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Big holiday celebrations often bring out of town guests. Whether you have a dedicated guest room or have to get creative when accommodating overnight guests, it is always a good idea to put some thought into making their stay comfortable. Small details and kindnesses can make all the difference for weary travelers. Here are a few ideas to welcome your guests and shower them with hospitality during their stay. No need to implement all of these suggestions. After all, you probably want them to head home at some point.
Guest Room Hospitality Ideas
- A special touch like fresh flowers, chocolates, or mints will let your guests know how much you have been looking forward to hosting them.
- Provide a basket of travel size toiletry items in case they forgot any of the essentials - tooth brush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap.
- Have an extra charger or docking station on hand for guests to use. Also, an extension cord or power strip might be useful.
- Place a diffuser in the guest area with a few of your favorite oils or blends for them to try. Lavender or another sleep promoting oils can help guests fall asleep while adjusting to their new surroundings. Our custom Fresh Zest Diffuser Blend promotes and uplifted and peaceful mood.
- Place a bottle of water or two in the guest room to avoid treks to the kitchen during the night in case someone gets thirsty. This gesture is also considerate of guests that may take medications before bed or upon waking.
- Make sure important information like alarm codes and wifi passwords are available for your guests. You can print up cards with the information or even write it on a small chalkboard or whiteboard placed in the guest room.
- If you have a spare key or garage door opener, offer them to your guest during their stay.
- Place a laundry hamper in your guest room or area. It is so nice to have a designated place for your dirty clothes and towels. You can use a pop up hamper to conserve space when you do not have guests staying.
- If your guests will be exploring the area, provide them with information about some of your favorite local attractions, destinations, and restaurants.
- Clear at least some drawer and closet space for your guests. You don't need to provide an entire closet or dresser, but a place to unpack at least a few items is usually welcomed.
- Provide a small lamp on the nightstand if possible. Having a nearby light source can be helpful if you are unfamiliar with light switch locations and you need to get up during the night. A small flashlight or book light is a alternative when a lamp is not an option.
- Place a small alarm clock in the guest room. Yes, most of us have phones that we can check for the time, but when I still love to have a clock in my room to see the time at a glance especially if I wake up in the middle of the night.
- Provide access to small appliances like irons and blow dryers. You can even let your guest know you have them available in advance so they do not have to pack these sometimes bulky or heavy items.
- Have an extra blanket available in case your guests get cold during the night. You don't want them to spend a night shivering and they likely don't want to wake you to ask for a blanket.
- Neatly fold bath, hand, and face towels and place them in the guest room. As someone with a lot of hair that requires it's own towel, I recommend providing two bath towels if possible.
- Put together a gift bag or box with a few snacks. Local and healthy options are often welcome to travelers tired of the less then desirable options sometimes found while on the road.
- Create a custom room spray for your guests. Let them take it home along with the recipe so they can have a reminder of the time they spent in your home. Try our Gathered Room Spray.