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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Perfect Guest Room

Travelling is one of my favorite pastimes, there is always an adventure to be had somewhere, and because of all the travelling I have been lucky enough to do, I have developed friends from all over the world. I love to play host and show them around the city I have come to love, but one thing I have learned is that it is important to create a quiet place for your guests to retire to. Whether it's a Guest Room or a nook off of the Laundry, they need some where to get away from you (probably as much as you want to get away from them)!
Today's entry is about how you can create a great Guest Room, quickly and easily, and perfect enough to ensure that you will be invited to be an honored guest at their home in the future.
  • Create a welcome tray that is on the bed when they arrive, on it you should have some fresh fruit, a bottle or two of water, today's local paper, and a map of the area. I think its a good idea to include a local guide book too, you could even highlight attractions that you think they might enjoy.Don't forget sample sizes of common toiletries too.
  • Create your own minibar somewhere in the room. This doesn't mean you should have liquor out, but maybe some snacks and drinks that they might enjoy. There is nothing worse than waking up in a strange house in the middle of the night, wanting to snack and not being sure where they keep the potato chips.
  • Leave out Fresh towels either on their bed, but definitely in their room in plain sight, it takes away any confusion they might have about what to use. Also, use the best towels you have, make them feel welcome!
  • Create a Guest Book in the room. In the image above the Chandelier becomes its own Guest Book, as people stay in this home they write a note and pin it to the light, makes for great reading when you are in bed! But a more conventional book is great too, it's a great record for you and helps to make your guest feel like this is effortless for you.
  • Try to design your Guest Room, so that you can block out the light, your guests are probably on vacation and will appreciate the ability to sleep in.
  • On the same idea..... a privacy lock on the door please!

The general idea here is make them feel at home, try and anticipate their needs so that they are rummaging around looking for things. Create a room that is simple, laid out well, and you will be a success. There is a great book on hospitality called "Simple Hospitality" by Jane Jarrell, here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Hospitality-Jane-Jarrell/dp/0849904846/ref=pd_bbs_2/104-6703765-5740715?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173324342&sr=1-2

Enjoy Your Guests!

14 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

Wonderful suggestions Mark! May I add one? Put out fresh soap! For some reason, a lot of people don't do this.

My Marrakech said...

Thanks Mark. I love the tray idea! I will have six guest rooms in Marrakech and I can think of wonderful Moroccan thuya wood trays that I could use.

Mark Cutler said...

Marrakech, yes I think that those trays sound great, maybe you could include some slippers too that you get at a local market, it would make a practical and fun gift to take home.

My Marrakech said...

Yes, the collection of slippers here in Marrakech is just amazing! We are on a really limited budget with all this building (just buying 9 acres of olive grove pretty much set us back in the first place. ~sigh). But in the same vein, I recently saw a great pic of a pool where on all the pool chaise there was a blue towel and a straw hat. I can buy similar hats here in the souk for $2.50 and thought that that would also be a nice touch - and people could just take them home:-)

I was wondering if you had any thoughts about a pool bungalow? My husband (an architect) wants to do something that is backless and uses some kind of tensile structure on the top. I wondering about how to design it within so it can be a chic place for lounging by day and by night, a nice place to have a cocktail. Any ideas would be fantastic:-)

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