THINGS TO KNOW
Bed and Breakfasts: There are literally thousands all over the world, and no two are exactly alike.
So, educate yourself, wherever you choose to stay.
"What time is breakfast?"
Just another little thing that makes McKBnB unique: We ask YOU what time you would like to eat. We do our best to provide you with the best breakfast you have ever eaten, and most likely, at a time of YOUR choosing! Most folks choose to eat between 8am and 10am.
"My honeylamb & I would like to enjoy breakfast alone. Is that possible?"
There are those who love to meet new people over breakfast at B&Bs. There are others who just want to enjoy special time as a couple. Upon your arrival, lets talk about what you need to make your stay special, and we will try our darnest to make it happen!
What if I have special dietary needs?
If you cannot or prefer to not eat meat, dairy, or gluten, let us know when you make your reservation, and we will prepare whatever you need to stay healthy and happy!
May we bring our kids?
The majority of our guests are trying to get away for a quiet holiday from the "normal" things in life. As much as old BPa and I would love to meet your babies, our other guests might not be so happy about it, especially if they are trying to get a little break from parenthood. If your kids are over 12, and they aren't inclined to swing from chandeliers or spew biscotti at one another, then we would love to have them join you!
May we bring our pet?
If you are referring to your spouse, then yes! If it's a small animal, then sadly (and I do mean sadly, because we LOVE dogs) we are currently unable to have animals in the public areas of our property.
Is the whole house rentable?
Maybe! We have been home-base for hundreds of folks coming to the Dallas area for weddings, family reunions, and staff/business retreats. Let's have a cup of coffee and talk about it. We are definitely open to it!
Do all of your rooms have private bathrooms?
Absolutely! Back in the old days of B&Bs, guests on the same hallways would not think twice about sharing a bathroom. That's one reason it was a much less expensive way to travel than a hotel. But for today's traveler, sharing a bathroom with strangers would be quite uncool!
Can we walk to the downtown square?
I guess that depends on your fitness level. If you can casually stroll for 7-10 minutes, then you're good.
I would like for a friend to come by and see us while we are in McKinney. Do you mind?
That's why we have a porch with lots of rockers, and a super comfy living room! Please let us know in advance! We will do our best to make sure you and your guests have a pot of coffee to share.
What's your parking situation?
So glad you asked. We have 3 appointed official spots right alongside our front porch and in the back of the house, alongside the cottage. There are parking signs to direct you! Groups traveling need to keep this in mind and carpool. Whatever you do, avoid parking in the little alley/street that runs alongside the B&B. That's how the neighbors get home, and we wouldn't want to make them cranky!
What time is check-in and check-out?
When you book, we will schedule check-in time between 3pm and 6pm. If you find that your scheduled arrival time changes, please give us a call or text! If you are traveling by air and have an early flight, we can certainly see about getting you into your room early. Check-out is by 11am.
So, we found a date that works and chose our room! Yay! Now what happens?
There are basically two types of B&Bers: Those who book months and months in advance, and those who book at the last minute!
If you are one of those folks who plan way ahead, (more than 14 days in advance!) your credit card is charged 25% of each night's room rate as a deposit. The balance remaining on your reservation will be drawn from the credit card that you entered online approximately 10-14 days before your arrival.
Now, if you are the type who is inclined to book a room at the last minute (approximately 10 days or less in advance) your credit card will be charged for the full amount of your stay at the time of booking.
Once you have gone through the reservation process online, you will IMMEDIATELY receive a confirmation email! A day or two before your arrival, we will actually send you another email! We want to be sure you don't forget that happy times are just ahead!!
Please read the information entitled "Cancellation Policy" below in order to fully understand our terms of service.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes! We sell them via our website and also here at the B&B. If you are giving (or have been given) a gift certificate, you will need to call/text/email us to book a reservation as there is no way to use a gift certificate and book online. We suggest you check out our rooms online first and see what dates are available , and what your preferred room might be. Remember that we do book on the weekends months in advance. Please let us know when you are calling what type of gift certificate you have in hand. If you are wanting to purchase a gift card, and are not sure which kind to get, give us a holler or shoot us a quick text and we will explain the difference. (Hint: The ones we sell here at the B&B are prettier and cost less. But you didn't hear that from me...)
Not as interesting, but important to know:
Please note that a 13% hotel/motel lodging tax, required by the state of Texas and the city of McKinney will be added to your deposit and quoted room rate upon payment. I know. The state of Texas clearly thinks we are the Ritz.
McKinney Bed and Breakfast is a small boutique property where every guest reservation is important and special to us. Your reservation means that we have committed to have your room available for you upon arrival. We have turned down requests for your room to honor your reservation. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your full reservation, please note:
- Should you cancel your reservation 30 days or more in advance of your scheduled arrival date you will receive a FULL refund including deposit. (You're welcome!)
- Should you cancel 10 to 29 days prior to your scheduled arrival date, we will not be able to refund your per-night room deposit, but will happily refund anything you have paid over that amount.
- Should you cancel 10 days or less in advance of your scheduled arrival date, we will have to ask you take responsibility for full payment of your entire reservation.
- Cancellations must be made by email or phone.
- No-shows will be charged for the full reservation.
- Whole-house bookings are subject to 30-day cancellation policy and a 50% non-refundable deposit at time of reservation. The remainder is due 2 weeks before arrival date.
To Smoke or Not to Smoke
Oh, how we hope that you have learned all the scary facts about smoking, and that you have decided to quit, and picked up some other less life-threatening activity like Street Luge or Buzkashi. However, if you haven't, while we deeply appreciate lifelong routines and the overt comforts they bring us, please know that smoking is absolutely-positively-don't-even-ask-prohibited in our 130 year old wood house. (It is also not allowed in the restrooms, porches, sidewalks, decks, or parking areas.) So, ask yourself: Do I want to smoke or do I want an incredible quiet getaway at McKinney Bed and Breakfast? Yep. We thought so. (On another note, we are also not fond of burping, but we do allow it in the guest rooms.)
Upon making a reservation and remit of deposit, you are agreeing to the above policies.
At McKinney Bed & Breakfast, we are dedicated to protecting your privacy and safeguarding your personally identifiable information.
Our main purpose in collecting your personal information is to provide you with a streamlined experience in making reservations at McKinney Bed & Breakfast. We only collect information about you that we consider necessary for achieving this. Personally identifiable information is only obtained when making a reservation.
We sometimes use data collection devices such as "cookies" on certain pages of the Site to measure effectiveness and safety. A "cookie" is a small file that gets placed on your harddrive that helps us provide our services. You are free to decline cookies if you choose too.
At McKinney Bed & Breakfast, we take security seriously. When users make a reservation we use every precaution to safe guard it online and offline.
Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.
McKinney Bed & Breakfast may amend this Privacy Statement from time to time in order to meet changes in the regulatory environment, business needs, or to satisfy the needs of our guests, properties, strategic marketing partners, and service providers.
More interesting, but totally not important:
Can I swing stop by sometime and see the house?
You can certainly stop by and see the house, but because we are booked 20-25 days a month, you will want to call first. If not, more than likely, all you will get to see is the front door. And the door bell. When we have guests, their rooms are completely private and no one (not even your hosts!) go in there. Reading our reviews and perusing our pictures is a great way to get to know us!
You don't LIVE here, do you?
Why, yes indeed, we actually do live here! No worries. You won't run into us unless you really want to. So, please don't concern yourself with finding us in our skivies or shower caps. We are like Santa. And we actually live in a part of the house that is not open to the public. However, if you need something, you can just text or call, and we will be there in a flash!
Did you go to culinary school?
Yes, we had 4 teachers: Katie, Skyler, Clayton, and Natalie!
Do you ever go on vacation?
Short answer: We don't GO on vacation. We ARE a vacation. Long answer: We do try to sneak away a few weekends each year, and we have awesome inn-sitters who keep things running for us!
Have you always wanted to have a B&B?
Absolutely! It is something that we started talking about and planning towards over 25 years ago! We have loved serving OVER 3,500 guests since opening our doors in 2012.
We reworked our retirement income. Can we stay here the rest of our lives?
How are you with a lawnmower? A food processor? Folding fitted sheets?
Have you ever thought of writing a cookbook?
Yes! Stay tuned!
Whats the difference between an AirBnB and a traditional Bed and Breakfast like yours?
OK. You asked for it.
Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartmentrentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms. The company does not own any lodging; it is merely a broker and receives percentage service fees(commissions) from both guests and hosts in conjunction with every booking.
In the United States, AirBnB properties are generally people's private residences (or rooms in people's homes). As a rule, they are not true full-time businesses, per se. The owners have not had to go through the stringent zoning process that most city and state governments require B&Bs to endure. (i.e.: It took us almost a year of city planning meetings and a whole lot of financial and physical resources to be allowed to open our B&B. The list of policies and codes was unending and nearly kept us from opening.)
At the end of the day, AirBnB properties are simply not held to the same standard of health, safety, and zoning codes that legitimate B&Bs are. AirBnB properties generally are without any city officials paying attention to how they build and how they run their properties. You will not find AirBnB reviews on legitimate travel sites such as Trip Advisor, Yelp, Google, BedAndBreakfast.com, etc., though they now encourage a mutual guest/host review at the end of a stay. However, because the host is required to READ and approve a review before it is published, and they are also required to review the guest, there's a darn good chance you will never see a bad review of an AirBnB property.
One reason that an AirBnB property can cost less than a proper B&B is because in many states, they are not required to pay a state and local hotel-motel tax that all legit B&Bs are required to pay. (Ours is 13%.) An AirBnB property is different from a traditional B&B in that (among many other things) they generally do not serve breakfast, nor offer many of the other amenities you will find in a bed and breakfast.
There are AirBnB properties which are quite lovely, with nice amenities, who want to make your stay delightful. By the same token, there are traditional B&Bs which are not necessarily immaculate, nor look just like their website, and you may find yourself wishing you had stayed home. You just have to do your homework to see what's best for your needs.