Must-Have Amenities

Comfortable leather chair with coffeeAll amenities are important, but some more so than others. Every guest is different with different needs, so the more you provide, the greater chance you have to make everyone happy.

But if you’re just starting out and are wondering where to start, I’ve created a short list.

1. Coffeemaker and tea kettle
Mornings are a big deal to some people, myself included. While coffee and tea did not make my “must-have” list, the coffeemaker and tea kettle did. If you’re wondering why coffee and tea didn’t make my short list, it’s because people can bring their own if they plan ahead. But people can’t easily bring a coffeemaker and way to heat up water. The coffeemaker needs to be normal size and should be easy to use. If it isn’t a drip type, clearly written instructions on how to use it must be provided. And for the tea and hot chocolate drinkers, a way to heat up water is also essential. As far as coffee and tea go, communication should be very clear as to whether they are provided. In addition, if only enough coffee is provided for 1 or 2 cups of coffee, that should be communicated as well.
2. Real mugs
Not made of styrofoam, plastic or paper. They should be normal size mugs.
3. Warmth
This may not be so obvious to some, especially to those whose internal temperature normally runs warmer than others. But do ensure that your guests have the ability to stay warm. I have had some people come visit from warm regions that crank the heat much higher than I would ever have thought was comfortable. Providing thick blankets to wrap up in is a nice touch.
4. Iron and ironing board
I have been surprised to learn how many people iron their clothes, since I avoid ironing as much as possible. Keep in mind that some of your guests will be coming for weddings, job interviews and other fancy events. If you have a cabin in the woods, maybe you can get away with not providing this.
5. Hair dryer
Even if you have a cabin in the woods, you need this. Women want to look nice.

So there’s my short list. You might have expected wifi and television to be on this list. But sometimes people want to disconnect, and not having these 2 amenities can be an asset. That being said, if you don’t have wifi or television, be sure your guests are aware of this before they book.

There are so many other great amenities to provide along with these 5, but that’s for another post.

I’d love to hear from other guesthouse owners what amenities would make their short list. Thanks for reading.

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