Hello there. I’m a new host and have been reading all the informative posts on here. My space is a private guest house with kitchen. I have a mini fridge in the space that I put waters in. Are there any other must haves I should put in there? I leave snacks on the table, but wanted to know if others have had good feedback on other things.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
well.. imo this is also understandable: for example: we never drink milk at my place.
we would put it available if a host asked for it but the question is:
did you ask?
I'm actually kind of amazed to see how many folks here consider milk to be an essential food item. I don't think I've had a glass of milk since I was about 10 years old.
@Letti0 I agree with the Yuck factor. The thought of drinking a glass of milk is actually revolting to me. I can't even stand looking at those milk industry ads that feature celebrities with a "milk mustache", turns my stomach.
isn't it amazing how each person has their preferences and these items that are a must?
for example: eggs are a must-have for me.
and I was eating no meat for more than 20 years but now I do eat it often...
Our listing is a separate apartment within our home, with its own kitchen and bath. We provide coffee, tea and leave a non-dairy creamer that won't spoil stocked as I'm not always there due to work/school when the guests arrive.
Hi Casey and Dane'lle!
In my lil frig downstairs, I have 2 small cans of lime Perrier, 2 small cans Izze drinks, 2 small V-8s.
I used to provide bottled water but I stopped providing water......I had to replace it too often, and it was too heavy. Instead, now I have a Brita water filter downstairs just for them, with their own drinking bottles. Regarding milk, these lil containers are $1 each. You don't have to refrigerate them, but I do anyway. They last forever.
Like traditional drink boxes, these are 8-oz, prepackaged, single servings that come with their own straw attached, or you can peel the foil wrapper away at the top to easily pour into another container (or to sip directly from the carton). They come in four flavors – traditional ‘white’ milk, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
Due to the way in which the milk is processed, the single servings do not need to be refrigerated, which makes the options for transporting them almost limitless. From the Horizon Organic website:
Single serve milks are packaged in aseptic tetrapaks and unopened will keep at room temperature up to seven months or until the date code. The milk is pasteurized using UHT or ultra-high temperature process which is similar to UP or ultra-pasteurization, in which the milk is heated to >280° F for 2-3 seconds, but packaged in a sterile environment thus extending its shelf life. The package itself is durable, lightweight, convenient for transport, and uses low energy and few materials. It is recyclable at any local program that accepts aseptic packages.
Since I don't let the guests use my kitchen, I include a microwave and coffee maker downstairs also, with oatmeal packets, cereal, some snacks, etc. They use the milk for their cereal, and in their coffee.
ill always remember the hostess in amsterdam had beer for us when we arrived at her place...i go for water when i host and if i can go the extra mile i would as its always good to leave a sweet memory.
I host in my home, so I don't deal with this, but my friend who has a private guest suite leaves a few cold drinks in the mini fridge, and some chips, granola bars, etc. If it's summer and hot, she'll stick a couple cold beers in there. Also coffee and coffee cream. She doesn't say she provides any of this- so it's a pleasant surprise for the guests and one they've told her they were really grateful for after a long journey- they didn't have to right away go to the store or out to eat, but could shower, unpack and relax a bit without being starving.
Promising less and providing more usually leads to satisfied guests and good reviews.
She doesn't charge extra for these things, but has had guests leave $20 on the table with a note of appreciation!
This is basically what i do. Most guests will take just a granola bar and one juice, or the chips and a beer. Approximatly one over ten guests will eat/drink it all, that's why i don't leave the same amount for a one night stay or a 3-5-7-10 days stay; i take this in consideration when i set my price, it's an output. Overall, guests are happy with the attention and are very reasonable. And yes, i do get nice notes, sometimes with tips or just a little gift, although i'm not sure the goodies have something to do with it, unless they mention it.
I provide tea and coffee but not the milk as i find now most guests have a certain preference with regards to their milk In the beginning i used to buy the longlife milk ended up throwing it out as never got used ,When guests arrive i usually say help yourself to tea and coffee but as i dont know your choice of milk its easier if you buy your own
Most guests are cool with that and totally understanding ,
A better alternative is Land O'Lakes Mini Moos Half & Half. They can be stored in the fridge or in the cupboard. Individual serving sizes of liquid real milk. Quite satisfying for most guests and easy on the host. We used to provide a pint of half & half creamer in the fridge, but sometimes it would'nt be used and wouldn't stay fresh for long.