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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
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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
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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.
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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. (Of course, if you’re up and want to play short-order cook or make a doughnut run, we doubt you’ll hear complaints.)
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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.)
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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).
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