We are striving to become a TrueGuest Hotel but are struggling to get our team to introduce themselves to guests. In what situations should we require our team to introduce themselves?
Great question, thanks! This is one area where hotels often have a difficult time teaching their employees to become comfortable with introductions. Here are the situations that we like to see employees provide an introduction:
When the guest first arrives at the hotel, the very first employee the guest sees should welcome the guest and introduce themselves. In most cases, the first employee a guest encounters is the doorman or valet attendant who greets them at the car. It is very critical for that employee to come over, open the door, and greet the guest with a welcoming smile. Then it is easy to work an introduction into the conversation. You can simply say ‘welcome to our resort, my name is John and I will help get you settled into the hotel’. This introduction is important because John is going to need to obtain the guest’s name to pass along to the GSA.
During any interaction that will last longer than a minute or two or where follow-up may be required. For instance, if you are a Concierge, you should introduce yourself and obtain the guest’s name immediately since you will most likely be working on a task that requires follow-up. Bellman who helps upon arrival should always give a good introduction since they will be spending quite a bit of time telling the guest about the hotel amenities on the way to the room. Restaurant servers and bartenders should also give an introduction during the start of their service. Continue reading →
I am the In-Room Dining Manager of a large hotel. Our In-Room Dining sales have really dropped over the last year. Our service scores are also suffering. Where do a start?
Great question! Many hotels are reporting a drastic decrease in F&B sales per occupied room. The In-Room Dining sales have taken the biggest hit during these tough times. Guests are really cutting back on the more expensive amenities of the hotels and room service is usually at the top. Here are our recommendations:
1. Revisit your menu and specifically your menu prices. Many hotels dramatically increased their room service menu prices over the restaurant prices. We recommend that the prices are similar, especially if your hotel is near many other restaurants… especially if they are within walking distance. Guests typically look at the room service prices and assume they are the same as in the restaurant. If a guest feels they are too high, you have lost them as a customer in both room service and the restaurant. Guests will grab breakfast from a quick mart and eat dinner at the restaurant next door.