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Monday, September 27, 2010

Low maintenance for your high maintenance guests.

The holidays are quickly arriving and that entails the arrival of holiday guests...maybe some high maintenance in-laws?  Oh joy.  Keep them happy in the guest room by outfitting it like a swanky hotel suite:

  • Good linens for the bed.  
    • Thread count is important but it doesn't have to be expensive.  I like 350 - 400, depending on the brand.
    • A feather bed on top of the mattress adds a luxurious & super cozy feel.  Get the baffle box style so it maintains it's shape.  If you don't want to do a down mattress, you can get a fiber filled mattress that will give a similar yet, hypoallergenic result.
      • Your fitted sheet will need to be a deeper pocket to encompass this feather bed + the standard mattress OR
      • Get a neutral sheet to cover the standard mattress and use the fitted sheet that comes with the set to cover the featherbed.
    • All season cotton blanket.  
      • I suggest white or ivory so it will usually match your bedding choices.
    • Down comforter.  Ditto on the option to get a hypoallergenic fiber fill instead of feathers - you'll be surprised at how similar they feel to down filled.  You'll need to get a duvet cover style bedding set; I like these from Macy's because they are reasonably priced and have good quality options.  Choose a set that looks like what you would find in a nice hotel:

  • Have some spare pillows available; show your guests where they are (maybe out of sight in the closet).
  • Be sure there is good lighting next to the bed - either wall lamps or table lamps - in case your guests like to read in bed.
    • Set out reading material such as recent magazines or a novel that you could part with (in case your guest becomes hooked, they are welcome to keep it).
  • Provide an alarm clock on the nightstand - get one that has adjustable brightness.
  • A carafe of water somewhere in the room...preferably by the bed.  I like this one from Crate & Barrel.  Leave coasters on your bedside table or other flat surfaces.
  • Provide a television if there is space.  
  • Clear some space in the closet for your guest to stow luggage or provide a luggage stand at the foot of the bed.
    • If there is a chest of drawers or dresser in the room, clear at least one drawer for each guest.
    • Provide some empty hangers and open space in the closet for hanging clothes.
  • Nightlights are useful for navigating unfamiliar spaces.  Find one that is not too bright and put near the door and / or the bathroom.
  • Offer a one size bathroom for each guest staying in the room.
  • Finally, a small basket with healthy snacks in case your guests get the munchies while staying up watching TV or reading the recent magazines you have left for them....
Do you have any other tips that have worked for you in the past?

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