Kitchen supplies for short-term rental

Hosting guests in a short-term rental without a kitchen can be tricky, but it's not impossible! In this blog post, we will discuss hacks for hosting guests in an Airbnb without kitchen access. Whether you don't have the space to build a kitchenette or you just don't want to let your guests into your central kitchen, these ten tips will help make things easier for both you and your guests.

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Be Clear In Your Listing Description

Make sure your guests are aware that they are renting an Airbnb without a kitchen before they book. This will help prevent any unexpected surprises or disappointed guests. You should mention that there is no kitchen in the listing description, but include any cooking features that your property does have.

Provide a Breakfast Basket

A breakfast basket is a great way to start your guests' day off on the right foot. Fill it with items like cereal, oatmeal, muffins, fruit, coffee, and tea. This way, your guests will have something to eat for breakfast without having to worry about cooking. Plus, they'll appreciate saving a few bucks on morning meals.

Invest in a Mini-Fridge

Another way to make sure your guests are well-fed is by stocking a mini-fridge with snacks and drinks. This can be anything from bottled water and soda to chips and granola bars. Your guests will appreciate having a few snacks on hand, especially if they get hungry in the middle of the night. If you can only choose one kitchen appliance, a mini-fridge is a safe choice.

You can also consider having snacks at an additional fee, like a hotel. Usually, a jar to leave cash, or a Venmo or PayPal QR code will do the trick. Have your cleaner count the items and let you know if anything is missing so you can deduct from their security deposit if they do not make a payment for the snacks. 

Espresso machine

Offer Complimentary Coffee and Tea

Guests always appreciate complimentary coffee and tea. If you don't have a kitchen, you can still provide these items by setting up a coffee station in your short-term rental. Include a coffee maker, mugs, and all of the fixings (sugar, creamer, etc.). This way, your guests can help themselves to a hot cup of coffee or tea whenever they please.

Direct Guests to Nearby Restaurants

Have a list of nearby restaurants and cafes that your guests can eat at. This way, they don't have to waste time searching for places to eat. This is great information to include in your house manual. Plus, you can consider working with local businesses to provide exclusive discounts to your guests in exchange for promoting their businesses!

Choose Shelves Instead of Cabinets

If you're tight on space, decorate with shelves instead of cabinets. This way, you can still provide your guests with dishes and utensils without taking up too much room.

Food delivery man on bike

Include Information on Local Delivery Services

Have a list of delivery services that your guests can order from if they get hungry. This way, they can have a hot meal without having to leave your rental. Plus, this can be extremely useful if your guests are not renting a car and don't feel like navigating the public transit system while hungry!

Include Dishes and Utensils

Even if there's no kitchen, you can still provide your guests with a few  dishes and utensils. This way, they can eat their snacks without having to use their fingers.

Purchase Small Kitchen Appliances

If you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase small kitchen appliances for your Airbnb. This way, your guests will have everything they need to prepare simple meals. Some examples of small kitchen appliances include a toaster oven, electric kettle, microwave and/or hot plate.

Get Creative with Your Layout

If you're really tight on space, get creative with the layout of your rental. For example, you can use a dresser as a makeshift kitchen island or put a microwave on top of the mini-refrigerator. These small kitchenette additions can make a huge difference in where your listing appears in a guests search.

These are just a few hacks you can use to make sure your guests are well-fed and comfortable even if you don't have a full kitchen. These include providing a breakfast basket, investing in a mini-fridge, offering complimentary coffee and tea, directing guests to nearby restaurants, including dishes and utensils, and including information on local delivery services. If you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase small kitchen appliances or get creative with the layout of your rental. By following these tips, you'll be able to host guests in an Airbnb without a kitchen like a pro!

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