To paraphrase Maya Angelou, they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll remember how you made them feel. Here’s how to make them feel welcome.
1. Be practical – yes, practical.
This isn’t your first rodeo, so you know all about making up a fresh bed and leaving plenty of towels in the room. But you’ll also want to lay in extra blankets for “cold” sleepers and enough pillows for your guests to prop up and read in bed. And water. They’ll love you for leaving water.
2. Make room for them – and their stuff.
Think about your favorite hotel room: the drawers are empty and it’s probably clutter-free. So try to streamline the guest room before your visitors arrive: some empty hangers in the closet, drawer space, a luggage rack, clear surfaces. Who knows? You might find that you prefer the room this way, too.
3. Give them the wi-fi code.
Spare them the awkwardness of asking you for it, and write the network name and password on a notecard on their bedside table. It’s the little things.
4. Surprise and Delight!
Even the smallest extra touches go a long way to make your guests feel well cared-for. Consider leaving out a book or two that you’ll think they’ll enjoy. Expecting a guest who you know needs to de-stress? Leave then an eye pillow and a lovely candle – and a note reminding them that there’s plenty of snacks and wine in the fridge.
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