Yes, summer means long days spent on the beach, bbqs and rosé. It also means house guests. Which, let’s face it, can be kind of a PIA, right? But what if your house was always ready to handle said guests? What if your guest room felt like a luxurious boutique hotel just waiting to give those guests the best night's sleep of their lives? Hosting might turn into something you actually look forward to. Imagine that. Trust us, creating lavish and thoughtful 5-star hotel vibes is actually totally doable and really all about the little things. Small touches that have nothing to do with price tag, and everything to do with how you make your guests feel. Check out our favorite hosting tips, below.
— Dylan Essertier
1. Hygge It Up
Nothing makes a guest feel more welcome than complete coziness. For starters, fresh sheets are always a must. Add a throw for the AC chill, some soft slippers for the morning walk to the kitchen and a cute sleep mask to keep out the sun, and all of a sudden you’re a 5-star hotel.
2. Bedside Bliss
Books and magazines are always a great addition to a bedside table, along with a candle and a tiny plant or vase of flowers. If your guests are visiting from out of town, why not stock the room with some local snacks too?
3. Bathroom Luxury
Want to hit Relais & Chateaux status? Then keep the bathroom stocked because honestly, is there anything better than checking in and finding all of your fave brands in the bathroom? We think not. Start with soft, fluffy towels and move on to toothpaste and extra toothbrushes and then create a dedicated toiletry drawer filled with miniature beauty must-haves. Think lotions, disposable razors, sunblock and even a little facial spray perfect for a quick freshen up after a long trip. And for that added luxe touch, we ike to hang a cashmere robe on the back of the bathroom door.
4. No WiFi Woes
If you have a guest coming to stay with you for an extended period of time, it’s worth making a copy of your keys so they can feel welcome to come and go as they please. We also always leave the Wi-Fi password and a spare phone charger on the desk to take care of any tech needs.
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5. Kitchen Essentials
Pack your pantry with special snacks and goodies that you know your guests will love. When it comes to dinner, to make things easier for yourself it’s beneficial to have a few make-ahead dishes ready to go before your guests arrive so you can actually hang out with them instead of cooking the entire time! (File that one under lessons learned). And here’s another idea that’s very close to our hearts: set the coffee machine up every night before bed. This way your guests can just hit the on switch if they happen to be early risers. Because LBH, is there anything worse than waking up and not having your morning cup?
5. Concierge with Care
As a host, it’s key to have a loose schedule in mind of how the days will unfold while your guests are visiting. Will you be cooking dinner every night? Will you be showing them around town? Or do you want to give them a little space to explore on their own? Either way, leaving a sheet of information with local attractions like beaches, museums, restaurants and shops will help fill them in on their options.
6. Buffet All Day
Gluten-free, Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Pegan — you name it, and one of your guests probably isn’t eating it. To make dinner simple, go with a buffet filled with plenty of make-ahead dishes. A taco or pasta bar is always a crowd pleaser and an easy way for each guest to customize their meal exactly how they want it (so you don’t have to!). As for snacks, we always keep the pantry packed with treats that we know our friends will love. And here’s another idea that’s very close to our hearts: set the coffee machine up every night before bed. This way your guests can just hit the on switch if they happen to be early risers. Because LBH, is there anything worse than waking up and not having your morning cup?