Post # 1
We might be moving soon and I’m daydreaming!
Our new space will have 3 times the space of our current place, including a guest room.
I’m THRILLED at the prospect of having a place friends can stay when they are in town and want to make it the coziest experience!
What are little touches you’d include to make a guest feel welcome?
-variety of pillows (soft/firm)
Post # 3
@oracle: Extra blanket in case they get cold. Box of tissues… We also have spare slip-on slippers because our house has a flagstone floor 🙂
Post # 4
Some of our family friends have a guest bedroom, and they always have a lot of friends that pass by. So they keep a guest book on the dresser. One with enough space for people to write sweet comments about their stay! Get one that has name, address, date, and comments section. Super cool idea…they have had it for years. 🙂 It is fun to look through!
Their room also has a luggage rack (just a foldable cradle thing to sit beside the bed) which is super helpful.
Not something to leave in the room…but she always puts a locally made chocolate bar on the pillow before the guest arrives, with a sweet note. She is such a good hostess!
Also make sure there is a full-length mirror, maybe on the door.
An iPhone charger or dock would also be helpful since most people have those.
Post # 5
-Some extra hangers/space to hang clothes–When I travel I don’t always enjoy jamming my stuff into a suitcase–I like to keep them hanging up! However some places we have gone don’t have anywhere to put them when we are staying! So that’d be nice.
-Some extra toiletries. When we travel I almost always take the little mini shampoo/conditioner and body wash! Is that tacky? Lol
-Stock up on some extra snacks or bottled water & put them in the room. Some friends we stayed with a while back did this and I loved it! We had a midnight snack and water and didn’t have to go rooting through their kitchen if we were hungry/thirsty at night.
Post # 6
In addition to all of the other great ideas, I think it’s lovely when a host takes time to put flowers in a vase on the nightstand. It’s so thoughtful and adds such charm to a room!
Post # 7
In addition to what PPs have suggested I think wallart is a good idea, but I would stay away from anything that has people on them. I generally feel uncomfortable sleeping in a different bed than my own and it’s worse when there’s pictures of people around me lol.
Post # 8
A digital clock on the nightstand or dresser. One of my pet peeves is staying at someone’s house and having to get out of bed or turn the lights on to see what time it is.
Post # 9
Definitely put some extra toiletries in there (if there’s a guest bathroom, put them in there). Like a PP said, I always take little shampoos and conditioners and soap from hotels to stock up my extra bathroom with!
Towels are important, and make sure you put some wash cloths in there, too! Lots of people forget this! Also, make sure there is somewhere for guests to hang their towels when they are done using them! Everytime we go to my SO’s parents house, we always laugh because there’s nowhere to put our wet towels to dry! We obviously don’t want them just bunched up damp on the floor (gross) so we always end up hanging them on the door knobs.
Extra blankets! I’ve been to so many people’s houses where I just freeze my ass off because there are no extra blankets.
And for God’s sake, get good pillows! I absolutely HATE it when I sleep over at someone’s house and they have just 1 or 2 flat, hard, uncomfortable pillows. I have 4 on the extra bed (2 in pillow cases, 2 in pillow shams) and make them all different! Everyone likes different kinds of pillows, so this way thye get to choose which is most comfortable for them!
Alarm clock, or at least some sort of clock.
Floor length mirror!
Post # 10
Carafe for water. Would love a desk and some paper/pens in case work needs to be done.
Post # 11
I was on a traveling retreat team for a year AGES ago. That meant staying in a different house almost every night for 9 months. PPs have mentioned a lot of things I appreciated: digital clock, extra blankets, toiletries (this one house had a basket in the guest bath that they’d just toss samples they got in the mail into. It was awesome), pain killers/pepto, paperback books (in case they have trouble falling asleep. leave ones you don’t care if they take), water.
An extra special thing I loved was this one house that put a couple stamped postcards in the room! So awesome.
Post # 12
Definitely a clock…and maybe somewhere to hang some clothes….
Although in my guest room, I have added a luggage rack, desk, tv with dvd player/dvds, full length mirror, extra blanket, and pretty comfy bedding. In the guest bathroom, I have guest towels and washclothes, hair dryer, shampoo/conditioner/body wash in the tub, and dixie cup dispenser for water.
Post # 13
LOVE these ideas!
I especially liked hearing what you appreciated as a guest 🙂
There is a guest bathroom, so I can keep it fully stocked, etc.
Post # 15
My mother stays in our guest room a lot. She appreciates that I have a lightlight in the guest room AND the guest bathroom. It’s tough trying to maneuver to the bathroom at 3am when the house is unfamiliar.
Post # 16
@lightmist: YES It’s a big disappointment when I have to sleep somewhere and there is no tv. I am so used to falling asleep with the sound of a tv in the background that it’s hard to without it.