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A cute decorative bowl or tray stocked full of fresh towels, luffas, q-tips, cotton balls, lotion, a shower cap and a glass says you were prepared, and thinking of your guest's comfort. (Image: Ashley Hafstead)

How to create a boutique hotel vibe in your guest room

Admit it, we've all gotten that last-minute call from a friend or relative asking if they can crash at our pad. Sure, you want to say yes, but is your guest room really guest ready? If you follow these simple tips, we'll have your house guests thinking they just stepped into a high end boutique hotel room!

We know not everyone has the luxury of a guest bedroom with this city's insane rent prices, but when company comes to stay you can use our tricks to easily transform your home office or a nook into a luxurious retreat that makes your guests feel right at home. It is really is as simple as paying attention to the details.

  • Declutter your space:This is especially important if you don’t have a guest bedroom and you are transforming another space into a guest retreat. You want to give your guests plenty of surface area to lay their own things out.

  • Add a temporary headboard to your blow up mattress: I use a large art print, but you could simply hang a beautiful blanket on the wall behind the mattress. Get creative, as almost anything can become a headboard!

  • Layer luxurious linens on the bed: Invest in soft, high-thread-count sheets for your guests. They will think they were sleeping on a cloud! Add different textures with throw pillows and blankets.

  • Put together a bowl of goodies: A cute decorative bowl or tray stocked full of fresh towels, luffas, q-tips, cotton balls, lotion, a shower cap and a glass says you were prepared, and thinking of your guest's comfort. Throw in a reusable water bottle too if you have extras. The key is to simply think about what a hotel bathroom is stocked with and try to include as much as possible for your guests.

  • Hang a soft robe in the room: This small gesture will truly make them feel comfortable and sends the message that they are welcome to relax in your home.

  • Print out the wifi info: Use a cute frame to display a sheet of paper with your wifi code and password. Have it sitting on the bed, or on a dresser next to your bowl full of goodies.

  • Place a reading lamp beside the bed.

  • Create a seating area: All you really need is a chair and small table you can stick in a corner of the room. This is a perfect spot for your guests to curl up and read a book, or to put on shoes before heading out the door.

  • Add a bench or low table for a luggage stand: This will help your house guests keep their belongings organized, and your room looking clean during their stay.

Fair warning, you may start getting more and more “reservations” from friends and family once the word spreads about how luxurious it is to “crash” at your pad! We take no responsibility for guests who don't want to leave ... Happy hosting!

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