When guests come for an overnight visit, it can be an enjoyable but sometimes frustrating experience for both the visitor and the host. New or interrupted routines, awkward midnight bathroom excursions and all kinds of tomfoolery can ensue. If you want to give your guests a 5 star experience that would make any Airbnb host jealous, follow these tips to be the hostess with the mostess.
Stock Up on Bathroom Essentials
We’ve all gone on a trip and forgotten one thing, or two things, or a whole bunch of things! Prepping for a trip is stressful and it’s easy to leave a few essentials at home. Get guest ready with a quick trip to the store and pick up items your guests may have left behind. The obvious item is a toothbrush. Honestly though, there is never a time when you shouldn’t have a few extra toothbrushes in your medicine cabinet.
You should also grab some hotel staples to step up your game. A nice new bottle of lotion, shampoo and conditioner should absolutely make the list. If the Best Western can do it, you can, too. This is especially important if they’re using a different bathroom from you and can’t dip into your supply. Floss, soap, and two fresh towels per guest per night are also a nice touch.
Food & Drink, The Proper Way to Self-Serve
Let’s face it, telling your overnight guests to just “help themselves” is always a recipe for disaster. No matter how close you are to that person, they will always feel awkward rummaging through your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. Having cocktail mixers or wine easily accessible on a bar cart is a posh way to let your guests know they’re free to make their own.
Even if you’re not making dinner, it’s a good idea to leave snacks out so your guests can just reach for the bowl, instead of needing to open every cabinet in the kitchen to find where you hid the chips. A nice cheese plate that you refresh from time to time is an extra step they’ll be sure to appreciate.
Clean sheets are an obvious must, of course, but there are plenty of other small touches you can add to your guest room to make anyone feel at home. A few magazines or books on the nightstand for light reading, a written copy of the wi-fi password and both Android, and Apple charges should all be added to your guest room. If you want to go an extra step, leave a couple of robes hanging in the closet. Your guest probably doesn’t want to get fully dressed just to use the bathroom, but neither of you want to bump into each other in your underwear in the middle of the night.
And for bonus points? Don’t forget to leave a mint on the pillow.