With the festive season approaching, the preparation always becomes a little more intense than at other times of the year and more and more of us will be making room for guests.
You may be hosting extended family, friends from abroad or just the odd mate who has a bit too much to drink at the party and beds down for the night!
What can you do to make sure those planned or last-minute guests feel comfortable staying in your home? There are always things you can do to ensure your guests have a great visit, from the smallest details to the more obvious. So I thought today we can talk about truly making your guests walk away feeling like they’ve just received the VIP treatment without having to spend a lot of money or time.
Of course, my tips works particularly well if you have a dedicated guest bedroom or if you have a multi-use space that operates as a guest bedroom but most of these tips can be applied even if it’s just a pull out sofa for the night!
Fresh Bedding and Towels
First up, the most obvious… You should always have a set of crisp, clean, good-quality sheets at the ready for last minute guests. Having quality bedding always lends itself to a great night’s sleep so make sure your guests are getting the VIP treatment with a high-quality thread count. As with all bedding, always buy the best you can afford.
Have an extra blanket folded at the end of the bed in case they get a bit chilly in the night, too. A great looking throw will always give your space a luxurious finish.
A set of clean towels (preferably a matching set!) is also a given. Be sure to include at least one bath sheet, a hand towel and a face towel for each guest and leave them folded on the bed.
Want to go the extra mile? Consider leaving a fresh bathrobe and new slippers for each guest (always in crisp, clean white!) for a real taste of luxury.
A fresh pitcher or carafe of water at the bedside table will quench your guest’s thirst so be sure to refill it with fresh water for every night they stay. You can even set up a small electric kettle with a selection of tea or coffee in the room so guests can easily help themselves in the morning.
Fresh flowers always set the scene in any room so a small vase of inexpensive blooms on a bedside table or a side table creates a lively welcoming atmosphere. Be sure to change them if they start to droop a bit during a longer stay.
Want to go the extra mile? A small bowl of chocolates or sweets will create a luxury hotel feel without a lot of effort.
Anticipate Their Needs
Consider a small box of travel toiletries just in case your guests have forgotten something – shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturiser. A new toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste along with a disposable razor is always helpful, too.
Leave a selection of books and magazines you think your guests might enjoy in the room as well. If they are staying for a longer period, include a map of the area and highlight any great sightseeing spots they might want to take in during their visit or restaurants you would recommend.
Want to go the extra mile? Consider including some luxury bath products to up the 5-star factor!
A Little Free Space
Leave some room on a hanging rail or in a wardrobe to allow guests to hang their clothing. You can also clear out a drawer if there’s one available in the space. Of course, you’ll want to let your guests know these areas are there waiting for their items.
On the bedside table, a small empty bowl is always great to corral any jewellery or a watch for guests to remove and not lose track of during their stay.
Access to Wi-Fi and Device Charging
It’s always helpful to have a free plug socket somewhere in the space (preferably near the bed) to allow your guests to plug in and recharge their phone or tablet overnight. Don’t forget to share your Wi-Fi password too!
It’s the little things that clearly add up to a great stay in your home so make sure your guests feel welcome with these little tips! Is there anything you would add to create a luxury stay in your own home?
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.