Create a Hotel Inspired Guest Room
If you have ever stayed overnight with relatives or friends, then you know how challenging it can be to get “settled” in the guest room. Hotel rooms have a way of making a guest feel welcome and comfortable, primarily because of their overall simplicity and attention to detail. A good way to make a guest feel welcome is to prepare for the guest’s arrival from their perspective by asking yourself what would make you feel more at home. You can use the same decorating principles that hotels use when creating a guest room in your own home.
It is important that you clean the guest room thoroughly before the guest arrives. By keeping the room uncluttered, you will allow your guests to use the space for their own belongings and uses. Although no guest expects that your guest room mattresses will rival those of the Ritz Carlton, they do expect that the mattresses they sleep on will provide them with a comfortable night’s sleep. The linens on your guest bed should be freshly changed before the guest arrives. If you haven’t touched the bed since last Christmas, now’s the time to put freshly laundered sheets, pillow cases, blankets, quilts, comforters, or other bedding on the bed. In addition to the bed and nightstand, add a few useful pieces of furniture that will make your guest’s stay more enjoyable. A small table or desk will give your guest a place to write or work, and a loveseat or chair will give them a place to relax.