38 Essentials for the Perfect Guest Bedroom

A master list of all of the best amenities and essentials to set up your guest bedroom like a hotel suite to help guests feel pampered and relaxed.

Best Guest Room Essentials

“Come and knock on our dooooooooor. We’ll be waiting for youuuuuuuu.” Sorry this post just made me burst out in song a little bit.

Because ever since we finished our modern vintage guest bedroom makeover, I’m like, “Bring on the crowd!”

I brainstormed ALL of the amenities and essentials a guest could ever want or need to help you make friends and family feel as comfy cozy as possible.

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1. Comfortable Mattress

We LOVE this budget-friendly mattress and all of our guests have so far too. It’s less than $350 for a queen. We made it even more squishy and cozy with this gel mattress topper. It feels like a cloud! If you can’t provide anything else, a comfortable bed is the best amenity you can provide.

2. Soft Sheets

We have these sheets on all of our beds. Totally hooked!

Our guests always comment about how soft they are. Always choose white. White feels clean (hence why hotels have them) and can be bleached.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Invest in soft sheets and have 2-3 types of pillows for added comfort.

3. Different Varieties of Sleeping Pillows

Some people prefer foam, some prefer down, so throw in a couple of both. Hotels usually offer a variety of fillings in their sleeping pillows, so consider the same for your guests’ comfort. We love these gel pillows the best though.

4. Plush Duvet

This down alternative duvet comforter is our preference, warm but not too heavy and totally squish-able. If you prefer down, this budget-friendly goose down duvet insert feels every bit as amazing as the luxury versions.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have a warm throw blanket at the end of the bed for any cold-natured guests.

5. Extra Blanket

If guests get cold in the middle of the night, they’ll appreciate an extra blanket within reach. This one is sooooo soft and warm.

6. Ceiling Fan or Box Fan

This is a must-have for any hot-natured visitors! We have this ceiling fan with a bright overhead light in our guest room, and it circulates air like a champ. If you prefer not to install a ceiling fan but want something “pretty”, this vintage style stand fan is beautiful and functional.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have a ceiling fan in the room to keep hot-natured guests comfortable.

7. Alarm Clock

This clock is great because it has an extra port to plug in a mobile charger and guests can play music on it through their phone.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have an alarm clock on a bedside table.

8. Sound Machine

We just picked up this sound machine that does a good job of blocking out noises around the house when you’re trying to sleep. It has a cell phone charger port as well.

If you really want to pamper your guests, a Hatch Restore 2 Sunrise Alarm Clock and Sound Machine combines both with better quality white noise and smart capabilities.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Keep a sound machine and small dish for jewelry/coins on the bedside table.

9. Fresh Flowers

It’s a fancy little touch and so thoughtful. If you can’t do fresh, fill a vase with artificial flowers and spritz them with a floral scent.

10. Books and Magazines

I stock our guest bedroom with a variety of reading material with some favorite reads of my and Robert’s just in case guests need to read a chapter or two to wind down for the night.

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11. Bedside Tables

These accent tables were only $66! Don’t forget to check Facebook Marketplace for secondhand nightstands too.

Related: Simple Bedside Table Decorating Ideas

12. Trinket Dish

It helps to have a small dish to place jewelry or coins on the nightstand to prevent any rogue earrings from rolling away.

13. Bedside Lamps

These lamps are great for reading that guests can swivel all directions to customize the best reading light.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have a bedside table with good light and a few favorite books.

14. Extra Phone Chargers

We keep a universal phone charger in a drawer in the room just in case guests ever forget theirs.

15. Power Strip

Power strips always seem to come in handy, especially for people with other electronics like laptops and iPads.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Hang up a full-length mirror and keep a wall hook handy for robes, towels, or bags.

16. Full Length Mirror

I always appreciate when a hotel room as one of these, especially if someone else needs to be in the bathroom while I put on my makeup. This is the mirror we used.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Keep a wall hook handy for robes, towels, or bags.

17. Wall Hook

Wall hooks come in handy all the time for hanging up towels or purses or a robe, etc. This hook was meant for a lantern but I love how large it is and it’s BRASS!

18. Wastebasket

It’s always frustrating when you have trash and nowhere to toss it. I like that this wastebasket has a lid.

19. Tissue Box

We dressed up this tissue box with this marble cover.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Always have a box of tissues

20. Wi-Fi Password

Display your Wi-Fi network name and password in a cute picture frame.

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38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Free printable Wi-Fi password sign for guests

21. Notepad and Pens

It’s nice to have just in case guests need to jot down anything.

22. Chocolate or Candy

Robert immediately swooped in and stole these chocolates right after I took this picture so maybe wait to put those out until guests arrive. 😉 Little thief.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Keep a notepad and pen handy along with a few chocolates to treat your guests.

23. Bottle of Water

In case guests need a swig in the middle of the night, having some bottled water nearby is really helpful.

24. Vanity or Desk

Sometimes it’s not possible to put on makeup in the bathroom if others need to use it, so a little vanity or desk with a small tabletop mirror comes in handy. Guests might even need to get a little work done while they’re visiting, so it helps to have one for them to use.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have a small desk / vanity area with a mirror so that guests have a place to get ready if other people need to get in the bathroom.

25. Blackout Shades and Curtains

In case guests like to sleep in or need the room pitch black from any street lights, invest in blackout curtains or window shades. We are so happy with these green velvet curtains that we want to get some for the master bedroom now in a different color.

Related: Best Luxury for Less Amazon Curtains, Rods & Window Shades

26. Nightlight

It’s especially nice to have if you have children visiting who need a light. Our daughter prefers this one for the color changing component.

27. Television

Include a TV remote with instructions. Bonus points if you have a streaming stick so guests can have access to movies and TV episodes. Some guests like falling asleep to a television show.

28. Extra Towels

White towels are preferrable so they can be bleached. These are my absolute favorites that we’ve used for years.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have a basket with extra towels and extra toiletries in case guests forget any.

29. Extra Toiletries in a Basket

Include mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, saline solution, contact case, headache medicine, stomach medicine, heartburn medicine, nail clippers, Q-tips, lint roller, feminine hygiene products, etc. We used this basket to store our guest bedroom essentials.

30. Spare Hairdryer

I always seem to forget my hair dryer and have to bum one off of the friend we’re staying with. This one is small and cheap but does the job.

31. Portable Crib

31. A pack-n-play stowed in a closet is really helpful for guests with little ones. It comes in handy even if guests are only visiting for the day and their baby needs a nap mid-afternoon.

32. Empty Hangers and Closet Space

Total confession: Our closet is still a mess. Workin’ on that one. But it’s good for guests to have access to a little bit of closet space in case they need to hang any clothing.

33. Luggage Rack

We have this fold-up luggage rack that works perfectly for guests to easily access their suitcases. It’s now discontinued but this rack is similar.

38 Guest Bedroom Essentials | Have a luggage rack so guests have a place to stow their suitcase.

34. Steamer or Iron

Keep a mini ironing board tucked in a closet too. It’s definitely not necessary but it’s helpful. This steamer is great for tucking away when needed.

35. Small Coffee Pot or Tea Kettle

Honestly, can I have this in our primary bedroom, please and thank you? This one is compact and perfect for the job.

36. Clean Bathrobe

A robe is especially handy if the guest bathroom is down the hall or if you just want your guests to feel at home. How nice would it be to have a spa robe just like they have in hotel rooms?

37. Diffuser and Essential Oils

I personally use and love this diffuser. Include a bottle of lavender essential oil to help guests relax.

38. A Candle

You can keep some flameless candles on the dresser set on a timer to turn on at dusk. It’s just a nice touch to add some coziness.

More Guest Bedroom Ideas

Whew! That’s quite a list but are there any other hotel guest room amenities you would add?

After this, I think we’ll be ready to set up a bed & breakfast.

Do you have a guest room in your house and go all out to welcome friends and family into your home? I get totally giddy setting up our mini hotel room now.

“Be not forgetful of hospitality, for by it some have entertained angels unaware.” – Hebrews 13:2

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  1. These are all great ideas! My husband and I travel extensively among our church fellowship, probably stay in 20 guest rooms a year! The one caveat I would suggest is that not everyone can sleep on polyester sheets. I am finding them more common, and I sleep way too hot in anything but cotton.
    You have covered guest’s needs very well!!

  2. Hi Lauren! Great post, you gave me many ideas on how to add that extra special touch to make guests feel comfortable and welcome. We keep a guest book in our guest room. It’s fun to look back at all the sweet notes and comments our guests leave.