When you are housing guests, a few simple tricks will help them feel right at home, no matter how far they have traveled. Follow these tips, and you'll make any guest's time in your home both restful and unforgettable.
Fresh linens: New, soft sheets make anyone feel like royalty and are always appreciated by house guests. Also, remember to keep your guests cozy year round. A fleece blanket is perfect in the cooler winter months and a light cotton cover is ideal in the warmer summer months.
The perfect bed: There may be nothing better when you are traveling than a comfortable bed; sometimes the best thing is a simple good night's sleep. The good news is that you can provide your guests a luxurious bed without replacing the mattress. A memory foam topper is a great addition to any mattress, even those that are worn but still functional.
Personal space: Neither guests nor hosts want to spend every minute engaged in activities; sometimes guests just want to have some time to themselves. Add a comfortable arm chair and maybe an ottoman to the guest room to create a cozy place to relax. Place your favorite books or magazines out as well, so your guests will have something to browse.
Lighten it up: A small lamp by the bed can make all the difference. Your guests are able to read at night, and it allows them to turn a light on or off without having to get out of bed. A night light in the bathroom is also a great idea: It's always nice to have a bit of light in the middle of the night when you are in an unknown place.
A home away from home: Whether they are staying overnight or for a longer trip, a small writing desk or table will help your guests feel at home. A desk is the perfect place for them to write letters or postcards to those back at home. You can even keep a laptop or television there, so your guests can access the Internet or watch TV as they like.
Five-star treatment: What guest wouldn't love to walk into a room to find a fluffy robe and disposable slippers sitting out and ready for their use? Most people don't even think about packing these items and would appreciate finding them at their destination.
The finishing touch: A simple accent like a vase of fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit adds a charming finishing touch to any guest room. Add a carafe of water and a glass to the nightstand, so your guest doesn't have to fumble in the dark for a midnight drink. A small bottle of lotion in the bathroom or a cookie or mint on the pillow may seem like small, if not insignificant, details, but any traveler will welcome the thought.