My wife and I have been Airbnb hosts since June, when we converted our two-level home’s downstairs two bedrooms, TV lounge and full-bathroom into a rental space. The downstairs furniture (beds, dressers, sofas, coffee table, TV hutch, etc.) was left by the last homeowners, which is all top-quality.
We are in Northern California’s Sierra mountain region, with pine and redwood forests, bears, deer and wintertime snow skiing.
I recently viewed surrounding Airbnbs online. Most nearby rental cabins and private guestrooms have mountain-theme decorations and rugged-wood furnishings in their online photos: wooden bear statues, antique skis and snowshoes mounted on the walls, knotty-pine bedframes, throw blankets and rugs and sofa pillows with bear and pine tree images, framed wall photos of mountain landscapes, etc. See example photo below.
Our downstairs guest furniture features: one bedroom with a cozy-country look, one bedroom with a 1930s “Art Deco” black-and-white theme, and the TV lounge has a modern-Italian feel.
All arriving guests tell us how nice our guestrooms are. However, I wonder if guests want a more “mountain experience” when viewing our guestroom photos and deciding to stay in our mountain region?
It would cost at least $6,000 to change our three-room furniture and decorations to mimic a mountain theme. Plus, I would have to sell the existing downstairs furniture.
As an Airbnb host, do you furnish and decorate your guestrooms to reflect the nearby scenery: seaside, wine valley, desert plains, mountain area, farmlands, large metropolitan city, etc.?