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One of the most popular platforms to come out of the sharing economy boom – Airbnb – has now seen more than 200 million guests book accommodation on the site.

Being an Airbnb host isn’t just about providing a place to sleep – you have to take the full experience into account. As hosts are now competing with another 3 million plus listings, it’s more important than ever to stand out from the crowd.

So what’s the best way to do this? Our advice is to provide all the Airbnb essentials (which you’ll cover in your listing description) that will guarantee even the fussiest guests feel at home.

Ensuring your Airbnb is loaded with a full range of amenities for each guest will make for a great all-round experience, and help prevent any negative reviews of your place.

Airbnb Amenities to Ensure a Homely Stay

When listing your vacation rental on Airbnb, the platform makes it easy for each host to clearly state what it does and doesn’t have. Here’s our rundown of the most important Airbnb essentials that will help you to attract guests and maximize their enjoyment of your home!

The basics

No matter whether your offering is a private room or a whole castle, all Airbnbs should aim to provide these fundamental items:

  • Freshly laundered bed linen on each bed
  • Clean, good condition towels for each guest
  • Fully furnished kitchen so guests can cook their own meals
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathroom toiletries such as shower gel and shampoo
  • Hot water
  • Air conditioning and/or heating if/when necessary
  • Hair dryer
  • Plenty of clothes hangers
  • TV (with cable or Netflix etc.)
  • Wireless internet (WiFi)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Washer/dryer and detergent
  • Private entrance to the home
  • Extra pillows and blankets – “just in case”

Cooking up a storm

For many vacation rental guests, part of the appeal over traditional hotels is being able to cook hearty meals at the end of a long day visiting a new part of the world. Help guests make their favorite recipes in their “home away from home” with:

  • Cooking basics like pots and pans, oil, salt and pepper, and other long-life, versatile herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, cilantro, paprika
  • Dishware and cutlery (enough for at least the maximum number of guests)
  • Stove
  • Fridge freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Sponges, scourers and dishwashing soap
  • Dishwasher

The great outdoors

Keep guests entertained in your Airbnb’s outdoor space when you have some of the below:

  • Durable outdoor furniture
  • Clean, working BBQ or grill
  • Tidy garden or backyard with mowed lawns
  • Neat balcony or patio

Access all areas

Increasingly, we see more and more accessible vacation rentals which are suitable for wheelchair users and travelers with other mobility issues. Ensure these guests consider your place for their vacation when you have some or all of the following:

  • Wide hallway clearance for easy wheelchair access (at least 36 inches wide on the ground floor)
  • Step-free access to the home
  • Elevator that’s at least 32 inches wide
  • Wet-room style bathroom
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wide doorway (at least 32 inches)
  • Flat smooth pathway to front door (with little to no slope for ease of access)
  • Disabled or wide parking spot
  • Grab rails in the bathroom (even if removable)

Family friendly features

Don’t miss out on appealing to families with little ones. Make the family vacation a memorable experience to be repeated when you include items that will make traveling that bit easier for parents. Think about investing in:

  • Baby bath
  • Bathtub
  • Baby monitor
  • Changing table
  • Kids’ books and toys
  • Plastic dinnerware
  • High chair
  • Stair gates
  • Crib
  • Fireplace guards
  • Childproof electrical outlet covers
  • Table corner guards
  • Window guards
  • Game console
  • Babysitter recommendations

Staying safe

Peace of mind, whether traveling alone or in a group, is an important part of vacationing. Make sure your guests feel safe and secure when your amenities include:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • First aid kit
  • Window safety locks

Location highlights

When selecting amenities for your Airbnb listing, there is a section dedicated to your property’s location. Entice indecisive guests by ticking the box that applies to your vacation rental from the list below:

  • Beachfront
  • Lake access
  • Ski in/Ski out
  • Waterfront

Logistically speaking

There are some features of vacation rentals that guests really appreciate knowing beforehand as they can save them from inconveniences down the line. Be sure to mention:

  • Luggage drop off restrictions: in the case of early arrivals or late departures, can guests leave their luggage somewhere safe?
  • Long-term stays (i.e. one month or more): if they are allowed
  • If any pets live on the property
  • If guests are required to carry out any cleaning tasks before departure

The special extras

Not all hosts will be able to offer these amenities, but those who can will really be able to maximize on the guest experience – not to mention be able to reflect these luxury extras in their prices!

  • Breakfast included
  • Private or shared community pool
  • Free parking on the premises
  • Electric vehicle charger
  • Gym facilities (either in the building or nearby)
  • Hot tub
  • Single level home (no stairs)
  • Beach essentials such as towels, parasol, cool box, picnic blanket
  • Weather essentials such as umbrellas, waterproof ponchos and wellington boots!

Our list of Airbnb essentials is only the beginning, depending on where your vacation rental is located, there might be a complete other collection of amenities your guests will need. What else do you think is important to highlight on your listing? Let us know in the comments!

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(2) Comments
  1. Vicky Reply

    Haven’t you just copy and pasted the Airbnb tick list ? What would be interesting to know what items from that Airbnb list, in your opinion carry more weight 🙂 Thanks

    • Jess Ashworth Reply

      Hi Vicky,

      Thanks for being the first to comment on our post!

      You’re right that this list is based on the checklists provided by Airbnb, plus we’ve added in more information and ideas.

      Research shows that 67% of guests choose vacation rentals over hotels because they can do their own laundry, and another 81% say that a private pool is important!

      As a private swimming pool or laundry facilities may not be possible for every Airbnb host, we think above all, it’s important to provide a clean and comfortable stay – so make sure that bedroom, living, kitchen and bathroom areas are as equipped and spotless as possible. Hope that helps!

      Jess

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