When it comes to competing with short-term rentals and hotels in your area to attract guests, it’s crucial to have the right amenities. Depending on the location of your rental and the type of guest you expect to host, it’s critical to have the right amenities.
According to a survey conducted by Airbnb, 97 percent of US travelers say amenities impact their travel experience.
Stock up on essential amenities
Essential amenities are basic amenities that a guest expects in order to have a comfortable stay.
- Toiletries: soap in all bathrooms
- Towels – one for each guest
- One pillow per guest
- Bed linen
Creating a Standout Vacation Rental
Here are some amenities that can widen your audience and make your rental stand out:
One of the amenities that make the case for a vacation rental over a hotel is a fully equipped kitchen. It’s important to keep the kitchen well stocked with all necessities they would need to utilize this amenity.
By including access to a kitchen, your home will appeal to a much bigger audience.
By offering access to a swimming pool, your property seems more luxurious and distinguished especially if it’s a private pool. Having a pool allows you to raise your price and boost your rental income immediately.
Providing guests to keep up with their laundry is another reason why they prefer a home, especially if they stay for longer periods of time. Make sure you have a washing line or drying rack if you don’t have a dryer.
According to Trip Advisor’s 2016 vacation rental survey, 67% of travelers believe that vacation rentals are better than hotels because they’re able to do their laundry whenever they want (at no extra cost).
An iron and ironing board is a must-have for wrinkled clothes. This amenity is mandatory if you cater to business travelers.
A high percentage of guests travel with pets and for some reason, pet-friendly homes are incredibly scarce. With a significant shortage of pet-friendly homes, this amenity can be extremely beneficial to get a premium price.
You can even enable this feature during the offseason if not throughout the year. Make sure to charge guests a cleaning fee and pet-proof your property.
Showcase your family friendly features
When it comes to travelling with kids, families tend to choose vacation rentals where they can relax and feel safe. In order to appeal to families, provide these amenities:
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Space for the entire group to relax and spend time together.
- Cable TV
- Family games
Make your home suitable for remote workers
As the world embraced work-from-home, people realized they can work from anywhere. After being cooped up in an apartment, they are ready for a change in scenery and some fresh air, and your vacation rental might be the right place for them.
To cater to people working remotely, ensure you have the following amenities:
- High-speed Wifi
- Dedicated workspace
If there is one mantra to vacation rental success – surpass guest expectations. A small gesture goes a long way. For example, if your home is near the beach, offer beach towels, fold-up chairs. Providing these amenities and going the extra mile will enhance the guest experience and ensure you receive those raving reviews.