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The Five Most Popular Vacation Rental Amenities

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Amenities are a big part of the vacation rental experience. Guests know what they’re looking for and, in today’s financial climate, are not willing to pay for things that they don’t need. They’re also spoilt for choice so often don’t even need to compromise their requirements. 

It can be hard to know which vacation rental amenities are of the highest commonality in your local area. That’s where DPGO comes in! We’re experts in vacation rental data and we’ve got plenty of insight to offer into vacation rental amenities! While very few guests search Airbnb using amenity filters, that doesn’t mean that we can’t derive meaning from these stats.

In the vacation rental game, it’s not illogical to assume that amenities that are present in most listings in your local area are popular with guests visiting that area. We looked at the top five most common amenities in every US state and Canadian province. With one or two exceptions, at least three of these amenities were present in every market’s top five list.

Most Popular Vacation Rental Amenities in the United States & Canada

Kitchen

In Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, and South Carolina a kitchen is the most common amenity in the state. It is also featured on every single state’s top five amenity list. Having a full kitchen is a great feature in any short-term rental property. It allows guests more freedom and the ability to prepare a meal should they wish. For people traveling with families, this is especially critical. 

In Canada, kitchens are the third most common amenity, behind smoke alarms and essential products.

Smoke Alarm

Now, we’re not saying that people who travel are consciously searching for listings with smoke alarms, but they are still incredibly common. Smoke alarms feature in the top five amenity lists of every single Canadian province and 51 of the 52 US states, with Alaska being the only exception. 

As of 2018, Airbnb will now notify guests if the property that they book on the platform does not have a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm. While most guests won’t think too long about whether their newly booked listing has smoke alarms, they might think again if Airbnb sends them a warning. Whether you have a smoke alarm or not, you should consider getting vacation rental property insurance to keep yourself protected.

WiFi

It’s no surprise to see WiFi as one of the most common amenities. In today’s day and age, we cannot expect guests to do without WiFi. Plus, if you want a good review, you had better make sure that the WiFi is lightning fast! According to our data, WiFi isn’t the most common amenity in a single US state or Canadian province. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t expected by guests. 

Guests may not search for WiFi but believe us if it isn’t listed, guests will still expect it to be there.

Essentials

Essentials, or essential products, is a pretty vague amenity to list, and it means different things to different people, but the general meaning is that hosts leave a few essential products. Depending on your definition, essentials could be toiletry items like wipes and toothpaste to kitchen goods like tea and coffee. 

We asked a few DPGO users what they would classify as ‘essentials’ and these are the answers we received:

“Soap, shampoo, towels, coffee, tea, sugar. The basics.” – Gareth, Houston, Texas

“Well, I would say toiletries and things like that. So, shampoo, conditioner, and soap”. – Lesley, Washington D.C, District of Columbia 

“When I think about essential goods, I think about food. So, tea, coffee, sugar, and maybe some biscuits. That sort of stuff.” – Hailey, Santa Monica, Los Angeles 

“To me, that would be tea, coffee, toiletries, and kitchen stuff like salt, and pepper. If I am paying a lot, I would then expect more comprehensive essential goods like hot chocolate, olive oil, spices, and maybe fresh eggs and milk.” – Lindsey, Vancouver, British Columbia 

“Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toiletries, kitchen basics like coffee, and maybe a box of UHT milk. If I have paid a premium rate, I would also expect a stocked minibar,” – Allan, Calgary, Alberta

Hair Dryer

We’re quite surprised to see this one, but hair dryers are clearly an important amenity in the North American Airbnb rental market. In terms of vacation rental amenities, hair dryers are among the top five amenities in 15 states and 8 Canadian provinces. 

Very few travelers who desperately need a hair dryer would fail to carry one themselves, but if they do, it’s a nice thing to offer. Be sure not to spend too much money, because electronics that aren’t tied down have the potential to go missing very easily. It’s all about balance with short-term rentals and while it’s nice to have expensive vacation rental amenities, you need to be aware of the cost to replace them if they go missing.

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