1 of 8
Costwise, there's no denying that hosting your loved ones in your own home beats sending them off to a hotel or bed and breakfast. But can your humble abode live up to the standards of rooms designed exclusively to accommodate guests? Of course it can -- and you don't even need to supply those tiny shampoo bottles or an overpriced minibar to ensure a comfortable stay. Try these hotel-inspired tricks to make your guest room its very own coveted destination.
A welcome card with important info, like Wi-Fi passwords and security codes, will keep guests from needing to badger (though we’re sure you’re happy to help).Get the Welcome Card How-To
2 of 8
3 of 8
The only thing worse than waking up parched in a strange room is stubbing a toe on the way to the sink. A bedside pitcher and mini flashlight eliminate both possibilities.
Go the extra mile by scattering a few tea bags and filling a large ice bucket with juice, seltzer, and even Champagne. Anything not consumed on arrival can move to the fridge for whenever the urge strikes.Get the Bedside Manners How-To
4 of 8
For better or worse, heat and air-conditioning can reverse the seasons indoors. Since your guests may not come prepared for a drastic temperature change, extra blankets and a small electric fan (if there’s not one overhead) will ensure that they sleep easy.
5 of 8
Take a page from Martha’s book and keep breakfast a casual, self-serve affair. Show guests how to work your coffeemaker, and stock up on morning staples like toast, cereal, yogurt, and fruit. Leaving them out on a pretty tray adds polish with next to no effort. (Of course, if you’re up and want to play short-order cook or make a doughnut run, we doubt you’ll hear complaints.)
6 of 8
If you’ve got Netflix, post a note to let guests know they’ve got your blessing to use it -- plus a list of your DVDs with a hand-scribbled, “Movie night? Say the word!” (If you’re gunning for host of the year, an in-room bar cart and TV stand should seal the deal.)
7 of 8
Time Well Spent
These days, we’ve conditioned ourselves to pass any spare time on our phones -- but while we may reach there first, we can still enjoy low-tech forms of fun. Remind guests young and old that magazines, board games, and crafts can make for a grand old time (and even a DIY souvenir).
You Just Viewed
Transform Your Guest Room Into a Five-Star Retreat (Easily)Replay
- Editors' Picks: The Best of Decoupage
- Pet-Inspired Projects
- Fun Birthday Cake Designs: The Icing on a Perfect Party
- Double-Duty Dinners
- How to Make Crepe-Paper Flowers
- 10 Ways to Get Creative with Candles
- Our Favorite Bathrooms
- What's for Dinner? 10 Budget Meals
- 12 Homekeeping Multitaskers
- Vegetarian Recipes for Entertaining
- Embroidery Projects
- Roast Chicken 101
- Healthy (but Fun!) Lunches for Kids
- Tips and Tricks for Hosting a Cocktail Party
- Bedroom Organizers