No Guess Work for Guest Rooms
Whether your guest room is small or large there and many thing you can do to make the space feel comfortable, inviting and private..
A good way to start is to think about what amenities you found in a hotel or motel room that made you feel special or which made the room more
pleasant. Try to incorporate as many as you can. Think about the various things your guests will need throughout their stay. Make sure you have all of these things
placed in the room in advance so that they don't have to ask you for any of them. Most people feel uncomfortable having to request things like an alarm clock, towels,
soap, tissue or hand cream.
I also suggest that you remove all personal items from the room so that your guests don't feel like they are intruding on your personal space. If the room is pretty
generic, they will feel more comfortable and view the room as a guest room and not as a room a family member has had to vacate simply because they are there.
The goal is to try to make the whole experience as pleasant as possible for the guest. They should be made to feel it is a "home away from home".
Keep access to various parts of the room open. Add additional towels, blankets and other amenities whenever possible. Don't skimp. Be generous.
Add colorful, crisp and attractive bed linens that are fresh and clean.
Make sure all drawers are empty and lined with pretty, scented paper. Place plenty of hangars in the closets. A luggage stand will be perfect for
those people who prefer to live out of their suitcase. Make sure all surfaces are clean and reasonably empty so they have plenty of space to set out their personal
A decorative tray on the dresser top or other table will be a logical place for your guest to place keys, jewelry and other small items so they will be
Be sure there is a mirror in the room, floor length if possible.
It's also nice to make available a new toothbrush and toothpaste for each guest, a bottle of shampoo and a bottle of conditioner, some hand lotion
in a basket or other container and some cologne.
If guests are sharing a bathroom with other guests or members of your family, make sure you use liquid soap or provide plenty of small travel bars
so that guests can use their own private bar of soap. You can also store extra tissue, soap and towels in the vanity.
Electronic equipment such as an alarm clock, a reading lamp, a radio and a nightlight will be appreciated by your guests. If the room also has a TV,
give them a current TV listing and remote to go with it.
Place a small stack of good books on a table. Collect some travel brochures from the area to include as well, such as sightseeing brochures and
fun places to shop and go for entertainment.
Place a bouquet of fresh cut flowers in the room. Other live plants will be a welcomed addition as well.
Consider a few bottles of spring water, glasses and a tray placed on a table near the bed.
To really make them feel special, leave a welcome note, some fresh mints and a flower on the pillow.
A warm robe or two hanging in the closet with some slippers on the floor would be nice during colder months. An electric blanket will be much
If the room is large enough, place a comfortable easy chair in the room so your guests don't have to sit on the bed.
Buy or make some stationery to place near the bed with a pen and envelopes.
For guests that plan to be there a while, give them a spare key. If you have an alarm, be sure to instruct them on how to activate it and how to deactivate it.
Take your guests to your kitchen and show them how to get coffee, tea, breakfast, snacks and other goodies. Many people are early risers or
love a midnight snack. Make it easy for them to help themselves.
Remember, it doesn't take much to ensure your guests feel totally welcome and appreciated. The more comfortable you make them, the more they will enjoy visiting
you and speak well of their visit when they leave.
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