How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental to Garner Rave Reviews 

How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental to Garner Rave Reviews 

How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental to Garner Rave Reviews 

14 Nov 2022

Positive reviews are incredibly essential to a successful vacation rental. With most bookings happening online, savvy guests can and do carefully read the reviews of the homes they are considering. Often, if a guest is choosing between a few homes for their stay, the one with the best reviews is the one they will choose. 

Wondering what upgrades you can make to your vacation home to help garner rave reviews? Here are the home improvements guests love the most: 

Make sure your rental property offers comfortable beds, plush pillows, and luxury linens

When people are treated to a bed more comfortable than their own on vacation, not only does it contribute to positive reviews…it keeps those same guests coming back again and again. Including a higher end latex or pillow top mattress, luxury pillows and linens that are a high thread count along with a down comforter, will put smiles on the faces of all your well-rested Guests. 

Make Smart TVs part of your vacation rental design

Everyone has their favorite shows and movies…and many guests have their own accounts with Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, etc. A Smart TV not only looks much nicer and more modern in terms of home decor, it also gives guests the chance to continue to watch their favorite programs while on vacation. 

Choose vacation rental furniture that creates comfortable gathering spaces inside and out…with room for everyone!

So many memories are made when you gather your favorite people together under one roof! Making sure you offer high quality indoor and outdoor furniture is key to making sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit around the fire, around the table, or while watching the sunset. Well-made sectional sofas, dining room tables with plenty of chairs for everyone, lots of outdoor seating (for both lounging and dining) …these are the kinds of thoughtful seating upgrades guests love! 

Offer bonus play area for the kids and kids at heart in your vacation rental.

Take some unused space in your vacation rental and make it a space where kids can have some fun. Even if it’s just the garage, adding a ping pong table, or an air hockey table, board games and video games can really take your home – and your reviews – to the next level! 

Nothing says vacation like a hot tub – consider adding one to your outdoor space.

Homes with hot tubs tend to rent 20% more than homes that do not have them. Many people will ONLY book a home with a hot tub. In fact, hot tubs are one of our most searched for amenities at, along with… (see below). 

Make your vacation rental home pup friendly!

Having a pup-friendly home is the other way you can have an instant uptick in bookings. People love to travel with their furry family members. Add thoughtful extras like dog bowls, a dog bed, some extra leashes etc., and you will have won the loyalty of both dog guests and human guests! 

The Meredith Lodging Owner Experience team is always available to help you identify upgrades that could result in an uptick in revenue for your rental property. The right upgrades can help your home see a significant increase in revenue…with many homes seeing increases of 20% or more! Email to get started. 

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