5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Room
It’s that time of year again, as our house becomes a local B&B for our out of town friends and family. Check out my top 5 list of basic southern hospitality to make your guests feel welcome.
Honestly traveling while fun can be hard, especially if choosing to stay with a family member or friend. For the guest they feel as if they are intruding into your private space, and for the hosts you feel like you need to be overly accommodating around your guests therefore it can be stressful on both parties. It is never an easy scenario to mix a bunch of people that may live completely different lives into one space. I have found implementing these little tips and tricks can make your guests feel comfortable.
1. The Welcome Wagon I like for the guest room to immediately feel welcoming. By providing a tray with a snack basket, water carafe, and a hand written thank you note for the visit as southern social graces dictate. This literally a page right out the elite five star hotel’s playbook. Sometimes I add fresh flowers to the tray depending on what is in season and or possibly a candle, that just depends on the guest.The snack basket is a fun twist on a mini bar, and will provide a snack for between meals or a late night snack after the hosts have gone to bed. There is nothing worse than getting the munchies and feeling weird about going into someone else’s kitchen. If your feeling extra decadent you can install a mini bar as seen in Mini Bar Amoire.I really love this sweet little water carafe. I have used in so many places it is ridiculous. I have used it to transport juice for breakfast in bed, in my bathroom to decant mouthwash in the a pretty vessel, and now in a guest room for water. 2.Dress the Bed I alway dress the bed in layers. It adds a touch of luxury to their experience. I like to use the finest thread count sheets, my favorite go too’s are the Hotel Sheets or Peacock Alley. and not everyone is acclimated to your homes temperature. My husband I run hot so we tend to keep the air on and the house on the cooler side. Let’s be honest, you can put on more layers if your cold, but running around naked if your hot is frowned upon. I chose to layer the bed for this reason sheets, a light weight comforter and a warm blanket at the foot of the bed. I also store a down comforter in the guest closet which easily can be added by your guest if they get cold. 3. Add in the Extras I keep extra pillows in the closet as well. A soft feather pillow and two hypoallergenic poly filled, one firm and one medium. This way your guest will have options in case the ones on the bed are not to their liking. Also you might notice that I have plenty of empty hangers, that way your guest can hang their clothes with out feeling like that have inconvenienced you to get hangers or worst yet have to move your stuff to make room for their’s.
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As you can see I also provided robes in the closet. This is a trick I take straight from all the fancy hotels. One of my favortie robes are the Signature Egyptian Cotton Couple’s Terry Spa Robes and St. Tropez Microfiber Spa Slippers. I find they really add a luxurious feeling for your guest, plus they wash up great between visits. Your guest utilize the robes in their travels from the bathroom, especial if you have a Jack and Jill bath or hallway bathroom. They are also super convenient to put over their pajamas for breakfast.
Designer Tip: If you robes include a free monogram, a super cute idea for the a guest room would be “Yours” and “Mine”. Which become a universal set of robes for anyone guest that stays with you. We did get a super cute set of Bride & Groom for our honeymoon that we still have to this day.
Signature Egyptian Cotton Couple’s Terry Spa Robes – $55.45
from: Luxor Linens, LLC
St. Tropez Microfiber Spa Slippers – $14.74
from: Luxor Linens, LLC
4. Stock the Bathroom Yes I am notorious for snagging extra little hotel soaps which I intern use in my own guest bath. I place a cute basket under the counter with the hotel soaps along with a few other conveniences you guest could have unexpectedly forgotten, like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and feminine products.
I also like to provide a hair drier, flat iron and curling iron, stored in a separate basket under the sink. This way your guest do not have to ask to borrow your personal ones. Also make sure that you have plenty of towels and wash clothes for the guest entire stay. Hampers for the soiled linens are also very helpful to keep either in the bathroom itself or or in the closet.
5. Entertainment and Technology I always provide periodicals for late night or early morning reading, especially if you guest room does not have a television. Keep in mind your guest maybe from a different timezone or have jet lag that can cause those sleepless nights. Have a periodical can provide light reading at there leisure to help them drift off to sleep. One last tip would be provide charging cables for their technology. I recommend leaving them in the nightstand drawer. Just a simple placed cable can give them internet freedom to keep their lives up and running. I also saw a really cute idea that one of my sweet neighbors had implemented, which was picture frame with the wifi password inside. This too could join the charging cables. I love these Metal Sylvia Night Stands by World Market they not only look really cool but provide tons of space for your guests to unpack their technology, socks, undies, and a great place to store jewelry just drop a cute dish or basket inside one of the drawers so you guests don’t misplace their value pieces.
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