A master list of all of the best amenities and essentials to set up your guest bedroom like a hotel suite to help guests feel pampered and relaxed


“Come and knock on our dooooooooor. We’ll be waiting for youuuuuuuu.” Sorry this post just made me burst out in song a little bit.

Because ever since we finished our modern vintage guest bedroom makeover a few weeks ago, I’m like, “Bring on the crowd!” Since we’re getting into the holiday territory next month though, I realized this might be a helpful post to share.

I brainstormed ALL of the amenities and essentials a guest could ever want or need to help you make friends and family feel as comfy cozy as possible.


38 Essentials for the Perfect Guest Bedroom
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1. A super comfortable mattress – We LOVE this one and all of our guests have so far too. Bonus: It’s less than $300. We made it even more squishy and cozy with this gel mattress topper. Feels like a cloud!

2. Soft, high-quality sheets – We have these sheets on all of our beds. Totally hooked! Our guests always comment about how soft they are. Always choose white. White feels clean (hence why hotels have them) and can be bleached.



3. 2-3 different types of pillows – Some people prefer foam, some prefer down, so throw in a couple of both. We love these gel pillows the best though.

4. A comfortable duvet – This duvet comforter is our preference, warm but not too heavy and totally squish-able.



5. An extra blanket – If guests get cold in the middle of the night, they’ll appreciate an extra blanket within reach. This one is sooooo soft and warm.

6. A ceiling fan or box fan – Must-have for any hot-natured visitors! We have this fan in our guest room, and it circulates air like a champ. If you prefer not to install a ceiling fan but want something “pretty”, this vintage style stand fan is beautiful and functional.



7. An alarm clock – This clock is great because it has an extra port to plug in a mobile charger and guests can play music on it through their phone.



8. A sound machine – We just picked up this sound machine but I haven’t personally slept with it on yet, so the jury is still out. I love the look though and it has a cell phone charger port as well.



9. Fresh flowers – It’s a fancy little touch.

10. A few good books / magazines – I stocked our guest bedroom with a variety of a few favorite reads of my and Robert’s just in case your guests need to read a chapter or two to wind down for the night.

11. Bedside tables – These were only $64!

12. A small dish for jewelry / coins – To prevent any rogue earrings from rolling away.

13. Bedside lamps for reading – These lamps swivel all directions to customize the best reading light.



14. Extra phone chargers – We keep a universal phone charger in a drawer in the room just in case guests ever forget theirs.

15. A power strip – Power strips always seem to come in handy, especially for people with other electronics like laptops and iPads.



16. A full length mirror – I always appreciate when a hotel room as one of these. This is the mirror we used.



17. A hook – They come in handy all the time for hanging up towels or purses or a robe, etc. This hook was meant for a lantern but I love how large it is and it’s BRASS!

18. A wastebasket – It’s always frustrating when you have trash and nowhere to toss it. I like that this wastebasket has a lid.

19. A box of tissues – We dressed up this tissue box with this marble cover.



20. The wi-fi password – Display it in a cute frame.

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21. A notepad and pens – Just in case.

22. A treat (like chocolate or candies) Robert immediately swooped in and stole these chocolates right after I took this picture so maybe wait to put those out until guests arrive. Little thief.



23. A couple of bottles of water – In case guests need a swig in the middle of the night.

24. A vanity area / desk with a small mirror – Sometimes it’s not possible to put on makeup in the bathroom if others need to use it, so a little spot like this comes in handy.



25. Blackout shades/curtains – In case guests like to sleep in or need the room pitch black from any street lights. We are so happy with these green velvet curtains that we want to get some for the master bedroom now in a different color.

26. A nightlight – It’s especially helpful if you have children visiting who need a light. Our daughter prefers this one for the color changing component.

27. TV remote with instructions (if you have a TV in the room) – Bonus points if you have a streaming stick so guests can have access to movies and TV episodes.

28. Extra towels – Preferably white so they can be bleached. These are my absolute favorites that we’ve used for years.



29. Extra toiletries in a basket – Mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, saline solution, contact case, headache medicine, stomach medicine, heartburn medicine, nail clippers, Q-tips, lint roller, feminine hygiene products, etc. We used this basket.

30. Spare hairdryer – I always seem to forget mine and have to bum one off of the friend we’re staying with. This one is small and cheap but does the job.

31. A pack-n-play stowed in a closet for any little ones – It comes in handy even if guests are only visiting for a day and their baby needs a nap mid-day.

32. Space in a closet with extra empty hangers – Total confession: Our closet is still a mess. Workin’ on that one.

33. Luggage rack – We had this fold-up stool that worked perfectly as a repurposed rack for suitcases (totally my mom’s idea). It’s now discontinued but this rack is similar.



34. Steamer or iron / ironing board tucked in a closet – Definitely not necessary but super helpful. This steamer is great for tucking away when needed.

35. A small coffee pot / tea kettle – Honestly, can I have this in our master bedroom, please and thank you? This one is compact and perfect for the job.

36. A clean bathrobe (especially if the bathroom is down the hall) – How nice would it be to have a spa robe just like they have in hotel rooms?

37. Diffuser and a few favorite essential oils – I personally use and love this diffuser. Include a bottle of lavender oil to help guests relax.

38. A scented candle – Just a nice touch.

Whew! That’s quite a list but is there anything I missed?

After this, I think we’ll be ready to set up a bed & breakfast. Do you have a guest room in your house and go all out to welcome friends and family into your home? I get totally giddy setting up our mini hotel room now.

“Be not forgetful of hospitality, for by it some have entertained angels unaware.” – Hebrews 13:2

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