5-Star Quality Sleep At Your Airbnb
We’ve all experienced the phenomena before. You spend some time in a hotel and come away feeling like you’ve slept better during your stay than you ever have in your own bed. You’re rested, relaxed, more zen and you’d like to keep it going. So you take a picture of your pillow tag, you talk to the front desk about bedding, but can you really duplicate hotel sleep for your Airbnb guests?
Hotels know that you are in your room for one thing- sleep, and they can tailor the room accordingly. If you’re interested in getting more Airbnb bookings by offering 5-star quality sleep, pinpoint some of the reasons why guests have a better night’s sleep away from home.
That Vacation State of Mind
When you’re in a hotel, most likely you’re there for something fun. You’re on your own schedule, there are no meetings to prep for the next morning, and you aren’t just collapsing into bed at the end of the day. Even if you are staying at a hotel or Airbnb for a business trip, you don’t need to worry about dishes or what to pick up from the grocery store tomorrow. Your mind has a chance to get away from the day-to-day stresses. This same mentality can be replicated for your guests by providing them with a stress-free, superhost environment.
Studies show that we sleep better in a room kept a bit colder. With the AC running, there is the additional benefit of white noise, blocking out the street sounds or the TV from the room next door. White noise machines can be purchased at every price point and most home devices like Google Home and Alexa will lull you to sleep if white noise is what your bedroom is missing. Youtube even has a 10 Hours of Hotel AC Unit White Noise video. Most hotels also have blackout curtains designed to keep out even the brightest city lights or tropical morning sunrises. Not only do blackout curtains keep light out, allowing your guests to sleep like they’re on vacation, but they also help keep your room insulated. Don’t want to commit to the curtains? Offer some sleep masks for shut-eye that doesn’t require a design change.
No, you aren't imagining it. Your hotel's bed probably really is more comfortable than the bed your guests are sleeping on. The main reason is the mattress. Hotels typically replace their mattresses on a 3-5 year basis. Older mattresses start to get impressions in them over time. When you roll into the same spot every night you aren't getting the support that your spine and joints need. A quick way to fix this is to invest in a mattress pad or fiber bed. They cost way less than a new mattress while still giving you the support you need. The bedding itself can help put guests in the laid-back state of mind. Most hotels have ditched the weird floral comforters in favor of crisp all-white hotel bedding. Most hotel guests have reported that all-white bedding puts them at ease and makes them feel like it's cleaner. Comforters add a desirable weight and having a plethora of pillows to fall back against not only adds a feeling of luxury but also helps with snoring and sleep apnea. All-white linens make laundry a breeze and could help you and your guests feel like they're in a hotel. Add a nice year-round comforter or some pillows to the bed and all you're missing from these Airbnb tips is room service!
Author bio: Guest post contributed by the Downlite Bedding team. Downlite designs, manufactures, and markets comfort bedding for major hotel chains, Airbnb hosts, and consumers. The family-owned business is an industry leader with three generations of product-knowledge and experience.
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