5 Fireplace Alternatives for Your Vacation Rental
Fall is here and winter is near. Guests who stay at your vacation rental in the winter will want to stay warm. A fireplace would do the trick, but not having one isn’t the end of the world.
Guests who want to bundle up and get cozy can still do so if your vacation rental has a fireplace alternative. It may not be the real thing, but it’s a great fireplace substitute that can attract guests during the year’s coldest months.
Modern Innkeeper found five fireplace alternatives that will let guests know fall and winter are great times to stay at your vacation rental.
Some electric fireplaces look so real, guests may think your vacation rental’s is. Guests may mistake an electric fireplace for being real because of its looks, but also because it can warm them up how an actual fireplace would.
The best electric fireplaces tend to be the most costly. If your vacation rental is a cabin or in some place super chilly, the investment may be worth it. Also consider electric fireplaces tend to look modern. If that doesn’t vibe with your interior decor, continue reading to find another fireplace alternative.
A LED fireplace could be right for you if your vacation rental’s location experiences inconsistent temperatures during fall and winter. Most LED fireplaces include a remote that lets guests control how they want to use them. The remote gives guests the power to decide if they want to use the LED fireplace for ambiance (just turn on the flames) or to warm up your vacation rental (turn on the flames and heat).
LED fireplaces can get pricey, but affordable ones like this are available.
Fake Fire Logs
Vacation rentals in places where it’s primarily warm may be why someone invented fake fire logs. After all, their main purpose is to improve a room’s aesthetics.
Fake fire logs create a cozy atmosphere without giving off heat to accommodate your guests’ not-so-cold winter/fall getaway.
Delivering a cold-weather atmosphere without the cold weather can enhance the guest experience and make you a superstar host.
Ethanol fireplaces bring the great outdoors inside without the mess because they’re vent-free. They’re also the first fireplaces on this list with real flames!
Even though the flames are real, ethanol fireplaces don’t release smoke or odor, hence why they’re safe indoors. Several of them are also free-standing, so you can get creative when deciding where you want to put it.
They require alcohol-based fuel. Be certain you provide that to avoid your guests from being severely disappointed about what could’ve been. Also, remind guests the fire is real for their safety.
The gel fireplace is the last fireplace substitute on our list, and it’s a portable fireplace with real flames!
Similar to ethanol fireplaces, they use alcohol-based fuel you need to buy separately. Unlike ethanol fireplaces, guests can easily take them wherever they please because they’re small. If it isn’t too cold for guests to be outside, they can bring this portable fireplace with them.
A unique and affordable gel fireplace like this may be the one for your vacation rental.
Provide Guests with a Spark
Even if it’s not real, adding a fireplace substitute to your vacation rental can make it more enjoyable. Include it in your rental’s pictures and mention it in the list of amenities. Above all else, make guests aware of how to use it safely and what to do if something goes wrong.
Because keeping guests safe enhances the guest experience.
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