these three questions to determine if if it’s right for you and if you’re ready.

How to Target Weekend Travelers with Mobile Marketing

Weekend travelers can provide a hefty boost to your small hotel or B&B bookings. Here’s how mobile marketing can help you target them.

What Are The Top 5 Mistakes Small Hotels Make In Marketing?

Establishing an essential hotel marketing strategy means leaving these mistakes out of your plan. Here’s how to avoid them…

How To Make Your B&Bs Guest Loyalty Program Great Again

Guest loyalty is one of the most valuable things you can build at your small hotel or B&B. Make sure yours is working with these tips from Little Hotelier.

3 Great Tips for Hiring the Right Hotel Staff at Your Property

Hiring hotel staff should be something you take seriously. In an industry with high turnover you want passionate employees who will last. Here’s our advice for hiring great staff…

Are Small Hotels In Asia Gearing Up For A Business Boom?

With hotels in Asia set to take on a boom of business travelers, here are our tips on how to attract this popular market to your small hotel.

Your Small Hotel’s 2017 List Of Revenue Management Essentials

Make the most of 2017 with these revenue management essentials. Your B&B will benefit from a clear and methodical approach. Check out these tips…

How To Use Reviews To Amplify Your Hotel Marketing Budget

Encouraging customer feedback is a good way to make your marketing budget last longer and go further. Check out these tips from Little Hotelier…

4 Easy Tactics That Will Improve Your Small Hotel’s Online Distribution In 2017

Improving your B&B’s distribution is reliant on your ability to be proactive and innovative with strategies to attract more travelers and drive more bookings. This blog explores the ideas…

Will Transformative Travel Be A Dominant 2017 Trend?

Every year in the hotel industry brings a new trend and 2017 could be the year for transformative travel. What is it and how can it help your hotel?

Does It Pay To Make Your B&B Pet Friendly?

Pet-friendly accommodation is a more serious consideration than you may think. Here’s how you can cater to animal lovers at your B&B.

How To Use Blogs And Content Marketing To Sell Your Rooms

Creating a blog for your B&B will increase the engagement of your guests and help improve traffic to your website to drive more conversions.

How to Boost Bookings With Segmentation and Special Offers

Defining the target audience at your hotel is impossible to do without guest segmentation. Here’s how you can narrow your marketing strategy.

6 Reasons Why Your B&B Needs An Online Payments Solution

Make sure your B&B is prepared to process international traffic and online bookings. Here’s why you need an online payments solution.

How To Look Beyond Your Rooms To Drive Ancillary Hotel Revenue

Move beyond simply selling your rooms and maximise hotel revenue with these ancillary strategies.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Hotel To Adopt This Year

Make 2017 your best year yet by making these positive new year’s hotel resolutions. Make your distribution strategy count this year!

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How To Engage Guests On Social Media To Increase Return Stays

Social media is a powerful tool that allows you to engage broadly with your target market. Here’s how to use it to drive return business to your hotel.

How Micro-Moments Can Boost Bookings at Your Small Hotel

With micro-moments, you can learn more about the customer journey and deepen your relationship with them to create a better and more informed hotel experience.

3 Urgent Questions to Ask Before Setting Your Hotel Pricing

Every hotel or B&B is unique, so finding the right pricing strategy isn’t always easy. Luckily, there’s an option for everyone.

8 Important Factors You Should Consider When Refurbishing Small Hotel

If you decide to refurbish your hotel, there are many factors you need to consider, including how necessary it is in the first place!

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6 Exclusive Millennial Distribution Trends for Small Hotels

The millennial traveler is someone who has a huge affect on other traveler behaviour and can strongly influence the attitudes of the industry.

7 Vital Technology Trends All Small Hotels Should Be Aware Of

2017 will be another step forward for technology and there are several new trends set to emerge that all hotels should take notice of, including the continued rise of cloud technology.

How to Increase Revenue Using Extended Length Stays

Produce more revenue at your small hotel by using these tips to manage extended length stays at your property.

Little Hotelier Support: How to get in touch with us over Christmas and New Year

As always, the Little Hotelier support teams are here to help you over the festive period. We have brilliant teams based all around the world ready to help figure out any technical difficulties you might be having during Christmas and New Year.

TrevPAR vs RevPAR: The Battle To Increase Your Hotel Revenue

TrevPAR has become a more accurate and powerful indicator of your hotel revenue, surpassing RevPAR as a revenue management tool.

How to Win Back Customers Who Book on an OTA

All hotels and B&Bs need to find a balance between direct bookings and OTA bookings. While hotels might not be able to survive without OTA connection, you want to be securing as many direct bookings as possible to avoid commission fees. One way to do this is to first understand customer behaviour. So what defines […]

Book on Google: What Small Accommodation Providers Need to Know

Here’s what all small accommodation providers should know about Book on Google.

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How to Balance Tech and Personal Service at Your B&B

Travelers who choose to book rooms at bed and breakfasts love the personal experience that they receive during their stay. They’re drawn to those homemade scones that you leave out for afternoon tea, and they love the fact that they can have a conversation with you over a delicious breakfast. Guests love that personal experience […]

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3 Awesome Small Hotel Packages to Experiment With in 2017

The end of the year is fast approaching, which means that you need to decide what you are going to do to promote your small hotel and attract new guests in 2017. Small hotel packages and promotions are an effective way to increase your revenue while also generating buzz about your business. When you design […]

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Ancillary Revenue Tips for Small Hotels

How often do you think about ancillary revenue? As a small accommodation provider, your main focus is booking the rooms at your property and keeping your hotel filled to capacity as often as possible. While selling rooms is your main source of income and the way that you keep your business running, you also need […]

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Small Hotel Trends: Key Travel Agent Predictions for 2017

The small hotel trends will keep coming in 2017. Find out what predictions the travel agents are making for the next 12 months in the travel industry.

How To Remove The 5 Types Of Friction And Increase Direct Bookings

One of the biggest barriers to creating the direct relationships small hotels need is guest friction. Here’s what you can do to combat this.

You’re Not Selling Small Hotel Rooms [Guest Blog]

Do you believe you’re just selling rooms? Do you have other products and services to offer your guests? How do you let them know about them? This blog from LH explores the topic.

How to Boost Your B&B’s Wedding Bookings Online

You and a select few may know that a wedding at your B&B is magical – but how can you get the word out online so that you can get more wedding bookings? Read this post to find out.

Small Hotels, Stop Wasting Money on Web Design!

Too many small hotels and B&Bs spend far too much on web design. Instead, they could easily implement changes themselves – with the help of a website builder.

Is Tujia The Airbnb Of China? Watch This Space

If you haven’t heard of Tujia, you soon will. We discuss why it’s being called ‘the Airbnb of China’ and what it means for your small hotel.

New Research: Your Small Hotel’s Website Might Be Too Slow for China

Is your small hotel website too slow for Chinese travelers? New research indicates that it might be.

Are People Really Booking Your B&B on Mobile?

How many people are really booking your B&B on their mobile device? Here’s what we found.

Quick Wins to Get More Direct Bookings at Your Small Hotel [Guest Blog]

Smaller hotels should make a push for direct bookings using various strategies. Here are a couple examples.

Is Your Small Accommodation Business Truly Mobile-First?

On top of mobile search, booking, and check in/out, here are some key considerations small accommodation providers should take note of for a mobile-first approach.

Why Millennials Love Hostels So Much

Millennials are the perfect kind of guest for hostels. Here’s why – along with tips of what you can do to get more of them booking your hostel.

8 Smart Ways Your Small Hotel Can Use Text Messaging

Here are some ideas on how small hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and guesthouses can use text messaging to effectively build relationships with guests.

Why Airbnb is Not a Threat for B&Bs and Small Hotels

As Airbnb increases in popularity, it’s important to take a step back and understand how it really impacts your small hotel, bed and breakfast, inn, or guesthouse. We discuss why you shouldn’t be worried.

Over-the-Top Amenities at Modern-Day Bed & Breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts are going all out when it comes to investing in their guests’ experience. Just look at these over-the-top amenities today’s B&Bs are using to delight guests.

How Do Hotel Reservation Systems Work?

What is a hotel reservation system and how does it work? We make it easy to understand for small hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and guesthouses.

Use Instagram Contests to Make Guests Compete for Your Small Hotel

Did you know that you can not only attract guests to your small hotel, but you can make them compete for it, too? Here’s how you can use Instagram competitions to get more guests staying at your property.

Property Management: 7 Top Tips on How to Handle Guest Complaints

Here’s our seven top tips to manage guest complaints at your small hotel, bed and breakfast, inn or guesthouse.

How to Get More Mobile Bookings at Your B&B

How can you ensure more mobile bookings come through to your small hotel, bed and breakfast, inn or guesthouse? Follow these best practice tips.

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Facebook Metrics: What Your Small Hotel Should Be Tracking And Why

Social media is a massive part of your small hotel or B&B marketing strategy. Find out what metrics to measure and why they’re important.

Digital Detoxers: Is Your Small Hotel Equipped to Attract Guests Who Switch Off?

It seems like we’re always talking about technology, but there’s actually a big chunk of travellers who like to switch off. Meet the digital detoxers. Here’s how you can attract them to your small hotel.

8 Ways Your Small Hotel or B&B Can Improve Online Presence and Drive Direct Bookings

It’s more important than ever that your property makes its mark online. Here are 8 simple ways to enhance your small hotel or B&B’s online presence to increase direct bookings.

SEO for Bed and Breakfasts: Where to Put Your Keywords

How exactly should you be using your SEO-targeted keywords to get your bed and breakfast found online? Here are some practical tips.

Advanced Marketing for Small Hotels: Use Small Data

You might have heard the term ‘big data’ thrown around, but what about ‘small data’? Here’s how you can use small pieces of data to inform your small hotel’s marketing strategy.

The 3 Biggest Myths About B&Bs That Just Aren’t True

Many travelers have misconceptions about bed and breakfasts. Here are three common myths about B&Bs that simply aren’t true.

5 Common Web Design Mistakes to Stop Making on Your B&B Website

Avoid making these very common web design mistakes on your B&B website for some quick wins (and more bookings).

The Pokemon Go Hotel Trend: Is it Right for Your B&B?

There’s been a recent craze around Pokemon go in the hospitality industry. The surprising thing is that hotels are capitalizing on it! Here’s what they’re doing (and why your B&B should consider it).

New Research: UK Bed and Breakfasts are More Highly Rated Than Hotels

The results are in, and the numbers prove that bed and breakfast properties in the UK are more highly rated than hotels!

Using Technology to Improve the Guest Check-In Experience at Your B&B

Technology can be harnessed to greatly improve your guests’ check-in experience at your B&B. Here’s how.

8 Ways To Keep Your B&B’s Social Media Followers Engaged

How can you keep your B&B’s social media followers engaged, in a digital landscape where millions are competing for their attention? It certainly isn’t easy, but here are 8 ways to do it.

How To Make OTA Commissions Less Painful at Your Small Hotel

Commissions paid to online travel agencies (OTAs) can be a big pain for small hotels, but they don’t have to be. Here’s how to lessen that pain.

6 Simple Ways To Enhance The in-Room Experience At Your B&B

Understanding what people want for their in-room experience isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. Here are some easy strategies you can use to further enrich the time a traveler spends at your B&B.

Travel Trends for 2016: A Mid-Year Review

Earlier this year, we predicted the top travel trends for 2016 for small accommodation providers. Now it’s time for a good review, as we look at how they’re tracking.

3 Awesome Benefits of Automating Online Payments for Your Small Hotel

Are you still processing bookings manually at your small property? Here are 3 awesome benefits you can expect to experience once you automate your online payments.

How Your Small Hotel Can Compete With an OTA’s Acquisition Budget

Small hotels usually see online travel agencies (OTAs) as the competition, but it’s not all black and white. Here’s how you should be working with them.

What You Need to Turn Your B&B Dream Into a Reality

Have you always dreamt of running a bed and breakfast, but aren’t sure you have what it takes? This post should help you figure out if you’re cut out for it.

The Bleisure Travel Trend: Attracting Bleisure Guests to Your B&B

Who are ‘bleisure’ travelers, and how can you attract more of them to your bed and breakfast or small hotel?

Merchant Accounts for Small Hotels: What You Need to Know

If you want to start processing online credit card payments at your small hotel, you’ll need to set up a merchant account. Here’s what you need to know.

Metasearch Engines and OTAs: What’s the Difference?

With all of the recent changes, it’s easy to confuse metasearch engines with online travel agencies (OTAs). We explore how they differ and how it affects your small hotel’s distribution strategy.

Mobile vs. Desktop: New Research for American Accommodation Providers

It seems like small accommodation providers are always hearing about mobile friendliness. But what about traditional desktop traffic? Find out the latest research in today’s post.

3 Reasons Why Marketing Your Small Hotel is Increasingly Tough

Marketing your small hotel is tough. Here’s why, along with some tips on what you can do about it.

Online Payment Gateway Trends: How Travelers Want to Pay for Bookings

The ease of online payment is at the top of travelers’ minds when booking online. How can you cater to all of their preferences?

Google Hotel Ads for Small Hotels

What is Google Hotel Ads and how should you be using it to fill empty beds at your small property? Read this post to learn everything you need to know.

Then vs. Now: Evolving the Guest Experience at Your B&B

To survive, a bed and breakfast has to adapt business processes to improve the guest experience. Here are some ideas of how you can make sure your B&B has the most up to date technology.

Mobile-Friendly Websites and The Guest Experience: How Do They Line Up?

Which features of your hotel’s mobile-friendly website line up with the guest experience?

What is Channel Management?

What is channel management and how can it help you run your small hotel, bed and breakfast, inn or guesthouse?

Boutique Hotel Best Practice: How Do You Stack Up?

The small accommodation industry is getting smarter about how to market their properties. Are you keeping up?

3 Reasons Why the Reservation Enquiry Form is Dead

Booking systems have come to replace the reservation enquiry form. Here’s why.

How Much Does Online Distribution Cost for Small Hotels?

Knowing how to effectively distribute your rooms online is essential for any small accommodation provider to keep their rooms occupied. But it doesn’t come for free. So how much does it cost?

Why Your Front Desk Software is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Front desk software has advanced to the point that they integrate with booking engines and channel managers. How do they work together?

What is Hotel Rate Disparity?

What is hotel rate disparity and how does it affect your small hotel?

The Review Feedback Loop: Are You Listening to Your B&B Guests?

Online reviews are an incredibly rich source of feedback for B&Bs. Here’s how you can use them to enhance the guest experience at your property.

Why You Should Regularly Update Your B&B’s Room Rates

You shouldn’t take a ‘set it and forget it’ approach to your bed and breakfast’s room rates. Here’s why (and how) you should be updating your rates.

The 5 Key Benefits of Adopting an All-in-One Solution at Your Small Hotel

Here are the key benefits you can expect to experience by adopting an all-in-one solution at your small hotel.

Inn Reservation Systems: Requirements to Look For

Innkeepers have specific business needs that set them apart from the big hotel chains. So what should you look for when selecting the right inn reservation system?

Attracting Solo Travelers to Your Small Hotel or B&B

Solo travelers are an emerging type of guest that all B&B or small hotel owners should try to attract. Here’s what you need to know about who they are and how to get them to stay with you.

Why Your Small Hotel Shouldn’t Fear Bad TripAdvisor Reviews

Are you worried about bad TripAdvisor reviews at your small hotel? Here’s why you shouldn’t be if you’re doing what you can to delight your guests.

What’s the Difference Between Website Builders and Content Management Systems?

When building a website for your small hotel and bed and breakfast, it’s easy to get confused with your options. Here are the differences you need to be aware of when choosing between a website builder and a content management system.

Our Pick of The Best Mobile Business Apps for Small Accommodation Providers [Slides]

What apps can greatly benefit your business this year? We’ve come up with a list of useful apps that you can download and start using to benefit your small accommodation business.

What are the Best Types of Guests for Bed & Breakfasts?

Have you ever wondered what types of guests are the best fit for your bed and breakfast? Find out the key guest segments you should be targeting.

Enhancing the Guest Experience with Small Hotel Technology

The technology you choose to use at your small hotel can greatly improve your guests’ experience. Here’s how.

Should Your B&B Jump on the Snapchat Bandwagon?

The latest social media trend is Snapchat for hotels. Should your bed and breakfast jump on the bandwagon? Find out everything you need to know about Snapchat in this post.

What Are Hotel Price Check Widgets & Why Should You Care?

Many hotels are using price check widgets to drive direct bookings. Read this post to learn everything you need to know.

How to Motivate and Manage Your Bed & Breakfast Staff

Make sure you retain your bed and breakfast staff by showing them that you’re invested in their success. Here’s how.

How an All-in-One Solution Can Improve Your B&B… And Your Life!

Here’s why you should look for an all-in-one business solution to improve your B&B business and your life!

The Returns on Your Investment in Small Hotel Technology

Investing in small hotel technology can reap plenty of benefits for your property. Here are the 3 key benefits.

3 Things That Are Bound to Strengthen Your B&B’s Reputation

What do guests expect when they stay at your B&B? Here are 3 things to deliver to strengthen your reputation.