Travel is back.
As tourism hits its peak summer season, travelers are looking for the perfect vacation for the rest of the year and going into 2022.
If you host a vacation rental on Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com, or any other vacation rental platform, chances are, you’re booked this summer.
Recently, studies show that travelers are looking for more unique and luxurious stays. In the U.S., for example, the search term “luxury hotel” has reached its highest numbers since before 2006.
To keep up with the demand for high-end travel, here are five ways you can make your Airbnb more luxurious for guests.
1. Attract Luxury Guests with High-end Amenities
Want to generate ancillary revenue from your vacation rental?
Include toiletries, amenities, food, and even sporting equipment and souvenirs to sell in your vacation rental for guests to purchase. BnSellit ™ is an app that allows Airbnb, Vrbo, and other short-term rental hosts to turn their properties into mini-marketplaces, offering an additional stream of income.
Furthermore, hosts can list virtually anything to be rented or sold to guests. Upon arrival, guests will scan a QR-code and use your host ID to access your available inventory.
To get started, simply download the free BnSellit app through the App Store or Google Play. From there, you will create your account and start listing all of the products and photos with the associated property.
Profitable items to add to your BnSellit marketplace may include:
- Phone chargers
- Seasonal clothing
They also provide a Welcome Kit full of all the tools hosts need to help set up a successful marketplace with valuable items for your guests.
Additionally, you can view your marketplace analytics to keep track of your sales revenue and learn more about what your guests have loved the most during previous visits to gain a better idea of what to keep stocked.
Your guests will appreciate having essential items in stock at your property without having to leave their Airbnb, making their stay ultimately feel more luxurious.
2. Hire a Reliable Cleaning Team
To ensure your vacation rental is spotless for every reservation, you need to invest in a reliable and thorough cleaning team.
The multi-purpose software TurnoverBnB can find cleaners in your area and automate your scheduling calendar with your cleaners for seamless turnovers every time. Fortunately, the app also allows quick communication with hosts and cleaners and offers an automatic payment system.
Cleaning is a service you can’t overlook. But, unfortunately, just a few missed dusty or dirty areas in your Airbnb can lead to bad reviews.
On TurnoverBnB, it is encouraged to form relationships with cleaners so you can be sure your cleaners will leave the place sparkling after every turnover. Developing an ongoing relationship with your cleaner results in more consistency and overall trust that your property is in good hands.
Knowing your Airbnb will be thoroughly tidied and disinfected for every guest will bring peace of mind to you and an excellent experience for your guests.
3. Consider Adding a Vending Machine
Another way to generate an additional revenue stream from your vacation rental is by providing more amenities in a vending machine. Vending machines are the new way to make a little extra cash with minimum effort.
Specifically, Vendhut allows you to choose items to sell in your Airbnb to profit from selling wholesale items. Then, depending on your location, you decide what you want to include in your vending machine.
- Set-Up Support
- Wholesale refer
- Repair services
4. Market your Rental to Luxury Travelers
Marketing your Airbnb can make or break your listing potential. So along with your premium amenities, it is crucial to invest in marketing your listing. Notably, a luxury Airbnb requires a professional photography service to capture its essence for the listing photos.
Be sure to also share these photos (along with guests’ photos) on social media, but don’t overdo it. You want to still create an element of surprise for your guests.
To make your listing stand out, even more, consider joining the Airbnb plus program. The Airbnb Plus Program ensures your stay is verified by a third-party reviewer and verified for quality and design to ensure they have all of the essentials to make you feel at home—no matter where you are in the world.
While you don’t have to be a superhost to be invited on the Airbnb Plus program, plus hosts are required to maintain a similar level of hospitality to continue listing on the site. Ultimately, marketing your Airbnb to be more luxurious will reel in those travelers who are looking to spend a little more on a high-end stay.
5. Invest in Quality Appliances and Furniture
Spending more on brand-name appliances and comfortable furniture will supply your business in the long run. To make sure your property flows well:
- Pick a theme for the entire house and stick to it.
- Identify your target market and what kinds of colors and designs they like.
- Last, get inspired and find pieces that match your market.
Living Room and Dining Room
Arguably one of the most important aspects of any vacation rental is the furniture and decor. Additionally, this is when you should splurge on a dining area and living room or entertainment furniture.
Think comfortable, sizable (if possible) couches and tables that accommodate the number of guests plus extras. Additionally, you should ensure that the rooms complement one another. For instance, the living room colors should be well-matched, and the furniture should be functional and flowing throughout the property.
Lastly, every vacation rental should be unique. Any artwork and decor should reflect a level of taste. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be expressive and reflective of the property’s theme. Furthermore, leave out unnecessary decor that could potentially get damaged, such as personal items and family memorabilia.
If you are aiming for luxury in your Airbnb, you should hold a high standard for bedroom furniture and accessories.
You’ll want to invest in quality bedding:
- Bedbug blocking mattress cover
- Duvet and cover
- Plush mattress
- Hypoallergenic white sheets with at least a 400+ thread count
- Extra blankets
White sheets are the standard for a hotel, and they should also be for rentals.
White sheets can be bleached after every use, guaranteeing a stainless, clean sheet for every turnover. Just make sure your cleaners are bleaching them every time.
Spending a little more on quality materials will pay off in the long run since your bedding will last longer without needing to be replaced.
Ultimately, there’s no one specific style to follow, but it should complement the rest of the home in terms of theme and colors. Having comfortable and quality sheets will make your Airbnb more luxurious for guests.
If possible, it’s ideal for the bathroom to be renovated with quality materials to be considered a luxury. To make your Airbnb feel more luxurious, stick to materials like tile, ceramic, and marble to make your guests feel like they’re in a 5-star resort.
Observing and emulating hotels can give you inspiration for your listing. Like hotels do, consider offering plush robes and high-quality towels in your bathroom(s).
Provide nice toiletries that you would expect in a luxury hotel. For example, you could look into natural, vegan, essential oil bathroom products to include in your shower.
Finally, if you want to go the extra mile, you could even ask your cleaners to fold the toilet paper roll or towels in a more elevated way. Your guests will appreciate the little touches to make your place more luxurious.