How To Make Your Guest Room Feel Like A Hotel
Hosting house guests can be fun, but you and your guests can enjoy the experience more when you have
a comfortable place for them to call a temporary home. If you’re looking to add a little more beauty to your
extra bedroom, here are a few ways to quickly and easily make the space comfy-cozy for guests.
Step 1: Clean Up Your Space
If you’re like most people, your “spare” room is likely
pressed into service as a combination guest room
and office, or maybe it’s often used as a playroom
or craft room. Even if you just use the closet and
shelves for overflow storage, you’ll need to take care
of any clutter before guests arrive. Make surfaces
available for unpacking and make sure that there’s
plenty of empty space on the hanging bar for your
guests’ clothing as well. Before your guests arrive,
give the room a good cleaning, check all the light
bulbs and air out the room if it seems stuffy.
Step 2: Provide Extra Linens
A good night’s sleep is usually enhanced with fresh,
clean sheets. To start, your guest bed should have a
fitted sheet, flat sheet, a blanket and a comforter or
duvet. It’s a good idea to provide at least one extra
blanket folded at the bottom of the bed. A spare
pillow for each guest is a thoughtful touch to give
them the option to sit up and read before bedtime.
For convenience, also provide a fresh, folded set of
towels for each guest. You can stack these neatly on
a dresser or desk where they won’t be missed. The
more you can anticipate their needs, the happier
your house guests will be.
Step 3: Going The Extra Mile
Your guests can be perfectly satisfied at step two,
but to really make your house feel like a special
retreat, try making up a basket of useful gift items to
welcome your guests into your home. You can pick
up a decorative bowl or basket at any local craft or
home goods store and fill it with soaps and lotions.
This can be unique to the guest if you have a local
soap maker to purchase from as a special souvenir.
Complete the bath basket with shampoo, conditioner
and perhaps a loofah or other bath scrub. Likewise,
you can fill a decorative cup or glass with fresh
toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash.
You can also help your guests have a comfortable
night by outfitting their bedside tables with water
bottles, a bookmark and a reading light. For a final
touch, place a night light in the guest room and
bathroom to help your guests find their way in dark
and unfamiliar surroundings.
Step 4: Add Entertainment
Though you’ll no doubt spend most of your time
together, it’s also wise to plan for some down
time. Consider leaving a stack of books or glossy
magazines in your guest room to browse through. It’s
also nice to include a local restaurant guide or a few
pamphlets about nearby attractions.
If you think about your house like a hotel, you can
type up a handy reference card for your guests,
too. Include details such as your Wi-Fi password,
important phone numbers, outlets to charge their
phones and anything else that would be useful for
your guests to know.
Step 5: Smart Guest Room Upgrades
For a five-star hotel level vibe, try shopping for these
convenient and comfortable pieces:
• A Full-Length Mirror: An over-the-door mirror
is easy to hang either inside or outside of your
• A Folding Luggage Rack: These will tuck away
easily when your guests are gone, but they make
all the difference for unpacking those heavy
• A Pillow Top Mattress: Instead of buying a new
mattress, a cushioned mattress pad or pillow
topper for your guest bed will feel heavenly after
a long plane trip or car ride and your guests will
drift to sleep in no time.
With these easy and considerate touches to your
guest bedroom, don’t be surprised when they make
plans to stay longer next time!