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Homeowner  •  June 08, 2024

Top Amenities To Make Your Vacation Rental Stand Out

Anna Ellison
Anna Ellison

With over six years of content marketing experience, Anna is a writer on the AvantStay team. Throughout her career, she’s given brands a voice and told stories across diverse industries including broadband, fintech, hospitality, mobile apps, and real estate.


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One of the easiest ways to make your vacation rental stand out is by providing top-of-the-line amenities. Vacation rental amenities are additional features that provide comfort, convenience, and enjoyment for your guests. Amenities help create an exceptional guest experience, drive more positive reviews and repeat visitors, and ultimately increase your rental income. Below are our top picks for amenities that will set your vacation rental apart from the competition. 

Because vacation rental homes compete with hotels, it’s important to provide amenities that make your home stand out and entice guests to book with you. Potential guests can filter their searches on top OTAs, like Airbnb and Vrbo, for preferred amenities like pools, BBQs, and games. To drive bookings, it’s important to promote everything your home has to offer across listings (especially the intangible perks like location!). Let your beachfront cottage or ski-in/ski-out cabin shine.

There are some amenities that guests now view as a need rather than a nice-to-have.  These can make or break a good review, so invest in the following if you can: 

In addition, use your vacation rental’s location for inspiration. Is your home on the water? Have kayaks, paddle boards, and other water toys ready for guests to enjoy. Outdoor fire pit? Don’t forget the roasting sticks and supplies for s’mores. Dreamy desert oasis? Designate a space for a “yoga studio” so guests can find their zen. These little luxuries won’t go unnoticed and can lead to more bookings and higher ratings.

AvantStay’s top picks for vacation rental amenities

Part of what defines an AvantStay home are experiential elements and spaces designed for gathering. We help owners supercharge their home with premium amenities, allowing them to charge higher ADRs and still optimize for occupancy. That means more income for you! Check out these fan-favorite amenities that go into nearly every AvantStay home. 

Well-stocked modern kitchen

One of the main draws to booking a short-term rental home over a hotel is the ability to cook your own meals. Every AvantStay home has an upgraded kitchen furnished with new appliances so guests can whip up their own meals and make memories over family dinners. 

Upgrades and experiences via the AvantStay app

One amenity that sets AvantStay apart from other vacation rental management companies is our app. Guests can take advantage of our in-app upgrades and experiences to schedule mid-stay cleans, request fridge stocking, book a private chef or in-home massages, and more. All just a click or text away!

Games and activities 

From ping pong, billiards, and foosball, to putting greens, pickleball, and bocce ball, there’s no shortage of games and activities at AvantStay homes. Our in-house design team incorporates unique elements into each home that are inspired by local surroundings. They add indoor and outdoor games to improve the experiential elements of the home and make it both welcoming and fun for guests.  

Outdoor space

Private outdoor spaces where guests can entertain and relax are another top differentiator from hotels. While our amenities vary by location and climate, most of our homes have pools, hot tubs, BBQ setups, and outdoor fire pits. 

How to make your vacation rental stand out

Vacation rental amenities can be the difference maker between a good and bad vacation, and ultimately determine the reviews your guests leave. When you partner with AvantStay, we do all the work to make your vacation rental stand out and drive more bookings. We leverage our unique combination of powerful technology, best-in-class operations, and award-winning design to create an unparalleled guest experience. Our brand resonates with travelers everywhere and our responsive, guest-centric customer service delivers a consistent, premium experience that brings our guests back time and time again. 

Our brand is defined and recognized by a consistent aesthetic across our homes. This includes new furnishings, stylish decor, and top-of-the-line amenities. We help procure and install high-quality, durable furniture and amenities, and take care of the professional photoshoot—for free! 

If you’re interested in learning more about AvantStay’s amenities packages and vacation rental management programs, our team of experts is ready to help. Get started today!

Anna Ellison
Anna Ellison

With over six years of content marketing experience, Anna is a writer on the AvantStay team. Throughout her career, she’s given brands a voice and told stories across diverse industries including broadband, fintech, hospitality, mobile apps, and real estate.

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