There are many ideas of smart entertainment devices you could easily implement that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For example, a smart TV is definitely a plus; for music lovers, there are smart speakers like the extremely cool Sonos system that allows guests to pick the music and control the volume from their phones in every room of the vacation rental; and there’s good old Alexa, the voice assistant that works with the Amazon Echo device and can be connected with everything from smart lights bulbs to air purifiers.
Smart locks are the newest trend amongst successful vacation rental professionals. And they don’t just make the check-in process easier and more flexible for guests, they also liberate you from having to do key handovers in person. Not to mention the security factor: if you have no keys, your guests can’t lose them! Every pro vacation rental owner should have smart locks installed.
Once you’ve already bought a smart TV, why not equip it with Netflix so that your guests can enjoy a movie night or two while they’re staying at your vacation rental? It’s a gesture that guests will surely appreciate – especially parents who like to use the digital babysitter when they’re looking for a bit of alone time.
By the way, have you seen any of these awesome vacation rental TV shows on Netflix?
It’s the small things that make a difference… Have you ever had guests that brought their Nespresso capsules with them and were disappointed when they found out that your coffee machine doesn’t take them? A Nespresso *even if you can’t stand George Clooney 🙂* is a total must and do leave some complementary capsules. Other essential kitchen extras include:
You might think that it’s too much of a luxury but making an iPad (even a second-hand one) available to your guests is an eye-catcher in your advert description. And remember, you are protected by your security deposit. Now get yourself a digital welcome book and wait for those raving reviews to come in.
Providing your guests with something that enables them to move around for free is another sure way to separate yourself from the rest. If you have the space to store bicycles we would highly advise to do so (no space? if your city has bike-rental program why not leave your card as a complimentary gesture!). Other ideas:
What better way to enjoy your trip/vacation than to swing in a rocking chair or a hammock? They don’t only look cool in photos, they also feel good! Promote relaxation as much as possible because that’s what we’re after when we’re on holidays.
Collaborate with nearby hotels to allow your guests to use their top-notch facilities. Imagine being able to advertise a Hilton swimming pool on your advert or a free spa circuit in a nearby boutique hotel… Riding on hotel brands and amenities is a new booming concept in the vacation rental industry to receive more bookings. GO FOR IT!
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