Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services

As we discussed in the previous blog post, there are several amenities that are part of the filters on any given OTA (online travel agent). 

If you can add those they will increase your chances of being noticed by potential bookers. 

The main amenities that customers are looking for: 

  • Pool
  • WiFi
  • Equipped 
  • Kitchen 
  • Parking 
  • Hot tub 
  • Washing machine or dryer 
  • Air conditioning or heating 
  • Workspace suitable for laptops

  In this post, we will dive into detail about more affordable yet equally important amenities that are must-haves for hosts.  

Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services

1. Kitchen Essentials:

  • Equip your kitchen with a variety of cookware, utensils, and appliances to meet different culinary needs. Get a full cutlery set, can opener, strainer, mixing utensils, food storage containers, knives, cutting boards, oven mitts, etc. 
  • Basic spices and condiments can add flavor to your guests' meals. Salt and pepper mills as well as the cooking oil are the minimum required. (As most of the guests have short stays they’ll appreciate that they don’t have to buy their own)
  • Some type of coffee maker, tea kettle, and a toaster create a cozy morning routine. For a luxurious touch, you can add a creamer and some chocolate or cinnamon powder for that extra special coffee time. 
  • Wine glasses and a bottle opener are something many hosts forget to add.
  • Cleaning essentials: Sponges and dishcloths, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, dish rack or drying mat, napkins or paper towels, trash can, and recycling bins. 
  • Cleaning Essentials: Broom, mop, and vacuum cleaner help maintain a tidy space. 

2. Bathroom Necessities:

  • Provide high-quality shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for a spa-like experience.
  • Offer plush towels, hand towels, and washcloths. For each guest, you need to have one large towel, one towel for hair, and a small one for face and makeup removal. Then, multiply that by a set of three: one fresh set provided to the guest upon check-in, a previous stay set for washing, and one extra for unexpected replacement.
  • Include a shower mat to prevent slips and falls.
  • Equip the bathroom with a powerful hair dryer 
  • Facial Tissues, Cotton Swabs, and Cotton Balls: Versatile for various hygiene needs.
  • Waste Bin with Liner: For the disposal of personal hygiene products.  
Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services
Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services

3. Bedroom Comfort:

  • Invest in comfortable pillows of different sizes for restful nights.
  • High-quality sheets, and blankets. Same as with towels you need to have a set of three for each bed you have. 
  • Offer a wardrobe with hangers, drawers, or shelves for guests to unpack and keep their belongings organized.
  • Blackout Curtains or Blinds: These help guests control the level of light entering the room for better sleep.
  • Bedside Tables and Lamps: Convenient for placing personal items and reading before sleep.
  • Full-Length Mirror: Essential for getting ready and checking appearance.
  • Luggage Rack: A convenient spot for guests to place their luggage.
  • Charging Stations: Include bedside USB charging ports or power outlets for devices.

Living Room Amenities Checklist:

  • Comfy Seating: Sofa, cozy armchairs, or cushions for relaxation.
  • Ambient Lighting: Floor lamps, table lamps, and dimmable lights for setting the mood.
  • Entertainment: Large TV with streaming services, DVDs, and board games.
  • Natural Elements: Indoor plants or flowers to add freshness and aesthetic appeal.
  • Snack Station: A basket of local treats and beverages for indulgent moments.
  • Blanket Basket: A collection of soft blankets for cozy movie nights.
  • Multipurpose Furniture: Space-saving pieces like convertible sofas or tables with extra storage.
  • Sound System: Bluetooth speakers for playing favorite tunes.
  • Kids' Corner: Toys, games, or a small play area for young guests.
  • Local Guide: A curated list of nearby attractions and hidden gems.
Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services
Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services

Safety Amenities:

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Detects odorless and dangerous gas.
  • Smoke Alarm: Alerts to potential fires.
  • Fire Extinguisher: For small fire emergencies.
  • First-Aid Kit: Addresses minor injuries promptly.
  • Emergency Plan: Outlines actions in various emergencies.
  • Local Numbers: Provides contacts for immediate help.

Remote Work Amenities: If you plan to host remote workers. 

  • Ergonomic Workspace: A well-designed desk and chair for comfortable working.
  • Reliable internet connectivity for seamless work tasks.
  • Multiple power outlets for charging devices.
  • Adjustable desk lamp for focused lighting.
  • Desk Organizer: Keep pens, notepads, and essentials within reach.
  • Whiteboard or Corkboard: Visual aids for organizing tasks and notes.
  • Local Workspaces: Mention nearby cafes or coworking spaces in your guide.
Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services
Host like a pro — essential amenity checklist. Vacation Rental’s Expert Consulting Services

If you will host Family Travelers:

  • Crib: Safe sleeping space for infants and toddlers.
  • High Chair: Convenient dining setup for children.
  • Baby Proofing: Childproof locks, outlet covers, and corner guards.
  • Children’s Books and Toys: Age-appropriate entertainment.
  • Family-Friendly Movies: DVDs or streaming options for movie nights.
  • Kids' Snacks: Don’t forget to include children’s treats in the welcome pack
  • Local Family Activities: Recommendations for kid-friendly attractions.

Conclusion

Creating the perfect short-term rental experience involves carefully selecting and providing a variety of amenities that meet the needs and preferences of your guests.  By focusing on every part of your property, from the kitchen to the living room, you’ll create a welcoming environment.

From the scent of freshly brewed coffee in the morning to the cozy feel of luxury bedding, these amenities will leave a lasting impression that encourages positive reviews and repeat bookings.  

Check out our other posts that talk about improving your property. 

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