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It really is the little things

I know its not just me either. We're staying at a vacation rental near St. Augustine, FL for 3 nights. Let me tell you, overall its a pretty nice home! 3 bedroom/2 bath home with a screened in lanai and fenced in backyard for the doggies. In the pictures, it looks beautiful. On the plus side its:


Comfy couch

Ample sized kitchen

Washer/Dryer available

Ice in the freezer

Curb Appeal

Queen size beds

However, there are plenty of little things that just disappoint me as a guest.

The immediate items that were disappointing for me were:

  1. No trash bags in the main kitchen garbage and recycle bins nor were there any to be found in the house.

  2. Dirty, wet dishrag and used, wet sponge left in the sink.

  3. Blankets and towel left in the washer.

  4. No TV in any bedroom and in fact, the cables had actually been cut.

  5. Living room tv is quite small compared to the size of the room

  6. Dining table decor is fall/halloween and we are here in February/March. ??

  7. No kleenex anywhere and we were left with 1 roll of cheap TP in each bathroom.

  8. No hand towels or washcloths - - just 2 bath towels in each bedroom

  9. No paper towels anywhere even though kitchen and bathroom had paper towel holders prominently placed.

  10. Dish soap in kitchen had been watered down so much I wasn't even sure there was soap left.

  11. Kitchen utensils - Literally the holder on the counter has two utensils. A spatula and a potato masher. Yep, a potato masher.

  12. You have a 3 bedroom home with large rooms, especially the master bedroom and you have zero King beds. Zero.

Ok. I'll quit harping on it, and maybe I'm a bit more critical than some guests would be, but when your guests pay a pretty penny for a 3 night stay, they will appreciate the little things and its the little things that they will remember and will keep them wanting to return.

Please share your thoughts on my little rant here and provide guidance to other hosts. There are many great ways to welcome your guests and give them a WELCOMING WOW!

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