We’ ve just started ‘upping’ our amenities though we have some misgivings about whether this is worthwhile as we’re rated 4.95 and guests have said it was ‘well-stocked’ when I don’t believe it was, at least for kitchen (which is very large, well equipped and a feature of the home that we tout).
For the bathroom we’ve always had hand soap, shampoo, conditioner. Now we’ve added CeraVe facial foaming cleanser, floss tips, Q-tips in a dispenser designed so you can take some without touching the swabs of others, mouthwash in a dispenser with little cups, makeup remover, organic cotton pads (we also had cotton balls) and curated highly rated Olaplex #4 Bond shampoo and conditioner (Moroccan oil), also Avon sun screen, insect repellant (though we don’t have many mosquitoes: have large citronella plants and spray and are diligent in removing any standing water). [We have toothpaste, tooth brushes, shaving cream, razor available if requested but that’s never happened.]
In the kitchen we’ve added shelf-stable condiments: Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (best by 2/27)
Napa Valley Organic White Wine Vinegar by Stonewall Kitchen
Spectrum Organic Red Wine Vinegar, 16.9 oz.
Butternut Mountain Farm 100% Pure Vermont Syrup, 8 oz. (best by 11/25)
Cholula Original Hot Sauce (best by 4/23)
San-J Tamari w/28% less sodium (best by 12/23)
Sriracha Hot Chili sauce, Huy Fong Foods (best by 12/23)
Worcestershire Sauce, Lea & Perrins Original
BOU Bouillon cubes: Chicken (12/23), Vegetable, Beef (9/23), Roasted Garlic (12/23)
And we’ve added spices [we mark purchase date at bottom with a Sharpie and plan to refresh two years afterwards, maybe earlier]: Thyme Leaf Fancy Grade Frontier Co-op
Vietnamese 5% Oil Cinnamon Frontier Co-op
Bay Leaves Morton & Bassett
Red Chili Pepper Crushed Frontier Co-op
Cayenne Pepper, 75,000+ Scoville Heat Units Frontier Co-op
Garlic Granules 1/8 tsp = 1 clove Frontier Co-op
Onion Powder, 1 tsp = 1/3 cup chopped, Frontier Co-op
Oregano Leaf, Organic, Extra Fancy Grade, Frontier Co-op
Nutmeg Ground from the East Indies, Frontier Co-op
Organic Rosemary, 365
Cardamon Seed-Ground, Frontier Co-op
Cumin Seed-Ground Frontier Co-op
Smoked Paprika, Oak-Wood Smoked, Frontier Co-op
Colman’s Dry Mustard, 2 oz.
Chef Prudhomme Vegetable Magic (best by 8/24)
Chef Prudhomme Blackened Steak Magic (best by 6/24)
Chef Prudhomme Poultry Magic (best by 7/24)
Chef Prudhomme Seafood Magic (best by (6/24)
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, 3#
Himalalania [Naterra] Pink Himalayan fine salt
Morton’s Iodized Salt
Sea salt grinder
Black pepper grinder (3)
365 Organic Olive Oil Spray (best by 6/23)
Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 8.5 oz (best by 6/23)
Avocado Oil spray
Eden’s Toasted Sesame Oil, 5 oz (best by 1/24)
We’ve also added teas: From Republic of Tea (all tea bags):
Organic Milk Thistle Super Herb (Organic milk thistle, organic orange peel, org grapefruit, 2/24)
Organic Mint Fields (Organic spearmint, organic peppermint and organic lemon balm, 12/23)
Milk Oolong (Milk oolong tea leaves from Fujian province, China, 11/23)
Honey Ginseng Green Tea (Green tea with Panax ginseng, 1/24)
Beautifying Botanicals daily Beauty Herbal Tea (herbal blend, 2/24)
Downton Abbey Estate Blend (Earl Grey Black, bergamot orange oil, vanilla, 1/24)
Natural Hibiscus (Hibiscus (flower), sweet blackberry (leaf), stevia (leaf), 2/24)
Get Lost ® Stackable Teas: Get Lean ®, Get Burning ®, Get Lost ® [Google it]
British Breakfast (Fine black tea from Assam, Sri Lanka, Darjeeling and Africa, 3/24)
Get Lean, Get Burning, Get Lost (2/24)
Nespresso Original Capsules, variety, caffeinated and non-caffeinated, 11/22
We also provide: Ziploc type: sandwich bags, snack bags, 2 gallon bags
Rolled parchment paper
Unbleached parchment paper squares 9” x 9” [do not use without food (for example, pre-heating) on it as it will burn/catch fire]
Freeze-tite plastic wrap
Snacks: Individually packaged jerky, popcorn.
We have a paper handout on the kitchen counter with this list [I’ve cut and pasted] so that when the guests go shopping they can see what we have so that they don’t duplicate purchases.
Our thought here was to buy things (e.g., soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, etc.) that a guest might want to use but really wouldn’t want to buy a whole bottle and then leave or carry home.
So, we’ll see how the comments change or whether it increases re-bookings.
So what do you think? Are we missing something? Do you think that even if guests don’t leave comments on this or re-book more often, tell more people about our listing that we might well justify by ‘pride of hospitality’? I don’t know how costly this will be to maintain; but we’ll see.