Hosting Guests- Five Star Treatment

Most people love staying at hotels because of the little luxuries. The tips below will help you offer your guests the five star treatment hotels offer, without the price tag.

Fresh Towels

Fresh New Towels

Launder towels for your guests and leave them in their bedroom folded on the bed or dresser. If your towels could use some updating, consider going to Ikea or bed bath and beyond and picking up a few fluffy white towels.

Fresh Sheets

Clean Bedsheets

Launder bedroom sheets before your guests arrive. If your sheets are badly out of date, consider getting an inexpensive new set from Ikea or Amazon.

Fresh Coffee And Tea

Fresh Coffee

It is always a good idea to have coffee on hand. Whether you have an instant coffee pod maker or a regular coffee maker, be sure to have the coffee readily available on the countertop in the kitchen.

Be sure to have cream, milk and sugar available.

Have a tea selection available too.

You can consider putting together a small basket of coffee and tea for your guests in their bedroom with a note that the maker or kettle is in the kitchen if you do not have an extra one for their bedroom.

Fresh Orange Juice

Fresh Orange Juice

Most grocery stores offer freshly squeezed orange juice. This expires quickly so only purchase right before a guest arrives

Bagels and Croissants

Breakfast foods

Consider a continental style breakfast for your guests. Depending on the number, you may be wise to go to Costco to pick up these items as they are tasty for a fraction of the price. Otherwise, go to your local bakery or coffee shop to purchase some freshly made breakfast items

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

This is so frequently forgotten that most high end hotels simply keep it in the bathrooms now. You likely have spare toothbrushes and toothpaste from a dentist visit, otherwise, go to your local pharmacy for a travel size set and keep it in the guest room on the dresser or bedside table

Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Lotion


Purchase travel size bottles and keep them alongside the toothbrush and toothpaste. It is always nice to have an option for different toiletries, and most people simply prefer to buy on arrival – this is one less thing for your guests to worry about.

Extra Hair Dryer

Hair Dryer

Keep an extra hair dryer available or advise your guests where your hair dryer is. These are bulky and most people avoid travelling with them

Books and Magazines

Reading Material

Consider your guest and offer some reading material for their bedroom. A glossy magazine is a nice touch. You can also offer a book – a long time bestseller is usually a good option. This will help your guest unwind and potentially help them settle in and fall asleep in a bed that is not their own.

Bedside Flowers


Consider a small vase with a small fresh bouquet. The room will smell lovely and will offer a relaxing atmosphere for your guests.



I would like to offer a warning about the above list: you may pamper your guest so much that he or she decides to become a permanent resident in your home!

Happy hosting.

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