Whether you’re looking to potentially raise the price of your property or increase those low season bookings, revising your vacation rental amenities is an absolute must. So what is it that guests are looking for when booking a place over another? What are the triggers that make them choose your vacation rental? We found the amenity types that make heads turn.

1. Smart entertainment devices

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.

2. Smart locks

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.

3. Netflix

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?

4. Small kitchen luxuries

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:

  • a nutribullet juicer
  • beautiful sharp knives
  • a rice cooker
  • a kitchen robot

5. An iPad

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.

6.Things to get around with

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:

  • Even if your guests are not the skateboarding types, leaving a skateboard is an eye-catcher.
  • And if your rentals by the sea? Leave a surfboard!!

7. Something to swing in

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.


New articles from our vacation rental blog straight to your inbox. Subscribe now!