When we first bought our house, we had visions of relatives and friends finally coming to visit and bunking at our place. I spent all kinds of time decorating our guest room to feel homey and inviting. My sister in law had given us a gorgeous blue and white wedding quilt that I used to drive the color scheme and I decked it out to the hilt.
Now, granted my parents did use the guest room a few times when them came to visit and seemed to appreciate my efforts, But then they bought a house a mile and a half down the road and not only do they not need to crash at our house anymore, all the relatives who visit stay with them!
Our guest room sat empty and sad until one day I finally gave up and converted it into my office. Now the room is fully converted – no more bed, only a desk, file cabinets, and a closet full of office supplies. It’s great to have a place to conduct business that is all mine, but what do we do when suddenly someone decides to visit??
We point them toward the nearest Hampton Hotel!
Now, before you start calling me a bad hostess, let me add that I think most of our guests appreciate the chance to escape the ungodly-early antics that start just before 6am at our house every day. First you have LJ who seems physically unable to sleep past 6 am, no matter how late he has gone to bed. Add in an early rising dog who wakes up ready to play (and bark) at LJ, and it’s not always the best place to be trying to sleep in.
I’m pretty sure most guests would prefer the nice quiet morning that greets them at a nearby hotel!
So why Hampton? When I first graduated from college, I worked as an admissions recruiter for a year. The college I worked for was in New Hampshire, but my recruiting territory was Connecticut and Long Island. I would hit the road Sunday night or early on Monday morning and then spend the week on the road and head back home on Thursday or Friday and this went on for about six months out of the year. That was a LOT of nights in hotels and I quickly learned which ones I wanted to spend time in and which ones I didn’t. It didn’t take me long to develop a preference for Hampton Hotels and searching them out wherever I was staying. I loved that they were always clean and inviting, that the staff was consistently helpful and friendly, and that there was just something about them that felt more like home.
Hampton Hotels has actually put a word to what I was feeling – Hamptonality.
The 5 Tenets of Hamptonality are:
· Unexpected delight
· Being anticipatory
· Sharing a compliment
· Providing a moment of humor
· Showing empathy
If you are looking to provide your holiday guests with a little Hamptonality yourself, entertaining expert Jenny Steffens Hobick has a few tips!
Tip 1: Be the best OFF-SITE host ever…
Let’s be honest. You love your friends and family, but cramming everyone into your house for days at a time can be stressful and add to your already lengthy holiday host to-do list! If you simply don’t have enough room to host all of your holiday guests or you just think everyone would be happier with their own, comfortable space, consider booking them at your local Hampton. With more than 1,900 locations, Hampton is the perfect place to stay no matter where your guests may be traveling from.
Tip 2: Surprise your guests with welcome treats
I always like to make sure my guests know how excited we are to have them for a visit by surprising them with a little treat when they arrive. One of my favorite ways to greet them is with something personalized with their name on it, like a decorated sugar cookie or a festive welcome sign. I love staying at Hampton Hotels because they take a similar approach. They often add a personal touch for a guest’s stay by offering a favorite local snack or fun local item when guests check in.
Tip 3: Be prepared with lots of snacks
We all get a little grouchy when we’re hungry – adults and kids alike! Anticipate those moments by having snacks planned for afternoons and before dinner to keep everyone happy. Be sure to include fresh options like fruit and crunchy veggies, along with filling cheeses and more decadent treats so you have something for everyone!
Want to treat your guests to a night at a Hampton Hotel? One lucky Wisconsin Mommy reader will receive a “Be My Guest” card, which entitles the bearer to (1) free night stay at a Hampton location. (And there are 1,900 locations to choose from!) Each location offers free, hot breakfast with fresh-baked waffles in addition to free high-speed internet access.
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