One of the most popular platforms to come out of the sharing economy boom – Airbnb – has now seen more than 400 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 over 6 million 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.
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 110 of the most essential amenities. Use this Airbnb host checklist to help you to attract guests and maximize their enjoyment of your home!
The Basics: Airbnb Must-Haves
No matter whether your offering is a private room or a whole castle, all Airbnb hosts should aim to provide these fundamental items:
Freshly laundered bed linen on each bed
Sufficient pillows for each guest
Clean, good condition towels for each guest
Fully furnished kitchen so guests can cook their own meals
Toilet paper (a few rolls in each bathroom at least)
Bathroom toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo and hand soap
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)
Teas and instant coffee
Sponges, scourers and dishwashing soap
Additional kitchen supplies
Smoothie maker or juicer
Ice cube tray
The great outdoors: open-air amenities
Keep guests entertained in your Airbnb’s outdoor space when you have some of the below:
Durable outdoor furniture
Clean, working BBQ or grill
Gas or coal and firelighters
Tidy garden or backyard with mowed lawns
Neat balcony or patio
Kids’ play area
Hot tub or Jacuzzi
Access all areas: Airbnb amenities for disabled travelers
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
Roll-in shower with chair
Bathtub with shower chair
Hand-held shower head
Grab rails in the bathroom (even if removable)
Wide clearance to bed
Well-lit path to entrance
Wide doorway (at least 32 inches)
Flat smooth pathway to the front door (with little to no slope for ease of access)
Disabled or wide parking spot
Accessible pool/hot tub entrance
Lowered closet bars and shelving
Accessible power outlets
Door hardware usable with one hand
Faucets usable with one hand (or automatic)
Family-friendly features: amenities for kids
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.
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:
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: Airbnb amenities which you can charge for!
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!
Private or shared community pool
Free parking on the premises
Electric vehicle charger
Gym facilities (either in the building or nearby)
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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