With the Christmas season nearly upon us, our thoughts at this time of year turn to welcoming both friends and family into our home. Staying in is the new going out after all, and besides, it’s probably a bit too cold or wet to spend time outdoors. So in they come for food and drink and we merrily welcome them with open arms. As a result, we may have more guests staying the night, whether it’s relatives from afar, visiting friends from abroad or just the odd mate who’s a bit too much at the Christmas drinks party and beds down for the night!
What can you do to make sure those planned or last minute guests feel comfortable 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. Of course, this all 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 these tips can still be applied even if it’s just a pull out sofa for the night! So, I thought today we can talk about making your guests feel like they’ve had all the comforts of a home away from home.
First up, the most obvious . You should always have a set of crisp, clean, good-quality sheets at the ready for last minute guests. Great bedding goes a long way towards great night’s sleep, so make sure your guests are getting the star treatment with a high-quality thread count. As with all bedding, 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 at the end of the bed always gives a space a luxurious finish.
A set of clean towels (preferably a matching set!) is a given. Be sure to include at least one bath sheet, a hand towel and a face towel for each guest.
Have a fresh pitcher or carafe of water at the bedside table to quench your guests thirst and be sure to refill it with fresh water for every night they stay. Want to go the extra mile? Consider a small tea or coffee station in the room so guests can help themselves in the morning.
It’s always helpful to have a free plug socket somewhere in the room (preferably near the bed) to allow your guests to plug in and recharge their phone overnight. And don’t forget to share your wi-fi password.
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 in any storage you may have and be sure to let your guests know it’s there waiting for their items.
Fresh flowers always set the scene in any room so a small vase of blooms on a bedside table creates a lovely, welcoming atmosphere. Be sure to change them out if they start to droop a bit during a longer stay.
On the bedside table, a small empty bowl is always great to corral any jewellery, watches or keys and make sure guests don’t lose track of them during their stay.
Consider a small box of travel toiletries just in case your guests have forgotten something e.g. shampoos, conditioners, body wash and moisturiser. A new toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste along with a small disposable razor is always helpful too. Want to go the extra mile? Consider including some luxury bath products to up the 5 Star factor!
Leave a selection of books and magazines that you think your guests might enjoy in the room as well. If they’re staying for a longer time period, you might want to also include a map of the area and highlight any great sightseeing spots they could take in during their visit, or restaurants you would recommend.
Consider leaving a fresh bathrobe and new slippers for each guest (always in crisp, clean white!) for a real taste of luxury.
And, for a final flourish, a small bowl of chocolates or sweets will create a luxury hotel feel without a lot of effort.
It’s the little things that add up to a great stay in your home, so make sure your guests feel welcome at all times with these little tips! Is there anything you would add to a luxury stay in your own home? I’d love to hear your ideas!