Obviously, the extent to which you can add amenities depends on the size of the space you have available. Remember not to over-crowd the room, you don't want your guests feeling claustrophobic; your guests will need to have space to place their suitcase and belongings.
Extras for the Guest Bedroom
With the technology of today, wifi really should probably be listed on the “essential” list. However, since one truly can live without it (shocking, I know!), I’m listing it here under “extras”.
Always make sure to provide a wifi password. Sometimes guests may not feel comfortable asking for the password, even if they know you have wifi. Be sure to write down the password in case your guests have multiple devices. If you want to have fun with it, try framing the wifi password and placing it in the room for your guests to see. Or you can purchase a lovely printable like this one from Brittany at Our Wonderful Life.
Providing bottled water will provide your guests with the convenience of not needing to go to the kitchen every time they want a drink. This is especially helpful in the middle of the night.
3. Closet space with extra hangers
A small empty closet in the guest bedroom is ideal. However, if you’re not able to provide a fully empty closet, at least try to clean out a 18-24 inch hanging space for your guests to hang clothes or coats. Don’t forget to provide extra hangers!
4. Iron and ironing board
If your guest bedroom is spacious enough to house an iron and ironing board or to slip it in the closet, then by all means, provide it! Otherwise, be sure to let your guests know where to find it.
5. Chair and/or seating area
If your guest bedroom is spacious enough, it’s always a nice touch to add a chair or seating area so that your guests have a place to sit other than on the bed.
6. Small table or desk
A well placed small table or desk will provide a space to set up a laptop or attend to personal business your guest may have.
7. Robe hooks
Adding three or four robe hooks to the back of the door or somewhere else in the room will provide your guest with a space to hang their clothes or towels. It can be frustrating to a guest when there is no where to lay or hang clothes, this often leads to clutter which is further frustrating.
Since you generally don’t know your guest’s sleeping preferences, it’s a good idea to provide a nightlight. Personally, I prefer a dim nightlight so I can see if I need to get up during the night. My kids have a hard time sleeping if they don’t have a nightlight. On the other hand, my husband loves a totally dark room for sleeping. So you see, every one is different.
9. Full length mirror
If at all possible, provide your guests with a full length mirror, either in the bedroom or in the bathroom. Your guests will feel much more confident knowing that they have approved their entire outfit in front of a full length mirror, rather than just the top half in a smaller wall mirror.
If for some reason you’re not able to provide a full length mirror, do be sure to provide some sort of mirror for your guests bedroom. (It’s pretty embarrassing to exit the bedroom with “chicken hair”, greet your hosts on the way to bathroom, only to realize how dreadful you look once you see yourself in the bathroom mirror!)
10. Empty drawers
Depending on the length of the stay, guests sometimes prefer to unpack their suitcase and “move in” for a few days. Providing at least one empty dresser drawer is a thoughtful gesture.
11. Air freshener spray
Guests generally prefer to sleep with the bedroom door closed at night. Sometimes, a bedroom will become stuffy by the morning and smell like “morning breath”. To avoid your guests’ embarrassment, it is polite to provide them with an aerosol air freshener.
I will also note here that, unless it is a very mild scent, the majority of the time “plug in” type air fresheners are too strong for a guest bedroom. We have had more than one occasion in which we have had to unplug the air freshener because it was entirely too overwhelming and giving us a headache.
Remember: You can make each guest feel special and feel at home by paying special attention to the little details.