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Give your houseguests five-star treatment

Don’t spend a bundle to pamper visitors – or your family. Lifestyle guru Laurin Sydney tells you how to borrow ideas from the world’s best hotels.
/ Source: TODAY

Summer’s here and so are the house guests. Pamper them with five-star hotel treatment. Lifestyle guru Laurin Sydney shows us how to borrow some ideas from great hotels that make our home just a little ritzier. Sydney, author of “Little Things Make a Big Difference,” was invited on “Today” to share her tips. Try them at home:

Personalized welcome
Parrot Cay resort in Turks and Caicos welcomes guests by forming their initials in exotic flower petals on top of the comforter. They also do numerals for birthdays and hearts for anniversaries. Instead of using expensive petals, you can create a design with seashells, chocolate kisses, or more common flowers like mums.Average cost: $4. Hotel cost: $100.00

Luxury bedding
The Setai hotel in Miami uses cashmere and linen bedding even in the summer. The natural fibers keep them comfortable. And with rising fuel costs, you save energy and money, while pampering your guests. And cotton sheets deflect heat in the summer by absorbing moisture and excessive heat.Average cotton sheet cost: $15.00. Hotel cost: Cashmere blankets $4,500; linen sheets $525

Bed preparationElbow Beach Club Resort in Bermuda, makes their guests feel like royalty, by turning down the sheets in the shape of a crown!Average cost: nothing

FlowersHotel Beau Rivage in Switzerland puts flower arrangements on the bedside tables – and they last and last. The secret to preservation is to keep the water acidic. Forget those little packets that work for a day or two. The Beau Rivage adds a half a cup of  sweetened soda (anything but cola) and a splash of bleach to the water. The mixture prevents algae and bacteria from forming and adds an instant boost to flower heads.Average cost: 75 cents

Sweet-dream pillow cases
You don’t need to have sea breezes to ensure that your guests get a good nights sleep. Crystal Cruises simply adds a couple of sprigs of dried lavender inside each pillowcase for all natural organic relaxation.Average cost: pennies

Bloody Mary MiraclesTrump International Hotel in NYC researched historic drinks to perfect this popular brunch drink recipe. And the secret to their Bloody Mary Miracle is adding fresh horse-radish to the mix.Average cost: pennies

Folded napkins
At Twin Farms in Vermont, the hotel’s servers fold your napkin a different way for each meal. They can even fold a cloth napkin into a “crumber,” which catches every crumb known to mankind. It’s fabulous!Average cost: nothing. All you need are cloth napkins