Airbnb Amenities: Understanding Essential vs. Attractive

February 28, 2023

As a host, you want to ensure your Airbnb is stocked with all the necessary items and amenities to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. Providing the right Airbnb amenities and securing the satisfaction of your guests is often followed up by them leaving positive reviews in return. These reviews are essential to the success of your business as a property manager since they’re likely to interest potential guests and drive up your bookings.

So how do you decide which items are must-have amenities for your Airbnb and which ones you should skip? Read on to get more tips about furnishing your rental property for the best possible guest experience.

Which Airbnb Amenities Are Nice-Haves Rather Than Must-Haves?

Even though Airbnb doesn’t require hosts to provide basic amenities for their guests, it’s highly recommended to do so to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. Good hosts already know this and strive to ensure their rental homes are fully stocked with everything their guests need as a sign of good hospitality. However, it can be challenging to decide what are essential amenities for Airbnb and what are the extras that just add a wow factor to your listing.

As a host, you want to ensure your guests are comfortable, but adding some extras can really make your place shine. While these items are not must-haves, some guests filter through listings by looking for hot-ticket amenities like a pool, free parking, a jacuzzi, and a washer/dryer. Placing these items in your rental depends on several factors, including space, the type of listing, and your budget, but they can help set you apart from the rest of the vacation homes in your area.

5 Essential Amenities of an Airbnb Vacation Rental

When browsing through available listings, many Airbnb users select their vacation rental home based on the listed features and provisions. You’ll want to ensure you cover all the basics and include them on your listing, as this could be a deciding factor for many potential guests. Keep this Airbnb amenities checklist in mind as you prepare for future rentals.

1. Air Conditioning and Heating

According to Airbnb, heating and air conditioning are two of the top amenities travelers search for when filtering listings. Depending on where your property is, chances are that you probably already have one or both of these things installed in your rental property. If you don’t already have them, there are several types to consider that offer different levels of temperature control or limit the space that can be heated or cooled.

It may seem like an expensive investment, and many hosts worry that their guests will use either the heat or A/C unnecessarily, so look into the option that you feel is the best choice for your space. At the end of the day, though, having air conditioning and heating are essentials if your property is somewhere that’s cold in the winter and/or hot in the summer.

2. Fresh Bed Linens

One pillow per person and fresh linens for each bed are a must. Whether you decide to wash linens yourself or hire an external laundry service, guests expect to sink into a bed after a long day of traveling that looks and smells fresh. One pillow per person is a nice gesture, but adding a couple of extra pillows on each bed is even better and adds a touch of luxury. In addition to changing the linens between stays, change them periodically during any gaps between rentals to ensure they don't collect dust.

Along with fresh bed linens, each guest should have at least one clean towel. Again, one is expected, but having some extras on hand for your guests is a nice touch.

3. A Well-Stocked Kitchen

One of the main reasons travelers choose a vacation home over a hotel is the ability to cook on-site, so one of the best Airbnb amenities is a fully-stocked kitchen. Your kitchen should be equipped with some necessary cooking supplies, including:

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery and utensils
  • Plates and dishes to suit the typical number of guests
  • Oven and stove
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine and/or kettle
  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Microwave
  • Basic herbs and spices, salt, pepper, and oil
  • Tea, coffee, and sugar
  • Dish soap and sponges for cleaning up

Some hosts will include extras, like breakfast, for an additional fee. This is not only convenient for your guests but also an easy way to make some extra cash.

4. Bathroom Toiletries

Airbnb strongly suggests setting out enough toilet paper, hand soap, and body wash for your guests’ stay, as these are definite must-haves. Other good bathroom toiletries to offer include toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. And because guests often forget to bring things like toothpaste and toothbrushes, so having these available for your guests is a thoughtful touch they won’t forget.

If you really want to wow your guests, consider buying mini toiletries in luxurious scents that they can take with them. This makes them feel like they’re in a high-end spa or hotel with the convenience of being at home. You can adjust the price of your rental to include these items.

5. A Laptop-Friendly Workspace With Wireless Internet

Many Airbnb customers are remote workers looking for a comfy place to stay with reliable wi-fi and sufficient desk space. If you don’t have room for a desk, a dining table close to the router should do the trick. Remote workers want a space that has good lighting and is laptop-friendly, so there should be outlets nearby for any electronics they need to plug in. Some extras could include basic office supplies like pens, pencils, and paper.

Make Your Guests Feel at Home in a Clean, Comfortable Space

TIDY makes it easy to maintain your rental property using our dynamic software that lets you track your inventory and keeps you updated when it’s time to reorder. This way, your guests will never go without the essential Airbnb amenities they need, and you’ll never be left wondering if your inventory is running low.

TIDY’s software keeps property rental managers in the loop at all times with plans that fit your needs and the features you want to make running your business a breeze. Reach out to TIDY today to learn more about how it works and how to get started.

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