Lack of amenities-is this unusual?

The difference is not the duration of the stay but the type of stay:

  • you let rooms and you are a live-in host.
  • when we travel, we rent full units with no living host, typically a house, a property, or, in a big city, and apartment. The unit is ours for the duration, and nobody but us may get into the unit while we rent it. This is also how we rent out a house of ours as an STR.

Yes, but I don’t understand how that relates to amenities provided to guests.

Every host prices their rental, regardless of whether it is an entire unit,or a private room or suite in the host’s home according to their expenses and the profit they want to make.

It’s no more or less expensive for me to provide toilet paper and soap for the duration of a guest’s stay than it is for a host of an entire house. My guests have a private ensuite bathroom, it’s not like they are sharing the same soap and toilet paper I’m using.
And they are going to use the same amount of toilet paper and soap whether they have a bathroom in my home or whether they have a bathroom in an entire house.

And they aren’t “lodgers”. They have their own private bedroom and bath with an outside entrance. They are welcome to use my kitchen, and some do, but some guests I barely see.

I think it would be weird to not have pretty complete supplies for a shared STR – like the host gets to have TP and soap but the guest doesn’t (if they have a separate bathroom).

I don’t mind buying TP, shampoo, etc. after a small starter supply runs out if it’s a multi-person standalone rental such as a beach house.

I remember my very first guest on AirBnB some 12 years ago, I didn’t realise I needed to supply everything in the kitchen, The guest was ok about it; they went out and bought it, From then on, we have supplied it, beginners mistake.
They had everything else, like bedding towels and TP, all ended well.

Today I found sunscreen tubes at Dollar General for $2 each. So, I am adding that to my beach houses.

Being near a beach gives a host a great excuse to provide inexpensive beach stuff that the guests really appreciate.

Some of these are also helpful for the host. For example, I’ve heard hosts complain that guests take the lovely, pristine bath towels to the beach - so provide beach towels.

A cheapo styrofoam cooler is a good idea, also folding beach chairs and a beach umbrella.

Sunscreen is a good idea (if you’re somewhere warm, even if it’s not near the beach) but I prefer to provide a good-quality brand name.

That’s not because I’m snooty :rofl: but because a cheap variety won’t be as efficient and I don’t want guests saying (or writing in a review) 'the host provided a budget sunscreen and I was badly sunburned".

Aftersun cream is a good idea too. And here in Florida, bug spray, definitely.

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We have a place with a pool that’s not too far from a beach with good snorkeling. I provide two types of beach towels - one type for on-property (the big, fluffy ones) and another for off-property (lightweight microfiber ones). The guests love the thin ones because they are so easy to fit in the beach/snorkel bags so they don’t usually take the good ones. In eight years, we’ve only lost two or three good beach towels (excluding bleach stains and wearing out), although we are a fly-to location (St Lucia in the Caribbean).

I buy all of them at Costco. I stocked up on the thin ones when they were $5US each on clearance and throw them in my luggage when I go to our house (there’s no Costco in St Lucia!)

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I live in a beach town but don’t normally provide beach towels, for two reasons- I have limited water supply sometimes, so the less laundry the better, and beach towels tend to disappear- people sit down to eat somewhere or have a beer and forget the towel they hung over the back of the chair. One guest left hers on a booze cruise.

I do ask if guests need a beach towel, though- I do have some. But I find a lot of guests bring their own and many, both men and women, prefer sarongs- they take up no space, weigh nothing, you can lie on it, dry off with it, or wrap it around yourself. And sand doesn’t stick to them- a quick shake and the sand is gone.

While the microfiber beach towels sound practical, I really wish people would understand the environmental and health hazards of microfiber and stop buying the stuff. It’s really horribly poisonous stuff that is polluting our water, air and bodies and will be for generations to come.

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