10 Must-Have Airbnb Guest Amenities

Looking to optimize your Airbnb guest amenities? Wow your guests with these vacation rental tips to luxe out your listing.

In this day and age, Airbnb guests have high expectations . Today, it’s not uncommon for guests to expect the same level of standardized service that they would find at the local Marriott up the street. More than ever, homeowners need to go the extra mile to offer this consistent level of quality. They also need to differentiate their Airbnb guest amenities from those of other listings they are competing with for bookings. Here are ten Airbnb guest amenities that you can outfit your home with to wow your guests and to increase your occupancy rate and average daily rate.

1. Supply Luxurious Bedding

Some guests devote their entire vacation to the worthy enterprise of sleep. What better way to ensure their satisfaction, then to provide comfortable bedding? Far and away, the quality of guests’ sleep will make or break their experience in your vacation home.

You won’t regret spending a little more upfront on higher thread count sheets, amply-stuffed pillows, and soft comforters and blankets. If you want to make your vacation rental luxury-grade, consider installing memory foam or other premier mattresses— if the expense is feasible. If not, you can do a lot with plush bedroom accoutrements.

2. Offer Free Parking and Ease of Access

Airbnb guest amenities geared around outdoor experiences will upgrade your home from middling to magnificent in the eyes of your guests. If you have the resources, install a pool to give guests another fun activity to contend for their time, particularly for vacation homes located near the beach. Another nice touch is a hot tub. Hot tubs offer a spa-like, relaxing experience at a lower price point. Comfy outdoor furniture, firepits, outdoor grills or a balcony overlooking fantastic views will also add value to your guests’ stay.

Amenities for outdoor experiences will upgrade your home from middling to magnificent in the eyes of your guests. If you have the resources, install a pool to give guests another fun activity to contend for their time, particularly for vacation homes located near the beach. Another nice touch is a hot tub. Hot tubs offer a spa-like, relaxing experience at a lower price point. Comfy outdoor furniture, firepits, outdoor grills or a balcony overlooking fantastic views will also add value to your guests’ stay.

3. Don't Neglect Basic Appliances

You may think everyday chores wouldn’t count as premier Airbnb guest amenities but a study conducted by Hostfully found that, indeed, they did. A washer, dryer, and dishwasher were listed as three perks that increased average daily rates across all vacation rental areas. Guests choose vacation homes over hotels to have a home-like experience. They enjoy the option to pack less and wash clothes during extended stays or throw soaking beach towels into the dryer. But guests won’t want to spend too much on chores. Items like dishwashers allow for a hassle-free clean-up so they can leave the cleaning to the housekeepers. You might also include steam irons, a drying rack, or other cleaning supplies to satisfy any OCD cleaners passing through.

4.  Soup Up Your Kitchen (no pun intended)

Along with a dishwasher, appliances like an ace coffee machine, high-grade pots and pans, and sharp knives will satisfy your foodie vacationers. More and more, people crave the ability to be able to cook fancy meals right from the comfort of their Airbnb.

Equip your kitchen with spices and measuring cups, as well as plenty of dishware, wineglasses, coffee mugs, and utensils. If you have a beach rental, kitchen appliances like blenders, plasticware, and coolers will go a long way for those boozy days on the beach. Pet- and family-friendly rentals will also benefit from specialty items like high-chairs and doggie bowls. These are critical Airbnb guest amenities to stock your apartment.

5. Stock Your Crib With Indoor Activities

Prepare your vacation rental for lounging on rainy days. Outfit the den with books, puzzles, board games, and age-appropriate toys. Guests with small children will appreciate not having to keep them entertained. If you have the space for it, consider installing a novelty such as a foosball, air hockey, or ping pong table. These activities will create opportunities for quality time with loved ones, which will definitely add value to their stay.

6.  Speed Up Your Wifi

No doubt, in this era, your guests will arrive with a passel of tech gadgets, computers, and phones in tow. DVDs, games and game consoles will appease the teen quadrant in family parties.

Make sure your vacation rental has strong WiFi and cable and streaming services. Label your remotes and provide instructions for how to use any complicated system. As more and more people work from home and like to take their work with them, consider investing in a WiFi extender, such as Google Nest, to ensure dependable, consistent connectivity, especially if your vacation home is located in a rural area.

7. Create Outdoor Experiences

Outdoor Airbnb guest amenities will upgrade your home from middling to magnificent. If you have the resources, install a pool, particularly if your home is located near a beach. Another nice touch is a hot tub. Hot tubs offer a spa-like, relaxing experience at a lower price point. Comfy outdoor furniture, firepits, outdoor grills or a balcony overlooking fantastic views will also add value to your guests’ stay.

8. Provide Access to Concierge Experiences

Even though you want your guests to feel at home, remember that they’re likely new to your home and may not have ever visited the area. The next time you pop into your vacation home, pretend like you’re a newcomer. We recommend providing laminated instructions detailing how to operate complex devices, including the TV changer, WIFI, fireplace, grills, kitchen appliances, and even shower knobs. Vacationers will appreciate the extra effort you’ve put into fool-proofing your home for maximum convenience. Pro tip – stock your house with local magazines, maps, restaurant guides, and area attractions. This is a huge benefit to help guests plan hikes, ski routes, or day trips.

9. Throw In Freebies and Consumables

Make your guests feel extra pampered by sprinkling little touches of hospitality around your home. What will cost you a little will mean the world to your guests. Complimentary welcome baskets and freebies like coffee and snacks are always welcome. Bathroom toiletries like toothbrushes, feminine products, bottles or shampoo and conditioner will satisfy your guests. But throw in things like a bubble bath, a bottle of champagne, and a bathrobe and you will knock their socks (or slippers) off.

10. Give Out Attraction-Related Perks

Furnish your home with Airbnb guest amenities geared around your local area. This way, guests will be able to fully enjoy their stay, even if they fail to bring the right gear. If you’re close to the ski slopes, you might deck your home with snow shovels, coats, and ski equipment. If you own a beach rental, fill up a utility room with fold-out chairs, umbrellas, sunscreen, beach towels, floats and beach toys. If you have a lake or river nearby that offers white water rafting or boating, outfit your rental with necessary accessories like water shoes or UV-absorbent clothing. This way, your guests can immerse themselves in local attractions without having to spend a fortune on novelty items

Once you've made the decision to purchase an investment property, check out Topkey to help with all your short-term rental onboarding needs. Topkey is the one stop shop to set up and onboard your Airbnb/VRBO listing. We'll help you obtain the appropriate short-term rental licenses and permits, guide you through how to take great photos, and we will write your Airbnb listing content that is fully optimized for SEO. All of this is included in our Airbnb starter pack.

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