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Airbnb Checklist: Entryway Essentials for a 5-Star Check-in

The entryway is the first thing your Airbnb guests will see when they arrive. Make sure they feel a warm welcome with these essentials.

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Did you know that Airbnb guests rate you on their check-in experience?

So, providing a five-star check-in for all your guests is a CRUCIAL step in building a successful Airbnb business.

The great news is that the below Airbnb checklist makes finding entryway essentials super easy.

(And you only need a few items to make a huge impact in this room!)

If you’re looking for a FULL room-by-room checklist with EVERYTHING you need to set up your new Airbnb, check out this blog post: The Best Room-By-Room Airbnb Checklist: 100+ Essential Items.

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Airbnb Checklist: Entryway Essentials for a 5-Star Check-in

Keyless entry

keyless entry is absolutely essential (I promise I won’t say that about everything in this Airbnb checklist, just the important stuff!) here’s why:

Your guests will appreciate a keyless entry because it allows them to quickly and easily check in (which they’ll later rate you on in their review.)

As a host, you’ll love that you don’t have to keep track of a physical key (which can easily get lost or stolen). And your property is more secure because you control exactly who does and doesn’t have access.

The hands-down BEST keyless entry I’ve found is this Kwikset keyless entry.

In my experience, the Kwikset is incredibly reliable and works well (trust me, you don’t want to be woken up by a guest at 3 AM because your lock isn’t working…which is exactly what happened to me with my old keyless entry.)

Ring doorbell

Having a doorbell is, of course, essential at your Airbnb (so if you’re anything like me and don’t have a built-in doorbell at your property, make sure to pick up a Ring doorbell before you list your Airbnb.)

Even if you’re like most people and already have a doorbell, the Ring will help you maintain control over your property. That’s because it has a built-in camera, you can see who’s at your door and how many people have been entering your property.

I think it’s important to mention that I’ve NEVER actually needed the video function on my Ring doorbell, but it does give me peace of mind to know I have it if there’s ever a problem. Additionally, since there is video functionality, you HAVE TO disclose the use of security cameras on your Airbnb listing.

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Even if you have a keyless entry, you absolutely can’t skip having a lockbox with backup keys, just in case.

Welcome sign

This isn’t an absolute essential, but I do think it’s a really nice touch to welcome your guests! If you can get a custom-made welcome sign, that’s even better!

Entry bench

Help your guests start relaxing as soon as they arrive by giving them a place to set down their things and take off their shoes – this stylish bench is perfect for that.

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Durable Pillows

Okay, these aren’t an absolute necessity, but if you have room for a couple of pillows on your entryway bench (make sure there’s still PLENTY of usable space for your guests), it can make your whole entryway feel cozier and more inviting.

You’ll love these beautiful faux leather pillowcases, coordinating black pillowcases, and soft pillow inserts because they’re high-quality, won’t show dirt easily, and look great.

If you don’t have quite enough room for pillows, consider just adding them for your Airbnb listing photos, and then putting them elsewhere for your guests to use (like I do).

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I didn’t have a doormat for a while (because my first one broke..don’t buy that one, buy this durable one.) Since I didn’t provide a doormat, guests started using a bath mat instead…which is just to say…don’t skip this item.

Coat rack

Your guests will appreciate having a place to hang their things as soon as they walk in.

Boot tray

If your Airbnb is in a muddy or wet area, this boot tray will help your floors stay clean (and guests really value cleanliness!)

Nest thermostat

Make sure you can adjust your thermostat when guests aren’t there by having a Nest thermostat (this is ESPECIALLY important if you manage your Airbnb remotely.)

Airbnb Hosting Tip: In general, don’t leave anything at your Airbnb that you wouldn’t mind losing. Things will get broken, stolen, and misplaced. This doesn’t mean don’t buy them altogether – just buy cheaper versions that you wouldn’t mind buying again if they were to suddenly disappear. (And, don’t assume your cleaning crew will catch everything; you may not realize something’s missing until you visit the property yourself during a maintenance check.)


I hope this Airbnb checklist saves you tons of time setting up your Airbnb. (Congrats, by the way! Starting your first Airbnb is a HUGE accomplishment!)

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