It's always a pleasure to be able to entertain a guest.
Besides the obvious wonderful feeling that a visit from an old friend or family
member brings, there is also a chance to show off our hosting skills and make
sure that our visitor is comfortable and happy. But our guests, being grateful
for our hospitality, are often hesitant to make what might be perceived as
critical comments regarding their stay. They save our feelings, but don't let us
know about things we could improve on in our guest room. So how can we know for
sure if our guests enjoyed their stay, were comfortable, and had everything
they needed? Well, we might never know for sure unless we can convince them to
talk, but there are some things we can do to spruce up the guest bedroom and
make the chances higher that they will be very comfortable.
1. Make sure your guest doesn't have to roam around your
unfamiliar house at night, in the dark, if they get hungry or thirsty. Leave a bowl
of fresh fruit or other snacks such as granola bars or individually wrapped
cookies nearby, and make sure to leave a pitcher of water and a glass as well,
so they don't have to leave their room to get a midnight snack. Or, if you
really want to make the room high-class, include a small refrigerator stocked
with a couple of different drink options and maybe even the ingredients to make
sandwiches. Your guests will appreciate the easy access to something to nosh on
without having to bother you or risking waking up the whole house.
2. Leave small lights near the bed. Include either a lamp or
nightlight within reach from the bed where your guest will be sleeping. Once
they turn out the overhead or main light, they don't know where they're going!
Leaving a lamp or night light on will help avoid the incredible pain of stubbed
toes or knocked knees.
3. Avoid large bouquets in the guest room. While they're
very pretty and atmospheric, sometimes it's difficult to know if your guest
will have allergies, plus such bouquets take up space that your guest might
want for things like their cell phone, car keys, wallet, and other odds and
ends. Go for a small bud vase, or even silk flowers to avoid allergy issues,
and make sure your guest has plenty of surface space to leave small valuables
within easy reach.
4. Make sure your guest can get to the bathroom easily. This
is especially important if there is not a bathroom attached to the guest room.
If the bathroom is attached, make sure to leave a night light on inside so your
guest can get there even in the dead of night. If they have to travel the hallways to get there, make
sure to show them where the nearest bathroom is and line the walkway to it with
nightlights so they can get there if they need to.
5. Let your guest control when they wake up. Including
blackout curtains in the guest room will make sure that the sun's first light
doesn't disturb your guest, and providing an easily programmed alarm clock will
make sure they can get up exactly when they want to, and not a moment before.
6. Make sure your guest can control the temperature of the
room or the bed. Provide bedding that allows for being cool or being warm. This
can be easily achieved by providing a good set of sheets, a thin coverlet, and
a down comforter. This way, your guest can add or remove blankets as they see
fit. It's also a good idea to provide a small fan near the bed. Guests can turn
it on or off as they please for the temperature, and many people also find the
noise soothing at night.
7. Make sure there
are plenty of outlets. These days you can be sure that your guest will have a
cell phone, at the very least. They may also bring along their laptop, their
electric razor, their toothbrush charger, and any number of other things that
they're going to need to plug in. Make sure there is a clearly visible outlet
in the guest room, and put a power strip in it. This way, your guest is sure to
have plenty of outlets, and they won't have to crawl around the floor to find
8. Unless your guest expressly informs you that they would
just love to have your enormous German Shepherd share the bed with them, keep
your pets out of the guest room. Crate them for the evening, put them in a
separate part of the house, or even send them to the kennel until your guest is
leaving. There is nothing, and I mean nothing,
more maddening to a guest than having to deal with your dog's barking or
your cat's desire to make a bed out of your guest's head at 3:00 AM. The pet
behaviors that you think are cute, or that you are just used to, can make
staying with you a nightmare if your guests are not as pet friendly as you -
and even if they are.
9. Ask your guest ahead of time what kind of foods they
like; this is particularly important if your guest is staying for a long duration
or if they have any special dietary needs. While you might not be providing
every meal your guest eats, it is reasonable to expect that they will be eating
with you during their stay more often than not. Make sure there are things they
can cook and snack on that fit with their needs and that they will enjoy. The
same goes for drinks. You might love soda, but your guest might be a hard-core
tea-lover. Don't drink coffee in the mornings? Your guest might (and they might
be a bear without that first cup in the morning), make sure they have the
things they would have at home to get their day running smoothly and keep it
These simple tips will go a long way to making sure your
guest can make things as much like home as possible while they stay with you.
They may be small details, and may not even be noticed - as long as things run
smoothly - but without them, your guest's aggravation and irritation may become
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