A sublime example of a luxuriously appointed nightstand.
Many years ago we anticipated a need to offer guest houses in some of our Camelot Homes floor plans. As a premier builder of new luxury homes we understand the importance of delivering not only an aesthetically satisfying home, but more importantly, a home that meets the functional needs of our home buyer. There are many uses for what we refer to at Camelot Homes as the Casita, from home office to workout room, but what we are looking at today is creating the ultimate Guest Casita.
For starters, some consideration must be given to allowing your guests to settle in with their things and have the ability to unpack. We provide the closet space, you can provide elegant clothes hangers and perhaps a hook on the door. We would also suggest a bench at the foot of the bed or a luggage rack to make getting into their luggage more convenient.
AD 100 designer Juan Montoya’s example of the stylish usefulness of the guest room bench.
When it comes to sleep time, there is no feeling quite so splendid as crawling into a bed with luxurious sheets; a fact that five star hotels have always maintained and truly what distinguishes good hotels from great. Promote a great night sleep with luxurious linens, plush pillows, a great mattress, and extra blankets.
In today’s tech era, many guests will be traveling with their electronic devices, so some other suggested amenities would include a Bose player or iPod deck and even a desk or work area for laptops as space allows, complete with desk supplies– pen, paper, et al.
- Bottled water or iced water in a pretty carafe. We especially like cucumber water, which is a favorite indulgence at spas. Simply add thin cucumber slices to a pitcher of water for a soothing treat.
- Scented candles or fresh flowers. Tip: make sure to check with guests ahead of time, in case they have allergies. As much as we love pets, it’s best to not let pets go into the guest room.
- Leather-bound or vintage books provide reading material, but also make beautiful decorative accessories. Plugs for the numerous tech gadgets we travel with.
- Brewing machines like the Keurig are ideal for a quick cup of coffee or tea. Guests can make beverages from the privacy of their own room, whenever they’d like. The convenience can’t be beat.
- Toiletries, like lotions, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, are a must. Posh hotels almost always offer designer or name brand toiletries, so to save money, buy the travel-size versions of your favorite products. Other essentials to consider are tooth brushes, razors, Q-tips, and a blow dryer.
- Extra-comfortable ‘His and Hers’ robes and slippers waiting in the closet, with the sash tied around the waist, just like at the spa.
- Mirrors – vanity and full-length.
- Good lighting, with table lamps or reading lamps on both sides of the bed.
- An iPod pre-loaded with your guests’ favorite tunes is a special treat. We love Bose sound systems for quality listening. A variety of CDs or DVDs is another great option.
- If the guests are close friends or family, place a framed photo of the hosts and guests together in the room. Shared memories will always make the space feel cozy and personal.
- Dress the walls with art or photos; the guest room should never feel like a cold or bland environment.
- Don’t abandon the design of the guest room – make it elegant and inviting but also cheerful. Happy colors and fun patterns create a positive atmosphere and help remind guests they are vacation!
A family photo gives a personalized feel to this guest room.
If your guests are visiting from out of town, play the ultimate host and arrange a gift basket or welcome bag filled with city maps, disposable cameras, local magazines, and a list of places in the neighborhood they should check out. Make sure to include restaurants, movie theaters, beaches, attractions, and any local or secret spots. Just in case, an emergency contact list with your address and telephone numbers, and the location of the nearest hospital or police station, is beneficial.
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