Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves

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If you find yourself hosting one or two holiday get togethers in the coming weeks, you may find yourself needing to prepare for overnight guests. Besides throwing wonderful cocktail events or family dinner parties, making your overnight guests feel comfortable takes hosting to a new level. Before your weekend guests arrive at your luxury Glenwood apartment, you should take a look at our checklist to stock up on guest room must haves!

A Thought to Remember: your overnight guests won’t expect hotel-like services, so don’t drive yourself crazy! Put your energy into being the best host you can be, creating a cozy space for guests to relax, and taking in the holidays together!

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Bedside Table Necessities

Your bedside table may be one of the most used pieces of furniture in a guest room. It allows dwellers to keep their phones and small personal belongings close by. With that said, it’s a great idea to stock up the nightstand with essential overnight items, as listed below:

  • Table lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Eye mask
  • A box of tissues
  • Phone charger

A helpful item to keep near the end table or throughout the bedroom is an automatic night light. Guests are not use to their new space, especially at night, so dim lighting will help them find their way around the room without turning a bright light on.

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Extra Bedding and Linens

Blankets, sheets, pillows, oh my! Providing your guests with bedding to relax in may seem like a no brainer, but the key to hosting overnight guests is providing options. Sure, your guest room bed is fitted with linens and a down comforter, but leave an extra throw blanket or two nearby – just in case! In addition to blankets, placing an extra pillow on the bed (with a fitted pillowcase) is a nice touch if guests decide to prop themselves up to read a book before catching some rest.

Dry, Fluffy Towels

Overnight apartment guests may feel hesitant to explore your hall linen closet to find bathroom towels, which is totally understandable. To avoid this confusion, have a few fluffy towels and washcloths neatly stacked in the guest bedroom or bathroom for easy use.

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Bathroom Toiletries

If you’d like to add a creative touch to the guest bathroom, place a tray or woven basket on the counter that is stocked with common bathroom toiletries. Not only will this lighten the bags of your guests, but it’ll provide anything they may have forgotten to pack! Travel size toiletries are available at many stores, can be placed on the counter or in a small basket, and are similar to the ones you would find in a hotel room.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash and soap
  • Face wash or cleanser
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Unscented lotion
  • Packet of disinfectant wipes
  • Hairdryer
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A Personalized Welcome Basket

Whether your overnight guests are visiting from across the state or across the country, a creative way to welcome them to their home away from home is to create a welcome basket. This collection of items should reflect a theme, such as an upcoming holiday or New York City itself, and can be stocked with a variety of items to give guests a personalized welcome. Add these items into the mix:

  • A handwritten “Welcome” note
  • Guide to local attractions and things to do this month
  • The Wifi password
  • Light snacks

The last point, and perhaps one of the most important, is to give your Glenwood apartment a thorough cleaning before guests arrive. From the bathroom to bedroom, kitchen and living room, refresh yourself with our apartment cleaning checklist to get started!

For seasoned overnight hosts, what items do you stock your guest bedroom with? Share your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter!