Easy Guest Room Ideas to Impress the In-Laws this Holiday Season

guest room ideas
Photo by Rhema Kallianpur

Holiday visitors are coming and your guest room needs some help (to say the least). Putting together a luxury suite is easier than you think — just check out these simple guest room ideas.

Start with a Warm Welcome


Naturally you will welcome your guests when they arrive at your home. But once they are ready to settle into their room, a simple welcome note on the bedside table will make a big impact. It’s the way boutique hotels welcome important guests, and it will show your visitor that you put a lot of thought into their stay. Be sure to include important information like the alarm code to the house, how to use the TV remote, and, most importantly, the Wi-Fi password.

Splurge on the Bedding


Two things make for an amazing stay: great sheets and the perfect pillow. Outfit the bed with Brooklinen’s Luxe Core Sheet Set, but be warned: Your guests may spend their whole stay in bed. Pair it with a bamboo pillow to ensure they have the best night sleep ever.

Next level: Go with white sheets for that luxury hotel vibe.

Supply Enough Space to Store Their Stuff

luggage suitcase bedroom

Creating a spot for your guests to unpack their suitcase will make them feel truly welcome. If your guest room is used as a storage room the other 11 months out of the year, you should pack away your own items for the time being. Provide at least one empty dresser drawer and half of a closet for guests to put up their clothes.

Optional: Place a small bench at the foot of the bed to be used as a luggage rack.

Provide Toiletries


Guests will assuredly pack their own toothbrush, soap, and comb, but a few extras ready for them will be much appreciated. Provide shampoo, mouthwash, and lotion in travel size containers. Add in cotton swabs, a travel toothbrush, and a small bar of soap like this Apple Cider Vinegar one from The Vermont Country Store. Place everything in this handmade leather valet tray from Etsy shop Wizened Oak Leather.

Gifting: This tray can be monogrammed for your guests to take home as a gift after their stay.

Don’t Forget a Water Pitcher and Glasses

Bedside Carafe and Glass set

Have you ever been a guest in someone’s house, only to wake in the night wanting a glass of water, but you just stay in bed because you aren’t sure where the glasses are and you don’t want to wake your hosts? Me too. That’s why putting out a water pitcher and glasses is a necessity. Grab this stylish Bedside Carafe and Glass set from Target to place on top of the dresser next to the toiletries tray.

Reminder: Be sure the pitcher is refilled every night for your guests’ late-night drink emergencies.

Set Up a Mini Bar

whiskey glass carafe

When your guest first arrives, use that water pitcher to put out some whiskey to welcome them. Get your visitors excited about your area by giving them some locally made snacks, like the Hazelnut Crunch Bar from Alma (for folks in the Northwest) or a bag of fried pickle chips (for folks in the South).

Create Cozy Vibes

house slippers

These are small touches that will take your guest room from ordinary to luxurious. Set the mood with a candle from Wooly Beast. Scents such as Misty Mountain and Magical Forest will make your guests feel like they are on a luxury retreat.

For the final wow factor, indulge your visitors with a brand-new pair of soft, fluffy slippers. You can get a six-pack of the same fleece ones that hotels use — and doesn’t everyone get excited about hotel slippers?

Feature image by Rhema Kallianpur.