How do you make your guests feel at home during the holiday when they are staying in your home?
One of the best things about the holidays is spending time with family and friends. But how do you make your guests feel at home when they are staying in yours? Since there’s not enough time to tackle a home remodeling project and design the perfect guest suite from the ground up before your holiday guests arrive, there are some simple things you can do to turn any extra bedroom (or a room that can double as one) into a five-star retreat. Here are some of our favorite tips:
Don’t skimp on bed linens. Break out the luxury sheets, pile on the pillows, and have an extra throw and blanket in an easily accessible (and visible) place. Most guests won’t complain about temperature if it’s a little too warm or cold, so make sure you prepare them for either.
The same applies to towels. Splurge for hotel quality and put out an extra set so guests don’t feel as if they have to conserve – particularly if they are staying for several days.
Think like a concierge.
What are some of those helpful things that you love when you are traveling? Whether that’s an extra toothbrush and toothpaste, luxury bath products, hair dryer and brush, or anything else that you can think of that you hate to forget when you travel, have it accessible and ready in the guest bathroom.
While some folks are quite content to read in bed, some won’t feel comfortable using the bed as seating. If space permits, consider a comfortable upholstered chair and ottoman and that doubles as extra seating so guests can chat with family members in their room.
While we love seeing guests, sometimes they need their space. Make certain their guest room has everything they need for a little alone time – whether that’s a TV, favorite books, magazines or whatever you know they enjoy doing.
Poor lighting while you are away from home is never good – particularly if you have to get up in the middle of the night. A bedside lamp will allow guests to read in bed, and a nightlight may prevent late night stumbles.
Don’t make your guests wander down to the kitchen for a late (or early) snack. Put some unexpected sweets (or healthy snacks) in a basket in their room, and stock it with bottled water and a few favorite beverages.
Technology is everywhere these days, but don’t assume that your guests automatically know how to use yours. Provide a “cheat sheet” that has everything from WIFI passwords to alarm codes to a quick TV/DVD remote guide as well as the names of any devices you have hooked up to smart tech.
With just a little thought, you can make your guests feel at home this holiday and beyond.