I really enjoy finding the perfect Airbnb or vacation rental home when we travel with extended family.
It allows more freedom to hang out with your travel companions and it provides a much more unique experience than a chain hotel.
However, there are some things that the owners of these rentals often overlook that would make their homes a much more luxurious and special place to stay.
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Of utmost importance is cleanliness.
I look at reviews for that. I used to assume all rentals were clean. Ha! Was I wrong about that!
We rented one, rather expensive place by the beach in LA one year. It was just dirty. The walls, floors, windows, ugh!
While the location was ideal, the grime in that place made me not want to touch anything! On top of that, the a/c wasn’t really functioning and LA was having a heat wave of 90 degree weather!
That brings me to my next requirement, A/C.
I’m from Texas and we don’t mess around when it comes to relying on the weather being perfect. We make sure there is a quality A/C unit available if need be, especially after I made that mistake of not verifying that once before!
If you own an Airbnb and don’t have central air, please consider a mini split air conditioner unit like this, below.
I’m having this installed in my new office that is being built out in my garage. I’ve been assured that it will keep my new space cool and comfortable.
I will set the thermostat and it will be regulated by itself. It has heat too! The small horizontal unit will be mounted up high on the wall, and the condenser outside. It will all be controlled with the remotes. (A far cry from a window unit!)
After those two requirements, along with getting the dates, location, number of rooms, etc. needed, I look for these items too, when searching for a good Airbnb rental.
Airbnb Beds & Bedding
There is nothing more important for making your guests feel comfortable than making the bed top priority. A quality mattress with pristine sheets, pillows, cases, and extra blankets or duvets really make someone feel pampered and special.
One of the first images I look for in a listing are the bedrooms, to see what the beds look like.
If they have wildly patterned covers or bright colors, I tend to think they are hiding soil and stains. I prefer white or off-white so I will know if the bedding is clean.
This new brand, Avocado Mattress, has organic, natural materials, is Green Guard Gold Certified (have you ever been in a room when a new foam mattress was off-gassing?), and is getting great reviews for comfort and a good night’s sleep!
Plus, they’re having a sale now through June 17th!
Did I mention it is shipped condensed, in a box, so it is super simple to order online?
Any of these items, below, would make up a beautiful bed for a guest.
I like the light, plain coloring. It doesn’t have to be bright white, but at least, with a light solid color, you can see if the bedding is properly cleaned.
That helps me relax. :-)
Easy to use coffee machine
I recently stayed in a hotel with a fancy espresso coffee maker and I never got the hang of it, even though I swear I followed the directions with my squinty eyes first thing in the morning!
I even ended up breaking a cup accidentally, by setting the cup in the wrong place (although it was directly under the spout)!
I was so frustrated every morning and not that awake, since I didn’t get my morning cup right off the bat!
After that hotel stay, I really appreciated the fact that our Airbnb we stayed at had both a fancy espresso maker AND a regular old drip coffee maker.
We set up the drip for first thing in the am, and then got adventurous when we needed an afternoon hit of caffeine, later in the day when coffee wasn’t SUCH an emergency. :-)
Airbnb kitchen basics
Okay, you might not need to prepare a full 5 course meal, but a nice breakfast or a cheese plate or two might be in order, like we made at our recent Airbnb stay in Sonoma. (Still dreaming about that place.)
And you’ll likely need some wine glasses, a corkscrew, a good set of knives and some decent cookware that isn’t from the sale bin at the local dollar store.
Cooking with cheap cookware that your food sticks to, isn’t fun!
Here are some beautiful basics, similar to what we enjoyed using at that Airbnb in Sonoma. I love that the cookware is stackable and space saving. Perfect for a small kitchen!
Comfortable stain resistant seating for airbnb living rooms
I loved the woven leather wicker chairs in the dining room of the Sonoma Airbnb. They were comfortable and paired with the benches, the dining area could seat quite a few people. Having that flexibility is good.
These days, performance fabrics like Crypton, make it easy for upholstery to look fresh and clean all the time. Buying quality construction in your seating will pay off in the long run.
A few nice extras that our host provided us in the home were an extra iPhone charger, luggage racks, and fresh flowers (try a subscription service for regular deliveries).
Nice hotel-size toiletries are always appreciated too, especially when they smell good. :-)
Check out my stories this weekend on Instagram. I visited the ASID Showhouse in Houston’s River Oaks, that just opened up yesterday for an Influencer sneak peek. I’m sharing a few glimpses and can’t wait to share more next week on my blog.
You can get your tickets for the Showhouse here. It’s open till June 30th!
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