Guests typically expect a certain level of comfort and convenience when they stay overnight. Just think about what you like when you stay somewhere, then make sure you do the same at your home. For example, make sure you have a clean bathroom and make sure the sliding barn doors for bathrooms are sliding easily. Here are other things that guests may expect:
- Cleanliness: Guests expect the guest room and any shared spaces to be clean and tidy. This includes a freshly made bed with clean sheets, pillows, and blankets, as well as a vacuumed or swept floor.
- Comfort: Guests expect to have a comfortable place to sleep, with a good quality mattress, pillows, and blankets. A comfortable temperature in the room is also important and they should be able to control that with the thermostat or air conditioner/heater.
- Privacy: Guests expect to have a certain level of privacy during their stay, which can include a separate entrance, a lockable guest room door, and a private bathroom if possible.
- Amenities: Guests expect to have certain amenities available to them during their stay, such as a clock, a telephone, a small refrigerator, a coffee maker, and a hair dryer. Some might also expect internet access and Television, especially for a long stay.
- Safety: Guests expect to feel safe and secure during their stay, which includes having properly working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and a fire extinguisher in the guest room or nearby.
- Hospitality: Guests expect to be treated with hospitality, which can include a warm welcome, recommendations on things to do and places to eat, and a friendly attitude toward them.
- Check-in and check-out: Guests expect to have a clear and flexible policy regarding check-in and check-out times, and the ability to communicate with host promptly and easily.
By providing a comfortable and clean guest room, as well as a variety of amenities and a hospitable attitude, you can help ensure that your guests have a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
Creating the perfect guest bedroom involves a combination of practicality and comfort. Here are some key elements to consider when designing a guest bedroom:
- Bed: The bed is the most important piece of furniture in a guest bedroom. Make sure to choose a comfortable mattress, with a good balance of firmness and softness. Provide plenty of pillows and blankets for guests to use. Consider also the bed size, twin or queen are the most common choice.
- Storage: Guests will need somewhere to store their belongings, so provide a dresser or armoire with ample space for them to unpack. You can also consider adding a luggage rack or a bench at the foot of the bed for guests to use.
- Lighting: Good lighting is essential for a comfortable guest bedroom. Provide a combination of overhead lighting and lamps for ambient and task lighting. Make sure there is a lamp on the nightstand for reading.
- Windows: Windows provide natural light and fresh air. Make sure that your guest bedroom has windows that can be opened, and that they are equipped with window treatments like curtains or blinds for privacy.
- Decor: The decor should be pleasing to the eye and create a relaxing atmosphere. Choose colors, patterns, and textures that make you feel calm and serene. You can also consider adding a few personal touches, like family photos or artwork, to make the room feel more welcoming.
- Amenities: Provide guests with amenities that will make them feel at home. Some examples include a clock, a telephone, a small refrigerator, and a coffee maker. You can also consider adding a small television or a Bluetooth speaker for guests to use.
- Climate Control: Make sure your guest room is comfortable temperature-wise by providing a thermostat or a portable heater/air conditioner.
- Cleanliness: A guest room should be clean and tidy at all times, so make sure to regularly change the sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, and to vacuum or sweep the floor.
- Safety: Keep the guest room safe by installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and ensure that the room has a fire extinguisher.
- Privacy: To make your guests feel comfortable, make sure the room has a lock that works properly. If possible, also consider providing a separate entrance and/or a private bathroom for guests to use.