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Brand new host with a few questions!


#1

Newbie here!

We just had a couple arrive who had booked for 6 nights. Should I offer to change the sheets and towels after the 3rd night?

Also what do you do about food - how much is appropriate to leave when they stay for a week?

Thanks so much for any replies,
Judy


#2

hi, i don’t change my own sheets and towels every three days so i would not offer that to a guest. I would however leave an extra set of sheets and towels for guests who book for more than 10 days so they have the option to change the sheets and/or use new towels. for longer stays they can also use the washer/dryer on site at their own expense. there is a luandry mat that provides wash and fold service 2 blocks away at .99 cents a pound.


#3

When people are staying for long periods of time, I leave extra towels, wash clothes in closet, and tell them to let me know when they would like me to launder the sheets.


#4

Hello, Judy. Agree with other responses here RE the sheets. Also, RE breakfast, there is a whole thread about this that i recommend reading. Hosts have very different styles concerning breakfast depending on their locations and circumstances. The genera rule is, don’t say breakfast is included…it’s just a bad idea on so many levels. That said, having coffee/tea and some bread or lights snacks on hand to offer tends to be a pleasant surprise for guests and makes them happy. Check out the breakfast thread for more details.


#5

Thanks everyone for your input.
I did ask them this morning about changing the sheets but they are totally fine with using these for a week. She also gave back a carton of milk which they would not use. I appreciated that thoughtful gesture.
I will check out that breakfast thread.
Thanks so much!


#6

Provide enough fresh towels, I would say four each should be plenty, or give two each to begin and provide another two each mid way. Personally, this is a home stay not a hotel, so sheet changes should be more along the lines of what you would do a home. Most people change sheets weekly, so I wouldn’t feel the need to change the bed during a six day stay. I find most people prefer room privacy rather than having the host go into the room while they are there, so I think you’ll find this works works in your favor with guests requiring less in the way of room services. You can always ask, but I would almost guarantee the answer will be that ‘the room/bed is fine thanks, towels would be great’ (if you had only started with a couple each). Personally I provide everything I think they will need so that I don’t need to bother them too much.

Whoops wrote this way earlier but before I could hit send, the whole thread had filled up!


#7

If they are here two weeks or longer I offer a free change of sheets and towels in between. Many don’t ask though, and refuse even when I offer. Three days is too soon. You are not a hotel!! If they want daily room servicing, let them book the Marriott. :slight_smile:


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