The holidays are a time for entertaining friends and family and often that means hosting a few overnight guests throughout the season. Treat your guests to a five-star experience and show them to a room that they’ll be talking about for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to create the perfect guest room.

While you may love your knickknacks, your guests will appreciate having some extra space to set-up their belongings. Keep décor fairly simple – less is more in this case. Consider introducing simple touches like fresh flowers, a scented candle, a few magazines and a travel book that features your city or town.

Buy nice cotton or linen sheets and make up the bed, as you would expect it to be prepared at a nice hotel. Always include four sleeping pillows and if you’re looking to impress, iron the sheets and pillowcases just before your guests arrive. Don’t forget to offer an extra blanket for those chilly nights.

Storage Space
Leave a couple of drawers in the dresser empty so that your guests don’t have to live out of their suitcases. It’s also ideal if you can offer some room and several empty hangers in the bedroom closet. If you’re sharing a bathroom with your guests, save some space by installing hooks on the back of the guest room door for easy towel storage.

Alarm Clock
Even though most of your houseguests will likely prefer to use their cell as their alarm of choice, an alarm clock is still an essential tool for the bedside table.

Bathroom Amenities
Each guest should be given a set of fresh, clean towels that includes one bath sheet, one hand towel and one washcloth. Go above and beyond by offering a plush bathrobe and a new pair of slippers. Put some of those fancy hotel toiletries you’ve collected up over the years to good use and arrange soap, shampoo, conditioner, cream, toothpaste and mouthwash in a decorative basket. Place the basket and the towels on the guest bed so that it’s clear that these items are for their use.

Welcome Basket
Create a welcome basket and offer some thoughtful items that will help make their stay more enjoyable. Bottled water, foil wrapped chocolates, a pen and notepad, transit schedules and area brochures, a bottle of pain reliever and a travel sewing kit.