Preparing Your Guest Bathroom for Weekend Visitors

Treat overnight guests to a five-star hotel experience with our 12 tips for turning your guest bathroom into a spa-like retreat.

Cottage Style Vanity

Start With a Clean Slate

Most importantly, make sure the entire room is squeaky clean. Treat yourself to a day off from cleaning; hire a professional cleaning service to do the dirty work.

Be Prepared

Stock the bathroom vanity with the little amenities your guests may have forgotten to pack, such as cotton balls, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a razor. Even the most organized travelers will forget something, so having those items readily on-hand will save them frustration. Design by Sarah Richardson

Freshen Up

Brighten up the bath with a vase of fresh flowers and add a subtle aroma with scented soaps or potpourri. Design by Sarah Richardson

Out With the Old

Replace a worn or dated shower curtain or liner and switch out an old bathmat with a new, super-plush model.

Sterling Towel Rack

Add Luxe Linens

Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels, so you'll always have the \"good\" towels ready for overnight guests. Design by Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Sponges

Include the Extras

Sea sponges, bath salts, loofahs and bath brushes are items you'd typically expect to find in a spa or high-end hotel. They're also inexpensive items you can pick up at your local dollar store. Fill a tubside bin with an assortment to treat your guests to a spa-like experience.

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Vanity

Indulge Their Vanity

An illuminated or magnifying vanity mirror is a thoughtful addition that older visitors or guests with impaired eyesight will really appreciate.

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Tub

Add Scented Candles

A bathroom filled with the subtle fragrance of vanilla, sandalwood or citrus will make a long soak even more relaxing.

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Basket

Hide a Hamper

If space allows, provides guests with a basket or bin for stashing used towels and linens.

Stock the Shower

With the ever-shifting rules regarding flying with liquids, many guests may plan on simply purchasing toiletries once they reach their destination. Save them a trip to the store by placing shampoo, conditioner, soap and a razor in the shower.

Bathroom Showerhead

Replace Broken or Leaking Fixtures

There's nothing like the looming deadline of out-of-town guests to fast-track repairs you've been putting off. If you're handy with a wrench, swapping out or repairing a leaky shower head is something you can quickly tackle yourself.

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Can It

While a trash can certainly isn't a sexy addition, it is a handy one. Help it blend in by matching the can's style or color to your bathroom's decor.

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