I am planning on putting my seaside home on Air BNB this summer and wondered if anyone could share some things they’ve enjoyed from previous Air BNB stays?
I plan to do a welcome basket with some essentials - maybe some local wine, bread etc. Also maps or info of local walks/ recommendations for food etc etc.
Would love to hear of anyones experiences they’ve had or things they’ve found particularly lovely during a stay, whether thats welcome baskets or extra facilities.
Thanks so much in advance,
Sorry if this is stating the obvious, but the last couple of Airbnbs I’ve stayed in haven’t had the right amount of cutlery/crockery (i.e. five plates/glasses to share between eight – in an eight-person property) so we’ve ended up endlessly washing up or scrambling together to set the table/have a glass of wine.
In terms of extra touches, fresh flowers and a hamper of breakfast essentials are always a nice idea. I also find a handbook of personal recommendations for walks/restaurants really helpful!
That is so sweet that you want to amke your guests feel welcome! I think for me the nicest thing is to receive a little guidance like where to eat, drink, any routes to walk or hike, any sort of recommendations. There’s nothing more exciting than recommendations from a local
I’ll always remember an Air BNB I stayed in Paris once had a little book with different personalised itineraries depending on whether you were staying for 1/2/3 days etc which I thought was such a lovely touch.
Otherwise very much stating the obvious but there really is nothing nicer than waking up to a great tea/coffee station with some treats/biscuits!
Hi Naomi, I would agree with the above! I’d also add that it might be nice to provide a few things that people often forget, like a tiny pot of toothpaste etc. Also speedy WiFi is always a bonus, as is a TV that you can connect to your phone for streaming services, and plugs/ an extension lead next to the bed.
Good luck with the listing, sounds like a great idea!
Ah love this, my parents run an Airbnb from our home a couple things that they’re visitors have loved are…
An honesty bar in the front living room with a mini fridge
Nice toiletries in the shower and by the sink - just the little touches make it feel special
continental breakfast hamper with warm croissants
I stayed at a place that kindly left the essential: milk, eggs, a beautiful loaf of bread which was nice to make our own little breakfast - if you have kitchen facilities
Everyone loves a sweet treat on arrival and I think a hand written welcome note is also a nice touch. Plus, a good stash of tea bags! x
this is so thoughtful!
agreed with some of the others, its usually the smaller things that people forget that are always worth having a bit of - e.g. nice soaps in the shower, fresh towels, toothpaste, tampons etc!
Also, depending on how nearby you are, it could be nice to pop there just before and make up a fresh fruit plate and a jug of some kind of mocktail in the fridge for them to have on arrival with a handwritten note. Feels like a special touch but it really is so simple and takes no time at all. x
We used to air bnb ourselves and always left a fresh guide each time with local recommendations to eat / see / transport. Also lovely to leave a guest book where others who have stayed can leave their personal recommendations too.
A welcome basket with local goodies is always well received and topped up shampoos / soaps etc so that it feels fresh for the next guest.
We stayed in an Airbnb with our toddler recently and they left a basket of toys for her to play with, she was so delighted!
We recently stayed at an Airbnb that had a basket of all fresh local produce for us to make breakfast on the first morning, was such a nice touch x
Small fruit basket is cute! And the necessary toiletries are helpful
If you could include washing up liquid, clothes etc. Surprising that some hosts do not do this. The best host I had greeted us with a list of gotcha’s for NYC - where to buy alcohol, the best 7-11 stores. He had shampoo and conditioner and shower gel in each bathroom. Kitchen had cleaning products in and laundry room had full laundry products too. Also had coffee making facilities and a bottle of fizz on arrival.
A step too far perhaps but we were overwhelmed and it made our stay very comfortable.
On the other hand in the South of France, we had nothing - we arrived on a Sunday and no shops were open…so we couldn’t even buy coffee and milk for the morning…Little things make a lot of difference.
Can anyone recommend Air BnBs in London please?
Board games and a pack of playing cards is a nice to have. We stayed in a place where there was a book shelf where you could take/donate a book for others to enjoy, which was a lovely idea.
The welcome pack as others have mentioned too, containing recommendations, public transport info, bottle of wine & some local treats.
Accessibility is paramount to myself, I love going away, but I’m on wheels. 1 small step is surprisingly difficult, and so are baths or showers without a seat.
A guest book so people can leave messages and state where they’ve travelled from.
Thank you so much, such important considerations
Thank you so so much to everyone who replied, so grateful, for the amazing responses - extremely helpful and super apreciated <3
Probably a bit random but a fan is a great addition, especially throughout summer. Good luck with it! X