At our last house, overnight guests were relegated to sleep in Star Wars sheets in Stepson’s room on a tiny bed. Needless to say, other than Grandma coming to visit, we didn’t entertain overnight guests.
[picture from Mr. Google]
When we moved, I vowed to not only have a guest room, but also to make it comfortable and hotel-worthy for our overnight visitors. Living just outside the Nation’s Capitol, we’ve already hosted quite a few friends and family in the new homestead.
Here’s 11 special touches to help make your overnight guests more comfortable.
1. Temperature. Our guest suite is downstairs, which is always a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house. We added an electric mattress pad to the guest bed and a few extra blankets in easy reach. Be mindful of the location of your guest room, how its temperature differs from the rest of the house, and provide accommodations accordingly.
2. Lots of towels. Big, fluffly, and easily accessible towels. Towels in the bedroom. Towels in the bathroom. Different color or style towels are nice so each member of the visiting family can tell theirs apart.
3. Random, extra bath and hygiene products. This is actually a diaper holder I found at Pottery Barn Baby and had monogrammed so that guests know beyond a shadow of a doubt it is for their use. (I know, right!?!?!) I try and keep it organized so they aren’t fishing for what they need.
4. Real bath supplies. Real shampoo, conditioner, bath wash, and scrubbies. I keep the tag on the scrubbie so they know it’s not been used, and it can be tossed after they leave. We also have wash cloths, but it’s always nice to have a fresh scrubbie and for $1.00-$1.50 it’s a small price to pay for a special touch.
5. Hair dryer, curling iron, and space for their shower kit and personal items in the bathroom. Remember this quick and easy DIY project?
The basket is actually a silverware caddy I found at a yard sale. I know, right?!?!?!
5. Magazines. This is an easy one. We recycle them for our guests.
6. Local information. Either magazines, books, sightseeing guides, etc.
7. This is my favorite. I found an open armoire for guests to use. Lots of hangers and open storage keeps their belongings close and in sight. Think about it… the last time you were in a hotel… how many of you actually unpacked your clothes and put them in a dresser?
8. Place for a suitcase. We re-used an old military footlocker. It goes with the theme of the room and more on that in a later post. And since we have hardwood floors, I added a simple Dhurrie for our guests to step out of bed and not on a cold floor.
9. Wi-fi passcode is placed on a card so our guests can use their iPad, Kindle, or whatever to get online.
10. Bathrobes and sweatshirts. Hanging up and washed after each use.
11. Water, snacks, and a journal to capture their favorite memories from the visit.
The DIY Tutorial:
Of course all of the basics too – light by the bed, alarm clock, fresh flowers, etc, etc.
Love, hugs, and stay tuned for Part 2 – How To Get Rid Of OverNight Guests!