We've had quite a few people stay with us since Sloan was born and I always want our guests to be as comfortable in our home as they are in theirs. Whether you have a separate room for your guests or they're crashing on the couch, here are the things I've learned that make for an all-around comfortable stay.
Spend a Night as Your Guest - To ensure that your guest gets a good night's rest, spend the night in their place. Take note of any issues so that you can correct them before they arrive. The pillows should be soft, the mattress (or couch) comfortable and cool, towels that look presentable, and curtains that block out morning light.
Everyday basics - I make sure to have extra essentials on hand that guests may have forgotten to bring, like a phone charger, assorted medicines, and tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I also put together a simple home package, like the keys to the house and a one-sheet that contains all relevant information (i.e. wifi password, remote control instructions, emergency contacts, etc.)
"Before they Need to Ask" Items: I keep our bathroom stocked with items some people may be reticent to ask for like a plunger, extra toilet paper, bathroom spray, feminine hygiene products and matches. Your guests will appreciate that they don't have to come to you, should they need any of these potentially embarrassing items during their stay.
Thoughtful Touches - I never want our friends and family to feel like they're imposing, so I often go the extra mile to make sure they know I'm excited they're staying over. Before anyone arrives, I leave a candle lit in the room, along with some new magazines and a guide to my favorite places in the city. And while it's unlikely that our guests will wake up before us these days (thanks, Sloan!), I make sure to have coffee out so that it's easy to access and guests can help themselves first thing.