Take Advantage of the Select Registry Difference

Take Advantage of the Select Registry Difference

News Select Registry – November 3, 2013

Simply put, the Select Registry Difference is a guarantee that you will enjoy top-notch service, quality accommodations and uncommon luxury whenever you stay at one of our inns.

We’ve all seen on television, or experienced ourselves, the stereotypical and disappointing bed and breakfast experience. There was an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" that centered on Ray and his wife Debra’s unpleasant stay at a bed and breakfast where they had to share a bathroom with other guests, their room was disappointing to say the least, and modern amenities were lacking.

The Select Registry Difference is designed to ensure you never have to experience any of this. Every Select Registry inn must meet the organization’s criteria and pass a quality assurance inspection.

Select Registry Criteria

When an inn first contacts Select Registry about becoming a member, they are asked to complete a profile to see if they meet the basic criteria:

  • The property must be fully licensed according to national, regional and local governmental requirements.
  • Breakfast must be offered on the premises.
  • Each guestroom or suite must contain a private bath.
  • If the evening meal is not provided on the premises, fine dining or quality regional dining must be readily available in the area.

It is also recommended that the property be in operation for at least two years, the innkeepers have at least three years of documented lodging management experience, and the inn have recommendations from two Select Registry members in good standing.

A signed copy of the profile is then submitted to the Select Registry Board of Directors. The next step is proving the inn’s quality and service, which is determined through the inspection process.

Inspection process

The inspection is done anonymously by independent inspectors before an inn can call themselves a Select Registry inn. The inspectors make a reservation and stay at the inn for at least one night. They pay special attention to every detail from the moment they make first contact to make the reservation until they check out and leave the property after their stay.

What do the inspectors look for?

  • Service while making reservations
  • First impression when arriving
  • Exterior appearance and condition
  • Common rooms that are warm and inviting
  • Guest rooms that are comfortable and have quality furnishings
  • Exceptional service including a friendly and helpful staff
  • Evidence that the innkeepers have  paid attention to every detail
  • A delicious breakfast

After the inspection is complete, the inn is contacted with the results. If the inn passes inspection, they must be approved by the Select Registry Board of Directors. If the inn fails the inspection, and it happens, the inn has an opportunity to work on the areas where they failed and request another inspection after 6 months.

What it all means

So why have we shared all of this behind-the-scenes inspection information with you? Because we want you to know what an honor it is for an inn to be able to call themselves a Select Registry Inn. Even after becoming a member, an inn must maintain their level of service and attention to detail because the inns are anonymously inspected periodically during their membership.

With an understanding of what being a Select Registry inn means, we are happy to announce two new member inns.

Chatham Gables Inn

Located on Cape Cod in Chatham, Massachusetts, this inn welcomes guests with the personalized attention and refined hospitality that Select Registry was founded on. Chatham Gables Inn has eight guest rooms each with their own bath and serves a fresh and delightful breakfast every morning with fruit cobblers, Nantucket Tri-Berry muffins, and a hearty hot entrée. Whether you choose to spend your time at the inn enjoying the romantic and peaceful atmosphere or venturing out to all the area has to offer, you are sure to enjoy your stay.

For those choosing to spend their time at the inn, they can relax with a book in front of the fire, savor a glass of wine in one of the inn’s intimate sitting rooms, or enjoy themselves in the recently renovated guestrooms furnished with aromatherapy bath amenities, en-suite marbled bathrooms, Kashwere throws, Turkish towels, Matouk & Comphy Co. linens, luxury robes, LCD flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and designer fabrics and furniture.

For those choosing to spend their days exploring Chatham and Cape Cod, opportunities abound. Spend the day whale watching, shopping, hiking, wine tasting, horseback riding, antiquing, fishing, or site seeing. The innkeepers and staff of this Cape Cod inn will be more than happy to help you find the hidden gems of the area.

1802 House B&B Inn

From the moment guests arrive at this fine historic Kennebunkport inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, they know they are going to have a wonderful stay. Set amidst towering pines and landscaped gardens in a serene and quiet neighborhood, the 1802 House has spared no luxury.

Each of the inn’s 6 guestrooms are furnished with private tiled baths, Jacuzzi tubs, flat screen televisions, radios with iPod docking, premium bedding on queen beds, luxury robes, complimentary Wi-Fi and deluxe toiletries. The rooms also have many of the original architectural features preserved from the original construction of the inn as well as modern touches such as romantic gas fireplaces.

The friendly and informal staff will be happy to point you in the direction of the area’s best attractions, and the inn is near Kennebunkport’s shops, restaurants and galleries. The area also offers plenty of outdoor recreation such as cross country skiing, hiking, hunting, biking, fishing, golfing and whale watching. Other exciting entertainment includes culinary classes, art galleries, and historic sites.

Before you begin your day in Kennebunkport, enjoy the inn’s gourmet breakfast in the dining room. Start with freshly brewed coffee, an assortment of teas, or hot chocolate. Breakfast begins with assorted juices and a delicious baked bread and seasonal fruit course. The meal culminates with a main entrée that includes dishes like eggs benedict, a plate of Maine wild blueberry pancakes with Maine maple syrup, passion fruit baked cheese blintz with mixed berry compote, or cheese and chive soufflé with roasted tomatoes. All entrees are accompanied by a meat such as bacon or sausage.

Discover the Select Registry Difference for yourself

Chatham Gables Inn and 1802 House B&B Inn join the family of more than 300 inns across North America that have proven they deserve the honor the calling themselves Select Registry properties. As a traveler, you can take comfort in knowing that even though each Select Registry inn is different and unique they share the most important qualities: a passion for providing guests with the best possible service and attention to detail necessary to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable.