The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones. For homeowners or those with an extra room to spare, this often means that you will be hosting a guest in your home for the holidays. During this special time of year, it is especially important to make your guests feel at home.
Think about the best hospitality experience you have had in a hotel. What made it special? Usually, it is the small details: a smile at the front desk, a personalized note card left in the room, a chocolate left on a pillowcase, or indulgence toiletries neatly placed in the bathroom. These small, personalized touches leave a big impact.
While hosting someone in your home does not mean you are suddenly competing with a hospitality operation, it is a good move to take inspiration from these fine hotel establishments. By doing so, you will ensure that even the smallest touches are considered in advance. Your guests will take notice and be impressed. They will also cherish their time with you more, feeling welcomed and at home as your guests this holiday season.
Ensure that your guest bedroom space offers your guests a comfortable level of privacy. For most, this means a separate room with a door that locks. If you are very tight on space but have guests staying with you, consider investing in foldable privacy screens that can be set up as a movable barrier.
Next, you want to make sure your guest sleeps comfortably. Whenever possible, provide them with a bed and mattress, and not a blow-up mattress, or worse, a sleeping bag. Be courteous and offer your guest the bed for the holidays. After all, it is the season of giving.
Invest in a quality set of bed sheets. For the ultimate luxury, seek out 100% Egyptian cotton sheets. If you don’t know where to begin, check out our guide to bed sheets. Keep a consistent design within the space, and pay close attention to your color palette. The most impactful way to introduce color into a room is through your linens, whether the bed sheets or a comforter.
For those times when guests are thirsty, keep a pitcher of water and glasses by their bedside, or leave a note that it is ok for them to peruse your fridge in the middle of the night. Another nice touch would be to leave a small treat like a single, wrapped chocolate piece on the night table or noticeably on the pillowcase.
Lastly, make sure you write down your Wi-Fi password for your guests. If you really want to go above and beyond, provide numbers for car rentals, cabs, restaurants, grocery stores, cultural centers, houses of worship, and any other information that you think they would appreciate. If you are hosting a holiday party or going to an event you’d like them to join in, be sure to communicate that in advance.
To really make your holiday guests feel at home, consider leaving them a small basket or pouch filled with aromatic, luxury toiletries and bathroom essentials. Items like moisturizer, a toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup remover wipes, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, a razor, shaving cream, comb, and Chapstick are usually appreciated. Also, be sure to stock your bathroom with extra toilet paper and potpourri.
Place candles on the sink countertop to create a welcoming, calming light and scent. Stock up on fresh towels that match your color palette and leave them in a spot that makes it clear that your guest is to use those towels. If you haven’t already invested in a fluffy bath mat, now is the time to do it before your holiday guests arrive.
Also, include a hamper in the bathroom with a note or verbal instructions so guests know they are welcome to use your laundry while in town (that is as long as you have laundry facilities on premise). To make your guest bathroom really chic and comfortable, purchase waffle weave bathrobes and hang them on hangers in the bathroom. Add 2 pairs of inexpensive spa slippers as well to really enhance your guest’s experience.
The holidays can be a particularly busy and stressful time of year. This makes it easy for guests to leave something at home accidentally and forget to pack it. Keep some spare brand new plush socks, underwear, t-shirts, and pajamas on-hand in case your guest forgets something and starts to panic.
This will help alleviate their stress and really make them feel at home. Just be careful, and make sure they do not spread the word too much about how wonderful it was to stay by you for the holidays, or you might just find a line of strangers outside your door.