Give Them the Lay of the Land
The vacation vibe starts for your guests the moment they walk in your door. To help them settle in and feel more comfortable, take time to show them around. Tell them where the water glasses are; give them a quick tour of your TV remote. If you anticipate their needs and make them feel at home from the start, they won’t feel like they’re bothering you for every little thing.
Develop a Great Bedside Manner
Preparing a bedside tray with a few thoughtful items is a beautiful touch. It doesn’t have to be elaborate: a water carafe and glass, a simple floral arrangement, and perhaps some individually wrapped chocolates will make any guest feel extra special.
Offer Tips for an Insider's Tour
No one knows your city or town better than you, so why not hone your concierge skills? Give your guests the tools they'll need to go out and explore: an extra set of keys, a map, brochures of area attractions and a handwritten note about some of your favorite haunts.
Provide Some Storage Space
Make it easy for your guests to unpack their belongings without feeling as though they are disrupting your natural order. Dedicate a drawer or two for just your guests, along with some empty closet space and some good-quality hangers.
Keep Them Comfortable
If there’s a bit of a chill in the air or if your guest needs some additional back support, an extra pillow or blanket can come in handy. If you don’t have enough closet space to store these items, a large basket or vintage trunk at the foot of the bed will make them readily available.
Late-Night Snack Attack
We all have those moments when we crave a midnight snack, but your guests may not feel comfortable raiding your fridge to get it. Take the guesswork out of the goodie hunt and pack a basket of nonperishables right in their room. Granola or nuts, fruit, and something for their sweet tooth will take the edge off their hunger—without the exorbitant charges of a hotel minibar.
Guest Bath Basics
The guest bathroom is just as important as the guest bedroom: It should be clean, welcoming, and stocked with the essentials. Include a bar of wrapped soap and a clean glass by the sink, and perhaps a small basket of sample-size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and toothpaste. Finally, fold or neatly hang hand and bath towels to make it clear to guests that those towels are just for them.
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You’ll be a real hero if you can remember things your guests are likely to have forgotten. A small stash of the necessities, such as hairspray, a disposable razor, and pain reliever, will not only be convenient, but will also make the accommodations seem truly first-class. If you want to make a luxe impression, include a robe and a fresh pair of slippers for padding around the bed and bath.
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Offer in-room entertainment for your guests with a television equipped with a DVD player and a selection of classic movies. For guests who prefer unplugged downtime, provide a few books and magazines, along with a bedside lamp or portable reading light.
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And for the Kids...
If you have children visiting, there are easy ways to extend a warm welcome to your smaller guests too. A new coloring book, crayons, stickers, or a small puzzle will go a long way in making a child feel special. Add some kid-approved snacks (make sure you check with the parents in case of any allergies) and a selection of books and videos for them to enjoy.
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