The worst of the Covid 19 pandemic is hopefully behind us with the introduction of vaccines and boosters for all above 6-months old. Travelers have returned to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with a thirst for getaways that were put on hold. Vacations have returned with vengeance and no matter how high gas prices go, the sacred summer vacation will not be sacrificed. While today’s travelers have more choices for lodging than ever before, we’re here to make the case that inns and B&Bs and specifically the nine DINE inns are still the best choice for a summer romantic getaway. From an extensive list of included amenities to personalized service, DINE inns offer more for the money than any other New England lodging choice for the discerning traveler, making them the perfect choice in a post-pandemic world.
No housekeeping, cleaning or resort fees in DINE country
Book a vacation rental from any of the big agencies, and you’ll be surprised at the cost of the cleaning fee. This add-on fee often adds hundreds of dollars to the bottom line. Increasingly, we’ve been reading about how hotels are tacking on a cleaning fee to cover the increased cost of sanitizing rooms. Sometimes it’s disguised as a housekeeping gratuity, but it’s there to cover the cost of cleaning, and simply adds to the cost of the hotel stay. Then there’s the age-old resort fee that many large resorts charge whether you use the facilities or not. Often all of these fees are not revealed until check out when it’s too late to dispute them.
You won’t find a cleaning fee and certainly no resort fee added to your stay at any of the Distinctive Inns of New England. While gratuities for servers may be expected, you simply won’t find those additional costs for wi-fi, parking, use of pools or other amenities added to the bill. Your overnight stay includes a clean and sanitized room from the outset at no additional cost to you. In a post-pandemic world, DINE innkeepers are continuing the upgraded sanitization process to ensure that your stay is germ free and fee-free, just as you might expect it.
Breakfast, refreshments, water & more still included
Not only can DINE inn guests plan on no added housekeeping fees, but all guests are also treated to a lovely two to three course breakfast to start the day included in the price of the room. What’s even better is that many DINE inns will deliver breakfast right to your room upon request, or allow you to pick it up and enjoy it quietly and privately in your room. DINE inns also add complimentary afternoon refreshments, tea service and/or an evening wine and cheese reception to the stay – again, included in the cost of the stay. These additions could add as much as $50 for two per night to the cost of a hotel stay but DINE inns would not hear of charging for these amenities. Travel to DINE inns and you’ll also find local snacks in the rooms, bottled water, nighttime cookies, movie rentals, free wi-fi, free parking, free concierge planning services and much more, varying from inn to inn. Just think, all those little extras that can add up at a hotel are included for the price of the stay at a DINE inn – which is often equal to or less than a hotel.
Special orders don’t upset us – have it your way
Ever since the pandemic, any special requests made to hotels or vacation rentals have been met with a resounding “No” or “Can’t do it.” Indeed, state and local laws and health precautions dictated certain protocols be followed at the beginning of the pandemic, but because inns and B&Bs are privately owned and the innkeeper/owner lives on site and operates the business, it’s much easier for them to be flexible. Even during the worst of the pandemic, DINE innkeepers were on hand to assist in everything from proposals to dietary precautions, housekeeping special requests and so much more. Don’t hesitate to make a special request at a DINE inn. If the innkeeper is unable to manage it, they’ll find a great substitute. DINE innkeepers would rather know what you need to make a stay perfect than to hear later that you were afraid to ask. When it comes to going the extra mile and taking amazing efforts to help guests enjoy their stay, DINE innkeepers are up to the task. Read our Tea & Sympathy blog to learn about how DINE innkeepers have gone above and beyond to help guests.
Now you know. When looking for a value-filled accommodation to make your next getaway perfect, be sure to book directly with your favorite DINE inn.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic
In Maine: Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport