It was always our dream to own and operate a Bed & Breakfast – just where?
We picked Collingwood for many reasons! But one of the many was that we wanted to live in a smaller community that was tourism based, that was up and coming and had growth potential for accommodation. Collingwood gives us this opportunity.
Hotels certainly offer more facilities than bed and breakfast – facilities such as meeting facilities and a restaurant where food is prepared by cooking professionals. Hotels however, do not offer that personalized service you will receive whilst staying at a smaller inn or bed and breakfast. Hotels also have the challenge of only being as good as there weakest team member, which creates challenges when there is a “talent shortage” in the area. Also hotels will charge you for extras such as bottled water, movies and in some instances parking.
There are a lot of bed and breakfasts within the Georgian Triangle area offering unique and different experiences with a high level of guest interaction and personalized service with the owners. Nearly all bed and breakfasts are independently owned with the owners and perhaps one other individual to pamper you!
One of the biggest plusses of staying in a bed and breakfast is that all the rooms are different, unlike corporate hotels. And your hosts don’t change, they are there every minute of the day!
In my opinion, within the Georgian Triangle, there are some quality hotels and B&B’s but the area still lacks accommodation considering that over 1 million visitors come to Collingwood each year with a strong portion of those visitors coming from the Greater Toronto Area. What Collingwood really needs is a real boutique hotel property. Even though I own a bed and breakfast, I believe the visitors of Collingwood need a real quality mid size boutique, central to downtown hotel, maybe on the waterfront, that would give investors a good return.