Americus Garden Inn
Bed & Breakfast
“where history meets romance…”
Bed & Breakfast - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This page is a compilation of questions and answers that may be helpful to you in choosing a B&B that will meet your expectations. First-timers, this is to help you understand the differences between properties, and to acquaint you with the B&B concept. Bed and breakfast properties are not little hotels. Each property offers a unique experience in ambiance, cuisine, hospitality and comfort. We know that there are many more questions to be answered. Feel free to e-mail or call us with any additional questions you might have
Every B&B or Bed and Breakfast property fits into one of the following categories*:
The Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast is a B&B with 8 guest rooms. Kim and Susan Egelseer have chosen to devote their time entirely to making your stay most enjoyable and memorable.
* Derived from PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers) publications
Not if you stay with us at the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast. When researching a bed and breakfast to visit, always inquire about private baths. You should be aware that "private bath" does not always mean "in-room". At some properties, your bathroom may be across or down the hall.
Each of the 8 guest rooms at the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast feature a private in-room bath with shower, tub or both.
Depending on the style of the dwelling, your guest room can vary tremendously. Most professionally operated B&B properties now offer photos of some, if not all, of their rooms on the internet. A written description of room contents should accompany the photos to assist you in choosing the right room. Individual tastes vary and what appeals to one person might be unsightly to another. Some things to consider in choosing your room might include the following:
Room size - Victorian houses tend to have lots of small rooms. Antebellum houses tend to have huge rooms with high ceilings. Most rooms in the Americus Garden Inn are incredibly spacious with 12-foot ceilings. Visit our inn tour to see specific dimensions of all rooms.
Room decor - Victorian houses tend to be more formal, frilly, ornate, and very often have lots of delicate items on display. Antebellum houses tend to be more casual and functional. The Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast is decorated in a comfortable, non-cluttered fashion to allow you the space to unwind and relax.
Bath amenities/hairdryer - Most B&B's provide bathing basics such as soap and shampoo. The Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast supplies bath amenities by Lord & Mayfair. You will have bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and moisturizer. All guest rooms are equipped with hairdryers. Back to Top
Many bed and breakfast properties do not have televisions or telephones in guest rooms. Sometimes, you will find that a television is only available in a common area. If having access to these things is important to you, make certain to specifically ask.
We understand the need to stay informed and to be connected to the outside world. Each guest room in the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast contains a television and a VCR. For your viewing enjoyment, you may borrow a video from our library. As most of our guests travel with cell phones, we no longer have telephones in guest rooms. For those of you with laptop computers, we have free high speed wireless internet connections available throughout the inn.
No two bed and breakfasts are alike when it comes to breakfast. Many B&B's serve continental breakfast. Some serve a buffet. Others serve a full sit-down breakfast. If breakfast is important to you, ask what a typical menu might be. Also, if you have special dietary restrictions you must let the property know in advance so they will have time to prepare for your visit.
At the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast, we believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We also believe that healthy meals should be balanced and delicious. Every morning, it is our pleasure to prepare and serve a 3-course sit down breakfast for our guests to savor. Freshly ground Dilworth Coffeehouse Coffee is ready early in the morning. We offer SIX kinds of juice (not just orange) and freshly baked bread, biscuits, scones or muffins. This is followed by a fruit course. A hot entree, usually an egg and cheese dish, is accompanied by one of over 50 varieties of pancakes. We make our pancakes from scratch (no mixes), and we cook them to order so they will be hot off the griddle, just for you. Every effort is made to keep our meals healthful with fresh fruits, whole grains and low fat dairy products. We have had an increasing number of guests in need of gluten free meals. If you have special dietary needs, please call us to discuss your personal situation so that we may provide you with the best possible experience.
This topic continues to be debated within the bed and breakfast industry. Some properties utilize employees who expect to be tipped for their service, especially if they are being paid minimum wage or less (waitress wages are lower than minimum wage). Some bed and breakfast properties expect their guests to tip housekeepers and servers. Many times you will find a tipping envelope as you would find in a hotel. Be warned that some properties charge a "service charge", which is really another way of forcing you, the guest, to pay extra.
At the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast, we do not utilize any employees. Kim and Susan Egelseer, the owners/innkeepers, strongly believe that the bed and breakfast experience should be personally delivered. We do not believe that tipping should be expected or required at a bed and breakfast. There are no hidden costs or unexpected fees.
Depending on the configuration of the property, you may or may not have interaction with other guests. Some people love visiting B&B' s for the opportunity to meet other people. Others come to a B&B for quiet, relaxation, and/or romance. Inquire about accessibility to common areas. Are there specific times when these rooms will be available for you to enjoy? At some inns, you will find that meals are served at specific times and you will be asked which seating you prefer (or you will be assigned a dining time). Some properties serve breakfast family style with all guests seated together, while others have dining options.
At the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast, we make every effort to tailor your visit to your individual preference. We have a variety of table sizes, and offer breakfast from 8:00am - 9:30am as opposed to a set time, to allow more flexibility to our guests. Our breakfast/dining room is available to you, as our guest, 24 hours a day. There are soft drinks, hot water for teas, cocoa or hot cider, coffee, fruit and snacks. If you are lucky, there might be leftover muffins from breakfast. We have several common areas to choose from when you are looking for a place to relax outside of your room.
Most bed and breakfast properties offer "common areas" or places around the property that guests may access freely. Depending on the type of B&B, this space may be shared with the family of the owners or may be a totally separate space for guests. Some properties offer televisions and telephone access in common areas and not in individual rooms. The outside areas may be separated into guest space and a private owner's area. If a B&B hosts weddings and other functions, your access to common areas may be severely limited if your visit coincides with an event.
At the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast you have lots of space to enjoy. There is a beautiful living room with a baby grand Yamaha Disklavier piano. The breakfast/dining room is available 24 hours a day with coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks, fruit and snacks. The owner's area is totally separate from the guest area so the common areas are for your pleasure. Off of the hall on the upper level, there is a balcony with a table and seating for four which is available to all guests. Outdoors, there is ample seating on the porch, around the veranda and a beautiful gazebo with a suspended swing in the middle and bench seating all the way around! Around the garden, there are benches to relax and "smell the roses". We truly want our guests to feel welcome in our beautiful home. Therefore, we have made the decision not to host weddings or other functions which would limit other guests the opportunity to enjoy the house and the property.
Most B&B properties offer a check-in time range some time in the afternoon. Unlike hotels, most properties have limited or no staff and the time between check-outs and check-ins is when cleaning and preparing the inn for your arrival takes place. This may be the only opportunity for the innkeepers to run errands or pick up supplies. Check with the property if you would like an earlier or later check-in. If you assume that it will be acceptable without asking, you may end up very disappointed.
The Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast offers a check-in time between 4:00pm - 7:00pm. As we are a husband and wife team, with no employees, the time between check-out at 11:00am to 4:00pm check-in is extremely busy as we perform all necessary tasks to ensure your stay will be perfect. Therefore, we are unable to perform check-ins earlier than 4:00pm. For check-ins after 7:00pm but before 8:00pm, there is a $15 additional charge. For check-ins between 8:00pm - 9:00pm, there is a $30 charge. We cannot perform check-ins after 9:00pm.
Some bed and breakfast properties allow pets with some restrictions, and usually charge a pet fee. Others, have resident pets and do not allow outside animals. If you are looking for a pet-friendly property, make sure to ask in advance. Also, if you are allergic to animals, be certain to ask if there are pets in residence. We have found that many properties do not necessarily inform guests that there are animals in the inn. For people with severe allergies, this can be a serious problem.
We do not allow pets of any kind in the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast. However, we do have some "porch" cats that are available for lap sitting on the porch. Our neighbors recently moved and left 2 of their cats behind - Cinderella and Thumbelina. They are very sweet tabbies in need of a home. If you are interested in adopting them, let us know.
Each bed and breakfast property handles smoking differently. If the owners/innkeepers are smokers, you will probably be allowed to smoke inside the inn. Some B&B' s do not allow smoking anywhere on the grounds of the property. If you are a smoker, ask if there are restrictions which may affect your stay. If you are an avid non-smoker or have allergies to cigarette smoke, ask about the smoking policy to ensure your comfort during your visit.
The Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast recognizes the rights of both non-smokers and smokers. There is NO SMOKING within the inn or on any structure connected to the house. Our home is an 1847 wooden structure with no sprinklers. We also do not allow candles, incense or any other open flame device. The veranda and the upstairs balconies are designated NON SMOKING areas for fire safety reasons. We allow smoking in the gazebo.
The policy on children varies greatly from inn to inn. If the bed and breakfast is the primary residence of a family with children, there will most certainly be children present. Many properties have antiques and collectibles decorating the inn. Infants and small children would be discouraged from these properties for obvious reasons. Another factor involving children is noise. Many couples travel to B&B's to celebrate their romance. They may have left their own children home and look forward to an escape from the shrill voices of children. What a disappointment it would be to have an infant screaming in the next room. There are also families who enjoy traveling to B&B's as a "home away from home". Find out who the "regular" guests are to determine if the property will be comfortable for you.
At the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast we have a variety of guests. Many come for romance. Many come for the history in the area. We have business guests and we have some families. The majority of our guests are adults seeking privacy and quiet. Our property is NOT equipped for infants or toddlers, we do not have appropriate beds or linens for them and our home is not childproof. If you are traveling with children, you must make special arrangements with the innkeepers PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. We can ONLY accept children OVER THE AGE OF 10 YEARS (with ADVANCE APPROVAL FROM THE INNKEEPERS).
Whole house rentals for weddings and reunions are a common occurrence in B&B's. If you are interested in this type of arrangement, speak directly with the owners or innkeepers. Be aware you will probably pay more than just the room rental fees as you will be using more than just the bedrooms.
We would love to host your group and offer rooms with breakfast. However, the entire property cannot be rented for any event. Directly across the park from the Americus Garden Inn is the Rees Park School building which has meeting and banquet space available. Please call us to discuss your specific needs.
Mr. & Mrs. Kim and Susan Egelseer
504 Rees Park
Americus, GA 31709-4078
Phone: (229) 931-0122 or toll free (888) 758-4749
Written by Susan Egelseer