It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes overnight hotel stays feel so luxurious. Even average-rated hotels stays tend to evoke a certain “je ne sais pas,”—a feeling of total relaxation that floods over you as soon as you open your room’s door and enter your temporary home. The holidays are peak travel time, and many of us may be planning our stays or preparing to host family and friends at our apartments. If you’re hosting this year, you’ll want to give guests the best experience possible, and you can recreate the relaxing vibe of a hotel for an experience they’ll cherish. Follow our simple suggestions to give your guests the hotel treatment right in your apartment. Your apartment may not be the Ritz, but it’ll be the next best thing.
The most luxurious hotels commonly offer a complimentary “welcome drink” to guests at check-in. The hospitable gesture sets the tone for the rest of the stay and goes a long way in making guests feel appreciated. You can do this on your own by having drinks ready for your guests when they walk through your front door. Pour some glasses of champagne, or prepare a simple cocktail to get the holiday party started upon their arrival.
Hot showers are essential to feeling good after a long day of travel. Before your guests arrive, prepare the guest bathroom (or communal bathroom) with some extra touches that will make it easier for them to relax and unwind. Clean linens are a must, but include some other things too, like new shampoo and conditioner (travel size is fine), a new toothbrush, razors, and a shower cap. These small additions will help your guests feel comfortable and right at home in your apartment.
Hotel beds are like big, pillowy clouds just waiting to be slept on. The fact that they’re almost always dressed in crisp white sheets helps give them their dreamy appeal. To recreate this feeling of a welcoming bedroom wonderland, purchase some all-white bedding for your guest room. If you’re tight on space and your guests will be staying on a blow-up mattress, that’s all the more reason to put a little extra thought into their bedding situation.
Pillow mints are commonly associated with the most upscale and hospital hotels worldwide. You can easily replicate this small gesture to make a great impression on friends and family staying at your apartment. Leave a mint or another small treat, like a chocolate square, on your guest’s pillow for them to find when they arrive.