Along with not having hooks for guests to hang a coat when coming in from the outside, another big short-term rental DON’T is having fewer places to sit and eat than there are places to sleep.  If your STR sleeps 20, provide dining accomodations for 20. This doesn’t have to be all at one table, although it would be amazing to set a table for 20, but there should be 20 seats at a surface, whether it be a combination of dining tables, bar/kitchen island or folding chairs and tables.   This is especially true in vacation destinations where restaurant choices are limited and/or if you accomodate families, because eating out with kids isn’t always ideal. This house is a four bedroom house with beds for eight and a convertible sofa on the landing to sleep nine guests. It has a gorgeous dining table with six chairs, but they also have a bench that cleverly tucks out  of the way when not needed for seating, but pulled up to the table expands the table to seating nine.

You may luck out and find nicer folding chairs at the thrift or consignment store.  I was stoked when I found these.


But there are also folding chairs available on Amazon from stylish to nonsense.  We’ve made some suggestions:  

Eating is a big part of the fun of travel.  Facilitating your guests having a great meal together is a good start to the five star review.