How often do you add something like flowers or chocolates to the room to surprise your guests. Is it a matter of pricing?
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I always put flowers in the room, but then we have them year-round from the garden! I like to have a few chocolates, too, from a local chocolate shop. Guests love them, they also like the little blackboard with a personal greeting on it.
I almost always leave a bottle of wine or special beer for the guest along with cheese and fruit.
We always provide coffee and leave a bottle of wine for our guests (sometimes we ask their preference of beer or wine and if they say beer we buy something local). In our more expensive months - we also leave chocolate, flowers or fruit and we always do something special if their stay is over a holiday. We also make sure that our medicine cabinet has extra new toothbrushes, toothpaste and q-tips.
I always provide a quality sparkling wine and fresh fruit platter and at Easter, Christmas or honeymooners will leave a little something extra. I also have the basics, salt, pepper, oil coffee pods, sugar and tea and washing powder.
For those who leave wine, do you often find it consumed after the stay?
My place is my weekday work apartment. I rent out on the weekends. For me, I want to do whatever I can to make the guests happy. Happy guests give generous reviews. And since I won’t be there, anything up front is key.
That being said, I always have milk, granola, a seasonal fruit, and a pairing cheese. All this costs about $10. If they are staying at least two nights, I also offer them their choice of a bottle of wine or a growler of beer from the craft beer shop across the street. Either about $15. For me, it’s worth it.
About half the time, the food is left. That’s fine since I’ll have it the following week. The beer/wine is almost always gone.
We ask whether the guest wants red, white or champers, and it’s always gone! They all seem to really appreciate it!
I leave a bottle of two-buck chuck (Trader Joe’s wine) and only two have opened it, out of maybe ten parties that I’ve left it out for. I’m on the cheap end so I don’t want to leave anything nicer. Guests seem happy with the Trader Joe’s granola bars, tea, and instant coffee. They’ve mentioned appreciating it in their reviews, and it doesn’t cost much.