Green Door Hospitality

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Keeping Your Guest Needs In Mind…. Even If You Don’t Have An Evil Lair

Last night we watched Sean Connery’s last performance of 007 in ‘Never Say Never Again’ on Netflix.  At one point we started laughing when Bond is brought onto the villain’s ship in a wet suit and Maximillian Largo, the villain, has clothes just Bond’s size awaiting him in his guest quarters.  How convenient!  This got me thinking about how often this happens in movies of this genre and time period.  Villains are SO HOSPITABLE!  “Hello Nemesis.  Welcome to my Evil Lair!  I have a closet full of clothes that are to your size and style.  Please also help yourself to this banquet of your favorite foods.  I want you to feel as comfortable as possible before I devise an overly elaborate plan to kill you, in which you will be able to escape with little trouble.”

Those evil movie villains sure do know how to entertain their guests!  Unfortunately, if you are guest in our home we will need you to bring your own change of clothes.  However, it is a sign of a good host to always be prepared for other things that your guests might forget.  In addition to providing our guests with the welcome tray with towels, basic toiletries, and chocolate that you first saw in my post, Mi Casa es Su Casa

Guest Welcome Tray

We also keep a basket of extra toiletries in one of the dresser drawers so that guests can use anything they might have forgotten.  When showing them their room, we point out the basket in the drawer at the same time we are letting them know which drawers have been left empty for them to unpack any clothing they might want to.

Guest Toiletries Basket

The basket is composed of toiletries aimed for both women and men.  Target, as well as other stores, have a great section of travel size toiletries to stock up on that are inexpensive.  Once they have left you can just see what items, if any, need to be replenished.

Possible toiletries to include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Face Cleanser
  • Disposable Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Hand Lotion
  • Mouth Wash

Other items that we keep on hand in the guest room:

  • Kleenex box
  • Blankets
  • Extra towels
  • Books
  • Water bottle

Your guests will appreciate you taking the extra time to think of their needs.  Also, by taking the pro-active approach you are increasing their comfort level.  Many people feel awkward or uncomfortable asking their hosts for things they may need.  They don’t want to be a burden… or maybe don’t want to admit they forgot their toothbrush.  The more you can do to make their stay a pleasant one, the more they will feel special and honored to be in your home.

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4 comments on “Keeping Your Guest Needs In Mind…. Even If You Don’t Have An Evil Lair

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    October 28, 2012

    Good ideas. We do most of that some helpful tips.

    Cynthia

  2. petit4chocolatier
    October 28, 2012

    Excellent ideas! How lucky your guests are : )

    • Green Door Hospitality
      October 28, 2012

      Aw, thank you! We always feel fortunate to have such wonderful people in our lives that we want to be made to feel special 🙂

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