The beginner's guide to Airbnb amenities

The beginner's guide to Airbnb amenities
Airbnb Advice
January 20, 2020

There’s a lot to consider when you first list your Airbnb online, and amenities are one of those no-brainers that you need to supply. However, when talking about amenities, it’s not as simple as a checklist. Depending on who you want to stay, and your budget, you may want to ‘wow’ your guests. Therefore, I have created 3 profiles for different Airbnb Property Managers and included a list of amenities based on the experience they want to offer guests.

Basic Brenda:

Basic Branda just wants to know the basic amenities that everyAirbnb host should supply to guests. Whether she is just starting out ordoesn’t feel the need to invest extra time and money in her rental, she ishappy with standard amenities:

Kitchen cutlery,tableware, handtowels and washing up equipment 

Basic kitchen ingredients

Salt, pepper, sugar, oil.

Oven, toaster, and jug

I mean it would be surprising if you didn’t own these.

Toilet paper

How much depends on the number of guests, but it’s always niceto be fully stocked, so guests don’t have to run out and get more.

Hand and body soap

This doesn’t need to be anything expensive. For hand soapconsider liquid soap as it is more hygienic and less expensive.

Basic toiletries

Shampoo, conditioner, you get the drill.

One towel per guest

Or two, depending on the stay, but one towel is fine for acouple of days.

One pillow per guest,bedding, linen, and additional blankets


You may not consider this as essential within your own home, butbelieve me, most people consider this a day-to-day essential. Therefore, youcould be missing out on a whole market of people if this is excluded from yourlist.

Nice-touch Nellie:

Nice-touch Nellie wants to go above and beyond expectations. Sheis someone who may not have the biggest budget, but she wants her guests tohave the best possible visit. These added amenities are also a sure-fire way toget great reviews because they make the user’s experience more enjoyable andare relatively inexpensive too. 

A house manual

This would include details about how to use things within thehouse, the wifi username and password, how to use the TV and access Netflix,your mobile number and emergency contact details, and if you want to be extranice you could also put a map of the area, list of good places to eat andthings to do.

Coffee, tea and basicsnacks like biscuits

Although not essential, most people will expect these.

First aid-kit

It is important to be prepared because accidents do happen. 

A laptop-friendly workspace

This is especially important for business travellers, althoughsome vacationers may also like to use their laptops daily.

A guest book

Where guests can share their experiences and leave favourablereviews.

A heater/fan 

A universal adapter

So foreigners can charge their phones if they have forgotten topurchase one themselves.

A hairdryer and/or straightener/curler

Depending on the person, these can be essential day-to-day items.


This item is very important to include if your property catersto mainly business clients. 

Coat hanger/hangers

Smoke alarm and fireextinguisher

You always want to ensure your guests are safe, and so this isone way of doing so.

A welcome gift uponarrival

This can be as simple as a little chocolate on each pillow orflowers in a vase. There’s no need to spend lots of money.

Toys and games

You could add some of your kids' old toys and games to create afamily-friendly experience that everyone, big and small, will appreciate.

Luxurious Luke

Luxurious Luke isn’t on a budget, and he isn’t afraid to showoff a little. Depending on your place you may already own some of these or youmay want to invest in a couple to make your user experience have thewow-factor. With these kinds of amenities, the challenge is for guests not togive you a 5-star rating!


Most people own Netflix and almost everybody uses it on adaily-weekly basis, so this is a nice touch.

A swimming pool

If you own one already then this will no doubt appeal tofamilies and visitors from near and far.

Luxury toiletries

Expensive towels and bedlinen 

Beautiful furniture

Free parking

Many people would appreciate not having to pay for parking and alsobeing able to park nearby

A welcome basket full ofgoodies

If you want to treat your guests like royalty then you couldsplash out on some bubbles and chocolate. 

Fresh flowers

If you take trips to your residence between guests, and havelovely flowers growing in your garden, then why not pick some for some added pizazz.

Books and magazines 

Air conditioning

Depending on your house, air conditioning may be ideal to ensureguests have a pleasurable stay.

Washer & dryer

People always appreciate clean and dry clothes and these appliances are something most people already own.


In conclusion, this is just a rough idea of what amenities mustbe stocked and what could be stocked. However, there are infinite ways toensure guests have the best possible stay. Depending on your budget and purposefor renting out your Airbnb, you may want to go above and beyond theseessentials, or you may stick to this checklist. However, it would be worthwhileto exceed guest's expectations, as this can lead to increased searches,bookings, better reviews, and all-round customer satisfaction. If you areworried about adding extra amenities in case guests steal or damage them, thenyou can always ask for a safeguard such as grabbing guests driver’s licensedetails or having a fee that will be returned once you ensure no damages haveoccurred. Whatever way you want to stock your Airbnb is up to you, but rememberthe benefits of providing additional amenities next time you are out shoppingfor Airbnb supplies.

Written by Lauren Middleton 

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